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UCLA Hosts 3rd Annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational April 7-9 At Drake Stadium
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Release:  04/05/2005

April 5, 2005

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UCLA's Drake Stadium will host the 3rd annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee T & F Invitational, Thursday-Saturday (April 7-9). The meet will kick off on Thursday with the hammer throw competi tion at 1:30 pm, while the remainder of the meet will take place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday (university open events), field event competition begins at 11:00 am with the women's javelin and run ning events begin at 12:45 pm with the 100m hurdles. There will be a distance carnival on Friday night, at 6 p.m. On Saturday (invi tational events), competition begins at 11:45 am with the women's high jump, while running events begin at 12:15 pm with the 400m relay. A special ceremony will be held at 2:40 pm to honor Rafer and Jackie.

This year's invitational will feature some of the elite track and field athletes in the U.S. and World with several former Olympic Medalists in attendance. Highlighting the elite competitors are - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Sanchez (400mH), 2003 USA Outdoor Champion Carl Brown (discus), Jerome Davis (former USC standout sprinter), 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Joanne Hayes (100m hurdles) and Monique Henderson (4 X 400m relay), 2004 Olympians Alyson Felix (200m silver medalist), Sheena Johnson (2004 Olympics/4th-place/400m hurdles), Seilala Sua and Nicole Teter, and former World Champion in the heptathlete, Eunice Barber. The meet will also feature several collegiate teams as Stanford, Arizona, BYU, Illinois, Hawaii, Utah State, CS Northridge, Cal Poly SLO, UC San Diego and Point Loma all plan to compete.

Along with Henderson, top Bruin athletes expected to compete include - junior Chelsea Johnson (2004 NCAA Outdoor pole vault champion and Outdoor collegiate record-holder/15-0), sopho-more Brandon Johnson (2004 U. S. Junior 400m hurdle cham-pion), junior Craig Everhart (2005 NCAA Indoor two-time All-American/ 400m, distance medley relay), junior Dawn Harper (2005 NCAA Indoor All-American/3rd-place/60m hurdles), se-nior Candice Baucham (two-time Pac-10 triple jump champion) and senior Jessica Cosby (Pac-10 record-holder in the hammer throw).

LOOKING AHEAD -
Next weekend (April 15-17), the Bruins will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, AZ and the Long Beach Relays.

2004 (APRIL 8-10) RJ/JJK INVITE
UCLA's Drake Stadium hosted the second annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational.

Saturday's Results
In a meet, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium before a crowd of approximately 2,000, highlighted by top marks from elite collegians and professional track & field athletes, there was one World-leading time and three U. S. leading marks.

Collegians
Bruin sophomore Chelsea Johnson narrowly missed breaking her NCAA Outdoor pole vault record, winning the vault with a mark of 14-6. Johnson, who has twice set the NCAA Outdoor record this season, last at 15-0 on March 27, just missed on her three attempts at 15-1.

Also winning for the Bruins were - senior Melissa McBain in the 1500m (4:21.94/on Friday night, McBain also won the 3000m, 9:23.88); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:38.16/senior Sheena Johnson, freshman MacKenzie Hill, junior Monique Henderson and senior Sani Roseby) and senior Karina Powell in the javelin (143-0, season-best, RQ).

Other top UCLA performances included - in the 100m, Monique Henderson (3rd, 11.59, season-best, RQ); in the 800m, redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky (3rd, 2:07.51); in the 1500m, sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (2nd, 4:23.41, personal-best, RQ); in the 100m hurdles, senior Sheena Johnson (2nd, 13.22, RQ), senior Hasani Roseby (4th, 13.42, RQ) and sophomore Dawn Harper (6th, 13.74, RQ); in the 400m hurdles, MacKenzie Hill (6th, 59.24, RQ); in the long jump, junior Dana Bethel (3rd, 19-9.50w, +2.1) and in the shot put, junior Jessica Cosby (4th, 55-8.25, RQ) and freshman Kamaiya Warren (5th, 51-6.50, personal-best, RQ).

Professionals
In the 400m hurdles, Sheffield Elite Track Club's Brenda Taylor's winning time of 55.05 is a world leader.

