April 12, 2001
On Saturday, April 14, Jeanette's Bolden's UCLA women and Art Venegas' Bruin men track and field teams will host their final home meet of the season at Drake Stadium, against Nebraska and CS Northridge.
In this week's Top 25 National Polls ' in Trackwire (based on a team's scoring capability at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor, May 30-June 2, Eugene, OR), the UCLA women are No. 2 (behind No. 1 USC) and the Bruin men are No. 23. The Nebraska women are No. 25 (the Cornhusker men are not rated).
In the IAAF/USATF Team Power Rankings (based on a team's dual meet strength and individual marks), both the UCLA women and men are rated No. 1 in the U. S.
Athletes currently listed among the national collegiate leaders who will be competing on Saturday include, in women's competition - UCLA freshman Lena Nilsson in the 1500m (4:23.17), UCLA sophomore Elaine Canchola in the 3000m steeplechase (10:54.79), Nebraska freshman Ann Gaffigan in the 3000m steeplechase (11:02.93) and 5000m (16:47.06), UCLA senior Michelle Perry in the 100m hurdles (13.30), UCLA junior Ysanne Williams in the 400m hurdles (58.61), UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (44.94), Nebraska senior Carrie Braness in the high jump (6-0), UCLA junior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (13-5 1/4, O'Hara is the 2000 NCAA Outdoor/Indoor champion), UCLA junior Heather Sickler in the pole vault (12-7 1/2), UCLA senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (nation leading 56-1 1/4, Tolson is the 2001 NCAA Indoor shot put champion) and hammer (207-11), UCLA sophomore Chaniqua Ross in the shot put (53-0) and discus (173-11), Nebraska sophomore Leann Boerema in the shot put (50-10, defending Big 12 Outdoor shot put champion ), UCLA freshman Lara Saye in the discus (168-11) and Nebraska senior Erin Wibbels in the hammer (191-1).
In men's competition ' Nebraska senior Chris Chandler in the 200m (20.83), Nebraska senior Aaron Carrizales in the 10,000m (29:23.87), UCLA junior Bryan Green in the 10,000m (29:25.20), UCLA senior Will Bernaldo in the 10,000m (29:39.26), UCLA sophomore Kyle Erickson in the 400m hurdles (50.93), UCLA senior John Hall in the 400m hurdles (51.02), Nebraska's 4 X 100m relay (39.62, second-fastest time in school history), Nebraska sophomore Eric Eshbach in the pole vault (17-8 1/2), UCLA junior Scott Moser in the shot put (62-4 1/2) and discus (206-8, national leader), UCLA freshman Dan Ames in the shot put (60-2) and discus (196-8) and UCLA sophomore Scott Wiegand in the shot put (59-1 1/2).
UCLA junior Kristee Porter will be competing in the triple jump. This will be her third Bruin women's sport this season (she earned All-American honors in women's volleyball and was a starter on the women's basketball team).
There will also be some world-class athletes competing on Saturday, including UCLA alumnus, John Godina in the shot put (bronze medal winner at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games), Seilala Sua in the discus and Josh Johnson in the javelin.
UCLA has given away approximately 5000 tickets to Saturday's meet to the County Department of Children and Family Services and to the Los Angeles Big Brothers/Big Sisters Clubs.
On Saturday at Drake, the hammer throws will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the running events at noon. The 4 X 400m relays will conclude the meet at approximately 3:30 p.m. Scoring will be dual (5-3-2-1 for all but relay events, 5-3, limit of two individuals and one relay team per school to score in each event) and triangular (7-5-4-3-2-1 for all but relay events, 7-5-4, limit of two individuals and one relay team per school to score in each event).