UCLA This Weekend to Compete at Mt. SAC Relays, Sun Angel Classic and Long Beach Relays

April 14, 2005

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Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, the defending NCAA Outdoor National Champions and this week ranked No. 4 in the U. S. by Trackwire, will compete this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 15-17) and at the Sun Angel Classic (Tempe, AZ) and Long Beach Relays (April 16).

At the Mt SAC Relays, sophomore Nastassja Hall and freshman Allison Miller will compete in the heptathlon (April 13-15). In the distance events, the Bruins will send, in the 1500m - junior Sarah West, sophomore Jenna Timinsky and freshman Olga Aulet-Leon, along with seniors Valerie Flores and Carmen Winant and freshmen Claire Rethmeier, Monika Rothenburger and Alison Costello, in the 5000m.

At the Sun Angel, one of the Bruin highlights will be senior Monique Henderson running in the 100m, 200m and 4 X 100m relay. Junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion and record-holder in the pole vault and seniors, Lara Saye (discus) and Jessica Cosby (shot put), will also participate. Competing in the jumps will be senior Candice Baucham and freshmen, Renee Williams and Allison Miller.


UCLA's Monique Henderson Wins 100m/200m and Lara Saye Places First in the Discus; Elite International Sets Meet Records in Both Relays Final day results (all invitational events) from the 3rd annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee T & F Invitational held at Drake Stadium before 1,511.

Bruin senior Monique Henderson, who last summer at the Olympic Games in Athens won a gold medal on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay, captured first place in both sprint races - winning the 100m (11.54, -0.4w, personal-best, Regional qualifier) and 200m (23.05, 1.3w, Regional qualifier).

UCLA freshman DeShanta Harris placed second (13.81, 0.7w) in the 100m hurdles, a personal-best and Regional qualifier.

In the 4 X 100m relay, UCLA's team of sophomore MacKenzie Hill, junior Dawn Harper, freshman DeShanta Harris and Henderson finished second (45.91).

Other highlights included -
-800m - Krista Ferrara's (Nike Farm Team) winning time of 2:05.22 leads the current U. S. list.
-1500m - Nicole Teter (Nike), a former standout at Arkansas, won with a meet record time of 4:17.42 (old mark-4:18.24, Londa Bevins, Arkansas, 2003).
-4 X 100m Relay - Elite International (Alyson Felix, Brianna Glenn, Natasha Mayers, Sani Roseby) set a meet record (44.44, old mark - 44.93, Sheffield Elite TC, 2003) and the mark is No. 6 on the current world chart. Felix last summer at the Olympics earned a silver medal in the 200m.
-4X400m Relay - Elite International (Roseby, Felix, Glenn, Mayers) again set a meet record (3:34.19, old mark - 3:38.16, UCLA, 2004).

UCLA senior Lara Saye increased her collegiate lead in the discus, by winning the event (187-1), a personal-best, Regional qualifier and No. 9 in school history. Bruin great Seilala Sua (Nike) placed second (183-9). Saye was also fifth (48-9.50) in the shot put.
In the pole vault, Bruin junior Chelsea Johnson, the 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion and collegiate outdoor record-holder (15-0), is back at full strength after recovering from a hamstring injury, and placed second (13-9.25, outdoor season best, Regional qualifier). Bruin great Tracy O'Hara (No Limit), who won three NCAA titles during her Bruin career, placed first (14-1.25).
In the long jump, senior Dana Bethel finished third (19-4.75, 3.3w, season wind-aided best). The event was won by BYU's Amy Menlove 21-0 (2.6w). Menlove also won the 100m hurdles (13.61, 0.7).

Other highlights included-
-High Jump - Cal Poly's Sharon Day with a winning leapof 6-1.50, a meet record (old mark, 6-1.25, Sheena Gordon, UCLA, 2004) and equaling the fourth-best mark in the world this season.
-Triple Jump - Cal Poly's Courtney Stafford's winning mark of 43-8.50 was a meet record (old mark-42-6, Tatyana Obuchova, Ukraine, 2003).
-Shot Put - Jillian Camarena (Reebok), a senior at Stanford in 2004, won with mark of 57-2, No. 2 on the current U.S. list.

