June 18, 2004
UCLA women's track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden and senior hurdler Sheena Johnson on Friday were named the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Track & Field Coach and Athlete of the Year, announced by league commissioner Tom Hansen.
Bolden, who guided the Bruins to the team championships at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor, West Region and Pac-10 championships, claims her eighth consecutive women's conference coaching honor and her 10th in the last 11 years. At the 2004 Pac-10 meet (May 14-15 in Tucson, AZ), the UCLA women captured their eighth consecutive Pac-10 title, scoring 174.5 points. It's the second-highest point total in Pac-10 Championships history, trailing the 189.5 points tallied by the Bruins in winning the 1997 league crown. It marked the Bruins' 15th Pac-10 title in 18 attempts. Under Bolden, UCLA also captured it's third NCAA team championship (in 2001-00 the Bruins won the NCAA Indoor team title), posting 69 points at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor (June 9-12, Austin, TX) to hold off defending champion LSU by one point (68). Under Bolden's tutelage, the Bruins won nine events at the 2004 Pac-10 Championship, then captured two more at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor.
Johnson, from Garfield HS in Stafford, VA, Won both the 100m hurdles (12.79, stadium record) and 400m hurdles (55.45) at the 2004 Pac-10 meet. She's only the second woman in conference history to repeat as 100mH/400mH champion (joining UCLA's Janeene Vickers, 1989-90). In the 400m hurdles, Johnson is the first-ever four-time champion in the event and only the third woman in Pac-10 history to win an individual event all four years (joining UCLA's Amy Acuff/HJ/1995-97 and USC's Inga Stasiulionyte/JT/2001-04). Johnson also won both hurdle titles at the NCAA West Regional (100mH-12.85/400mH-54.91). At the 2004 NCAA Outdoor, Johnson defended her 400m hurdle crown, in a time of 53.54 (personal-best, second-fastest collegiate time ever, meet record, stadium record), placed third in the 100m hurdles (12.75, personal-best, No. 2 in school history) and ran on both of UCLA's scoring relays (4X100m/second leg/43.49/2nd place; 4X400m relay/second leg/3:28.85/4th place). During her four year career, Johnson won two NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdle championships, three West Region hurdle titles, six Pac-10 hurdle crowns and she was a 14-time NCAA Outdoor/Indoor All-American.
Also winning 2004 Pac-10 honors - in the men's category, UCLA men's head coach Art Venegas was named the conference Coach of the Year (his first conference coaching honor/in 2004, Venegas directed the Bruin men to the Pac-10 and NCAA West Region team titles), Arizona sophomore distance runner Robert Cheseret was named Athlete of the Year and Oregon freshman vaulter/decathlete Tommy Skipper was the Newcomer of the Year. In the women's category, Arizona State freshman heptathlete Jacquelyn Johnson was the Newcomer of the Year.