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Track Teams Compete at Texas Relays
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

April 2, 1998

This Week -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team, ranked No. 8 in the U. S. and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad, rated No. 4 in the nation, will compete this week (April 1-4) at the 71st annual Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas and held at the Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.

Here's the schedule (all times PST)--Wed., April 1-Decathlon/Heptathlon, 9 a.m.; Thurs., April 2-Decathlon/Heptathlon, 7:30 a.m., Field events begin at 1 p.m., track events at 1:30 p.m.; Fri., April 3-Track events at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., field events at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Sat., April 4--field events at 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., track events at 7 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.. The meet concludes at 2:15 p.m. with the University men's 4 X 400m relay.

Results can be obtained on the internet, posted throughout the four days (http://www.hookem. com/txrelays/completesked.htm;; There is also a trouble number-512-232-1459.

Last Weekend (April 25-26) -- UCLA competed at the UC San Diego and Stanford Invites.

At UC San Diego, the Bruin women discus throwers were involved in the greatest competition in the history of college track and field. The event was won by Washington's Aretha Hill, who set an American Collegiate Record with her 215-3, breaking Bruin senior Suzy Powell's mark of 214-0 set last year. Powell was second with a season-best 213-5; Bruin sophomore Seilala Sua, the defending NCAA champion, was third with a personal-best 209-8; UCLA senior Rachelle Noble was fifth, with a personal-best 198-2 and Bruin senior Nada Kawar was sixth, with a personal-best 197-2. All four Bruin throws were NCAA automatic qualifiers. Fourth-place went to former Bruin great Dawn Dumble, now with Reebok Bruin, at 201-4.

At the Stanford Invite, UCLA was led by three men's athletes, two distance runners and a pole vaulter. In the distance events, senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi, a four-time NCAA champion, placed second in the 10,000m (the winner was Stanford's Brad Hauser, 28:16.60), with a school record (the old mark was 28:21.70, Steve Ortiz, 1982) and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 28:16.79. Keflezighi now holds the school records in both the 5,000m (13:33.97) and 10,000m. In the 5,000m , Bruin senior Mark Hauser placed fifth (first among collegians) with a personal-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 13:55.54 (No. 10 in school history). Senior Scott Slover won the pole vault (18-0 1/2).

Looking Ahead -- UCLA has two Saturday home meets at Drake Stadium left on its 1998 schedule.

On April 11, UCLA will host Houston, Minnesota and CS Northridge at Drake Stadium. The men's and women's hammer throw will be held at West LA College at 9:15 a.m. At Drake, field events start at 11:30 a.m. and track events at 1 p.m. The meet concludes at 3:30 p.m. with the women's and men's 4 X 400m relays.

On May 2, Drake Stadium will host the annual UCLA-USC men's and women's dual meets (with Brigham Young). To highlight the event, there will be a Track and Field Media Luncheon on Tuesday, April 28, at noon, in the press room of the J. D. Morgan Center, located on the UCLA campus and home to Bruin athletics.

All of UCLA's home meets this season are part of the U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, which is organized and administered by the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA), in close cooperation with USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in the U. S. The series is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Series aims to bring back the excitement and interest in track & field in the U. S., specifically at the collegiate level. The Series will present weekly collegiate competitions, each featuring 4-5 of the top men's and women's college teams. These teams will compete on selected campuses throughout the nation, each striving for team honors. Each meet will be scored, with the emphasis placed on the team's final score. The U. S. Collegiate Track & Field Series will be presented in 1998, 1999 and 2000, thanks to a grant from the USOC.

Between the two home meets, the Bruins will--compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, April 17-19 and appear at the Long Beach Classic on April 18; travel to the Penn Relays on April 23-25 and compete in the Cal/Nevada Championships on April 25-26 in Fresno.

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 6-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 108-2-1, including 51 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 47 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 41-0. The Bruin women are also 6-0 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 49 consecutive duals.

National Team Rankings--
Updated every week on trackwire. com, here are the weekly (April 1) men's and women's U. S. Track Coaches Association Top 25.

This week (April 1), the Bruin men are eighth and the UCLA women are fourth. Here are this week's rankings.

Men - 1. Arkansas, 2. USC, 3. Clemson, 4. Arizona, 5. Washington State, 6. TCU, 7. Stanford, 8. UCLA, 9. SMU, 10. Georgia Tech,11T. Colorado/Minnesota, 13T. Baylor/South Carolina, 15T. Washington/LSU, 17. Iowa State, 18T. Michigan/Texas, 20. Texas A & M, 21T. Florida/E. Michigan/Kansas State/Houston, 25.Texas-El Paso.

Women - 1. LSU, 2. Texas, 3. SMU, 4. UCLA, 5. BYU, 6. Pittsburgh, 7T. USC/Georgetown, 9T. Stanford/Florida, 11. Vanderbilt, 12T. Texas A & M/Arizona, 14T. Baylor, South Carolina, Villanova, 17. Auburn, 18. Wisconsin, 19T. Nebraska/Tennessee/Kansas State, 22T. Georgia/ George Mason/Kansas, 25T. Illinois/Colorado/Boston College/Fresno State/Oregon/Arkansas/Michigan/Texas-El Paso/North Carolina.

Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen -- In his 14th season as head coach. He has led the Bruins to two NCAA titles (1987-88) and eight (of the last 11) Pac-10 crowns (1987-89; 1992-96), including five of the last six conference titles.

This season, the Bruins are 6-0 in duals, rated No. 8 in the U. S., placed 12th (16 1/2 points) at the NCAA Indoor and sixth (49 points) at the MPSF Indoor.

In 1997, Larsen was inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Coaches Hall of Fame and in '96 he was inducted into the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was named the USTCA National men's Coach of the Year.

