Chelsea Johnson Wins 2004 NCAA Women's Pole Vault Title

June 11, 2004

Complete Updated Results

Austin, TX - Sophomore Chelsea Johnson captured the 2004 NCAA women's outdoor pole vault title tonight, clearing 14-1.25. Johnson already holds the NCAA outdoor record of 15-0, set earlier this spring at the Stanford Invitational. At the conclusion of the third day of the 2004 NCAA Championships, held at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium, the Bruin women have scored 34 points and stand in second place behind Nebraska (38 points).

Television Broadcast
CBS (Channel 2 in Los Angeles) will broadcast a two hour 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship show on tape-delay next Saturday, June 19, at 1:00 PM P.S.T.

Team Standings
Women (Top-five after 10 events) - 1. Nebraska 38, 2. UCLA 34, 3. LSU 31, 4. Texas 21, 5. Georgia 18.

Final Field Event Results
Pole Vault - Sophomore Chelsea Johnson, who has set the NCAA Outdoor record twice this season (last at 15-0), won the event with a vault of 14-1.25, missing on three attempts at 14-6. Johnson, the 2004 West Region vault champion, becomes the second UCLA athlete to win the NCAA Outdoor title since 2000 (Tracy O'Hara won the NCAA Outdoor pole vault crowns in 2000 and 2002). Sophomore Jackie Nguyen earned All-America honors, placing fifth (13-5.25, personal-best, No. 4 in school history) and the Bruins picked up 14 team points.

"It would have been nice to go higher, but the most important thing is 10 points for my team because every point counts," said Johnson. "I'm happy to be a national champion, I'm enjoying the moment right now. This season has been a learning experience for me and I wanted to end this collegiate season on a good note."

High Jump - Sophomore Sheena Gordon placed fourth (6-1.50) getting five team points for UCLA. Senior Julie Stevenson tied for 17th (5-8.50).

Final Running Event Results
4x100m - On Wednesday, the Bruins were the 10th fastest qualifying team (and only nine made the final). On Thursday, Texas, the second-fastest qualifying relay, was DQd and the Bruins were back in the final. In Friday's final, UCLA placed second, picking up eight important team points for the Bruins, in a time of 43.49 (senior Sani Rosby, senior Sheena Johnson, sophomore Dawn Harper and senior Monique Henderson earned All-American honors). The relay winner was LSU, in a stadium record 42.61.

"It's really great," said Sheena Johnson. "At our team meeting today, the coaches said we deserved to be in the final and we were happy to be in it. We've run well all season and we did pretty good tonight. Second-place is a nice finish for us."

100m Hurdles - Running in her second event of the day, senior Sheena Johnson finished third (12.75, 1.7w, personal-best, No. 2 in school history, her 11th All-American honor) and sophomore Dawn Harper, also running in her second event of the day, placed eighth, in a time of 13.41, her second career All-American honor. UCLA picked up seven team points. The winner was Texas' Nichole Denby, in a meet record time of 12.62.

Preliminary Results
Triple Jump - Junior Candice Baucham qualified for Saturday's final, her leap of 42-8 was the final qualifying mark (12th best mark of the day).

400m - Junior Monique Henderson placed first in heat two (51.53) and she qualifies for Saturday's final. Her time was the second-fastest, behind's Texas' Sanya Richards (50.86). Richards is the defending Outdoor and Indoor 400m champion.

400m Hurdles - Running in her third event of the day, senior Sheena Johnson placed first in heat two, with a time of 55.60, qualifying her for Saturday's final. Her time was the second fastest, behind Texas' Raasin McIntosh (55.39) and ahead of South Carolina's Lashinda Demus (55.63).


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Jan 16
vs. Lumberjack Team ...
Flagstaff, AZ
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Friday, Jan 22
vs. DeLoss Dodds ...
Manhattan, KS
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Saturday, Jan 23
vs. DeLoss Dodds ...
Manhattan, KS
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Friday, Jan 29
vs. Razorback ...
Fayetteville, AR
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Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Razorback ...
Fayetteville, AR
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
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Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
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Friday, Feb 12
vs. Husky Classic
Seattle, WA
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Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Husky Classic
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, Feb 20 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. Alex Wilson ...
Notre Dame, IN
Friday, Feb 26 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 05 - All Day PST
vs. Ben Brown ...
Fullerton, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Saturday, Mar 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, Mar 22 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Jim Bush Collegiate ...
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 14 - All Day PST
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - All Day PST
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - All Day PST
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 22 - All Day PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - All Day PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Sunday, May 08 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, May 14 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
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