June 7, 2004
THIS WEEK (JUNE 9-12)
Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, ranked No. 1 in the U. S. (Trackwire) and team champions at the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 meets, travels to Austin, TX June 9-12 to com-pete at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by the University of Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
In Bolden's 11 years as the Bruin head coach, UCLA has won two NCAA Indoor titles (2001-00) and at the NCAA Outdoor, the Bruins have ten Top 10 finishes, including eight Top Three placements (UCLA finished second in 2002-01-99-98-95). In 2003, the Bruins were eighth. Outdoors, UCLA has won four national titles (NCAA, 1983- 82/AIAW, 1977-75).
The Bruins have two NCAA Outdoor champions - senior Sheena Johnson, the defending 400m hurdles winner and junior Jessica Cosby, who won the Outdoor shot put crown in 2002. Bruins to Send 18 Athletes (13 Events) to Compete at 2004 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships.
Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team will send 18 athletes to compete in 13 events at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 9-12 in Austin, TX and hosted by the University of Texas.
Here's the list of UCLA's 2004 women competitors. All are automatic qualifiers except - UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, senior Julie Stevenson (high jump), sophomore Jackie Nguyen (pole vault) and freshman Kamaiya Warren (shot put).
Event/Seed/Name/Mark/Date 400m - No. 3 junior Monique Henderson, 50.65SR (5/29).
Henderson is the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 400m champion.
800m - No. 13 sophomore Ashley Caldwell, 2:05.01 (5/29). Caldwell is the 2004 Pac-10 800m champion.
1500m - No. 14 sophomore Alejandra Barrientos, 4:17.60 (4/18)
No. 17 senior Melissa McBain, 4:18.08 (5/29)
100m Hurdles -No. 3 senior Sheena Johnson, 12.79 (5/15)
No. 7 senior Sani Roseby, 12.96 (5/15)
No. 14 sophomore Dawn Harper, 13.16 (5/14)
400m Hurdles-No. 1 senior Sheena Johnson, 54.32 (5/14).
Johnson is the defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion and the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 100m/
400m hurdles champion.
4 X 100m Relay - No. 3 Roseby, senior Adia McKinnon, Harper,
Henderson, 43.43(5/15). This time won the 2004 Pac-10.
4 X 400m Relay - No. 7 Roseby, Johnson, McKinnon,
Henderson, 3:32.39 (5/15). This relay won the 2004 Pac-10.
High Jump - No. 4 sophomore Sheena Gordon, 6-2 (1.88)(5/29).
Gordon is the 2004 NCAA West Region HJ champion.
No. 20 senior Julie Stevenson, 5-10.75 (1.80)(5/1)
Pole Vault - No. 1 sophomore Chelsea Johnson, 15-0 (4.57)(3/27).
Johnson's 15-0 is the NCAA Outdoor record and she's the 2004
NCAA West Region PV champion.
No. 23 sophomore Jackie Nguyen, 13-2.25 (4.02)(5/15)
Long Jump - No. 14 junior Candice Baucham, 20-9.75 (6.34)(5/1)
Triple Jump - No. 5 junior Candice Baucham, 44-8 (13.61)(5/15).
Baucham is the 2004 Pac-10 TJ champion.
Shot Put - No. 6 junior Jessica Cosby, 56-7.25 (17.25)(4/18). Cosby won the shot put crown at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor.
No. 13 freshman Kamaiya Warren, 55-2.75 (16.83)(5/1)
Hammer Throw - No. 6 junior Jessica Cosby, 214-9 (65.46)(5/28).
Cosby is the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 HT cham-pion.
No. 7 senior Cari Soong, 213-5 (65.05)(5/28). Soong is the 2003 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 HT champion.
For the eighth consecutive season and ninth time during her 11- year Bruin head coaching career, Jeanette Bolden on May 27 was named the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA) 2004 Mondo West Region Women's Coach of the Year. In addition, Bruin senior hurdler Sheena Johnson was named the West Region Women's Athlete of the Year.
Bolden directed the Bruins, ranked No. 1 in the U. S., to the 2004 NCAA West Region and Pac-10 team titles.
Johnson, the 2003 NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion, helped lead UCLA to both team crowns. At the NCAA West Region, she won both hurdle events (100mH, 12.85/400mH, 54.91). At the Pac-10 meet, she won the 100m hurdles (12.76, 0.0, personal-best, stadium record, No. 2 in school history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history), the 400m hurdles (55.45/her prelim time of 54.32 was a Pac-10 meet record and at the time, the world's current top mark) and ran the second leg on both of UCLA's winning relays (4X100m, 43.43, Pac-10 meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history/4 X 400m, 3:32.39, season-best, No. 10 in school history). She's only the second woman in conference history to repeat as 100mH/400mH champion (joining UCLA's Janeene Vickers, 1989-90). In the 400m hurdles, Johnson is the first four-time champion in the event (only the third woman in Pac-10 history to win an individual event all four years, joining UCLA's Amy Acuff/HJ/ 1994-97 and USC Inga Stasiulionyte/JT/2001-04).
