May 1, 2001
Annual UCLA/USC Dual Meet on Saturday (May 5) at USC, Bruin Men Have Won 22 Consecutive Duals vs. The Trojans, UCLA Women Have Won Eight Straight Over USC, Last Weekend, Sheena Johnson Stars at Penn Relays, Chucky Ryan (110mH), Scott Moser(DT), Tracy O'Hara(PV) and Christina Tolson(SP/HT) Win at Cal/Nevada
This Weekend (Saturday, May 5)
UCLA at USC
Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's team and Art Venegas' Bruin men's squad will travel across town to meet archrival USC in the annual dual meet between the two schools' women's and men's programs.
On Friday (May 4), the women's and men's hammer throws will take place at West Los Angeles College, starting at 3 p.m.
On Saturday (May 5) at USC's Cromwell Field and Loker Stadium, the field events will begin at 11 a.m., with the running events at 11:15 a.m. The meet will conclude at 2:25 p.m., with the running of the women's and men's 4 X 400m relays.
Fox Sports West will air a tape-delayed show of the May 5 UCLA at USC women's and men's track & field meet on Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m. Also, the Pacific-10 Women's and Men's Track & Field Championships, held May 19-20 at Berkeley, will be tape delayed by Fox Sports Net. The Pac-10 show will be distributed on Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. PDT (please check local listings for the airing date).
UCLA/USC Series History
In the men's series that dates back to 1934, USC leads it 38-29, but the Bruins have won the last 22 meets in a row (dating back to 1978, the 1982 meet was nonscoring). USC won the first 33 meets in a row (there were two meets in 1945, USC won both). UCLA's first dual win over USC was in 1966 (86-59, at the Coliseum). From 1967-77, the Bruins had a 6-5 advantage. In 1978, the Bruins started their 22-meet win streak.
In the women's series, UCLA leads it 14-3 and the Bruins have won the last eight meets in a row, dating back to 1993. USC won the women's dual in 1992, '87 and 1986. UCLA won the first two dual meets in the series (1984, 76-74 at Drake Stadium and 1985, 89-43 at Drake Stadium).
In last week's (April 23) national rankings, Trackwire had the UCLA women again at No. 1 (71 points, ahead of No. 2 USC, 62 points) and the Bruin men were No. 21 (tied with South Carolina/BYU, 14 points, the USC men were tied for No. 16, 16 points).
In the IAAF-USATF Team Power Rankings (as of April 30), the UCLA women are still No. 1, 387.82 points (the USC women are No. 6, 359.19 points) and the Bruin men are No. 3, 356.86 points (the USC men are No. 4, 354.62 points).
Trackwire is based upon how a team will score at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor (May 30-June 2, Eugene, OR) and the Team Power Ranking is based upon a team's individual marks and dual meet strength.
Track and Field News also predicts how teams will score at the upcoming NCAA Outdoor. In T&FN's women's predictions (as of April 26), USC is first with 84 points, followed by UCLA's 74. In the men's predictions, the Bruins and Trojans are not in the Top 14 teams.
On Tuesday, May 1, the annual UCLA/USC media luncheon will take place at noon in USC's Varsity Lounge at Heritage Hall (on the USC campus). Head coaches and athletes from all four teams will be present to help promote the dual meet on Saturday, May 5 at USC.
Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week (April 30)
This week's Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week is UCLA freshman Sheena Johnson.
At the Penn Relays on Thursday, Johnson placed second in the women's 400m hurdles, in a time of 56.23 (personal-best, No. 2 mark on the current collegiate chart, No 4 in school history, NCAA automatic qualifier). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed sixth (3:35.38, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier) in the collegiate championship final on Saturday.
UCLA's other nominees were-
Men's Track - freshman Chucky Ryan, at the Cal/Nevada Championships, won the 110m hurdles, in a time of 14.08 (season-best).
Men's Field - sophomore Scott Wiegand had two personal-bests at the Cal/Nevada meet, in the shot put, placed second (59-11 1/4, personal-best, NCAA provisional) and in the discus (174-6, personal-best).
Women's Field - junior Tracy O'Hara, won the pole vault at Cal/Nevada, with a mark of 14-6 (a season-best mark, No. 1 on the current collegiate chart, NCAA automatic qualifier). Last season in outdoor competition, O'Hara set the collegiate record (14-7 1/4).
