An Early Preview Of The UCLA/USC T & F Meet

April 21, 2004

On Saturday, May 1, UCLA's Drake Stadium will host the annual UCLA/USC women and men's track & field dual meet. On Friday (April 30), the women and men's hammer throws will start at 3 p.m. On Saturday (May 1), field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. and track events at (12:35 p.m.).

Dual Meet History

Men
The Trojans lead the series 39-30 (70th annual). The Bruins have won the last two meets, including last season's 82-81 win at USC. UCLA had a 22-year winning streak (1978-2000, 1982 was nonscoring) snapped by USC in 2001 (USC 82-UCLA 81 at USC). The Trojans won the first 33 dual meets (1934-65) before UCLA's first dual meet victory in 1966 (UCLA 86-USC 59 at the Coliseum).

Women
UCLA leads the series history 17-3 (21st annual) and has won the last 11 meets in a row (Jeanette Bolden is 10-0 vs. USC in the dual meet series). USC's last win was in 1992 (USC 80-UCLA 30 at Drake Stadium).

UCLA Women
Bolden's Bruin women, ranked this week No. 2 in the U. S., are led by three defending NCAA Champions - seniors, Sheena Johnson (2003 NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles), Lena Nilsson (2003 NCAA Indoor 800m/2002 NCAA Outdoor 1500m) and junior Jessica Cosby (2002 NCAA Outdoor shot put). Sophomore pole vaulter Chelsea Johnson has twice this spring set the NCAA Outdoor record, last at 15-0 on March 6.

In this week's Pac-10 weekly track & field list of best marks, the Bruin women have 10 event leaders - junior Monique Henderson in the 200m (23.24) and 400m (51.49), Nilsson in the mile (4:37.62i), Johnson in the 100m hurdles (13.22), UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:33.18), sophomore Sheena Gordon in the high jump (6-1.25), Johnson in the pole vault (15-0), freshman Renee Williams in the long jump (21-1.50i), junior Candice Baucham in the triple jump (44-2.75i) and senior Cari Soong in the hammer throw (209-2).

USC Women
Ron Allice's USC women, ranked this week No. 16 (tied) in the U. S., are a young squad led by multi-talented All-American sophomore Virginia Powell, throws All-Americans junior Inga Stasiulionyte (javelin) and senior L'Orangerie Crawford (hammer) and an emerging group of talented middle-distance runners led by junior Iryna Vashchuk.

In this week's Pac-10 chart, the Trojan women have three event leaders - Powell in the 100m (11.39), senior Beth Van Alstine in the 10,000m (34:29.62) and USC's 4 X 100m relay (44.71). Crawford (hammer throw, 205-10). Powell (100m hurdles, 13.25w), freshman Michelle Sanford (triple jump, 43-10.50w) and Stasiulionyte (javelin, 175-6) all have No. 2 marks.

UCLA Men
Art Venegas' UCLA men, ranked this week No. 10 (tied) in the U. S., return three of last season's key contributors in UCLA's 82-81 dual victory over the Trojans ? senior All-American co-captains Dan Ames and Juaune Armon, along with junior Ben Aragon. At last year's dual meet, Ames won both the shot put and discus and finished second in the hammer; Armon won the long jump and placed fourth in the triple jump and Aragon won three events, the 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

In this week's Pac-10 weekly chart, the Bruins have three event leaders - senior Nick Thornton in the 800m (1:48.01) and Ames in the shot put (66-1) and discus (189-10). Sophomore Craig Everhart (400m, 45.52), Aragon (1500m, 3:43.76/mile, 4:00.56i), junior Tony Golston (110m hurdles, 13.69), junior Jonathan Williams (400m hurdles, 51.20), UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:04.25), junior Yoo Kim (pole vault, 18-0.50) and Armon (long jump, 26-1.75i) all have No. 2 marks.

USC Men
Allice's USC men's track and field squad is coming off a third-place finish at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships and is led Olympic triple jump hopeful junior Allen Simms (the 2003 U.S. Indoor Champion), a strong sprint corps featuring junior Wes Felix and All-American high jumper sophomore Jesse Williams.

In this week's Pac-10 marks, the Trojan men have three event leaders - sophomore Garry Jones in the 100m (10.26w), Simms (triple jump, 55-4.75i) and senior Michael Murray (hammer throw, 214-11). Junior Marvin Anderson (100m, 10.31), sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei (800m, 1:48.63), USC's 4 X 100m relay (39.35) and Williams (high jump, 7-2.50) all have No. 2 marks.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 26
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Friday, Mar 11
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Recap
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Recap
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. Jim Bush Collegiate ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Friday, Apr 01
vs. The Legends Distance ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
-
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
-
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Olympic Training ...
Chula Vista, CA
-
LIVE NOW
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
-
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Recap
Sunday, May 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, May 07
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 08
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, May 14
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Sunday, May 15
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Thursday, May 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Friday, May 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Saturday, May 28 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Wednesday, Jun 08 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jun 09 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Friday, Jun 10 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Jun 11 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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