May 25, 2006
UCLA head coach Jeanette Bolden on Thursday, as her Bruin team prepares for the upcoming NCAA Regional T & F Championships in Provo, UT on Friday and Saturday, announced UCLA's recruiting class for the 2006-07 cross country and track & field season.
The class is headed by two incoming junior college athletes, both from Southwestern Christian University (Terrell, TX) and Vere Technical HS in Clarendon, Jamaica - sprinter Maris Wisdom and jumper Keneisha Creary.
Wisdom this spring has run top times of 12.10 (100m), 24.73 (200m) and 55.61 (400m). Last season, at the National JC Championships, she was a 400m qualifier and ran on SW Christian's 4X100m relay (second leg, second-place, 46.06) and 4X400m relay (third leg, third-place, 3:48.59). As a senior at Vere Technical HS in 2004 - at the World Juniors, Wisdom ran the second leg on Jamaica's 4X100m relay, that placed third (3:30.37); at the Junior CARIFTA in Hamilton, Bermuda, she finished third (53.94) in the Girls Under 20 400m and at the Penn Relays, Wisdom ran the second leg on Vere's 4X100m relay that won the girls event (44.32).
Creary this spring has top jump marks of 5-8.75 in the high jump and 39-1.75 in the triple jump. She recently won the high jump (5-5) at the Texas-Arlington Open on May 5. Last season, she placed 12th (5-3.75) at the National JC Championships and in 2004, at the Jamaica HS National Championships, Creary finished third (5-5.25) in the high jump.
Also signing with the Bruins -
Careena Onosai (Word of Life HS/Kaka'ako, Hawaii)- one of the top women's throwers in the history of Hawaii high schools, Onosai, who suffered a lower back stress fracture earlier this season, still won both the shot put (39-0.25) and discus (150-3) at the recently concluded Hawaii State meet. In 2005 as a junior, she again won both events at the Hawaii State meet (discus, 130-8, entered as top seed, 145-9/shot put, 39-08, entered as top seed, 40-7.25). As a sophomore in 2004, Onosai won the State discus title with the sixth-best prep mark in the nation (151-9, eight feet off the then state record). As a sophomore in 2003, she was the Interscholastic League of Hawaii discus and shot put champion. A standout all-around athlete, in 2005 she verbally committed to Hawaii to play volleyball (2004 second-team All-State). In basketball, as a sophomore she was first-team ILH Div. II and as a freshman, Onosai was the ILH Div. II Co-Player of the Year. She's the daughter of Hawaii football standout Joe Onosai. He was an All-Conference offensive lineman for the Warriors in 1985-86 and a sixth round selection of the Dallas Cowboys in 1987. He also placed third in the World's Strongest Man competition. Joe Onosai is the Athletic Director and assistant pastor at Word of Life HS.
Kristina (Nicole) Pennes (Martinez, CA/College Park HS) - has top track marks of 2:18.8 (800m), 4:56.6 (mile), 4:54.9 (1600m) and 10:37.1 (3200m). In 2004, Pennes earned prep All-American track honors, running on the College Park HS National Champion 6400m relay at the adidas Nationals. In 2005, Pennes was a State qualifier in the 1600m and 3200m and in 2004, in the 1600m. Also last season, she was the NCS Tri-Valley Champion in the 1600m and 3200m. In cross country, she was a member of the 2005 and 2004 College Park HS State Championship teams (in 2003, College Park HS placed second in the State and ranked No. 5 in U. S.). A Footlocker Western Regional Finalist, Pennes in 2005 was the DFAL individual champion and she was a four-time CIF State Championship qualifier in cross country (2002-05). Pennes was a Contra Costa Times track & field selection in 2005 and 2004 and a cross country choice in 2003-05.
Bailey Schutte (Sherwood, OR/Jesuit HS) - midway through this season, Schutte's top marks have been 4:39 (1500m), 10:09 (3000m), 18:12 (indoor 5000m) and 18:10 (5K cross country). This year, she was the Centennial Invitational champion in the two mile and last season, Schutte was the Metro League champion in the 3K. In cross country, she led Jesuit's cross country team to the Nike Team Nationals in both 2005 and 2004. Individually in cross country, she was third-team All-State as a senior, first-team All-State as a sophomore and second-team All-State as a freshman. Also in cross country, in 2005 Schutte was the Metro League runnerup and in 2003, the Tri Valley League champion.
These five athletes join UCLA's five additional NLI signees who committed to the Bruins in November - Krishna Curry (Nashville, TN/University HS) - a middle distance and cross country standout who is considered to be one of the top 15 halfmilers in the U. S. She's a two-time Junior Olympic 800m winner (2005-2:11.16/2004-2:10). Also in 2005, Curry was the Tennessee State champion (2:13.79) and she was the three-time State 400m winner (2002-04). At the 2005 USA Youth Nationals, Curry finished second in the 800m (2:12.65).
Christine 'Cobbie' Jones (San Martin, CA/Live Oak HS) - another top 800m runner, Jones has missed most of this spring with a foot stress fracture. In 2005 she placed sixth in the event (2:12.66) at the CIF State Championships and in 2004, she finished fourth (2:11.83). At the 2005 adidas Golden West Invitational, Jones won the 800m in a time of 2:10.54. As a junior in the Central Coast Section, Jones ranked in the Top 10 in four different events (400m, 800m, 1600m, 300m hurdles). Her top 800m time from 2005 was 2:09.84. She is also an accomplished equestrian.
Victoria Pena (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison HS) - regarded as the No. 1 women's high school pole vaulter in the West, Pena this spring has one of the top marks in the U. S., vaulting 13-0.50. She also vaulted 12-7 at the Mt. SAC Relays. In 2005, Pena was the CIF Div. II champion, with another national elite-level prep clearance of 13-2.
Lindsay Regan (Easton, PA/Easton Area HS) - entered her senior campaign as the No. 1 ranked women's prep pole vaulter in the U. S. In indoor competition, she's Pennsylvania's three-consecutive State champion and this winter jumped an indoor personal-best 13-0. She has set the Pennsylvania outdoor (13-6, tied for the No. 7 spot all-time in the event in U. S. history) and indoor vault records. As a sophomore in 2004, she won the State title (13-0), the Penn Relays (12-7 ½) and her best mark that season of 13-2 was No. 3 on the U. S. high school chart (at the time, tied for 10th all-time). Her sister, Courtney, is a sophomore vaulter at Princeton.
Hannah Roeder (Des Moines, IA/Roosevelt HS) - one of the Midwest's top distance runners, she's an Iowa All-State selection at 1500m, winning the State crown in 2005 (4:38.87). Roeder has also run 10:38 for 3000m. As a junior, she placed second (10:14.35) in the 3000m at the Drake Relays. In 2004, Roeder was the individual champion at the State Cross Country Championships.