March 24, 2004
This Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, UCLA will compete at the Stanford Invitational.
In track & field, several Bruins competed at the CS Northridge Invitational (March 19-20). UCLA was led by junior Monique Henderson, who had the fastest times in both the 100m and 200m and turned in two NCAA West Region qualifying times (season-best 100m, 11.63, -1.3/ season-best 200m, 23.24, 0.6).
Sophomore Kiyoko Guillory had the third-best time in the 200m (season-best 25.16, 2.0); freshman Georgea Richards had the third-fastest mark in the 100m hurdles (season-best 14.75, 0.4) and senior Karina Powell had the top distance in the javelin (season-best 139-07).
In cross country, led by top finishers Amber Harper and UCLA freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS), Team USA's Junior Women's squad placed fourth Saturday (March 20) at the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium.
Team USA's junior women's team took to the course first on Saturday and equaled its best ever placing at the World Cross Country Championships by finishing fourth in the team competition with 120 points. Ethiopia grabbed the top four places in winning the team competition with 10 points.
Kenya was the runner-up with 36 points, with Japan third with 67 points. Team USA's junior women also placed fourth in 1995 in Durham, England, and in 2003 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The U.S. was led by Amber Harper (Provo, Utah), who placed 24th, followed by Alison Costello (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.) in 30th (22.10) and Amanda Trotter (Palo Alto, Calif.) in 31st. Jennifer Barringer (Oveido, Florida) was 35th with Trotter's twin sister Katy (Palo Alto, Calif.) 36th and Brittany Brockman (Waco, Texas) 60th.
On April 1-3, the Bruins will travel to Austin, TX for the Texas Relays, which is also the site of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 9-12).
On April 8-10 (Thursday-Saturday), UCLA will host the second annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at Drake Stadium. To highlight the event, a media luncheon will be held Monday, April 5 at noon, in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Press Room.
On May 1 (Saturday) - UCLA's Drake Stadium will host the 21st annual UCLA/USC dual meet. UCLA leads the series 17-3 and Bruin head coach Jeanette Bolden has a perfect 10-0 mark vs. the Trojans. There will be a media luncheon on Tuesday, April 27 at noon in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame press room.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden
Is in her 11th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coach and 13th on the Bruin staff.
On Feb. 13, Bolden was presented the prestigious C. Vivian Stringer Award by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United States Sports Academy.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented (by the U. S. Sports Academy) to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.
The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10th season as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her 33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach in women's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men's basketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).
Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, established in 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successful women's basketball coach at North Dakota State and Sarah Patterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama.
Bolden's other coaching honors include:
Led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships (2000- 01) and a runner-up finish in 2002; 8th-place tie in 2003; 5th in 2004.
In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.
Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the 2004 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 9-12 at Austin, TX). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event (entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA was ranked No. 3 and placed 8th at the NCAA Outdoor). Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams by individual marks and dual meet strength (the UCLA women ranked No. 2 in the final 2003 standings and have been the National Dual Meet Champion seven of the last eight seasons). Trackwire National Top 25 Rankings Week of UCLA Women Preseason Indoor 5th Before NCAA Indoor 6th (Bruins placed 5th at 2004 NCAA Indoor) First Outdoor Ranking
2004 PAC-10/NCAA REGIONAL/NCAA OUTDOOR T & F
The 2004 Pac-10 Championships will be held in Tuscon and hosted by the University of Arizona (May 8-9, Saturday-Sunday- Multi Events/May 15-16, Saturday-Sunday-Champi-onships). The Bruin women have won nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including the last seven consecutive seasons. The 2004 NCAA West Regionals will be hosted by CS Northridge, May 28-29 (Friday-Saturday). UCLA won the first- ever team title last season at Stanford. The 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin June 9-12. In recent history, the Bruin women have 10, Top 10 placements at the NCAA Outdoor, including five second-place finishes (2002- 2001-1999-1998-1995).
