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No. 1 UCLA Defends NCAA West Region Title This Weekend At CS Northridge
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/25/2004

May 25, 2004

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THIS WEEK (MAY 28-29) Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, ranked No. 1 in the U. S. (Trackwire), will travel to CS Northridge to compete in the Friday/Saturday (May 28-29) 2004 NCAA West Region Championships (2nd annual) at the Matador Track & Field. UCLA won the first-ever West Region title in 2003 at Stanford. Here's the TENTATIVE schedule - Friday (8 a.m. - W Hammer/ 11:30 a.m.-M Hammer/noon-M high jump/2 p.m.-W pole vault; 3 p.m.-running events) and Saturday (9 a.m. -field events/3:30 p.m.-running events).

The West Region will determine entries to the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 9-12 at Austin, TX). Qualifying standards must be met to advance to the four Regional Qualifying meets around the U. S. (conference champions will automatically qualify). At the Regional Qualifying meet, the top five finishers in each event (top two relays) will advance to the 2004 NCAA Outdoor, with an additional six-to-eight at-large student-athletes to be selected in each event based upon a season-long performance list. There will also be team scoring at each Regional meet, (event scoring eight places, 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1).

The Bruins return five event winners from the 2003 West Re-gion - 400m - junior Monique Henderson, 400mH - senior Sheena Johnson, TJ - junior Candice Baucham and HT - senior Cari Soong, along with UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (Henderson, S. Johnson and senior Adia McKinnon return). Senior Lena Nilsson at the 2003 West Region won both both the 800m/1500m, but will not compete in this meet because of a left foot stress fracture. Entering the Regional meet, the Bruins have eight event lead-ers - 400m - Henderson (50.90); 100mH/400mH- S. Johnson (12.79/ 54.32); 4 X100m Relay (43.43/senior Hasani Roseby, S. Johnson, sophomore Dawn Harper, Henderson); 4 X 400m Relay (3:32.39/ Roseby, S. Johnson, McKinnon, Henderson); PV - sophomore Chelsea Johnson (15-0, NCAA Outdoor record); TJ - Baucham (44- 8); HT - Soong (209-2).

Here's a complete list of all UCLA athletes that have a Regional qualifying mark (*compete in the event):
100m - Roseby* (11.46), Henderson (11.59)
200m-Henderson (22.71), Roseby (23.55)
400m-Henderson* (50.90), McKinnon* (54.61)
800m-RS freshman Jenna Timinsky* (2:06.26), sophomore Ashley Caldwell* (2:06.88), senior Melissa McBain (2:07.50), sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (2:09.05)
1500m - Barrientos* (4:17.60, McBain* (4:19.01), Caldwell (4:22.09), Timinsky (4:23.88), sophomore Allison Hall* (4:27.74)
100mH - S. Johnson* (12.79), Roseby* (12.96), Harper* (13.16)
400mH - S. Johnson* (54.32), freshman MacKenzie Hill* (59.24)
4 X 100m Relay* - 43.43
4 X 400m Relay* - 3:32.39
HJ - sophomore Sheena Gordon* (6-1.25), senior Julie Stevenson* (5-10.75), junior Carolina Sommers* (5-8), Nana Merriweather (5- 8).
PV - C. Johnson* (15-0), sophomore Jackie Nguyen* (13-2.25)
LJ - Baucham* (20-9.75), junior Dana Bethel* (19-8.75)
TJ - Baucham* (44-8), Gordon* (42-9.50)
SP - junior Jessica Cosby* (56-7.25), freshman Kamaiya Warren* (55-2.75)
DT - Warren* (168-10)
HT - Soong* (209-2), Cosby* (209-1)
JT -senior Karina Powell* (143-0)

Sheena Johnson USA T & F ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (MAY 17)
INDIANAPOLIS - Sheena Johnson has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after turning in a world-leading mark in the women's 400m hurdles Friday (May 14) at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships in Tucson, AZ. Johnson also posted the fastest American time of the week in the 100m hurdles.

