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Track and Field Preps for Baylor, CS Northridge
By: UCLA Athletics

April 7, 1999

This Saturday --
Bob Larsen's UCLA men and Jeanette Boldens Bruin women will conclude their 1999 home track and field season at Drake Stadium on Saturday (April 10), hosting nationally-rated Big 12 foe Baylor , with CS Northridge. Running events start at 1 p.m.

The Teams
In this weeks Trackwire national Top 25, the Bruin women are rated No. 2 in the nation (behind LSU), with Baylor ranked No. 8 (tied with Georgia). The Baylor men are No. 16 (tied with Washington State/Oklahoma) and UCLA is No. 23.

At the recently completed NCAA Indoor at Indianapolis, in mens competition (won by Arkansas), the Bruin men were 13th (with 17 points) and the Baylor men tied for 21st (nine points). In womens competition (won by Texas), Baylor tied for fourth (with Florida) with 24 points and the Bruin women tied for eighth (with Wisconsin) with 22 points.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor at Buffalo, NY, in womens competition, the Bruins were second (behind winner Texas), with Baylor 10th and in mens competiton, the UCLA men were sixth, with Baylor tying for 19th.

UCLAs Dual Winning Streaks
Entering the meet with Florida last Saturday (April 3), both UCLAs mens and womens teams had impressive dual meet streaks.

In dual scoring vs. the Gators, UCLAs women beat Florida 110-81, but the Florida men snapped UCLAs eight-year home dual winning streak, beating the Bruins 101-99.

Entering his 15th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Bob Larsen now have an overall dual meet mark of 115-3-1. The loss to Florida snapped two Bruin dual winning streaks. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 had won 51 straight dual home meets without a loss (the last home dual loss at Drake Stadium was 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71). The Gator win also snapped UCLAs overall 58-dual meet winning streak (last loss was 3/27/93 at Berkeley, California 86-UCLA 76).

Bruin womens head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is entering her sixth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 50-0. The last time UCLAs 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 58 consecutive duals, including 47 straight at Drake Stadium.

More About The Baylor Bears
Clyde Hart is in his 36th season as head of the Baylor track and field program and hes also Michael Johnsons personal coach. Johnson, a Baylor alum (1987-90) who is also a volunteer coach on the Bears staff, won two gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta (200m, 19.32, world record; 400m, 43.49, Olympic record). Hart will be a mens assistant coach for the USA Track and Field Olympic team for the 2000 Olympics.

At last years 1998 NCAA Indoor, the Bears became the first school in history to win both the mens and womens 4 X 400m relay.

All the mens relay members return--sophomore Brandon Couts, senior Stephan Bragner, sophomore Damian Davis and senior Marlon Ramsey. Couts, from Greenville, TX, is the defending Big 12 conference champion in the 200m (20.60) and 400m (45.04)

The Baylor women are led by senior sprinter Yulanda Nelson and senior jumper Stacey Bowers. Nelson was a three-time All-American in 1998 with times of 11.77 (100m) and 23.63 (200m). Bowers last season placed second at the NCAA Outdoor in the triple jump (44-8 1/2).

Looking Ahead
Following Saturdays final home track meet of the season, the Bruins next weekend (Friday-Sunday, April 16-18), will be competing at the Mt. SAC Relays, along with the Long Beach Classic on Saturday, April 17.

Looking ahead to outdoor collegiate championship events, the 1999 Pac-10 meet is May 21-22 (Friday-Saturday) at Tempe, AZ (Arizona State) and the 1999 NCAA Outdoor is June 2-5 (Wednesday-Friday) at Boise, ID (Boise State).

Last Meet
On Saturday, April 3 at Drake Stadium vs. Florida, the Bruin mens dual winning streak came to a close, while the womens impressive streak continued. Behind Florida mens sprinters Gerald Clervil, John Capel and Bobby Williams, the No. 4 Gators beat the No. 23 UCLA men 101-99, snapping the Bruins 51-straight home dual winning streak. The UCLA mens last home dual loss was to Texas 83-71 on March 16, 1991.

