No. 1 UCLA Competes Against No. 2 LSU And Host No. 3 Texas For 2004 NCAA Outdoor Team Championship

June 7, 2004

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THIS WEEK (JUNE 9-12)

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, ranked No. 1in the U. S. (Trackwire) and team champions at the 2004 NCAA WestRegion and Pac-10 meets, travels to Austin, TX June 9-12 to com-peteat the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hostedby the University of Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

In Bolden's 11 years as the Bruin head coach, UCLA has won twoNCAA Indoor titles (2001-00) and at the NCAA Outdoor, the Bruinshave ten Top 10 finishes, including eight Top Three placements (UCLAfinished second in 2002-01-99-98-95). In 2003, the Bruins wereeighth. Outdoors, UCLA has won four national titles (NCAA, 1983-82/AIAW, 1977-75).

The Bruins have two NCAA Outdoor champions - senior SheenaJohnson, the defending 400m hurdles winner and junior JessicaCosby, who won the Outdoor shot put crown in 2002.Bruins to Send 18 Athletes (13 Events) to Compete at 2004 NCAAOutdoor T & F Championships.

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team will send 18athletes to compete in 13 events at the 2004 NCAA OutdoorTrack & Field Championships, June 9-12 in Austin, TX andhosted by the University of Texas.

Here's the list of UCLA's 2004 women competitors. All areautomatic qualifiers except - UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, seniorJulie Stevenson (high jump), sophomore Jackie Nguyen (polevault) and freshman Kamaiya Warren (shot put).

Event/Seed/Name/Mark/Date400m - No. 3 junior Monique Henderson, 50.65SR (5/29).

Henderson is the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 400mchampion.

800m - No. 13 sophomore Ashley Caldwell, 2:05.01 (5/29).Caldwell is the 2004 Pac-10 800m champion.

1500m - No. 14 sophomore Alejandra Barrientos, 4:17.60 (4/18)

No. 17 senior Melissa McBain, 4:18.08 (5/29)

100m Hurdles -No. 3 senior Sheena Johnson, 12.79 (5/15)

No. 7 senior Sani Roseby, 12.96 (5/15)

No. 14 sophomore Dawn Harper, 13.16 (5/14)

400m Hurdles-No. 1 senior Sheena Johnson, 54.32 (5/14).

Johnson is the defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdleschampion and the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 100m/

400m hurdles champion.

4 X 100m Relay - No. 3 Roseby, senior Adia McKinnon, Harper,

Henderson, 43.43(5/15). This time won the 2004 Pac-10.

4 X 400m Relay - No. 7 Roseby, Johnson, McKinnon,

Henderson, 3:32.39 (5/15). This relay won the 2004 Pac-10.

High Jump - No. 4 sophomore Sheena Gordon, 6-2 (1.88)(5/29).

Gordon is the 2004 NCAA West Region HJ champion.

No. 20 senior Julie Stevenson, 5-10.75 (1.80)(5/1)

Pole Vault - No. 1 sophomore Chelsea Johnson, 15-0 (4.57)(3/27).

Johnson's 15-0 is the NCAA Outdoor record and she's the 2004

NCAA West Region PV champion.

No. 23 sophomore Jackie Nguyen, 13-2.25 (4.02)(5/15)

Long Jump - No. 14 junior Candice Baucham, 20-9.75 (6.34)(5/1)

Triple Jump - No. 5 junior Candice Baucham, 44-8 (13.61)(5/15).

Baucham is the 2004 Pac-10 TJ champion.

Shot Put - No. 6 junior Jessica Cosby, 56-7.25 (17.25)(4/18). Cosbywon the shot put crown at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor.

No. 13 freshman Kamaiya Warren, 55-2.75 (16.83)(5/1)

Hammer Throw - No. 6 junior Jessica Cosby, 214-9 (65.46)(5/28).

Cosby is the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 HT cham-pion.

No. 7 senior Cari Soong, 213-5 (65.05)(5/28). Soong isthe 2003 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 HT champion.

Alternates - in the relays, sophomore Jenna Timinsky andfreshman MacKenzie Hill.

Jeanette Bolden, Sheena Johnson EARN2004 USTCA WEST REGION HONORS

For the eighth consecutive season and ninth time during her 11-year Bruin head coaching career, Jeanette Bolden on May 27was named the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA) 2004Mondo West Region Women's Coach of the Year. In addition,Bruin senior hurdler Sheena Johnson was named the WestRegion Women's Athlete of the Year.

