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Track To Compete At Mt. SAC This Weekend And Two Other Meets
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/13/2000

April 13, 2000

THIS WEEKEND (APRIL 14-16)
The Bruins will be competing at the Mt. SAC Relays Friday- Sunday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. Here's the schedule (Friday-community college: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., all distance races, 4:30 p.m., Saturday- high school division, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., university/open evening events, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Sunday - university/open & invitational division, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Also this weekend, UCLA will send competitors to invitationals at Pomona-Pitzer (Friday) and Long Beach (Saturday).

LOOKING AHEAD
In the weeks ahead, the Bruins will be traveling to the Collegiate Team Championships, April 21-22 at the University of Texas, the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 27-29 and competing at the Cal/Nevada Championships, April 29-30 at Berkeley.

The Collegiate Team Championships in Austin on April 21-22 will be one of the biggest meets during the 2000 collegiate outdoor season. In women's competition, nine of the 14 teams are ranked, including No. 1 Texas, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 South Carolina and No. 5 USC. In men's competition, seven of the 13 teams are ranked, including No. 5 USC , No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 11 UCLA.

UCLA-USC DUAL MEET-MAY 6
On Saturday, May 6, the Bruins' newly -renovated Drake Stadium will host the annual UCLA-USC dual men's and women's track and field meet. All events are at Drake Stadium. The hammer throw will start at 9 a.m., other field events at 11 a.m. and running events at 1 p.m.
The Bruin men have won the last 21 consecutive duals (1978-99), while USC leads the men's series 38-28. UCLA's women's team leads the series 13-3 and have won the last seven (1993-99) dual meets in a row.
In the USTCA National Team rankings (based on individual marks) as of April 11, the Bruin women were No. 2 and the Trojan women were No. 7 and in men's rankings, USC was No. 1 and UCLA No. 10.

Trackwire national weekly rankings (based on how a team will score at the NCAA Outdoor) for April 11, the UCLA women were No. 3 and the Trojan women were tied for No. 5 and in the men's rankings, the USC men are tied for No. 5 and the Bruins are tied for No. 11.

There will be a press luncheon to highlight the meet on Wednesday, May 3 at noon in the clubhouse at the LA Tennis Center, located directly west of Pauley Pavilion, on the UCLA campus.

Last Meet

On April 1 at Drake Stadium, UCLA sophomore pole vaulter Tracy O'Hara and the HSI 4 X 100m relay set Drake Stadium records as the Bruin women's and men's track and field teams defeated Iowa, Wyoming and CS Northridge.

O'Hara, who earlier this season set the collegiate indoor record (14-6) by winning the NCAA Indoor pole vault title, set a new Drake Stadium, outdoor Pac-10 and school record with a vault of 14-1.25 (No. 2 all-time collegiate outdoor, trailing only 14-3 1/2, Melissa Price, Fresno State, 1998), besting the old stadium mark of 13-7 set by Tiffany Smith in 1996 (and tied by O'Hara on March 18). O'Hara, who set the old Pac-10 outdoor mark at 13-7 earlier this year, is from Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego.

In the 4 X 100m relay, HSI set the stadium record with a time of 38.17. Running for HSI was Jon Drummond, Ato Boldon, Bryan Howard and Maurice Greene, the world record-holder in the 100m. The old Drake Stadium mark was 38.59, set by UCLA (Mike Marsh, Danny Everett, Steve Lewis, Henry Thomas) in 1988.

Along with O'Hara, the Bruin women were led by junior Michelle Perry and senior Seilala Sua. Perry won both hurdles (season-best 13.61, 100-hurdles, 1:01.38, 400 hurdles) and anchored the winning UCLA 4 X 400m relay (season-best 3:41.63). Sua won both the shot put (55-5.50) and discus (178-10).

UCLA women in triangular scoring won with 162 points, beating CS Northridge (103) and Wyoming (72). In the dual score, the Bruins beat CS Northridge (115-70). The Bruin women are now unbeaten in outdoor duals with a 3-0 record this season. Back in March, Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women won the NCAA Indoor crown.

The Bruin men were led by juniors, sprinter Bryan Harrison and hurdler John Hall, both double event winners. Harrison won both sprints (100m, 10.69, 200m, season-best 21.05) and Hall placed first in both hurdles (110mH, 14.62, 400mH, season-best 51.00). Jason Gervais, from Wyoming, was also a double winner, in the shot put (62-2.50) and discus (198-6).

