UCLA Women's Track Wraps Up Action At Penn Relays

April 29, 2001

Final Day (Saturday)-Penn Relays

In women's collegiate championship final races on Saturday at the Penn Relays inPhiladelphia, UCLA senior Shakedia Jones was second in the 100m, UCLA's 4 X 800mrelay placed third and the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay was sixth. Saturday was thefinal day of the Penn Relays.

In the 100m, Jones placed second with a time of 11.45. First-place went to LSU'sMuna Lee (11.24) and third-place was Indiana's Rachelle Boone (11.51). OnFriday, Jones qualified for the championship race with an 11.41 (season-best,NCAA provisional qualifying mark).

In the 4 X 800m relay, UCLA's third-place time was 8:28.61, a new school record(the Bruins set the record on April 5, winning the event at the Texas Relays, in8:33.21). Running for the Bruins were senior Bridget Hatch (2:08.8), sophomoreJessica Marr (2:06.2), sophomore Tiffany Burgess (2:07.2) and freshman LenaNilsson (2:06.4). The first-place relay was Florida (8:24.25) and second-placewas Georgetown (8:24.67).

In the 4 X 400m relay, UCLA's sixth-place time was 3:35.38, a season-bestand NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Running for the Bruins were freshman AdiaMcKinnon, freshman Sheena Johnson, freshman Nicole Gaskins and junior YsanneWilliams. The winning relay was South Carolina (3:28.34). UCLA qualified forSaturday's championship race by running a 3:36.38 (second-best time of theseason, NCAA provisional qualifier) during Thursday's prelims.

Looking ahead, UCLA's women and men will travel across town on Saturday(May 5) for the annual dual meet with USC. Held at USC Cromwell Field/LokerStadium, the field events will start at 11 a.m. and the running events at 11:15a.m.

Day Two (Friday)-Penn Relays

UCLA Senior Shakedia Jones Qualifies for Saturday's 100m Final

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 compete 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 last 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. UCLA's 4 X 800m relay set a school record of 8:33.21 on April 5,winning the event at the Texas 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.

Day One (Thursday)-Penn Relays

UCLA Freshman Sheena Johnson First-Day Standout At 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 scheduled to run on a Bruin relay, but sufferedfrom food poisoning on Thursday and was unable to participate.

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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