Last Weekend (Thurs.-Sun., April 26-29)
Results from the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Cal/Nevada Championships at UC Irvine
Final Day (Saturday)-Penn Relays
Jones Second in 100m, UCLA Third in 4 X 800m and Sixth in 4 X 400m Relays
In women's collegiate championship final races on Saturday, UCLA senior Shakedia Jones was second in the 100m, UCLA's 4 X 800m relay placed third and the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay was sixth. In the 100m, Jones placed second with a time of 11.45. First-place went to LSU's Muna Lee (11.24) and third-place was Indiana's Rachelle Boone (11.51). On Friday, Jones qualified for the championship race with an 11.41 (season-best, NCAA provisional qualifying mark). In the 4 X 800m relay, UCLA's third-place time was 8:28.61, a new school record (the Bruins set the record on April 5, winning the event at the Texas Relays, in 8:33.21). Running for the Bruins were senior Bridget Hatch (2:08.8), sophomore Jessica Marr (2:06.2), sophomore Tiffany Burgess (2:07.2) and freshman Lena Nilsson (2:06.4). The first-place relay was Florida (8:24.25) and second-place was Georgetown (8:24.67).
In the 4 X 400m relay, UCLA's sixth-place time was 3:35.38, a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Running for the Bruins were freshman Adia McKinnon, freshman Sheena Johnson, freshman Nicole Gaskins and junior Ysanne Williams. The winning relay was South Carolina (3:28.34). UCLA qualified for Saturday's championship race by running a 3:36.38 (second-best time of the season, NCAA provisional qualifier) during Thursday's prelims. Day Two (Friday)-Penn Relays UCLA Senior Shakedia Jones Qualifies for Saturday's 100m Final
On Friday during day-two of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, UCLA senior Shakedia Jones qualified for Saturday's championship final race in the women's 100m.
In the women's 100m on Friday, there were three heats. Jones won heat two with a time of 11.41 (season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier). Her mark was the second-fastest of the day, trailing only LSU's Muna Lee (11.31). Jones, Lee and seven other runners from Friday's heats will compete in Saturday's final.
UCLA's other participant on Friday was freshman Sani Roseby in the women's 100m hurdles. There were three heats in the event, with Roseby placing sixth in heat three, in a time of 14.33. She did not advance to Saturday's championship final.
Day One (Thursday)-Penn Relays
UCLA Freshman Sheena Johnson First-Day Standout At Penn Relays
UCLA freshman Sheena Johnson was a standout for the Bruin women on Thursday during the first day of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Johnson competed in the 400m hurdles and on both Bruin relays during first day action at the Penn Relays.
In the women's 400m hurdles, there were seven sections. Johnson and Bruin junior Ysanne Williams ran in section one and the top four times from that section were the top four times of the day (a championship final is not run in this event).
The winner was Harvard's Brenda Taylor (56.11), followed by Johnson's 56.23, Texas' Angel Patterson (56.76) and Williams' (57.59). Taylor's time is the top U. S. collegiate mark this season and Johnson's mark is No. 2 in the U. S. Her 56.23 is a personal-best, No. 4 in school history and an NCAA automatic qualifier. Williams' 57.59 is also a personal-best, No. 8 in school history and an NCAA provisional mark.
In the women's 4 X100m relay, there were 11 heats. UCLA ran in heat four, placing first, in a time of 45.29. UCLA's relay team was freshman Sani Roseby, Johnson, freshman Adia McKinnon and senior Shakedia Jones. UCLA's mark did not advance to Friday's collegiate championship race.
In the women's 4 X 400m relay, there were 10 major college heats with the top eight times qualifying for Saturday's collegiate championship. UCLA's relay of freshman Nicole Gaskins, Johnson, Williams and McKinnon, placed second in heat five, with a time of 3:36.38 (season-best outdoor mark, NCAA provisional). The Bruins did advance to Saturday's championship final. The winner of heat five was Clemson (3:35.86) and the top time was turned in by South Carolina (3:33.55).
Johnson, from Stafford, VA Garfield HS, is familiar with the Penn Relays. The 2000 U. S. Junior champion in the 400m hurdles (with her then-personal-best of 56.82), Johnson last season became the first prep in Penn Relays history to win the 400m hurdles three consecutive seasons and was named the Outstanding Female HS Athlete of last year's Penn Relays. Bruin senior Michelle Perry was scheduled to run on a Bruin relay, but suffered from food poisoning on Thursday and was unable to participate.
In a women's field event on Thursday, Bruin junior Darnesha Griffith placed sixth in the high jump, with a mark of 5-8.
UCLA Men Place Second, Bruin Women are Fourth, For the Men, Ryan Wins 110m hurdles and Moser the Discus, For the Women, O'Hara Takes Pole Vault Crown, Tolson Wins Shot Put and Hammer Throw, Tolson Named Cal/Nevada Field Athlete of the Year
Art Venegas' UCLA men's team placed second and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad was fourth at the Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championships, held at UC Irvine. The meet was a two-day affair that concluded Sunday.
