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UCLA Track Hosts USC and BYU
By: UCLA Athletics

April 28, 1998

This Week (May 2) -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad on Saturday (May 2) will host archrival USC and Brigham Young in dual and triangular scoring at the Bruins' Drake Stadium.

All events (except the women's and men's hammer) will be held at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The field events will start at 11:30 a.m. and the track events at 1 p.m. The meet will conclude at 3:55 p.m. with the running of the 4 X 400m relays.

The women's and men's hammer will be held at West Los Angeles College and start at 9 a.m.

Press Luncheon-- To highlight the UCLA-USC dual meet, there will be a Track and Field Media Luncheon on Tuesday, April 28, at noon, in the press room of the J. D. Morgan Center, located on the UCLA campus and home to Bruin athletics.

National Ranking--Last week's TrackWire had UCLA and USC tied for seventh in the men's rating. In the women's, UCLA was first, BYU third and USC fifth.

History--This will be the 65th UCLA-USC men's dual meet (the first was in 1934). The Trojans lead the series 38-26. USC won the first 33 duals (through 1965), before UCLA beat USC for the first time in 1966 and '67 under Jim Bush (in his second and third year as the Bruin coach). The Bruins now have a string of 19 consecutive dual victories (1978-1997) over the Trojan men, including the last 13 (1985-97) under Bruin head coach Bob Larsen, who has never lost a dual meet to USC.

In women's competition, this will be the 15th meeting between UCLA and USC (dating back to 1984), with UCLA leading the series 11-3. The Bruins have won the last five dual meets. Bruin coach Jeanette Bolden, in her fifth season at UCLA, has never lost a dual meet to the Trojans (4-0, 1994-97).

Last Year (1997) -- Held at USC, the Bruin men won the dual meet, beating USC (88-75) and BYU (123-33) and USC also beat BYU (107-52). USC did win the tri meet (USC 87, UCLA 83, BYU 30).

UCLA's women won the dual, beating USC (82-63) and BYU (74-71) and USC beat BYU (93-50). UCLA also won the tri meet (UCLA 72, USC 70, BYU 39).

Last Weekend (April 26-27) -- UCLA's men and women competed at the Cal/Nevada Championships at Fresno State. The UCLA women won the meet with 145 points (Fresno State second, 100.50) and the Bruin men were second (139.50 points; Fresno State won, 183).

The women were led by these event winners--freshman Shakedia Jones in the 100m (11.51; ran a wind-aided personal best 11.43 in prelims); senior Cicely Scott in the 400m (54.26, season best); sophomore Melinda George in the 1500m (4:28.02, personal best); sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (41-6 1/2); senior Nada Kawar in the shot put (57-5 3/4, personal best) and senior Suzy Powell in the discus (192-6) and javelin (165-4).

UCLA's men's winners were--sophomore Michael Granville in the 800m (1:50.31,season best); sophomore Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:50.02); senior Gerimi Burleigh in the 110m hurdles (14.58; ran a personal best 14.18 in prelims); junior Brian Fell in the 400m hurdles (50.97, season best); senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (17-4 1/5); junior Wade Tift in the shot put (59-8 1/2); junior Luke Sullivan in the discus (186-2) and senior Josh Johnson in the javelin (230-0).

Nominated for Pac-10 Athletes of the Week were--men's track (Burleigh), men's field (Sullivan); women's track (Jones) and women's field (Kawar).

Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks.

Bob Larsen's men's team this season is 8-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 110-2-1, including 53 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 49 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71).

Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 44-0. The Bruin women are 9-0 this season. The last time UCLA's women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back duals to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women have won 52 consecutive duals.

U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series -- All of UCLA's home meets this season are part of the U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, which is organized and administered by the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA), in close cooperation with USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in the U. S. The series is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Series aims to bring back the excitement and interest in track & field in the U. S., specifically at the collegiate level. The Series will present weekly collegiate competitions, each featuring 4-5 of the top men's and women's college teams. These teams will compete on selected campuses throughout the nation, each striving for team honors. Each meet will be scored, with the emphasis placed on the team's final score. The U. S. Collegiate Track & Field Series will be presented in 1998, 1999 and 2000, thanks to a grant from the USOC.

Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen- -In his 14th season as head coach. He has led the Bruins to two NCAA titles (1987-88) and eight (of the last 11) Pac-10 crowns (1987-89; 1992-96), including five of the last six conference titles.

This season, the Bruins are 8-0 in duals, rated No. 7(tie) in the U. S. (TrackWire), placed 12th (16 1/2 points) at the NCAA Indoor and sixth (49 points) at the MPSF Indoor.

