UCLA Women Compete In 2003 Pac-10 T & F Championships This Weekend At USC's Loker Stadium

May 12, 2003

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team this weekend (May 17-18) will compete in the 2003 Pacific-10 T & F Championships, held at Loker Stadium (Cromwell Field) on the USC campus.

On Saturday, the women's hammer finals will be held at West Los Angeles College at 10 a.m. On Saturday at Loker Stadium, the field events will start at 11 a.m. and the running events at 1 p.m. Saturday's competition will conclude at 5:50 p.m. with the running of the women's and men's 10,000m finals (other finals on Saturday are: women's events- long jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, 3000m steeplechase and men's events - pole vault, shot put, long jump, javelin, 3000m steeplechase). On Sunday (all finals), the men's hammer will also be held at West Los Angeles College at 9 a.m. On Sunday at Loker Stadium, field events start at noon, running events at 1 p.m. and the championships conclude with the women's and men's 4 X 400m relays. Scoring for the event is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Last weekend at Loker Stadium, USC hosted the 2003 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships. The women's heptathlon winner was Washington State's Ellannee Richardson (5766) and the men's decathlon winner was Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo (7564). Both athletes picked up 10 points (each) for their teams. The UCLA women did not have a heptathlon entry and in the men's decathlon, Bruin senior Andrew Phillips placed ninth (6743, season-best).

UCLA Women

The Bruin women have won the Pac-10 title the last six seasons in a row. In her 10th year as the UCLA women's head coach, Bolden has led the Bruins to eight conference championships in the last nine seasons (UCLA placed third in 1996). UCLA returns five conference champions.

-junior Lena Nilsson - a three-time NCAA Champion, Nilsson in 2002 became only the second women's athlete in conference history (joining USC's Grazyna Penc, 1997) to win both the 800m (2:03.88) and 1500m (4:20.81) and was named the Pac-10 Women's T & F Athlete of the Year.

-junior Sheena Johnson - is the two-time defending champion in the 400m hurdles.

-4 X 400m relay - three members of UCLA's winning relay return from last season- Johnson, junior Adia McKinnon and sophomore Monique Henderson.

-senior Chaniqua Ross - the 2002 NCAA Outdoor discus champion, Ross is the two-time conference champ in the discus.

UCLA Women Last Week at Occidental In preparation for the upcoming Pac-10 Championships (May 17-18), the Bruinscompeted at the Oxy Invitational, held May 10 in Eagle Rock, CA. The Bruin women had three winners.

Junior Melissa McBain won the 1500m in a season-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 4:30.71. Freshman Sheena Gordon won the triple jump in a seasonal- best 41-5.25 (12.63m) and senior Chaniqua Ross won the discus with a NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 180-9 (55.10m).Sophomore Jessica Cosby placed second in the shot put (53-9.75/16.40m), behind Bruin great Seilala Sua (57-9.50/17.61m). Junior Cari Soong placed second in the hammer (top collegiate finisher) with a personal-best throw of 211-4 (64.41m, NCAA Regional Qualifier).

Looking Ahead

Following the Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins will remain in the State of California for the upcoming NCAA West Regional Qualifying meet (May 30-31 at Stanford) and the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 11-14 at CS Sacramento).

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