UCLA Hosts 3rd Annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational April 7-9 At Drake Stadium

April 5, 2005

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UCLA's Drake Stadium will host the 3rd annual Rafer Johnson/JackieJoyner-Kersee T & F Invitational, Thursday-Saturday (April 7-9).The meet will kick off on Thursday with the hammer throw competition at 1:30 pm, while the remainder of the meet will take place onFriday and Saturday. On Friday (university open events), field eventcompetition begins at 11:00 am with the women's javelin and running events begin at 12:45 pm with the 100m hurdles. There willbe a distance carnival on Friday night, at 6 p.m. On Saturday (invitational events), competition begins at 11:45 am with the women'shigh jump, while running events begin at 12:15 pm with the 400mrelay. A special ceremony will be held at 2:40 pm to honor Raferand Jackie.

This year's invitational will feature some of the elite trackand field athletes in the U.S. and World with several former OlympicMedalists in attendance. Highlighting the elite competitorsare - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Sanchez (400mH), 2003USA Outdoor Champion Carl Brown (discus), Jerome Davis(former USC standout sprinter), 2004 Olympic Gold MedalistsJoanne Hayes (100m hurdles) and Monique Henderson (4 X400m relay), 2004 Olympians Alyson Felix (200m silver medalist),Sheena Johnson (2004 Olympics/4th-place/400m hurdles),Seilala Sua and Nicole Teter, and former World Champion inthe heptathlete, Eunice Barber. The meet will also feature severalcollegiate teams as Stanford, Arizona, BYU, Illinois, Hawaii,Utah State, CS Northridge, Cal Poly SLO, UC San Diego and PointLoma all plan to compete.

Along with Henderson, top Bruin athletes expected to competeinclude - junior Chelsea Johnson (2004 NCAA Outdoor pole vaultchampion and Outdoor collegiate record-holder/15-0), sopho-moreBrandon Johnson (2004 U. S. Junior 400m hurdle cham-pion),junior Craig Everhart (2005 NCAA Indoor two-time All-American/400m, distance medley relay), junior Dawn Harper(2005 NCAA Indoor All-American/3rd-place/60m hurdles), se-niorCandice Baucham (two-time Pac-10 triple jump champion)and senior Jessica Cosby (Pac-10 record-holder in the hammerthrow).

LOOKING AHEAD -
Next weekend (April 15-17), the Bruins will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, AZ and the Long Beach Relays.

2004 (APRIL 8-10) RJ/JJK INVITE
UCLA's Drake Stadium hosted the second annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational.

Saturday's Results
In a meet, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium before a crowd of approximately 2,000, highlighted by top marks from elite collegians and professional track & field athletes, there was one World-leading time and three U. S. leading marks.

Collegians
Bruin sophomore Chelsea Johnson narrowly missed breaking her NCAA Outdoor pole vault record, winning the vault with a mark of 14-6. Johnson, who has twice set the NCAA Outdoor record this season, last at 15-0 on March 27, just missed on her three attempts at 15-1.

Also winning for the Bruins were - senior Melissa McBain in the1500m (4:21.94/on Friday night, McBain also won the 3000m,9:23.88); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:38.16/senior Sheena Johnson,freshman MacKenzie Hill, junior Monique Henderson and seniorSani Roseby) and senior Karina Powell in the javelin (143-0, season-best, RQ).

Other top UCLA performances included - in the 100m, MoniqueHenderson (3rd, 11.59, season-best, RQ); in the 800m, redshirt freshmanJenna Timinsky (3rd, 2:07.51); in the 1500m, sophomoreAlejandra Barrientos (2nd, 4:23.41, personal-best, RQ); in the 100mhurdles, senior Sheena Johnson (2nd, 13.22, RQ), senior HasaniRoseby (4th, 13.42, RQ) and sophomore Dawn Harper (6th, 13.74,RQ); in the 400m hurdles, MacKenzie Hill (6th, 59.24, RQ); in thelong jump, junior Dana Bethel (3rd, 19-9.50w, +2.1) and in the shotput, junior Jessica Cosby (4th, 55-8.25, RQ) and freshman KamaiyaWarren (5th, 51-6.50, personal-best, RQ).

Professionals
In the 400m hurdles, Sheffield Elite Track Club's Brenda Taylor'swinning time of 55.05 is a world leader.

