March 5, 2001
Jeanette Bolden's UCLA's women's track and field team this weekend (Friday, March 9-Saturday, March 10) will send 12 athletes and Art Venegas' Bruin men's squad will send three to the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
In 2000, the UCLA women won the team title, the first NCAA Indoor championship in women's and men's school history. Last season, UCLA became the first west coast school to win the women's title and just the fourth in collegiate history when combining the women's and men's championships (the Washington State men won in 1977 and the USC men in 1972 and '67).
On Friday there will be 14 finals and 12 preliminary events and the meet will conclude on Saturday with 18 finals. Scoring will be 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
The Bruin women will send 12 athletes to Fayetteville to defend their team title. They are- senior Shakedia Jones in the 60m (7.34, No. 10 on the current collegiate indoor list), junior Ysanne Williams in the 800m (2:07.40, No. 13), senior Michelle Perry in the 60m hurdles (8.32, No. 17), UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (junior Bunmi Ogunleye, freshman Sheena Johnson, Williams, freshman Adia McKinnon, Perry, alternate, 3:35.82, No. 5), junior Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (6-0 3/4, No. 3), junior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (14-1 3/4, No. 2), senior Deana Simmons in the triple jump (42-11 1/2, No. 7), senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (56-4 3/4, No. 1) and weight throw (65-9 3/4, No. 5), freshman Jessica Cosby in the shot put (52-7 1/2, No. 11) and sophomore Cari Soong in the weight throw (63-4 1/4).
At last year's NCAA Indoor, O'Hara won the pole vault (setting the collegiate indoor record, 14-6), Tolson won All-American honors in the shot put (third, 55-4 1/4) and weight throw (eighth, 61-7 1/2), Ross earned All-American status in the shot put (sixth, 53-5) and Jones was an All-American in the 60m (sixth, 7.36). Also in 2000, Simmons was 12th (41-7 3/4) in the triple jump and Griffith was 12th (5-10) in the high jump.
At last weekend's USA Indoor in Atlanta, Tolson, from Fountain Valley, placed third in both the shot put (56-4 3/4) and weight throw (65-5), O'Hara, from San Diego, was fifth in the pole vault (13-3 3/4), Cosby, from Mission Hills, was fifth in the shot put (52-7 1/2), Ross, from Elk Grove, was seventh in the shot put (51-10 1/2), Soong, from Riverside, was ninth in the weight throw (59-4 3/4) and Perry, from Palmdale, qualified in the 60m hurdles.
In men's competition in the 2001 Indoor at Fayetteville, the Bruins will send senior Steve Michels in the pole vault (17-5, No. 16) and two shot put competitors, junior Scott Moser (62-0 1/2, No. 9) and freshman Dan Ames (60-10, No. 15). .
At last week's USA Indoor, Moser, from Huntington Beach, placed sixth in the shot put (59-7 3/4) and Ames, from Lakeside, also qualified in the event.
Looking ahead, the Bruins opened the 2001 outdoor season last Saturday at UC Irvine and on March 17, UCLA will travel to Berkeley for a four-way meet with California/Washington/Washington State.