May 18, 2005
As Jeanette Bolden's UCLA Bruins prepare to defend their NCAA West Region team title, in this week's (May 18) Trackwire 25, UCLA is rated No. 3 in the U. S. (for the last two weeks, the Bruins were ranked No. 2 in the nation).
Rounding out the nation's Top Five teams this week are -1. Texas (64), 2. South Carolina (53), 3. UCLA (51), 4. Miami, FL (39), 5. Tennessee (36).
On May 27-28, the Bruins will travel to Eugene, OR to compete in the 2005 NCAA West Region T & F Championships. In its third year, UCLA won the first two team titles - in 2004 at CS Northridge and 2003 at Stanford. On June 8-11, UCLA and its qualified athletes will compete in the 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, at Sacramento. The Bruins are the defending NCAA Outdoor team champions, winning the title last season at Austin, TX. Last weekend, UCLA's Drake Stadium hosted the 2005 Pac-10 T & F Championships and the Bruin women placed second, with 125 points.
In this week's Trackwire Top 25 - 1. Texas (64), 2. South Carolina (53), 3. UCLA (51), 4. Miami, FL (39), 5. Tennessee (36), 6. Stanford (35), 7. Georgia (30), 8. USC (24), 9. Nebraska (22), 10. Washington State (21), 11. Alabama/Arizona State (19), 13. Cal Poly/Colorado (16), 15. Wyoming/North Carolina (15), 17. Kansas State/Colorado State(14), 19. Duke/North Carolina State (13), 21. Arkansas/Baylor (12), 24. Oklahoma State/Texas Southern (11).
In this week's Dandy Dozen, there are seven Bruins listed (in eight events), including two event leaders - senior Monique Henderson (400m) and junior Chelsea Johnson (PV). Henderson, at last week's Pac-10 Championships, became only the second woman in conference meet history to repeat as 200m (23.06)/400m (51.31) champion. Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor pole vault champion and the NCAA Outdoor record-holder (15-0), also won (13-11.25) the vault competition at the 2005 Pac-10.
400m - 1. Monique Henderson (50.91)
100mH- 3. Dawn Harper (12.91)
PV - 1. Chelsea Johnson (14-1.25)
LJ - 6. Candice Baucham (21-5.25w/21-1.25)
TJ - 4. Candice Baucham (44-6)
SP- 3. Jessica Cosby (57-10.25)
DT- 5. Lara Saye (188-0), 7. Kamaiya Warren (183-3)
HT- 4. Jessica Cosby (217-5)
At last weekend's Pac-10 Championships, along with Henderson and Johnson, senior Jessica Cosby won both the shot put (56-1.75) and defended her title in the hammer throw (211-10), joining UCLA's Christina Tolson (2001) as the only two athletes in conference meet history to win those events at the same meet. Sophomore Kamaiya Warren won the discus (183-3, personal-best/she was also fourth, 52-11, in the shot put). Placing second were - junior Dawn Harper in the 100m hurdles (12.91, personal-best, No. 4 in school history) and senior Candice Baucham, in both the long (21-1.25, personal legal-best, No. 7 in school history) and triple jumps (44-2).
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA -qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
The Trackwire 25 and D12 are compiled by respected track & field statistician Gary Verigin (firstname.lastname@example.org).