UCLA Women Open Home T & F Season Saturday Drake Stadium

March 11, 2002

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team will open the 2002 collegiate home outdoor campaign on Saturday (March 16) at Drake Stadium, hosting California and Washington State in an early-season Pac-10 meet (the Bruin men will also be competing).

The women's hammer (followed by the men's hammer) will start at 8:30 a.m. and the rest of the field events will begin at 11 a.m. (women's javelin). The first running event (women's 3000m steeplechase) starts at 12:30 p.m. The meet will conclude at 3:55 p.m., with the women's and men's 4 X 400m relays. There will be dual and triangular scoring for the meet.

Last Week
The Bruin women last weekend (March 8-9) competed at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships, in Fayetteville, AR and hosted by the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center.

The Bruin women placed second with 43 points, behind champion LSU (57) and ahead of third-place Florida (35). UCLA's women won the NCAA Indoor T & F team titles in both 2001 and 2000.

UCLA Women at 2002 NCAA Indoor
Leading the Bruin women were sophomore runner Lena Nilsson, senior high jumper Darnesha Griffith and senior pole vaulter Tracy O'Hara.

Nilsson helped contribute 18 points to the UCLA women's team total. On Friday, after qualifying for Saturday's mile final (4:43.16, top time of the day), Nilsson ran the anchor leg (1600m) on UCLA's winning distance medley relay. The relay of junior Tiffany Burgess (1200m), freshman Monique Henderson (400m), junior Jessica Marr (800m) and Nilsson had the winning time of 10:58.19, a meet and Tyson record.

On Saturday, Nilsson placed second in the mile, with a season-best of 4:38.88.

Also on Saturday, Griffith won the high jump, tying her personal-best with a leap of 6-0 3/4.

O'Hara on Friday, placed second in the pole vault (13-11 1/4). The collegiate outdoor record-holder (14-7 1/4), O'Hara won the NCAA Indoor vault in 2000 and placed second last season.

UCLA's 4 X 400m relay and sophomore thrower Jessica Cosby also scored for the Bruins. The relay (senior Ysanne Williams, Henderson, Burgess and sophomore Sheena Johnson) placed fifth (3:36.59) and Cosby was sixth (53-10.50) in the shot put. Also in the shot put, junior Chaniqua Ross was 13th (50-10).

Earning All-America status for the third time in her career (but not scoring for the Bruins) was sophomore Cari Soong, who placed 10th (63-10 1/4, top eight Americans) in the 20lb. weight throw.

2002 Home Schedule
Following Saturday's meet with California and Washington State, the Bruins will host two more home meets at Drake Stadium - Saturday, April 13 vs. BYU and CS Northridge and Saturday, May 4, vs. USC in the traditional UCLA/USC dual meets.

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