Bruin Women Clinch 2002 Pac-10 Championship with 160 Points.

May 19, 2002

Pullman, WA - Final day UCLA results from the 2002 Pac-10 T & F Championships, held in Pullman WA and hosted by Washington State.

For the second year in a row, the women's title (between UCLA and USC) came down to the 4 X 400m relay. UCLA, with a one point lead going into the relay, won with a time of 3:31.97 (season-best, NCAA automatic, No. 5 in school history) and USC came in second (3:35.45).

Stanford won the men's crown for the second year in a row and UCLA came in sixth.

Final Team Standings (scoring 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1)
1. UCLA 160, 2. USC 157, 3. Stanford 121, 4. Arizona State 89, 5. Washington State 85, 6. Oregon 67, 7. Arizona 59, 8. California 44, 9. Washington 36

Bruin Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden - Bolden's Bruin women win the Pac-10 title for the sixth consecutive season and eighth time during her nine years as head coach.

'Coming together as a team during this meet was our turning point. I'm so proud of this team.'

Final Field

Triple Jump - freshman Candice Baucham (Long Beach Poly) was third (42-3.25), picking up six points. The winner was USC's Tatyana Obukhova (43-0.50)

Hammer Throw - freshman Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills/Cleveland HS) was fourth (195-4, personal-best, NCAA provisional, No. 5 in school history), getting five points for the Bruins. Sophomore Lara Saye (Henderson, NV/Silverado HS) was 10th (172-1, personal-best). Sophomore Cari Soong (Riverside North) fouled. The winner was Cal's Jennifer Joyce (204-1).

Discus - junior Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove/Laguna Creek) defended her title, winning with a mark of 180-8 (55.06m). Saye placed fourth with a throw of 165-8 (50.50m). Freshman Briona Reynolds (Grand Forks, ND/Red River HS) placed seventh at 161-10 (49.32m). It is the fourth consecutive year a Bruin has won this event and the 11th UCLA title since 1990.

Pole Vault - senior Tracy O'Hara (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS), the three-time defending champion who has been slowed the last three weeks with a chronic lower back injury, placed third, with a mark of 13-9.75 (4.21m). It was O'Hara's first competition since the May 4 USC meet.

Sophomore Gail Larsen (Spokane, WA/Ferris HS) was fifth at 12-10 (personal-best, NCAA provisional, No. 4 in school history). Senior Heather Sickler (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) was 11th at 12-6 (3.81m).

The winner was Arizona's Amy Linnen, with a mark of 14-1.75 (4.31m) , a Mooberry track record.

Final Track

4 X 100m Relay - UCLA (sophomore Sani Roseby (Monterey, CA HS), sophomore Nicole Gaskins (Rancho Cucamonga/Diamond Bar HS), freshman Dana Bethel (Lake Forest/Mission Viejo HS), senior Bunmi Ogunleye (Long Beach Poly), placed fifth (46.53). Winning the 2002 Pac-10 title was USC in a time of 44.14, Mooberry Track record. The Bruins moved up a position when fifth-place Stanford was disqualified.

1500m - sophomore Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden), who leads the U. S. collegiate chart in this event (4:14.11), won with a time of 4:20.81 and freshman Alejandra Barrientos (San Lorenzo Valley/Felton HS) was fifth (4:26.95, personal-best). UCLA picked up 14 points.

100m Hurdles - sophomore Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield HS) was second (13.39, personal-best, NCAA provisional, No. 8 in school history), picking up eight points. The winner was USC's Natasha Neal (13.37).

400m - UCLA picked up 14 points, with senior Bunmi Ogunleye placing second (53.08, personal-best, NCAA provisional) and sophomore Adia McKinnon (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor HS), the defending champion in this event, placing third (53.26). USC's Nakiya Johnson won, with a mark of 52.29, track record.

800m - sophomore Lena Nilsson became only the second woman (USC's Grazyna Penc, 1997) in Pac-10 history to win both the 800m and 1500m at the same conference meet. Nilsson (2:03.88, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 2 in school history) won the 800m, nipping junior teammate Tiffany Burgess (Van Nuys/Birmingham HS)(2:03.91), at the tape. Junior Jessica Marr placed fifth (2:07.32) as the Bruins picked up 22 points in the event.

'Before the race I was just looking to finish,' Nilsson said. 'As the race progressed, I felt stronger and stronger. I kicked and got closer and closer. In the last 10m I wondered if I could catch Tiffany. I was throwing myself at the finish line.'

400m Hurdles - sophomore Sheena Johnson defended her title, winning with a mark of 57.35, getting 10 points for the Bruins.

'I came into the last hurdle off my left foot (instead of my right),' Johnson said. 'I was hoping to get in down fast enough to sprint off the last hurdle. There's more pressure being the defending champion. I didn't run a perfect race, but it was great to win.'

200m - freshman Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS) placed second (23.04, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 7 in school history), getting eight points for UCLA. Arizona's Brianna Glenn won, with a mark of 22.91.

5000m - freshman Alejandra Barrientos placed 12th (18:30.83) and freshman Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME HS) was 13th (18:43.21). Stanford's Lauren Fleshman won the event (16:47.24).

4 X 400m Relay - Clinging to a one-point UCLA lead over USC (150-149), the Bruins took the lead on Sheena Johnson's third leg and cruised on Monique Henderson's anchor leg to win the relay (3:31.97, season-best, NCAA automatic, No. 5 in school history). Senior Bunmi Ogunleye ran the first leg and sophomore Adia McKinnon the second leg.

'This feels great,' Johnson said. 'We always talk about this meet not coming down to the 4 X 400m relay, and it always seems to.'

The Bruins will return to action at the NCAA Championships, hosted by LSU, in Baton Rouge, LA, May 29-June 1.

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