No. 5 UCLA This Weekend (Friday-Saturday) At UC San Diego Invitational

April 19, 2005

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Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, the defending NCAA Outdoor National Champions and this week ranked No. 5 in the U. S. by Trackwire, will compete this weekend (Friday-Saturday) at the UC San Diego Invitational.

April 15-17 - At Mt. Sac Relays
April 16-At Sun Angel Classic/Long Beach Invitational

April 17-Mt. SAC
Chelsea Johnson Places Fourth in Pole Vault with Mark of 13-11.25 Junior Chelsea Johnson finished fourth in the Invitational Pole Vault on Sunday at the Mt. SAC Relays, jumping a season-best and regional qualifier of 13-11.25. Johnson, who jumped 13-9.25 last weekend at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, is back to full strength after a hamstring injury earlier in the year.

Several former Bruins were also in action on Sunday at Mt. SAC. Cari Soong, competing for Team XO, finished fifth in the Invitational Hammer Throw with a toss of 216-1, just two inches shy of her own personal-best (216-3). Tracy O'Hara won the Invitational Pole Vault with a mark of 14-5.25 and in the 100m, Joanna Hayes, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100m hurdles, finished third in a time of 11.45. Amy Acuff also won on Sunday as she cleared 6-4 in the high jump to claim victory.

April 15-Mt. SAC
On Friday night at Mt. SAC, freshman Alison Costello highlighted the Bruins' competition as she ran one of the top-10 collegiate times in the 5000m this season (16:25.74). Costello, running in the Invitational section of the 5000m, dropped her lifetime-best by nearly seven seconds (old best, 16:32.69 at Stanford), placing 16th overall.

Her time was also a regional qualifier and moved her to fifth on the all-time list at UCLA in the 5000m.

Senior Valerie Flores and Olga Aulet-Leon also had an impres-sive times as both ran regional qualifiers and lifetime-bests in their respective events. Flores finished 10th in the University/Open section of the 5000m (16:49.98), improving her lifetime-best by nearly 15 seconds (old best, 17:14.78). Aulet-Leon, running in the University/ Open 1500m (4:26.20), dropped her lifetime-best by over three seconds (old best 4:29.79) to finish 9th in her section and 20th overall.

In the University/Open 1500m, sophomore Jenna Timinsky ran a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 4:27.66, placing 13th in her section and 24th overall.

Freshmen Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger also competed in the University/Open section of the 5000m on Friday. Rethmeier placed 21st (17:10.47) and Rothenberger finished 39th (17:38.02).

April 17- Sun Angel Classic
Monique Henderson Breaks Stadium Record in 200m to Win Senior Monique Henderson blazed past the competition on Saturday at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, AZ, setting a new stadium record of 22.96 in the 200m (old record, 23.02) to win. Henderson also placed second in the 100m, running another lifetime-best of 11.34. Both Henderson's 100m and 200m times were regional qualifying marks. In the 4x100m relay, Henderson anchored the Bruins to a season-best and regional qualifying time of 45.02 to finish third overall.

Junior Dawn Harper opened up her outdoor season in the 100m hurdles with a win, running a regional qualifying time of 13.29. Freshman DeShanta Harris finished fifth (13.87) and freshman Dianna Gooden placed ninth, running a season-best 14.56. In the 400m hurdles, sophomore MacKenzie Hill and freshman Dianna Gooden both posted seasonal-bests as Hill finished fourth (1:01.38) and Gooden placed fifth (1:04.55).

In the 100m, freshman Jolanda Diego placed 13th (12.13), while Harper and freshman Renee Williams each ran lifetime-bests. Harper finished 10th in a time of 11.90, while Williams placed 16th (12.35). Junior Kyoko Guillory finished 18th in a time of 12.38.

The 4x400m relay team of Diego, Gooden, Harper and Harris ran a season-best 3:52.35 to finish fourth overall.

In the throwing events, senior Jessica Cosby placed sixth in the shot put (50-6.25), senior Lara Saye was second in the discus (179-4), junior Briona Reynolds placed 7th in the discus (161-6) and freshman Danielle Smith finished ninth in the discus (155-0). Cosby, Saye and Reynolds each had regional qualifying marks in their respective events on Saturday, but have thrown farther earlier this year.

In the jumps, senior Candice Baucham won the long jump with a regional qualifier and season-best 20-8.50. Freshman Renee Williams also leaped to a regional qualifier and season-best, jumping 19-6.75. Senior Dana Bethel placed eighth with a jump of 19-2.50. In the pole vault, freshmen Ingrid Kantola finsihed seventh (11-11.75) and Elizabeth Woepse placed 11th (11-5.75). Freshman Allison Miller finished 10th in the high jump (5-3).

