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UCLA Track Teams Travel To Austin, Texas Relays
By: UCLA Athletics

April 2, 2001

UCLA's track and field teams will travel to Austin this week for the 74th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. This year's relays will feature more than 5,000 high school, collegiate and professional athletes competing in 117 events at the four-day meet, which begins Wednesday, April 4 and concludes Saturday, April 7.

Last Saturday, March 31, UCLA's women and men track and field teams defeated UC Irvine, Azusa Pacific and CS Los Angeles in quadrangular scoring at Drake Stadium.

Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad won with 252 points, followed by UC Irvine 140.5, Azusa Pacific 105 and CS Los Angeles 83.5. Art Venegas' UCLA men's team won its quad meet with 256 points, followed by Azusa Pacific 138, UC Irvine 122 and CS Los Angeles 57.

In women's competition, Bruin senior Christina Tolson, from Fountain Valley and the 2001 NCAA Indoor shot put champion , won three throwing events ' shot put (54-6 3/4), discus (145-4) and hammer (203-10). A double winner in the field events was UCLA junior Darnesha Griffith, who won the high jump (5-10) and the triple jump (38-10 1/2). CS Los Angeles junior Nicole Duncan, the NCAA Div. II Indoor long jump champion, won the long jump (20-4 1/2) and the 100m (11.78). The Bruin women won both relays (4 X 100m, 45.15, 4 X 400m, 3:43.64, outdoor season best), with senior Michelle Perry running on both relays and winning the 100m hurdles (13.75). UCLA junior Tracy O'Hara won the collegiate pole vault (13-5 1/2), with Canada's Stephanie McCann, competing unattached, setting a Canadian National record (13-9 1/4).

In men's competition, Bruin freshman Juaune Armon, from San Jose, won both the long (24-0 1/4) and triple jumps (48-9) in personal-best marks. Bruin sophomore Scott Wiegand won the shot put (57-2 1/4) and the discus (161-6). The Bruins won both relays (4 X 100m, 40.33, season-best, 4 X 400m, 3:12.35, season-best), with junior Michael Lipscomb running on the 4 X 100m relay and winning the 200m (21.31) and senior Bryan Harrison running on the 4 X 400m relay and victorious in the 100m (10.61, season-best).

Also last Saturday, the Bruins had several throwers compete at the UC San Diego Throwing Invitational. In the men's discus invitational at UCSD, junior Scott Moser placed fourth, with a personal-best and new Bruin junior class record of 206-8 (the old mark was 204-2, set by John Godina, 1994) and redshirt freshman Dan Ames was seventh (personal-best 196-8). In the women's discus invitational, sophomore Chaniqua Ross was seventh (173-11, season-best) and freshman Lara Saye was ninth (168-11, personal-best). The women's discus invite had two former UCLA standouts place one-two ' Seilala Sua was first (215-4) and Suzy Powell second (209-8).

Looking ahead, on Saturday, April 14, UCLA will host its final home meet of the season at Drake Stadium, against Nebraska and CS Northridge. In last week's Trackwire National Top 25, the Bruin women were ranked No. 1 and Nebraska was tied for No. 13 (with California) and in the men's Top 25, the Cornhuskers were tied for No. 22 (with six other schools) and the Bruins were not rated. This week's Trackwire Top 25 will be released April 3.

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