No. 5 UCLA This Weekend (Friday-Saturday) At UC San Diego Invitational

April 19, 2005

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Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, the defendingNCAA Outdoor National Champions and this week ranked No.5 in the U. S. by Trackwire, will compete this weekend (Friday-Saturday)at the UC San Diego Invitational.

April 15-17 - At Mt. Sac Relays
April 16-At Sun Angel Classic/Long Beach Invitational

April 17-Mt. SAC
Chelsea Johnson Places Fourth in Pole Vault with Mark of 13-11.25Junior Chelsea Johnson finished fourth in the Invitational Pole Vaulton Sunday at the Mt. SAC Relays, jumping a season-best and regionalqualifier of 13-11.25. Johnson, who jumped 13-9.25 last weekendat the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, is backto full strength after a hamstring injury earlier in the year.

Several former Bruins were also in action on Sunday at Mt. SAC.Cari Soong, competing for Team XO, finished fifth in the InvitationalHammer Throw with a toss of 216-1, just two inches shy of her ownpersonal-best (216-3). Tracy O'Hara won the Invitational Pole Vaultwith a mark of 14-5.25 and in the 100m, Joanna Hayes, the 2004Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100m hurdles, finished third in a timeof 11.45. Amy Acuff also won on Sunday as she cleared 6-4 in thehigh jump to claim victory.

April 15-Mt. SAC
On Friday night at Mt. SAC, freshman Alison Costello highlightedthe Bruins' competition as she ran one of the top-10 collegiate timesin the 5000m this season (16:25.74). Costello, running in the Invitationalsection of the 5000m, dropped her lifetime-best by nearlyseven seconds (old best, 16:32.69 at Stanford), placing 16th overall.

Her time was also a regional qualifier and moved her to fifth on theall-time list at UCLA in the 5000m.

Senior Valerie Flores and Olga Aulet-Leon also had an impres-sivetimes as both ran regional qualifiers and lifetime-bests in theirrespective events. Flores finished 10th in the University/Open sectionof the 5000m (16:49.98), improving her lifetime-best by nearly15 seconds (old best, 17:14.78). Aulet-Leon, running in the University/Open 1500m (4:26.20), dropped her lifetime-best by over threeseconds (old best 4:29.79) to finish 9th in her section and 20th overall.

In the University/Open 1500m, sophomore Jenna Timinsky ran aseasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 4:27.66, placing 13thin her section and 24th overall.

Freshmen Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger also competedin the University/Open section of the 5000m on Friday.Rethmeier placed 21st (17:10.47) and Rothenberger finished 39th(17:38.02).

April 17- Sun Angel Classic
Monique Henderson Breaks Stadium Record in 200m to WinSenior Monique Henderson blazed past the competitionon Saturday at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, AZ, setting anew stadium record of 22.96 in the 200m (old record, 23.02) towin. Henderson also placed second in the 100m, running anotherlifetime-best of 11.34. Both Henderson's 100m and 200m timeswere regional qualifying marks. In the 4x100m relay, Hendersonanchored the Bruins to a season-best and regional qualifyingtime of 45.02 to finish third overall.

Junior Dawn Harper opened up her outdoor season inthe 100m hurdles with a win, running a regional qualifying time of13.29. Freshman DeShanta Harris finished fifth (13.87) andfreshman Dianna Gooden placed ninth, running a season-best14.56. In the 400m hurdles, sophomore MacKenzie Hill andfreshman Dianna Gooden both posted seasonal-bests as Hillfinished fourth (1:01.38) and Gooden placed fifth (1:04.55).

In the 100m, freshman Jolanda Diego placed 13th(12.13), while Harper and freshman Renee Williams each ranlifetime-bests. Harper finished 10th in a time of 11.90, whileWilliams placed 16th (12.35). Junior Kyoko Guillory finished 18th ina time of 12.38.

The 4x400m relay team of Diego, Gooden, Harperand Harris ran a season-best 3:52.35 to finish fourth overall.

