April 15, 1999
Bruins In National Rankings
In this week's Trackwire national Top 25, the Bruin women are rated No. 3 in the nation (57 points; behind No. 1 LSU, 59 points and No. 2 Texas, 58 points) and the UCLA men are No. 21 (13 points; tied with TCU, NE Louisiana and Northwestern State).
At the recently completed NCAA Indoor at Indianapolis, in women's competition (won by Texas), UCLA tied for eighth (with Wisconsin) with 22 points and in men's competition (won by Arkansas), the Bruins were 13th (with 17 points). At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor at Buffalo, NY, in women's competition, the Bruins were second (55 points, behind winner Texas, 60 points) and in men's competiton, UCLA was sixth (38 points).
UCLA's Dual Winning Streaks
UCLA's women have a current seven-year unbeaten dual winning streak and the Bruin men have an impressive overall 15-year dual meet record. In 1999, the Bruin women are 6-0 in duals--with wins over California (110-53), Washington (105-58) and UC Irvine (141-16) on March 20 at CS Sacramento; Florida (110-81) on April 3 at Drake Stadium and Baylor (112-66) and CS Northridge (129-51) on April 10 at Drake Stadium. The Bruin men are 5-1, with wins over California (101-62), Washington (107-56) and UC Irvine (139-22) on March 20 at CS Sacramento; a loss to Florida (101-99) on April 3 at Drake Stadium, snapping their six-year dual meet winning streak, but coming back with victories over Baylor (100-69) and CS Northridge (116-65) on April 10 at Drake Stadium.
Entering his 15th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Bob Larsen now have an impressive overall dual meet mark of 117-3-1. The loss to Florida on April 3 snapped two Bruin men dual winning streaks. Prior to the Florida loss at Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 had won 51 straight dual home meets without a loss (the last home dual loss at Drake Stadium was 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71). The Gator win also snapped UCLA's overall 58-dual meet winning streak (3/27/93 at Berkeley, California 86-UCLA 76).
Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is entering her sixth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 52-0. 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 60 consecutive duals, including 49 straight at Drake Stadium.
Next weekend, April 24-25, the Bruins will compete at the Cal/Nevada Championships, held at UC San Diego. On Saturday, May 1, UCLA will travel to USC for the traditional dual meet.
Looking ahead to outdoor collegiate championship events, the 1999 Pac-10 meet is May 21-22 (Friday-Saturday) at Tempe, AZ (Arizona State) and the 1999 NCAA Outdoor is June 2-5 (Wednesday-Friday) at Boise, ID (Boise State).
UCLA's Pac-10 Men/Women Track/Field Athlete of the Week Nominees
Track- senior Brian Fell, from Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego, placed second in the 400m (46.67, season-best); ran the first leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (40.12, season-best) and ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:06.80, season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier). Field-senior Travis Haynes, from Billings, MT HS, who placed first in the shot put (63-2 1/4, personal-best and NCAA automatic qualifier) and was third in the discus (181-11).
Track-senior Joanna Hayes, from Riverside North HS, who won both hurdles (100m, 13.26, season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier and 400m, 58.00, first outdoor mark of season and an NCAA provisional qualifier) and ran the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:35.95, season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier).
Field-junior Seilala Sua, from Aquinas, HS in Cooper City, FL, who won three events (shot put, 53-6 1/2; discus, 196-11 and hammer, 167-5).
On April 10 at Drake Stadium, it was UCLA's last home meet of the season, theBruin women and men defeated Baylor and CS Northridge in triangular and dual meet scoring.
In women's triangular scoring, UCLA won with 173 points, followed by Baylor, with 105 and CS Northridge, with 70 points. In dual scoring, UCLA beat Baylor (112-66) and CS Northridge (129-51) and Baylor also beat CS Northridge (92-67). For the Bruin women, it was their 60th consecutive dual win, including 49 straight victories at Drake Stadium.
In men's triangular scoring, the Bruins won with 150.5 points, followed by CS Northridge, with 99 and Baylor, with 97.5 points. In dual scoring, the Bruins beat Baylor (100-69) and CS Northridge (116-65) and CS Northridge beat Baylor (88-72). UCLA's men returned to their winning ways in dual meets. On April 3 at Drake Stadium, the Florida men beat UCLA 101-99. That loss snapped the Bruins' overall 58 straight-dual meet winning streak and their 51-consecutive dual meet winning streak at Drake Stadium.