Bolden directed the Bruins, ranked No. 1 in the U. S., to the 2004NCAA West Region and Pac-10 team titles.

Johnson, the 2003 NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion,helped lead UCLA to both team crowns. At the NCAA WestRegion, she won both hurdle events (100mH, 12.85/400mH,54.91). At the Pac-10 meet, she won the 100m hurdles (12.76,0.0, personal-best, stadium record, No. 2 in school history, No.3 in Pac-10 history), the 400m hurdles (55.45/her prelim timeof 54.32 was a Pac-10 meet record and at the time, the world'scurrent top mark) and ran the second leg on both of UCLA'swinning relays (4X100m, 43.43, Pac-10 meet record, No. 2 inUCLA history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history/4 X 400m, 3:32.39,season-best, No. 10 in school history). She's only the secondwoman in conference history to repeat as 100mH/400mHchampion (joining UCLA's Janeene Vickers, 1989-90). In the400m hurdles, Johnson is the first four-time champion in theevent (only the third woman in Pac-10 history to win anindividual event all four years, joining UCLA's Amy Acuff/HJ/1994-97 and USC Inga Stasiulionyte/JT/2001-04).

NATIONAL RANKINGS

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 eight of the last nine seasons, including 2004). Inthis week's (June 7) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1(466.43) in the U. S. (ahead of No. 2 Nebraska 430.22, No. 3BYU 425.21, No. 4 Georgia 414.5 and No. 5 South Carolina406.25).

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.

-2004-03 NCAA West Region Team Champion

-Nine-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including lasteight consecutive seasons.

-Ten Pac-10 titles in 11 years, including last eight consecutive sea-sons.

-Nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last seven con-secutiveseasons (2004 honors announced after NCAA Outdoor).

-Unbeaten Career dual record of 70-0, including 11-0 mark vs. USC.

-Nine-time National Dual Team Champion, including eight of lastnine seasons (including 2004).

INJURIES

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.

UCLA'S 2004 NCAA OUTDOOR QUALIFIERS

Monique Henderson (Jr., 5-7, San Diego, Morse HS) - 400m (No. 350.65SR)/4X100m Relay(anchor,No. 3 43.43)/4 X 400m Relay(anchor, No. 7 3:32.39)

2004 West Region - 400m champion, in a personal-best 50.65(school record,breaking her old mark of 50.90, set at the Pac-10meet). Bests her previous top time of 50.74, the former national HSrecord she set in 2000. Her 50.65 was No. 2 in the U. S. and No. 3 inthe World. Ran on both of UCLA's relays (4X100m, 3rd, 44.44/4X400m,4th, 3:37.21).

2004 Pac-10 - 200m (22.89, stadium record)/400m (50.90, meetrecord, at the time, a new school record, breaking Florence Griffith's50.94, 1983) champion. She joins Arizona State's Maicel Malone(1991-90-88) as the only other athlete in women's conference his-toryto win both the 200m/400m in the same meet. Ran the anchorleg on both of UCLA's winning relays (4X100m, 43.43, stadium andmeet record, No. 2 in UCLA history/4X400m, 3:32.39, season-best,No. 10 in UCLA history).

UCLA Honors - Member of UCLA's 2002 NCAA Indoor champion-shipDMR (10:58.19, school record) . Five-time All-American and Pac-10champion, three-time West Region champion.

Ashley Caldwell (So., 5-9, Los Gatos HS) - 800m (No. 13 2:05.01)2004 West Region -Second in the 800m (2:05.01, personal-best,No. 4 in school history.

2004 Pac-10 - 800m champion (in a then-personal-best 2:06.88).HM Academic All-Pac-10.

2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors on UCLA's dis-tancemedley relay (3rd, 11:08.70, season-best).

2003 Cross Country - Helped lead UCLA to 7th-place team finishat NCAA. Individually, earned All-American (36th, 20:45.6), All-Re-gion(11th, 20.50) and second-team All-Pac-10 (14th, 22.17.2). HMAcademic All-Pac-10.

Alejandro Barrientos (RSo., 5-6, Felton, San Lorenzo Valley HS)-1500m(No. 14 4:17.60, No. 7 in UCLA history)

2004 West Region - Placed 5th in the 1500m (4:20.20).

2004 Pac-10 - Placed 3rd at the Pac-10 1500m (4:23.15).

Cross Country - In 2001 and 2002, Barrientos helped lead UCLA toteam bids to the NCAA Championships.