There were two American leading marks. In the 100m hurdles, Bruin great and Nike's Michelle Perry's winning time of 13.03 and in the shot put, Nike's Kristin Heaston's 59-6.75 is also No. 11 all-time on the U. S. list.

Also placing first in their events included such world-class athletes as HSI's Inger Miller in the 100m (11.35) and HSI's Torrie Edwards in the 200m (22.73).

Other Bruin greats who won events included Seilala Sua, taking first place in the discus (190-10).

Friday's Results/Distance Carnival
On Friday night in collegiate women's open distance events, UCLA's distance runners performed well as redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky placed first and sophomore Ashley Caldwell finished second in the 1500m; senior Melissa McBain was first and sophomore Alejandra Barrientos placed second in the 3000m and junior Carmen Winant won the 5000m.

In the 1500m, Timinsky's winning time of 4:23.88 was a personal-best and NCAA Regional Qualifier and Caldwell's mark of 4:25.35 was also an NCAA Regional qualifier. In the 3000m, McBain's win-ning time was 9:23.88 and Barrientos came in at 9:28.35. In the 5000m, Winant's winning mark was 17:37.74

Friday's Results/Collegiate Open
On Friday (April 9) in collegiate open events, UCLA freshman MacKenzie Hill won the 100m hurdles and Bruin senior Sani Roseby won the 100m. Hill's winning mark was 14.00 (2.0), a season-best and NCAA Regional qualifier. Roseby's winning time was 11.81.

Thursday's Results/Hammer Throw
UCLA senior Cari Soong won the women's event, with a meet record (breaking her mark of 202-8, 2003), season-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 209-2. Bruin junior Jessica Cosby placed third overall (second collegian), with a mark of 192-6.

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 2005 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 8-11 at Sacramento, CA). 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's women were ranked No. 1 and went on to win the 2004 NCAA Outdoor T & F team Championship).

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 (April 5) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 7 (1. California 331.61, 2. BYU 312.12, 3. Washington State 302.44, 4. LSU 292.12, 5. SUNY Buffalo 290.48, 6. Minnesota 290.4, 7. UCLA 283.89).

Trackwire National Top 25 Rankings
Week of UCLA Women Preseason Indoor 5th (tied)
Before NCAA Indoor 18th (tied) (Bruins placed 20th/12 points at 2005 NCAA Indoor)
First Outdoor Ranking NR

BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden
In her 12th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coach and 14th on the Bruin staff. In 2004, Jeanette Bolden reached a milestone in her coaching career last June in Austin, TX, when the Bruins captured the 2004 NCAA Outdoor team title, edging defending champion LSU, 69-68.

It was Bolden's first NCAA Outdoor crown as the Bruins' head coach and UCLA third national championship in the last five years, to go along with its 2001 and 2000 NCAA Indoor team titles. Overall, it was UCLA's third NCAA Outdoor Championship (2004-83-82) and fifth NCAA team crown (Outdoor 2004-83-82/Indoor 2001-00).

In 2004, Bolden swept every National, Regional and Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards. On Feb. 13, 2004 she was presented the presti-gious C. Vivian Stringer Award by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United States Sports Academy.

Last year, along with it's first NCAA Outdoor title under Bolden, the Bruins also won the West Region crown for the second straight sea-son and the Pac-10 title for the eighth consecutive year.

Bolden's Coaching Honors Include
-2004 NCAA Outdoor Champions
-2004 USTCA Mondo Div. I National Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year.
-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.
-Prior to 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 seasons.
-Ten-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last eight consecutive seasons.
-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).

MARCH 10-12 - 2005 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (FAYETTEVILLE, AR)

Harper and Baucham Earn All-American Honors
Senior Candice Baucham earned the third All-American honor of her career as she placed third in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, AR with an indoor lifetime-best jump of 44-4. Baucham, who placed third at last year's NCAA Indoor with a then indoor lifetime-best of 44-2.75, duplicated her performance with this year's third- place finish.

