UCLA Ranked No. 2 In U.S.; Pac-10 Championships This Weekend In Arizona

May 13, 2004

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Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's T & F team, this week rankedNo. 2 in the U. S. (Trackwire), will travel to Tucson, AZ to competein the 2004 Pacific-10 Championships (18th annual). The Bruinsare seven-time defending conference champions and underBolden, in her 11th season as head coach, UCLA has won nine ofthe last 10 league crowns (1996/3rd). Overall, the Bruins havewon the conference title on 14 occasions (since 1987).

Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium-Rincon Vista Track will hostthe event. On Friday (May 14), field events start at 2:30 p.m. andtrack events at 5:15 p.m. (concludes at 9:25 p.m.-w/m 10,000m) andon Saturday (May 15), field events begin at 3 p.m. and running eventsat 6 p.m. (concludes at 9:25 p.m.-w/m 4 X 400m relays).UCLA returns five individual champions (and enters the meetwith top marks in 12 events):

  • Senior Sheena Johnson in the 100m and 400m hurdles - she'slooking to become only the second woman in conference history torepeat as the 100mH/400mH champion (joining UCLA's JaneeneVickers, 1989-90) and in the 400m hurdles, she looking to becomethe first-ever four-time champion in the event. Johnson is the de-fendingNCAA Outdoor 400m hurdle champion.
  • Junior Candice Baucham in the triple jump
  • Junior Jessica Cosby in the shot put - a UCLA athlete has won thisevent 13 of the last 14 years.
  • Senior Cari Soong in the hammer throwThe 2004 Pac-10 meet will be a tape-delayed two-hour telecastby Fox Sports Net (in Los Angeles, it will air Thursday, May 20/1 p.m./Fox Sports West2 and Saturday, May 22/Fox Sports West/4 p.m.Injuries have sidelined two Bruin standouts for the rest of theoutdoor season (and neither have competed this outdoor season).Senior Lena Nilsson, a three-time NCAA Champion (2003 NCAAIndoor 800m/2002 NCAA Outdoor 1500m/2002 NCAA Indoor DMR),two-time (2003-02) Pac-10 Women's T & F Athlete of the Year, two-timedefending conference champion in the 800m/1500m andschool record-holder in the 800m (2:02.26)/1500m (4:07.69), is side-linedwith a left foot (first metatarsal) stress fracture (she has not runsince the 2004 NCAA Indoor, when Nilsson ran the anchor leg onUCLA's third-place DMR, 11:08.70) . Freshman Renee Williams, whoearned All-American honors in the long jump at the 2004 NCAAIndoor (6th, 20-1.50 - entered the meet No. 1 on the collegiate list,21-1.50), injured her left knee at the Texas Relays and is sidelinedwith a bone contusion.

    In this week's (May 10) 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(injured); 100mH - SheenaJohnson, 13.00; 400mH - Sheena Johnson, 56.45; 4X100m Relay -43.78;4 X 400m Relay - 3:33.18; HJ - Sheena Gordon, 6-1.25; PV -ChelseaJohnson, 15-0 (NCAA Outdoor Record); LJ - Renee Williams,21-1.50i(injured); TJ - Candice Baucham, 44-2.75i; HT - Cari Soong,209-2

    LAST WEEK (MAY 7-9)
    The Bruins sent athletes (May 7-9) to the 2004 Pac-10 Multi-Eventsin Tucson, AZ and to the Occidental Invitational and ModestoRelays.

    Pac-10 Multi-Events
    Hall and Richards give the Bruins five points heading into 2004Pac-10 Championships.

    At the Pac-10 Multi-Events, hosted by the Univeristy of Arizona,sophomore Nastassja Hall and freshman Georgea Richardsrepresented the Bruins in the heptathlon championship. Hallfinished fifth, scoring 4,975 points. And, Richards finishedeighth with 4,734 points. Arizona State's Jackie Johnson wonthe 2004 Pac-10 Heptathlon title with 5,603 points.

