Henderson and Baucham Break Records En Route to NCAA Titles

June 11, 2005

Sacramento, CA - UCLA senior Monique Henderson (400m) and senior Candice Baucham (triple jump) won individual event national titles and senior Jessica Cosby earned All-American honors in the hammer throw and shot put to highlight the Bruin women's individual performances on Saturday, the final day of the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento (Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex). The weather was dry and hot (attendance 10,200).

In the team standings, UCLA, the Bruin women were the defending NCAA Outdoor Championships, picked up 32 points on the final day to finish with a total of 48 points, good for second-place (tied with South Carolina) in the team standings. Texas won the women's team title, followed by (top 5 of 29 teams) - 1. Texas 55, 2. UCLA/South Carolina 48, 4. Tennessee 40, 5. Stanford 29.Monique Henderson

The senior from San Diego (Morse HS) won the 400m in a personal-best time of 50.10 (fifth-fastest all-time collegiate/NCAA Meet Record, old mark-50.18, Alabama's Pauline Davis,1989/Pac-10 Record, old mark-50.33, Arizona State's Maicel Malone, 1991/UCLA Record, old mark-50.53, Monique Henderson, 2004). She becomes the second woman in UCLA history to win the NCAA Outdoor 400m - joining UCLA great, the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, who won the title in 1983 (50.94). Henderson picked up 10 team points for the Bruins.

Henderson's time at the 200m mark of her winning race was 23.5. She dominated the race from start to finish (second-place, Florida's Tiandra Ponteen, had a time of 50.83). It's Henderson's first NCAA individual event championship (as a freshman in 2002, she ran on UCLA's winning DMR at the NCAA Indoor).

'This feels really good,' said Henderson, who will compete in two weeks at the USA Outdoor in Carson. 'I wanted to end my college career this way. I went out fast in the first 200m - I wanted to finish and I just kept running through it. I never felt that I had it won, Ponteen is a strong finisher - I just kept working and focused on getting to the finish line. It's a race where I put it all together - it's the one thing that's been on my mind the whole season.'

The Sacramento track has been good to Henderson. Last summer at the USA Trials, she made the U. S. squad (ran a then-personal-best 50.53) and went on to win a gold medal on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay at the Athens Olympics.

'I'm very happy with my time today, it's definitely a bonus,' Henderson said. 'In my mind, I was not thinking about a time, I wanted to come out to win.'

After the race, Bruin head coach Jeanette Bolden said, 'Monique has handled the pressure all season like a true champion.'Candice Baucham

The senior from Inglewood (Long Beach Poly) wins her first NCAA event championship, placing first in the triple jump with a personal-best and U. S. leading 46-2(0.7w, on her last jump). Her mark is fifth on the all-time collegiate list and ties for sixth on the all-time U. S. charts.

Baucham's leap was a meet record (old mark, 46-0.75, California's Shelia Hudson, 1990), Pac-10 record (Hudson's 46-0.75) and school-record (old mark, 44-10.25, Roshanda Glenn, 1994). She came into the meet as the No. 4 seed (season-best 44-6). During her four-day NCAA stay, she picked up 14 team points for the Bruins -10 in the triple jump and four in the long jump (Baucham placed fifth in the long on Wednesday, 20-9.25). Baucham's 10 points in the triple jump did momentarily put the Bruins in first -place with 48 points (to Texas' 45)

'It was a good competition,' said Baucham, who in her career had earned three All-American triple jump honors. 'I was not on the board early in the competition, so I just kept moving up and slowly getting better and better. My second jump was a (then) personal best (45-3), but my coach told me I had more in me and they just kept coming (her fifth jump was 45-5.75 and then her final leap was 46-2).

'It's been a long journey,' she said. 'Ever since I got here-I've been thinking how this is my last collegiate competition. That's why I wanted to double (long jump/triple jump), because I knew I'd never have another opportunity like this. I gave it everything I had.

'I knew it (a jump over 46 feet) was there-I'd been patient and waiting,' said Baucham. 'This is the first time I've scored in both events. I couldn't ask for anything better.' Baucham becomes the first woman in UCLA history to win the NCAA Outdoor triple jump title.Cosby Gets 12 points for Bruins

Senior Jessica Cosby picked up 12 points for the Bruin women on Saturday- placing third in both the hammer throw and shot put. Her hammer throw mark was 209-6 and in the shot put, Cosby had a 55-1.50. The Pac-10 record-holder in the hammer throw (219-5) who won the NCAA Outdoor shot put in 2002, Cosby ends her Bruin career as a six-time All-American.

On Saturday, sophomore Nastassja Hall completed her second day of competition in the heptathlon, finishing in 20th-place (5,115 points/Hall came into the competition as the No. 20 seed/5,362 points). In the final three events of the heptathlon on Saturday, Hall's marks were - 18-5.75(-0.8w/13th overall) in the long jump, 107-00 in the javelin(16th overall) and 2:19.82 in the 800m (eighth overall).

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