Two Former Bruins Punch Their Tickets To Beijing Olympic Games

June 29, 2008

Former Bruins Sheena (Johnson) Tosta and Suzy Powell Roos became the first UCLA athletes to punch their tickets to the Beijing Olympic Games as they both finished in the top-three in their respective events at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR on Sunday.

Powell Roos finished in the runner-up position in the discus with a mark of 206-5 and will head to Beijing for her third Olympic competition (member of the U.S. team at the 1996 Athens and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games).

'I am obviously very pleased to be back on the Olympic team,' said Powell Roos. 'I thought I competed well. I still feel like I had a couple more meters left in me. I know for sure my best throw is still ahead of me. I haven't thrown nearly what I am capable of yet, but it is a big honor to be back on the team. I am just thankful.

'I think it is just going to be continuing to refine the technique. I actually figured some things out today. Hopefully we can get a couple meets in this summer as we go into Beijing and kind of fine tune things.

'I'm feeling good. I'm going to Beijing. I knew I had my work cut out for me, and I have been searching for good technique. I am honored to be back on the Olympic Team.'

Tosta was third in the 400m hurdles with her time of 54.62. She will head to Beijing and will compete in her second Olympic Games (she was 4th in Athens in 2004).

'My strategy this year has been not to compete too much and save myself for the Olympics and it has worked,' said Tosta.

'I am kind of happy because my last two years, including 2004, three of the last four years I have ran my fastest time at nationals and come later on the in season, I haven't been able to come back down. So it is really good to know I have more in the tank.'

Also on Sunday at the Trials, former Bruin Monique Henderson easily advanced to the semifinal round of the 400m as she posted the eighth-best time of the day (52.24).

On the men's side, 2007 graduate Brandon Johnson placed sixth in the intermediate hurdles with a run of 48.72. Also, former Bruin Craig Everhart was 26th overall in the 400m with a time of 48.08.

For full Olympic Trials results, click here.

**Quotes courtesy of USA Track & Field

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