In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.
Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the out-come of the 2004 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 9-12 at Austin, TX). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event (entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA was ranked No. 3 and placed 8th at the NCAA Outdoor).
Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams by individual marks and dual meet strength (the UCLA women ranked No. 2 in the final 2003 standings and have been the National Dual Meet Champion eight of the last nine seasons, including 2004). In this week's (June 7) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1 (466.43) in the U. S. (ahead of No. 2 Nebraska 430.22, No. 3 BYU 425.21, No. 4 Georgia 414.5 and No. 5 South Carolina 406.25).
BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden
Is in her 11th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coach and 13th on the Bruin staff.
On Feb. 13, Bolden was presented the prestigious C. Vivian Stringer Award by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United States Sports Academy.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented (by the U. S. Sports Academy) to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high stan-dard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.
The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10th season as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her 33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach in women's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men's basketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).
Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, estab-lished in 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successful women's basketball coach at North Dakota State and Sarah Patterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama. Bolden's other coaching honors include --
Led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships (2000- 01) and a runner-up finish in 2002; 8th-place tie in 2003; 5th in 2004.
-Ten Top 10 NCAA Outdoor finishes, including five second-place finishes.
-2004-03 NCAA West Region Team Champion
-Nine-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including last eight consecutive seasons.
-Ten Pac-10 titles in 11 years, including last eight consecutive sea-sons.
-Nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last seven con-secutive seasons (2004 honors announced after NCAA Outdoor).
-Unbeaten Career dual record of 70-0, including 11-0 mark vs. USC.
-Nine-time National Dual Team Champion, including eight of last nine seasons (including 2004).
Injuries have sidelined two Bruin standouts for the rest of the outdoor season (and neither have competed this outdoor season). Senior Lena Nilsson, a three-time NCAA Champion (2003 NCAA Indoor 800m/2002 NCAA Outdoor 1500m/2002 NCAA Indoor DMR), two-time (2003-02) Pac-10 Women's T & F Athlete of the Year, two-time defending conference champion in the 800m/1500m and school record-holder in the 800m (2:02.26)/1500m (4:07.69), is side-lined with a left foot (first metatarsal) stress fracture (she has not run since the 2004 NCAA Indoor, when Nilsson ran the anchor leg on UCLA's third-place DMR, 11:08.70) . Freshman Renee Williams, who earned All-American honors in the long jump at the 2004 NCAA Indoor (6th, 20-1.50 - entered the meet No. 1 on the collegiate list, 21-1.50), injured her left knee at the Texas Relays and is sidelined with a bone contusion.
UCLA'S 2004 NCAA OUTDOOR QUALIFIERS
Monique Henderson (Jr., 5-7, San Diego, Morse HS) - 400m (No. 3 50.65SR)/4X100m Relay(anchor,No. 3 43.43)/4 X 400m Relay (anchor, No. 7 3:32.39)
2004 West Region - 400m champion, in a personal-best 50.65 (school record,breaking her old mark of 50.90, set at the Pac-10 meet). Bests her previous top time of 50.74, the former national HS record she set in 2000. Her 50.65 was No. 2 in the U. S. and No. 3 in the World. Ran on both of UCLA's relays (4X100m, 3rd, 44.44/ 4X400m,4th, 3:37.21).
2004 Pac-10 - 200m (22.89, stadium record)/400m (50.90, meet record, at the time, a new school record, breaking Florence Griffith's 50.94, 1983) champion. She joins Arizona State's Maicel Malone (1991-90-88) as the only other athlete in women's conference his-tory to win both the 200m/400m in the same meet. Ran the anchor leg on both of UCLA's winning relays (4X100m, 43.43, stadium and meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history/4X400m, 3:32.39, season-best, No. 10 in UCLA history).
UCLA Honors - Member of UCLA's 2002 NCAA Indoor champion-ship DMR (10:58.19, school record) . Five-time All-American and Pac-10 champion, three-time West Region champion.
Ashley Caldwell (So., 5-9, Los Gatos HS) - 800m (No. 13 2:05.01) 2004 West Region -Second in the 800m (2:05.01, personal-best, No. 4 in school history.
2004 Pac-10 - 800m champion (in a then-personal-best 2:06.88). HM Academic All-Pac-10.
2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors on UCLA's dis-tance medley relay (3rd, 11:08.70, season-best).
2003 Cross Country - Helped lead UCLA to 7th-place team finish at NCAA. Individually, earned All-American (36th, 20:45.6), All-Re-gion (11th, 20.50) and second-team All-Pac-10 (14th, 22.17.2). HM Academic All-Pac-10.
