UCLA Women Shine At Penn Relays In Philadelphia

April 27, 2001

Day Two (Friday)-Penn Relays*

On Friday during day-two of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, UCLA seniorShakedia Jones qualified for Saturday's championship final race in the women's100m.

In the women's 100m on Friday, there were three heats. Jones won heat twowith a time of 11.41 (season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier). Her mark was thesecond-fastest of the day, trailing only LSU's Muna Lee (11.31). Jones, Lee andseven other runners from Friday's heats will face in Saturday's final.

UCLA's other participant on Friday was freshman Sani Roseby in the women's100m hurdles. There were three heats in the event, with Roseby placing sixth inheat three, in a time of 14.33. She did not advance to Saturday's championshipfinal.

On Saturday, the final day of the Penn Relays, the UCLA women will haveJones in the 100m final, the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay in the final and UCLA's 4 X800m relay (senior Ysanne Williams, sophomore Jessica Marr, sophomore TiffanyBurgess and freshman Lena Nilsson), also in the championship final. UCLA's 4 X800m relay set a school record of 8:33.21 on April 5, winning the event at theTexas Relays.

*The Penn Relays will conclude on Saturday. The remainder of the Bruinwomen's team, along with Art Venegas' UCLA men's squad, on Saturday and Sundaywill compete in the Cal/Nevada Championships at UC Irvine. UCLA track and fieldresults from this weekend will be updated Sunday night on the web, atwww.uclabruins.com.

Day One (Thursday)-Penn Relays

UCLA freshman Sheena Johnson was a standout for the Bruin women on Thursdayduring the first day of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Johnson competed in the400m hurdles and on both Bruin relays during first day action at the PennRelays.

In the women's 400m hurdles, there were seven sections. Johnson and Bruinjunior Ysanne Williams ran in section one and the top four times from thatsection were the top four times of the day (a championship final is not run inthis event).

The winner was Harvard's Brenda Taylor (56.11), followed by Johnson's56.23, Texas' Angel Patterson (56.76) and Williams' (57.59). Taylor's time isthe top U. S. collegiate mark this season and Johnson's mark is No. 2 in the U.S. Her 56.23 is a personal-best, No. 4 in school history and an NCAA automaticqualifier. Williams' 57.59 is also a personal-best, No. 8 in school history andan NCAA provisional mark.

In the women's 4 X100m relay, there were 11 heats. UCLA ran in heat four,placing first, in a time of 45.29. UCLA's relay team was freshman Sani Roseby,Johnson, freshman Adia McKinnon and senior Shakedia Jones. UCLA's mark did notadvance to Friday's collegiate championship race.

In the women's 4 X 400m relay, there were 10 major college heats with thetop eight times qualifying for Saturday's collegiate championship. UCLA's relayof freshman Nicole Gaskins, Johnson, Williams and McKinnon, placed second inheat five, with a time of 3:36.38 (season-best outdoor mark, NCAA provisional).The Bruins did advance to Saturday's championship final. The winner of heat fivewas Clemson (3:35.86) and the top time was turned in by South Carolina(3:33.55).

Johnson, from Stafford, VA Garfield HS, is familiar with the Penn Relays.The 2000 U. S. Junior champion in the 400m hurdles (with her then-personal-bestof 56.82), Johnson last season became the first prep in Penn Relays history towin the 400m hurdles three consecutive seasons and was named the OutstandingFemale HS Athlete of last year's Penn Relays.Bruin senior Michelle Perry was to have run on a Bruin relay, but suffered fromfood poisoning on Thursday and was unable to run.

In a women's field event on Thursday, Bruin junior Darnesha Griffith placedsixth in the high jump, with a mark of 5-8.

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