UCLAs women, ranked No. 2 in the nation, beat the No. 10 Gators 110-81. It was the Bruin womens 58th consecutive dual win, including 47 straight at Drake Stadium.

In the mens competition, Florida won the 100m (Capel, 10.18, second-fastest time in Florida history; top mark, 10.03, Dennis Mitchell, 1988); 200m (Williams, 20.62), 400m (Clervil, 46.62) and the 4 X100m relay (Clervil, Capel, Williams, Daymon Carroll). On the track, the Gators also added wins in the 110m hurdles (John Buscema, 14.11), 400m hurdles (Erin Tucker, 51.43; beating a lunging at the finish line UCLAs John Hall, 51.44) and two-mile (Rob Evans, 9:02.78).

Hurting the Bruin mens chances to win was a false start in the 4 X 100m relay. In international dual scoring in the relays, the winning team gets five points and the second-place team three. Because of the false start, the Bruins did not get any points in the 4 X 100m relay and lost the meet by two points.

UCLA winners on the track included--junior Dan Brecht in the 3000m steeplechase (9:19.45); junior Michael Granville in the 800m (1:49.05); junior Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:51.87) and UCLAs 4 X 400m relay (Granville, Strutzel, junior Terrence Williams, junior Malachi Davis, 3:10.70).

The Bruins also had a good performance from sophomore sprinter Bryan Harrison, who placed second in the 100m (10.33, personal-best and NCAA provisional qualifier) and third in the 200m (21.07w).

In the field, the Bruin men were led by senior Luke Sullivan and freshman Scott Moser. Sullivan won two events (hammer, 206-3; discus, 190-3) and Moser won the shot put (60-11 1/4, personal best and NCAA provisional qualifier), was second in the discus (184-9) and third in the hammer (180-0).

UCLAs men entered the meet not at full strength because of injuries. Not competing for the Bruins were-- senior All-American Brian Fell, two-time Pac-10 400m hurdle champion, with a respiratory ailment; senior All-American shot putter Wade Tift, flu ; junior All-American sprinter Damian Allen, hamstring strain and junior Tye Anderson, the defending CA State JC triple jump champion.

In womens competition, UCLA was led by seniors, Andrea Anderson and Seilala Sua, sophomore Michelle Perry and freshman Keyon Soley.

In the field, Sua won two events, the shot put (55-3 1/2) and discus (198-11) and was second in the hammer (181-6). Freshman Tracy OHara also set a Pac-10 record in the pole vault, winning with a mark of 13-4 1/4, breaking the old record of 13-3 1/2 set last year by Arizonas Dee Dee Buzzi. OHara was named the Pac-10 Womens Field Athlete of the Week for her effort.

Other Bruin winners in the field included -Soley in the long jump (19-11); freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-8) and freshman Kristee Porter, also a standout on the UCLA womens volleyball team, in the triple jump (39-9 3/4).

On the track, Anderson won the 100m (11.67), Soley, won the 200m (24.36, season-best) and Perry, who was named Pac-10 Womens Track Athlete of the Week, won the 100m hurdles (13.60, season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier). Perry also placed second in the 100m (11.73), ran the opening leg on UCLAs winning 4 X100m relay (Perry, sophomore Shakedia Jones, Anderson, Soley-44.56, season-best and NCAA provisional qualifier) and ran the second leg on UCLAs second-place 4 X 400m relay (3:39.32).

Other Bruin winners on the track included-junior Christina Bowen in the 1500m (4:25.17, personal-best) and second in the 800m (2:08.92, personal-best); senior Melinda George in the 3,000m (9:46.07) and senior Erin Blunt in the womens 400m hurdles (1:01.99, her best time since setting a personal-best of 57.68 in 1993; Blunt missed 1994-96 with foot and leg injuries and from 1997-98 was on a Mormon mission).

UCLA Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen
In his 15th season as head coach, Larsen has led the Bruins to two NCAA titles (1987-88) and nine (of the last 12) Pac-10 crowns (1987-89; 1992-96; 98), including six of the last seven conference titles.