In 1997, Larsen was inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Coaches Hall of Fame and in '96 he was inducted into the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was named the USTCA National men's Coach of the Year.

Overall, Larsen has been men's national Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, '95) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year eight times (1987-89; 1992-96). He has a remarkable dual meet career record of 108-2-1.

Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden--An Olympic gold medal winner and Bruin All-American sprinter, Bolden is completing her fifth year as head coach.

In 1998, the Bruins are 9-0 in duals, rated No. 2 in the U.S. (TrackWire), placed 19th (11 points) at the NCAA Indoor and eighth (38 points) at the MPSF Indoor.

In '97 and 1995, Bolden was named the USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach of the Year and in her rookie head coaching season of 1994, she was the co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

She is unbeaten in duals in her career with a mark of 44-0.

Football Connection - Five of UCLA's current track and field athletes are also members of the Bruin football team, 1997 Cotton Bowl champions.

--Senior sprinter Jim McElroy, led the Bruins last year in receiving (47 catches, 988 yards, 10 TDS) and earned second-team All-Pac-10. This year in track, he qualified in the 55m for the NCAA Indoor and earned All-American indoor honors by running the second leg (400m) on UCLA's Distance Medley relay (9:42.23, sevent place). At last year's Pac-10 placed sixth in the 100m, third in the 200m and anchored both of UCLA's relays to second-place finishes.

--Sophomore sprinter Damian Allen, a cornerback and special teams player on the football team. This year in track, he earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor in the 200m and last year at the Pac-10, was fourth in the 400m and ran on both of the Bruin relays that placed second.

--Junior sprinter Akil Davis, a running back on the football team who missed all of last year with a knee injury. In track in 1996, he earned All-American honors on the UCLA 4 X 100m relay.

--Freshman discus thrower Ed Stansbury, a quarterback who redshirted last season on the football team. In track last spring as a senior in high school, Stansbury 's 206-0 was No. 4 in the U. S.

--Freshman shot putter Tony White, lettered last fall as a true freshman linebacker. In track last year as a senior in high school, he placed third at the Texas State meet.

NCAA Qualifiers (Week of April 26 ) -- The NCAA Outdoor men's and women's championship is June 3-6 in Buffalo, NY.

In men's competition, the Bruins lead the national collegiate ranks in the men's 5,000m (senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi, 13:30.22SR).

Bruin men who have automatically qualified-- in the 5,000m--senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi (13:30.22SR) and senior Mark Hauser (13:49.34); senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the 10,000m (28:16.79); senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (18-6 1/2); in the shot put, junior Travis Haynes (62-3 1/4) and junior Wade Tift (61-10 1/2) and in the discus, junior Luke Sullivan (197-0)

Bruin men who have provisionally qualified--junior Brian Fell in the 400m hurdles (50.97); UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (39.80); junior Travis Haynes in the discus (187-4) ; junior Luke Sullivan in the hammer (204-2) and senior Josh Johnson in the javelin (236-10).

UCLA's women who have automatically qualified--the Bruins' 4 X 100m relay (43.85); in the shot put, senior Nada Kawar (57-5 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua (57-2 3/4) and senior Rachelle Noble (52-8 3/4); in the discus, senior Suzy Powell (213-5), sophomore Seilala Sua (209-8), senior Rachelle Noble (198-2) and senior Nada Kawar (197-2); in the hammer, senior Rachelle Noble (199-0) and sophomore Seilala Sua (189-5) and in the javelin, senior Suzy Powell (174-10).

Bruin women who have provisionally qualified are--in the 100m, freshman Shakedia Jones (11.43w); in the 200m, freshman Shakedia Jones (23.44w); in the 3,000m, sophomore Melinda George (9:38.97); in the 10,000m, freshman Julie Ott (35:01.40); in the 100m hurdles, junior Joanna Hayes (13.37) and junior Bisa Grant (13.68); in the 400m hurdles, junior Joanna Hayes (59.07); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:34.12); in the pole vault, freshman Erica Hoernig (11-6 1/4); sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (43-5 1/4) and in the javelin, senior Rachelle Noble (160-4) and sophomore Seilala Sua (153-6).

Pac-10) - The Pac-10 men's and women's track and field championship will be May 16-17 (decathlon/heptathlon) and May 23-24 (championships) at Stanford.

The Bruin men lead the conference in four events--5,000m, senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi (13:30.22); 400m hurdles, junior Brian Fell (50.97); high jump, senior Rich Pitchford (7-1i) and in the pole vault, senior Scott Slover (18-6 1/2).