In women's competition, UCLA junior Seilala Sua won three events--hammer (167-5), shot put (53-6 1/2) and discus (196-11); Baylor sprinter Ssereta Lafayette won the 100m (11.60) and 200m (23.79); Bruin Joanna Hayes won both hurdle races (100m hurdles, 13.26, season-best; 400m hurdles, 58.00) and ran the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:35.95, season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier); Baylor's Yulanda Nelson won the 400m (52.14) and the anchor leg on the Bears' winning 4 X 400m relay (3:34.87) and UCLA's Keyon Soley won the long jump (19-10 1/4) and ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.13, season-best).
Other UCLA women winners were, in the field--freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-8), freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (13-0) and junior Kristin Ayers in the javelin (129-3) and on the track-freshman Tracy Cohn in the 800m (2:12.65, personal-best), senior Melinda George in the 1500m (4:32.15, season-best) and junior Christina Bowen in the 3,000m (9:25.59, personal-best and NCAA provisional qualifier).
In men's competition, Baylor's Tre Gardner won three events (long jump, 23-2 3/4; 100m, 10.47 and 200m, 21.16w); Bruin thrower Luke Sullivan won the hammer (201-0) and discus (190-04); Baylor's Brandon Couts won the 400m (45.46) and ran the second leg on Baylor's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:05.34) and Baylor's Michael Smith won the 110m hurdles (14.33) and the third leg on the Bears' winning 4 X 400m relay.
Other Bruin men winners were, in the field-junior Tye Anderson in the triple jump (49-6 1/4), senior Travis Haynes in the shot put (63-2 1/4, personal-best and NCAA automatic qualifier) and sophomore Joe Franklin in the javelin (197-0, season-best) and on the track-freshman Bryan Green in the 3,000m (8:28.92, personal-best), sophomore Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:47.84, NCAA provisional qualifier), freshman Andrew Wulf in the 1500m (3:58.80) and UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (senior Brian Fell, freshman Jeff Hunter, junior Malachi Davis, sophomore Bryan Harrison-40.12, season-best).
UCLA Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen
In his 15th season as head coach, Larsen has led the Bruins to two NCAA titles (1987-88) and nine (of the last 12) Pac-10 crowns (1987-89; 1992-96; 98), including six of the last seven conference titles.
In 1998, the Bruins placed sixth at the NCAA Outdoor, won the 98 Pac-10 crown, were 10-0 in duals (No. 2 dual meet team in the U. S.), tied for No. 7 in the final TrackWire poll (before NCAA Outdoor) with Florida and placed 12th (16 1/2 points) at the NCAA Indoor. Larsen was named the 1998 USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach Men's Coach of the Year.
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 nine times (1987-89; 1992-96; 98). He has a remarkable dual meet career record of 117-3-1.
Bruin Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden
An Olympic gold medal winner (1984, U. S. 4 X 100m relay) and Bruin All-American sprinter (1981-83), Bolden is in her sixth year as head coach.
In 1998, the Bruins placed second at the NCAA Outdoor, won the 1998 Pac-10 title, were 11-0 in duals, rated No. 2 entering the NCAA Outdoor (the Bruins were ranked No. 1 for three weeks by TrackWire before the Outdoor) and placed 19th (11 points) at the NCAA Indoor. Bolden was named the 1998 USTCA Dist. VIII and Pacific-10 Women's Coach of the Year.
In 97 and 1995, Bolden was named the USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach of the Year and in her rookie head coaching season of 1994, she was the co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
She is unbeaten in duals in her career with a mark of 52-0.
Record-setting Bruin Men's Distance Medley Relay
At the NCAA Indoor on March 6 in Indianapolis, the UCLA men's distance medley relay won the event in an American record time of 9:33.17 (old mark, 9:35.83, Georgetown, 1997). Running for the Bruins were junior Jess Strutzel (1200m), senior Brian Fell (400m), junior Michael Granville (800m) and senior Mark Hauser (mile).