Bruin junior Dawn Harper also earned All American honors with a third -place finish in the 60m hurdles. Harper ran a lifetime best 8.05 to earn her fourth All-American honor in her career. As a team, UCLA placed 20th (12 points).

UCLA's PAC-10 LEADERS (TOP 10)/PAC-10 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (APRIL 11)
Here are the UCLA athletes listed on this week's Pac-10 Top 10 list. The Bruins have two event leaders, seniors, Lara Saye in the discus (185-7) and Jessica Cosby in the hammer throw (217-5).

100m - 4. Monique Henderson 11.59
3000m - 1. Alison Costello 9:38.45, 2. Olga Aulet-Leon 9:47.77, 3. Valerie Flores 9:54.00, 6. Sarah West 10:06.65, 7. Claire Rethmeier 10:12.13, 9. Lori Mann 10:13.22
5000m - 7. Alison Costello 16:32.69
10,000m - 5. Valerie Flores 35:49.29
100m H - 7. DeShanta Harris 14.15
3000m SC - 6. Leslie Barrie 11:16.06
4X100m Relay - 4. (Renee Williams, MacKenzie Hill, DeShanta Harris, Monique Henderson) 46.78
4 X 400m Relay - 5. (Jenny Esser, Leslie Barrie, Jacquelyn Mandy, Talita Wells) 3:52.89
High Jump - 7. Caroline Sommers 5-7.50, 9. Allie Miller 5-7.25
Pole Vault - 8. Jackie Nguyen 12-11.75i, 9. Chelsea Johnson 12-10.25i
Long Jump - 8. Dana Bethel 19-4
Shot Put - 3. Jessica Cosby 53-9.25, 5. Kamaiya Warren 52-5.75, 10. Lara Saye 50-11.50
Discus - 1. Lara Saye 185-7, 9. Kamaiya Warren 160-4
Hammer Throw - 1. Jessica Cosby 217-5, 9. Lara Saye 181-2
Heptathlon - 3. Allie Miller 4206, 4. Ingrid Kantola 4149

Nicole Leach - An outstanding student and regarded as the nation's top 400m/400m hurdle prospect, Leach's 52.19i 400m was the prep U. S. leader (August T&FN). Leach placed fourth (personal-best 57.56) in the 400m hurdles last summer at the World Junior Championships in Grossetto, Italy and she was the U. S. Junior champion (58.48). Her 57.56 400m hurdle mark was No. 7 on the World Junior list. In 2003, Leach's top 400m hurdle mark was 59.00 at the Penn Relays.

Ciara Viehweg - An honor roll student, Viehweg is rated one of the top three distance runners in the State. Her top 1600m mark is 4:54 . In cross country, she is rated by Dyestat as the No. 2 runner in the State in her division. Viehweg won her league cross country title this fall. She has qualified for the State meet in both track and cross country every year since her freshman season. At the State Cross Country Championships in 2002 she placed second and at the 2003 CA State T & F meet, she was fifth in the 1600m. Viehweg is her school record holder in virtually every distance event.

Hillary Werth - At the USA Junior meet, her first national appear ance, Werth placed second in the heptathlon with 5,127 points, No. 2 on the 2004 U. S. high school list (August T &FN). She also competed for the U. S. at the 2004 World Junior Championships.

At the 2004 IL State meet, Werth won the 100m hurdles (she is second all-time in IL prep history at 13.78, behind current Bruin junior Dawn Harper's 13.54), was second in the long jump (18-8) and third in the 300m hurdles (43.82). An All-State basketball player (Werth will compete only in track & field at UCLA), she comes from an athletic family - her mother, Kim, originally held the national prep long jump record until it was broken by Bruin great Jackie Joyner-Kersee and her brother Jayson, was the starting left fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2004-05 UCLA WOMEN'S T & F OUTDOOR/INDOOR/CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS OUTDOOR HIGHLIGHTS

March 26-27- Stanford Invitational
At the Stanford Invitational, several distance runners were in action on Friday and Saturday in Palo Alto, CA. Freshman Olga Aulet-Leon placed 16th in the top section of the 1500m in a time of 4:29.79, junior Leslie Barrie placed 17th in the steeple in a lifetime-best of 11:16.06 and freshman Claire Rethmeier finished third in her heat of the 5000m in a lifetime-best time of 17:09.35.

