June 13, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-10 Office on Wednesday announced its annual track and field honors, decided by a vote of the Conference's track and field coaches.
Coach of the Year --
UCLA's Jeanette Bolden was named the women's Coach of the Year and Stanford's Vin Lananna garnered men's Coach of the Year honors.
Bolden claimed her fifth consecutive women's conference coaching honor and her seventh in the last eight years. This spring, the UCLA women's team captured its fifth consecutive league championship, scoring 155 points to edge USC (153). Concluding her eighth season as the Bruin women's head coach, Bolden has led UCLA to the Pac-10 title in seven of those eight years. Overall, it marked the Bruins' 12th Pac-10 title in 15 attempts. UCLA finished second at the recently completed NCAA Outdoor Championships and last March, the Bruin women won their second consecutive NCAA Indoor meet.
It was the second straight men's coaching honor for Lananna, who earned co-coach of the year accolades last season. Lananna guided the Cardinal to their first Pac-10 men's title since 1927, scoring 142 points to defeat USC (136) and UCLA (115.5). Stanford finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship, its fourth top-four finish in as many seasons.
Newcomer of the Year --
UCLA freshman Sheena Johnson was named the Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year and Stanford's Donald Sage was honored as the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year.
Johnson, from Stafford, Va., won the 400-meter hurdles (56.02) and was a member of UCLA's first-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:32.82) at the Pac-10 Championships. She also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (13.82.5). Her 400-meter hurdles time of 56.02 was tops in the Conference this season. At the NCAA Outdoor, Johnson earned All-American honors on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, running the second leg as the Bruins placed fifth (3:36.09).
Sage, a freshman from Elmhurst, Ill., finished second in the 1,500 meters (3:43.70) at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth (3:39.27) at the NCAA Championship, helping the Cardinal to its first Pac-10 title since 1927 and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor. His 1,500 meters time of 3:39.27 was tops among collegiate freshmen this season. He also placed fourth in the 5,000 meters (14:14.08.5) at the Pac-10 Championships.
Athlete of the Year -
Marcus Brunson of Arizona State was named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, while Brianna Glenn of Arizona was named Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday.
Brunson, a senior from Tempe, Ariz., captured both the 100-meter (10.21) and 200-meter (20.62) titles at the Pac-10 Championships and was a member of ASU's first-place 4x400 meter relay team. Brunson concludes his Sun Devil career as a seven-time All-American and is the school record holder in the 100 meters (10.10). He placed third in the 100 meters (10.26) and fourth in the 200 meters (20.60w) at the NCAA Outdoor, and was a member of ASU's fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team.
Glenn, a junior from LaMirada, Calif., won the 100-meter (11.39) and 200-meter (23.26) titles at the Pac-10 Championships, and placed third in the long jump (6.06m/19-10 3/4). At the NCAA Outdoor, she went on to capture the 200-meter (22.92w) and long jump (6.56m/21-6 1/4) titles, and placed third in the 100 meters (11.21w). Glenn was the only female athlete to win two individual titles at the NCAA Outdoor, and she became the first woman in NCAA track and field history to win the long jump and a sprint event.