There were two American leading marks. In the 100m hurdles,Bruin great and Nike's Michelle Perry's winning time of 13.03 andin the shot put, Nike's Kristin Heaston's 59-6.75 is also No. 11 all-timeon the U. S. list.

Also placing first in their events included such world-class athletesas HSI's Inger Miller in the 100m (11.35) and HSI's Torrie Edwardsin the 200m (22.73).

Other Bruin greats who won events included Seilala Sua, takingfirst place in the discus (190-10).

Friday's Results/Distance Carnival
On Friday night in collegiate women's open distance events, UCLA'sdistance runners performed well as redshirt freshman JennaTiminsky placed first and sophomore Ashley Caldwell finished second in the 1500m; senior Melissa McBain was first and sophomore Alejandra Barrientos placed second in the 3000m and junior Carmen Winant won the 5000m.

In the 1500m, Timinsky's winning time of 4:23.88 was a personal-bestand NCAA Regional Qualifier and Caldwell's mark of 4:25.35was also an NCAA Regional qualifier. In the 3000m, McBain's win-ningtime was 9:23.88 and Barrientos came in at 9:28.35. In the5000m, Winant's winning mark was 17:37.74

Friday's Results/Collegiate Open
On Friday (April 9) in collegiate open events, UCLA freshmanMacKenzie Hill won the 100m hurdles and Bruin senior Sani Rosebywon the 100m. Hill's winning mark was 14.00 (2.0), a season-bestand NCAA Regional qualifier. Roseby's winning time was 11.81.

Thursday's Results/Hammer Throw
UCLA senior Cari Soong won the women's event, with a meetrecord (breaking her mark of 202-8, 2003), season-best and NCAARegional Qualifying mark of 209-2. Bruin junior Jessica Cosby placedthird overall (second collegian), with a mark of 192-6.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwireand the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.

Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T &F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account avariety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the out-comeof the 2005 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 8-11 at Sacramento, CA). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAAevent (entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA's women wereranked No. 1 and went on to win the 2004 NCAA Outdoor T & F team Championship).

Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams byindividual marks and dual meet strength (the UCLA women rankedNo. 2 in the final 2003 standings and have been the National DualMeet Champion eight of the last nine seasons, including 2004).In this week's (April 5) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 7(1. California 331.61, 2. BYU 312.12, 3. Washington State 302.44, 4.LSU 292.12, 5. SUNY Buffalo 290.48, 6. Minnesota 290.4, 7. UCLA 283.89).

Trackwire National Top 25 Rankings
Week of UCLA Women Preseason Indoor 5th (tied)
Before NCAA Indoor 18th (tied) (Bruins placed 20th/12 points at 2005 NCAA Indoor)
First Outdoor Ranking NR

BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden
In her 12th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coach and 14th on the Bruin staff.In 2004, Jeanette Bolden reached a milestone in her coachingcareer last June in Austin, TX, when the Bruins captured the 2004NCAA Outdoor team title, edging defending champion LSU, 69-68.

It was Bolden's first NCAA Outdoor crown as the Bruins' head coachand UCLA third national championship in the last five years, to goalong with its 2001 and 2000 NCAA Indoor team titles. Overall, itwas UCLA's third NCAA Outdoor Championship (2004-83-82) andfifth NCAA team crown (Outdoor 2004-83-82/Indoor 2001-00).

In 2004, Bolden swept every National, Regional and Pac-10 Coachof the Year awards. On Feb. 13, 2004 she was presented the presti-giousC. Vivian Stringer Award by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trusteeof the United States Sports Academy.

Last year, along with it's first NCAA Outdoor title under Bolden, theBruins also won the West Region crown for the second straight sea-sonand the Pac-10 title for the eighth consecutive year.

Bolden's Coaching Honors Include
-2004 NCAA Outdoor Champions
-2004 USTCA Mondo Div. I National Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year.
-Led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships (2000-01) and a runner-up finish in 2002; 8th-place tie in 2003; 5th in 2004.
-Prior to 2004, ten Top 10 NCAA Outdoor finishes, including five second-place finishes.
-2004-03 NCAA West Region Team Champion
-Nine-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including last eight consecutive seasons.
-Ten Pac-10 titles in 11 years, including last eight consecutive seasons.
-Ten-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last eight consecutive seasons.
-Unbeaten Career dual record of 70-0, including 11-0 mark vs. USC.
-Nine-time National Dual Team Champion, including eight of last nine seasons (including 2004).

