Pac-10 Championships Begin This Weekend At USC With Multi-Events Competition; Bruin Women Also At Oxy Invitational On Saturday

May 5, 2003

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team on Saturday (May 10) will compete in the Oxy Invitational at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. The hammer begins at 11 a.m., remaining field events at 1 p.m. and the running events at 3 p.m.

This weekend (Saturday-Sunday/May 10-11) at USC will also mark the start of the 2003 Pacific-10 T & F Championships. This Saturday and Sunday USC will host the Pac-10 multi-events (men's decathlon/women's heptathlon) at Loker Stadium. On Saturday, the events begin at 2 p.m. (conclude at 8 p.m.) and on Sunday, it starts at noon (concludes at 7:15 p.m.).

The following weekend (May 17-18), USC will host the 2003 Pac-10 Championship meet. The Bruin women are the six-time defending conference champions.

Last Saturday (May 3)/ Bruins Hosted UCLA Invitational at Drake Stadium/Final Home Meet of the 2003 Collegiate Outdoor Season

UCLA Women

The UCLA women were led by sophomore Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS) and junior Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden). Henderson won the 200m (23.94) and anchored UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:35.16, season-best, National Regional Qualifier). Nilsson, a three-time NCAA champion for the Bruins, won the 800m (2:05.35, season-best, NRQ) and also ran the 1200m (3:19.8 split) on UCLA's distance medley relay (11:29.64).Bruin winners on the track:

-100m - junior Hasani Roseby (Las Vegas, NV/Monterey, CA HS), 11.95.

-200m - Henderson, 23.94.

-400m - sophomore T'Carra Penick (Oakland/Berkeley), 54.94 (personal-best,NRQ).

-800m - Nilsson, 2:05.35 (season-best, NRQ). Nilsson, the school record-holder (2:03.73) in this event, led a Bruin one-through-four sweep.

-1500m - freshman Emily Haigh (Santa Ana/Foothill), 4:44.20.

-4 X 400m relay - junior Adia McKinnon (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor), senior Ysanne Williams (Albany, NY HS), junior Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield HS) and Henderson, ran a 3:35.16 (season-best, NRQ).

Bruin winners in the field:

-PV- freshman Chelsea Johnson (Atascadero HS), 13-3.75.

-DT - senior Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove/Laguna Creek), 182-10. Ross, the 2002 NCAA Outdoor discus champion, led a Bruin one-through-three sweep.

-JT - junior Karina Powell (Visalia/Mt. Whitney), 141-5.

-HT - junior Cari Soong (Riverside North), 204-7.50.

Other top Bruin performances were turned in by:

-Johnson placed second in the 100m hurdles (13.28, personal-best, No. 7 in school history, NRQ). The race was won by Bruin great Joanna Hayes (13.01), who also won the 400m hurdles (56.97).

-sophomore Jessica Cosby, the defending NCAA Outdoor shot put champion, placed second in the event, 54-1.75. Bruin great Seilala Sua won the shot put (56-3.25). Cosby was also second in the hammer throw (188-1).

-senior Karen Bewley (Atascadero HS) placed second in the pole vault (12-6, ties personal-outdoor best, NRQ).

Bruin great Darnesha Montgomery (as UCLA senior Darnesha Griffith, she won the 2002 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor high jump crowns) won the high jump (5-8.75).

Looking Ahead

For the Bruins, the remaining major collegiate 2003 outdoor meets will all be held in the State of California - next weekend (May 17-18) USC will host the Pac-10 Championships; Stanford hosts the NCAA Regional Qualifying meet May 30-31 and CS Sacramento hosts the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 11-14.

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