UCLA Women Place Third at Illinois Women's T & F Invite

Jan. 28, 2002

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team placed third on Saturday (Jan. 26) atthe Illinois Women's Invitational, held at Champaign, IL.

The Bruins, preseason rated No. 5 among women's collegiate indoor teams, finished thirdwith 124.00 points, behind winner and host No. 7 Illinois (141.00), second-place No. 19 BYU (135.00)and finishing fourth was No. 15 Miami (FL) (103.00).

UCLA, the two-time defending NCAA Indoor team champions, was led by sophomoreSheena Johnson (400m) and seniors, Darnesha Griffith (high jump) and Tracy O'Hara (pole vault),all event winners.

Johnson won the 400m (54.32 NCAA provisional qualifier) and also placed fourth in thetriple jump (38-4.75). Griffith won the high jump (5-10, NCAA provisional qualifier) and was eighthin the long jump (17-10.75) and seventh in the triple jump (36-10.50). O'Hara won the pole vault(13-6.25, NCAA automatic qualifier).

UCLA's 4 X 400m (3:43.67, NCAA provisional qualifier) and distance medley (11:23.18,NCAA provisional qualifier) relays also placed first.

Second-place Bruin finishers included - junior Tiffany Burgess in the 800m (2:13.54),freshman Jamie Kolar in the pole vault (11-3.75) and junior Cari Soong in the 20 lb. weight throw(61-6.75, NCAA provisional qualifier). Soong also was seventh in the shot put (41-5.75).

UCLA's third-place finisher was senior Suzanne Lynn in the shot put (44-11.50).

The UCLA women and men's teams continue the 2002 collegiate indoor campaign onSaturday (Feb. 2) at the Washington Invitational in Seattle.

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