MARCH 10-12 - 2005 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (FAYETTEVILLE, AR)

Harper and Baucham Earn All-American Honors
Senior Candice Baucham earned the third All-American honorof her career as she placed third in the triple jump at the NCAAIndoor Championships in Fayetteville, AR with an indoor lifetime-bestjump of 44-4. Baucham, who placed third at last year's NCAAIndoor with a then indoor lifetime-best of 44-2.75, duplicated herperformance with this year's third- place finish.

Bruin junior Dawn Harper also earned All American honorswith a third -place finish in the 60m hurdles. Harper ran a lifetimebest 8.05 to earn her fourth All-American honor in her career.As a team, UCLA placed 20th (12 points).

UCLA's PAC-10 LEADERS (TOP 10)/PAC-10 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (APRIL 11)
Here are the UCLA athletes listed on this week's Pac-10 Top 10 list.The Bruins have two event leaders, seniors, Lara Saye in the discus (185-7) and Jessica Cosby in the hammer throw (217-5).

100m - 4. Monique Henderson 11.59
3000m - 1. Alison Costello 9:38.45, 2. Olga Aulet-Leon 9:47.77, 3. Valerie Flores 9:54.00, 6. Sarah West 10:06.65, 7. Claire Rethmeier 10:12.13, 9. Lori Mann 10:13.22
5000m - 7. Alison Costello 16:32.69
10,000m - 5. Valerie Flores 35:49.29
100m H - 7. DeShanta Harris 14.15
3000m SC - 6. Leslie Barrie 11:16.06
4X100m Relay - 4. (Renee Williams, MacKenzie Hill, DeShanta Harris, Monique Henderson) 46.78
4 X 400m Relay - 5. (Jenny Esser, Leslie Barrie, Jacquelyn Mandy, Talita Wells) 3:52.89
High Jump - 7. Caroline Sommers 5-7.50, 9. Allie Miller 5-7.25
Pole Vault - 8. Jackie Nguyen 12-11.75i, 9. Chelsea Johnson 12-10.25i
Long Jump - 8. Dana Bethel 19-4
Shot Put - 3. Jessica Cosby 53-9.25, 5. Kamaiya Warren 52-5.75, 10. Lara Saye 50-11.50
Discus - 1. Lara Saye 185-7, 9. Kamaiya Warren 160-4
Hammer Throw - 1. Jessica Cosby 217-5, 9. Lara Saye 181-2
Heptathlon - 3. Allie Miller 4206, 4. Ingrid Kantola 4149

Nicole Leach - An outstanding student and regarded as thenation's top 400m/400m hurdle prospect, Leach's 52.19i 400mwas the prep U. S. leader (August T&FN). Leach placed fourth(personal-best 57.56) in the 400m hurdles last summer at theWorld Junior Championships in Grossetto, Italy and she was theU. S. Junior champion (58.48). Her 57.56 400m hurdle mark wasNo. 7 on the World Junior list. In 2003, Leach's top 400m hurdlemark was 59.00 at the Penn Relays.

Ciara Viehweg - An honor roll student, Viehweg is rated one ofthe top three distance runners in the State. Her top 1600m mark is4:54 . In cross country, she is rated by Dyestat as the No. 2 runnerin the State in her division. Viehweg won her league cross countrytitle this fall. She has qualified for the State meet in both track andcross country every year since her freshman season. At the StateCross Country Championships in 2002 she placed second and atthe 2003 CA State T & F meet, she was fifth in the 1600m. Viehwegis her school record holder in virtually every distance event.

Hillary Werth - At the USA Junior meet, her first national appearance, Werth placed second in the heptathlon with 5,127 points,No. 2 on the 2004 U. S. high school list (August T &FN). She alsocompeted for the U. S. at the 2004 World Junior Championships.