Alejandro Barrientos (RSo., 5-6, Felton, San Lorenzo Valley HS)-1500m (No. 14 4:17.60, No. 7 in UCLA history)
2004 West Region - Placed 5th in the 1500m (4:20.20).
2004 Pac-10 - Placed 3rd at the Pac-10 1500m (4:23.15).
Cross Country - In 2001 and 2002, Barrientos helped lead UCLA to team bids to the NCAA Championships.
Melissa McBain (Sr., 5-3, Thousand Oaks HS) - 1500m (No. 17 4:18.08)
2004 West Region -Placed fourth in the 1500m (4:18.08, personal-best, No. 9 in UCLA history).
2004 Pac-10 - Placed sixth in the 1500m (4:27.57) and ninth in the 800m (2:18.24).
2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors on UCLA's dis-tance medley relay (3rd, 11:08.70, season-best).
2003 Cross Country - Helped lead UCLA to a 7th-place finish at the NCAA, earning All-American honors (50th, 20;53.6). Also earned All-Region honors (25th, 21.11) and was 19th (22:40.9) at the Pac-10. Career - School record-holder in the 3000m steeplechase (10:36.06).
One of UCLA's top student-athletes - in 2003-04 earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-Dist. VIII (3.433gpa, psychology), HM Academic All-Pac-10 in track and second-team Academic All-Pac-10 in cross country.
Sheena Johnson (Sr., 5-5, Stafford, VA, Garfield HS) - 100mH (No. 3 12.79)/400mH (No. 1 54.32)/4 X 400m Relay (second leg, No. 7 3:32.39)
2004 West Region - Won the 100m (12.85) and 400m (54.91) hurdles.
2004 Pac-10 - Won the 100m (12.79, stadium record, No. 2 in UCLA history) and 400m (55.45/in prelims, ran a Pac-10 meet record 54.32) hurdles. Also ran the second leg on both of UCLA's winning relays (4X100m, 43.43, meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history/4X400m, 3:32.39, season-best, No. 10 in school history). She's only the sec-ond woman in conference history to repeat as 100mH/400mH champion (joining UCLA's Janeene Vickers, 1989-90). In the 400m hurdles, Johnson is the first-ever four-time champion in the event (only the third woman in Pac-10 history to win an individual event all four years, joining UCLA's Amy Acuff/HJ/1994-97 and USC's Inga Stasiulionyte/JT/2001-04).
2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors twice - 60mH (3rd, 8.11) and on UCLA's DMR (3rd, 11:08.70).
UCLA Career -defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion (54.24, personal-best, meet record, No. 2 all-time collegiate). This season named the USTCA West Region Women's Athlete of the Year and on May 17, was named the USATF Athlete of the Week (for her Pac-10 performance). Ten-time All-American, four-time West Region champion and 10-time Pac-10 champion.
Sani Roseby (Sr., 5-2, Las Vegas, V, Monterey, CA HS) - 100mH (No. 7 12.96)/4X100m Relay(leadoff,No. 3 43.43)/4 X 400m Re-lay (leadoff, No. 7 3:32.39)
2004 West Region - Third in the 100m (11.57), fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.20) and ran on both of UCLA's relays (4X100m, 3rd, 44.44/ 4X400m, 4th, 3:37.21). In 100m hurdle qualifying on Friday, Roseby broke her right hand on a hurdle and competed on Saturday in a splint.
2004 Pac-10 -Second in the 100m (11.52) and 100m hurdles (12.96, personal-best, No. 4 in school history/ran a 12.97 in prelims) and ran the opening leg on both of UCLA's winning relays (4X100m, 43.43, meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history/4X400m, 3:32.39, season-best No. 10 in school history).
2004 NCAA Indoor -Qualified in the 60m hurdles. UCLA Career - 2003 NCAA Indoor All-American.
Dawn Harper (So., 5-6, E. St. Louis, IL Senior HS) - 100mH (No. 14 13.16)/4X100m Relay(third leg, No. 3 43.43)
2004 West Region - Finished third in the 100m hurdles (13.17) and ran on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (3rd, 44.44).
2004 Pac-10 - Ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.43, meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history). Did not run in the 100m hurdle final, but her qualifying mark of 13.16 was a personal-best and No. 6 in school history.
2004 NCAA Indoor -Earned All-American honors in the 60m hurdles (4th, 8.13).
Career - 2003 Pan Am (13.42) and U. S. (13.28w) Junior champion in the 100m hurdles.
Adia McKinnon (Sr., 5-5, Flossmoor, IL, Homewood-Flossmoor HS) - 4X100m Relay(second leg,No. 3 43.43)/4 X 400m Relay (third leg, No. 7 3:32.39)
2004 West Region - Ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (44.44) and the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that was fourth (3:37.21). In 400m qualifying, ran a 54.87.
