Like In Dual Meet, UCLA Women Win 4 X 400m Relay Over USC To Win Fifth Consecutive Pac-10 Title

May 20, 2001

1. UCLA 155, 2. USC 153, 3. Stanford 120.50, 4. Washington State 101.50, 5.Arizona State 89, 6. Arizona 77, 7. California 54, 8. Oregon 35, 9.Washington 33 (this is the 15th annual Pac-10 women's meet and the Bruinwomen have now won the team title 12 times. In eight seasons under UCLA headcoach Jeanette Bolden, the Bruin women have won seven times, including thelast five years in a row).

(The Bruin Women started the day in eighth-place, with 12 points)

Like in the dual meet, when UCLA won the 4 X 400m relay to beat USC 85-78,the Pac-10 meet also came down to the 4 X 400m relay (there were two sectionsand UCLA and USC ran in section one). The UCLA relay of senior MichellePerry, junior Ysanne Williams, freshman Adia McKinnon and freshman SheenaJohnson placed first, with a time of 3:32.82 (overall, it was the best time). On the third leg in the final turn, McKinnon passed USC's Kinshasa Davisand Davis dropped the baton (the Trojans finished fifth overall, 3:45.61).

The Bruin and Trojan women are ranked Nos. 1 (UCLA) and 2 (USC) in thenation.

Bruin Head Coach Jeanette Bolden
'Last night at the team meeting, we focused on ways to get this done, not onwhere we were. Good teams find a way to win and we found a way to get itdone. I guess in some ways this was unexpected for us. We didn't competeMichelle Perry in the heptathlon, or run Shakedia Jones in the 100m. I thinkthe momentum from our dual win over USC carried over for us into this meet.Winning the Pac-10 is very important to us. In some ways, the win here issweeter than the dual victory. Hopefully, the momentum from this win willcarrry over for us into the NCAA.'

Field Finals

Hammer - Senior Christina Tolson, from Fountain Valley, defended her crown,winning with a mark of 214-7. The mark was a personal-best by one inch (herprevious-best was 214-6) and she broke her Pac-10 and UCLA record (by oneinch). It's also the No. 2 collegiate mark in the nation. Since 1996 (thefirst year of the event in conference competition), UCLA has won threechampionships, including the last two and two of the three. On Saturday,Tolson won the women's shot put, with a personal-best 58-3 �, it's the topcollegiate mark this year in the U. S. and No. 4 on the all-time Pac-10 andUCLA charts.

'Today in the hammer, I just concentrated on the things that got mehere,' Tolson said. 'My practices the last two weeks have been good. Iremained focused, relaxed and hit it. '

On the team race - 'You do what you have to do individually and theteam will come together.'

Discus - On her final throw, sophomore Chaniqua Ross, who entered the meetwith the conference's top mark (183-9), went from third-place to first,winning with a mark of 177-3. The Bruins have won this event the last threeyears (Seilala Sua won in 2000, 1999) and since 1987, UCLA has won thewomen's discus on 10 occasions. Freshman Lara Saye placed sixth (162-1).

'I was really technical today, just trying to focus on my technique,'said Ross. 'I wanted to do something a little more special earlier in thecompetition. It had to come down the the last throw, but I came here and didwhat I wanted to do, and that was to win the Pac-10. It's the first (title)for me and that just feels really good.'

Pole Vault - Junior Tracy O'Hara won her third consecutive vault crown, witha mark of 14-1 1/4. She tried three attempts at a collegiate record (14-8 �,she holds the mark of 14-7 �, 2000) but missed on her tries. Senior EricaHoernig was eighth (12-11) and junior Heather Sickler was 13th (12-3 �).High Jump - Junior Darnesha Griffith, the 2000 champion, placed second, witha mark of 5-10 � (season-best, NCAA provisional).

Triple Jump - Junior multi-sport standout Kristee Porter placed third (40-11�, season-best).

Track Finals

4 X 100m Relay - UCLA's relay of freshmen Sani Roseby, Sheena Johnson, AdiaMcKinnon and senior Shakedia Jones placed second, with a time of 43.64(UCLA's time was the same as winner USC, but the Trojans' Kinshasa Davisnipped Jones at the finish line). The mark was a season-best, NCAA automaticqualifier, No. 3 mark on the current collegiate chart and No. 3 in schoolhistory.

100m Hurdles - Senior Michelle Perry won this event for the third consecutiveyear, in a time of 13.50. She joins two other Bruins (Janeene Vickers,1989-91 and Joanna Hayes, 1996-98) as the only women in conference history(dating back to 1987, UCLA's Gail Devers won the first two 100m hurdleconference events in 1987-88) to win this event three years in a row.Freshman Sheena Johnson was fourth (13.82).

400m - Freshman Adia McKinnon, who had the best time (52.88) in the Pac-10entering the meet, won the event, in a time of 52.69 (personal-best, NCAAprovisional, No. 10 in UCLA history). Freshman Nicole Gaskins placed seventh(55.43).

100m - Freshman Sani Roseby placed fourth (11.73).

800m - The Bruins qualified four runners in this race and finishedthird-through-sixth (18 team points for the Bruin women) - freshman LenaNilsson was third (2:06.08, season-best, NCAA provisional), junior YsanneWilliams was fourth (2:06.78), sophomore Jessica Marr was fifth (2:06.83,personal-best, NCAA provisional) and sophomore Tiffany Burgess was sixth(2:06.92).

200m - Senior Shakedia Jones was fourth (23.44) and freshman Adia McKinnonwas fifth (24.04).

400m Hurdles - Freshman Sheena Johnson won the event in a time of 56.02(personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 4 in UCLA history), with senior MichellePerry placing second (57.21).

4 X 400m Relay - In the final, there were two sections, with the UCLA relayof senior Michelle Perry, junior Ysanne Williams, freshman Adia McKinnon andfreshman Sheena Johnson placing first, with a time of 3:32.82 (overall, itwas the best time) . On the third leg in the final turn, McKinnon passedUSC's Kinshasa Davis and Davis dropped the baton (the Trojans finished fifthoverall, 3:45.61).

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