Henderson, O'Hara Earn Monthly Honor from the San Diego Breitbard Athletic Foundation

July 22, 2005

The list of the Breitbard Athletic Foundation (affiliated with the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum) Stars of the Month for June 2005, includes UCLA's NCAA 400m champion Monique Henderson and Bruin great Tracy O'Hara, who last month placed second in the pole vault at the USA T & F Championships.

Monique Henderson (Women's Track and Field, San Diego/Morse HS/UCLA) - The UCLA senior, an Olympic gold medalist in the 1,600-meter relay at the 2004 Games in Athens, won the Honda Award as the nation's top women's college track and field athlete. She won her first NCAA individual title in the 400 meters on June 11 with a personal-best time of 50.10 seconds. Her mark set a collegiate in-season record, an NCAA meet record, a Pac-10 record and broke her own UCLA record. The four-time high school state champion from Morse HS led from start to finish with a blazing fast time of 23.5 over the first 200 meters. Henderson, who earlier in the season became only the second woman to repeat as a Pac-10 champion in both the 400 and 200, was an eight-time All-American in her college career. On June 25, the two-time Olympian earned her first individual berth on a U.S. national team when she placed third in the 400m at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, held at the Home Depot Center in Carson. She dipped under the 50-second barrier for the first time with a mark of 49.96. She will compete in the World Championships in August in Helsinki, Finland. Henderson was recently named by T & F News as the Women's Collegiate T & F Athlete of the Year. She's the third Bruin women's athlete to earn the honor - joining hurdler Sheena Johnson (2004) and thrower Seilala Sua (2000).

Tracy O'Hara (Women's Track and Field, San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS/UCLA) - The Rancho Bernardo HS alumnus placed second in the pole vault at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on June 25 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the World Championships in August in Helsinki. A former NCAA champion from UCLA, she cleared 14 feet, 5 inches, placing second to 17-time national champion Stacy Dragila. O'Hara is enjoying her best season, having established a personal record in May by clearing 15-1 in a meet at Stanford. In 2004, she missed an Olympic team berth by one place when she was fourth in the U.S. Nationals. O'Hara, a part-time resident at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, also was named the OTC Athlete of the Month for June.

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