June 19, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, CA -- The Pac-10 Conference office honored three Bruins on Monday with various year ending honors, highlighted by senior Chelsea Johnson being named the Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
Johnson won the pole vault title at the Pac-10 Championships, regaining her NCAA Collegiate Record in the process, with a clearance of 15-1. She then went on to win the West Region title and All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with her second-place finish in that event.
Johnson also broke the Pac-10 Meet, Pac-10 Conference and UCLA school records with her performance at the conference championship meet.
Joining Johnson with Pac-10 honors are freshmen Nicole Leach and Kevin Craddock. The Bruins swept the Newcomer of the Year awards after impressive seasons by both athletes in their first season as Bruins.
Leach won the Pac-10 and West Region titles in the 400m hurdles before wrapping up her first collegiate season with All-American honors with her fifth-place finish at Nationals.
Craddock finished second at both the Pac-10 and West Region Championships in the high hurdles, and then earned All-American honors with his eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Johnson and Leach continue their season this weekend in Indianapolis, IN at the USATF Senior/Junior National Championships, while Craddock's season has come to a close.