UCLA Track Travels To Eugene, Ore. For 2001 NCAA Outdoor

May 29, 2001

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This Week - 2001 NCAA Outdoor W/M T & F Championships - Wed.-Sat., May 30-June 2, Eugene, OR

The 2001 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships will be held May 30-June 2 (Wed.-Sat.) in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon. Scoring will be 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Last winter, Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women won the 2001 NCAA Indoor title (for the second year in a row). The Bruin women are looking to become the third women's team in collegiate track and field history to win both the NCAA Outdoor and Indoor crowns in the same season (LSU did it eight times, 1997-96-95-94-93-91-89-87 and Texas on three occasions, 1999-98-86).

The 2001 NCAA Woman's Outdoor will again be a dual between No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 USC and, like the first two encounters this season, the NCAA Outdoor could come down to the final event of the day, the 4 X 400m relay. On May 5 in the annual dual meet at USC, UCLA won the 4 X 400m relay (UCLA 3:32.76-USC 3:33.17) to beat the Trojans, 85-78 (it was UCLA's ninth consecutive win over USC). Then, at the Pac-10 on May 19-20 in Berkeley, UCLA again won the 4 X 400m relay (UCLA 3:32.82-USC, dropped the baton during the third leg and placed fifth, 3:45.61) and won the league crown with 155 points, ahead of USC's 153.

The UCLA women have won the NCAA Outdoor twice (the Bruins won the first two women's NCAA Outdoor meets in 1982 and '83). During Bolden's seven+ seasons as head coach, the Bruin women have finished in the Top three at the NCAA Outdoor on six occasions, including second-place finishes in 1999-98-95 (the UCLA women placed third in 2000-97-94).

The Bruin men have won the NCAA Outdoor eight times (1988-87-78-73-72-71-66-56). In the 1990s, the UCLA men finished in the Top 10 on seven occasions (1998-97-96-95-93-92-90).

Here's a list of the Bruin qualifiers:

UCLA Women (15)
In women's competition, the Bruins have three national leaders - freshman Sheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.02), defending champion junior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (14-6) and senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (58-3 3/4).

UCLA Women (event, athlete, mark, seeding)-
100m - senior Shakedia Jones, 11.13 (2)
400m - freshman Adia McKinnon, 52.69 (9)
800m - junior Ysanne Williams, 2:05.51 (9)
freshman Lena Nilsson, 2:06.08 (16)
sophomore Tiffany Burgess, 2:06.13 (17)
100m Hurdles -freshman Sani Roseby,13.40 (22)
400m Hurdles-freshman Sheena Johnson, 56.02 (1) senior Michelle Perry, 56.23 (4)
4 X 100m Relay - Roseby, Johnson, McKinnon, Jones,alternate-freshman Nicole Gaskins,43.64 (5)
4 X 400m Relay - McKinnon, Johnson, Williams, Perry, alternate- Gaskins, 3:32.76(5)
High Jump - junior Darnesha Griffith, 5-10 3/4 (19)
Pole Vault - junior Tracy O'Hara, 14-6 (1)
senior Erica Hoernig, 13-5 1/4 (7)
junior Heather Sickler, 13-3 1/2 (13)
Shot Put - senior Christina Tolson, 58-3 3/4 (1)
sophomore Chaniqua Ross, 54-3 3/4 (6)
Discus - sophomore Chaniqua Ross, 183-9 (3)
Hammer - senior Christina Tolson, 214-7 (2)
Heptathlon - senior Michelle Perry, 5,657 (6)

UCLA Men (5) (event, athlete, mark, seeding)-
400m Hurdles - sophomore Kyle Erickson, 50.54 (18)
Pole Vault - freshman Yoo Kim, 17-4 1/2 (18)
Shot Put - freshman Dan Ames, 63-10 1/4 (8)
junior Scott Moser, 62-4 1/2 (13)
Discus - junior Scott Moser, 206-8 (3)
freshman Dan Ames, 196-8 (8)
Javelin - sophomore Nate Marum, 228-11 (13)

2001 Pac-10 W/M T & F Championships - May 19-20, Berkeley, CA

UCLA's women won the 2001 Pac-10 title for the fifth consecutive season under Jeanette Bolden (UCLA has won the women's title seven times during Bolden's eight seasons as head coach) and the Bruin men finished third.

In women's scoring, UCLA won with 155 points (the Bruins were in eighth-place after day one with 12 points), ahead of No. 2 USC 153. The rest of the team scoring was -3. Stanford 120.5, 4. Washington State 101.5, 5. Arizona State 89, 6. Arizona 77, 7. California 54, 8. Oregon 35, 9. Washington 33. UCLA has now the Pac-10 women's crown 12 times, including the last five and eight of the last nine, in the 15-year history of the meet.