In 1998, the Bruins placed sixth at the NCAA Outdoor, won the 98 Pac-10 crown, were 10-0 in duals (No. 2 dual meet team in the U. S.), tied for No. 7 in the final TrackWire poll (before NCAA Outdoor) with Florida and placed 12th (16 1/2 points) at the NCAA Indoor. Larsen was named the 1998 USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach Mens Coach of the Year.

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 nine times (1987-89; 1992-96; 98). He has a remarkable dual meet career record of 115-3-1.

Bruin Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden An Olympic gold medal winner (1984, U. S. 4 X 100m relay) and Bruin All-American sprinter (1981-83), Bolden is in her sixth year as head coach.

In 1998, the Bruins placed second at the NCAA Outdoor, won the 1998 Pac-10 title, were 11-0 in duals, rated No. 2 entering the NCAA Outdoor (the Bruins were ranked No. 1 for three weeks by TrackWire before the Outdoor) and placed 19th (11 points) at the NCAA Indoor. Bolden was named the 1998 USTCA Dist. VIII and Pacific-10 Womens Coach of the Year.

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 50-0.

Record-setting Bruin Mens Distance Medley Relay
At the NCAA Indoor on March 6 in Indianapolis, the UCLA mens distance medley relay won the event in an American record time of 9:33.17 (old mark, 9:35.83, Georgetown, 1997). Running for the Bruins were junior Jess Strutzel (1200m), senior Brian Fell (400m), junior Michael Granville (800m) and senior Mark Hauser (mile).

UCLAs Womens Recruiting Class No. 1 in Nation
UCLAs 1999 womens recruiting class was judged No. 1 in the nation by Track & Field News. Several of the Bruins top incoming freshmen include--Keyon Soley (Uniondale HS, NY), the nations No. 1 prep long jumper (20-10 3/4) with 11.49 speed; Tracy OHara (Rancho Benardo HS, San Diego), the U. S. junior champion in the pole vault (13-3, U. S. Junior record); Heather Sickler (Camarillo HS), in the pole vault (12-3 1/2); Chaniqua Ross (Laguna Creek HS, Elk Grove), the nations No. 4 prepster in the shot put (50-0 3/4) with a mark of 177-1 in the discus; Bumni Ogunleye (Long Beach Poly), 53.75 in the 400m and 20-3w in the long jump (her mother, Modupe Oshikoya, won the long jump for UCLA at the 1978 AIAW meet in Knoxville) and prep jumper Darnesha Griffith (Trabuco HS, Santa Margarita), niece to the the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Outdoor NCAA Qualifiers 

Automatic Men Women PV-Tracy OHara, 13-4 1/4 SP-Seilala Sua, 55-3 1/2 DT-Seilala Sua, 207-3

Provisional Men 100m-Bryan Harrison, 10.33 SP-Scott Moser, 60-11 1/4 Travis Hayes, 60-3 DT-Luke Sullivan, 194-9 Scott Moser, 190-10 Travis Haynes, 186-6 HT-Luke Sullivan, 210-5

Women 3000m-Christina Bowen, 9:31.14 100mH-Michelle Perry, 13.60 4 X 100m Relay-Michelle Perry, Shakedia Jones, Andrea Anderson, Keyon Soley-44.56 HJ-Darnesha Griffith, 5-10 3/4 PV-Erica Hoernig, 11-11 3/4 Heather Sickler, 12-0 SP-Chaniqua Ross, 52-7 1/4 DT-Chaniqua Ross, 177-3 HT-Seilala Sua, 185-7

Pronunciation Guide -- Men - Malachi Davis (Mal- a-ky (rhymes with sky) Davis); Ibrahim Hassan (E-bra-ham Ha-ssan); Paul Mutie (Paul Moy-tay); Narc Narcisse (Narc Nar-cease); Jess Strutzel (Jess Strut-zul); Roger Van Sluis (Roger Van Sloos); Tim Yeo (Tim Yo).

