April 19, 2001
Monique Henderson, the 2000 Track & Field News? Women?s High School Athlete of the Year, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCLA. Henderson, who will be a freshman this fall, heads the list of Bruin women and men track and field recruits that were released Thursday.
Henderson, from Morse HS in San Diego, last season as a junior prepster had an outstanding 2000 campaign. In the high school ranks, at the CA State meet in June in the 400m, her winning time of 50.74 was a national high school and American Junior record (under-19 years of age). She then participated in the U. S. Olympic Trials in August in Sacramento, placing eighth (51.79) and earning a spot in the U. S. Olympic 4 X 400m relay pool.
Henderson, only the second non-senior to be named the Gatorade National HS Women?s Track & Field Athlete of the Year (Marion Jones was the first), for the last two seasons has been rated the nation's top high school women's 400m runner and she is also a three-time CA State champion. A talented 200m performer, her personal-best mark of 23.19 from last season was No. 2 on the 2000 U. S. women's prep chart and her 11.61 100m was No. 8 on last year's national high school list.
Bruin Women Recruits
Joining Henderson as incoming Bruin women freshman recruits for head coach Jeanette Bolden are All-American distance runner Alejandra Barrientos from San Lorenzo Valley in Felton, jumper Candice Baucham from Long Beach Poly HS, pole vaulter Jamie Kolar from Long Beach Poly HS, distance runner Lori Mann, from Santa Margarita HS in Coto De Caza and All-American thrower Briona Reynolds, from Red River HS in Grand Forks, ND. Barrientos and Reynolds' signings were originally released last fall.
Alejandra Barrientos: In 2000, Barrientos earned T & FN All-American status in both the mile and 3200m. Her mark of 4:48.27 in the mile was No. 3 on the 2000 U. S. women?s high school list and her time of 10:11.19 in the 3200m led the nation. As a junior in 2000, she won the CA State Cross Country title and in track, the 1600m and 3200m at Arcadia.
Candice Baucham: leads the 2001 women's high school ranks in the triple jump (42-3 1/2) and last Saturday won the event at Arcadia with the best triple jump series since former Bruin Juliana Yendork (the U. S. high school record-holder, 44-0 1/2) in the early 1990s. Baucham is also a 19-foot long jumper. As a junior last season, her 40-6 3/4 was No. 12 on the U. S. prep chart.
Jamie Kolar: she's currently tied for the national prep lead with a vault of 13-0 and last week placed second at Arcadia (12-6). In 2000 as a junior, her 12-0 was No. 20 on the national chart.
Lori Mann: excellent distance runner who has placed in the CIF and CA State meets in both cross country and track. In track, her best marks are 5:03 (1600m) and 11:04 (3200m).
Briona Reynolds: In 2000 as a junior, Reynolds earned All-America honors from T & FN in the discus, leading the nation?s prep women?s chart with a mark of 179-1. She placed fifth in the voting for the 2000 T &FN Women?s HS Athlete of the Year (Henderson was the Athlete of the Year and No. 2 in the voting was Sheena Johnson, now a freshman standout on the UCLA women's track and field team). As a junior last season, Reynolds won discus titles at the ND State, Golden West, National Scholastic and U. S. Junior meets. Reynolds was rated No. 2 in the U. S. in the discus as a sophomore in 1999. Last season, her shot put mark of 48-2 1/4 was No. 7 on the U. S. HS list.
Bruin Men Recruits
UCLA men's head coach Art Venegas announced the following athletes as incoming Bruin freshman recruits for the coming season: distance runner Daniel Clements, from Taft HS and Woodland Hills, sprinter Robert Hambleton, from Loyola HS who lives in Pasadena, thrower Jake Knight from Rubidoux HS in Riverside, high jumper Chadd Smith from Camarillo HS and hurdler Jonathan Williams from Notre Dame HS in Los Angeles. Hambleton and Smith's signings were originally released last fall.
Daniel Clements: City Champion in the 1600m and runnerup in City cross country. His marks in 2001 are 1:54 (800m), 4:00 (1500m) and 4:21 (1600m).
Robert Hambleton A 100/200m performer, Hambleton will provide depth to the Bruin sprint corps in 2002. He qualified for the CIF finals last year as a junior and was an All-League selection.
Jake Knight: His 60-3 in the shot put is currently No. 2 on the U. S. prep chart. Last season as a junior, his best was 61-11.
Chadd Smith: In 2000 as a junior, Smith won the high jump at Arcadia (6-10) and placed third at the CA State meet.
Jonathan Williams: In 2001 as a senior, Williams has run 14.3 (100m high hurdles) and 38.0 (300m intermediate hurdles).
In 2001 (this season's UCLA freshmen), the UCLA women's track & field recruiting class was rated No. 1 in U. S. and the Bruin men's class was No. 4 (rankings by T & FN).