Monique Henderson (400m)/Chelsea Johnson (pole vault) Lead UCLA into 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships

May 31, 2005

Led by event leaders - senior Monique Henderson in the 400m and junior Chelsea Johnson in the pole vault - defending team champion UCLA will send nine athletes in 10 events to the 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, held June 8-11 at Sacramento.

Henderson's season-best 400m time of 50.78 is currently No. 5 on the world chart. At the recently completed NCAA West Regional in Eugene, OR, she became the first woman in meet history to repeat as the 200m (22.72w)/400m(50.78, season-best mark) champion. At the 2005 Pac-10 meet, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium May 14-15, Henderson became only the second woman in conference meet history to repeat as the 200m (23.06)/400m (51.31) winner. Her personal-best 400m mark is a school record 50.53, set at the 2004 U. S. Trials. At last summer's Athens Olympic Games, Henderson won a gold medal on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay.

At the upcoming NCAA Outdoor, Henderson is competing in only the 400m. 'Her hamstrings were a little tighter (at the NCAA West Regional), than I would have liked,' said Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who last season led UCLA to its first NCAA Outdoor team title since 1983. 'I expressed my concern to Monique and her family. There's nothing immediately physically wrong with Monique, but at this moment, it's not in her best physical interest to run in both events at the NCAA Outdoor. That's why she will be concentrating on the 400m.'

Johnson is the defending NCAA Outdoor champion in the pole vault and the NCAA outdoor record holder (15-0) in the event. She leads the collegiate list with a season-best 14-1.25. She received an at-large bid to the NCAA Outdoor after placing sixth at last weekend's NCAA West Regional (12-11.75). She won the 2005 Pac-10 title (13-11.25).

Also receiving bids to the 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships were -

-100m Hurdles - junior Dawn Harper (No. 4 seed, 12.91), who placed second in the event at both the 2005 West Region (12.99) and Pac-10 (12.91) meets.

-400m Hurdles - sophomore MacKenzie Hill (No. 25 seed, 59.60), who placed second at the West Region (59.60) and fifth (1:00.37) at the Pac-10.

-Long Jump/Triple Jump - senior Candice Baucham (No. 10 seed in LJ, 21-1.25/No. 4 seed in triple jump, 44-6), who at the West Region placed fifth in the triple jump (41-0.25) and second in the long jump (21-5.25w) and at the Pac-10, was second in both the long (21-1.25) and triple jumps (44-2).

-Shot Put/Hammer Throw - senior Jessica Cosby, who for the last week has been competing with pneumonia, is the No. 2 seed (57-10.25) in the shot put and No. 4 seed (217-5) in the hammer throw. In the hammer, Cosby is the Pac-10/UCLA record-holder (219-5). At the NCAA West Region, she won the hammer throw (213-11) and placed second (54-1) in the shot put. At the Pac-10, she became only the second woman in conference meet history (joining UCLA's Christina Tolson, 2001), to win both events (SP-56-1.75/HT-meet record 216-10) at the same league meet.

-Discus - senior Lara Saye (No. 3 seed, 188-0) and sophomore Kamaiya Warren (No. 7 seed, 183-3). Warren placed second (177-9) at the West Region and won the Pac-10 title (183-3) and Saye was fourth (170-2) at the West Region and fifth (175-7) at the Pac-10.

-Heptathlon - sophomore Nastassja Hall (No. 20 seed, 5,362 points) who placed fifth (5,224 points) at the Pac-10 multi-event championships.

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