Other results from the Stanford Invitational - freshman Alison Costello in the 5000m (17th in her heat, 16:32.69), senior Valerie Flores in the 10,000m (11th in her heat, 35:49.29), junior Sarah West in the 5000m (19th in her heat, 18:13.38), freshman Monika Rothenburger in the 1500m (28th in her heat, 4:46.46) and the 4x400m relay team of sophomore Jenna Timinsky, sophomore Talita Wells, Aulet-Leon and freshman Alice Bohannon (13th, 4:07.55).

March 26 - Jim Click Shootout
Senior Jessica Cosby blew away the competition on Satuday at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, AZ as she won the hammer throw with a season-best 217-5, surpassing her nearest competitor by over 30 feet. Cosby's throw was just two feet shy of her own school and Pac-10 record set last year at the NCAA Championships (219-5).

Senior Lara Saye, junior Briona Reynolds and sophomore Kamaiya Warren also competed in Tucson on Saturday. Saye placed second in both the shot put (50-6.25) and discus (168-6), while Warren finished fourth in the discus (160-5) and Reynolds placed sixth in the discus (151-3).

ACADEMICS

Academic Pac-10 Cross Country
First Team
Jenna Timinsky, Jr., 3.85; Carmen Winant, Jr., 3.84gpa/art Second Team
Allison Hall, Jr., 3.65/psychology; Sarah West, Jr., 3.66/psychology Honorable Mention Leslie Barrie, Jr.; Ashley Caldwell, So.

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
Announced November 17, 2004
UCLA Head Coach Jeanette Bolden announced the signing of six student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent. Chanelle Curry, a sprinter from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX; Kristen Dormanen, a pole vaulter from Temecula Valley HS in Temecula; Krystin Lacy, a sprinter from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX; Nicole Leach, a sprinter/ hurdler from West Philadelphia Catholic HS in Philadelphia, PA; Ciara Viehweg, a distance runner from St. Ignatius HS in San Francisco and Hillary Werth, a heptathlete from Glenwood HS in Springfield, IL will all be incoming freshmen for the Bruins this fall.

Chanelle Curry - At the 2004 TX State meet, Curry was one of the top scorers for Skyline HS at the 2004 TX State meet. She placed third in the 400m (55.64) and also ran a leg on the Skyline HS winning 4 X 100m relay. The Skyline HS season-best time of 44.60 in the 4 X 100m relay was No. 2 in the U. S. on the August Track & Field News (T&FN) prep chart.

Kristen Dormanen - Considered the No. 1 returning high school women's pole vaulter in the State, Dormanen placed fourth at last year's CA State meet. An honor student, last spring Dormanen set the all-time Riverside County record with a vault of 12-7 (the No. 10 mark in the U. S. on the July T&FN prep chart).

Krystin Lacy - A teammate of Chanelle Curry at Skyline HS in Dallas, TX, Lacy is regarded as one of the top high school sprinters in the nation. As a junior last spring at the TX State meet, Lacy won the 100m/200m and as a sophomore, she won the State 100m crown. On the 2004 junior charts, Lacy's 11.48 was No. 13 on the World Junior list. In 2003 her personal-best 11.43 was second at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and she also ran a season-best mark of 23.61. In the 200m, her personal-best 23.45 was No. 5 in the U. S. (July T&FN/the four faster were all seniors; No. 15 on the World Junior list) and the sixth-fastest mark in TX State history.

March 18-19 - CS Northridge Invitational
Seniors Lara Saye and Jessica Cosby posted individual wins on Saturday at the Cal State Northridge Invitational, as Saye won the discus and Cosby won the shot put. Saye, who has thrown 185-0 already this season, improved on last year's lifetime-best (184-9) by nearly a foot on Saturday, throwing 185-7 in the discus. The mark will likely place her in the top-10 in the country in her event. Cosby won the shot put with a season-best 53-9.25, as both Bruins threw regional qualifiers in their events. Saye also placed third in the shot put (47-2.25), but has already thrown 50+ this season.

