UCLA Women Place Eighth at 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Final Day Results)
June 14, 2003
Sacramento, CA - Final day results for the UCLA women and men's track and field teams at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium in the A. G. Spanos Complex at CS Sacramento. Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women, entered the meet ranked No. 3 in the nation, placed eighth in the team standings, with 28 points.
Final Team Standings (Top 10) - 1. LSU 4, 2. Texas 50, 3. South Carolina 47, 4. Florida 36, 5. Nebraska 33, 6. Indiana 32, 7. North Carolina 30, 8. UCLA 28, 9. Stanford 27, 10. Penn State 24.
Hammer Throw - junior Cari Soong placed fifth, with a mark of 208-3, earning four points for the Bruins and her third Outdoor All-American honor (sixth overall, including Indoor). Soong had a highly successful spring. Along with her All-American honor, Soong won both the Regional and Pac-10 hammer throw titles and set the school record (216-3, No. 2 in Pac-10 history).
Pole Vault - freshman Chelsea Johnson no-heighted in the finals competition. This spring, Johnson placed sixth at the Regional meet (she was an at-large selection to the NCAA Outdoor), was second at the Pac-10 and her personal-best 13-6.25 is No. 3 in school history.
Shot Put - sophomore Briona Reynolds was scheduled to compete. But in qualifying onThursday night, Reynolds injured her right ankle on her last attempt. X-rays on Friday revealed a severely sprained right ankle. Her ankle was placed in a walking boot and she was not able to compete in today's shot put final.
100m Hurdles - junior Sheena Johnson, who yesterday won the 400m hurdles, placed eighth (13.09, personal-best, No. 4 in school history), earning one point for the Bruins. It's her fourth Outdoor All-American title (eighth overall, including Indoor). She was second at this event at the Regional meet and won the Pac-10.
Sheena Johnson -'I just tried to stay focused. I wanted to focus on my mechanics. This is my last race (at the Outdoor) and my legs are a little tired. I'm happy to PR (personal-best).' In the four days, Johnson ran six races (three in each hurdle event).
400m - sophomore Monique Henderson, placed seventh (52.13), earning two points for the Bruins. Henderson, who won this event at the Regional meet, earns her third Outdoor All-American honor (fifth overall, including Indoor).
1500m - junior Lena Nilsson, the defending champion in this event, placed second, with a time of 4:09.86, picking up eight points for the Bruins. The winner was Mississippi State's Tiffany McWilliams, in a time of 4:06.75 (NCAA meet record). McWilliams led most of the race, but with about 250m left, Nilsson took the lead. Several strides later, McWilliams took the lead for good and won the race, with Nilsson finishing second. Nilsson, who has three NCAA distance titles in her Bruin career, earns her first Outdoor All-American honor (third overall, including indoor and cross country). This spring, Nilsson, the school record-holder in the 800m/1500m, won those titles at both the Regional and Pac-10 meets.
Lena Nilsson - 'That was her (Tiffany McWilliams) tactic, pushing it from the beginning. I was coming off a faster pace to catch her (than I wanted), but I didn't want to slow down. But it (my move to overtake her) was a little bit early. I felt it after I went around her. I knew that if she came back, I wouldn't have enough left and that's what happened.'