No. 3 UCLA Travels To Eugene, Or This Weekend (May 27-28) To Defend Its NCAA West Region Team Title

May 25, 2005

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Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, the defending NCAA Outdoor National Champions, the two-time NCAA West Region defending champions and for the second week in a row ranked No. 3 in the U. S. by Trackwire, this weekend (May 27-28, Friday-Saturday) will travel to Eugene, OR for the 2005 NCAA West Region Championships. Team scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. The top five finishers in each individual event/top three relays automatically qualify for the upcoming 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships (June 8-11 in Sacramento) - at large individual selections will come from finishers six-through-eight (from the four Regionals across the U. S.). Meet Schedule On Friday (May 27), the field events (eight finals) begin at noon and the track events (two finals) at 4 p.m. (conclude at 7:55 p.m. (w/m 5000m finals). On Saturday (May 28), the field events (eight finals) begin at 11 a.m. and the track events (20 finals) start at 2:45 p.m. and conclude at 6:05 p.m. (w/m 4 X 400m relays). UCLA Women Under Bolden, the Bruins are the two-time defending NCAA West Region team champions - UCLA won last season at CS Northridge (141 points) and won the inaugural meet in 2004 at Stanford (138 points).

The Bruins return three event champions from 2004 - senior Monique Henderson, who won a gold medal last summer in Athens on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay, in the 400m (winning time of 50.65); junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor pole vault champion and NCAA Outdoor record-holder (15-0), winning height of 13-9.75 and senior Jessica Cosby, Pac-10 record-holder (219-5) in the hammer throw, winning the event with a 214-9. Returning as 2003 champions - Henderson (400m/52.01) and senior Candice Baucham (triple jump/42-00).

UCLA 2005 NCAA West Region Qualifiers
100m(11.75) - senior Monique Henderson (personal-best 11.34), freshman Jolanda Diego (season-best 11.63w)
200m(23.96) - Henderson (region leading/season-best 22.86)
400m(54.61) - Henderson (region leading/season-best 50.91)
1500m(4:27.80) - sophomore Jenna Timinsky (season-best 4:25.95), freshman Olga Aulet-Leon (personal-best 4:26.20)
3000mSC(10:52.10) - freshman Alison Costello (school record 10:31.34)
5000m(16:52.00) - Costello (personal-best 16:25.74), senior Valerie Flores (personal-best 16:49.98)
100mH(13.95) - junior Dawn Harper (personal-best 12.91/No. 2 in region), DeShanta Harris (personal-best 13.81)
400mH(1:00.82) - sophomore MacKenzie Hill (season-best 1:00.21)
4X100m Relay(45.80) - Diego, Harper, Hill, Henderson (45.02)
High Jump(5-8.75) - freshman Allison Miller (season-best 5-8.75)
Pole Vault(12-5.50) - junior Chelsea Johnson (season-best/region leading 14-1.25), freshman Ingrid Kantola (personal-best 12-5.50)
Long Jump(19-6.25) - senior Candice Baucham (personal legal-best 21-1.25/No. 3 in region), freshman Renee Williams (season-best 19-10.75)
Triple Jump (40-2.75) - Baucham (season-best 44-6/No. 2 in region)
Shot Put(46-11) - senior Jessica Cosby (personal-best and region leading 57-10.25), sophomore Kamaiya Warren (season-best 54-5.50/No. 3 in region), senior Lara Saye (personal-best 50-11.50)
Discus(155-2) - Saye (personal-best 188-0/No. 2 in region), Warren (personal-best 183-3/No. 3 in region), junior Briona Reynolds (season-best 174-11), freshman Danielle Smith (personal-best 157-8)
Hammer Throw(177-8) - Cosby (season-best and region leading 217-5), Saye (personal-best 181-2) 10,000m (34:10.00/35:15.00/Heptathlon(5500/5000) - not contested at the Regional meet - qualification is based on automatic and provisional marks - in the heptathlon, sophomoreNastassja Hall (personal-best 5,362, No. 8 in school history) is currently No. 20 on the national list.

2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships/Final Day Monique Henderson Defends 200m/400m Titles, Jessica Cosby Sets Meet Record in Hammer Throw; Bruin Women Finish Second In Team Standings UCLA senior Monique Henderson defended her conference 200m/400m titles and the Bruin women placed second in the team standings on the final day of the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The two-day attendance figure was 8,455 (Sunday 4,586/Saturday 3,869).

Stanford won the women's team crown with 173 points, with the Bruins placing second (125) and Arizona State third (118). USC was fourth (99), followed by No. 5 California (82), No. 6 Washington State (74.50), No. 7 Oregon (68), No. 8 Washington (42.50) and No. 9 Arizona (36). The Cardinal snapped UCLA's string of eight consecutive Pac-10 team championships. Henderson won the 200m (23.06) and the 400m (51.31, No. 5 time in the world this year-she currently also owns the No. 3 mark, a season-best 50.91 set on April 30). She becomes only the second woman in conference meet history to repeat as the 200m/400m champion (joining Arizona State's Maicel Malone, 1990-91). Henderson's two event victories on Sunday totaled 20 team points for the Bruin women. Senior Jessica Cosby, who on Saturday also won the shot put (56-1.75), on Sunday won the hammer throw, with a meet record of 216-10. She becomes only the second woman in Pac-10 meet history, joining UCLA's Christina Tolson (2001) to win both events at the same conference meet. Last season, Cosby set the Pac-10/UCLA record in the hammer throw with a mark of 219-5. UCLA had two more champions on Sunday joining Henderson and Cosby on the victory stand. Junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor pole vault champion and NCAA Outdoor record holder (15-0), won the event (13-7.25). Sophomore Kamaiya Warren, who placed fourth (52-11) in the shot put on Saturday, on Sunday won the discus, with a personal-best 183-3 (NCAA Regional Qualifier).

