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An Early Preview Of The UCLA/USC T & F Meet
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/21/2004

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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