The Bruin men placed a strong second, with 125.33 points, just behind first-place California, with 127 points. UCLA's women had 58.67 points for fourth-place, behind first-place San Diego State (110), California (83.67) and Nevada (59). Neither Bruin squad was at full-strength. The UCLA men held out their top sprinters and 400m hurdlers and the Bruin women sprinters, hurdlers and relay participants were at the Penn Relays.
In men's competition, the Bruin winners were - freshman Chucky Ryan in the 110m hurdles (14.08, season-best) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:09.20, season-best). UCLA went one-three in the discus - junior Scott Moser was first (197-5), followed by freshman Dan Ames (183-7) and sophomore Scott Wiegand (174-6, personal-best).
Finishing second for the UCLA men were junior Andrew Wulf in the 3000m steeplechase (9:03.72, personal-best), freshman Yoo Kim in the pole vault (16-7 1/4-tied for second, personal-best), Wiegand in the shot put (59-11 1/4, personal-best) and sophomore Nate Marum in the javelin (210-11). Freshman Nick Thornton was third in the 800m (1:51.46, personal-best).
In women's competition, the Bruins were led be these winners - junior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (14-6, season-best, top collegiate mark in the U. S., NCAA automatic qualifier) and senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (56-7 1/4) and hammer throw (211-10). For her wins in both the shot put and hammer throw, Tolson was named the Cal/Nevada Field Athlete of the Year.
Sophomore Chaniqua Ross was second in the discus (171-4). A third-place finish was turned in by junior Heather Sickler in the pole vault (12-8 1/4).
UCLA's women's head coach Jeanette Bolden is in her eighth year as head coach of the UCLA women's team. For the last two seasons (2000/2001), she has directed the Bruins to the NCAA Indoor titles. It was UCLA's (women or men) first ever indoor crowns.
At the NCAA Outdoor Championships under Bolden, the Bruins have finished no lower than third on six occasions (2000-3rd, 1999-2nd, 1998-2nd, 1997-3rd, 1996-9th, 1995-2nd, 1994-3rd).
She has also directed UCLA to six Pac-10 titles, including the last four in a row.
In 2000, she was named the Pac-10 (fourth year in a row and sixth time in her Bruin head coaching career) and USTCA West Region (fourth consecutive, fifth time in her career) Women's Coach of the Year.
Bolden 's career dual mark is 61-1 (losing the first dual meet of her career this season to Washington State, WSU 85-UCLA 78 on March 17 at Berkeley-the meet is being rescored - a decision will be reached in the near future). Before this year's loss to the Cougars, the last time UCLA's women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back meets to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women had won 66 consecutive duals (before losing to WSU), including 54 straight at Drake Stadium. Bolden has never lost to USC in a dual meet, 7-0 since 1994.
She is an Olympic gold medal winner (1984, USA 4 X 100m relay) and Bruin All-American sprinter (1981-83).
Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas is in his second season as the UCLA men's head coach. Venegas was a Bruin assistant coach for 18 years before taking over the head men's position from Bob Larsen before the 2000 season.
He is a world-renowned coach in the throws. During his Bruin tenure, he has directed the UCLA men's/women's throwing corps to 29 NCAA individual titles and in the 1990s, Bruin throwers had won 38 Pac-10 championships.
Venegas is 1-0 vs. USC in the dual meet, winning last year's meet, his first as the Bruin head coach, 88-75 at Drake Stadium. Since arriving at UCLA in 1981-82 as a Bruin assistant coach, the UCLA men have not lost to USC.
UCLA has three national woman leaders- junior Tracy O'Hara and seniors, Christina Tolson and Michelle Perry. O'Hara, from San Diego Rancho Bernardo HS, is No. 1 in the women's pole vault (14-6), Tolson, from Fountain Valley, leads the U. S. collegiate ranks in the shot put (57-2) and is second in the hammer (214-6) and Perry, from Lancaster Quartz Hill, is tied for the No. 1 spot in the heptathlon (5,657).
Second on the U. S. women college charts is freshman Sheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.23), and third is sophomore Chaniqua Ross in the shot put (54-3 3/4).
On the men's national charts, junior Scott Moser, from Huntington Beach, is No. 3 on the discus list (206-8) and No. 10 in the shot put (62-4 1/2). Moser leads the Pac-10 in those two events.
