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UCLA Ranked No. 1 As Pac-10 Multi Events Begin
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/05/2004

May 5, 2004

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THIS WEEK
UCLA will send athletes to three different events - sophomore Nastassja Hall and freshman Georgea Richards will begin 2004 conference competition for the Bruins as they compete in the Pac-10 Multi-Events (heptathlon) on Friday-Saturday (May 7-8) at the University of Arizona in Tucson (Arizona will then host the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, May 14-15/Friday-Saturday). This weekend the Bruins will also compete at the Modesto Invita-tional (May 7-9) and Occidental Invitational (May 8).

LAST WEEK
HENDERSON, JOHNSON LEAD UCLA WOMEN TO 93-70 DUAL MEET VICTORY OVER USC; BRUINS BEAT TROJANS FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Junior Monique Henderson ran in three winning UCLA races, including a world-leading mark in the 400m, and senior Sheena Johnson also ran in three, as the Bruin women defeated USC 93-70 for their 12 th consecutive dual meet track & field victory over the Trojans. The meet was held at UCLA's Drake Stadium before 4,760. The Bruins were ranked No. 2 in the U. S. and USC was rated No. 16 (tied).

UCLA, under head coach Jeanette Bolden, leads the series history 18-3. Bolden is 11-0 vs. the Trojans in the dual meet and overall, she's 70-0 in dual competition.

In the battle for the Lexus Gauntlet (UCLA vs. USC in athletic competition for the 2003-04 season), the Bruin women picked up five points for UCLA.

Henderson, from Morse HS in San Diego, started the afternoon by anchoring UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.78, season-best, Regional Qualifier (RQ), No. 6 in school history). She then won the 400m, in a season-best, meet record (51.33, Monique Henderson, UCLA, 2002) and world-leading mark of 51.20 (RQ). Henderson is the former national high school record-holder in the 400m (50.74/her UCLA best is 51.10, 2002). She ended the day winning the 200m, in a time of 22.71 (personal-best, RQ, meet record (22.84, Shakedia Jones, UCLA, 1998), No. 2 on the current collegiate chart and tied for No. 3 in school history with Gail Devers).

Johnson, from Garfield HS in Stafford, VA, started her afternoon running the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay. She then also triumphed in the 100m hurdles (13.00, personal-best, RQ, No. 3 on the current collegiate chart, No. 3 in school history) and 400m hurdles (56.45, season-opener, RQ/ Johnson is the defending NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion).

In all, the Bruins had 14 event winners. Joining Henderson and Johnson as UCLA winners on the track were - sophomore Ashley Caldwell in the 800m (2:07.41, personal-best, RQ); sophomore Alejandra Barrientos in the 1500m (4:22.96) and senior Melissa McBain in the 5000m (17:03.29, season-opener). In the field, UCLA winners were - sophomore Jacqueline Nguyen in the pole vault (12-4); sophomore Sheena Gordon in the high jump (6-0); senior Candice Baucham in the triple jump (43-10, personal outdoor-best, RQ) and second in the long jump (20-9.75, RQ, personal-best, No. 7 in school history); junior Jessica Cosby in the shot put (56-0); freshman Kamaiya Warren in the discus (168-10, personal-best, RQ) and second in the shot put (55-2.75, personal-best, RQ, No. 8 in school history) and senior Cari Soong in the hammer throw (203-1, on Friday).

Fox Sports West 2 will televise the UCLA/USC women and men's dual meets on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. The Bruin men also defeated USC in the dual meet, 111-52.

LOOKING AHEAD
May 14-15 (Friday/Saturday), the Bruins will travel to Tucson, AZ for the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. UCLA has won the confer-ence title on 14 occasions (since 1987) and under Bruin head coach Jeanette Bolden, UCLA has captured the Pac-10 crown nine of the last 10 years (not winning in 1996/3rd), including the last seven years in a row (1997-2003).

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.
* 2003 NCAA West Region Team Champion
* Eight-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including last seven consecutive seasons.
* Nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including last seven consecutive seasons.
* Nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last seven con-secutive seasons.
* Unbeaten Career dual record of 70-0, including 11-0 mark vs. USC.
* Eight-time National Dual Team Champion, including seven of last eight seasons.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
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 seven of the last eight seasons). In this week's (May 4) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1 (448.52) in the U. S. (ahead of No. 2 Nebraska 416.03, No. 3 BYU 409.13, No. 4 South Carolina 395.73 and No. 5 Florida State 395.68).

2004 PAC-10/NCAA REGIONAL/NCAA OUTDOOR T & F CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2004 Pac-10 Championships will be held in Tuscon and hosted by the University of Arizona (May 7-8, Friday/Saturday-Multi Events; May 14-15, Friday/Saturday-Championships). The Bruin women have won nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including the last seven consecutive seasons.

The 2004 NCAA West Regionals will be hosted by CS Northridge, May 28-29 (Friday-Saturday). UCLA won the first- ever team title last season at Stanford.

The 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin June 9-12. In recent history, the Bruin women have 10, Top 10 placements at the NCAA Outdoor, including five second-place finishes (2002-2001-1999-1998-1995).

PAC-10 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
April 13 - Sheena Gordon, Field Athlete of the Week - Gordon won the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational high jump with a personal-best leap of 6-1.25. The mark ties for the third-best in UCLA history.

PAC-10 LEADERS
In this week's (May 4) Pac-10 weekly marks, the Bruins have 12 event leaders: 200m - Monique Henderson, 22.71; 400m- Monique Henderson, 51.20; Mile - Lena Nilsson, 4:37.62i; 100mH - Sheena Johnson, 13.00; 400mH - Sheena Johnson, 56.45; 4X100m Relay - 43.78; 4 X 400m Relay - 3:33.18; HJ - Sheena Gordon, 6-1.25; PV - Chelsea Johnson, 15-0 (NCAA Outdoor Record); LJ - Renee Williams, 21-1.50i; TJ -Candice Baucham, 44-2.75i; HT - Cari Soong, 209-2


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