Monique Henderson, Chelsea Johnson, Jessica Cosby, Sani Roseby To Compete In 3rd Annual Under 23 NACAC-TELUS Track & Field Championships

July 21, 2004

UCLA will send four athletes - junior Monique Henderson (400m), sophomore Chelsea Johnson (pole vault), junior Jessica Cosby (shot put/hammer throw) and senior Sani Roseby (100m/100m hurdles) - to the third annual Under 23 NACAC-TELUS Track & Field Championships, held July 30-Aug. 1 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Over 400 athletes from 30 countries in the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Associations will compete. All athletes are between the ages of 20 and 23 years old. The event will be held at the Universite de Sherbrooke Athletics Stadium.

The Bruins will be represented by four athletes, all who competed at last week's U. S. Olympic Trials and who helped lead UCLA to the team title at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, held June 9-12 in Austin, TX.

Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS) - a member of the U. S. 4 X 400m relay pool for the Olympic Games in Athens, Henderson at the Trials placed fifth in the 400m (50.75/her best time at the Trials was a personal-best 50.53, run in the semi-finals, setting the school record for the fourth time this season). At the NCAA Outdoor, Henderson scored 11.25 points of UCLA's winning total of 69 and earned three All-American honors (in her Bruin career, she's an eight-time All-American). She placed second in the 400m (50.62), ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4X400m (second, 43.49) and ran the anchor leg on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay (4th, 3:28.85). On Henderson's 1600m relay anchor leg (49.6, equaled fastest ever split at an NCAA Outdoor), she brought UCLA from seventh to fourth-place (five team points), assuring the Bruins a one point team victory (69-68) over defending champion LSU. In the 4 X 400m relay prelims at the NCAA Outdoor, the Bruins set! a school record (3:27.57, old mark, 3:28.58, 2002).

Chelsea Johnson (Atascadero HS) - at the Trials, Johnson just missed making the U. S. Olympic team, placing fourth in the pole vault (14-9, the top three finishers advance to the Olympic Games). At the NCAA Outdoor, Johnson became the second UCLA vaulter since 2000 (the first was Tracy O'Hara in 2002 and 2000) to win the pole vault title, with a mark of 14-1.25). Twice this spring, Johnson has set the NCAA Outdoor record, the last time at 15-0 on March 27.

Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills/Cleveland HS) - at the Trials, Cosby placed seventh (211-7) in the hammer throw. At the NCAA Outdoor, Cosby earned All-American honors in the hammer throw (second-place, 219-5, personal-best, Pac-10 and UCLA record) and also finished 11th (53-0.75) in the shot put.

Sani Roseby (Las Vegas, NV/Monterey, CA HS) - at the Trials, Roseby qualified in the 100m hurdles (had the 15th best time in prelims, 13.25). At the NCAA Outdoor and competing with a broken right hand, Roseby earned two All-American honors, running on both of UCLA's scoring relays. She also qualified at the NCAA Outdoor in the 100m hurdles (in prelims, 13.25, 13th overall).

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