UCLA Women Win Dual Meet With USC, 111-92 Before 8,094 At Drake Stadium On Saturday

May 4, 2002

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, ranked No. 4 inthe U. S., defeated USC, rated No. 1 in the country, 111-92 on Saturday(May 4) before 8,094 at Drake Stadium. It was the 10th straight season theBruin women have beaten USC in the dual meet.

Leading the UCLA women were junior Tiffany Burgess, sophomore SheenaJohnson and freshman Monique Henderson.

Burgess, from Van Nuys Birmingham HS, won the 800m, in a collegiatebest time of 2:03.73 (personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, and a newBruin school record, breaking the old mark of 2:04.73, Francie Larrieu,1974). Burgess also placed fifth in the 1500m (4:39.85).

Johnson, from Stafford, VA Garfield HS, won the 400m hurdles in acollegiate best mark of 56.56 (season-best, NCAA automatic qualifier).Johnson also placed second in the 100m hurdles (13.53, season-best, NCAAprovisional qualifier) and ran on both of UCLA's relays (third leg, 4 X100m, second-place, 44.85, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier; thirdleg, 4 X 400m relay, first-place, 3:32.02, season-best, NCAA automaticqualifier, No. 5 in school history).

Henderson, from Morse HS in San Diego, recorded the third-fastesttime in the world this season in the 400m, winning the event in 51.33(season-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 2 in school history).Henderson, the prep 400m national record-holder (50.74), also anchored bothof UCLA's relays.

UCLA's other winners on the track were ' freshman Carolyn Shea in the3000m steeplechase (10:57.18), freshman Alejandra Barrientos in the 5000m(17:23.26) who was also second in the 1500m (4:31.83) and sophomore LenaNilsson, who won the 1500m (4:26.66) and placed second in the 800m(2:03.89, personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 2 current collegiatemark, No. 2 in school history).

In the field, the Bruins were led by sophomore Cari Soong, who wonthe hammer throw (209-1, meet record, old mark, 207-3, Christina Tolson,UCLA, 2001); senior Darnesha Griffith, winning the high jump (5-8 3/4),placing third in the triple jump (38-2 1/4, season-legal best) and fourthin the long jump (19-9 1/2, personal-best); freshman Jessica Cosby, takingfirst place in the shot put (54-10, personal-best, NCAA automaticqualifier, No. 7 in school history) and third in the hammer throw (185-9);senior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (13-0 3/4) and junior Chaniqua Ross, winning thediscus (178-10, season-best, NCAA automatic qualifier) and placing fifth inthe shot put (51-8 1/4, season outdoor opener, NCAA provisional qualifier).

The only women's double individual event winner was USC senior AngelaWilliams, who won both the 100m (11.30) and 200 (23.56). She also ran thefirst leg on USC's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.71, tied for the No. 1 markon the current collegiate chart).

The Bruin women lead the overall series with USC 16-3. In the 2002outdoor season, UCLA is 5-0 in dual meets and in her eight+ year career asthe UCLA women's head coach, Bolden is now 68-0 overall, including a 9-0mark vs. USC.

The Bruin and Trojan women will continue to battle throughout theremainder of the 2002 outdoor collegiate season. Washington State (Pullman,WA) is hosting the upcoming 2002 Pacific-10 Championships (Pac-10multi-events, May 11-12; Pac-10 Championships, May 18-19) and LSU (BatonRouge, LA) is hosting the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships (May 29-June 1).In 2001, the UCLA women won the NCAA Indoor title, beat USC in the dualmeet and at the Pac-10, but the Trojan women won the NCAA Outdoor title,with UCLA placing second.

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