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2nd Annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Thursday-Saturday(April 8-10), World's Top Athletes Slated To Compete On Saturday
By: UCLA Athletics

April 6, 2004

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UCLA will host the second annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational this Thursday through Saturday, April 8-10. The invitational, named after two of the greatest athletes to have ever competed at UCLA, will be held at Drake Stadium and Marshall Field.

Thursday's action will consist of the hammer throw Invitational. On Friday, University/Open competition will take place on both the track and in the field. Friday night will be highlighted by the University/ Open and Invitational Distance Carnival. Saturday will consist en-tirely of Invitational events.

Collegiate teams scheduled to compete at this year's invitational are the Arizona Wildcats, Stanford Cardinal, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge and Utah State.

Saturday's invitational will be composed of some of the nation's elite athletes. Former Bruin NCAA Champions Joanna Hayes (400mH), Tracy O'Hara (PV) and Seilala Sua (SP, DT) and former Bruin All-Americans Michelle Perry and Deanna Simmons will be in the field.

Also entered in Saturday's competition are: 2003 World long jump champion and heptathlon runner-up Eunice Barber, 1999 World 200m champion and 100m runner-up Inger Miller and 2002 U.S. indoor pole vault champion Mary Sauer.

Last Thursday through Saturday, the Bruins competed at the 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Day One 4x800m Highlights
The team of Ashley Caldwell, Melissa McBain, Allison Hall and Jenna Timinsky placed second in 8:39.08. Caldwell led off in 2:08.3, followed by McBain's 2:07.6. Hall ran 2:12.2 and Timinsky ran the anchor leg in 2:10.5.

Day Two Highlights
Sophomore Sheena Gordon was one of the standout performers of the day. Gordon won section B of the high jump, clearing a re-gional qualifying 5-10 (1.78m). She came back later in the day and competed in section A of the high jump. Gordon improved upon this morning's performance and won with a personal best outdoor clearance of 5-11.25 (1.81m).

The Bruin's 4x400m relay squad won heat four of the prelims in 3:33.18. Sani Roseby led things off with a split of 54.1, followed by Sheena Johnson (52.3) and MacKenzie Hill (55.1). Junior Monique Henderson anchored the relay with a split of 51.6. The Bruins had the second fastest time of the prelims.

In the final event of the day for the Bruins, the 1600m sprint medley relay team of Roseby, Johnson, Henderson and Jenna Timinsky placed second overall in 3:50.79.

Final Day Highlights
Sophomore Chelsea Johnson continued her success in the pole vault. Johnson won the event, setting the new meet record at 14-9 (4.50m). Last weekend, at the Stanford Invitational, Johnson became the first collegiate woman to clear 15-0. It is a new NCAA record, breaking the previous record of 14-9 set by Johnson on March 6. The Bruin distance medley relay squad of Alejandra Barrientos, MacKenzie Hill, Ashley Caldwell and Melissa McBain placed sec-ond in 11:15.49. Barrientos led off in 3:30, followed by Hill in 55.1. Caldwell ran the 800m leg in 2:08.4 and McBain anchored in 4:41.

April 14-17, the Bruins will be at the Mt. SAC Relays, Pomona Pitzer Invitational and Long Beach Invitational.

BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden

Is in her 11th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coach and 13th on the Bruin staff.

On Feb. 13, Bolden was presented the prestigious C. Vivian Stringer Award by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United States Sports Academy.

The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented (by the U. S. Sports Academy) to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high stan-dard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10th season as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her 33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach in women's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men's basketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).

Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, estab-lished in 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successful women's basketball coach at North Dakota State and Sarah Patterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama. Bolden's other coaching honors include:

Led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships (2000- 01) and a runner-up finish in 2002; 8th-place tie in 2003; 5th in 2004.