In the throwing events, senior Jessica Cosby placedsixth in the shot put (50-6.25), senior Lara Saye was second in thediscus (179-4), junior Briona Reynolds placed 7th in the discus(161-6) and freshman Danielle Smith finished ninth in the discus(155-0). Cosby, Saye and Reynolds each had regional qualifyingmarks in their respective events on Saturday, but have thrownfarther earlier this year.

In the jumps, senior Candice Baucham won the longjump with a regional qualifier and season-best 20-8.50. FreshmanRenee Williams also leaped to a regional qualifier andseason-best, jumping 19-6.75. Senior Dana Bethel placed eighthwith a jump of 19-2.50. In the pole vault, freshmen Ingrid Kantolafinsihed seventh (11-11.75) and Elizabeth Woepse placed 11th (11-5.75). Freshman Allison Miller finished 10th in the high jump (5-3).

April 16-Long Beach Invitational
Two Lifetime and Four Season-bests at Long Beach StateWhile the majority of the track team was in Tempe, AZ,nine Bruin women competed at the Long Beach Invitational onSaturday, producing two lifetime and four season-bests at themeet.

Sophomore Shannon Lewis posted a lifetime-best in the100m (12.75, 28th) and a season-best in the 200m (26.63, 45th). Inthe 400m, junior Julia Pitts placed 30th (58.62), sophomore TalitaWells finished 35th (59.41, lifetime-best), and freshman JacquelynMandy placed 38th (59.80, season-best).

In the 1500m, sophomore Leslie Barrie finished 14th in atime of 4:40.93, while junior Sarah West ran a season-best4:41.05, placing 15th overall.

In the field, freshman Kathleen Mahony leaped to anoutdoor-best 5-5 in the high jump (2nd), freshman Nicci Fairesposted a season-best 11-5.75 in the pole vault (3rd), and freshmanLeslie Rychel finished 7th in the long jump (17-10.25).

April 14 - CA Invitational Heptathlon/Final Day
Hall Records Personal Bests in the Javelin and 800m, Wins CAInvitational Heptathlon UCLA sophomore Nastassja Hall clocked a personal-best2:17.92 in the 800 meters to rally from behind and win theCalifornia Invitational Heptathlon with a personal-best and NCAAprovisional qualifying tally of 5,191 points during the second day ofcompetition at Azusa Pacific University.

Hall, who never led the competition until the seventhand final event, put herself in position to win the heptathlon with amonster 27-foot PR in the javelin (103' 8') to move to within 91points of 6-event leader, Katie Lloyd, a Colorado State sophomore.In the 800, Hall grabbed the early lead and never relinquished it,beating the rest of the field by at least 5 seconds. Lloyd, the firstday leader with 3,102, clocked a PR of 2:29.46 in the 800, butcouldn't stay within reach of Hall to hang on for the victory.Nonetheless, she finished with another PR of 5,130 points to alsoprovisionally qualify for the upcoming 2005 NCAA OutdoorChampionships.

Hall entered today's three-event competition (longjump/javelin/800m) in second-place, behind Lloyd, with 3,049points.

April 14 - CA Invitational Heptathlon/First Day
Hall In Second-Place With Personal-Best 3,049 Points.After day one of the CA Invitational Heptathlon at AzusaPacific, UCLA sophomore Nastassja Hall is in second-place, with3,049 points.

Hall's first-day total of 3,049 points (personal-best), afterfour events, trails first-place Katie Lloyd, from Colorado State, byjust 53 points (Lloyd 3,102/Hall 3,049).

In her four events - Hall ran a 15.50 (1.1w) in the 100mhurdles (777 points), leaped 5-5 (personal-best) in the high jump,had a mark of 35-7.25 (personal-best) in the shot put and ran the200m in 24.94 (w2.5).

Last season, Hall placed fifth in the heptathlon at thePac-10, with 4,975 points.

-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 Boldenis 11-0 vs. the Trojans). USC will host a media lucheon on Tuesday, April 26 at noon in Heritage Hall (contact Kristina Krikes, 805-432-7745).

-On May 7 are the Modesto and Oxy Invitationals.

-UCLA will host the 2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships

-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.). To promote the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins will host a media luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at noon in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room (contact Stephanie Sampson/Bill Bennett/310-206-7870).

-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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