On the track, three Bruins were in action as Renee Williams (12.54) and Shannon Lewis (13.08) ran in the 100m race, and Jacquelyn Mandy ran the 400m (59.94). In other field events, Kathleen Mahony jumped 5-0.25 in the high jump, Leslie Rychel jumped 17-8.25 in the long jump and Brittany Ferguson, competing in the javelin, threw 110-1.

March 5 - UCLA Invitational
The women's track and field team had 11 meet champions and picked up six NCAA Regional qualifying marks on Saturday at the UCLA Invitational (Drake Stadium), as senior Lara Saye led way, throwing three NCAA Regional qualifying marks in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Saye won the discus with a throw of 183-0 and had an outdoor lifetime-best of 50-11.50 in the shot put (placing second to Bruin great Seilala Sua (52-3.25). Saye also placed second in the hammer (181-2). Senior Jessica Cosby won the hammer throw (203-4) and placed third in the shot put (50-8.25), qualifying her for both events at the Regional meet.

Senior Monique Henderson equaled her lifetime-best in the 100m, running 11.59 to qualify for the Regional meet in May, while senior Dana Bethel also posted a win on Saturday as she jumped 19-4 to win the long jump.

Five Bruin freshmen posted individual wins at the meet: Alice Bohannon in the 800m (2:14.11), Alison Costello in the 3000m (9:38.45), DeShanta Harris in the 100m hurdles (14.15), Allison Miller in the high jump (5-7) and Ingrid Kantola in the pole vault (12-1.50). The 4x100m relay team of Renee Williams, MacKenzie Hill, Harris and Henderson won in a time of 46.78, while the 4x400m relay team of Jenny Esser, Leslie Barrie, Jacquelyn Mandy and Talita Wells won in a time of 3:52.89.

INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS
February 25-26: MPSF Indoor Championships (Seattle, WA) The Bruin women placed fourth (66 pts.) at the 2005 MPSF Indoor Championships as junior Dawn Harper won the 60m hurdles in an NCAA automatic and lifetime-best time of 8.12.

Sophomore Kamaiya Warren won the shot put in a lifetime-best toss of 52-6 (provisional qualifier), while junior Briona Reynolds placed fourth (49-5.50).

In the high jump competition, freshman Allison Miller and senior Caroline Sommers placed fifth and sixth as both cleared 5-7.25. In Friday's action, Nastassja Hall placed seventh in the pentathlon with a score of 3,689 points. Also on Saturday, freshmen Monika Rothenburger (17:02.92) and Olga Aulet-Leon (17:03.84) finished second and third respectively in the 5000m, while freshman Alison Costello placed fifth in the 3000m (9:35.36). The DMR team of Allison Hall, N. Hall, Ashley Caldwell, and Valerie Flores placed fifth in a season-best time of 11:53.89. Senior Lara Saye threw a lifetime-best 62-4.50 in the weight throw to place second overall sixth in the pole vault with a jump of 12-10.25.

February 12: Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, AR) Senior Candice Baucham and junior Dawn Harper led the UCLA women's track and field team in Arkansas as both achieved NCAA automatic qualifying standards at the Tyson Invitational. Baucham won the triple jump in a season-best 43-10.50, while Harper finished second in the 60m hurdles with a season-best 8.15.

Senior Lara Saye and junior Jacqueline Nguyen also picked up qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor meet, with provisional marks in the weight throw (61-7.50, lifetime-best) and pole vault (13-4.50, indoor lifetime-best) respectively. Saye placed ninth in the weight and sixth in the shot, throwing a lifetime-best of 50-0.50 in the shot put, while Nguyen placed second in the pole vault.

Freshman Alison Costello placed fifth in the 3000m in a time of 9:27.61, while junior Allison Hall placed 10th in the mile (5:01.80). Senior Valerie Flores placed 12th in a separate section of the mile in a season-best 5:04.39. Senior Caroline Sommers and freshman Allison Miller both jumped 5-7 in the high jump.

February 4-5: Boise Indoor
The No. 9 UCLA women's track and field team had an impressive showing in Idaho Feb. 4-5, as the Bruins won four individual events and picked up three NCAA qualifying marks at the Boise Indoor.