  • Ten Top 10 NCAA Outdoor finishes, including five second-place finishes.
  • 2003 NCAA West Region Team Champion
  • Eight-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including last seven consecutive seasons.
  • Nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including last seven consecutive seasons.
  • Nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last seven con-secutive seasons.
  • Unbeaten Career dual record of 69-0, including 10-0 mark vs. USC.
  • Eight-time National Dual Team Champion, including seven of last eight seasons.

    In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking. Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the out-come of the 2004 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 9-12 at Austin, TX). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event (entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA was ranked No. 3 and placed 8th at the NCAA Outdoor).

    Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams by individual marks and dual meet strength (the UCLA women ranked No. 2 in the final 2003 standings and have been the National Dual Meet Champion seven of the last eight seasons).

    The 2004 Pac-10 Championships will be held in Tuscon and hosted by the University of Arizona (May 8-9, Saturday-Sunday-Multi Events/May 15-16, Saturday-Sunday-Championships). The Bruin women have won nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including the last seven consecutive seasons.

    The 2004 NCAA West Regionals will be hosted by CS Northridge, May 28-29 (Friday-Saturday). UCLA won the first- ever team title last season at Stanford.

    The 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin June 9-12. In recent history, the Bruin women have 10, Top 10 placements at the NCAA Outdoor, including five second-place finishes (2002-2001-1999-1998-1995).


    Pac-10 Cross Country

    First Team
    Carmen Winant, Jr., 3.81gpa/art

    Second Team
    Melissa McBain, Sr., 3.36gpa/pre-psychology
    Jenna Timinsky, So., 3.74gpa/undeclared

    Honorable Mention
    Ashley Allen, So.; Leslie Barrie, So., Maribeth Buche, So.; Ashley
    Caldwell, RFr.; Emily Haigh, RFr.; Carolyn Shea, Jr.; Sarah West, So.

    Candice Baucham (Bow-kam), Leslie Barrie (Barry), Alejandra Barrientos (Bar-e-in-tos), Maribeth Buche (Boo-shay), Kiyoko (Key-o- ko) Guillory; Emily Haigh (Haag); Nastassja (Nas-taj-a) Hall; Chelsea (Chel-cee) Johnson; Jamie Kolar (Ko-lar), Adia (A-dee-a) McKinnon, Nana (Na-Na) Merriweather, Jacqueline Nguyen (New-yen); Lena (Lee-na) Nilson (Nil-son), T'Carra (Ta-car-a) Pennick, Manyuan (goes by first name of Mani, pronounced Ma-nee) Reffell (Ra-fell), Briona (Bree-a-na) Reynolds; Georgea (Georgia) Richards, Hasani (goes by first name of Sani, Saw-nee) Roseby (Rose-bee), Jenea (Ja-nay) Russ (Rus); Lara Saye (Say), Cari (Care-ee) Soong, Kamaiya (Ka-my-ah) Warren; Talita (Ta-lee-ta) Wells, Carmen Winant (Wy-nant), Jessica Yanez (Ya-nez).


    The Bruin women were led by sophomore Chelsea Johnson who became the first woman in collegiate history to pole vault 15-0 feet, winning the event. The 15-0 (4.57m) vault broke her own NCAA Outdoor/UCLA record of 14-9 that she set on March 6 (breaking Oregon's Becky Holliday's mark of 14-8, 2003) and it's the No. 5 ef-fort all-time. Johnson's vault also broke the meet record of 14-1.25 (4.30m) set by UCLA's Tracy O'Hara in 2002.

    Other top Bruin performers included:

    - redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky, 6 th , 2:06.85 (personal-best, RQ); sophomore Ashley Caldwell, 14 th , 2:09.86 (season-best, RQ)

    - senior Melissa McBain, 9 th , 4:20.19 (personal-best, RQ); Alejandra Barrientos, 20 th , 4:28.29, (season-best, RQ)

    High Jump
    - senior Julie Stevenson, 4 th , 5-8

    Hammer Throw
    - Cari Soong, 4 th , 193-4 best, RQ)

    Results from Saturday (March 27)

