May 2, 2001
According to this week's (April 30) national collegiate women's and men's track and field rankings, Saturday's (May 5) annual UCLA vs. USC dual meet on the Trojan campus will feature two of the nation's top women's teams.
In this week's Trackwire National Top 25, Jeanette's Bolden's UCLA women are again ranked No. 1 in the U. S., with 62 points, just one point ahead of No. 2 USC, with 61. In the men's rankings, the Trojans are tied for No. 21, with 14 points (tied with Colorado State, Tulane and Clemson). Art Venegas' UCLA men's team dropped out of this week's Trackwire poll (last week the Bruin men were tied for 21st in the U. S.)
In the IAAF-USATF Team Power Rankings, the UCLA women are still No. 1, 387.82 points (the USC women are No. 6, 359.19 points) and the Bruin men are No. 3, 356.86 points (the USC men are No. 4, 354.62 points).
Trackwire is based upon how a team will score at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor (May 30-June 2, Eugene, OR) and the Team Power Ranking is based upon a team's individual marks and dual meet strength.
Track & Field News also predicts how teams will score at the upcoming NCAA Outdoor. In T&FN's women's predictions (as of April 26), USC is first with 84 points, followed by UCLA's 74. In the men's predictions, the Bruins and Trojans are not in the Top 14 teams.
On Saturday at USC's Cromwell Field and Loker Stadium, the field events will start at 11 a.m. and the running events at 11:15 a.m.
In the men's series, it will be the 68th annual dual meet (dating back to 1934) between the two schools. USC leads it 38-29, but the Bruin men have won the last 22 meets in a row (dating back to 1978, the 1982 meet was nonscoring). USC won the first 33 consecutive dual meets over the Bruins. UCLA's first dual victory over the Trojan men was in 1966.
In the women's series, it will be the 18th annual meet. The UCLA women lead it 14-3 and have won the last eight meets in a row. USC's last dual victory over the Bruin women was in 1992.
Johnson Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week
For her efforts at last week's Penn Relays, UCLA freshman Sheena Johnson has been named the Pacific-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week (April 30)
At the Penn Relays on Thursday, Johnson placed second in the women's 400m hurdles, in a time of 56.23 (personal-best, No. 2 mark on the current collegiate chart, No 4 in school history, NCAA automatic qualifier). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed sixth (3:35.38, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier) in the collegiate championship final on Saturday.
Johnson, from Stafford, VA Garfield HS, is familiar with the Penn Relays. The 2000 U. S. Junior champion in the 400m hurdles (with her then-personal-best of 56.82), Johnson last season became the first prep in Penn Relays history to win the 400m hurdles three consecutive seasons and was named the Outstanding Female HS Athlete of last year's Penn Relays.