UCLA's Women's Recruiting Class No. 1 in Nation
UCLA's 1999 women's recruiting class was judged No. 1 in the nation by Track & Field News. Several of the Bruins' top incoming freshmen include--Keyon Soley (Uniondale HS, NY), the nation's No. 1 prep long jumper (20-10 3/4) with 11.49 speed; Tracy O'Hara (Rancho Benardo HS, San Diego), the U. S. junior champion in the pole vault (13-3, U. S. Junior record); Heather Sickler (Camarillo HS), in the pole vault (12-3 1/2); Chaniqua Ross (Laguna Creek HS, Elk Grove), the nation's No. 4 prepster in the shot put (50-0 3/4) with a mark of 177-1 in the discus; Bumni Ogunleye (Long Beach Poly), 53.75 in the 400m and 20-3w in the long jump (her mother, Modupe Oshikoya, won the long jump for UCLA at the 1978 AIAW meet in Knoxville) and prep jumper Darnesha Griffith (Trabuco HS, Santa Margarita), niece to the the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Outdoor NCAA Qualifiers
Men - Malachi Davis (Mal- a-ky (rhymes with sky) Davis); Ibrahim Hassan (E-bra-ham Ha-ssan); Paul Mutie (Paul Moy-tay); Narc Narcisse (Narc Nar-cease); Jess Strutzel (Jess Strut-zul); Roger Van Sluis (Roger Van Sloos); Tim Yeo (Tim Yo).
Women - Andrea Anderson (Ann-dre-a Anderson); Erin Blunt (Air-in Blunt); Elaine Canchola (Elaine Can-cho-la); Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Chair-bin); Kelly and Tracy Cohn (Cone); Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig); Zalika Davis (Za-lee-ka Davis); Alynda Franco (Ah-len-da Franco); Eboni Grayson (Eb-a-nee Grayson); Darnesha Griffith (Dar-ne-sha Griffith); Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig); Jeanarta Jackson (Ju-nar-da Jackson); Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones); Nicole Luque (Nicole Lu-k); Bunmi Ogunleye (Boo-mee O-gun-lay-e); Heather Perrin (Heather Pear-in); Kiesha Porter (Kish-a Porter); Chaniqua Ross (Sha-ni-qua Ross); Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons); Keyon Soley (Key-on Soley); Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).
NCAA Outdoor Leaders
As of April 5, in the women's division, Bruin junior Seilala Sua led the nation in the women's shot put (55-3 1/2) and discus (207-3). Freshman Tracy O'Hara was second in the pole vault (13-4 1/4, behind Fresno State's Melissa Price, 14-0).
In men's competition, junior Jess Strutzel is second in the 800m (1:47.84)
Pac-10 Leaders (the conference accepts indoor marks)
As of April 12 in men's competition--Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:46.48I) and Travis Haynes in the shot put (63-2 1/4).
In women's competion -- Joanna Hayes in the 100m hurdles (13.26) and 400m hurdles (58.00); Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (13-4 1/4); Deana Simmons in the triple jump (43-4 1/2) and Seilala Sua in the shot put (55-3 1/2, best outdoor mark) and discus (207-3).
UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week
Begins Monday, April 5. April 5 - TRACK-Michelle Perry, won the 100m hurdles (13.60, NCAA provisional); second in the 100m (11.73); ran opening leg on winning 4 X 100m relay (44.56, NCAA provisional) and ran second leg on second-place 4 X 400m relay (3:39.32).
FIELD-Tracy O'Hara set a Pac-10 record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-4 1/4, breaking the old mark of 13-3 1/2, Dee Dee Buzzi, AZ, 1998.
1998 World Junior List
Seven UCLA athletes were on the 1998 World Junior charts. They are--
Men - SP-Scott Moser, No. 5, 59-3 1/2 (18.07); DT-Scott Moser, No. 7, 187-9 (57.22); Ed Stansbury, No. 17, 175-11 (53.62).
Women - 100m-Shakedia Jones, No. 1(tie)*, 11.11; 200m-Shakedia Jones, No. 3, 22.84; 100mH-Michelle Perry, No. 4, 13.41; 400mH- Michelle Perry, No. 16, 58.66; PV-Tracy O'Hara**, No. 8, 13-3 (4.04); LJ- Keyon Soley, No. 17, 20-10 3/4 (6.37); DT-Chanique Ross**, No. 19, 173-10 (52.99). *tied with USC frosh Angela Williams; **still a junior in 1999.
U.S. Collegiate Track and Field Series
UCLA's meets this season at CS Sacramento (March 20, vs. California, Washington, UC Irvine), vs. Florida (April 3) and Baylor/CS Northridge (April 10) at Drake Stadium and at USC (May 1) are all part of the 1999 U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, sponsored by the U. S. Track Coaches Association.
One hundred and thirty-eight teams from the nation's colleges and universities will be competing in 56 scored track and field meets. These meets promote head-to-head competition between the nation's best collegiate track and field teams. The meets will consist of two to five teams competing against each other in a "finals only" format to be completed in under three hours.
These competitions have been designed to showcase the teams in a fan- friendly environment and to present collegiate track and field the way it was mean to be, with scored meets. Where college teams challenge each other on the ovals of battle, where one team emerges victorious, where the essence of team competion still reigns supreme.