Reynolds Wins Women's Shot Put

In the 100m dash, the Bruins went one-two - redshirt freshman Renee Williams winning the event with a time of 12.41 (0.2w) and senior Candice Baucham placing second (12.58, 0.2w). Sophomore Shannon Lewis was fourth (13.12, 0.2w).UCLA junior Julia Pitts placed second in the 400m (UCLA best 58.45).Bruin recruit Nicole Leach (a senior at West Philadelphia, PA Catholic HS) turned in an impressive performance in the 400m hurdles, winning the event in a time of 59.31.Other women's winners on the track included - 200m (Hawaii's Tasha Monroe, 24.72, -0.3w), 400m (UC Davis' Seante Baker, 57.64) and 100m hurdles (Illinois' Kristina Jones, 14.60, 2.0w),

Bruin junior Briona Reynolds won the University/Open shot put with a Regional qualifying and season-best mark of 170-6 (her previous season-best was 151-3). The second (Hawaii's Novelle Murray, 168-2) and third-place (UC Davis' Kim Gleeson, 155-7) finishers also recorded Regional qualifying marks.In the long jump, UCLA freshman Leslie Rychel finished second (UCLA best 18-7, 1.8w).In an invitational event, the women's javelin, France's Eunice Barber, a former world champion in the heptathlon, won with a throw of 144-3.Other women's winners in the field included - long jump (UC San Diego's Elisa Holiday, 18-9.25, 2.7w) and shot put (Hawaii's Meghan Weaver, 45-8).

Late Friday Results
Bruin Sarah West Wins 5000m Invitational

On Friday evening, the Bruin distance runners participated in a distance carnival.

In the 800m (heat one), sophomore Jenna Timinisky placed fifth (2:11.37, season opener); in the 1500m (heat two), freshman Monika Rothenburger finished third (4:40.42, personal-best); in the 3000m invitational, freshman Claire Rethmeier placed fourth (10:00.91, personal-best) and in the 5000m invitational, junior Sarah West finished first (17:29.37, personal-best).

In other late events - in the women's pole vault, UCLA placed third and fourth, with freshman Ingrid Kantola placing third (12-1.50, equals lifetime best) and freshman Elizabeth Woepse was fourth (12-1.50, season-best). The winner of the vault was BYU's Mandy Kelly (12-9.50, Regional qualifier).

In the high jump, Pt. Loma Nazarene's Heike Siener won with a leap of 5-7.75.

UCLA Senior Jessica Cosby Wins With Mark of 208-5 UCLA senior Jessica Cosby captured first-place, with a mark of 208-5. Cosby entered the event with a collegiate best, Pac-10 leading and season-best effort of 217-5 (3/26). As a junior last season, Cosby placed second at the NCAA Outdoor, with a Pac-10, school record and personal-best mark of 219-5. Last season she also won the hammer throw at the NCAA West Region and Pac-10 Championships. A multi-talented thrower, Cosby as a redshirt freshman in 2002 won the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor.

Stanford took second and third-places in the hammer throw, with Sarah Hopping finishing second (184-5) and Katie Elsbury in third (183-07).

On April 22-23, the Bruins wil participate in the UC San Diego Invitational in La Jolla.

On April 30, UCLA will travel crosstown for the annual UCLA/USC dual meet on the Trojan track. The Bruins have won the last 12 dual meets vs. USC (UCLA head coach Jeanette Bolden is 11-0 vs. the Trojans). USC will host a media lucheon on Tuesday, April 26 at noon in Heritage Hall.

On May 7 are the Modesto and Oxy Invitationals. UCLA will host the 2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships at Drake Stadium. May 7-8 are the Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships and on May 14-15 are the Pac-10 Championships.

FSN will delay televise the Pac-10 Champions on FSN West (May 21, 2 p.m.) and on FSN West 2 (May 21, noon/May 22, 5 p.m.).

On May 18 is the Salinas Throwers Invitational.

On May 27-28 are the 2005 NCAA West Regionals in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon. The Bruin women have won the first two West Region Championship team titles, in 2004 and 2003.

On June 8-11 are the 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships in Sacramento, CA. The Bruin women are the defending team champions.

On June 23-26 Carson's Home Depot will host the 2005 USA T & F Senion/Junior Championships.

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