At the 2004 IL State meet, Werth won the 100m hurdles (she issecond all-time in IL prep history at 13.78, behind current Bruinjunior Dawn Harper's 13.54), was second in the long jump (18-8)and third in the 300m hurdles (43.82). An All-State basketballplayer (Werth will compete only in track & field at UCLA), shecomes from an athletic family - her mother, Kim, originally heldthe national prep long jump record until it was broken by Bruingreat Jackie Joyner-Kersee and her brother Jayson, was thestarting left fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2004-05 UCLA WOMEN'S T & F OUTDOOR/INDOOR/CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS OUTDOOR HIGHLIGHTS

March 26-27- Stanford Invitational
At the Stanford Invitational, several distance runners were inaction on Friday and Saturday in Palo Alto, CA. Freshman Olga Aulet-Leonplaced 16th in the top section of the 1500m in a time of 4:29.79,junior Leslie Barrie placed 17th in the steeple in a lifetime-best of11:16.06 and freshman Claire Rethmeier finished third in her heat ofthe 5000m in a lifetime-best time of 17:09.35.

Other results from the Stanford Invitational - freshman AlisonCostello in the 5000m (17th in her heat, 16:32.69), senior ValerieFlores in the 10,000m (11th in her heat, 35:49.29), junior Sarah Westin the 5000m (19th in her heat, 18:13.38), freshman MonikaRothenburger in the 1500m (28th in her heat, 4:46.46) and the4x400m relay team of sophomore Jenna Timinsky, sophomoreTalita Wells, Aulet-Leon and freshman Alice Bohannon (13th, 4:07.55).

March 26 - Jim Click Shootout
Senior Jessica Cosby blew away the competition on Satuday atthe Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, AZ as she won the hammer throwwith a season-best 217-5, surpassing her nearest competitor by over30 feet. Cosby's throw was just two feet shy of her own school andPac-10 record set last year at the NCAA Championships (219-5).

Senior Lara Saye, junior Briona Reynolds and sophomoreKamaiya Warren also competed in Tucson on Saturday. Saye placedsecond in both the shot put (50-6.25) and discus (168-6), while Warrenfinished fourth in the discus (160-5) and Reynolds placed sixth in thediscus (151-3).

ACADEMICS

Academic Pac-10 Cross Country
First Team
Jenna Timinsky, Jr., 3.85; Carmen Winant, Jr., 3.84gpa/artSecond Team
Allison Hall, Jr., 3.65/psychology; Sarah West, Jr., 3.66/psychologyHonorable MentionLeslie Barrie, Jr.; Ashley Caldwell, So.

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
Announced November 17, 2004
UCLA Head Coach Jeanette Bolden announced the signing of sixstudent-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent. Chanelle Curry, asprinter from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX; Kristen Dormanen, a polevaulter from Temecula Valley HS in Temecula; Krystin Lacy, asprinter from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX; Nicole Leach, a sprinter/hurdler from West Philadelphia Catholic HS in Philadelphia, PA;Ciara Viehweg, a distance runner from St. Ignatius HS in SanFrancisco and Hillary Werth, a heptathlete from Glenwood HS inSpringfield, IL will all be incoming freshmen for the Bruins this fall.

Chanelle Curry - At the 2004 TX State meet, Curry was one of thetop scorers for Skyline HS at the 2004 TX State meet. She placedthird in the 400m (55.64) and also ran a leg on the Skyline HSwinning 4 X 100m relay. The Skyline HS season-best time of 44.60in the 4 X 100m relay was No. 2 in the U. S. on the August Track &Field News (T&FN) prep chart.

Kristen Dormanen - Considered the No. 1 returning high schoolwomen's pole vaulter in the State, Dormanen placed fourth at lastyear's CA State meet. An honor student, last spring Dormanen setthe all-time Riverside County record with a vault of 12-7 (the No. 10mark in the U. S. on the July T&FN prep chart).

Krystin Lacy - A teammate of Chanelle Curry at Skyline HS inDallas, TX, Lacy is regarded as one of the top high schoolsprinters in the nation. As a junior last spring at the TX State meet,Lacy won the 100m/200m and as a sophomore, she won theState 100m crown. On the 2004 junior charts, Lacy's 11.48 was No.13 on the World Junior list. In 2003 her personal-best 11.43 wassecond at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke,Quebec, Canada and she also ran a season-best mark of 23.61.In the 200m, her personal-best 23.45 was No. 5 in the U. S. (JulyT&FN/the four faster were all seniors; No. 15 on the World Juniorlist) and the sixth-fastest mark in TX State history.

