June 3, 1998
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - UCLA's Seilala Sua is on track to accomplish what only one other woman has done in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships - win four titles in the same event.
Sua, a sophomore, won her second consecutive discus title Wednesday, setting meet and stadium records with a heave of 210 feet, 8 inches.
"I'm excited about winning again," said Sua, also the 1997 Pan American Games junior champion in the discus and shot put. "I'm looking forward to the next two years."
If Sua wins again next year and in 2000, she would match the feat of Wisconsin's Suzy Favor, winner of the 1,500-meter title from 1987-90.
Sua's latest victory was by more than 18 feet, as Aretha Hill of Washington, the collegiate leader this season at 215-3, finished a distant second at 192-5.
Sua's throw was short of her career best of 212-2 but surpassed the previous meet record of 209-10 by Leslie Deniz of Arizona State in 1983 and the University at Buffalo stadium record of 204-9 by Renatat Katewicz of Poland at the 1993 World University Games.
Other than her winning toss on her first attempt, Sua had only one other legal throw - 201-1. She fouled on her other four attempts.
All the throwers in the field of 22 had difficulty with the shifting winds.
"There was no way to tell where the wind was coming from," Sua said. "On my first throw, the wind died down a little. It was a tailwind."
Sua's victory was worth 10 points in the Bruins' bid to end LSU's 11-year reign as women's champion. Along with the fourth-place finish by Suzy Powell, the sixth by Nada Kawar and the seventh by Rachelle Noble, UCLA collected a total of 20 points in the discus.
"It was important for the team to get a lot of points," said Powell, who ranked second this season at 213-5 but threw only 187-2 Wednesday. "We came close to what we expected to do except for me. We were counting on 23 points."
The discus was the first of five finals Wednesday. The others were the men's javelin and pole vault, and the women's long jump and 10,000 meters.