    On the first day of competition, Hall scored 2,999 points. She ran15.53 in the 100m hurdles (w: 0.1, 773 points). In the high jump,she cleared 5-4.50 (1.64m, 783 points). In the shot put, shethrew 33-5.75 (10.20m, 543 points). And, in the 200m, Hall ran24.86 (w: 0.7, 900 points).

    In Richards' first day of competition, she scored 2,927 points). Sheran 14.67 (w: 1.2, 886 points) in the 100m hurdles. In the highjump, she cleared 4-10.50 (1.49m, 610 points). She threw 32-7.75 (9.95m, 526 points) in the shot put. And, in the 200m, sheran 24.80 (w: 1.7, 905 points).

    In second day competition, Hall jumped 18-8 (5.69m, 756 points)in the long jump. She threw the javelin 91-0 (27.74m, 434points). And, in the final event, she finished the 800m in 2:22.81(786 points). Hall's two day total of 4,975 points placed fifthand scored four team points for the Bruins.

    In Richards' final day of competition, she jumped 18-6.50 (5.65m,744 points) in the long jump. IN the javelin, she threw 76-4(23.27m, 350 points). And, she completed the 800m in 2:28.44(713 points). Richards placed eighth overall with a score of4,734. She also earned one point for the Bruins.

    At Oxy, sophomore Ashley Caldwell won the 1500m, in apersonal-best and Regional Qualifying mark of 4:22.09.Sophomore Emily Haigh placed sixth (4:34.96).

    The Bruins also had good marks in the 800m. Running personal-bestsand Regional Qualifying marks were - senior MelissaMcBain (2:07.50, eighth-best overall time) and sophomoreAlejandra Barrientos (2:09.05, ninth-best overall mark). Alsoimproving their times were sophomore Allison Hall (2:10.55,personal-best, 12 th -best overall mark) and senior Jessica Marr(2:13.63, season-best, 19 th -best overall time). In the 800m,Bruin alum Tiffany Burgess had the second- fastest overall time(2:03.05).

    Other marks from Oxy included - in the 400m, senior AdiaMcKinnon was second in the 400m (54.96, season-opener)and freshman redshirt Jenna Timinsky was fourth (56.96); inthe 5000m, sophomore Sarah West was third (personal-best17:38.37) and junior Carmen Winant placed fifth (17:43.19) andin the high jump, junior Caroline Sommers placed second(equaling her personal-best of 5-8).

    Bruin alumnus won both the long and triple jumps - MichellePerry (lon

    Three Bruin throwers competed at Modesto - in the shot put,junior Jessica Cosby placed fourth (53-5) and freshmanKamaiya Warren was sixth (50-6.75) and in the hammerthrow, senior Cari Soong was second (198-8) and Cosby wasthird (196-3).

    Bruin greats who competed included Amy Acuff in the high jump(2 nd , 6-4.75), Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (2 nd , 14-7.25) and inthe discus, Suzy Powell won the event (205-11) andSeilala Sua placed fifth (186-4).

    The 2004 NCAA West Regionals will be hosted by CSNorthridge, May 28-29 (Friday-Saturday). UCLA won the first- everteam title last season at Stanford.

    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 12) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1 (450.05) inthe U. S. (ahead of No. 2 Nebraska 418.88, No. 3 BYU 410.74,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.

    Pac-10 Cross CountryFirst Team
    Carmen Winant, Jr., 3.81gpa/art
    Second Team
    Melissa McBain, Sr., 3.36gpa/pre-psychology
    Jenna Timinsky, So., 3.74gpa/undeclared
    Honorable Mention
    Ashley Allen, So.; Leslie Barrie, So., Maribeth Buche, So.; AshleyCaldwell, RFr.; Emily Haigh, RFr.; Carolyn Shea, Jr.; Sarah West, So.long 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).

