May 14, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad on Saturday (May 16) will participate in meets at CS Los Angeles and at the University of Oregon. The 1998 Pacific-10 championships also get underway this weekend at Stanford with the decathlon and heptathlon. UCLA does not have a competitor in either event.
Looking Ahead -- The actual Pac-10 championship meet gets underway next weekend (May 23-24) at Stanford. The UCLA women are the defending conference champions and the Bruin men placed second last year (USC was first).
Also, on May 19, the Bruin throwers travel to invitational meets at Modesto and Occidental.
National Ranking-- This week's TrackWire has the UCLA men in eighth place and the Bruin women in first place, for the second week in a row.
Last Saturday (May 9)--UCLA men/women hosted competed at the Modesto and Occidental Invites.
At Modesto, the Bruins were led by sophomore Seilala Sua. She won the discus (212-2, No. 2 in Pac-10 and UCLA history) and placed second in the shot put (57-1). Those efforts earned her Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
Other top performances at Modesto were turned in by; in men's competiton-- sophomore Damian Allen ran a personal best 10.43 in the 100m; junior Jacob Glickman placed third in the 100m (10.62, personal best) and third in the 200m (21.78, personal best) and junior Travis Haynes was third in the shot put (61-7 3/4) and also recorded a 185-0 in the discus. In women's competition, senior Rachelle Noble threw a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the javelin (167-1).
At Occidental, the Bruins were led by: in men's competition-senior Mark Hauser ran a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:48.69 in the 800m and in women's competition, sophomore Christina Bowen ran a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 9:37.59 in the 3,000m and sophomore Kara Barnard ran a personal best 17:21.30 in the 5,000m.
Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks.
Bob Larsen's men's team this season is 10-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 112-2-1, including 55 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 51 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71).
Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 46-0. The Bruin women are 11-0 this season. The last time UCLA's women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back duals to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women have won 54 consecutive duals.
NCAA Championships-- The 1998 NCAA championships will be held June 3-6 in Buffalo, NY. In 1997, the Bruin women placed third and the UCLA men tied for fourth.