Overall, Larsen has been men's national Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, '95) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year eight times (1987-89; 1992-96). He has a remarkable dual meet career record of 108-2-1.

Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden--An Olympic gold medal winner and Bruin All-American sprinter, Bolden is completing her fifth year as head coach.

In 1998, the Bruins are 6-0 in duals, rated No. 4 in the U.S., placed 19th (11 points) at the NCAA Indoor and eighth (38 points) at the MPSF Indoor.

In '97 and 1995, Bolden was named the USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach of the Year and in her rookie head coaching season of 1994, she was the co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

She is unbeaten in duals in her career with a mark of 41-0.

Football Connection - Five of UCLA's current track and field athletes are also members of the Bruin football team, 1997 Cotton Bowl champions.
--Senior sprinter Jim McElroy, led the Bruins last year in receiving (47 catches, 988 yards, 10 TDS) and earned second-team All-Pac-10. This year in track, he qualified in the 55m for the NCAA Indoor and at last year's Pac-10 placed sixth in the 100m, third in the 200m and anchored both of UCLA's relays to second-place finishes.
--Sophomore sprinter Damian Allen, a cornerback and special teams player on the football team. This year in track, he earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor in the 200m and last year at the Pac-10, was fourth in the 400m and ran on both of the Bruin relays that placed second.
--Junior sprinter Akil Davis, a running back on the football team who missed all of last year with a knee injury. In track in 1996, he earned All-American honors on the UCLA 4 X 100m relay.
--Freshman discus thrower Ed Stansbury, a quarterback who redshirted last season on the football team. In track last spring as a senior in high school, Stansbury 's 206-0 was No. 4 in the U. S.
--Freshman shot putter Tony White, lettered last fall as a true freshman linebacker. In track last year as a senior in high school, he placed third at the Texas State meet.

National Leaders (Top 8) -- In men's competition, the Bruins lead the national collegiate ranks in the men's 5,000m (senior Mark Hauser, 13:55.54); senior Mebrahton Keflezighi is second in the 10,000m (28:16.79); senior Scott Slover is second in the pole vault (18-6 1/2); in the shot put, junior Travis Haynes is third (62-3 1/4) and junior Wade Tift is eighth (60- 10 3/4); junior Luke Sullivan is sixth in the discus (192-10) and senior Josh Johnson is fourth in the hammer (236-10).

In women's events, senior Joanna Hayes is eighth in the 400m hurdles (59.07); sophomore Deana Simmons is second in the triple jump (43-5 1/4); in the shot put, sophomore Seilala Sua is second (56-2 1/5), senior Nada Kawar is third (55-10 1/4), senior Rachelle Noble is seventh (52-8 3/4); in the discus, the Bruins are two-four (senior Suzy Powell, 213-5, Sua, 209-8, Noble, 198-2, Kawar, 197-2) and in the hammer, Noble is fourth (194-0).

Pac-10 Leaders - The first Pac-10 list comes out April 6.

Pronunciation Guide - Here's an easy guide for UCLA's hard-to-pronounce names.

Men - Gerimi Burleigh (Jeremy Bur-lee); Ibrahim Hassan (E-bra-hem Ha-san), Mebrahtom Keflezighi (Me-bra-tom Kef-lez-gee, hard g and hard ee); Lawrence Owusu (Lawrence A-wu-su).

Women - Andrea Anderson (Ann-dre-a Anderson); Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Chur-bin); Bisa Grant (Bee-sa Grant), Nada Kawar (Na-da Ka-waar); Rachelle Noble (Ra-shell Noble); Kiesha Porter (Kis-sha Porter); Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons); Seilala Sua (Say-la-la Sue-a); Mame Twumasi (Ma'am-me Too-ma-cee).

At the 1998 NCAA Indoor--
On March 13-14 at the NCAA Indoor in Indianapolis, UCLA's men placed 12th with 16 points (Arkansas won with 56) and the Bruin women placed 19th with 11 points (Texas won with 60).

UCLA had several athletes earn All-American (top 8) honors.

For the men--sophomore Damian Allen in the 200m (7th, 21.0620); senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the 5,000m (3rd, 14:0.00); UCLA's distance medley relay (7th, 9:42.23); senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (7thT, 17-10 1/2); junior Travis Haynes (8th, 60-6 1/2) and junior Wade Tift (9th, top eight Americans, 60-5 3/4) in the shot put and junior Luke Sullivan in the 35lb. weight throw (5th, 65-7 3/4).

For the women--freshman Shakedia Jones in the 200m (8th, 23.78), redshirt freshman Erica Hoernig in the pole vault (6th, 12-1 1/2), sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (6th, 43-7 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua in the shot put (7th, 54-4 3/4) and senior Rachelle Noble in the 20lb. weight throw (7th, 64-01).

At the 1998 USA Indoor--
On Feb. 27-28 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, several Bruins competed in the USA Indoor meet. Here are the results--

For the men--senior Scott Slover competed in the pole vault; junior Wade Tift placed fifth in the shot put (60-9 1/4).

For the women--redshirt freshman Erica Hoernig was fifth in the pole vault (11-11 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua was fifth in the shot put (53-5 1/2) and senior Rachelle Noble was fifth in the 20lb. weight throw (59-4 1/4).

At the 1998 MPSF Indoor Championships--
On Feb. 27-28 in Reno, the Bruin men placed sixth (49 points) and the UCLA women were eighth (38 points) at the MPSF Indoor. UCLA won five events.

For the men--sophomore Damian Allen won the 200m (21.16) and UCLA's distance medley relay's winning time of 9:41.80 set a fieldhouse, MPSF and school record.

For the women--freshman Shakedia Jones won the 55m (6.73), sophomore Deana Simmons won the triple jump (41-3) and senior Nada Kawar won the shot put (55-6 1/2).

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