A senior at UCLA, Johnson ran a world-leading time of 54.32 seconds in the women's 400m hurdles preliminary round at Pac-10s. She went on to defend her 400m hurdle title on Saturday in 55.45 seconds. Johnson (Stafford, Va.) also ran a personal-best time of 12.76 seconds to win the 100m hurdles to become only the second woman in Pac-10 Conference history to repeat as 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles champion. In the 400m hurdles, Johnson is the first-ever four-time champion in the event and only the third woman in Pac-10 history to win an individual event all four years. Johnson also ran the second leg on UCLA's 4x100m relay team to finish first with a Pac-10 meet record time of 43.43 in leading UCLA to its eighth consecutive Pac-10 women's crown.

TWO WEEKS AGO (MAY 14-15)
Bruins Win Eighth Consecutive Pac-10 Championship Monique Henderson/Sheena Johnson Each Win Two Events and Run on UCLA's Winning Relays
Tucson, AZ - At the conclusion of the 2004 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, held at Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium, the Bruin women won their eighth consecutive Pac-10 title, scoring 174.50 points. It was the second-highest UCLA point total in the school's conference history (1997,189.5/2004,174.50/1998, 174). The Bruin men also won the conference crown, making it the first time since 1998 the same school won both titles.

Final Team Scores
1. UCLA 174.50, 2. Stanford 153, 3. USC 111, 4. Arizona State 97, 5. California 68, 6. Washington 66, 7. Oregon 58, 8. Washington State 45.50, 9. Arizona 45.

Under Bruin head coach Jeanette Bolden, in her 11th season, UCLA has won eight consecutive Pac-10 titles and 10 of the last 11 confer-ence crowns (1996/3rd). Overall, UCLA has won 15 Pac-10 titles since 1987.

"Our goal at this meet was to repeat as champions, but not at the expense of any of our athletes," Bolden said. "We wanted to focus on doing well, but at the same time understand that this is just a step, a first step to Regionals and Nationals."

Nine Championship Event Winners
Overall, the Bruins won nine titles - 200m/400m - junior Monique Henderson (22.89/50.90); 800m - sophomore Ashley Caldwell (2:06.88); 100mH/400mH - senior Sheena Johnson (12.79/55.45); 4X100m Relay (43.43) - senior Hasani Roseby, S. Johnson, sopho-more Dawn Harper, Henderson; 4X400m Relay (3:32.39) - Roseby, S. Johnson, senior Adia McKinnon, Henderson; TJ - junior Candice Baucham (44-8); HT - junior Jessica Cosby (208-9).

2004 Pac-10 UCLA Results
100m - senior Hasani Roseby placed second 11.52 (0.8). In qualify-ing - heat one (Roseby, 11.46, 0.0, 2nd best time of day, UCLA best, No. 9 in school history, Regional Qualifier (RQ).

200m - junior Monique Henderson won the event, in a stadium record mark of 22.89 (0.0). She joins Arizona State's Maicel Malone as the only other athlete in women's conference history to win both the 200m/400m in the same meet (1988, 1990, 1991). Roseby placed third (23.55, season-best, RQ). In qualifying - heat one (Henderson, 23.05, 0.0, top time of day; Roseby, 3rd, 23.66, season-best, RQ).

400m - Henderson won the event in a school record time of 50.90, breaking Florence Griffith's mark of 50.94 (1983). It was a meet record, RQ and No. 2 in Pac-10 history (Henderson's PR is 50.40 in 2000, the former national high school record). Senior Adia McKinnon placed ninth (54.61, season-best, RQ). In qualifying - heat two - (Henderson, 1st, 52.02, best time of day)/ heat one (McKinnon, 2nd, 55.34).

800m - The Bruins picked up 15 points in this event - sophomore Ashley Caldwell won, in a personal-best time of 2:06.88 (RQ) and redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky placed fourth (2:08.55). Senior Melissa McBain finished ninth (2:18.24). In qualifying - heat one (Caldwell, 1st, 2:07.56, fastest time of day; Timinsky, 3rd, 2:09.05); heat two (McBain, 2nd, 2:10.62; senior Jessica Marr, 2:12.77, sea-son best, DNQ; sophomore Allison Hall, 9th, 2:13.00, DNQ).

