UCLA Ranked No. 1 As Pac-10 Multi Events Begin

May 5, 2004

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UCLA will send athletes to three different events - sophomoreNastassja Hall and freshman Georgea Richards will begin 2004conference competition for the Bruins as they compete in thePac-10 Multi-Events (heptathlon) on Friday-Saturday (May 7-8)at the University of Arizona in Tucson (Arizona will then host the2004 Pac-10 Championships, May 14-15/Friday-Saturday). Thisweekend the Bruins will also compete at the Modesto Invita-tional(May 7-9) and Occidental Invitational (May 8).

Junior Monique Henderson ran in three winning UCLA races,including a world-leading mark in the 400m, and seniorSheena Johnson also ran in three, as the Bruin womendefeated USC 93-70 for their 12 th consecutive dual meet track &field victory over the Trojans. The meet was held at UCLA'sDrake Stadium before 4,760. The Bruins were ranked No. 2 inthe U. S. and USC was rated No. 16 (tied).

UCLA, under head coach Jeanette Bolden, leads the series history18-3. Bolden is 11-0 vs. the Trojans in the dual meet and overall,she's 70-0 in dual competition.

In the battle for the Lexus Gauntlet (UCLA vs. USC in athleticcompetition for the 2003-04 season), the Bruin women pickedup five points for UCLA.

Henderson, from Morse HS in San Diego, started the afternoon byanchoring UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.78, season-best,Regional Qualifier (RQ), No. 6 in school history). She then wonthe 400m, in a season-best, meet record (51.33, MoniqueHenderson, UCLA, 2002) and world-leading mark of 51.20(RQ). Henderson is the former national high school record-holderin the 400m (50.74/her UCLA best is 51.10, 2002). Sheended the day winning the 200m, in a time of 22.71 (personal-best,RQ, meet record (22.84, Shakedia Jones, UCLA, 1998),No. 2 on the current collegiate chart and tied for No. 3 inschool history with Gail Devers).

Johnson, from Garfield HS in Stafford, VA, started her afternoonrunning the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay. Shethen also triumphed in the 100m hurdles (13.00, personal-best,RQ, No. 3 on the current collegiate chart, No. 3 in schoolhistory) and 400m hurdles (56.45, season-opener, RQ/Johnson is the defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdleschampion).

In all, the Bruins had 14 event winners. Joining Henderson andJohnson as UCLA winners on the track were - sophomoreAshley Caldwell in the 800m (2:07.41, personal-best, RQ);sophomore Alejandra Barrientos in the 1500m (4:22.96) andsenior Melissa McBain in the 5000m (17:03.29, season-opener).In the field, UCLA winners were - sophomore JacquelineNguyen in the pole vault (12-4); sophomore Sheena Gordon inthe high jump (6-0); senior Candice Baucham in the triplejump (43-10, personal outdoor-best, RQ) and second in thelong jump (20-9.75, RQ, personal-best, No. 7 in school history);junior Jessica Cosby in the shot put (56-0); freshman KamaiyaWarren in the discus (168-10, personal-best, RQ) and second inthe shot put (55-2.75, personal-best, RQ, No. 8 in schoolhistory) and senior Cari Soong in the hammer throw (203-1, onFriday).

Fox Sports West 2 will televise the UCLA/USC women and men'sdual meets on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. The Bruin men alsodefeated USC in the dual meet, 111-52.

May 14-15 (Friday/Saturday), the Bruins will travel to Tucson, AZfor the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. UCLA has won the confer-encetitle on 14 occasions (since 1987) and under Bruin headcoach Jeanette Bolden, UCLA has captured the Pac-10 crown nineof the last 10 years (not winning in 1996/3rd), including the lastseven years in a row (1997-2003).

BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden
Is in her 11th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coachand 13th on the Bruin staff.

On Feb. 13, Bolden was presented the prestigious C. Vivian StringerAward by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United StatesSports Academy.

The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented (by the U. S.Sports Academy) to a woman who has experienced outstandingachievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high stan-dardof propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builderin the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10thseason as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women'sBasketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach inwomen's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men'sbasketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four(Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).

Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, estab-lishedin 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successfulwomen's basketball coach at North Dakota State and SarahPatterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama.

Bolden's other coaching honors include --
Led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships (2000-01) and a runner-up finish in 2002; 8th-place tie in 2003; 5th in 2004.* Ten Top 10 NCAA Outdoor finishes, including five second-placefinishes.
* 2003 NCAA West Region Team Champion
* Eight-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including lastseven consecutive seasons.
* Nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including last seven consecutiveseasons.
* Nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last seven con-secutiveseasons.
* Unbeaten Career dual record of 70-0, including 11-0 mark vs. USC.
* Eight-time National Dual Team Champion, including seven of lasteight seasons.

In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwireand the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.

Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T &F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account avariety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the out-comeof the 2004 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 9-12 atAustin, TX). The scores provided with the rankings indicate eachteam's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event(entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA was ranked No. 3 andplaced 8th at the NCAA Outdoor).

Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams byindividual marks and dual meet strength (the UCLA women rankedNo. 2 in the final 2003 standings and have been the National DualMeet Champion seven of the last eight seasons). In this week's(May 4) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1 (448.52) inthe U. S. (ahead of No. 2 Nebraska 416.03, No. 3 BYU 409.13,No. 4 South Carolina 395.73 and No. 5 Florida State 395.68).

The 2004 Pac-10 Championships will be held in Tuscon andhosted by the University of Arizona (May 7-8, Friday/Saturday-MultiEvents; May 14-15, Friday/Saturday-Championships). The Bruinwomen have won nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including the lastseven consecutive seasons.

The 2004 NCAA West Regionals will be hosted by CS Northridge,May 28-29 (Friday-Saturday). UCLA won the first- ever team title lastseason at Stanford.

The 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by theUniversity of Texas at Austin June 9-12. In recent history, the Bruinwomen have 10, Top 10 placements at the NCAA Outdoor, includingfive second-place finishes (2002-2001-1999-1998-1995).

April 13 - Sheena Gordon, Field Athlete of the Week - Gordonwon the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational high jumpwith a personal-best leap of 6-1.25. The mark ties for the third-bestin UCLA history.

In this week's (May 4) Pac-10 weekly marks, the Bruins have 12 eventleaders:200m - Monique Henderson, 22.71; 400m- Monique Henderson,51.20; Mile - Lena Nilsson, 4:37.62i; 100mH - Sheena Johnson, 13.00;400mH - Sheena Johnson, 56.45; 4X100m Relay - 43.78; 4 X 400mRelay - 3:33.18; HJ - Sheena Gordon, 6-1.25; PV - Chelsea Johnson,15-0 (NCAA Outdoor Record); LJ - Renee Williams, 21-1.50i; TJ -CandiceBaucham, 44-2.75i; HT - Cari Soong, 209-2

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