Jeanette Bolden And Christina Tolson Named USTCA West Region Women's Coach/Athlete of the Year

May 25, 2001

UCLA women's head track and field coach Jeanette Bolden and Bruinsenior thrower Christina Tolson on Friday were named the U. S. TrackCoaches Association 2001 West Region Women's Coach and Athlete of the Year.

Bolden, in her eighth season as the UCLA women's track and fieldcoach, has guided the Bruins this spring to the 2001 Pacific-10Championship and an unbeaten 6-0 dual meet record. Under her guidance, theBruins have won the Pac-10 crown seven times, including the last fiveyears. One of UCLA's dual wins this season was over No. 2 USC, 85-78 on May5. As UCLA's head coach, Bolden has never lost to USC in a dual meet (8-0).UCLA is the favored women's team to win next week's NCAA OutdoorChampionships, May 30-June 2 in Eugene, OR. The Bruins have been ranked No.1 in the U. S on eight occasions this spring, including the last sixweeks. Last winter, Bolden directed the Bruin women to the 2001 NCAA Indoortitle, UCLA's second consecutive Indoor championship. In her eight-yearBruin career as head coach, she has been named the USTCA West RegionWomen's Coach of the Year six times, including the last five years in arow.

Tolson, from Fountain Valley, enters the 2001 NCAA Outdoor with thetop mark in the women's shot put (58-3 3/4, No. 4 in Pac-10/UCLA history)and No. 2 in the hammer throw (214-7, Pac-10/UCLA record). At last week'sPac-10 meet in Berkeley, Tolson won the shot put and for the secondconsecutive season, also won the hammer throw. Last winter at the NCAAIndoor, Tolson won the shot put (55-9 3/4) and was second in the weightthrow (68-9 3/4), helping the Bruin women win their second consecutiveIndoor crown. Overall in her career, she is a five-time NCAA Outdoor andIndoor All-American.

Bolden and Tolson are now eligible for the USTCA National Women'sCoach and Athlete of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the USTCABanquet on May 29 in Eugene.

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