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UCLA Track Travels to Modesto, Occidental This Weekend
By: UCLA Athletics

May 5, 1998

This Week (May 9) -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad on Saturday (May 9) will travel to invitational meets at Modesto and Occidental.

National Ranking--Last week's TrackWire listed UCLA tied for eighth in the men's rating. In the women's, UCLA was second.

Last Saturday--UCLA men/women hosted USC and Brigham Young in dual and triangular scoring at Drake Stadium on May 2. Before approximately 3,000 fans, the Bruin men defeated USC in the dual (84-74) and the UCLA women also beat the Trojans (104-50). For the Bruin men, it was their 20th straight dual triumph over USC (the Trojans lead the overall series 38-27) and for the UCLA women, it was their sixth straight victory over USC (the Bruins also lead the series, 12-3). UCLA also beat BYU in men's (89-70) and women's (91-66) duals as did the Trojans (men-USC 81-BYU 80; women-USC 78-BYU 75). UCLA won both the men's (UCLA 82, USC 65, BYU 57) and women's (UCLA 91, BYU 54, USC 49) triangulars.

There were seven dual meet records broken and 81 proof of performances issued to UCLA, USC and BYU men's and women's athletes who improved their NCAA automatic and provisional qualifying marks.

The Bruin women were paced by freshman sprinter Shakedia Jones and junior hurdler Joanna Hayes.

Jones, from Waukegan, IL, won the 100m (11.11, meet record, old mark, 11.18, Inger Miller, USC, 1993; personal-best; NCAA automatic; No. 3 in UCLA history; No. 2 in Pac-10 history) and 200m (22.84, meet record, old mark, 23.04, Gail Devers, UCLA, 1987 and 22.8, Miller, 1992; personal-best; NCAA automatic qualifier; No. 4 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.49, meet record, old mark, 43.83, UCLA, 1990; season-best; NCAA automatic; No. 2 in school history; No. 1 in Pac-10 history) and the third leg on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:33.27; season-best; NCAA provisional; No. 9 in school history).

Hayes, from Riverside, won the 100m hurdles (12.93, meet record, old mark, 12.95, Gail Devers, UCLA, 1988; personal-best; NCAA automatic; No. 2 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history) and 400m hurdles (57.09, season-best; NCAA automatic). She ran the anchor leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 100m relay and the second leg on the UCLA 4 X 400m relay that placed second.

Senior Rachelle Noble competed in six events--she won the 20lb. weight throw (64-3 1/4), placed second in the hammer (186-11); third in the javelin (162-7, personal-best; NCAA provisional); fourth in the shot put (53-5, personal-best; NCAA automatic); third in the discus (180-8) and was fourth in the high jump (5-4 1/4).

Also winning for the Bruins were--sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (42-10 1/4); junior Jocelyn Chase in the pole vault (11-0); senior Suzy Powell in the discus (199-1) and junior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (51.48, meet record, old mark, 5.185, Michelle Taylor, USC, 1989; personal-best; NCAA automatic; No. 2 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history).

UCLA men were paced by senior distance runner Mebrahtom Keflezighi and senior pole vaulter Scott Slover . Keflezighi won the 5,000m (14:24.53) and placed second in the 1500m (3:41.97, personal-best; NCAA provisional)

Slover won the pole vault (18-1, meet record, old mark, 18-0 1/2, Eric White, USC, 1987).

Also winning for the Bruin men were--senior Josh Johnson in the javelin (224-6); junior Travis Haynes in the shot put (58-11 1/2); junior Luke Sullivan in the discus (185-11); sophomore Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:47.29, personal-best; NCAA automatic); senior Matt Olin in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:07.25, personal-best); senior Mark Hauser in the 1500m (3:41.97, meet record, old mark, 3:43.95, Mebrahtom Keflezighi, 1997; personal-best; NCAA automatic);

Looking Ahead-- On May 15, the Bruins will compete at the Oregon Twilight Invitational and on May 19 at the Salinas Invite. The Pac-10 Championships are May 23-24 at Stanford and the NCAA Outdoor is June 3-6 in Buffalo, NY.

Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks.

Bob Larsen's men's team this season is 10-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 112-2-1, including 55 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 51 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71).

Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 46-0. The Bruin women are11-0 this season. 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 54 consecutive duals.

U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series -- All of UCLA's home meets this season are part of the U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, which is organized and administered by the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA), in close cooperation with USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in the U. S. The series is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

The Series aims to bring back the excitement and interest in track & field in the U. S., specifically at the collegiate level. The Series will present weekly collegiate competitions, each featuring 4-5 of the top men's and women's college teams. These teams will compete on selected campuses throughout the nation, each striving for team honors. Each meet will be scored, with the emphasis placed on the team's final score. The U. S. Collegiate Track & Field Series will be presented in 1998, 1999 and 2000, thanks to a grant from the USOC

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