In the men's team scoring, UCLA (203) won the quad meet, beating CS Northridge (133), Wyoming (130.50) and Iowa (101.50). UCLA won two duals (UCLA 105-CS Northridge 68, UCLA 119-Iowa 49) and CS Northridge also beat Iowa, 95-67. It was the first dual wins for new Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas. The UCLA men are 2-2 this season.

Bruin Headlines

UCLA's women's head coach Jeanette Bolden is in her seventh season as head coach of the UCLA women's team. Last March, she directed the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA Indoor title. It was UCLA's first ever indoor crown and the school's nation-leading 80th NCAA Championship.

At the NCAA Outdoor Championships under Bolden, the Bruins have finished no lower than third five times (1999-2nd, 1998-2nd, 1997-3rd, 1996-9th, 1995-2nd, 1994-3rd).

She has also directed UCLA to five Pac-10 titles, including the last three in a row. In 1999, she was named the women's USTCA West Region and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year (during her Bruin career, she has been named conference coach of the year five times).

Bolden is unbeaten in dual meets in her career with a mark of 56-0. She is an Olympic gold medal winner (1984, USA 4 X 100m relay) and Bruin All-American sprinter (1981-83).

Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas is in his first season as the new UCLA men's head coach, taking over for Bob Larsen, who retired after 15 seasons (Larsen will remain on the staff as an assistant coach on the UCLA men's team through this spring, then retire). Venegas was a Bruin assistant coach for 18 years and is a world-renowned coach in the throws. During his Bruin tenure, he directed the UCLA men's/women's throwing corps to 27 NCAA individual titles and in the 1990s, Bruin throwers have won 35 Pac-10 championships.

This will be the final season for Bruin coach Bob Larsen on the UCLA staff. Larsen, who announced his retirement last summer, has been the Bruin men's cross country coach for 21 years and men's track and field head coach for the last 15 seasons. Taking over for Larsen as the men's cross country coach is Eric Peterson, who will continue to also coach the Bruin women's cross country squad, a post he has held for the last six years.

Under Larsen, the Bruins won two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and in four of the last five years at the NCAA Outdoor, the Bruins finished no lower than sixth (1999-16th tie, 1998-6th, 1997-4th tie, 1996-3rd, 1995-2nd). Larsen has led the Bruin men to nine conference crowns, including six Pac-10 titles in the 1990's.

In 1997, Larsen was inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Coaches Hall of Fame and in '96 he was inducted into the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was named the USTCA National men's Coach of the Year.

Overall, Larsen has been men's national Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, '95) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year on nine occasions (1987-89, 1992-96, 98). He had a remarkable dual meet career record of 118-3-1.

The Bruins had four individual champions at the NCAA Indoor, held March 10-11 at Fayetteville, AR. The Bruin women won the team championship and were led by event winners --- senior Seilala Sua in the shot put (56-8) and sophomores, Tracy O'Hara, setting a collegiate indoor record in the pole vault (14-6, old mark, 13-11 1/4, Melissa Price, 1999) and Keyon Soley in the long jump (21-4 3/4).

In men's competition, senior Jess Strutzel won the 800 (1:46.57). Strutzel defeated Missouri's Derek Peterson, the defending NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 800m champion and his time of 1:46.57 is the fastest in the nation.

At the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships, UCLA women's squad won the team championship with 51 points, beating second-place South Carolina (41), third-place Arkansas (37) and fourth-place LSU (36.). It was the first-ever national indoor championship for the Bruins (women or men) and it was UCLA's nation-leading 80th NCAA title.

With her 18 points at the Indoor, Sua, who last season won the shot put and discus at the NCAA Outdoor, becomes UCLA's all-time leading point-producer at the NCAA Championships (87), ahead of Dawn Dumble (82) and John Godina (81).

Also earning All-America honors for the Bruin women were junior Christina Tolson, who placed third in the shot put (55-4 1/4) and eighth in the weight throw (61-7 1/2) and junior Shakedia Jones, sixth (7.36) in the 60m. UCLA's other competitors were junior Erica Hoernig in the pole vault (11th, 12-3 1/2), senior Deana Simmons in the triple jump (12th, 41-7 3/4) and sophomore Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (12th, 5-10).

The other Bruin men's competitor was junior Brian McLaughlin, who placed fourth in the pole vault (18-0 1/2), becoming only the fourth Bruin in history to vault over 18 feet.

