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By: UCLA Athletics

May 18, 1998

This Weekend (May 23-24) -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad this weekend (Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24) will compete at the 1998 Pacific-10 Track and Field Championships, hosted by Stanford University and held on the Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto. For the men, it's the 68th annual and for the women, the 12th annual.

n Saturday (May 23), the field events start at 1 p.m. and the running events at 3 p.m. (the last event is the men's 10,000m at 7:40 p.m.) and on Sunday (May 24), the field events start at 11:15 a.m. and the running events at 1:15 p.m. (the last event is the 4 X 400m relays at 4 p.m.).

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

Fox Sports Net will air a tape delayed show on Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m. PST.

The 1998 conference championships actually got underway last weekend at Stanford, with the decathlon and heptathlon events. Stanford's Tracye Lawyer won the heptathlon with 5,809 points and California's Ross Bomben won the decathlon with 7,808 points.

National Rankings-- According to last week's TrackWire, in the women's division, UCLA is rated No. 1 in the nation for the second week in a row. Other Pac-10 teams ranked are--No. 4 USC, No. 7 Arizona, No. 14 (tie) Stanford and No. 24 (tie) Washington.

In the men's division, Arizona is rated No. 2, followed by No. 6 USC, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Washington and No. 14 (tie) Washington State.

1997 Pac-10 Championships -- Held in Seattle, the Bruin women won their fifth conference crown in the 1990s (1997-95-94-93-90) and the UCLA men were second (behind USC), snapping their five-year (1992-96) hold on the title.

The Bruin women won with 189.5 points, followed by USC (134.5), Stanford (110), Arizona (87), Oregon (68), Washington State (66), California (64) and Washington (59).

UCLA's men placed second with 138 points, behind winner USC (145). Behind USC and UCLA were Washington (96), Oregon (93), Arizona (91.5), Washington State (90), Stanford (86) and California (74.5).

Returning Bruin Conference Champions -- For the women, the Bruins return six individual winners and two relays from 1997--They are:

Junior Andrea Anderson in the 200m; junior Joanna Hayes in the 100m and 400m hurdles; UCLA's 4 X 100m and 4 X 400m relays; senior Nada Kawar in the shot put and senior Suzy Powell in the discus and javelin.

UCLA's men return three champions from '97--senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the 5,000m, junior Brian Fell in the 400m hurdles and senior Josh Johnson in the javelin.

Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks.

Bob Larsen's men's team this season is 10-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 112-2-1, including 55 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 51 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71).

Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 46-0. The Bruin women are 11-0 this season. The last time UCLA's 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 54 consecutive duals.

Looking Ahead --After the Pac-10 Championships, the 1998 NCAA Track and Field Championships will be held June 3-6 in Buffalo, NY.

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