UCLA Women Open 2003 Home Outdoor T & F Season With Quad Wins Over Cal Poly-SLO, CS Fullerton and CS Los Angeles

March 1, 2003

On the track, UCLA was led by sophomore Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS), junior Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield HS) and junior Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks HS).

Henderson won both the 100m (11.67, NCAA Regional Qualifier (NRQ)) and 200m (24.29) and ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m (45.19, NRQ). Johnson won the 100m hurdles (13.44, NRQ), was second in the 100m (11.91) and ran the anchor on the Bruins' winning 4 X 100m relay. McBain won the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 10:54.21 (NRQ, No. 3 in school history).

UCLA's other winners were - sophomore T'Carra Penick (Oakland/Berkeley HS) in the 400m (55.68), freshman Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) in the 800m (2:15.87) and sophomore Lori Mann (Coto de Caza/Santa Margarita Catholic) in the 5000m (17:31.44).

Bruin newcomer, freshman Dawn Harper (E. St. Louis, IL/E. St. Louis Senior HS) was second in the 100m hurdles (13.85, NRQ) and had a time of 12.13 in the 100m. In the field, the Bruins were led by sophomore Candice Baucham (Inglewood/Long Beach Poly), who won both the long (19-9.50, NRQ, personal-legal outdoor best) and triple jumps (41-1.50w).

UCLA's other winners in the field were - freshman Chelsea Johnson (Atascadero HS) in the pole vault (12-6, NRQ), junior Karina Powell (Visalia/Mt. Whitney) in the javelin (140-10, NRQ, personal-best), senior Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove/Laguna Creek HS), the defending NCAA Outdoor discus champion, who won the discus (183-3, NRQ) and was second in the shot put (51-6.50, NRQ), along with junior Cari Soong (Riverside North HS) in the hammer throw (198-7, NRQ).

Looking Ahead
Next week the Bruins return to indoor competition. On Saturday, March 8 there is a last chance qualifying indoor meet in Seattle, WA and then on March 14-15, the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) will host the 2003 NCAA Indoor T & F meet.

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