Eleven UCLA Women Compete This Weekend at the USA Senior and Junior National T & F Meets

June 22, 2002

Eighteen UCLA women (11) and men (seven) track & field athletes willcompete this weekend (June 21-23) at the 2002 USA Senior and JuniorNational T & F Championships, held at the Cobb Track and Angell Field onthe Stanford University campus in Palo Alto.

This is the first time in USA track & field history the nationalSenior and Junior (between the ages of 14-19 in the calendar year 2002)meets are being held on the same dates at the same site. The JuniorNationals will take place Friday-Saturday (June 21-22) and the Senior meetwill be held Friday-Sunday (June 21-23).

The Senior meet will be televised on Sunday (June 23), from 2:30-4p.m. PDT on ESPN 2.

Athletes winning their individual events in the Senior meet will earna spot on the Team USA roster for the 2002 IAAF World Cup in Athletics,Sept. 21-22 in Madrid, Spain. The Junior Meet will serve as the selectioncompetition for the 2002 World Junior T & F Championships, July 16-21 inKingston, Jamaica.

Bruin Women at the Senior Meet (June 21-23)/Alum Burrell Wins Heptathlon
Competing for the UCLA women will be ?junior Tiffany Burgess in the800m, senior Darnesha Griffith in the high jump, senior Bunmi Ogunleye inthe long jump and senior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault.

Burgess, from Van Nuys (Birmingham HS), this spring entered the NCAAOutdoor with the fastest collegiate time in the 800m (2:03.73, UCLA schoolrecord) and she placed second at the Pac-10. Griffith, from Santa Margarita(Trabuco HS), this season became only the fifth athlete in NCAA women'shistory to win the high jump at both the Outdoor (6-0) and Indoor (6-0.75)Championships. Ogunleye at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor placed 11th (20-1) in thelong jump and ran the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that finishedthird (3:28.79; in qualifying, the Bruins ran a school-record 3:28.58).

The Bruin women will also have several notable alumni competing inthe senior meet, including, in the 100m hurdles ? Gail Devers, thedefending champion and American record-holder (12.33) who has been rankedNo. 1 in the world in this event six times in the last nine years, BisaGrant and Shelia Burrell.

Burrell, on Wednesday-Thursday (June 19-20) at Cal's EdwardStadium/Goldman Field in Berkeley, won her second U. S. heptathlon title(also won in 1999), scoring a stadium record 6,299 points.

Other well-known alumni competing are ? in the high jump, defendingchampion Amy Acuff, a five-time NCAA champion in her Bruin career; in thelong jump Marieke (Veltman) Miller; in the shot put and discus, defendingchampion (in both events) Seilala Sua, who is the winningest outdoorchampion in NCAA history (six throwing titles) and in the discus, currentAmerican record-holder (227-10) Suzy Powell.

Bruin Women at the Junior Meet (June 21-22)/Results from Friday (June 21)
Freshman Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS) had the fastestqualifying time in the 400m (53.10) on Friday and advances to Saturday'sfinal. As a true freshman this season, Henderson won one NCAA title (Indoor- distance medley relay, second leg (400m), 10:58.19) and threeAll-American honors (Outdoor ? 400m, seventh-place, 52.31, 4 X 400m relay,anchor, third-place, 3:28.79; Indoor ? 4 X 400m relay, second leg,fifth-place, 3:36.59).

Also on Friday, freshman Caroline Sommers (Westlake Village/AgouraHS) no-heighted in the high jump; freshman Candice Baucham (Inglewood/LongBeach Poly), who placed 10th (18-8.50) in the long jump at the Pac-10, tiedfor 17th(16-10.50) in the long jump and freshman Alejandra Barrientos(Felton/San Lorenzo Valley HS), who scored in the 1500m (fifth-place,4:26.95, personal-best) at the Pac-10, will run in the 1500m qualifying,with the final set for Saturday.

On Saturday (June 22), Briona Reynolds (Grand Forks, ND/Red River),who at the NCAA Outdoor earned All-America honors in the discus(ninth-place, 171-9, top eight Americans) will compete in the shot put anddiscus finals; freshman Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME HS), who scored at thePac-10 meet by placing sixth in the 3000m steeplechase (11:02.18), willcompete in the 3000m steeplechase final; freshman Jamie Kolar (Long BeachPoly) in the pole vault final and Baucham, who placed 18th at the NCAAOutdoor (40-4) and third (42-3.25) at the Pac-10 in the triple jump, willcompete in the triple jump final.

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