Ross Top Collegian At Oxy Invite In Discus PR of 184-9, No. 8 In School History

May 12, 2002

This weekend (May 11-12) the UCLA women and men's track & field teamscompeted at the Modesto and Occidental Invitationals.

Also this weekend in Pullman, WA, Washington State hosted thePacific-10 Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships. For the Bruin men,senior Octavious Gillespie placed seventh in the decathlon, with 6,765points, picking up two points for Art Venegas' UCLA men's team. Alsocompeting for the Bruins in the conference decathlon meet was junior AndrewPhillips, placing 10th with 6,464 points. The Bruin women did not have anentry in the heptathlon (Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won theevent, with 5,821 points).

The 2002 Pac-10 T & F team championships will continue next weekend(May 18-19) in Pullman.

Bruin Women At Occidental
On Saturday, UCLA sent a select number of women's athletes to theOccidental Invitational.

Leading the Bruin women on the track were ' freshman T'Carra Penickwinning the 400m (56.30, personal-best), sophomore Lena Nilsson (2:05.10)and junior Jessica Marr (2:08.39) going one/two in the 800m and juniorTiffany Burgess winning the 1500m (4:25.94, personal-best).

In the field, UCLA was led by ' sophomore Julie Stevenson (5-7) andfreshman Caroline Sommers (5-5) placing one/two in the high jump andseniors Bunmi Ogunleye (20-4 1/4) and Darnesha Griffith (19-11,personal-best) going one/two in the long jump.

In the throws, UCLA great Seilala Sua won both the women's shot put(55-11 3/4) and discus (198-0). Collegiately in the women's shot put, Bruinfreshman Jessica Cosby (53-7), junior Chaniqua Ross (50-4 1/2) and freshmanBriona Reynolds (48-4) were the top collegians. In the women's discus, Ross(184-9, personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 8 in school history), sophomoreLara Saye (179-7) and Reynolds (171-1) were the top three collegians.

Sophomore Cari Soong won the women's hammer throw (203-2) andsophomore Karina Powell was second in the javelin (130-0).

At Modesto
The UCLA women vaulters competed at Modesto on Saturday. In the openevent, senior Heather Sickler was second (12-7 1/2, season-best, NCAAprovisional), freshman Jamie Kolar was sixth (11-7 3/4), junior KarenBewley was seventh (tie, 11-1 3/4) and sophomore Gail Larsen was ninth(11-1 3/4).

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