Track And Field Honors Announced

June 18, 2004

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Robert Cheseret of ARIZONA was named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, while Sheena Johnson of UCLA was named Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

OREGON's Tommy Skipper was honored as the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year, while ARIZONA STATE's Jacquelyn Johnson was named the Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year.

Also announced were the Conference Coach of the Year honors. UCLA's Art Venegas garnered men's Coach of the Year honors, while UCLA's Jeanette Bolden was named the women's Coach of the Year.

It was the first men's coaching honor for Venegas. Venegas guided the Bruins to their first Pac-10 title since 1998. The 143 points scored at the Pac-10 championships was the most by a Bruin squad since capturing the 1986 Pac-10 title with 151 points. Under his watch, UCLA student-athletes captured six Pac-10 individual titles, including three by Dan Ames (shot put, discus throw and hammer throw).

Bolden claimed her eighth consecutive women's coaching honor and her 10th in the last 11 years as the UCLA women's team captured its eighth consecutive Conference championship, scoring 174.5 points. It's the second highest point total in Pac-10 championships history, trailing the 189.5 points tallied by the Bruins in winning the 1997 Pac-10 title. It marked the Bruins' 15th Pac-10 title in 18 attempts. UCLA also captured its third NCAA title, adding to the titles won in 1982 and 1983. The Bruins posted 69 points at the NCAA Championships to hold off Louisiana State by one point. Under Bolden's tutelage, the Bruins won nine events at the Pac-10 Championships, then captured two more at the NCAA Championships.

Cheseret, a sophomore from Kapsabet, Kenya, completed the hat trick at the Pac-10 Championships by capturing individual honors in the 1500 meters (3:43.50), 5000 meters (14:09.37) and 10,000 meters (30:24.84). In doing so, he became the first student-athlete in Pac-10 history to win all three events at the Pac-10 Championships. Cheseret added to his hardware collection with an NCAA title in the 5000 meters (13:49.85), and added a second place showing at the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters (29:26.51).

Sheena Johnson, a senior from Stafford, Va., won both the 100-meter hurdles (12.79) and 400-meter hurdles (55.45) titles at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, she helped the Bruins to the national title by placing third in the 100-meter hurdles (12.75), and then posted a collegiate record-setting time of 53.54 to win the 400-meter hurdles.

Skipper, a freshman from Sandy, Ore., picked up 24 points in leading Oregon to a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Skipper won the decathlon (7589 points) and pole vault (5.57m/18-3.25), then added a fifth place in the javelin throw (65.58m/215-2). At the NCAA Championships, Skipper took top honors in the pole vault with a mark of 18-8.25. At the NCAA West Regional two weeks earlier, Skipper set the school record with a vault of 18-10.25.

Jacquelyn Johnson, a freshman from Yuma, Ariz., won the heptathlon title at both the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Championships. Her 5807 points scored at the NCAA Championships ranks second all-time at Arizona State and is the sixth-best performance in Pac-10 history.

The honors were decided by a vote of the Conference's track and field coaches.

Previous Pac-10 Track and Field Award Winners

Men's Award Winners
Track and Field Athlete of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year
2004 Robert Cheseret, ARIZ Tommy Skipper, ORE Art Venegas, UCLA
2003 Ryan Wilson, USC Allen Simms, USC Ron Allice, USC
2002 Anson Henry, WSU Julien Kapek, USC Martin Smith, ORE
2001 Marcus Brunson, ASU Donald Sage, STAN Vin Lananna, STAN
2000 Ja'Warren Hooker, WASH Jason Boness, ORE Ron Allice, USC/Vin Lananna, STAN
1999 Jerome Davis, USC/Bernard Lagat, WSU Ron Allice, USC
1998 Ja'Warren Hooker, WASH Bob Larsen, UCLA
1997 Mebrahtom Keflezighi, UCLA Ron Allice, USC
1996 Ato Boldon, UCLA Bob Larsen, UCLA
1995 John Godina, UCLA Bob Larsen, UCLA
1994 Josephat Kapkory, WSU Bob Larsen, UCLA
1993 Martin Keino, ARIZ Bob Larsen, UCLA
1992 Quincy Watts, USC Bob Larsen, UCLA
1991 Samuel Kibiri, WSU John Chaplin, WSU
1990 Steve Lewis, UCLA Bill Dellinger, ORE
1989 Derek Huff, ARIZ Bob Larsen, UCLA
1988 Danny Everett, UCLA Bob Larsen, UCLA
1987 Jim Banich, UCLA Bob Larsen, UCLA
1986 Gabriel Tiacoh, WSU Bill Dellinger, ORE
1985 Darwin Cook, USC John Chaplin, WSU
1984 Joaquim Cruz, ORE Bill Dellinger, ORE
1983 Dean Crouser, ORE John Chaplin, WSU
1982 Dean Crouser, ORE Jim Bush, UCLA
1981 LaMonte King, ASU Len Miller, ASU
1980 James Sanford, USC Jim Bush, UCLA
1979 Greg Foster, UCLA Bill Dellinger, ORE
1978 Clancy Edwards, USC Bill Dellinger, ORE
1977 Clancy Edwards, USC Vern Wolfe, USC
1976 Tony Sandoval, STAN/Ken Randle, USC Vern Wolfe, USC/Ken Shannon, WASH
Women's Award Winners
Track and Field Athlete of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year
2004 Sheena Johnson, UCLA Jacquelyn Johnson, ASU Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
2003 Lena Nilsson, UCLA Virginia Powell, USC Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
2002 Lena Nilsson, UCLA Monique Henderson, UCLA Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
2001 Brianna Glenn, ARIZ Sheena Johnson, UCLA Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
2000 Seilala Sua, UCLA Lauren Fleshman, STAN Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
1999 Seilala Sua, UCLA Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
1998 Amy Skieresz, ARIZ Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
1997 Amy Skieresz, ARIZ Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
1996 Amy Acuff, UCLA Ron Allice, USC
1995 Amy Acuff, UCLA Jeanette Bolden, UCLA
1994 Inger Miller, USC Jeanette Bolden, UCLA/Leonard Braxton, ASU
1993 Kelly Blair, ORE Bob Kersee, UCLA
1992 Chryste Gaines, STAN Tom Heinonen, ORE
1991 Paula Berry, ORE Tom Heinonen, ORE
1990 Sheila Hudson, CAL Bob Kersee, UCLA
1989 Tonya Sedwick, UCLA Bob Kersee, UCLA
1988 Gail Devers, UCLA Bob Kersee, UCLA
1987 Gail Devers, UCLA Bob Kersee, UCLA
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