2004 Pac-10 - Placed ninth in the 400m (54.62, season-best) and ran ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:32.39, season-best, No. 10 in school history).
Career -Four time All-American and Pac-10 champion, including 2001 400m winner.
Sheena Gordon (So., 5-10 Erie, PA, MacDowell HS) - HJ (No. 4 6-2) 2004 West Region - Competing on a sprained right ankle, won the high jump with a mark of 6-2 (personal-best, No. 2 in school history, bypassing Jackie Joyner's 6-1.50, 1983) and placed fifth (41-1.50) in the triple jump.
2004 Pac-10 - Did not compete. HM Academic All-Pac-10.
Julie Stevenson (Sr., 5-4, Walnut, Diamond Bar)- HJ (No. 20 5-10.75) 2004 West Region - Tied for 11th in the high jump (5-6.50).
2004 Pac-10 - Finished second in the high jump (5-8).
Chelsea Johnson (So., 5-9, Atascadero HS) - PV (No. 1 15-0 NCAA Outdoor Record)
2004 West Region -Won the pole vault (13-9.75).
2004 Pac-10 - Placed second in the pole vault (14-2).
2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors, placing second in the pole vault (13-11.25).
Career -Has twice this spring set the NCAA Outdoor record (15-0, 3- 27; 14-9, 3-6, breaking Oregon's Becky Holliday's mark of 14-8, 2003. Jackie Nguyen (So., 5-6, Atherton, Castilleja HS) - PV (No. 23 13- 2.25)
2004 West Region - Tied for seventh in the vault (12-10).
2004 Pac-10 - Placed eighth in the pole vault (13-2.25, personal outdoor best). Second-team All-Academic Pac-10 (3.64gpa, physi-ological studies).
Career - Personal-best of 13-3.50i tied for No. 4 in UCLA history.
Candice Baucham (Jr., 5-5, Inglewood, Long Beach Poly) - LJ (No. 14 20-9.75)/TJ (No. 5 44-8)
2004 West Region - Placed second in the triple jump (42-4) and fourth in the long jump (20-1.75).
2004 Pac-10 - Defended her triple jump title (44-8, personal-best, tied meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history).
2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-American honors, placing third (44-2.75, then personal-best).
Career - Two-time Pac-10 TJ champion. 2003 West Region TJ cham-pion. Jessica Cosby (Jr., 5-9, Mission Hills, Cleveland HS) - SP (No. 6 56-7.25)/HT (No. 6 214-9).
2004 West Region -Won the hammer throw (214-9, personal-best, No. 2 in school history) and was third in the shot put (54-4.50).
2004 Pac-10 -Won the hammer throw (208-9) and was third in the shot put (55-2.25).
2004 NCAA Indoor - Earned All-Amerian honors by placing fourth in the shot put (56-6.50)
Career -2002 NCAA Outdoor shot put champion. Three-time All-American and two-time Pac-10 champion. Her personal-best SP of 57-0.25 is No. 6 in school history. First woman in U. S. Junior history to win the shot put/hammer throw at the same national Junior meet (2001).
Kamaiya Warren (RFr., 5-11, El Sobrante, St. Mary's HS) - SP (No. 13 55-2.75)
2004 West Region -Placed 12th in the shot put (12th, 48-6) and seventh in the discus (167-11).
2004 Pac-10 -Finished fourth in the discus (165-6).
Career - Her 55-2.75 personal-best SP is No. 8 in school history.
Cari Soong (Sr., 5-9, Riverside, North HS) - HT (No. 7 213-5) 2004 West Region - Finished second in the hammer throw (213-5, season-best).
2004 Pac-10 - Placed second in the hammer throw (203-1).
2004 NCAA Indoor -Earned All-America honors, placing eighth in the weight throw (69-4.75, school record, old mark, 69-00, Seilala Sua, 2000).
Career - School record-holder in the hammer (216-3). Seven-time All-American. 2003 West Region and Pac-10 HT champion.
Jenna Timinsky (RFr., 5-7, Encinitas, San Dieguito Academy) - In the 800m at the West Region placed 7th (2:08.02) and at the Pac-10, finished fourth (2:08.55). Her PR 2:06.26 is No. 9 in school history. In cross country last fall, she helped lead UCLA to a 7th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and earned All-West Region honors. First-team Pac-10 All-Academic in track (3.84gpa, linguistics & anthro-pology) and second-team in cross country.
MacKenzie Hill (Fr., 5-5, Long Beach Wilson) - At the Pac-10, placed ninth in the 400m hurdles (1:07.68). Had a best time this season of 59.24 (her PR is 58.39, placing second at the 2003 U. S. Junior meet).