June 27, 2000
Denton, Tex. - UCLA freshmen, Caroline Soong and Dan Ames, won the women's hammer and men's discus events last weekend (June 23-24) at the 2000 U. S. Junior Track and Field Championships, held at North Texas University in Denton.
Soong, from Riverside North, won the women's hammer with a mark of 194-10 and Ames, from El Capitan HS in Lakeside, won the men's discus with a distance of 189-8. Ames also finished second in the shot put (58-8 1/2). He redshirted in 2000 and will be a freshman redshirt for the 2001 indoor and outdoor collegiate season.
Soong had a triumphant true freshman season for the Bruins in 2000. Earlier this month at the NCAA Outdoor, she placed eighth in the hammer (197-7, personal best, No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior, No. 3 in UCLA history) and earned All-America honors. At last May's Pac-10 meet, she placed fourth (197-2) in the hammer.
Also competing for the Bruin men and women at the U. S. Junior
--freshman Tiffany Burgess-placed seventh in the 800m (2:18.09, ran a 2:12.48 in qualifying).
--freshman Bridget Pearson-competed in the pole vault.
--freshman Julie Stevenson-competed in the high jump.
--freshman Chuck Ryan-placed fifth in the 110m hurdles (14.17w, +2.4, his qualifying mark was 14.05w, +2.3, winning his heat and third fastest among qualifiers). Ryan redshirted in 2000.
--freshman Kyle Erickson-did not qualify for the final in the 400m hurdles (he ran a 54.64 in qualifying). Erickson placed sixth in the 400m hurdles at last month's Pac-10.
Five incoming UCLA freshmen recruits also competed at the 2000 Junior Meet. In women's competition, Sheena Johnson, from Garfield HS in Dale City, VA, won the 400m hurdles (56.82, ran a 59.80, winning her heat, in qualifying), Jessica Cosby, from Grover Cleveland HS in Reseda, was second in the shot put (50-3 1/2) and Lana Saye, from Silverado HS in Henderson, NV, placed third in the discus (166-9).
In men's competition, Trevor Jones, from Newport Harbor HS in Newport Beach, placed fifth in the 400m hurdles (52.33, ran a 52.61 in qualifying) and Christopher Stanton, from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego who is coming to UCLA to compete in the high jump (a personal best of 6 10), competed in the decathlon.
About the U. S. Junior Championships In order to compete in the U. S. Junior Nationals, athletes must be between the ages of 14-19, can't turn 20 during the year 2000 and must be a citizen of the U. S.
This year, the Junior Nationals will serve as the selection meet for three international competitions:
1. Two events in Montreal, Canada, set for sometime between July 17-23. The top two highest placing finishers in each event qualify.
2. The NACA (North America, Central America, Caribbean) Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 3-5. The selection of this team will be at the sole discretion of USA Track and Field.
The World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 17-22. The selection of this team will be at the sole discretion of USATF.