2001 NCAA Outdoor T & F Qualifiers Announced

May 25, 2001

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team qualified 15 athletes for the upcoming NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, held May 30-June 2 in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon.

Art Venegas' Bruin men's squad has advanced five athletes to the Outdoor Championships.

UCLA Women
In women's competition, the Bruins have three national leaders - freshman Sheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.02), junior Tracy O-Hara in the pole vault (14-6) and senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (58-3 3/4). Here's a list of the UCLA women competitors (event, athlete, mark, seeding):

100m - senior Shakedia Jones, 11.13 (2)
400m - freshman Adia McKinnon, 52.69 (9)
800m - junior Ysanne Williams, 2:05.51 (9), freshman Lena Nilsson, 2:06.08 (16) sophomore Tiffany Burgess, 2:06.13 (17)
100m Hurdles - freshman Sani Roseby, 13.40 (22)
400m Hurdles - freshman Sheena Johnson, 56.02 (1) senior Michelle Perry, 56.23 (4)
4 X 100m Relay - Roseby, Johnson, McKinnon, Jones, alternate-freshman Nicole Gaskins, 43.64 (5)
4 X 400m Relay - McKinnon, Johnson, Williams, Perry, alternate-Gaskins, 3:32.76 (5)
High Jump - junior Darnesha Griffith, 5-10 3/4 (19)
Pole Vault - junior Tracy O-Hara, 14-6 (1) senior Erica Hoernig, 13-5 1/4 (7) junior Heather Sickler, 13-3 1/2 (13)
Shot Put - senior Christina Tolson, 58-3 3/4 (1) sophomore Chaniqua Ross, 54-3 3/4 (6)
Discus - sophomore Chaniqua Ross, 183-9 (3)
Hammer - senior Christina Tolson, 214-7 (2)
Heptathlon - senior Michelle Perry, 5,657 (6)

The Bruin women are looking to win their first NCAA Outdoor title since winning the first two NCAA women's Outdoor Championships in 1982 and -83. UCLA has won the last two women's NCAA Indoor titles. If the Bruin women win the 2001 NCAA Outdoor, UCLA will become the third school in women's collegiate history to win the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor championships in the same season.

Last weekend in Berkeley, the UCLA women won their fifth consecutive Pacific-10 Championship and seventh in the last eight seasons under Bolden. UCLA had eight event winners from the conference meet - McKinnon in the 400m (52.69), Perry, for the third consecutive season, in the 100m hurdles (13.50), Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.02), 4 X 400m relay (3:32.82), O-Hara, for the third straight year, in the pole vault (14-1 1/4), Tolson in the shot put (58-3 3/4) and for the second consecutive season in the hammer throw (214-7, Pac-10/UCLA record) and Ross in the discus (177-3).

The NCAA Woman-s Outdoor will again be a dual between No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 USC, and, like the first two encounters this season, the NCAA Outdoor could come down to the final event of the day, the 4 X 400m relay. On May 5 in the annual dual meet at USC, UCLA won the 4 X 400m relay (UCLA 3:32.76-USC 3:33.17) to beat the Trojans, 85-78 (it was UCLA-s ninth consecutive win over USC). Then, last weekend at the Pac-10, UCLA again won the 4 X 400m relay (UCLA 3:32.82-USC, dropped the baton during the third leg and placed fifth, 3:45.61) and won the league crown with 155 points, ahead of USC-s 153.

The Bruin men advanced five athletes to the NCAA Outdoor.
400m Hurdles - sophomore Kyle Erickson, 50.54 (18)
Pole Vault - freshman Yoo Kim, 17-4 1/2 (18)
Shot Put - freshman Dan Ames, 63-10 1/4 (8)
junior Scott Moser, 62-4 1/2 (13)
Discus - junior Scott Moser, 206-8 (3)
freshman Dan Ames, 196-8 (8)
Javelin - sophomore Nate Marum, 228-11 (13)

Last weekend at the Pac-10 meet, UCLA-s men finished in third-place, behind winner Stanford (142) and second-place USC (115.5). Moser led the way for the Bruins, winning the discus (199-4) and placing second in the shot put (62-0 1/4) and fifth in the hammer (194-4). Ames placed second in the discus (190-2), fourth in the shot put (61-3 1/2) and seventh in the hammer (190-10). Also at the Pac-10, Kim was fifth in the pole vault (16-11) and Marum was fourth in the javelin (217-10).

In Final National Rankings Before the NCAA Outdoor, UCLA Women are No. 1 in the U. S. for Sixth Consecutive Week, Bruin Men No. 3 Dual Meet Team in the U. S.

For the sixth consecutive week, Jeanette Bolden-s UCLA women's track and field team is the nation's No. 1 squad, while Art Venegas' Bruin men's team is ranked No.18 in the U. S.

In the final Trackwire National Top 25 before the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Bruin women are in first-place with 70 points, ahead of No. 2 USC (66), No. 3 South Carolina (47), No. 4 Clemson (39) and No. 5 LSU (35). The NCAA Outdoor will be May 30-June 2 in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon. In 10 weeks of national rankings, the UCLA women have been No. 1 on eight occasions, including the last six weeks in a row.

UCLA men moved back into the Trackwire National Top 25 after a three-week absence. The Bruins are tied for No. 18, with SMU and Utah State (each with 12 points). The No. 18 ranking ties for the UCLA men's highest placement this season (the Bruin men were also tied for No. 18 the week of April 16). The men's Top Five are Stanford (52), LSU (50), TCU (47), Tennessee (46) and Florida (37).

In this week-s IAAF/USATF Team Power Ranking, the Bruin women are in first-place with 405.99 points, ahead of No. 2 USC (389.91), No. 3 BYU (379.98), No. 4 North Carolina (376.78) and No. 5 Washington State (375.63).

UCLA's men, according to the Team Power Ranking, are No. 3 in the U. S. with 365.63 points, ahead of No. 4 USC (363.22) and No. 5 Florida (361.84), and behind No. 1 Texas (379.85) and No. 2 Tennessee (377.41). Trackwire is based upon predictions as to how teams will score at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Team Power Ranking is computer scoring based on a team-s individual top marks and dual meet strength.

Track & Field News also predicts the women's and men's team finish at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor. In women's competition, T & FN predicts that UCLA will place first with 69 points, followed by USC (63), Arkansas (43), South Carolina (41) and LSU (37). The magazine also predicts that two Bruin women will win individual titles - junior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault and senior Christina Tolson in the shot put.

T & FN- Top Five placements for the men's outdoor title are - No. 1 TCU (51), No. 2 LSU (44), No. 3 (tie) Tennessee/Stanford (42) and No. 5 Florida (34). According to the magazine, UCLA-s top men's placements will be junior Scott Moser in the discus (fourth-place) and freshman Dan Ames in the shot put (ninth-place).

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