Jan. 22, 2004
Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team is ranked No. 4 in the U. S. in this week's Trackwire 25 (Jan. 20), ranking the nation's Top 25 women's collegiate indoor squads. Last week (Jan. 13) in the first indoor poll, the Bruin women were No. 5 in the U. S.
Rounding out the nation's Top 5 teams this week are - No. 1 LSU, the defending NCAA Indoor/Outdoor team champion; No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Nebraska. The only other Pac-10 team rated is No. 6 Stanford.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event. The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.
In this week's Trackwire Dandy Dozen, the UCLA athletes nationally ranked include:
-senior Lena Nilsson - ranked No. 1 in the mile, Nilsson is a three-time NCAA Champion (2003 NCAA Indoor 800m/2002 NCAA Outdoor 1500m/2002 NCAA Indoor DMR), two-time (2002-03) Pac-10 Women's T & F Athlete of the Year and the school record-holder in the 800m (2:02.26) and 1500m (4:07.69).
-senior Sheena Johnson - No. 4 in the 60m hurdles, Johnson last spring won the NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles in a meet record time of 54.24 (No. 2 collegiate time behind UCLA's Janeene Vickers, 53.47, 1991). At last season's NCAA Indoor, she earned All-American status in the 60m hurdles, placing seventh (8.175).
-senior Sani Roseby - No. 8 in the 60m hurdles, at last year's NCAA Indoor, Roseby earned All-American honors on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (third leg, fourth-place, 3:33.24).
-sophomore Sheena Gordon - No. 12 in the high jump, last season outdoors as a true freshman, Gordon qualified for the NCAA in both the high and triple jumps, placed second (5-10.50, season-best) at the West Region and third (5-10) at the Pac-10.
-sophomore Chelsea Johnson - No. 2 in pole vault, on Jan. 9 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Johnson vaulted 14-0i, No. 2 in school history. Last year as a true freshman, she placed ninth (13-11.25, UCLA freshman record) at the USA Outdoor, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor, placed sixth (13-6.25) at the West Region and second (13-3.25) at the Pac-10.
-junior Jessica Cosby - No. 7 in the shot put. Cosby, the 2002 NCAA Outdoor shot put champion, last season Cosby won the Pac-10 title (55-7.75, season-best) and is a three-time NCAA Indoor All-American.
-sophomore Kamaiya Warren -No. 11 in the shot put, an outdoor redshirt in 2003, Warren at last summer's USA Junior meet placed third (51-5.50, personal-best).
-senior Cari Soong - No. 5 in the 20lb. weight throw, at last year's NCAA Indoor, she earned All-American honors, placing third (67-4.75i, personal-best). Outdoors last season in the hammer throw, Soong placed 10th (200-1) at the USA meet, fifth (208-3) at the NCAA and first at the West Region (216-3, personal-best, school record, No. 2 in Pac-10) and Pac-10 (215-11, meet record) meets.
The Bruins' 2004 indoor campaign will start Jan. 31 at the Husky Invitational in Seattle. UCLA won the women's NCAA Indoor team title in 2000 and 2001, placed second in 2002 and tied for eighth last season.
Pole Vault Summit
On Jan. 9 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, the Bruin women were led by Johnson's vault of 14-0. Also competing for UCLA were sophomore Jackie Nguyen (13-3.50, personal-best, No. 4 (tied) in school history), junior Jamie Kolar (12-9.50) and sophomore Jenea Russ (11-5.75). Bruin great Tracy O'Hara also competed and vaulted 14-4.
Trackwire Top 25
Available online since the 1997 season, the Trackwire 25 has established itself as the most widely respected and reported ranking of Division I collegiate track & field teams. During the collegiate track season, weekly updates are available via email, and free registration is available at www.trackwire.com.
Trackwire Indoor Women's Top 25
1. LSU, 71
2. Florida, 53
3. Texas, 47
4. UCLA, 36
5. Nebraska, 34
6. Stanford, 32
7. North Carolina, 28
8. BYU, 26
9. Arkansas, 23
10. Colorado, 22
=11. Tennessee, 19
=11. Kansas State, 19
13. Miami, 17
=14. Georgia, 16
=14. Baylor, 16
=14. Florida State, 16
17. Providence, 15
18. South Carolina, 13
19. West Virginia, 12
20. Notre Dame, 11
21. Georgia Tech, 10
22. Clemson, 9
=23. Kent State, 8
=23. Mississippi State, 8
=24. Northern Arizona, 6
=24. Georgetown, 6
=24. UTEP, 6
=24. Vanderbilt, 6 =24. Villanova, 6