Bruins Third After First Day of Pac-10 Championships

May 17, 2003

Complete Updated Results

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women are the six-time defending Pac-10 champions. On Saturday, the Bruins were led by junior Cari Soong, who won the hammer throw with a mark of 215-11. Her winning throw was a personal-best, UCLA record, Pac-10 meet record and the No. 2 throw in conference history. Also capturing a Pac-10 title was sophomore Jessica Cosby, the defending NCAA shot put champion, who won the Pac-10 shot put title with a season best throw of 55-7.75.

Team Totals (after seven events) - 1. Stanford 65, 2. Arizona State 46, 3. UCLA 45, 4. Washington State 39, 5. USC 38, 6. Washington 32, 7. Oregon 23, 8. Arizona 16, 9. California 8.

Hammer Throw
Junior Cari Soong (Riverside North) won the event with a mark of 215-11 (personal-best, National Regional Qualifier). Her winning effort was a Pac-10 Championship meet record (old mark, 214-7, Christina Tolson, UCLA, 2001), No. 2 in Pac-10 history and a new UCLA record (old mark, 215-0, Christina Tolson, UCLA, 2001). Soong defeated the Pac-10 record-holder, USC's Julianna Tudja, who placed second, 208-6 (Tudja set the Pac-10 record this season with a mark of 218-5). UCLA sophomore Jessica Cosby placed fourth (Mission Hills/Cleveland), 200-07 (ties personal-best). Soong (10 points) and Cosby (five points) pick up 15 points for the Bruins. UCLA has won four of the last five hammer throw titles.

'This is my second meet using four turns,' Soong said. 'It all came together today. On my other throws today I was distracted. But on my winning throw, I cleared my mind, didn't see anything around me, thought about 220-feet and went for it. I didn't look back. There's more coming, I'm not done yet.'

Long Jump
Sophomore Candice Baucham (Inglewood/Long Beach Poly) placed sixth (19-4.25w, +2.3), picking up three points for the Bruins. Freshman Sheena Gordon (Erie, PA/MacDowell) placed 16th (18-1.50)

High Jump
Gordon was third (5-10, outdoor season-best, NRQ), getting six points for UCLA. Junior Julie Stevenson (Walnut/Diamond Bar) placed sixth (5-7, ties season outdoor best, NRQ), for three Bruin points.

Junior Karina Powell (Visalia/Mt. Whitney) was 10th (133-5).

Shot Put
Sophomore Jessica Cosby, the defending NCAA Outdoor shot put champion, won the event, with a mark of 55-7.75 (season-best, NRQ), beating the defending champion, Stanford's Jillian Camarena, who placed second with a mark of 55-5. Cosby picks up 10 points for the Bruins. Sophomore Briona Reynolds was fourth (51-3.75), getting five points for UCLA. The Bruins have won 13 of the last 14 conference women's shot put crowns.

'I came into the meet with no set mark in mind. I wanted to rip and pop with whatever was in my body. I dug down hard, it worked today. I really wanted to bring the title back to UCLA. It was a motivation. You want to do your best to keep the tradition going.'

3000m Steeplechase
Junior Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks HS) placed sixth (10:52.22), picking up three points for the Bruins.

Junior Valerie Flores (San Pedro, CA/San Pedro) placed 11th in 36:51.31 and sophomore Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends) was 12th in 36:53.62.

Qualifying Events
4 X 100m Relay
No qualifying event held, will go right to Sunday's final.

Junior Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden), the defending champion in both the 800m/1500m, had the second-fastest qualifying time (4:28.43). Freshman Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo) ran a 4:37.10 and did not qualify for the final.

100m Hurdles
The Bruins had three qualifiers - junior Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield; 13.46, second fastest time), junior Sani Roseby (Monterey, CA HS; 13.55, third-fastest time) and freshman Dawn Harper (E. St. Louis Senior HS; 13.59, sixth-fastest time).

UCLA had two qualifiers - sophomore Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS), 52.91 (second-fastest qualifying time) and junior Adia McKinnon (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor), 53.32 (sixth-fastest qualifying time, season-best, NRQ). Sophomore T'Carra Penick (Oakland/Berkeley) ran a 55.36 and did not advance.

Roseby ran a 11.80 (season legal-best, NRQ) but did not advance.

UCLA had two qualifiers - defending champion Nilsson, the top time, 2:07.16 and freshman Ashley Caldwell (Los Gatos HS), with the final qualifying time of the event (2:09.60, season-best automatic mark).

400m Hurdles
UCLA's two qualifiers each won their heats - Johnson, the two-time defending champion, had the top time (57.17, season-best, NRQ) and senior Ysanne Williams (Albany, NY HS), a five-time All-American, had the second-fastest mark, 58.35 (season-best, NRQ).

Henderson won heat one and finished with the second-fastest qualifying mark of 23.53w (+2.4).

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