The 2001/2000 NCAA Indoor titles for the Bruin women were the first in school history (women or men). UCLA is the first west coast school to win the women's NCAA Indoor and just the third overall when combining the men's Indoor champions (USC in 1967 and '72 and Washington State in 1977).
Track & Field News judged the 2001 UCLA women's recruiting class (current freshmen) No. 1 in the nation and the Bruin men's class No. 4.
Al Joyner, the 1984 Olympic triple jump champion and husband to the late Florence Griffith Joyner, is in his first season on the Bruin women's staff, coaching the jumpers.
UCLA's 2001-2002 Recruits-Monique Henderson Heads the List
Monique Henderson, the 2000 Track & Field News' Women's High School Athlete of the Year, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCLA. Henderson, who will be a freshman this fall, heads the list of Bruin women and men track and field recruits that were released April 19.
Henderson, from Morse HS in San Diego, last season as a junior prepster had an outstanding 2000 campaign. In the high school ranks, at the CA State meet in June in the 400m, her winning time of 50.74 was a national high school and American Junior record (under-19 years of age). She then participated in the U. S. Olympic Trials in August in Sacramento, placing eighth (51.79) and earning a spot in the U. S. Olympic 4 X 400m relay pool.
Henderson, only the second non-senior to be named the Gatorade National HS Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year (Marion Jones was the first), for the last two seasons has been rated the nation's top high school women's 400m runner and she is also a three-time CA State champion. A talented 200m performer, her personal-best mark of 23.19 from last season was No. 2 on the 2000 U. S. women's prep chart and her 11.61 100m was No. 8 on last year's national high school list. Bruin Women Recruits
Joining Henderson as incoming Bruin women freshman recruits for head coach Jeanette Bolden are - All-American distance runner Alejandra Barrientos from San Lorenzo Valley in Felton, jumper Candice Baucham from Long Beach Poly HS, pole vaulter Jamie Kolar from Long Beach Poly HS, distance runner Lori Mann, from Santa Margarita HS in Coto De Caza and All-American thrower Briona Reynolds, from Red River HS in Grand Forks, ND. Barrientos and Reynolds' signings were originally released last fall. Alejandra Barrientos - In 2000, Barrientos earned T & FN All-American status in both the mile and 3200m. Her mark of 4:48.27 in the mile was No. 3 on the 2000 U. S. women's high school list and her time of 10:11.19 in the 3200m led the nation. As a junior in 2000, she won the CA State Cross Country title and in track, the 1600m and 3200m at Arcadia.
Candice Baucham - leads the 2001 women's high school ranks in the triple jump (42-3 1/2) and last Saturday won the event at Arcadia with the best triple jump series since former Bruin Juliana Yendork (the U. S. high school record-holder, 44-0 1/2) in the early 1990s. Baucham is also a 19-foot long jumper. As a junior last season, her 40-6 3/4 was No. 12 on the U. S. prep chart.
Jamie Kolar - she's currently tied for the national prep lead with a vault of 13-0 and last week placed second at Arcadia (12-6). In 2000 as a junior, her 12-0 was No. 20 on the national chart. Lori Mann - excellent distance runner who has placed in the CIF and CA State meets in both cross country and track . In track, her best marks are 5:03 (1600m) and 11:04 (3200m). Briona Reynolds - In 2000 as a junior, Reynolds earned All-America honors from T & FN in the discus, leading the nation's prep women's chart with a mark of 179-1. She placed fifth in the voting for the 2000 T & FN Women's HS Athlete of the Year (Henderson was the Athlete of the Year and No. 2 in the voting was Sheena Johnson, now a freshman standout on the UCLA women's track and field team). As a junior last season, Reynolds won discus titles at the ND State, Golden West, National Scholastic and U. S. Junior meets. Reynolds was rated No. 2 in the U. S. in the discus as a sophomore in 1999. Last season, her shot put mark of 48-2 1/4 was No. 7 on the U. S. HS list.
Bruin Men Recruits
UCLA men's head coach Art Venegas announced the following athletes as incoming Bruin freshman recruits for the coming season - distance runner Daniel Clements, from Taft HS and Woodland Hills, sprinter Robert Hambleton, from Loyola HS who lives in Pasadena, thrower Jake Knight from Rubidoux HS in Riverside, high jumper Chadd Smith from Camarillo HS and hurdler Jonathan Williams from Notre Dame HS in Los Angeles. Hambleton and Smith's signings were originally released last fall.
Daniel Clements - City Champion in the 1600m and runnerup in City cross country. His marks in 2001 are 1:54 (800m), 4:00 (1500m) and 4:21 (1600m).