The UCLA women lead in five events--100m hurdles, junior Joanna Hayes (13.37); triple jump, sophomore Deana Simmons (43-7 3/4i); shot put, senior Nada Kawar (57-5 3/4); hammer, senior Rachelle Noble (199-0Pac-10 record) and in the javelin, senior Suzy Powell (174-10).

Pac-10 Men's and Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week--

Starting April 6, the Pac-10 Office honors each week an award for the Conference top men's and women's performances on the track and in the field.

Here are this season's UCLA winners.

April 13 -- Women's Field, senior Suzy Powell, won the javelin (174-10 in a meet at Drake with Houston, CS Northridge and Minnesota.

April 20 --Men's Track, senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi broke the school record with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 13:30.22 in the invitational 5,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays. Meb set the old record last season (13:33.97).

Women's Field, sophomore Seilala Sua took second in the Mt. SAC invitational discus with a throw of 197-10 and fourth in the Mt. SAC invitational shot put (57-2 3/4).

Pronunciation Guide - Here's an easy guide for UCLA's hard-to-pronounce names.

Men - Gerimi Burleigh (Jeremy Bur-lee); Lester DeRaad (Lester Dur-ad); Ibrahim Hassan (E-bra-hem Ha-san), Mebrahtom Keflezighi (Me-bra-tom Kef-lez-gee, hard g and hard ee); Jim McElroy (Jim Mack-elroy); Paul Moite (Paul Moy-tey); Lawrence Owusu (Lawrence O-woo-sue).

Women - Aidee Acero (I-day A-cer-o), Andrea Anderson (Ann-dre-a Anderson); Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Cher-bin); Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig), Zalika Davis (Za-lee-ka Davis), Bisa Grant (Bee-sa Grant), Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig), Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones), Nada Kawar (Na-da Ka-waar); Nicole Luque (Nicole Lu-k), Rachelle Noble (Ra-shell Noble); Katie Nuanes (Katie Nu-a-nis), Kiesha Porter (Kis-sha Porter); Gaea Schwaebe (Gay-a Schway-be), Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons); Seilala Sua (Say-la-la Sue-a); Mame Twumasi (Ma'am-me Too-ma-cee).

At the 1998 NCAA Indoor--

On March 13-14 at the NCAA Indoor in Indianapolis, UCLA's men placed 12th with 16 points (Arkansas won with 56) and the Bruin women placed 19th with 11 points (Texas won with 60).

UCLA had several athletes earn All-American (top 8) honors.

For the men--sophomore Damian Allen in the 200m (7th, 21.0620); senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the 5,000m (3rd, 14:0.00); UCLA's distance medley relay (7th, 9:42.23-Mark Hauser (1200m), Jim McElroy (400m), Jess Strutzel (800m), Mebrahtom Keflezighi (1600m); senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (7thT, 17-10 1/2); junior Travis Haynes (8th, 60-6 1/2) and junior Wade Tift (9th, top eight Americans, 60-5 3/4) in the shot put and junior Luke Sullivan in the 35lb. weight throw (5th, 65-7 3/4).

For the women-freshman Shakedia Jones in the 200m (8th, 23.78), redshirt freshman Erica Hoernig in the pole vault (6th, 12-1 1/2), sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (6th, 43-7 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua in the shot put (7th, 54-4 3/4) and senior Rachelle Noble in the 20lb. weight throw (7th, 64-01).

At the 1998 USA Indoor-


On Feb. 27-28 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, several Bruins competed in the USA Indoor meet. Here are the results--

For the men--senior Scott Slover was sixth (17-8 1/2) in the pole vault; junior Wade Tift placed fifth in the shot put (60-9 1/4).

For the women--redshirt freshman Erica Hoernig was fifth in the pole vault (11-11 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua was fifth in the shot put (53-5 1/2) and senior Rachelle Noble was fifth in the 20lb. weight throw (59-4 1/4).

At the 1998 MPSF Indoor Championships--

On Feb. 27-28 in Reno, the Bruin men placed sixth (49 points) and the UCLA women were eighth (38 points) at the MPSF Indoor. UCLA won five events.

For the men--sophomore Damian Allen won the 200m (21.16) and UCLA's distance medley relay's (Mark Hauser ,1200m; Michael Granville, 400m; Jess Strutzel, 800m; Mebrahtom Keflezighi, 1600m) winning time of 9:41.80 set a fieldhouse, MPSF and school record.

For the women--freshman Shakedia Jones won the 55m (6.73), sophomore Deana Simmons won the triple jump (41-3) and senior Nada Kawar won the shot put (55-6 1/2).

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