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Women's Track Prepares for NCAA Championships
By: UCLA Athletics

May 28, 1998

This Week (June 3-6) -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad, both squads 1998 Pacific-10 team champions, this week (Wednesday-Saturday, June 3-6) will compete at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Buffalo, NY and hosted by the State University of New York at Buffalo.

On Wednesday (June 3), the first regular event starts at 2 p.m. EDT (women's discus final) and ends at 8:35 p.m. EDT (women's 10,000m final). On Thursday (June 4), the first event is at 6 p.m. EDT (women's 100m hurdle trials) and the last at 9:20 p.m. EDT (men's 10,000m final). On Friday (June 5), the meet starts at 3 p.m. EDT (women's javelin final) and ends at 8:30 p.m. EDT (women's 5,000m final). On Saturday, the meet starts at 4 p.m. EDT (women's hammer final) and ends at 8:30 p.m. EDT (women's/men's 4 X 400m relays).

On Wednesday-Thursday, the heptathlon champion will be decided and on Friday-Saturday, the decathlon competition will take place.

Scoring is eight places--10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

National Rankings-- According to last week's (May 20) TrackWire, in the women's division, UCLA was rated No. 1 in the nation for the third week in a row. The Top 10 teams were--No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 USC, No. 5 SMU, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Arizona/Baylor, No. 9 Pittsburgh, No. 10 Georgia.

In the men's division, the Bruins were tied for ninth with Stanford. Here's the Top 10--No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 TCU, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Baylor, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 9 UCLA/Stanford.

1997 NCAA Championships -- Held in Bloomington, IN, June 4-7, the Bruin women placed third (56 points) and the UCLA men tied for fourth (with Wisconsin/Oklahoma, 31 points).

LSU won its 11th consecutive women's title and Arkansas captured its sixth straight men's crown.

Returning Bruin National Champions -- UCLA returns two national champions, senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi and sophomore Seilala Sua.

Keflezighi won the 5,000m and 10,000m, the first to accomplish the demanding double since Ed Eyestone, BYU, 1985. Sua won the discus as a true frosh and also placed third in the shot put.

Also scoring well for the Bruin returners are--senior Suzy Powell who placed second in both the discus and javelin; senior Nada Kawar, fourth in the shot put and sixth in the discus and senior Josh Johnson, fourth in the javelin.

1998 Pacific-10- Championships--On May 23-24, Stanford hosted the conference outdoor championships. Both the Bruin men and women were victorious.

UCLA's men won with 135.50 points, ahead of USC (115.00, last year's champion) and the Bruin women won for the second year in a row (with 174.00 points), ahead of Stanford (136.00).

It's the sixth league title in the 1990s for both the Bruin men (1998-96-95-94-93-92) and women (1998-97-95-94-93-90).

Event winners for the Bruin men were--junior Brian Fell defended his title in the 400m hurdles (50.79, season-best); UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (Fell, senior Brandon Thomas, sophomore Damian Allen, senior Jim McElroy, 39.52, season-best); senior Mel Moultry in the triple jump (52-2 1/2) and senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (18-2 1/2)

Event winners for the UCLA women were---freshman Shakedia Jones in the 100m (11.20); junior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (52.52); junior Joanna Hayes in the 100m hurdles (13.15); UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (Michelle Perry, Shakedia Jones, Hayes, Anderson-44.25); sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (42-7); sophomore Seilala Sua in the shot put (56-10) and senior Rachelle Noble in the hammer (186-10).

Injury Report--Bruin junior Joanna Hayes, crossing the finish line after winning the Pac-10 100m hurdles, collapsed with a cramped/strained right hamstring and also suffered a minor cut to her right knee. Hoping to compete in four events (100m hurdles/400m hurdles/4 X 100m relay/4 X 400m relay), Hayes will make the trip to the NCAA but her status and event total will be determined the weekend before the start of the championships.

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