    - Jenna Timinsky, 6 th , 2:06.85 (personal-best, RQ); Ashley Caldwell, 14 th , 2:09.86 (season-best, RQ); Allison Hall, 22 nd (2:12.67)

    - Melissa McBain, 9 th , 4:20.19 (personal-best, RQ); Alejandra Barrientos, 20 th , 4:28.29 (season-best, RQ)

    3000m SC
    - Ashley Allen, 34 th , 11:21.09 (personal-best); Carolyn Shea, 35 th , 11:21.37 (season-best); Leslie Barrie, 38 th , 11:35.59

    4 X 400m Relay
    - UCLA A, 13 th , 3:52.72 (season-best)

    High Jump
    - Julie Stevenson, 4 th , 5-8 (1.73); Caroline Sommers, 16 th , 5-6 (1.68)

    Pole Vault
    - Chelsea Johnson, 1 st , 15-0/4.57 (NCAA Outdoor Record/ school record/first women's collegiate vaulter to reach the 15-foot mark, personal-best, RQ, No. 5 all-time/ on March 6, Johnson set a new NCAA Outdoor mark of 14-9, breaking the old record of 14-8, Becky Holliday, Oregon, 2003)

    Hammer Throw
    - Cari Soong, 4 th , 193-4 (58.94); Jessica Cosby, 9 th , 184-1 (56.10)

    Results from Friday (March 26)

    800m (B), Heat 3
    - Jennifer Esser, 4 th , 2:15.31 (13 th best time)

    1500m (B), Heat 1
    - Emily Haigh, 4 th , 4:37.14 (ninth- best time); Sa-rah West, 11 th , 4:45.94 (29 th best time)

    5000m, Heat 3
    - Valerie Flores, 1 st , 17:14.78 (season-best)(38 th best time); Carmen Winant, 6 th , 17:39.81 (62 nd best time)

    Pole Vault (B)
    - Flight 1 - Jackie Nguyen, 2ndT, 12-3.50 (3.75)(sec-ond- best mark)

    Discus (B)
    - Kamaiya Warren, foul

    - Karina Powell, 16 th , 128-5 (39.14)(16 th best mark) RQ = Regional Qualifier

    UCLA was led by junior Monique Henderson, who had the fastest times in both the 100m and 200m and turned in two NCAA West Region qualifying times (season-best 100m, 11.63, -1.3/ season-best 200m, 23.24, 0.6).

    Sophomore Kiyoko Guillory had the third-best time in the 200m (season-best 25.16, 2.0); freshman Georgea Richards had the third-fastest mark in the 100m hurdles (season-best 14.75, 0.4) and senior Karina Powell had the top distance in the javelin (season-best 139-07).

    In the season home opener at Drake Stadium, the Bruin women scored 238 points for the victory. UCLA won 14 events and eleven Bruins also had NCAA Regional qualifying marks.

    Leading the way was sophomore Chelsea Johnson, who won the pole vault. Johnson vaulted a personal best and NCAA outdoor record breaking 14-9 (4.50m) for the victory. The height is also a Drake Stadium and UCLA school record. Oregon's Becky Holliday set the previous NCAA Outdoor mark of 14-8 (4.47m) last season.

    The Bruins had a pair of dual event winners. Junior Monique Henderson won the 100m and 200m dash in 11.71 (-1.1) and 23.66 (-1.4). Both times are regional qualifiers. Redshirt freshman Kamaiya Warren won the shot put, 51-2.75/15.61m, and discus, 150-4/ 45.82m. Her shot put mark is a regional qualifier. True freshman MacKenzie Hill won the 400m and 110m hurdles in 56.31 and 14.24 (0.8). Hill's 110m hurdles time is a regional qualifier.

    Other victorious Bruins were Melissa McBain (800m, 2:08.96PR, RQ), Alejandra Barrientos (1500m, 4:30.82), Valerie Flores (5000m, 17:25.52), Cari Soong (hammer, 207-7/63.28m, RQ) and Karina Powell (javelin, 138-10/42.33m).

