Sheena Johnson Captures NCAA 400m Hurdles Crown

June 13, 2003

Complete Updated Results

UCLA Bruin Update from the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Day 3)

Sacramento, CA - Third day results from the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium, in the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex. Coach Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women, ranked No. 3 in the nation, competed in the 400m hurdles final and the 400m semifinal. The Bruin women have scored 13 team points and are tied for seventh with Yale. The meet concludes Saturday.

1. South Carolina 27, 2. Texas 19, 2. Indiana 19, 4. LSU 18, 4. Penn State 18, 6. Auburn 16, 7. UCLA 13, 7. Yale 13, 9. Nebraska 11, 10. Stanford 10

400m Hurdles (final) - UCLA's two entries were junior Sheena Johnson and senior Ysanne Williams. Johnson, the Regional champion in this event and the three-time defending Pac-10 champion, won the race, her winning mark of 54.24 (personal-best) was an NCAA meet record and No. 2 all-time collegiate and in UCLA history (the collegiate and school record is held by Bruin Janeene Vickers, 53.47, 1991). Johnson is the third UCLA athlete to win this event (Vickers, 1989-91/Joanna Hayes, 1999). She picks up 10 points for the Bruins.

Sheena Johnson - 'I didn't believe the time would be that fast. I just wanted to come off the last 150m, sprint home, and hoped to run a personal-best. I start charging late (the ninth hurdle) and that's what I did today. Winning this race means a lot, especially to my coaches, because it's something we've all been waiting for awhile now.'

Williams placed sixth (56.84, personal-best, No. 8 in school history), getting three points for UCLA and earning her sixth career All-American honor. Williams overcame injuries as a senior (last summer she had surgery on both ankles and last February her right knee was scoped) to end her Bruin career on a high-note. At this meet, Williams recorded personal-bests in the final and semis (57.27), placed fifth at the Regional meet and was second at the Pac-10.

Ysanne Williams - 'I wasn't happy with my performance at the Regional meet. I wanted to get my head together and get ready for here. This was my first 400m hurdle final and it's the best I've ever run this event on consecutive days. (After the injuries), I just wanted to work hard everyday and get here. I'm so happy - through it all I put my faith in my coaches and my teammates.'

400m (semis) - Sophomore Monique Henderson, the Regional champion in this event, ran in heat two and placed fourth (52.17). Her mark qualified Henderson for Saturday's final.

Looking Ahead - On Saturday (all finals), the Bruin women will have - junior Cari Soong in the hammer throw, freshman Chelsea Johnson in the pole vault, junior Sheena Johnson in the 100m hurdles, sophomore Monique Henderson in the 400m, sophomore Briona Reynolds in the shot put and junior Lena Nilsson, going after her third NCAA distance title, in the 1500m.

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