Bruin Women Host The UCLA T & F Invitational On Saturday (May 3) At Drake Stadium

April 28, 2003

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team on Saturday (May 3) will host the UCLA Invitational at Drake Stadium, the Bruins' final home meet of the 2003 collegiate outdoor season.

The hammer throws will start at 8 a.m., followed by the women's long jump at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m., field events continue (women's javelin) and running events begin (women's 5000m). The UCLA Invitational will conclude at 4:50 p.m. with the running of the women and men's 4 X 400m relays.

Bruins Defeat USC Last Saturday (April 26) at Loker Stadium

UCLA won both dual meets at USC on Saturday (April 26) before 3,087 at Loker Stadium. The UCLA women, ranked No. 4 in the U. S., easily defeated No. 5 USC, 104-59 and the Bruin men, rated No. 21, beat No. 3 USC 82-81.

UCLA Women Beat the Trojans, 104-59

The Bruin women have now won the traditional UCLA/USC dual meet 11 years in a row and lead the overall series 17-3. UCLA's 45-point winning spread was the Bruins' seventh-largest margin of victory in the history of the traditional dual meet, going back to 1984. In her 10th season as the Bruin head coach, Bolden has an unbeaten 10-0 record vs. the Trojans and in her career, she boasts an undefeated dual meet mark of 69-0.

The Bruin women had three multiple event winners on the track, led by sophomore Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS), junior Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield HS) and junior Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden).

Henderson won the 200m (23.62, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier (NRQ), 400m (52.23, fourth-fastest time this season in the U. S., season-best, NRQ) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.52, season-best, NRQ).

Johnson won the 100m hurdles (13.34, personal-best, No. 7 in school history, NRQ), 400m hurdles (57.79, season-opener, NRQ) and ran the opening leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 100m relay. The 100m hurdles was a particularly strong event for the Bruins, finishing one-through-three (first-place, Johnson; second-place, freshman Dawn Harper, from E. St. Louis, IL Senior HS (13.42, personal-best, No. 10 in school history, NRQ) and third-place, junior Hasani Roseby, from Las Vegas, NV/Monterey, CA HS (13.52, season-best, NRQ).

Nilsson, a three-time NCAA champion for the Bruins, won both the 800m (2:05.36, season-best, NRQ) and 1500m (4:20.13, season-opener, NRQ).

On the track, the Bruins had another winner in senior Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks HS), who triumphed in the 3000m steeplechase (10:53.1). UCLA took first-through-third place in the 3000m steeplechase (second-place, freshman Ashley Allen, from Pleasant Hill/College Park HS (11:10.9, personal-best) and third-place, sophomore Carolyn Shea, from Waterville, ME HS (11:19.3).

In the field, UCLA was led by four individual event winners. Freshman Chelsea Johnson (Atascadero HS) won the pole vault (13-6.25, personal-best, No. 3 in school history, NRQ) and sophomore Candice Baucham (Inglewood/Long Beach Poly) placed first in the triple jump (41-11.50). Baucham also finished second in the long jump (19-4.75).

Sophomore Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills/Cleveland HS) won the shot put (54-3.25) and was fifth in Friday's hammer throw (181-9). Junior Lara Saye (Henderson, NV/Silverado HS) took first-place in the discus (174-3, season-best, NRQ) and defending NCAA discus champion Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove/Laguna Creek) placed second (174-1).

Freshman Sheena Gordon (Erie, PA/MacDowell HS) scored six points for the Bruins (in the dual meet, scoring was traditional 5-3-1 for individual events and 5-0 for relays). Gordon placed second in the high jump (5-8.50), second in the triple jump (40-11.50, season-opener, NRQ) and she was also fourth in the long jump (19-0).

Looking Ahead

Following the UCLA Invitational, every remaining major outdoor collegiate meet in 2003 will be held in the State of California. USC will host the Pac-10 Championships (May 17-18), Stanford will host the NCAA Regional Qualifying meet (May 30-31) and Sacramento State will host the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 11-14).

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