April 16-Long Beach Invitational
Two Lifetime and Four Season-bests at Long Beach State While the majority of the track team was in Tempe, AZ, nine Bruin women competed at the Long Beach Invitational on Saturday, producing two lifetime and four season-bests at the meet.

Sophomore Shannon Lewis posted a lifetime-best in the 100m (12.75, 28th) and a season-best in the 200m (26.63, 45th). In the 400m, junior Julia Pitts placed 30th (58.62), sophomore Talita Wells finished 35th (59.41, lifetime-best), and freshman Jacquelyn Mandy placed 38th (59.80, season-best).

In the 1500m, sophomore Leslie Barrie finished 14th in a time of 4:40.93, while junior Sarah West ran a season-best 4:41.05, placing 15th overall.

In the field, freshman Kathleen Mahony leaped to an outdoor-best 5-5 in the high jump (2nd), freshman Nicci Faires posted a season-best 11-5.75 in the pole vault (3rd), and freshman Leslie Rychel finished 7th in the long jump (17-10.25).

April 14 - CA Invitational Heptathlon/Final Day
Hall Records Personal Bests in the Javelin and 800m, Wins CA Invitational Heptathlon UCLA sophomore Nastassja Hall clocked a personal-best 2:17.92 in the 800 meters to rally from behind and win the California Invitational Heptathlon with a personal-best and NCAA provisional qualifying tally of 5,191 points during the second day of competition at Azusa Pacific University.

Hall, who never led the competition until the seventh and final event, put herself in position to win the heptathlon with a monster 27-foot PR in the javelin (103' 8") to move to within 91 points of 6-event leader, Katie Lloyd, a Colorado State sophomore. In the 800, Hall grabbed the early lead and never relinquished it, beating the rest of the field by at least 5 seconds. Lloyd, the first day leader with 3,102, clocked a PR of 2:29.46 in the 800, but couldn't stay within reach of Hall to hang on for the victory. Nonetheless, she finished with another PR of 5,130 points to also provisionally qualify for the upcoming 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Hall entered today's three-event competition (long jump/javelin/800m) in second-place, behind Lloyd, with 3,049 points.

April 14 - CA Invitational Heptathlon/First Day
Hall In Second-Place With Personal-Best 3,049 Points. After day one of the CA Invitational Heptathlon at Azusa Pacific, UCLA sophomore Nastassja Hall is in second-place, with 3,049 points.

Hall's first-day total of 3,049 points (personal-best), after four events, trails first-place Katie Lloyd, from Colorado State, by just 53 points (Lloyd 3,102/Hall 3,049).

In her four events - Hall ran a 15.50 (1.1w) in the 100m hurdles (777 points), leaped 5-5 (personal-best) in the high jump, had a mark of 35-7.25 (personal-best) in the shot put and ran the 200m in 24.94 (w2.5).

Last season, Hall placed fifth in the heptathlon at the Pac-10, with 4,975 points.

-On April 30, UCLA will travel crosstown for the annual UCLA/USC dual meet on the Trojan track. The Bruins have won the last 12 dual meets vs. USC (UCLA head coach Jeanette Boldenis 11-0 vs. the Trojans). USC will host a media lucheon on Tuesday, April 26 at noon in Heritage Hall (contact Kristina Krikes, 805-432-7745).

-On May 7 are the Modesto and Oxy Invitationals.

-UCLA will host the 2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships

-On May 7 are the Modesto and Oxy Invitationals.

-UCLA will host the 2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships at Drake Stadium. May 7-8 are the Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships and on May 14-15 are the Pac-10 Championships. FSN will delay televise the Pac-10 Champions on FSN West (May 21, 2 p.m.) and on FSN West 2 (May 21, noon/May 22, 5 p.m.). To promote the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins will host a media luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at noon in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room (contact Stephanie Sampson/Bill Bennett/310-206-7870).

-On May 18 is the Salinas Throwers Invitational.

-On May 27-28 are the 2005 NCAA West Regionals in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon. The Bruin women have won the first two West Region Championship team titles, in 2004 and 2003.

-On June 8-11 are the 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships in Sacramento, CA. The Bruin women are the defending team champions.

-On June 23-26 Carson's Home Depot will host the 2005 USA T & F Senion/Junior Championships.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 16 - All Day PST
vs. NAU Team ...
Flagstaff, AZ
Friday, Jan 22 - All Day PST
vs. Kansas State ...
Manhattan, KS
Saturday, Jan 23 - All Day PST
vs. Kansas State ...
Manhattan, KS
Friday, Jan 29 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Razorback ...
Fayetteville, AR
Saturday, Jan 30 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Razorback ...
Fayetteville, AR
Friday, Feb 05 - All Day PST
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
Saturday, Feb 06 - All Day PST
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
Friday, Feb 12 - All Day PST
vs. Husky Invitational
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 13 - All Day PST
vs. Husky Invitational
Seattle, WA