In men's scoring, the Bruins were third, with 115.5 points (UCLA was in first-place after day one with 53 points), behind No. 1 Stanford (142) and No. 2 USC (136). Finishing behind the Bruins were - 4. Arizona State 109.5, 5. Oregon 86.5, 6. California 85, 7. Washington State 67.5, 8. Washington 42, 9. Arizona 32. UCLA's men have won the league title 16 times, including six occasions in the 1990s (1992-93-94-95-96-98).

The UCLA women had eight event winners at the 2001 conference meet - freshman Adia McKinnon in the 400m (52.69), senior Michelle Perry, for the third consecutive season, in the 100m hurdles (13.50), freshman Sheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.02), 4 X 400m relay (3:32.82), junior Tracy O'Hara, for the third straight year, in the pole vault (14-1 1/4), senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (58-3 3/4) and for the second consecutive season in the hammer throw (214-7, Pac-10/UCLA record) and sophomore Chaniqua Ross in the discus (177-3).

At the Pac-10 meet, UCLA's men were led by junior Scott Moser, winning the discus (199-4) and placing second in the shot put (62-0 1/4) and fifth in the hammer (194-4). Freshman Dan Ames placed second in the discus (190-2), fourth in the shot put (61-3 1/2) and seventh in the hammer (190-10). Also at the Pac-10, sophomore Jared Drake was third (1`7-3, personal-best) in the pole vault (16-11) and junior Nate Marum was fourth in the javelin (217-10).

UCLA at the 2001 Pac-10 (Event-by-Event)Women
100m - freshman Sani Roseby placed fourth (11.73, 11.69Q). Junior Eboni Grayson did not advance to the final (13.21).

200m - senior Shakedia Jones was fourth (23.44, 23.53Q) and freshman Adia McKinnon was fifth (24.04, 23.88Q). Freshman Nicole Gaskins did not advance to the final (24.56, season-best)

400m - McKinnon, entering the meet with the best time (52.88), won with a mark of 52.69 (personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 10 in school history, 53.69Q) and Gaskins was seventh (55.43, 55.01Q). Junior Bunmi Ogunleye did not advance to the final (56.29).

800m - The Bruins qualified four runners and finished third-through-sixth (18 team points). Freshman Lena Nilsson was third (2:06.08, season-best, NCAA provisional, 2:09.37Q), junior Ysanne Williams was fourth (2:06.78. 2:07.05Q), sophomore Jessica Marr was fifth (2:06.83, personal-best, NCAA provisional, 2:07.95Q) and sophomore Tiffany Burgess was sixth (2:06.92, 2:07.19Q). Senior Bridie Hatch did not advance to the final (2:19.01).

1500m - no entries

3000m Steeplechase - Sophomore Elaine Canchola placed seventh (10:39.62, personal-best, UCLA record).

5000m - no entries

10,000m - no entries

100m Hurdles - Senior Michelle Perry won this event for the third consecutive year, in a time of 13.50 (13.32Q). 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 hurdle conference events in 1987-88) to win this event three years in row. Freshman Sheena Johnson was fourth (13.82, 13.65Q). Roseby did not advance to the final (13.78w).

400m Hurdles - Johnson won the event in a time of 56.02 (personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 4 in school history, 57.02Q), with Perry placing second (57.21, 57.85Q).

4 X 100m Relay - Roseby, Johnson, McKinnon and Jones placed second, with a time of 43.64 (UCLA's time was the same as winner USC, but the Trojans' Kinshasa Davis nipped Jones at the finish line). The mark was a season-best, NCAA automatic and No. 3 in school history).

4 X 400m Relay - In the final, there were two sections, with the UCLA relay of Perry, Williams, McKinnon and Johnson placing first, with a time of 3:32.82 (overall the best time). On the third leg in the final turn, McKinnon passed USC's Kinshasa Davis and Davis dropped the baton (the Trojans finished fifth overall, 3:45.61).

High Jump - junior Darnesha Griffith, the defending champion, placed second (5-10 3/4, season-best, NCAA provisional), freshman Julie Stevenson was 12th (5-5) and senior Heather Newlin was 14th (5-5).Pole Vault - Junior Tracy O'Hara won her third consecutive vault crown, with a mark of 14-1 1/4. She tried three attempts at the collegiate outdoor record (14-8 1/2, she holds the mark of 14-7 1/4, 2000), but missed on her tries. Senior Erica Hoernig was eighth (12-11) and junior Heather Sickler was 13th (12-3 1/4).