In national rankings, there are two national weekly rankings, Trackwire (based on how a team will score at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor) and the USTCA power ranking (based on individual marks).

In the USTCA rankings (as of April 12), the Bruin women were No. 2 (behind No. 1 Oregon) and in the men's rankings, the Bruins were No. 10.

In the Trackwire national Top 25 women's rankings for April 11, the Bruin women are No. 3 in the nation (57 points, behind No. 1 Texas, 59 points and No. 2 LSU, 58 points). In the men's rankings, the UCLA men are tied for 11th (20 points). Arkansas is No. 1 (66 points).

What's the Score? In 1998, the USOC, in close cooperation with USA T&F, provided a three-year grant to the USTCA to promote scored quadrangular track meets on college campuses across America. The Series is now in its third year and has been an unqualified success. This year, 74 colleges and universities will host three-hour, spectator friendly track and field competitions. "What's the Score?" is the new password for collegiate track and field. All of UCLA's home meets this season are part of the USTCA sponsored series.

UCLA's women have a current seven-year+ unbeaten dual winning streak. In 2000, the Bruin women are 3-0 in duals--with wins over California (116-70) and Washington (119-72) on March 18 at Drake Stadium and on April 1 at Drake Stadium, UCLA beat CS Northridge (115-70).

Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her seventh season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 56-0.

The last time UCLA's women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back duals to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women have won 64 consecutive duals, including 52 straight at Drake Stadium.

UCLA NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers (May 31- June 3 - Durham, NC)
Women - NCAA Automatic
PV - Tracy O'Hara (14-1 1/4, Pac-10R)
SP - Seilala Sua (55-5 1/2)
Christina Tolson (54-9 1/4)
DT - Seilala Sua (208-5)
HT - Christina Tolson (205-7, Pac-10R)

Women-NCAA Provisional
10,000m - Jessica Matthews (35:10)
100mH - Michelle Perry (13.61)
4 X 100mR - Tamar Cherebin, Keyon Soley,
Michelle Perry, Shakedia Jones-44.64
HJ - Darnesha Griffith (5-10 1/2)
PV - Erica Hoernig (12-9 1/2)
Heather Sickler (12-9 1/2)
TJ - Deana Simmons (42-8)
HT - Seilala Sua (198-10)
Caroline Soong (196-1)

Men-NCAA Automatic

Men-NCAA Provisional
400mH - John Hall (51.00)
PV - Brian McLaughlin (17-9)
DT - Scott Moser (196-1)

The Bruins women's hammer throw corps is one of the most talented in the nation. Junior Christina Tolson set the Pac-10 record of 205-7 on March 26, senior Seilala Sua set a personal-best of 198-10 on April 1 and freshman Caroline Soong's mark of 196-1 on March 26 is the No. 2 all-time mark in U. S. Junior history.

A new era in track and field and soccer greets the 2000 UCLA collegiate track and field season with the opening of a new soccer/track facility on campus. Drake Stadium, the home of UCLA track and field since 1969, has been transformed into Frank W. Marshall Field at Elvin "Ducky" Drake Stadium. The construction time on the project ran approximately four months (mid-August to December). The cost of the project was $1.5 million and was made possible by a lead gift from Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy. All of the money was raised from private funds, no state money was utilized. Seating capacity in the stadium is 11,700.

The track in the facility is brand new. It has been converted from a conventional American 400-yard eight-lane oval with a 106-degree radius turn to a European 400m nine-lane (48" width lane) with a 136-degree radius on the turn. The surface is a tartan surface provided by Martin Surfacing. There is 13mm of surface material on top of an asphalt base. A track/field drainage system is flush mounted to the inside of lane one. Also on the inside of lane one is an electrical/timing chase that will house the Lynx timing system for the track.

Other track and field enhancements include: the steeplechase pit has been moved "inboard" of the track on the north turn, the field events include shot, discus and hammer rings at both the north and south ends of the infield and a javelin runway is also located on both ends to accommodate for the prevailing winds for all these events.

In addition, the high jump area has been moved to the south end of the track stadium on its own tartan surface. The north end of the facility will have practice pits for the shot, hammer and discus. The stadium will have four long/triple jump pits featuring 38-foot-long sand-filled pits. There are two practice pole vault pits and one infield runway that can accommodate the pit on either the north or south end to take advantage of the wind.

Thanks to the change in the configuration of the track, the grass infield is now wide enough to house a regulation 75-yard by 120-yard soccer field. This will be the new home for UCLA men's and women's soccer matches. The field will also be available for other uses, including the annual spring football scrimmage.

