March 18, 1999
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Bob Larsen's UCLA men and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women open the 1999 outdoor collegiate track and field season on Saturday (March 20) against California, Washington and UC Irvine at the new facility on the campus of CS Sacramento. The track will host the 2000 U. S. Olympic Trials. The field events begin at 10:30 a.m., the track events at 12:30 p.m. and the meet concludes at 3:20 p.m., with the women's and men's 4 X 400m relays.
Looking back at last year's outdoor standings, the Bruin women placed second at the NCAA and won their second consecutive Pacific-10 meet, while the men placed sixth at the NCAA Outdoor and also won the conference championships.
Two weeks ago, select Bruin men and women athletes competed at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships, held March 6-7 in Indianapolis. 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 O'Hara (seventh, 12-7 1/2) in the pole vault and freshman Chaniqua Ross (sixth, 53-0 3/4) in the shot put. Hoernig, O'Hara and Ross all earned All-America honors.
Next weekend (March 27-28), the Bruins will be competing at the Stanford and UC San Diego Invitationals. UCLA's 1999 home meets are the first two Saturdays in April--April 3-Florida and April 10-Baylor and CS Northridge.