Leading the way on the women's side was junior Dawn Harper who posted double victories in the 60m (7.72, lifetime-best) and 60m hurdles (8.37). Harper's 60m hurdle time was a NCAA provisional qualifier, but she has run a faster time this season (8.28, 1/29). Junior Jacqueline Nguyen won the pole vault with a provisional mark of 12-11.50. Senior Candice Baucham rounds out the NCAA qualifiers on the women's side, with a provisional mark of 42-1.50 in the triple jump to finish second in that event. Freshman Allison Miller recorded her first victory as a Bruin, winning the high jump with a leap of 5-7.75

Several Bruins also placed in the top-three in Boise - senior Lara Saye in the weight throw (2nd, 59-5.50) and shot put (3rd, 48-0.75), senior Caroline Sommers in the high jump (2nd, 5-5.75), senior Valerie Flores in the mile (3rd, 5:09.53, lifetime-best) and the women's DMR of Alison Costello, Flores, Georgea Richards and Sarah West (2nd, 12:07.7h).

January 29: Husky Invitational (Seattle, WA) The No. 7 UCLA women's track and field team opened up the 2005 indoor season on Saturday at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, WA and picked up three NCAA qualifying marks. Junior Briona Reynolds led the Bruins with a first place finish in the shot put and an NCAA provisional mark of 50-9.50.

Junior Dawn Harper also qualified provisionally, finishing third in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.28, while junior Jacqueline Nguyen jumped to a provisional mark of 12-11.75 in the pole vault, placing third overall.

Other top performances for UCLA on Saturday were - Lara Saye in the shot put (2nd, 49-8.25) and weight throw (2nd, 59 11.25), Dana Bethel in the long jump (3rd, 18-10.50), Caroline Sommers in the high jump (5-7.75), Allison Hall (3rd, 2:51.80) and Ashley Caldwell (5th, 2:54.10) in the 1000m and Nastassja Hall (3,700 points) and Georgea Richards (3,404 points) in the pentathlon.

CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

FEB. 12-13 - 2005 USA CHAMPIONSHIPS (VANCOUVER, WA)
Six UCLA cross country runners, three men and three women, ran at the 2005 USA Cross Country Championships, at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA. Rain on Friday created a muddy course for the more than 600 runners who competed in six championship races in Vancouver, located near Portland, OR.

UCLA Women
In Saturday's Junior Women's 6km race, the Bruins women were led by freshman Monika Rothenburger, who finished 15 th (there were 52 runners), covering course in 23:13.3. Also running for UCLA were - freshmen, Claire Rethmeier (18 th , 23:29.4) and Olga Aulet-Leon (22 nd , 23:57.4). The USA Women's Junior Champion was Colorado's ElizabethPasciuto(21:50.1).

Last fall, Aulet-Leon ran for the Bruins at the NCAA Championship (UCLA's No. 4 runner), the NCAA West Regional (UCLA's No. 2 runner/28 th , 21:29/6000m) and the Pac-10 Championship (UCLA's No. 4 runner/23 rd , 21:50/6000m).

Rothenburger represented UCLA at the NCAA and Pac-10 Championships (UCLA's No. 3 runner, 21.49/6000m). Rethmeier redshirted last fall in cross country.

The top six finishers in last weekend's USA open and junior women and men's races will form the U. S. team that will compete in the upcoming 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 19-20, at Saint Galmier, France.

2004 SEASON
Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team in 2004 qualified as a team to the NCAA Championships (for the fourth season in a row).

At the NCAA, the Bruins placed 27th (out of 31 teams, 640 points). UCLA was led by sophomore Ashley Caldwell (98th, 21:55.0, 6000m).

At the West Region, UCLA finished sixth (out of 28 teams, 151 points). The Bruins had three runners in the Top 30, led by sophomore Alison Costello, who for the second straight season, earned All-West region honors (22nd, 21:21, 6000m).

At the Pac-10, the Bruins placed fourth (102 points) and had six runners in the Top 25, led by Costello's 15th-place finish (21:30, 6000m).


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