Pronunciation Guide --
Men - Malachi Davis (Mal- a-ky (rhymes with sky) Davis), Paul Muite (Paul Moy-tay), Narc Narcisse (Narc Nar-cease), Jess Strutzel (Jess Strut-zul), Roger Van Sluis (Roger Van Sloos), Tim Yeo (Tim Yo).

Women - Elaine Canchola (Elaine Can-cho-la), Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Chair-bin), Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig), Alynda Franco (Ah-len-da Franco), Eboni Grayson (Eb-a-nee Grayson), Darnesha Griffith (Dar-ne-sha Griffith), Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig), Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones), Nicole Luque (Nicole Lu-k), Bunmi Ogunleye (Boo-mee O-gun-lay-e), Heather Perrin (Heather Pear-in), Chaniqua Ross (Sha-ni-qua Ross), Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons), Keyon Soley (Key-on Soley), Seilala Sua (Say-la-la Sue-aw), Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).

UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week Began Monday, April 11.
April 11 - no nominees
April 18 -

The IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation, based in Monte Carlo) in 1999 published a book entitled "The 100 Defining Moments of the Twentieth Century", highlighting the greatest moments in track and field during the 20th Century. UCLA athletes contribute six of the highlights. 1960 - Rafer Johnson vs. C. K. Yang in Rome decathlon, 1988 - Florence Griffith Joyner in Seoul Olympics sprints and relays and Jackie Joyner Kersee in Seoul Olympics heptathlon and long jump, 1991 - Mike Powell breaks Bob Beamon's long jump world record in Tokyo World Championships, 1992 - Kevin Young breaks Edwin Moses' 400m hurdle world record at the Barcelona Olympics, 1996 - Gail Devers vs. Merlene Ottey in the Atlanta Olympics 100m.

In the March 2000 issue of Track & Field News, several Bruins were cited in T&FN "Highlights of the 20th Century". Jackie Joyner Kersee was named the Women's Athlete of the Century, with Evelyn Ashford, Gail Devers and Florence Griffith Joyner earning honorable mention. On the "All-Century Team" (by event), in women's competition, Ashford was named the No. 1 performer of the century in the 100m, with Devers honorable mention, Flo Jo was honorable mention in the 200m and JJK was No. 1 in the heptathlon and honorable mention in the long jump. On the "All-Century Team" in men's competition, Kevin Young (400m hurdles) and Mike Powell (long jump) were honorable mention. In the "Athlete of the Decade" category, in women's competition, Devers was second (behind France's Marie-Jose Perec) and JJK was fourth.

2000 Recap
On March 18 at Drake Stadium, the Bruins hosted their first home meet of the season. In women's competition, UCLA won both the triangular (UCLA 170, Washington 107.5, California 104.5) and dual (UCLA 116-Cal 70, UCLA 119-UW 72) competitions. In men's competition, California won the triangular (California 144.5, Washington 142, UCLA 123.5) and the dual scores were (Cal 99.5-UCLA 97.5, UW 109-UCLA 90). The Bruin men were without the services of four top sprinters, all seniors, Damian Allen, Malachi Davis, Terrence Williams and Michael Granville.

For the Bruin women, junior Shakedia Jones won the 200m (23.93) and junior Michelle Perry won the 100m hurdles (13.70). Jones (anchor) and Perry (third leg) also ran on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.64). In the field events, UCLA captured six individual titles, including a 1-2-3 finish in the women's pole vault (sophomore Tracy O'Hara won with a vault of 13-7), a mark of 200-1 by Sua to win the discus and Tolson winning both the shot put (52-6 3/4) and hammer (201-6).

In men's competition, the Bruins were led by senior Jess Strutzel, who won the 1500m (3:46.99) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:12.46).

On March 3-4 in Atlanta, GA, several Bruins competed in the USA Indoor Championships. In the women's pole vault, sophomore Tracy O'Hara placed fifth (the highest placing collegian, 13-10) and junior Erica Hoernig was 13th (13-0 1/4). In the women's shot put, senior Seilala Sua was fourth (highest placing collegian, 56-1), sophomore Chaniqua Ross was seventh (53-0 1/4) and junior Christina Tolson was eighth (52-10). In the women's weight throw, Sua was third (highest placing collegian, 65-11 1/2) and Tolson was sixth (62-9 1/2).


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