UCLA PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Candice Baucham (Bow-kam), Leslie Barrie (Barry), Alejandra Barrientos (Bar-e-in-tos), Maribeth Buche (Boo-shay), Kiyoko (Key-o- ko) Guillory; Emily Haigh (Haag); Nastassja (Nas-taj-a) Hall; Chelsea (Chel-cee) Johnson; Jamie Kolar (Ko-lar), Adia (A-dee-a) McKinnon, Nana (Na-Na) Merriweather, Jacqueline Nguyen (New-yen); Lena (Lee-na) Nilson (Nil-son), T'Carra (Ta-car-a) Pennick, Manyuan (goes by first name of Mani, pronounced Ma-nee) Reffell (Ra-fell), Briona (Bree-a-na) Reynolds; Georgea (Georgia) Richards, Hasani (goes by first name of Sani, Saw-nee) Roseby (Rose-bee), Jenea (Ja-nay) Russ (Rus); Lara Saye (Say), Cari (Care-ee) Soong, Kamaiya (Ka-my-ah) Warren; Talita (Ta-lee-ta) Wells, Carmen Winant (Wy-nant), Jessica Yanez (Ya-nez).
2004 UCLA WOMEN'S T & F OUTDOOR/INDOOR HIGH-LIGHTS
March 6-at UCLA 238 vs. Cal Poly-SLO 127/CS Fullerton 117/CS Los Angeles 71
In the season home opener at Drake Stadium, the Bruin women scored 238 points for the victory. UCLA won 14 events and eleven Bruins also had NCAA Regional qualify-ing marks.
Leading the way was sophomore Chelsea Johnson, who won the pole vault. Johnson vaulted a personal best and NCAA outdoor record breaking 14-9 (4.50m) for the victory. The height is also a Drake Stadium and UCLA school record. Oregon's Becky Holliday set the previous NCAA Outdoor mark of 14-8 (4.47m) last season.
The Bruins had a pair of dual event winners. Junior Monique Henderson won the 100m and 200m dash in 11.71 (-1.1) and 23.66 (-1.4). Both times are regional qualifi-ers. Redshirt freshman Kamaiya Warren won the shot put, 51-2.75/15.61m, and discus, 150-4/45.82m. Her shot put mark is a regional qualifier. True freshman MacKenzie Hill won the 400m and 110m hurdles in 56.31 and 14.24 (0.8). Hill's 110m hurdles time is a regional qualifier.
Other victorious Bruins were Melissa McBain (800m, 2:08.96PR, RQ), Alejandra Barrientos (1500m, 4:30.82), Valerie Flores (5000m, 17:25.52), Cari Soong (hammer, 207-7/63.28m, RQ) and Karina Powell (javelin, 138-10/ 42.33m).
UCLA's 400m and 1600m relays were also victorious. The 400m relay squad of Hill, Kiyoko Guillory, Henderson and Adia McKinnon won in 46.27 and the 1600m relay team of Jennifer Esser, McBain, Allison Hall and Barrientos won in 3:53.88.
March 12-13 - at 2004 NCAA Indoor at Fayetteville, AR The UCLA women sent 13 athletes to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, at the University of Arkansas' Tyson Indoor Stadium.
A total of 10 All-America performances, seven top-five finishes, four personal bests and a school record high-lighted this year's NCAA Indoor. In the team standings, the Bruin women finished fifth overall with 40 points, behind No. 1 LSU (52), No. 2 Florida (51), No. 3 Nebraska (45.50) and No. 4 Tennessee (43).
2004 UCLA INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS (10)
Candice Baucham (TJ), Ashley Caldwell (DMR/second career All-American honor), Jessica Cosby (SP/third career All-American honor), Dawn Harper (60mH), Chelsea Johnson (PV), Sheena Johnson (60mH, DMR/9th and 10th career All-American honors), Melissa McBain (DMR), Lena Nilsson (DMR/fourth career All-American honor), Cari Soong (WT/seventh career All-American honor), Renee Williams (LJ).
February 27-28-at 2004 MPSF Indoor at Seattle, WA At the 2004 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Washington at Dempsey Indoor Stadium, the Bruins placed second. Stanford won for the third consecu-tive year, scoring 148 points. Runner-up UCLA scored 109 points, followed by Washington with 83 points. Rounding out the Top-Five teams were Washington State (fourth, 73) and Arizona (fifth, 62).
