April 13, 1998
This Week (April 17-19) -- Bob Larsens UCLA mens team, last week ranked No. 8 in the U. S. and Jeanette Boldens Bruin womens squad, rated No. 2 in the nation last week, this weekend (April 17-19) will compete at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
Last Saturday (April 11) -- UCLA hosted Houston, Minnesota (women) and CS Northridge and won all the scoring competitions. In the mens triangular, the Bruins won with 72 points, followed by Houston (33) and CS Northridge (32). In mens dual scoring, UCLA beat Houston (87-38) and CS Northridge (75-33) and Houston beat CS Northridge (52-49).
In the womens quadrangular, the Bruins won with 87 points, followed by Houston (38), CS Northridge (28 1/2) and Minnesota (23 1/2). In dual scoring, the Bruins beat Minnesota (110-25), CS Northridge (103-33) and Houston (93-44); CS Northridge beat Minnesota (82-38) and Houston beat Minnesota (79-55) and CS Northridge (71-64).
Despite the horrible conditions, it rained heavily throughout the meet with heavy wind and cold temperatures, there were still some good Bruin performances.
These Bruin athletes were nominated for Pac-10 mens and womens track and field Athlete of the Week honors for the week of April 13 (based on their performances on April 11):
Mens Track--Sophomore Damian Allen, placed third in the 100m (10.86), was the only collegian running in the 200m (21.98) and ran the third leg of UCLAs 4 X 100m relay that won with a time of 40.98.
Mens Field--Junior Wade Tift, won the shot put (60-6 1/2) and placed second in the hammer, with a personal-best 193-4.
Womens Track--Junior Joanna Hayes, won the 100m hurdles (13.37, season-best and NCAA provisional) and ran the third leg of UCLAs winning 4 X 10m relay (43.85).
Womens Field--Senior Suzy Powell, won the javelin (174-10, season-best and NCAA automatic). She did not compete in the discus because it was cancelled because of weather conditions.
Looking Ahead -- On May 2, Drake Stadium will host the annual UCLA-USC mens and womens dual meets (with Brigham Young). To highlight the event, there will be a Track and Field Media Luncheon on Tuesday, April 28, at noon, in the press room of the J. D. Morgan Center, located on the UCLA campus and home to Bruin athletics.
All of UCLAs home meets this season are part of the U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, which is organized and administered by the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA), in close cooperation with USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in the U. S. The series is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Series aims to bring back the excitement and interest in track & field in the U. S., specifically at the collegiate level. The Series will present weekly collegiate competitions, each featuring 4-5 of the top mens and womens college teams. These teams will compete on selected campuses throughout the nation, each striving for team honors. Each meet will be scored, with the emphasis placed on the teams final score. The U. S. Collegiate Track & Field Series will be presented in 1998, 1999 and 2000, thanks to a grant from the USOC.
Between the two home meets, the Bruins will-- travel to the Penn Relays on April 23-25 and compete in the Cal/Nevada Championships on April 25-26 in Fresno.
Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLAs mens and womens teams have impressive dual meet streaks.
Bob Larsens mens team this season is 8-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 110-2-1, including 53 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 49 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71).
Bruin womens head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 44-0. The Bruin women are 9-0 this season. The last time UCLAs women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back duals to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women have won 52 consecutive duals.