Melissa McBain (Sr., 5-3, Thousand Oaks HS) - 1500m (No. 174:18.08)

2004 West Region -Placed fourth in the 1500m (4:18.08, personal-best,No. 9 in UCLA history).

2004 Pac-10 - Placed sixth in the 1500m (4:27.57) and ninth in the800m (2:18.24).

2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors on UCLA's dis-tancemedley relay (3rd, 11:08.70, season-best).

2003 Cross Country - Helped lead UCLA to a 7th-place finish at theNCAA, earning All-American honors (50th, 20;53.6). Also earnedAll-Region honors (25th, 21.11) and was 19th (22:40.9) at the Pac-10.Career - School record-holder in the 3000m steeplechase (10:36.06).

One of UCLA's top student-athletes - in 2003-04 earned second-teamCoSIDA Academic All-Dist. VIII (3.433gpa, psychology), HMAcademic All-Pac-10 in track and second-team Academic All-Pac-10in cross country.

Sheena Johnson (Sr., 5-5, Stafford, VA, Garfield HS) - 100mH (No. 312.79)/400mH (No. 1 54.32)/4 X 400m Relay (second leg, No. 73:32.39)

2004 West Region - Won the 100m (12.85) and 400m (54.91) hurdles.

2004 Pac-10 - Won the 100m (12.79, stadium record, No. 2 in UCLAhistory) and 400m (55.45/in prelims, ran a Pac-10 meet record 54.32)hurdles. Also ran the second leg on both of UCLA's winning relays(4X100m, 43.43, meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history/4X400m,3:32.39, season-best, No. 10 in school history). She's only the sec-ondwoman in conference history to repeat as 100mH/400mHchampion (joining UCLA's Janeene Vickers, 1989-90). In the 400mhurdles, Johnson is the first-ever four-time champion in the event(only the third woman in Pac-10 history to win an individual event allfour years, joining UCLA's Amy Acuff/HJ/1994-97 and USC's IngaStasiulionyte/JT/2001-04).

2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors twice - 60mH(3rd, 8.11) and on UCLA's DMR (3rd, 11:08.70).

UCLA Career -defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion(54.24, personal-best, meet record, No. 2 all-time collegiate). Thisseason named the USTCA West Region Women's Athlete of the Yearand on May 17, was named the USATF Athlete of the Week (for herPac-10 performance). Ten-time All-American, four-time West Regionchampion and 10-time Pac-10 champion.

Sani Roseby (Sr., 5-2, Las Vegas, V, Monterey, CA HS) - 100mH (No.7 12.96)/4X100m Relay(leadoff,No. 3 43.43)/4 X 400m Re-lay(leadoff, No. 7 3:32.39)

2004 West Region - Third in the 100m (11.57), fourth in the 100mhurdles (13.20) and ran on both of UCLA's relays (4X100m, 3rd, 44.44/4X400m, 4th, 3:37.21). In 100m hurdle qualifying on Friday, Rosebybroke her right hand on a hurdle and competed on Saturday in asplint.

2004 Pac-10 -Second in the 100m (11.52) and 100m hurdles (12.96,personal-best, No. 4 in school history/ran a 12.97 in prelims) andran the opening leg on both of UCLA's winning relays (4X100m, 43.43,meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history/4X400m, 3:32.39, season-bestNo. 10 in school history).

2004 NCAA Indoor -Qualified in the 60m hurdles.UCLA Career - 2003 NCAA Indoor All-American.

Dawn Harper (So., 5-6, E. St. Louis, IL Senior HS) - 100mH (No. 1413.16)/4X100m Relay(third leg, No. 3 43.43)

2004 West Region - Finished third in the 100m hurdles (13.17) andran on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (3rd, 44.44).

2004 Pac-10 - Ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay(43.43, meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history). Did not run in the 100mhurdle final, but her qualifying mark of 13.16 was a personal-bestand No. 6 in school history.

2004 NCAA Indoor -Earned All-American honors in the 60m hurdles(4th, 8.13).

Career - 2003 Pan Am (13.42) and U. S. (13.28w) Junior champion inthe 100m hurdles.

Adia McKinnon (Sr., 5-5, Flossmoor, IL, Homewood-Flossmoor HS)- 4X100m Relay(second leg,No. 3 43.43)/4 X 400m Relay(third leg, No. 7 3:32.39)

2004 West Region - Ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay thatplaced third (44.44) and the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relaythat was fourth (3:37.21). In 400m qualifying, ran a 54.87.

2004 Pac-10 - Placed ninth in the 400m (54.62, season-best) andran ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:32.39,season-best, No. 10 in school history).

