Monique Henderson Nominated for the Track & Field Honda Sports Award

June 1, 2005

UCLA senior Monique Henderson, seeded No. 1 in the 400m at next week's 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento (June 8-11), has been nominated for the Track & Field Honda Sports Award.

Joining Henderson as nominees are - Texas sophomore Marshevet Hooker (100m), Tennessee sophomore Tianna Madison (long jump) and USC senior Virginia Powell (100m hurdles).

Already this season, Henderson was named the Mondo West Region Female Athlete of the Year. 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. During her Bruin career - she helped lead UCLA last season to the NCAA Outdoor team title, was an NCAA champion in 2002 on the Bruins' NCAA Indoor distance medley relay, is an eight-time All-American, seven-time Pac-10 champion and six-time NCAA West Region champion.

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced the track & field finalists on Tuesday. In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's University. The winner's program will receive $5,000. The winner will be decided by nationwide voting among NCAA member schools and will receive the 2004-05 Honda Award for track & field and become a nominee for The Honda-Broderick Cup, awarded annually to the nation's outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Henderson is the 11th Bruin in history to be nominated for the Honda Track & Field honor - thrower Christina Tolson (2001), pole vaulter Tracy O'Hara (2001-00), thrower Seilala Sua (2000-99), discus thrower Suzy Powell (1997), high jumper Amy Acuff (1995), thrower Dawn Dumble (1995), thrower Tracie Millett (1990), sprinter Gail Devers (1988), heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1985/1983) and sprinter Evelyn Ashford (1977).

The Bruins have had two athletes win the Honda Track & Field Honor - Ashford (1977) and Joyner-Kersee (1985/1983). In 1985, Joyner-Kersee won the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation's outstanding woman's collegiate athlete.

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (sponsored by Honda) is in its 29th year and recognizes the top woman collegiate athlete in each of 12 NCAA sanctioned sports. Ballots are distributed during the year to senior woman administrators at all NCAA- member schools for each of the 12 sports to determine award winners in each sport. Nominees on the ballots are selected by the national governing bodies of each sport.

UCLA already has one sport winner this season - senior All-American and 2005 NCAA vault and beam champion Kristen Maloney was given the 2004-05 Honda Award for gymnastics.

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