Looking Back at 1999
On April 3 at Drake Stadium, behind Florida men's sprinters Gerald Clervil, John Capel and Bobby Williams, the Gators beat the UCLA men 101-99, snapping the Bruins' 51-straight home dual winning streak. The UCLA men's last home dual loss was to Texas 83-71 on March 16, 1991.
UCLA's women beat the Gators 110-81. It was the Bruin women's 58th consecutive dual win, including 47 straight at Drake Stadium.
In the men's competition, Florida won the 100m (Capel, 10.18, second-fastest time in Florida history; top mark, 10.03, Dennis Mitchell, 1988); 200m (Williams, 20.62), 400m (Clervil, 46.62) and the 4 X100m relay (Clervil, Capel, Williams, Daymon Carroll). On the track, the Gators also added wins in the 110m hurdles (John Buscema, 14.11), 400m hurdles (Erin Tucker, 51.43; beating a lunging at the finish line UCLA's John Hall, 51.44) and two-mile (Rob Evans, 9:02.78).
Hurting the Bruin men's chances to win was a false start in the 4 X 100m relay. In international dual scoring in the relays, the winning team gets five points and the second-place team three. Because of the false start, the Bruins did not get any points in the 4 X 100m relay and lost the meet by two points.
UCLA winners on the track included--junior Dan Brecht in the 3000m steeplechase (9:19.45); junior Michael Granville in the 800m (1:49.05); junior Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:51.87) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (Granville, Strutzel, junior Terrence Williams, junior Malachi Davis, 3:10.70).
The Bruins also had a good performance from sophomore sprinter Bryan Harrison, who placed second in the 100m (10.33) and third in the 200m (21.07w).
In the field, the Bruin men were led by senior Luke Sullivan and freshman Scott Moser. Sullivan won two events (hammer, 206-3; discus, 190-3) and Moser won the shot put (60-11 1/4), was second in the discus (184-9) and third in the hammer (180-0).
UCLA's men entered the meet not at full strength because of injuries. Not competing for the Bruins were-- senior All-American Brian Fell, two-time Pac-10 400m hurdle champion, with a respiratory ailment; senior All-American shot putter Wade Tift, flu ; junior All-American sprinter Damian Allen, hamstring strain and junior Tye Anderson, the defending CA State JC triple jump champion.
In women's competition, UCLA was led by seniors, Andrea Anderson and Seilala Sua, sophomore Michelle Perry and freshman Keyon Soley.
In the field, Sua won two events, the shot put (55-3 1/2) and discus (198-11) and was second in the hammer (181-6). Freshman Tracy O'Hara also set a Pac-10 record in the pole vault, winning with a mark of 13-4 1/4, breaking the old record of 13-3 1/2 set last year by Arizona's Dee Dee Buzzi. O'Hara was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her effort.
Other Bruin winners in the field included -Soley in the long jump (19-11); freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-8) and freshman Kristee Porter, also a standout on the UCLA women's volleyball team, in the triple jump (39-9 3/4).
On the track, Anderson won the 100m (11.67), Soley, won the 200m (24.36) and Perry, who was named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week, won the 100m hurdles (13.60). Perry also placed second in the 100m (11.73), ran the opening leg on UCLA's winning 4 X100m relay (Perry, sophomore Shakedia Jones, Anderson, Soley-44.56) and ran the second leg on UCLA's second-place 4 X 400m relay (3:39.32).
Other Bruin winners on the track included-junior Christina Bowen in the 1500m (4:25.17) and second in the 800m (2:08.92); senior Melinda George in the 3,000m (9:46.07) and senior Erin Blunt in the women's 400m hurdles (1:01.99, her best time since setting a personal-best of 57.68 in 1993; Blunt missed 1994-96 with foot and leg injuries and from 1997-98 was on a Mormon mission).
From March 27-28, UCLA competed in the UC San Diego Invitational. In men's competition, several Bruins had good marks -- senior Luke Sullivan (second in the hammer, 199-7 and seventh in the discus, 194-9) and freshman Scott Moser (fourth in the hammer, 181-11 and ninth in the discus, 190-10).
In women's competition, the standouts were - freshman Tracy Cohn who had the top time (2:15.50) in the 800m open; senior Melinda George in the 1500m (third, 4:33.00); sophomore Julie Ott (first, 10:03.93) and junior Kara Barnard (second, 10:07.89) in the 3000m; junior Kelly Cohn in the 10,000m (first, 35:55.6); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:50.11) and 4 X 800m relay placed first (8:54.5); junior Kelly O'Connor in the triple jump (first, 39-5) and in the discus, junior Seilala Sua, the two-time defending NCAA champion and defending U. S. champ, had a 207-3. Also in the discus, freshman Chaniqua Ross was fourth (177-3).
