Bruin Women Place Second in Team Scoring

June 2, 2001

Final Women's Team Scores (Top 10):
1. USC 64,
2. UCLA 55,
3. Arizona 44,
4. South Carolina 36,
5. Arkansas 31,
6. LSU 30,
7. Clemson 28,
8. Stanford 27,
9. Rice 25,
10. Texas 25.

UCLA Women

The UCLA women placed second with 55 points, behind winner USC 64. During hereight-years as the Bruin women's head coach, Jeanette Bolden has led UCLA toseven, Top 3 NCAA Outdoor finishes, including second-place in 1995-98-99-2001and third-place in 1994-97-2000. She has also led the Bruin women to thelast two NCAA Indoor Championships.

Jeanette Bolden - 'I knew we'd have to have a perfect day and USC wouldhave to make some mistakes. For a meet like this, USC has a lot of veteranathletes, we have more young athletes. Our team had a great effort. I knowgoing back to Los Angeles we have had a great freshman class, a greatrecruiting class coming in and we will reload.

Michelle Perry is the MVP of this meet. She competed in 11 events. I wish wehad today's results on Wednesday. Today we had our senior co-captains (Perry,Christina Tolson, Shakedia Jones). I wish I could reverse Wednesday andSaturday. The experience of USC was the difference in this meet.'

The Bruin women came into the meet ranked No. 1 in the U. S. and wereco-favorites to win the 2001 NCAA Outdoor with No. 2 USC (the Bruins hadalready beaten USC twice this season, in the dual meet and at the Pac-10).UCLA was in five women's finals on Saturday - senior Michelle Perry in theheptathlon, senior Christina Tolson in the hammer throw, junior DarneshaGriffith in the high jump, senior Shakedia Jones in the 100m and UCLA's 4 X400m relay.

Heptathlon - Perry, in just the second heptathlon of her career, placedsecond , with 5,759 points (a personal-best,, No. 3 in UCLA history, No. 7 inPac-10 history, previous PR was 5,657, on Friday, Perry also set a first-dayPR of 3,430 (second-place), previous first-day PR was 3,370). Here's abreakdown of her three events on Saturday. She earned eight points for theBruin women and her third All-American honor of this meet (on Friday, sheplaced seventh in the 400m hurdles and also on Saturday, she ran the openingleg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed fifth). In all Perry competed in 11events at the 2001 Outdoor.

Long Jump - Perry's mark of 19-2 was the seventh-best mark and earnedher 801 points. After five events, she was in third-place, with 4,231 points.

Javelin - Her mark of 124-2 (personal-best) was the ninth -besteffort and earned her 626 points. After six events, Perry was in third-place,with 4,857 points.

800m - Perry's time of 2:14.36 (personal-best) was the No. 2 mark,earning her 902 points and moving her up to second-place in the finalstandings.

Michelle Perry - 'Coming into the 800m, I knew I had to run it, Ijust didn't want to! It was a gutsy performance. The first time I ran the800m (in the heptathlon), my pace was too slow. The important thing for me inthis 800m was to run a comfortable pace. You have to stay strong and tough.You don't think about it, you just go out and do it. Coach (Bob) Kersee hashelped me out so much. When I'd get down on myself, he'd keep me going. Icame into this meet with the sixth best mark. I'm excited to perform thiswell, it's just my second-time ever in the heptathlon.'

Hammer Throw - senior Christina Tolson, who won the shot put on Thursday,came into the hammer throw with the No. 2 mark (214-7). She placed second inthe hammer with a mark of 215-0. She earned eight points forthe Bruin women.

Christina Tolson - 'We needed every team point we could get, I knewthat going into the event. I was focused. I knew I had to do it for the team.It was expected of me. This is my senior season and it's a nice way to go out(winning the shot put, second in the hammer).

High Jump - Junior Darnesha Griffith, who placed second in this event at thePac-10, was 13th,with a leap of 5-9 �.

100m - senior Shakedia Jones, who came into this meet with the No. 2 mark(11.13), placed second, with a wind-aided time of 11.10 (+2.9, her best everwind-aided mark, her best legal mark is 11.11), behind winner USC AngelaWilliams (11.05). Jones picked up eight team points for the Bruin women andearned her 10th career All-American honor.

Shakedia Jones - 'With about 20 meters left, Angela went into anothergear. I ran the race I was supposed to run. I ran a fast time. There was nopressure. I was confident. I'm glad I was able to get eight points for theteam. I was hoping for 10, but I'm happy.'

4 X 400m Relay - UCLA's relay of senior Michelle Perry, freshman SheenaJohnson, junior Ysanne Williams and freshman Adia McKinnon placed fifth, in atime of 3:36.09. The relay earned four points for the Bruin women.

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