Women - Andrea Anderson (Ann-dre-a Anderson); Erin Blunt (Air-in Blunt); Elaine Canchola (Elaine Can-cho-la); Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Chair-bin); Kelly and Tracy Cohn (Cone); Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig); Zalika Davis (Za-lee-ka Davis); Alynda Franco (Ah-len-da Franco); Eboni Grayson (Eb-a-nee Grayson); Darnesha Griffith (Dar-ne-sha Griffith); Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig); Jeanarta Jackson (Ju-nar-da Jackson); Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones); Nicole Luque (Nicole Lu-k); Bunmi Ogunleye (Boo-mee O-gun-lay-e); Heather Perrin (Heather Pear-in); Kiesha Porter (Kish-a Porter); Chaniqua Ross (Sha-ni-qua Ross); Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons); Keyon Soley (Key-on Soley); Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).

NCAA Outdoor Leaders -- As of April 5, Seilala Sua led the nation in the womens shot put (55-3 1/2) and discus (207-3).

Pac-10 Leaders (the conference accepts indoor marks) -- As of April 5 in mens competition--Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:46.48i); Wade Tift in the shot put (61-9 3/4i) and Luke Sullivan in the discus (194-9). In womens competion -- Christina Bowen in the mile (4:51.62i); Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-10 3/4); Tracy OHara in the pole vault (13-4 1/4) and Seilala Sua in the discus (207-3).

UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week
Begins Monday, April 5
TRACK-Michelle Perry, won the 100m hurdles (13.60, NCAA provisional); second in the 100m (11.73); ran opening leg on winning 4 X 100m relay (44.56, NCAA provisional) and ran second leg on second-place 4 X 400m relay (3:39.32).

FIELD-Tracy OHara set an American Junior Record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-4 1/4, breaking her own junior mark of13-3 set last year at the U. S. Junior meet.

U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series
UCLAs meets this season at CS Sacramento (March 20, vs. California, Washington, UC Irvine), vs. Florida (April 3) and Baylor/CS Northridge (April 10) at Drake Stadium and at USC (May 1) are all part of the 1999 U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, sponsored by the U. S. Track Coaches Association.

One hundred and thirty-eight teams from the nations colleges and universities will be competing in 56 scored track and field meets. These meets promote head-to-head competition between the nations best collegiate track and field teams. The meets will consist of two to five teams competing against each other in a "finals only" format to be completed in under three hours.

These competitions have been designed to showcase the teams in a fan- friendly environment and to present collegiate track and field the way it was mean to be, with scored meets. Where college teams challenge each other on the ovals of battle, where one team emerges victorious, where the essence of team competion still reigns supreme.

Looking Back at 1999
From March 27-28, UCLA competed in the UC San Diego Invitational. In mens competition, several Bruins had good marks -- senior Luke Sullivan (second in the hammer, 199-7 and seventh in the discus, 194-9) and freshman Scott Moser (fourth in the hammer, 181-11 and ninth in the discus, 190-10).

In womens competition, the standouts were - freshman Tracy Cohn who had the top time (2:15.50) in the 800m open; senior Melinda George in the 1500m (third, 4:33.00); sophomore Julie Ott (first, 10:03.93) and junior Kara Barnard (second, 10:07.89) in the 3000m; junior Kelly Cohn in the 10,000m (first, 35:55.6); UCLAs 4 X 400m relay (3:50.11) and 4 X 800m relay placed first (8:54.5); junior Kelly OConnor in the triple jump (first, 39-5) and in the discus, junior Seilala Sua, the two-time defending NCAA champion and defending U. S. champ, had a 207-3. Also in the discus, freshman Chaniqua Ross was fourth (177-3).

The Bruins opened the 1999 outdoor collegiate season on March 20 with quadrangular and dual wins over California, Washington and UC Irvine on the new track and field facility at CS Sacramento, home to the 2000 U. S. Olympic Trials.