The Bruins opened the 1999 outdoor collegiate season on March 20 with quadrangular and dual wins over California, Washington and UC Irvine on the new track and field facility at CS Sacramento, home to the 2000 U. S. Olympic Trials.
In men's team scoring, the Bruins won the quad with 225 points, followed by Cal (206), Washington (168) and UC Irvine (65). In women's team scoring, UCLA won the quad with 227 points, followed by Washington (179), California (176) and UC Irvine (70).
In men's dual scoring, UCLA beat California (101-62), Washington (107-56) and UC Irvine (139-22) and in women's dual scoring, the Bruins beat California (110-53), Washington (105-58) and UC Irvine (141-16).
Individually for the UCLA men on the track, the Bruins had six winners -- junior Damian Allen in the 100m (10.64); senior Brian Fell in the 400m (46.99); sophomore John Hall in the 400m hurdles (52.95); junior Michael Granville in the 800m (1:49.37); junior Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:48.24) and junior Will Bernaldo in the 5000m (14:27.68). The Bruins also triumphed in both relays (4 X 100m-40.75; 4 X 400m-3:09.60).
Individually for the Bruin men in the field, UCLA had three winners-- senior Brian McLaughlin in the pole vault (16-0 3/4); freshman Scott Moser in the shot put (58-4) and senior Luke Sullivan in the hammer (210-5).
Individually for the UCLA women on the track, the Bruins had four winners--senior Andrea Anderson in the 200m (23.98); sophomore Michelle Perry in the 100m hurdles (13.95); junior Christina Bowen in the 3000m (9:31.14) and junior Kelly Cohn in the 5000m (17:13.42). UCLA also won the 400m relay (45.24).
Individually for the Bruin women in the field, UCLA had seven winners--freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (12-6); freshman Keyon Soley in the long jump (19-11 1/2); senior Kiesha Porter in the triple jump (39-0 3/4); freshman Chaniqua Ross in the shot put (52-7 1/4); junior Seilala Sua in the discus (201-4) and hammer (185-7) and senior Kristin Ayers in the javelin (128-9).
On March 6-7, select Bruin men and women athletes competed at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Bruin women tied for eighth (22 points) with Wisconsin and the UCLA men placed 13th (17 points).
The Bruin men were led by the UCLA distance medley relay, that won in an American record time of 9:33.17 (the old mark was 9:35.83, Georgetown, 1997). Running for the Bruins were junior Jess Strutzel (1200m leg), senior Brian Fell (400m leg), junior Michael Granville (800m leg) and senior Mark Hauser (mile leg).
Strutzel also placed third in the 800m, in a time of 1:46.48, the fastest indoor or outdoor 800m mark in school history.
Other Bruin men who participated in individual events were--senior Wade Tift in the shot put, placing eighth (61-2 1/4) and earning All-America honors; Hauser placing 13th (8:05.63) in the 3000m run, also earning All-America (top eight U. S. athletes) and sophomore Steven Michaels in the pole vault (15th, 16-10 3/4).
The UCLA women were led by junior Seilala Sua, the 1998 U. S. and NCAA discus champion. At the Indoor, Sua placed third (67-4) in the 20-lb. weight throw and shot put (54-2), earning All-America honors in both events. Other Bruin women competing were --sophomore Erica Hoernig (fourth, 12-11 1/2) and freshman Tracy O'Hara (seventh, 12-7 1/2) in the pole vault and freshman Chaniqua Ross (sixth, 53-0 3/4) in the shot put. Hoernig, O'Hara and Ross all earned All-America honors.
On Feb. 26-27, select Bruins competed at the 1999 USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta.
Competing for the UCLA men were -- in the 60m, junior Damian Allen (DNQ for final; fourth in heat, 6.76); in the shot put, seniors, Travis Haynes (9th, 58-8 1/2) and Wade Tift (10th, 58-8) and in the weight throw, senior Luke Sullivan (15th, 58-6 1/2).
Competing for the Bruin women were - in the pole vault, freshman Tracy O'Hara (6th, 13-3 1/2) and sophomore Erica Hoernig (10th, 11-11 3/4) and in the shot put, junior Seilala Sua (5th, 56-3 1/4) and freshman Chaniqua Ross (11th, 47-5).