UCLA Hosts USC Dual Meet Saturday At Drake Stadium

May 1, 2002

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On Saturday, May 4, the Bruins will host USC in the annual women's and men's dual meet at Drake Stadium (it will be UCLA's final home dual meet of the season).

The hammer throws will start at 9 a.m. and the rest of the field events will begin at 11 a.m. The running events will start at 12:30 p.m. and the meet will conclude at 4 p.m. with the running of the 4 X 400m relays.

National Rankings - This week (April 29), in Trackwire's (based on predicting how teams will finish at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor) fifth outdoor season poll, Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women are rated No. 4 (57 points) in the nation and the Trojan women are No. 1 (88 points; in 2001, the UCLA women won the NCAA Indoor title, the UCLA/USC dual meet and the Pac-10 title and USC won the NCAA Outdoor championship, with UCLA placing second). Art Venegas' UCLA men are tied for No. 18 (15 points), and the Trojan men are No. 22 (12 points).

In this week's (April 29) Team Power Ranking (based on individual marks and dual meet strength), in the women's ratings, UCLA is No. 1 (393.86). In the men's rankings, UCLA is No. 2 (358.71), behind No. 1 Tennessee (374.79), the defending NCAA Outdoor men's champion.

Television - Fox Sports West 2 will tape delay the 2002 USC at UCLA track and field meet, showing it on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.

Series History - USC hosted the meet in 2001. In women's competition, the Bruins won 85-78, winning for the ninth straight time (and leading the series 15-3; USC's last win was in 1992, 80-30 at Drake Stadium). In men's competition, the Trojans won 82-81, snapping UCLA's 22-meet victory streak, dating back to 1978 (USC leads the series 39-29, the Trojans won the first 33 duals, dating back to 1934;UCLA's first dual win over USC was 1966, 86-59).

Community Service - In conjunction with the meet, UCLA Athletic Department Community Service projects will include:

Team Prime Time - a local non-profit after school program for at-risk middle school students, sponsored an essay contest that asked students to respond to the following question: 'Why is an education important and how will it help you attain your future goals?' The authors of the winning essays submitted by Team Prime Time students, three boys and three girls, all received full scholarships to a UCLA Sports Camp this summer. The winners, accompanied by their parents and members of the Team Prime Time and Webster Middle School staff, will be presented at the UCLA-USC Track Meet on May 4. UCLA has provided prizes for all of the students who participated.

The winners of the essay contest are: Melinda Allen, Allen Hernandez, Kei'Sharra Stacy, ChynaStallworth, Daniel Stinson and Kevonne Wright.

I'm Going to College - the nation's largest collegiate community outreach effort, has touched the lives of thousands of elementary, middle and high school students across Southern California. Offered through Southern California school systems, this unique program couples the excitement and tradition of UCLA Athletic events with a message about the importance of higher education. UCLA Alumni, current students and student-athletes are instrumental in facilitating the success of this game-day program as they guide thousands of children and young adults through educational fairs, campus tours and specialattractions. They delight in the success of Bruin teams and leave 'I'm Going to College' events with a greater understanding of the college environment and a feeling that it is an attainable goal for their own futures.

Athletics for Youth - What began as a way to honor requests for ticket donations, ultimately grew into UCLA's Athletics for Youth program. It provides complimentary tickets to selected UCLA Athletic events to non-profit children's organizations and other charitable community groups. It encourages children to think about their educational futures and offers a first-hand look at the opportunities available through participation in sports.

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