    UCLA's 400m and 1600m relays were also victorious. The 400m relay squad of Hill, Kiyoko Guillory, Henderson and Adia McKinnon won in 46.27 and the 1600m relay team of Jennifer Esser, McBain, Allison Hall and Barrientos won in 3:53.88.


    The UCLA women sent 13 athletes to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Cham-pionships, at the University of Arkansas' Tyson Indoor Stadium.

    A total of 10 All-America performances, seven top-five finishes, four personal bests and a school record highlighted this year's NCAA Indoor. In the team standings, the Bruin women finished fifth overall with 40 points, behind No. 1 LSU (52), No. 2 Florida (51), No. 3 Ne-braska (45.50) and No. 4 Tennessee (43).

    2004 UCLA Indoor All-Americans (10)
    Candice Baucham (TJ), Ashley Caldwell (DMR/second career All-American honor), Jessica Cosby (SP/third career All-American honor), Dawn Harper (60mH), Chelsea Johnson (PV), Sheena Johnson (60mH, DMR/9th and 10th career All-American honors), Melissa McBain (DMR), Lena Nilsson (DMR/fourth career All-American honor), Cari Soong (WT/seventh career All-American honor), Renee Williams (LJ).

    Individual Results

    Candice Baucham
    Triple Jump, 3rd, 44-2.75 (13.48m), Personal best, No. 2 all-time -entered the meet No. 12 on the collegiate list (43-4.25).

    Jessica Cosby
    Shot Put, 4th, 56-6.50 (17.23m) - entered the meet No. 6 on the collegiate list (56-0.50); Weight Throw, 9th in flight 2, 58-4.75 (17.80m) - entered the meet No. 11 on the collegiate list (66-11.25).

    Dawn Harper
    60mH, 4th, 8.13 (8.17q), Personal Best-entered the meet No. 11 on the collegiate list (8.19).

    Chelsea Johnson
    Pole Vault, 2nd, 13-11.25 (4.25m) -entered the meet No. 1 on the collegiate list (14-8).

    Sheena Johnson
    60mH, 3rd, 8.11 (8.11q)-entered the meet No. 4 on the collegiate list (8.06).

    Sani Roseby
    60mH, 5th in heat 3, 8.26 - entered the meet No. 13 on the colle-giate list (8.20).

    Cari Soong
    Weight Throw, 8th, 69-4.75 (21.15m), Personal best, School Record (former 69-00/21.03m by Seilala Sua, 2000) - entered the meet No. 9 on the collegiate list (67-8.25).

    Renee Williams
    Long Jump, 6th, 20-1.50 (6.13m) - entered the meet No. 1 on the collegiate list (21-1.50).

    3rd, 11:08.70, season-best (Melissa McBain, Sheena Johnson, Ashley Caldwell, Lena Nilsson) -entered the meet No. 6 on the col-legiate list (11:10.98).

    At the 2004 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Washington at Dempsey Indoor Stadium, the Bruins placed sec-ond. Stanford won for the third consecutive year, scoring 148 points. Runner-up UCLA scored 109 points, followed by Washington with 83 points. Rounding out the Top-Five teams were Washington State (fourth, 73) and Arizona (fifth, 62).

    Four Bruins were victorious. Dawn Harper won the 60m hurdles in a provisional time of 8.19. In the pole vault, school record holder and national leader Chelsea Johnson vaulted 14-4.50 (4.38m) and was named the MPSF Female Athlete of the Meet. In the throwing events, the Bruins set a pair of meet records on the way to victory. Jessica Cosby threw an NCAA automatic 56-0.50 (17.08m) in the shot put and in the weight throw, Cari Soong won with a throw of 67-1.25 (20.45m).

