June 13, 2000
LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive season, UCLA women's track and field head coach Jeanette Bolden and Bruin senior female thrower Seilala Sua have swept the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Track and Field Coach and Athlete of the Year Awards.
Bolden, who just completed her seventh season as UCLA's head coach, won the Conference coaching award for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in her career. In 2000, Bolden led the Bruins to the Pac-10 and NCAA Indoor championships, along with a third-place finish at the recently completed NCAA Outdoor. The UCLA women have won the last four conference track and field titles and a total of six during Bolden's seven years as head coach.
Sua, a senior from Cooper City, FL, at this year's Pac-10 meet defended her shot put (56-9 1/2) and discus (205-1) titles. In her four-year Bruin career, Sua won six conference individual throwing championships (2000- shot put/discus, 1999-shot put/discus/javelin, 1998-shot put).
At the recently completed NCAA Outdoor, Sua defended her shot put (56-11 1/2, season-best) and discus (200-09) crowns. In her NCAA Outdoor career, Sua became the winningest female in Outdoor history (six individual championships, 2000-shot put/discus, 1999-shot put/discus, 1998-discus, 1997-discus). She's also only the second woman in NCAA Outdoor history to win four consecutive individual championships in the same event (discus-1997-2000, ties Suzy Favor, Wisconsin, 1500m, 1987-90). Adding to her NCAA glory, Sua also won the 2000 NCAA Indoor shot put for a career total seven individual national championships (Favor has the record with nine NCAA Outdoor/Indoor titles).
Looking ahead to July's U. S. Olympic Trials, Sua will be looking to win her third consecutive discus championship and earn a position on the U. S. team that will compete at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia from Sept. 22-Oct. 1.
In the men's conference category, Washington's Ja'Warren Hooker was the Pac-10 Male T & F Athlete of the Year (he won the 100m and 200m at the 2000 Pac-10 meet) and USC's Ron Allice and Stanford's Vin Lananna shared honors as men's co-Coaches of the Year. In men's competition this season, USC won the Pac-10 title and Stanford the NCAA Outdoor championship.
Pac-10 T & F Newcomers of the Year were Oregon's Jason Boness, winning the men's honor and Stanford's Lauren Fleshman, getting the women's award. At the 2000 Pac-10 meet, Boness won the men's high jump (7-5) and Fleshman finished second in the 1500m (4:17.76).