Four Bruins were victorious. Dawn Harper won the 60m hurdles in a provisional time of 8.19. In the pole vault, school record holder and national leader Chelsea Johnson vaulted 14-4.50 (4.38m) and was named the MPSF Female Athlete of the Meet. In the throwing events, the Bruins set a pair of meet records on the way to victory. Jessica Cosby threw an NCAA automatic 56-0.50 (17.08m) in the shot put and in the weight throw, Cari Soong won with a throw of 67-1.25 (20.45m).
Feb. 14-at Pac-10 Indoor Invitational at Seattle, WA At the Pac-10 Indoor Invite, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Stadium, Chelsea Johnson was the key Bruin performer of the meet. Johnson won the pole vault with a then-personal best height of 14-8 (4.47m). By clearing the height, Johnson set a new school record, breaking the previous record of 14-7.25 set by former Bruin great and collegiate records-holder Tracy O'Hara in 2000. Johnson also broke the Dempsey facility record of 14-3.50 (4.36m) set by O'Hara in 2003.
Johnson was one of three Bruin event winners. Jessica Cosby won the shot put with a then-season best perfor-mance of 53-8.25 (16.36m). It is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Senior Cari Soong continued her winning streak at Dempsey Stadium, winning the weight throw with an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark of 67-0.75 (20.44m). The distance medley relay of Alejandra Barrientos, Jenna Timinsky, Ashley Caldwell and Lena Nilsson won in an NCAA Automatic time of 11:10.98.
CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS
2004 USA Championships
UCLA freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS) on Feb. 7 won the 2004 USA Junior Women's Cross Country individual championship in Indianapolis. She ran the 6km course in a winning time of 20:55, ahead of second-place Kathleen Trotter (Stanford), in a time of 21:06. The race was held at Indianapolis' Fall Creek and 16th Street Park.
The top six finishers in the junior women's competition (age 19 and under) qualify for the U. S. team that will travel to Brussels, Belgium for the upcoming IAAF World Champi-onships (March 20-21). Joining Costello and K. Trotter on the U. S. team will be - third-place Amber Harper (BYU, 21:19), fourth-place Jennifer Barringer (UNAT, 21:21), fifth-place Amanda Trotter (Stanford, 21:34) and sixth-place Brittany Brockman (UNAT, 21:37).
Last fall, Costello was one of the Bruins' top cross country runners, helping the UCLA women qualify automatically as a team to the NCAA Championships (UCLA placed seventh, its highest finish since 1985). In last fall's major cross country invitationals, Costello placed 153rd (21:34.1) at the NCAA, 14th (20:53, earning All-Region honors) at the NCAA West Region Qualifying and 15th (22:19.0) at the Pac-10, 24th (21:02.2) at the Pre-National and fourth (21:21) at the Stanford Invitiatonal.
At the 2003 CA State meet as a senior at Esperanza, Costello placed third in the 1600m in a personal-best 4:53.74.
2003 UCLA Cross Country
Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country squad in 2003 had one of the most successful campaigns in school history.
At the NCAA Championships (Nov. 24 at Northern Iowa U./6k), the Bruins were an automatic qualifier and placed seventh as a team, with 293 points. It's the highest UCLA placement under Peterson and one of only five Top 10 NCAA finishes in Bruin women's cross country history. UCLA was led by two All-Americans, senior Valerie Flores placed 20th (20:28.9) and redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell was 36th (20:45.6).
At the NCAA West Region (Nov. 15 in Portland, OR/6k), UCLA placed second (69 points) and had five All-Regional runners - Flores (4th, 20:30), Caldwell (11th, 20:50), freshman Alison Costello (14th, 20:53), sophomore Jenna Timinsky (21st, 21:03) and senior Melissa McBain (25th, 21:11).
At the Pac-10 Championships (Nov. 1 at Washington State/6K), UCLA was third (79 points) and led by first-team All-Pac-10 runner Flores (7th, 21:55.10) and second-team All-League Caldwell (14th, 22:17.2).