Bruins Ranked No. 1 in the U. S. by Trackwire

May 4, 2004

After defeating USC last Saturday in the annual dual meet at Drake Stadium, UCLA swept past LSU in this week's update to the Trackwire 25 for women, opening up a 12-point lead in the race for the national title in outdoor track & field. Texas holds No. 3. For the last four consecutive weeks, the Bruin women had been rated No. 2 in the U. S.

Available online since the 1997 season, the Trackwire 25 has established itself as the most widely respected and reported ranking of Division I collegiate track & field teams. During the collegiate track season, weekly updates are available via email, and free registration is available at

The Trackwire 25 is compiled by respected track & field statistician Gary Verigin. Please contact Gary by email at with any comments or corrections.

The Trackwire 25 for Women, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:

1. UCLA, 68
2. LSU, 56
3. Texas, 53
4. Nebraska, 47
5. South Carolina, 39
6. Miami, 36
7. Florida, 34
8. Georgia, 32
9. Tennessee, 31
10. Stanford, 28
=11. Arkansas, 21
=11. North Carolina, 21
13. Northern Arizona, 19
14. USC, 18
15. Providence, 16
16. Florida State, 15
=17. Texas A&M, 14
=17. BYU, 14
=19. San Diego State, 13
=19. Colorado State, 13
=21. Cal, 12
=21. Cal Poly, 12
23. Oregon, 11
=24. Penn State, 10
=24. Kansas State, 10
=24. Georgia Tech, 10
=24. Mississippi State, 10

The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualfying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.

In this week's Dandy Dozen, these Bruin women are listed: 400m - junior Monique Henderson, No. 3 (51.20); 800m-sophomore Ashley Caldwell, No. 12 (2:07.41); 1500m- senior Lena Nilsson, No. 2 (injured, no outdoor mark); 100mH - senior Sheena Johnson, No. 3, 13.00); 400mH - senior Sheena Johnson, No. 2 (56.45, defending NCAA Outdoor champion); 4 X 100m Relay-No. 5 (43.78); 4 X 400m Relay-No. 6 (3:33.18); HJ - sophomore Sheena Gordon, No. 3 (6-1.25); PV - sophomore Chelsea Johnson, No. 1(15-0, current NCAA Outdoor record-holder); LJ - junior Candice Baucham, No. 8 (20-9.75); TJ - junior Candice Baucham, No. 5 (43-10)/sophomore Sheena Gordon, No. 12 (42-9.50); SP - junior Jessica Cosby, No. 4 (56-7.25)/freshman Kamaiya Warren, No. 6 (55-2.75); HT - senior Cari Soong, No. 5 (209-2).

The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

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