UCLA Track Teams Travel to Austin, Texas Relays
April 2, 2001
UCLA's track and field teams will travel to Austin this week for the 74thrunning of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. This year's relays will featuremore than 5,000 high school, collegiate and professional athletes competing in117 events at the four-day meet, which begins Wednesday, April 4 and concludesSaturday, April 7.
Last Saturday, March 31, UCLA's women and men track and field teamsdefeated UC Irvine, Azusa Pacific and CS Los Angeles in quadrangular scoring atDrake Stadium.
Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad won with 252 points, followed by UCIrvine 140.5, Azusa Pacific 105 and CS Los Angeles 83.5. Art Venegas' UCLA men'steam won its quad meet with 256 points, followed by Azusa Pacific 138, UC Irvine122 and CS Los Angeles 57.
In women's competition, Bruin senior Christina Tolson, from Fountain Valleyand the 2001 NCAA Indoor shot put champion , won three throwing events ' shotput (54-6 3/4), discus (145-4) and hammer (203-10). A double winner in the fieldevents was UCLA junior Darnesha Griffith, who won the high jump (5-10) and thetriple jump (38-10 1/2). CS Los Angeles junior Nicole Duncan, the NCAA Div. IIIndoor long jump champion, won the long jump (20-4 1/2) and the 100m (11.78).The Bruin women won both relays (4 X 100m, 45.15, 4 X 400m, 3:43.64, outdoorseason best), with senior Michelle Perry running on both relays and winning the100m hurdles (13.75). UCLA junior Tracy O'Hara won the collegiate pole vault(13-5 1/2), with Canada's Stephanie McCann, competing unattached, setting aCanadian National record (13-9 1/4).
In men's competition, Bruin freshman Juaune Armon, from San Jose, won boththe long (24-0 1/4) and triple jumps (48-9) in personal-best marks. Bruinsophomore Scott Wiegand won the shot put (57-2 1/4) and the discus (161-6). TheBruins won both relays (4 X 100m, 40.33, season-best, 4 X 400m, 3:12.35,season-best), with junior Michael Lipscomb running on the 4 X 100m relay andwinning the 200m (21.31) and senior Bryan Harrison running on the 4 X 400m relayand victorious in the 100m (10.61, season-best).
Also last Saturday, the Bruins had several throwers compete at the UC SanDiego Throwing Invitational. In the men's discus invitational at UCSD, juniorScott Moser placed fourth, with a personal-best and new Bruin junior classrecord of 206-8 (the old mark was 204-2, set by John Godina, 1994) and redshirtfreshman Dan Ames was seventh (personal-best 196-8). In the women's discusinvitational, sophomore Chaniqua Ross was seventh (173-11, season-best) andfreshman Lara Saye was ninth (168-11, personal-best). The women's discus invitehad two former UCLA standouts place one-two ' Seilala Sua was first (215-4) andSuzy Powell second (209-8).
Looking ahead, on Saturday, April 14, UCLA will host its final home meet ofthe season at Drake Stadium, against Nebraska and CS Northridge. In last week'sTrackwire National Top 25, the Bruin women were ranked No. 1 and Nebraska wastied for No. 13 (with California) and in the men's Top 25, the Cornhuskers weretied for No. 22 (with six other schools) and the Bruins were not rated. Thisweek's Trackwire Top 25 will be released April 3.