UCLA Track and Field Opened Indoor Season at Husky Invitational

Feb. 3, 2003

Seattle, WA - Coach Jeanette Bolden (women) and Coach Art Venegas' (men) UCLA track and field teams opened the 2003 indoor season Friday/Saturday (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) at the Husky Invitational, held at the Dempsey Indoor Track Stadium at the University of Washington.

Women's Highlights
The Bruin women kicked off the meet competing in the distance medley relay (UCLA is the defending NCAA indoor distance medley relay champion) on Friday evening. The relay team of junior Lena Nilsson (1200m), sophomore Monique Henderson (400m), senior Tiffany Burgess (800m) and sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (1600m) placed second in 11:07.18 (NCAA automatic qualifying mark) behind Stanford (11:05.16). On Saturday, the competition continued with sophomore Carmen Winant placing fourth in the 5000m in 17:41.45 (personal-best). In the 60m hurdles, junior Sheena Johnson was second (8.25, NCAA provisional qualifying mark/8.38Q), freshman Dawn Harper was fourth (8.59/8.51Q) and junior Sani Roseby was seventh (8.77/8.71Q). Freshman Jaime Cluff ran a 9.07 in the prelims.

In the 60m, Johnson placed second in 7.47 (7.56Q), Henderson was third (7.50/7/61Q) and Roseby was fourth (7.60/7.63Q). Harper and Cluff ran a 7.73 and 8.30 in qualifying, respectively. In the mile, Barrientos was second in 4:46.53 (NCAA provisional qualifier). In the 800m, Burgess, who ran the top collegiate outdoor 800m time in the nation last season (going into the 2002 NCAA Outdoor, 2:03.73), placed first in 2:05.28 (NCAA automatic qualifier). In the 3000m, Nilsson, the defending NCAA outdoor 1500m champion, was third in 9:13.55 (NCAA automatic qualifier, personal-best, No. 5 in school history). Also in the 3000m, junior Melissa McBain was 11th (9:56.23, personal-best), sophomore Valerie Flores was 12th (9:56.86, personal-best), sophomore Lori Mann was 18th (10:13.02, personal-best) and sophomore Carolyn Shea was 19th (10:17.50).

In the field events, senior Julie Stevenson won the high jump at 5-10 (1.78m, NCAA provisional qualifier, ties personal-best). In the pole vault, freshman Chelsea Johnson was first at 13-1.50 (4.00m, NCAA provisional qualifier), sophomore Jaime Kolar and junior Gail Larsen tied for second at 12-7.50 (3.85m) and senior Karen Bewley tied for 12th (11-7.75, 3.55m). In the long jump, freshman Candice Baucham was first at 18-10.75 (5.76m) and Roseby was fourth at 18-7.25 (5.67m).

In the weight throw, junior Cari Soong was first at 64-2.25 (19.56m, NCAA provisional qualifier) and junior Jessica Cosby was fourth with a throw of 54-8 (16.66m). In the shot put, Cosby, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion, was the highest placing collegian, finishing second overall (to Bruin great Seilala Sua, 56-8.00) with a mark of 54-8.00 (NCAA automatic qualifier). Also in the shot put, sophomore Briona Reynolds was sixth (50-11, 15.52m, NCAA provisional qualifier) and sophomore Lara Saye was ninth (44-9.75, 13.66m).

Men's Highlights
The Bruin men were led by the field events with five NCAA automatic and provisional marks, led by junior thower Dan Ames.

Ames, who at last spring's NCAA Outdoor earned All-American status in both the shot put and discus, placed second overall in the shot put (highest placing collegian behind Bruin great John Godina's 65-6.75; Ames' mark was 63-3.25, NCAA provisional qualifier, personal indoor best) and was second overall (highest placing collegian) in the 35lb. weight throw (70-01.75, NCAA automatic qualifier, personal-best).

Also in the shot put, senior Scott Wiegand was fourth (61-1.25, NCAA provisional qualifier) and redshirt freshman Jeremy Silverman placed sixth (59-00.00, NCAA provisional qualifier).In the pole vault, sophomore redshirt Yoo Kim placed third, with a vault of 17-4.50 (NCAA provisional qualifier, ties personal-best).

Other Bruin standouts in the field events included - junior vaulter Pat Luke (4th, 16-10.75, personal indoor best) and junior Juaune Armon in the long jump (3rd, 23-9).On the track, UCLA was led by freshman sprinter Matt Bruno and sophomore redshirt Denye Versher in the 400m. Bruno was the highest placing collegian in the 60m (behind former Husky football and track standout JaWarren Hooker's 6.63) in a time of 6.82 (6.89Q) and he finished second in the 200m (21.83).

Versher won the 400m (47.65) with Bruin freshman Craig Everhart in second-place (48.00). Versher and Everhart ran on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay, that placed second in a time of 3:14.61.

Also on the track - sophomore Anthony Golston was second in the 60m hurdles (8.07/8.09Q) and sophomore Nick Thornton was fourth in the 800m (1:50.28, personal indoor best).

Looking Ahead
The Bruin squads will travel to Boise, ID this weekend (Feb. 7-8) for the Boise State Indoor Invitational. Other upcoming indoor meets include - the 2003 MPSF Championships, hosted by Boise State (Feb. 21-22) and the 2003 NCAA Indoor, hosted by the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR, March 14-15).

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