Bruin Women Compete at 2003 MPSF Indoor T & F Meet This Weekend at Boise State

Feb. 19, 2003

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team will compete this weekend (Feb. 21-22) at the 2003 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boise State. The meet will take place at the Jackson Foods Track in the Idaho Sports Center. The meet starts Friday at 11 a.m. PT and Saturday at 9 a.m. PT.

Along with UCLA, teams competing for the women's title include California, CS Northridge, Idaho, Long Beach State, Stanford, Utah State, Washington State, Cal Poly, Oregon and UC Irvine. The Bruin women go into the meet ranked No. 6 in this week's national indoor ratings. Also ranked among the women's teams are No. 7 Stanford, No. 18 Arizona and No. 23 Washington State.

At last season's MPSF, the UCLA women placed second behind team champion Arizona.

Bruin Women at MPSF

On this week's MPSF women's events charts, the Bruins have three events leaders and four other athletes ranked in the Top 3. The event leaders are - junior Sheena Johnson in the 60m high hurdles (NCAA provisional 8.25; also No. 2, 7.47 in the 60m), senior Tiffany Burgess in the 800m (NCAA automatic 2:05.28) and sophomore Carmen Winant in the 5000m (17:41.45). UCLA's other top competitors will include (with their MPSF rankings) - junior Sani Roseby (No. 2 in the 55m, 7.05; No. 4 in the 55m hurdles, 8.13 and No. 5 in the 60m, 7.60); freshman Dawn Harper (No. 2 in the 55m hurdles, 7.98; No. 4 in the 60m high hurdles, 8.51 and No. 5 in the 55m, 7.19); sophomore Lori Mann (No. 2 in the 5000m, 18:04.99); sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (No. 4 in the mile, NCAA provisional 4:46.53) and junior Lena Nilsson (No. 3 in the 3000m, NCAA automatic 9:13.55). Nilsson, who last season won the NCAA Outdoor 1500m and anchored UCLA's winning distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor, also runs on this year's DMR, ranked No. 2 in the MPSF (NCAA automatic 11:07.18).

In the field, the Bruin women have three event leaders - junior Jessica Cosby in the shot put (NCAA automatic 54-8; Cosby is the defending NCAA Outdoor champion), sophomore Candice Baucham in the triple jump (41-8.50, also No. 3 in the long jump, 18-10.75) and junior Cari Soong in the 20lb. weight throw (NCAA provisional 64-2.25). Also rated high on the MPSF indoor charts for the Bruins are - senior Julie Stevenson (No. 4 in the high jump, NCAA provisional 5-10) and in the pole vault, sophomore Jamie Kolar and freshman Chelsea Johnson, tied for third (NCAA provisional 13-3.50) and junior Gail Larsen (No. 6, NCAA provisional 12-11.50).

Last Week

Last Saturday (Feb. 15), several Bruins competed at the 43rd annual Los Angeles Invitational at the Sports Arena.

Bruin Women at the LA Invitational

In the 800m, Burgess placed first with a time of 2:10.5 and Barrientos was second (2:13.7). Barrientos won the mile (4:56.63) ahead of Bruin teammates, senior Melissa McBain (5:01.08), sophomore Lori Mann (5:04.15) and sophomore Valerie Flores (5:05.35). Also on the track, Harper (7.98) and Roseby (8.13) competed in the 55m hurdles and 55m (Harper, 7.19; Roseby, 7.05).In the pole vault, sophomore Jamie Kolar, freshman Chelsea Johnson, junior Gail Larsen and senior Bridget Pearson placed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth overall, but were the Top four placing collegians. Kolar and Johnson's marks of 13-3.50 were NCAA provisional qualifiers and tied for the No. 3 vault in school history. Larsen's mark of 12-11.50 is another NCAA provisional vault and No. 4 in school history. Pearson's mark was 12-3.50.

In the triple jump, Baucham (NCAA Provisional 41-8.50) and Johnson (38-5.50) were the top two placing collegians and in the high jump, sophomore Caroline Sommers was third (5-2.25). In the long jump, Baucham was the top collegian (18-9.25).

Looking Ahead

Indoors, there is a last chance collegiate indoor meet in Seattle, WA on March 8 and from March 14-15, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville will host the 2003 NCAA Indoor T & F Championships. The Bruin women placed second last season at the NCAA Indoor and won the Indoor team title in 2000 and 2001.

Outdoors, UCLA will host its first home meet of the season at Drake Stadium on Saturday, March 1, a quadrangular meet with Cal Poly-SLO, CS Fullerton and CS Los Angeles. The women and men's hammer throws will start at 9 a.m., followed by the rest of the field events, beginning at 11 a.m. The running events will start at 12:30 p.m. and conclude with the 4 X 400m relays at 3:55 p.m.

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