Career -Four time All-American and Pac-10 champion, including2001 400m winner.

Sheena Gordon (So., 5-10 Erie, PA, MacDowell HS) - HJ (No. 4 6-2)2004 West Region - Competing on a sprained right ankle, won thehigh jump with a mark of 6-2 (personal-best, No. 2 in school history,bypassing Jackie Joyner's 6-1.50, 1983) and placed fifth (41-1.50) inthe triple jump.

2004 Pac-10 - Did not compete. HM Academic All-Pac-10.

Julie Stevenson (Sr., 5-4, Walnut, Diamond Bar)- HJ (No. 20 5-10.75)2004 West Region - Tied for 11th in the high jump (5-6.50).

2004 Pac-10 - Finished second in the high jump (5-8).

Chelsea Johnson (So., 5-9, Atascadero HS) - PV (No. 1 15-0 NCAAOutdoor Record)

2004 West Region -Won the pole vault (13-9.75).

2004 Pac-10 - Placed second in the pole vault (14-2).

2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors, placing secondin the pole vault (13-11.25).

Career -Has twice this spring set the NCAA Outdoor record (15-0, 3-27; 14-9, 3-6, breaking Oregon's Becky Holliday's mark of 14-8, 2003.Jackie Nguyen (So., 5-6, Atherton, Castilleja HS) - PV (No. 23 13-2.25)

2004 West Region - Tied for seventh in the vault (12-10).

2004 Pac-10 - Placed eighth in the pole vault (13-2.25, personaloutdoor best). Second-team All-Academic Pac-10 (3.64gpa, physi-ologicalstudies).

Career - Personal-best of 13-3.50i tied for No. 4 in UCLA history.

Candice Baucham (Jr., 5-5, Inglewood, Long Beach Poly) - LJ (No.14 20-9.75)/TJ (No. 5 44-8)

2004 West Region - Placed second in the triple jump (42-4) andfourth in the long jump (20-1.75).

2004 Pac-10 - Defended her triple jump title (44-8, personal-best,tied meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history).

2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors, placing third(44-2.75, then personal-best).

Career - Two-time Pac-10 TJ champion. 2003 West Region TJ cham-pion.Jessica Cosby (Jr., 5-9, Mission Hills, Cleveland HS) - SP (No. 656-7.25)/HT (No. 6 214-9).

2004 West Region -Won the hammer throw (214-9, personal-best,No. 2 in school history) and was third in the shot put (54-4.50).

2004 Pac-10 -Won the hammer throw (208-9) and was third in theshot put (55-2.25).

2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-Amerian honors by placing fourthin the shot put (56-6.50)

Career -2002 NCAA Outdoor shot put champion. Three-time All-Americanand two-time Pac-10 champion. Her personal-best SP of57-0.25 is No. 6 in school history. First woman in U. S. Junior historyto win the shot put/hammer throw at the same national Junior meet(2001).

Kamaiya Warren (RFr., 5-11, El Sobrante, St. Mary's HS) - SP (No. 1355-2.75)

2004 West Region -Placed 12th in the shot put (12th, 48-6) andseventh in the discus (167-11).

2004 Pac-10 -Finished fourth in the discus (165-6).

Career - Her 55-2.75 personal-best SP is No. 8 in school history.

Cari Soong (Sr., 5-9, Riverside, North HS) - HT (No. 7 213-5)2004 West Region - Finished second in the hammer throw (213-5,season-best).

2004 Pac-10 - Placed second in the hammer throw (203-1).

2004 NCAA Indoor -Earned All-America honors, placing eighth inthe weight throw (69-4.75, school record, old mark, 69-00, SeilalaSua, 2000).

Career - School record-holder in the hammer (216-3). Seven-timeAll-American. 2003 West Region and Pac-10 HT champion.

Relay Alternates

Jenna Timinsky (RFr., 5-7, Encinitas, San Dieguito Academy) - In the800m at the West Region placed 7th (2:08.02) and at the Pac-10,finished fourth (2:08.55). Her PR 2:06.26 is No. 9 in school history. Incross country last fall, she helped lead UCLA to a 7th-place finish atthe NCAA Championships and earned All-West Region honors. First-teamPac-10 All-Academic in track (3.84gpa, linguistics & anthro-pology)and second-team in cross country.

MacKenzie Hill (Fr., 5-5, Long Beach Wilson) - At the Pac-10, placedninth in the 400m hurdles (1:07.68). Had a best time this season of59.24 (her PR is 58.39, placing second at the 2003 U. S. Junior meet).

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