No. 2 UCLA Hosts Pac-10 Multi-Events This Weekend, Travels To Modesto, Oxy Invitationals

May 5, 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. 2 in the U. S. by Trackwire, this weekend (Saturday-Sunday) will host the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Events (heptathlon/decathlon) Championships at Drake Stadium. On both days, the competition begins at noon and concludes after 5 p.m. Scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Bruin sophomore Nastassja Hall will compete in the heptathlon entering the meet with the No. 4 mark in the Pac-10 (personal-best 5,191, NCAA Provisional Qualifier). At last year's Pac-10 Multi's, she placed fifth (4,975). Also competing for UCLA will be freshman IngridKantola (4,149, No. 10 on the Pac-10 chart).

Also on Saturday, Bruin vaulters, including national outdoor leader, junior Chelsea Johnson, will compete at the Modesto Invitational, while UCLA hurdlers and distance runners are entered in the OxyInvitational at Eagle Rock.

Coming off last weekend's important dual meet victory over archrival USC, UCLA senior Monique Henderson is this week's Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week. Also, in this week's national Trackwire Top 25, the Bruins have moved up to No. 2 in the U. S. (last week, UCLA was No. 5).

In UCLA's 85-78 win at USC on April 30, Henderson competed in four events- winning two. She won the 200m in a season-best and NCAA Regional qualifying 22.86 (stadium record, Pac-10 leader, No. 4 on the current collegiate chart) and the 400m in a season-opening and NCAA Regional qualifying 50.91 (meet record, stadium record, No. 1 time on the current world list). She also anchored both of UCLA's second-place relays (4X100m, 45.06; 4X400m, season-best 3:43.03).

Henderson is the third Bruin women and men's athlete this outdoor season to earn the weekly Pac-10 honor - April 11 (senior Jon Rankin, for winning the mile (3:57.89) at the RJ/JJK Invite) and April 25 (senior Jessica Cosby, for winning the shot put (55-11.5) and hammer throw (206-11) at the UC San Diego Invite).

UCLA Women Defeat USC 85-78 in Dual Meet, Bruins Win for 13 th Consecutive Year; Seniors, Monique Henderson, Candice Baucham Each Win Two Events and Set Stadium Records Behind seniors Monique Henderson and Candice Baucham, each winning two events, Jeanette Bolden's No. 5 UCLA women's track & field team defeated No. 9 USC 85-78 in the annual (22 nd ) traditional dual meet on Saturday, before 2,235 at the Trojans' Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field. It was UCLA's 13th consecutive dual victory over USC (Bolden is 12-0 vs. USC and she now has an unbeaten dual career record of 71-0) and the Bruins lead the overall UCLA/USC series 19-3.

Henderson, who last summer won an Olympic Gold Medal on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay, won the 200m (a season-best 22.86, stadium record, Pac-10 leader, No. 4 on the U. S. collegiate list, NCAA Regional Qualifier) and 400m (season-opener 50.91, meet record, stadium record, No. 1 overall time in the U. S., NCAA Regional Qualifier). In all, Henderson ran in four events - 200m, 400m and anchored both of UCLA's second-place relays (4 X 100m, 45.06/4 X 400m relay, season-best 3:43.03).

Baucham, the two-time defending Pac-10 triple jump champion, won the long jump (21-5.25w/2.9w, NCAA Regional Qualifier) and triple jump (season-opener 44-6, stadium record, No. 3 on current collegiate list, NCAA Regional Qualifier).

The Bruins also had standout performances from junior Chelsea Johnson, the NCAA Outdoor record-holder (15-0), in the pole vault, redshirt freshman Alison Costello (3000m steeple-chase) and senior Jessica Cosby (shot put). Johnson's winning pole vault of 14-1.25 (season-best, collegiate outdoor leader, NCAA Regional Qualifier) was a meet and stadium record. Costello's victorious 10:33.70 in the 3000m steeplechase was a meet record, new school record, No. 5 on the current Pac-10 chart and an NCAA Regional Qualifier. Cosby's first-place in the shot put was a personal-best 57-10.25 (No. 6 in UCLA history), No. 3 on the current collegiate chart and an NCAA Regional Qualifier.

UCLA had two other first-place finishes - in the high jump, freshman Allison Miller (5-6) and in the discus, senior Lara Saye (172-5). Saye was also third (46-4) in the shot put and second (167-10) in the hammer throw.

Other noteworthy performances included - freshman Olga Aulet-Leon's second-place finish (4:35:47) in the 1500m that clinched the victory for the Bruins; freshman Claire Rethmeier's second-place (16:56.31, personal-best) in the 5000m; freshmen DeShanta Harris (1:01.37, second-place) and Dianna Gooden (1:01.61, third-place) running bests in the 400m hurdles; sophomore Nastassja Hall's third-place (personal-best 5-4.25) in the high jump; freshman Renee Williams' second-place (season-best 19-8.25, NCAA Regional Qualifier) in the long jump and third-place (39-0.25, season-opener) in the triple jump; sophomore Kamaiya Warren who was second (50-4.75) in the shot put and discus (169-3, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier) and sophomore Brittany Ferguson who was third in the javelin (122-6, personal-best).

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