In mens team scoring, the Bruins won the quad with 225 points, followed by Cal (206), Washington (168) and UC Irvine (65). In womens team scoring, UCLA won the quad with 227 points, followed by Washington (179), California (176) and UC Irvine (70).

In mens dual scoring, UCLA beat California (101-62), Washington (107-56) and UC Irvine (139-22) and in womens dual scoring, the Bruins beat California (110-53), Washington (105-58) and UC Irvine (141-16).

Individually for the UCLA men on the track, the Bruins had six winners -- junior Damian Allen in the 100m (10.64); senior Brian Fell in the 400m (46.99); sophomore John Hall in the 400m hurdles (52.95); junior Michael Granville in the 800m (1:49.37); junior Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:48.24) and junior Will Bernaldo in the 5000m (14:27.68). The Bruins also triumphed in both relays (4 X 100m-40.75; 4 X 400m-3:09.60).

Individually for the Bruin men in the field, UCLA had three winners-- senior Brian McLaughlin in the pole vault (16-0 3/4); freshman Scott Moser in the shot put (58-4) and senior Luke Sullivan in the hammer (210-5).

Individually for the UCLA women on the track, the Bruins had four winners--senior Andrea Anderson in the 200m (23.98); sophomore Michelle Perry in the 100m hurdles (13.95); junior Christina Bowen in the 3000m (9:31.14) and junior Kelly Cohn in the 5000m (17:13.42). UCLA also won the 400m relay (45.24).

Individually for the Bruin women in the field, UCLA had seven winners--freshman Tracy OHara in the pole vault (12-6); freshman Keyon Soley in the long jump (19-11 1/2); senior Kiesha Porter in the triple jump (39-0 3/4); freshman Chaniqua Ross in the shot put (52-7 1/4); junior Seilala Sua in the discus (201-4) and hammer (185-7) and senior Kristin Ayers in the javelin (128-9).

On March 6-7, select Bruin men and women athletes competed at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Bruin women tied for eighth (22 points) with Wisconsin and the UCLA men placed 13th (17 points).

The Bruin men were led by the UCLA distance medley relay, that won in an American record time of 9:33.17 (the old mark was 9:35.83, Georgetown, 1997). Running for the Bruins were junior Jess Strutzel (1200m leg), senior Brian Fell (400m leg), junior Michael Granville (800m leg) and senior Mark Hauser (mile leg).

Strutzel also placed third in the 800m, in a time of 1:46.48, the fastest indoor or outdoor 800m mark in school history.

Other Bruin men who participated in individual events were--senior Wade Tift in the shot put, placing eighth (61-2 1/4) and earning All-America honors; Hauser placing 13th (8:05.63) in the 3000m run, also earning All-America (top eight U. S. athletes) and sophomore Steven Michaels in the pole vault (15th, 16-10 3/4).

The UCLA women were led by junior Seilala Sua, the 1998 U. S. and NCAA discus champion. At the Indoor, Sua placed third (67-4) in the 20-lb. weight throw and shot put (54-2), earning All-America honors in both events. Other Bruin women competing were --sophomore Erica Hoernig (fourth, 12-11 1/2) and freshman Tracy OHara (seventh, 12-7 1/2) in the pole vault and freshman Chaniqua Ross (sixth, 53-0 3/4) in the shot put. Hoernig, OHara and Ross all earned All-America honors.

On Feb. 26-27, select Bruins competed at the 1999 USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta.

Competing for the UCLA men were -- in the 60m, junior Damian Allen (DNQ for final; fourth in heat, 6.76); in the shot put, seniors, Travis Haynes (9th, 58-8 1/2) and Wade Tift (10th, 58-8) and in the weight throw, senior Luke Sullivan (15th, 58-6 1/2).

Competing for the Bruin women were - in the pole vault, freshman Tracy OHara (6th, 13-3 1/2) and sophomore Erica Hoernig (10th, 11-11 3/4) and in the shot put, junior Seilala Sua (5th, 56-3 1/4) and freshman Chaniqua Ross (11th, 47-5).

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