UCLA Women Compete at LA Invitational Indoor T & F Meet

Feb. 11, 2003

The UCLA Bruins will have a strong representation in the women's events at the 43rd annual Los Angeles Invitational indoor track meet, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Sports Arena.

The LA Invitational indoor track meet is the nation's second oldest undercover meet. The classic meet will embrace its usual formula of world class events, collegiate standouts and nearly 2000 high school athletes from 500 schools. The event is second only to the Millrose Games in New York among the nation's track meets in history. A total of 105 Olympic gold medalists and dozens of world and American record holders have competed over the years, in the L.A. Invitational.

Jeanette Bolden, coach of the 2002 NCAA Outdoor women's runner up UCLA squad has entered a strong team that includes senior Tiffany Burgess, one of the nation's top collegiate half-milers and in the pole vault, freshman Chelsea Johnson, who was the country's No. 1 prep high school pole vaulter last year, and teammates, sophomore Jamie Kolar, junior Gail Larsen and senior Karen Bewley. They will compete against Mel Mueller, the No. 3 all-time U. S. vaulter, and former multiple NCAA champion, Bruin great Tracy O'Hara. UCLA junior Sani Roseby and freshman Dawn Harper will compete in the women's 55-meter dash; freshman Alejandra Barrientos, junior Melissa McBain and sophomore Valerie Flores will compete in the mile; junior Sheena Johnson, freshman Candice Baucham, former UCLA standout Michelle Perry and Roseby are entered inthe long jump; Baucham and Johnson will compete in the triple jump; andsenior Julie Stevenson, junior Caroline Summers and Perry will participate in the highjump.

Information about the meet is available at www.frankenenterprises.com For ticket information call (213) 748-6131.

Last Week/at United Heritage Invitational, Boise, ID

On Feb. 7-8, UCLA competed at the United Heritage Invitational Indoor T & F meet, hosted by Boise State.

Women's Highlights

On the track, the Bruin women were led by three individual event winners. In the mile, junior Melissa McBain won with a time of 5:00.73; sophomore Valerie Flores won the 3000m (10:10.14) and sophomore Carmen Winant took the 5000m title (18:00.72).

Other top performances were turned in by sophomore sprinter T'Carra Penick, who placed fifth in the 200m (25.08) and third in the 400m (57.14); sophomore Carolyn Shea who was second in the 300m (10:19.40) and sophomore Lori Mann, who was second in the 500m (18:04.99).

In the field, the Bruins had one event winner - senior Julie Stevenson won the high jump (5-8.75).

Also placing well for UCLA were - in the pole vault, freshman Chelsea Johnson, was second (12-9.50) and junior Gail Larsen tied for third (12-2); in the shot put, junior Jessica Cosby, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion, was fourth overall (second collegian/52-8) and sophomore Briona Reynolds was fifth (50-8.75) and in the 20lb. weight throw, junior Cari Soong was second (62-7.75), sophomore Lara Saye placed fifth (55-5) and Cosby was sixth (54-4.75).

Looking Ahead

On Feb. 21-22, the Bruins will again travel to Boise, ID to compete in the 2003 MPSF Indoor T & F Championships.

Other important Indoor dates include - Feb. 28-March 2-USA T & F Indoor Championships in Boston; March 8-last chance qualifying meet in Seattle and March 14-15 at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Outdoors, UCLA's first 2003 home meet at Drake Stadium will be Saturday, March 1, hosting Cal Poly-SLO and CS Los Angeles.

2003 LA Invitational Indoor T & F Meet
Saturday, Feb. 15, LA Sports Arena

No.        Time        Event1.        9:00 am        Boys Shot Put (at USC)2.        9:00 am        Girls Discus (at USC)3.        10:30 am        Boys Discus (at USC)4.        10:30 am        Girls Shot Put (at USC)5.        10:30 am        ESSX HS Boys Pole Vault6.        10:30 am        HS Girls 4x160 Relay (6 races)7.        11:00 am        HS Boys 4x880 Relay (3 races)8.           11:30 am        HS Boys High Jump9.        11:35 am        HS Girls Long Jump10.        11:55 am        REEBOK HS Boys 500 Yards11.        12:25 pm        CAL. TRACK & RUNNING NEWS HS Girls 50012.        12:40 pm        REEBOK HS Boys Mile (Rated, 2 races)13.        12:50 pm        HS Boys Long Jump14.        12:55 pm        AMC THEATRES HS Girls Rated Mile15.        1:15 pm        ESSX HS Girls High Jump16.        1:15 pm        AMERICAN TRACK & FIELD HS Boys 88017.        1:30 pm        SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HS Girls Pole Vault18.        1:30 pm        HS Girls 4x880 Relay (3 races)19.        2:15 pm        HS Girls Triple Jump20.        2:15 pm        SPRINGCO HS Boys 4x160 Relay (7 races)21.        2:50 pm        VENUE SPORTS HS Boys 2 Mile22.        3:10 pm        ESSX Girls 4x440 Relay (7 races)23.        3:55 pm        SPRINGCO HS Boys Triple Jump24.        3:55 pm        AMC THEATRES Boys 4x440 Relay25.        4:30 pm        ESSX WOMEN'S POLE VAULT26.        4:40 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING HS Girls 880 (3 races)27.        4:55 pm        VENUE SPORTS HS Girls 2 Mile28.        5:10 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING  CLUB 4X880 RELAY29.        5:45 pm        PacifiCare HS Girls 55 Meters30.        6:10 pm        DAILY NEWS HS Boys 55 Meters31.        6:30 pm        ESSX MEN'S POLE VAULT32.        6:35 pm        DAILY NEWS HS Football 55 Meters33.        6:40 pm        SPRINGCO HS Girls 55-Meter Hurdles34.         6:55 pm        VENUE SPORTS WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP35.        6:50 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING HS Boys 55-M. Hurdles36.        7:10 pm        PacifiCare MEN 55 HURDLES37.        7:20 pm        PacifiCare WOMEN'S  55 HURDLES38.        7:30 pm        SOUTHWEST AIRLINES WOMEN'S 55 METERS39.        7:35 pm        CHARTER COMM.  MEN'S 55 METERS40.        7:35 pm        CHARTER COMM. MEN'S TRIPLE JUMP41.        7:45 pm        AMC THEATRES WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP42.        8:05 pm        VENUE SPORTS HS Boys Seeded Mile43.        8:15 pm        SPRINGCO WOMEN'S LONG JUMP44.        8:15 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING MEN'S 500 YARDS45.        8:20 pm        PacifiCare WOMEN'S 800 METERS46.        8:25 pm        PacifiCare MEN'S MILE47.        8:35 pm        SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HS Girls Seeded Mile48.        8:45 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING WOMEN'S 500 YARDS49.        8:50 pm        SPRINGCO HS Girls 8x160 Relay50.        9:05 pm        CHARTER COMM. HS Boys 8x160 Relay51.        9:20 pm        VENUE SPORTS MEN'S 800 METERS52.        9:25 pm        AMC THEATRES WOMEN'S MILE

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