Long Jump - Ogunleye was 11th (18-4 1/4) and Perry was 15th (17-3 1/4).

Triple Jump - Bruin multi-sport standout, junior Kristee Porter, placed third (40-11 3/4, season-best), Grayson was 12th (34-11) and Stevenson was 13th (34-11).

Shot Put - senior Christina Tolson won with a personal-best 58-3 3/4. It's No. 1 on the current collegiate list, an NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 4 in Pac-10 and UCLA history. It was the second time in two weeks Tolson recorded a PR in the shot put (5/5, 58-2 1/2). In UCLA history, theBruin women have now won 12 consecutive Pac-10 shot put titles, all coached by Art Venegas, dating back to 1990. Sophomore Chaniqua Ross, who came into the meet with the No. 2 mark (54-3 3/4), was ninth (48-0 3/4).

Discus - On her final throw, Ross, who entered the meet with the conference's top mark (183-9), went from third-place-to-first, winning with an effort of 177-3. The Bruins have won this event the last three years (Seilala Sua, 1999-2000) and since 1987, UCLA has won the women's discus on 10 occasions, all coached by Art Venegas. Freshman Lara Saye was sixth (162-1).

Hammer - Tolson defended her crown, winning with a mark of 214-7. It was a personal-best by one inch and she broke her Pac-10/UCLA record (her previous best was 214-6). It's the No. 2 collegiate mark in the U. S. Since 1996 (the first year of the event in conference competition), UCLA has won three of the last four championships.

Javelin - no entries

Heptathlon - no entries


100m - UCLA did not advance an athlete to the final. In qualifying, sophomore Michael Lipscomb ran a 10.59 and senior Bryan Harrison pulled up at the end of his race and ran an 11.03.

200m - In the final, Lipscomb placed fifth (21.43w, 21.27Q), after pulling up at the end of his 4 X 100m relay leg.

400m - Freshman Denye Versher (47.54,47.48Q) was sixth and freshman Rodney Diggs placed seventh (47.59,47.65Q). Freshman Warren Rogers did not advance (47.77Q).

800m - Senior Paul Muite placed seventh (1:52.07, 1:51.53Q).

1500m - no entries

3000m Steeplechase - Senior Mason Moore was eighth (9:07.82) and junior Andrew Wulf was 12th (9:15.91).5000m - Senior Will Bernaldo was eighth (14:25.38).

10,000m - Junior Bryan Green placed third (29:45.30) and Bernaldo was eighth (30:03.64).

110m Hurdles - Freshman Chuckie Ryan was fifth (14.09, 14:08wQ). Sophomore Kyle Erickson did not advance (14.40Q).

400m Hurdles - Senior John Hall was third (51.61, 51.08Q) and sophomore John Barbieri placed seventh (52.43, 51.53Q, personal-best). In the prelims, Erickson, who had the best time (50.54) entering the meet, was disqualified (trail leg violation).

4 X 100m Relay - Running with two injured performers (Lipscomb and Harrison), the Bruin relay of Versher, Rogers, Lipscomb and Harrison placed seventh (41.14, 40.23Q).

4 X 400m Relay - UCLA's relay of Diggs, Erickson, Versher and Rogers placed fourth (3:09.47).

High Jump - no entries

Pole Vault - Sophomore Jared Drake was third (17-3, personal-best) and freshman Yoo Kim placed fifth (16-11). Senior Steve Michels no-heighted.

Long Jump - Freshman Oliver Jackson was fourth (23-9 1/2) and fellow-freshman Juaune Armon was sixth (23-2).

Triple Jump - Armon was third (49-8 1/4, personal-best by almost a foot), senior David Kurien was sixth (49-0 3/4) and Jackson was 11th (45-7).

Shot Put - UCLA got 16 points in the shot put - junior Scott Moser placed second (62-0 1/4), freshman Dan Ames was fourth (61-3 1/2) and sophomore Scott Wiegand was sixth (59-5 1/2).

Discus - The Bruins recorded 23 points in this event - Moser was first (199-4), Ames second (190-2) and Wiegand fourth (184-9, personal-best). In the 1990s, UCLA won this event four times, including three consecutive wins by John Godina, 1993-94-95, all coached by Art Venegas).

Hammer - Moser was fifth (194-4) and Ames seventh (190-10).

Javelin - Junior Nate Marum was fourth (217-10).

Decathlon - no entries

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