The discus was a strong event for the Bruin women, picking up 17 points - 10 from Warren, four from senior Lara Saye (5 th -place, 175-7) and three from junior Briona Reynolds (174-11, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier).

Also turning in top performances on Sunday for the Bruin women were
-junior Dawn Harper, who placed second in the 100m hurdles, in a personal-best time of 12.91 (No. 4 in school history, NCAA Regional Qualifier, 8 team points).
-senior Candice Baucham, who placed second (21-0, personal legal best, No. 7 in school history) in the long jump on Saturday, also placed second (44-0) in the triple jump on Sunday. Baucham was the two-time defending champion in the triple jump. Stanford's Erica McLain won the event in a meet and stadium record jump of 45-0.
-sophomore MacKenzie Hill, finishing fifth (4 team points) in the 400m hurdles in a season- best mark of 1:00.21 (team-leading, NCAA Regional Qualifier).
-UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (freshman Jolanda Diego, senior Dana Bethel, freshman Renee Williams, freshman Dianna Gooden) tied the Bruins' season-best time of 45.02 (NCAA Regional Qualifier) and placed seventh (2 team points).

2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships/Day One
Jessica Cosby Wins Shot Put, Defending Champion Monique Henderson Advances in 200m/400m Senior Jessica Cosby won the shot and senior Monique Henderson, the defending champion in the 200m/400m, advanced in both events during first day action at the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

After first-day results in the team standings, the Bruins are in third-place, with 46 points, behind leader Stanford, with 61, and second-place Washington State, with 54.50. The women's team totals are - 1. Stanford 61, 2. Washington State 54.50, 3.

UCLA 46, 4. Arizona State 43, 5. Oregon 36, 6. California 15, 7. Washington 10.50, 8. Arizona 6, 9. USC 1. Since Jeanette Bolden has been the Bruin women's head coach (1994), UCLA has won the last eight consecutive Pac-10 titles and 10 of the last 11 league crowns (finishing third in 1996).

Cosby, who also won the shot put crown in 2003, had a winning mark of 56-1.75 (10 team points). Since 1987, she becomes the 14 th Bruin to win the conference shot put title. Picking up five points for the Bruins was sophomore Kamaiya Warren, who placed fourth (52-11).

In the other finals on Saturday, also scoring for the Bruins were -
-10,000m - UCLA picked up seven team points. Senior Valerie Flores finished fourth (36:51.56, 5 team points) and junior Sarah West placed seventh (37:27.75, 2 team points).
-3000m steeplechase -freshman Alison Costello placed fourth (10:31.34, breaking her own school record of 10:33.70 that she set at the USC dual meet, NCAA Regional Qualifier, 5 team points).
-high jump - freshman Allison Miller finished fifth (5-7/4 team points)
-long jump - UCLA picked up 11 points - senior Candice Baucham finished second (21-0, personal-legal best, NCAA Regional Qualifier, No. 7 in school history, 8 team points), and freshman Renee Williams placed sixth (19-1, 3 team points). Henderson, who last year at the Pac-10 became only the second woman in meet history to win both the 200m and 400m, led UCLA's qualifiers. She had the top times in the 200m (22.92) and 400m (51.55).

2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships (Event-by-Event)
100m - freshman Jolanda Diego, 10th-best qualifying mark (11.77, season legal best).
200m - senior Monique Henderson, won the event (23.06), had fastest qualifying time (22.92).
400m - Henderson won the event (51.31), had fastest qualifying time (51.55).
800m - no entries
1500m - sophomore Jenna Timinsky placed ninth (4:30.63), had
10th-best qualifying time (4:36.85).
5000m - freshman Claire Rethmeier placed ninth (17:18.02) and freshman Alison Costello finished 10th (17:33.04).
10,000m - senior Valerie Flores placed fourth (36:51.56) and junior Sarah West finished seventh (37:27.75).
100m Hurdles - junior Dawn Harper placed second (personal-best 12.91), had the second-fastest qualifying mark (13.13). Freshman Dianna Gooden had 13th-best qualifying mark (16.21).
400m Hurdles - sophomore MacKenzie Hill finished fifth (1:00.37), had fifth-fastest qualifying time (1:00.21, season best). Sophomore Nastassja Hall had eighth-best qualifying mark (1:01.04, personal-best) and Gooden had 13th-best qualifying time (1:02.96).
3000m Steeplechase - Costello finished fourth (10:31.34, school record).
4X100m Relay - UCLA (Diego, senior Dana Bethel, freshman Renee Williams,Gooden) placed seventh (46.33).
4X400m Relay - no entry
High Jump - freshman Allison Miller finished fifth (5-7).
Pole Vault - junior Chelsea Johnson placed first (13-11.25), freshman Ingrid Kantola finished 11th (12-5.50, ties personal-best) and freshman Elizabeth Woepse placed 15th (11-5.75).
Long Jump - senior Candice Baucham finished second (21-1.25, personal legal best/20-7.75 qualifying) and Williams placed sixth (19-10.75, season-best/19-10.75 qualifying). In qualifying, Bethel jumped 19-2.75.
Triple Jump - Baucham placed second (44-2/43-10 qualifying).
Shot Put - senior Jessica Cosby finished first (56-1.75) and sophomore Kamaiya Warren placed fourth (52-11).
Discus - Warren finished first (183-3, personal-best/171-8 qualifying), senior Lara Saye placed fifth (175-7) and junior Briona Reynolds finished sixth (174-11, season-best).
Hammer Throw - Cosby finished first (216-10/211-10 qualifying).
Javelin - no entries

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