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UCLA's Soong, Ames Win Titles At U. S. Junior T & F Meet
By: UCLA Athletics

June 27, 2000

Denton, Tex. - UCLA freshmen, Caroline Soong and Dan Ames, won the women's hammer and men's discus events last weekend (June 23-24) at the 2000 U. S. Junior Track and Field Championships, held at North Texas University in Denton.

Soong, from Riverside North, won the women's hammer with a mark of 194-10 and Ames, from El Capitan HS in Lakeside, won the men's discus with a distance of 189-8. Ames also finished second in the shot put (58-8 1/2). He redshirted in 2000 and will be a freshman redshirt for the 2001 indoor and outdoor collegiate season.

Soong had a triumphant true freshman season for the Bruins in 2000. Earlier this month at the NCAA Outdoor, she placed eighth in the hammer (197-7, personal best, No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior, No. 3 in UCLA history) and earned All-America honors. At last May's Pac-10 meet, she placed fourth (197-2) in the hammer.

Also competing for the Bruin men and women at the U. S. Junior Championships were:
Women
--freshman Tiffany Burgess-placed seventh in the 800m (2:18.09, ran a 2:12.48 in qualifying).
--freshman Bridget Pearson-competed in the pole vault.
--freshman Julie Stevenson-competed in the high jump.
Men
--freshman Chuck Ryan-placed fifth in the 110m hurdles (14.17w, +2.4, his qualifying mark was 14.05w, +2.3, winning his heat and third fastest among qualifiers). Ryan redshirted in 2000.
--freshman Kyle Erickson-did not qualify for the final in the 400m hurdles (he ran a 54.64 in qualifying). Erickson placed sixth in the 400m hurdles at last month's Pac-10.

Incoming Recruits
Five incoming UCLA freshmen recruits also competed at the 2000 Junior Meet. In women's competition, Sheena Johnson, from Garfield HS in Dale City, VA, won the 400m hurdles (56.82, ran a 59.80, winning her heat, in qualifying), Jessica Cosby, from Grover Cleveland HS in Reseda, was second in the shot put (50-3 1/2) and Lana Saye, from Silverado HS in Henderson, NV, placed third in the discus (166-9).

In men's competition, Trevor Jones, from Newport Harbor HS in Newport Beach, placed fifth in the 400m hurdles (52.33, ran a 52.61 in qualifying) and Christopher Stanton, from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego who is coming to UCLA to compete in the high jump (a personal best of 6 10), competed in the decathlon.

About the U. S. Junior Championships In order to compete in the U. S. Junior Nationals, athletes must be between the ages of 14-19, can't turn 20 during the year 2000 and must be a citizen of the U. S.

This year, the Junior Nationals will serve as the selection meet for three international competitions:
1. Two events in Montreal, Canada, set for sometime between July 17-23. The top two highest placing finishers in each event qualify.
2. The NACA (North America, Central America, Caribbean) Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 3-5. The selection of this team will be at the sole discretion of USA Track and Field.
The World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 17-22. The selection of this team will be at the sole discretion of USATF.

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