Bruins to Compete at NCAA Outdoor Championships May 29-June 1

May 24, 2002


2002 NCAA Outdoor - Select members of Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's team, rated No. 1 in the U. S. before the May 18-19 Pac-10 meet and six-time defending Pacific-10 Champions, will compete Wednesday-Saturday (May 29-June 1) at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships in Baton Rouge, LA, hosted by LSU. Qualifying and final events are held all four days and scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

2001 NCAA Outdoor - Held in Eugene, OR, the Bruin women placed second with 55 points, behind USC (64 points). The UCLA women were led by seniors, Christina Tolson (first in the shot put, second in the hammer) and Michelle Perry (second in the heptathlon, All-American in the 400m hurdles and 4 X 400m relay).

UCLA Coaches at the NCAA - In her ninth season as head coach, Bolden's Bruin women have placed in the Top Three at the NCAA Outdoor seven times, including second-place finishes in 2001-99-98-95. In NCAA history, the Bruin women have won two NCAA Indoor titles (2001-00), two NCAA Outdoor crowns (1983-82) and two AIAW Outdoor titles (1977-75).

Competing for the Bruins - The UCLA women will have 15 competitors, including three event leaders (junior Tiffany Burgess, 800m; sophomore Lena Nilsson, 1500m; senior Tracy O'Hara, pole vault) and three other Bruin women who are No. 2 in their respective events (freshman Monique Henderson, 400m; senior Darnesha Griffith, high jump; junior Chaniqua Ross, discus). The UCLA women competing are - freshman Monique Henderson (400m, No. 2, 51.33; 4 X 400m relay, No. 5, 3:31.97); sophomore Adia McKinnon (400m, No. 17, 52.86; 4 X 400m relay); junior Tiffany Burgess (800m, No. 1, 2:03.73); sophomore Lena Nilsson (1500m, No. 1, 4:14.11), sophomore Sheena Johnson (100m hurdles, No. 14, 13.39; 400m hurdles, No. 3, 56.56; 4 X 400m relay); senior Bunmi Ogunleye (4 X 400m relay; long jump, No. 21, 20-6 1/2); sophomore Nicole Gaskins (alternate, 4 X 400m relay); senior Darnesha Griffith (high jump, No. 2, 6-0 3/4); senior Tracy O'Hara (pole vault, No. 1, 14-3 1/4), freshman Candice Baucham (triple jump, No. 16, 42-7 1/2); freshman Jessica Cosby (shot put, No. 10, 54-10; hammer throw, No. 14, 195-4); freshman Briona Reynolds (shot put, No. 13, 54-2; discus, No. 17, 174-2); junior Chaniqua Ross (discus, No. 2, 184-9); sophomore Lara Saye (discus, No. 5, 180-3) and sophomore Cari Soong (hammer throw, No. 3, 209-10).


2002 Pac-10

Women - 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. (In 2001, UCLA won the UCLA/USC dual meet and the Pac-10, but lost to USC at the NCAA Outdoor. This season, the Bruin women have defeated the Trojans in the dual meet and at the Pac-10.)

Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women won their sixth consecutive Pac-10 title and the eighth in her nine years as the UCLA women's coach. For the second straight season, the meet came down to the 4 X 400m relay and for the second consecutive year, the Bruin women won the relay and the team title. Going into the relay, the Bruins had a one point lead over USC and then won the relay with a time of 3:31.97 (season-best, NCAA automatic, No. 5 in school history). USC ran a 3:35.45. The Bruins and Trojans have finished 1-2 for the last four seasons in the team race (2002-UCLA 160/USC 157; 2001-UCLA 155/USC 153; 2000-UCLA 167.5/USC 161; 1999-UCLA 160.5/USC 140).

Winning event titles (five) for UCLA were, on the track - sophomore Lena Nilsson, joined USC's Grazyna Penc, (1997) as only the second woman in Pac-10 meet history to win both the 800m (2:03.88, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 2 in school history) and 1500m (4:20.81); sophomore Sheena Johnson defended her 400m hurdles crown (57.35) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (senior Bunmi Ogunleye, sophomore Adia McKinnon, sophomore Sheena Johnson, freshman Monique Henderson). In the field - junior Chaniqua Ross, defended her discus crown (180-8).

Salinas Throwers Invitational, May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, the UCLA throwers competed at the Salinas Throwers Invite (marks not eligible for NCAA qualifying).

Recording personal-best marks in the discus were, for the UCLA women - junior Chaniqua Ross (188-6) and freshman Briona Reynolds (181-0).


In her ninth season at the Bruin women's helm and 11th on the staff.
-Coached UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor team championships (2001-2000; UCLA finished second in 2002).
-Four second-places at the NCAA Outdoor, including three of the last four years.
-Seven-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including last six consecutive seasons.
-Eight Pac-10 titles in nine years, including last six consecutive seasons.
-Seven-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last five consecutive seasons
-Unbeaten career dual record of 68-0, including 9-0 record vs. USC.
-Eight-time National Dual Meet Team Champion, including last seven consecutive seasons.


In collegiate track and field, there are two national rankings- Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.

Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the 2002 NCAA Div. 1 T & F Championships (May 29-June 1, Baton Rouge, LA). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on formcharts for each NCAA event. Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams by individual marks and dual meet strength.

In the week (May 13) of the Pac-10 meet, Trackwire rated the UCLA women No. 1 (93 points) in the U. S. and the Bruin men were No. 10 (25 points). In that same week's (May 13), Team Power Rankings had the Bruin women first (408.52) and the Bruin men were second (370.52), behind No. 1 Tennessee (374.49), the defending NCAA Outdoor champion.

Trackwire National Top 25 Rankings

Week of		UCLA W		UCLA MApril 2	 3rd		   24thTApril 9		3rd		   NRApril 16	2nd		   20thTApril 23	4th		   16thTApril 30	4th		   18thTMay 7		  1st		   6thMay 14		 1st		   10th


On May 24, UCLA's women's track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden was named the Mondo/U. S. Track Coaches Association West Region Women's Coach of the Year. She is now eligible for selection for the Mondo/USTCA National Women's Coach of the Year, which will be voted on at the conclusion of next week's NCAA Outdoor Championships at LSU in Baton Rouge.

Bolden has received this honor six consecutive seasons and a total of seven times during her Bruin career (she is in her ninth year as the UCLA women's head coach).


On May 23, junior Chaniqua Ross and senior Heather Sickler were named second-team 2002 Verizon Women's T & F/CC Academic All-Americans for Dist. VIII, as selected by CoSIDA.

Ross, from Elk Grove, the two-time defending Pac-10 discus champion and a three-time All-American, including a third-place in the discus at last spring's NCAA Outdoor, has a 3.33 cumulative gpa (sociology major).

Sickler, from Camarillo, earned All-America honors last spring in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor (top eight Americans) and has the No. 3 mark on the all-time Bruin chart (13-3 1/2). She has a 3.51 gpa (psychology major).

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