March 18-19 - CS Northridge Invitational
Seniors Lara Saye and Jessica Cosby posted individual wins onSaturday at the Cal State Northridge Invitational, as Saye won thediscus and Cosby won the shot put. Saye, who has thrown 185-0already this season, improved on last year's lifetime-best (184-9) bynearly a foot on Saturday, throwing 185-7 in the discus. The markwill likely place her in the top-10 in the country in her event. Cosbywon the shot put with a season-best 53-9.25, as both Bruins threwregional qualifiers in their events. Saye also placed third in the shotput (47-2.25), but has already thrown 50+ this season.

On the track, three Bruins were in action as Renee Williams(12.54) and Shannon Lewis (13.08) ran in the 100m race, andJacquelyn Mandy ran the 400m (59.94). In other field events,Kathleen Mahony jumped 5-0.25 in the high jump, Leslie Rycheljumped 17-8.25 in the long jump and Brittany Ferguson, competingin the javelin, threw 110-1.

March 5 - UCLA Invitational
The women's track and field team had 11 meet champions andpicked up six NCAA Regional qualifying marks on Saturday at theUCLA Invitational (Drake Stadium), as senior Lara Saye led way,throwing three NCAA Regional qualifying marks in the shot put,discus and hammer throw. Saye won the discus with a throw of183-0 and had an outdoor lifetime-best of 50-11.50 in the shot put(placing second to Bruin great Seilala Sua (52-3.25). Saye also placedsecond in the hammer (181-2). Senior Jessica Cosby won thehammer throw (203-4) and placed third in the shot put (50-8.25),qualifying her for both events at the Regional meet.

Senior Monique Henderson equaled her lifetime-best in the100m, running 11.59 to qualify for the Regional meet in May, whilesenior Dana Bethel also posted a win on Saturday as she jumped19-4 to win the long jump.

Five Bruin freshmen posted individual wins at the meet: AliceBohannon in the 800m (2:14.11), Alison Costello in the 3000m(9:38.45), DeShanta Harris in the 100m hurdles (14.15), Allison Millerin the high jump (5-7) and Ingrid Kantola in the pole vault (12-1.50).The 4x100m relay team of Renee Williams, MacKenzie Hill,Harris and Henderson won in a time of 46.78, while the4x400m relay team of Jenny Esser, Leslie Barrie, JacquelynMandy and Talita Wells won in a time of 3:52.89.

INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS
February 25-26: MPSF Indoor Championships (Seattle, WA)The Bruin women placed fourth (66 pts.) at the 2005 MPSF IndoorChampionships as junior Dawn Harper won the 60m hurdles in anNCAA automatic and lifetime-best time of 8.12.

Sophomore Kamaiya Warren won the shot put in a lifetime-besttoss of 52-6 (provisional qualifier), while junior Briona Reynoldsplaced fourth (49-5.50).

In the high jump competition, freshman Allison Miller and seniorCaroline Sommers placed fifth and sixth as both cleared 5-7.25.In Friday's action, Nastassja Hall placed seventh in the pentathlonwith a score of 3,689 points. Also on Saturday, freshmen MonikaRothenburger (17:02.92) and Olga Aulet-Leon (17:03.84) finishedsecond and third respectively in the 5000m, while freshman AlisonCostello placed fifth in the 3000m (9:35.36). The DMR team ofAllison Hall, N. Hall, Ashley Caldwell, and Valerie Flores placedfifth in a season-best time of 11:53.89. Senior Lara Saye threw alifetime-best 62-4.50 in the weight throw to place second overallsixth in the pole vault with a jump of 12-10.25.

February 12: Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, AR)Senior Candice Baucham and junior Dawn Harper led theUCLA women's track and field team in Arkansas as both achievedNCAA automatic qualifying standards at the Tyson Invitational.Baucham won the triple jump in a season-best 43-10.50, whileHarper finished second in the 60m hurdles with a season-best8.15.

Senior Lara Saye and junior Jacqueline Nguyen also pickedup qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor meet, with provisional marks inthe weight throw (61-7.50, lifetime-best) and pole vault (13-4.50,indoor lifetime-best) respectively. Saye placed ninth in the weightand sixth in the shot, throwing a lifetime-best of 50-0.50 in theshot put, while Nguyen placed second in the pole vault.

Freshman Alison Costello placed fifth in the 3000m in a timeof 9:27.61, while junior Allison Hall placed 10th in the mile(5:01.80). Senior Valerie Flores placed 12th in a separate section ofthe mile in a season-best 5:04.39. Senior Caroline Sommers andfreshman Allison Miller both jumped 5-7 in the high jump.

