Bruins Win 2004 NCAA Championship!

June 12, 2004

Austin, TX - In the final day of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium before 14,000, the UCLA women, under 11th year head coach Jeanette Bolden, won the team title, edging defending champion LSU 69-68.

For Bolden, it's her first NCAA Outdoor crown, adding to her two NCAA Indoor titles that she won in 2001 and 2000. It's UCLA's fifth overall NCAA Outdoor Championship (NCAA-1983-82/AIAW 1977-75). The women's track & field title is UCLA's fourth NCAA Championship this season, joining women's gymnastics, women's golf and softball and it's UCLA's nation-leading 94th NCAA team crown.

NCAA Championships on TVCBS will broadcast the 2004 NCAA Championships via tape delay on Saturday, June 19th, at 1:00 PM PST.

Final Team Standings (Top five teams/scoring 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1)Women - 1. UCLA 69, 2. LSU 68, 3. Nebraska 58, 4. Texas 42, 5. Florida 29.

Jeanette Bolden - 'I don't like having a dramatic finish like that. It took all of me just to stay in the stadium (and watch the 4 X 400m relay). We've been so close and stubbed our toe at this meet so many times. I just got off the phone with Jackie (Joyner-Kersee) and she said, 'It's about time - it's our time!' Under Bolden at the NCAA Outdoor, coming into the 2004 meet, UCLA had ten Top 10 finishes, including placing second on five occasions (2002-01-99-98-95).

Hammer Throw - Held Saturday afternoon, the event got the Bruins off to a good start. Junior Jessica Cosby placed second (8 points), with a mark of 219-5, that's a personal-best, school record and the best mark in Pac-10 history. Senior Cari Soong, who held the school record (216-3, 2003), placed fifth (four points), with mark of 211-03. The pair combined for 12 team points. The event winner was Florida's Candice Scott, the defending champion, 225-10.

Shot Put - The Bruins just missed a scoring opportunity. Freshman Kamaiya Warren finished ninth (53-4.50) and Jessica Cosby, competing just two hours after placing second in the hammer, finished 11th (53-0.75).

Triple Jump - Junior Candice Baucham, the two-time defending Pac-10triple jump champion, just finished out of the scoring, placing ninth, with a wind-aided (3.2) mark of 43-0.50.

400m - Junior Monique Henderson, who had won the 400m at both the West Region and Pac-10 meets, came in second, in a time of 50.62. Her mark is a new school record, breaking her own school mark of 50.65 that she set on May 29 (it's the third time this season she has set the school record) and it's the second-best time in Pac-10 history. The winner, Tennessee's Dee Dee Trotter, had a winning time of 50.32, a stadium record and the No. 6 all-time college women's 400m mark.

'I'm OK with second-place, I would have preferred to win,' Henderson said. 'I knew I was going to have to run very fast to place here. Placing second is better than the seventh-place finishes I've had the last two years. It's good for a lot of reasons - it gave us eight team points and put the Texas (defending champion Sonya Richards was third, 50.68) and LSU (HazelAnn Regis was eighth, 52.01) runners behind me.'

1500m - Senior Melissa McBain finished 10th (4:24.13).

400m Hurdles - Senior Sheena Johnson, the defending champion, won this event for the second year in a row (picking up 10 points for UCLA) becoming just the fourth athlete in NCAA women's history to win this event multiple times (dating back to 1982) and the sixth title for UCLA (Sheena Johnson 2004-03, Joanne Hayes 1999 and Vickers, 1989-91). Her winning time of 53.54 is recognized by T & FN as a collegiate record (UCLA's Janeene Vickers' mark of 53.47, the UCLA school record, occurred at a non-collegiate meet, the World Championships in Tokyo on Aug. 29, 1991). It is the second-fastest collegiate time ever run (behind Vickers), a meet record (set last season by Johnson, her then-personal best, 54.24) and a stadium record.

'I knew coming in, that since I won last year, that a lot of people would be coming after me,' Johnson said. 'It's a different feeling. I've been training real hard and I knew if I just ran my race I could come out victorious again. I've been running pretty well all year, but I knew today - at a big meet like this, my time would be pretty good. We think this is our best year to win the national championship, so I'm glad I did everything I could to try and make that happen.'

4x400m Relay - UCLA (senior Sani Roseby, senior Sheena Johnson, senior Adia McKinnon, junior Monique Henderson/Henderson's split was 49.6, equals the fastest ever split at this meet) placed fourth (five points), in time of 3:28.85 and LSU placed first (3:25.26, 10 points). The fourth-place UCLA finish was able to give the Bruins a final one-point victory in the team standings (69-68).

The Bruins entered the relay with a 64-58 lead over LSU (58) and Nebraska (58). The score would have been tied (UCLA 64-LSU 64), but in the 200m, LSU's Stephanie Durst, who placed third (six points), was DQd for running out of her lane. Entering the 2004 NCAA Outdoor, LSU had the second-fastest time (3:27.04, behind Texas' 3:23.75) and UCLA's season-best mark of 3:32.39 was No. 7. In prelims on Thursday, the Bruins ran 3:27.57 and LSU ran 3:31.34.

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