1,500m -UCLA picked up 14 points in this event. Sophomore Alejandra Barrientos was third (4:23.15), Caldwell was fifth (4:26.00), McBain placed sixth (4:27.57) and A. Hall finished eighth (4:33.17). In qualifying - heat one (McBain, 4th, 4:28.11; Hall, 5th, 4:31.93)/heat two (Caldwell, 2nd, 4:34.81; Barrientos, 4th, 4:36.49).

5,000m - no entries

10,000m - no entries

100m Hurdles - senior Sheena Johnson defended her Pac-10 title, winning with a personal-best time of 12.76 (0.0, stadium record, No. 2 on current USA chart, No. 2 in UCLA history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history). Roseby was second, in a time of 12.96 (personal-best, No. 4 in school history). In qualifying - heat one (Roseby, 1st, then PR, 12.97, 0.6, best time of day, then No. 3 in school history; Johnson, 2nd, 13.02)/heat two (sophomore Dawn Harper, 3rd, 13.16, 0.0, personal-best, tied for No. 6 in school history, RQ).

400m Hurdles - S. Johnson defended her 400m hurdle title, in a time of 55.45 (slower than her world-leading prelim mark of 54.32, a Pac-10 meet record). She's only the second women 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). Freshman MacKenzie Hill placed ninth (1:07.86). In qualifying - heat two (S. Johnson, 1st, 54.32, fastest time of day, Pac-10 meet and stadium record, season-best, RQ)/ heat one (Hill, 2nd, 1:00.23; sophomore Nastassja Hall, 7th, 1:03.00, DNQ).

3000m Steeplechase - no entries

4x100m Relay - Roseby, S. Johnson, Harper and Henderson placed first, with a stadium record time of 43.43 (Pac-10 meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history, RQ).

4x400m Relay - Roseby (53.8), S. Johnson (52.9), McKinnon (54.7) and Henderson (51.0) placed first, in a time of 3:32.39 (season-best, RQ, No. 10 in school history).

Pole Vault - sophomore Chelsea Johnson, the NCAA Outdoor record holder (15-0), placed second, with a height of 14-2. Sophomore Jacqueline Nguyen finished eighth (13-2.25, personal outdoor best, RQ).

HIgh Jump - senior Julie Stevenson placed second (5-8). Junior Caroline Sommers finished in a tie for eighth (5-4.25).

Long Jump - junior Dana Bethel placed seventh (19-8.75, 0.0, per-sonal- best, RQ). N. Hall was 10th (18-3.75, -0.2) and freshman Georgea Richards finished 11th (18-3.25, 0.0). Junior Candice Baucham fouled on her attempts.

Triple Jump - Baucham defended her title, winning with a per-sonal- best mark of 44-8 (1.6, ties meet record, No. 2 in UCLA history, No. 5 in Pac-10 history, RQ).

Shot Put - junior Jessica Cosby, the defending champion, placed third (55-2.25). Freshman Kamaiya Warren fouled on her attempts.

Discus - Warren placed fourth (165-6).

Hammer Throw - Cosby won the event on her first throw (208-9) and senior Cari Soong, the defending champion, placed second (203-1). The event earned 18 points for the Bruins.

Javelin - senior Karina Powell was 14th (131-2).

Heptathlon - At the Pac-10 Multi-Events, hosted by the Univeristy of Arizona (May 7-9), N. Hall and Richards represented the Bruins. Hall finished fifth, scoring 4,975 points and Richards placed eighth, with 4,734 points.

INJURIES
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.

LOOKING AHEAD
The 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Texas (Austin), June 9-12 (Wednesday-Saturday). UCLA placed eighth at last year's event. In recent history, the Bruin women have ten, Top 10 placements at the NCAA Outdoor, including five second-place finishes (2002-2001-1999-1998-1995).

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.


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