February 4-5: Boise Indoor
The No. 9 UCLA women's track and field team had animpressive showing in Idaho Feb. 4-5, as the Bruins won fourindividual events and picked up three NCAA qualifying marks atthe Boise Indoor.

Leading the way on the women's side was junior DawnHarper who posted double victories in the 60m (7.72, lifetime-best)and 60m hurdles (8.37). Harper's 60m hurdle time was aNCAA provisional qualifier, but she has run a faster time thisseason (8.28, 1/29). Junior Jacqueline Nguyen won the pole vaultwith a provisional mark of 12-11.50. Senior Candice Bauchamrounds out the NCAA qualifiers on the women's side, with aprovisional mark of 42-1.50 in the triple jump to finish second inthat event. Freshman Allison Miller recorded her first victory as aBruin, winning the high jump with a leap of 5-7.75

Several Bruins also placed in the top-three in Boise - seniorLara Saye in the weight throw (2nd, 59-5.50) and shot put (3rd,48-0.75), senior Caroline Sommers in the high jump (2nd, 5-5.75),senior Valerie Flores in the mile (3rd, 5:09.53, lifetime-best) andthe women's DMR of Alison Costello, Flores, Georgea Richardsand Sarah West (2nd, 12:07.7h).

January 29: Husky Invitational (Seattle, WA)The No. 7 UCLA women's track and field team opened up the2005 indoor season on Saturday at the Husky Invitational inSeattle, WA and picked up three NCAA qualifying marks. JuniorBriona Reynolds led the Bruins with a first place finish in the shotput and an NCAA provisional mark of 50-9.50.

Junior Dawn Harper also qualified provisionally, finishing thirdin the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.28, while junior JacquelineNguyen jumped to a provisional mark of 12-11.75 in the pole vault,placing third overall.

Other top performances for UCLA on Saturday were - LaraSaye in the shot put (2nd, 49-8.25) and weight throw (2nd, 5911.25), Dana Bethel in the long jump (3rd, 18-10.50), CarolineSommers in the high jump (5-7.75), Allison Hall (3rd, 2:51.80) andAshley Caldwell (5th, 2:54.10) in the 1000m and Nastassja Hall(3,700 points) and Georgea Richards (3,404 points) in thepentathlon.

CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

FEB. 12-13 - 2005 USA CHAMPIONSHIPS (VANCOUVER, WA)
Six UCLA cross country runners, three men and threewomen, ran at the 2005 USA Cross Country Championships, atFort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA. Rain onFriday created a muddy course for the more than 600 runnerswho competed in six championship races in Vancouver, locatednear Portland, OR.

UCLA Women
In Saturday's Junior Women's 6km race, the Bruinswomen were led by freshman Monika Rothenburger, whofinished 15 th (there were 52 runners), covering course in 23:13.3.Also running for UCLA were - freshmen, ClaireRethmeier (18 th , 23:29.4) and Olga Aulet-Leon (22 nd , 23:57.4).The USA Women's Junior Champion was Colorado'sElizabethPasciuto(21:50.1).

Last fall, Aulet-Leon ran for the Bruins at the NCAAChampionship (UCLA's No. 4 runner), the NCAA West Regional(UCLA's No. 2 runner/28 th , 21:29/6000m) and the Pac-10Championship (UCLA's No. 4 runner/23 rd , 21:50/6000m).

Rothenburger represented UCLA at the NCAA and Pac-10Championships (UCLA's No. 3 runner, 21.49/6000m). Rethmeierredshirted last fall in cross country.

The top six finishers in last weekend's USA open and juniorwomen and men's races will form the U. S. team that will competein the upcoming 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships,March 19-20, at Saint Galmier, France.

2004 SEASON
Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team in 2004 qualifiedas a team to the NCAA Championships (for the fourth season ina row).

At the NCAA, the Bruins placed 27th (out of 31 teams, 640 points).UCLA was led by sophomore Ashley Caldwell (98th, 21:55.0,6000m).

At the West Region, UCLA finished sixth (out of 28 teams, 151 points).The Bruins had three runners in the Top 30, led by sophomore AlisonCostello, who for the second straight season, earned All-West regionhonors (22nd, 21:21, 6000m).

At the Pac-10, the Bruins placed fourth (102 points) and had sixrunners in the Top 25, led by Costello's 15th-place finish (21:30,6000m).

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