    At the Pac-10 Indoor Invite, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Sta-dium, Chelsea Johnson was the key Bruin performer of the meet. Johnson won the pole vault with a then-personal best height of 14- 8 (4.47m). By clearing the height, Johnson set a new school record, breaking the

    previous record of 14-7.25 set by former Bruin great and collegiate records-holder Tracy O'Hara in 2000. Johnson also broke the Dempsey facility record of 14-3.50 (4.36m) set by O'Hara in 2003. Johnson was one of three Bruin event winners. Jessica Cosby won the shot put with a then-season best performance of 53-8.25 (16.36m). It is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Senior Cari Soong continued her winning streak at Dempsey Stadium, winning the weight throw with an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark of 67-0.75 (20.44m).

    The distance medley relay of Alejandra Barrientos, Jenna Timinsky, Ashley Caldwell and Lena Nilsson won in an NCAA Au-tomatic time of 11:10.98.

    Led by top finishers Amber Harper and UCLA freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS), Team USA's Junior Women's squad placed fourth Saturday (March 20) at the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium.

    Team USA's junior women's team took to the course first on Satur-day and equaled its best ever placing at the World Cross Country Championships by finishing fourth in the team competition with 120 points. Ethiopia grabbed the top four places in winning the team competition with 10 points.

    Kenya was the runner-up with 36 points, with Japan third with 67 points. Team USA's junior women also placed fourth in 1995 in Durham, England, and in 2003 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The U.S. was led by Amber Harper (Provo, Utah), who placed 24th, followed by Alison Costello (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.) in 30th (22.10) and Amanda Trotter (Palo Alto, Calif.) in 31st. Jennifer Barringer (Oveido, Florida) was 35th with Trotter's twin sister Katy (Palo Alto, Calif.) 36th and Brittany Brockman (Waco, Texas) 60th.

    UCLA freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS) on Feb. 7 won the 2004 USA Junior Women's Cross Country individual championship in Indianapolis. She ran the 6km course in a winning time of 20:55, ahead of second-place Kathleen Trotter (Stanford), in a time of 21:06. The race was held at Indianapolis' Fall Creek and 16th Street Park.

    The top six finishers in the junior women's competition (age 19 and under) qualify for the U. S. team that will travel to Brussels, Bel-gium for the upcoming IAAF World Championships (March 20-21).

    Joining Costello and K. Trotter on the U. S. team will be - third-place Amber Harper (BYU, 21:19), fourth-place Jennifer Barringer (UNAT, 21:21), fifth-place Amanda Trotter (Stanford, 21:34) and sixth-place Brittany Brockman (UNAT, 21:37).

    Last fall, Costello was one of the Bruins' top cross country runners, helping the UCLA women qualify automatically as a team to the NCAA Championships (UCLA placed seventh, its highest finish since 1985). In last fall's major cross country invitationals, Costello placed 153rd (21:34.1) at the NCAA, 14th (20:53, earning All-Region honors) at the NCAA West Region Qualifying and 15th (22:19.0) at the Pac-10, 24th (21:02.2) at the Pre-National and fourth (21:21) at the Stanford Invitiatonal.

    At the 2003 CA State meet as a senior at Esperanza, Costello placed third in the 1600m in a personal-best 4:53.74.

    Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country squad in 2003 had one of the most successful campaigns in school history. At the NCAA Championships (Nov. 24 at Northern Iowa U./6k), the Bruins were an automatic qualifier and placed seventh as a team, with 293 points. It's the highest UCLA placement under Peterson and one of only five Top 10 NCAA finishes in Bruin women's cross country history.

    UCLA was led by two All-Americans, senior Valerie Flores placed 20th (20:28.9) and redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell was 36th (20:45.6).

    At the NCAA West Region (Nov. 15 in Portland, OR/6k), UCLA placed second (69 points) and had five All-Regional runners - Flores (4th, 20:30), Caldwell (11th, 20:50), fresh-man Alison Costello (14th, 20:53), sophomore Jenna Timinsky (21st, 21:03) and senior Melissa McBain (25th, 21:11). At the Pac-10 Championships (Nov. 1 at Washington State/6K), UCLA was third (79 points) and led by first-team All-Pac-10 runner Flores (7th, 21:55.10) and second-team All-League Caldwell (14th, 22:17.2).

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