Robert Hambleton - A 100/200m performer, Hambleton will provide depth to the Bruin sprint corps in 2002. He qualified for the CIF finals last year as a junior and was an All-League selection.
Jake Knight - His 60-3 in the shot put is currently No. 2 on the U. S. prep chart. Last season as a junior, his best was 61-11.
Chadd Smith - In 2000 as a junior, Smith won the high jump at Arcadia (6-10) and placed third at the CA State meet.
Jonathan Williams - In 2001 as a senior, Williams has run 14.3 (100m high hurdles) and 38.0 (300m intermediate hurdles)
UCLA 2001 NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers (May 30-June 2-Eugene,OR)
UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week
April 30 - Women Track - At the Penn Relays (April 26-28), freshman Sheena Johnson placed second in the women's 400m hurdles, in a time of 56.23 (personal-best, No. 2 mark on the current collegiate chart, No 4 in school history, NCAA automatic qualifier). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed sixth (3:35.38, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier) in the collegiate championship final on Saturday.
April 23 - Women Field - At the Mt. SAC Relays (April 20-22), senior Christina Tolson won the hammer with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 214-6 (No. 2 on the current collegiate chart), breaking her own Pac-10 and UCLA record that she set last season (208-11). She also placed fourth overall (top collegian) in the invitational shot put (57-2, personal-best, collegiate leader, No. 5 UCLA history, NCAA automatic).
April 16- Women Field - Vs. Nebraska/CS Northridge on April 14 at Drake Stadium, junior Tracy O'Hara won the pole vault (13-9 1/4, No. 2 mark on the U. S college chart, season-best, NCAA automatic qualifier). April 9 - Women Field - At the Texas Relays (April 5-7), senior Christina Tolson won the shot put (56-1 1/4, national leader, season-best, NCAA automatic) and was second in the hammer (207-11, ties season-best, NCAA automatic).
UCLA's cross country and track and field teams are well represented on the Athletic Director's (3.00gpa or above) Honor Roll for the 2001 winter and 2000 fall quarters.
Women's CC -Julia Barbour, Tiffany Burgess, Gina Donnelly, Kelly Grimes, Jessica Marr, Melissa McBain, Lena Nilsson
Women's T & F - Ola Adenyi, Lesley Bravin**, Christine Chan, Brooke Fitzgerald**, Nicole Gaskins**, Erica Hoernig, Gail Larsen**, Chaniqua Ross, Heather Sickler, Kristen Tucker.
Women's CC-Christine Atkins**, Julia Barbour, Michelle Barrack, Tiffany Burgess, Elaine Canchola, Stefani Clark, Valerie Flores, Alynda Franco, Kelly Grimes**, Jessica Marr, Melissa McBain
Women's T&F - Ola Adenyi, Karen Bewley, Lesley Bravin, Christine Chan, Jessica Cosby, Brooke Fitzgerald**, Nicole Gaskins**, Sheena Johnson, Gail Larsen***, Suzanne Linn, Heather Newlin**, Bunmi Ogunleye, Tracy O'Hara, Heather Sickler**, Kristen Tucker, Ysanne Williams
**3.50 or better
MPSF Indoor All-Academic
Women - Karen Bewley (3.38gpa), Suzanne Linn (3.40gpa), Heather Newlin (3.35 gpa), Chaniqua Ross (3.37)
Pronunciation Guide --
Men - Juaune (Ju-won) Armon, John Barbieri (John Bar-be-air-ee), Will Bernaldo (Ber-nal-do), Jack Clamon (Cla-man), Yoo (U) Kim, David Kurien (David Cure-e-in), Josh Levy (Josh Le-vee), Scott Moser (Scott Mo-sur), Paul Muite (Paul Moy-tay), Chris Staton (Stat-in), Denye (Den-yea) Versher, Scott Wiegand (Scott Wee-gand), Tim Yeo (Tim Yo).
Women - Ola Adenyi (O-la A-den-yee), Karen Bewley (Bu-ley), Tiffany Burgess (Burr-jes), Elaine Canchola (Elaine Can-cho-la), Eboni Grayson (Eb-a-nee Grayson), Darnesha Griffith (Dar-ne-sha Griffith), Bridie Hatch (Bri-dee Hatch), Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig), Sheena (She-na) Johnson, Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones), Adia (A-dee-a) McKinnon, Lena Nilsson (Lee-na Nil-son), Bunmi Ogunleye (Boo-mee O-gun-lay-e), Emilie Reyboz(Ray-boz), Hasani Roseby (goes by first name of Sani (Saw-nee), Roseby (Rose-bee), Chaniqua (Cha-ni-qua )Ross, Lara Saye (Say), Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).