May 25, 2001
UCLA women's head track and field coach Jeanette Bolden and Bruin senior thrower Christina Tolson on Friday were named the U. S. Track Coaches Association 2001 West Region Women's Coach and Athlete of the Year.
Bolden, in her eighth season as the UCLA women's track and field coach, has guided the Bruins this spring to the 2001 Pacific-10 Championship and an unbeaten 6-0 dual meet record. Under her guidance, the Bruins have won the Pac-10 crown seven times, including the last five years. One of UCLA's dual wins this season was over No. 2 USC, 85-78 on May 5. As UCLA's head coach, Bolden has never lost to USC in a dual meet (8-0). UCLA is the favored women's team to win next week's NCAA Outdoor Championships, May 30-June 2 in Eugene, OR. The Bruins have been ranked No. 1 in the U. S on eight occasions this spring, including the last six weeks. Last winter, Bolden directed the Bruin women to the 2001 NCAA Indoor title, UCLA's second consecutive Indoor championship. In her eight-year Bruin career as head coach, she has been named the USTCA West Region Women's Coach of the Year six times, including the last five years in a row.
Tolson, from Fountain Valley, enters the 2001 NCAA Outdoor with the top mark in the women's shot put (58-3 3/4, No. 4 in Pac-10/UCLA history) and No. 2 in the hammer throw (214-7, Pac-10/UCLA record). At last week's Pac-10 meet in Berkeley, Tolson won the shot put and for the second consecutive season, also won the hammer throw. Last winter at the NCAA Indoor, Tolson won the shot put (55-9 3/4) and was second in the weight throw (68-9 3/4), helping the Bruin women win their second consecutive Indoor crown. Overall in her career, she is a five-time NCAA Outdoor and Indoor All-American.
Bolden and Tolson are now eligible for the USTCA National Women's Coach and Athlete of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the USTCA Banquet on May 29 in Eugene.