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Track Squads Set To Host First Outdoor Meet Of Season
By: UCLA Athletics

March 13, 2000

Saturday - UCLA women's and men's track and field teams will host their first outdoor meet of the 2000 season at Drake Stadium, hosting Pacific-10 rivals California and Washington on March 18. The meet will start at noon.

Last Weekend - On Friday-Saturday (March 10-11) at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, AR, Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's team 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 and it was UCLA's nation-leading 80th NCAA title. The women had three National Champions - senior Seilala Sua in the shot put (56-8), she also placed second in the 20lb. weight throw (69-0) and sophomores, Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault, her mark of 14-6 was - collegiate indoor record (old mark, 13-11 1/4, Melissa Price, 1999) and Keyon Soley in the long jump (21-4 3/4). 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 Bruin men sent only two competitors and both performed admirably. Senior Jess Strutzel won the 800m (1:46.57) and junior Brian McLaughlin placed fourth in the pole vault (18-0 1/2), becoming only the fourth Bruin in history to vault over 18 feet.

Bruin women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden - Enters her seventh season as head coach. She has directed the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA Indoor title, five Pac-10 crowns in six years, including the last three straight (1997-99) and five top three finishes in six years at the NCAA Outdoor, including two consecutive (1998-99) second-place finishes. She has - six-year unbeaten dual mark of 53-0. Bruin Men's Head Coach Art Venegas - In his first season as Bruin head coach, taking over for Bob Larsen, who retired after 15 seasons (Larsen will remain on the staff as an assistant coach through this spring, then retire). Venegas was a Bruin assistant coach for 18 years and is - 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.

Looking Ahead - Next weekend (March 25-26), UCLA will compete at the UC San Diego and Stanford Invites. The next Bruin home meet is Saturday, April 1 (noon), hosting Wyoming, Iowa (men), Northern Iowa and CS Northridge.

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