    April 23-24 - UCSD Invitational/Penn Relays
    Monique Henderson Wins 200m at UC SanDiego Triton Invitational (April 23-24), DefeatsOlympian Merlene OtteyJunior Monique Henderson, from San Diego's Morse HS, had thetop time in the 200m, 23.03 (2.0, personal-best, RegionalQualifier (RQ) and No. 7 in school history). In heat one,Henderson defeated seven-time Olympic medallist MerleneOttey (Slovenia), who finished second (23.84). Henderson andOttey's times were the top two of the day. Henderson also ranthe first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, that placed second(3:52.85).

    UCLA's other winner on Saturday was sophomore ChelseaJohnson, who won the pole vault (13-7.25) and sophomoreJacqueline Nguyen was third (13-1, personal outdoor best,RQ). Johnson this outdoor season has twice set the NCAArecord, the last time at 15-0 (3/27).

    Other top Bruin performers included - junior Caroline Sommers inthe high jump (third overall, second collegian, 5-7) and in thewomen's shot put, the Bruins placed third and fourth overall;junior Jessica Cosby was third (second collegian, 55-1) andfreshman redshirt Kamaiya Warren was fourth (third colle-gian,53-10.50, personal-best, RQ, No. 10 in school history).In the discus, Bruin great Suzy Powell placed second (205-2).

    Freshman Leslie Barrie won the 3000m steeplechase, in a time of11:20.94 (personal-best/team-leading). Junior Carolyn Sheawas second (11:30.32) and sophomore Ashley Allen wasfourth (11:40.23).

    In other women's competition on Friday - junior Jessica Cosbyplaced third overall in the hammer throw 209-1 (top collegian,personal-best, No. 3 in school history, RQ) and senior CariSoong was fifth (second collegian, 204-11).

    Penn Relays
    Sophomore Sheena Gordon, who is from Erie, PA (MacDowell HS)on Thursday competed in the high jump and on Friday in thetriple jump. Gordon, who has a personal-best 6-1.25 (Pac-10leader) this season, no-heighted in the collegiate champion-shiphigh jump and in the collegiate championship triple jump,she placed sixth (41-7.75, RQ).

    April 14-17 - Mt. SAC Relays
    Monique Henderson, Chelsea Johnson Pace Bruins at Mt. SACRelaysJunior Monique Henderson (400m) and sophomore ChelseaJohnson (pole vault) won their invitational events on Sunday at theMt. SAC Relays and are UCLA's nominees for Pac-10 Women'sTrack & Field Athletes of the Week (April 19).Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS) won the 400m in a time of51.49 (regional qualifier/RQ). It's her first 400m outdoor mark thisseason. The time would be No. 4 on the all-time UCLA chart(Henderson already holds the No. 2 spot, 51.10, 2002) and is theformer national high school record holder (50.74, personal-best).

    Candice Baucham (Bow-kam), Leslie Barrie (Barry), AlejandraBarrientos (Bar-e-in-tos), Maribeth Buche (Boo-shay), Kiyoko (Key-o-ko) Guillory; Emily Haigh (Haag); Nastassja (Nas-taj-a) Hall; Chelsea(Chel-cee) Johnson, Adia (A-dee-a) McKinnon, Nana (Na-Na)Merriweather, Jacqueline Nguyen (New-yen); Lena (Lee-na) Nilson(Nil-son), T'Carra (Ta-car-a) Pennick, Manyuan (goes by first name ofMani, pronounced Ma-nee) Reffell (Ra-fell), Briona (Bree-a-na)Reynolds; Georgea (Georgia) Richards, Hasani (goes by first nameof Sani, Saw-nee) Roseby (Rose-bee), Jenea (Ja-nay) Russ (Rus); LaraSaye (Say), Cari (Care-ee) Soong, Kamaiya (Ka-my-ah) Warren; Talita(Ta-lee-ta) Wells, Carmen Winant (Wy-nant), Jessica Yanez (Ya-nez).

    May 1 - at UCLA 93, USC 70
    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 the

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