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UCLA Heads To Modesto And Occidental Invitationals
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/10/2000

May 10, 2000

LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, May 13, the UCLA women's and men's teams will send selected athletes to compete at the Modesto Invitational and the Occidental Invitational at Eagle Rock.

LOOKING AHEAD:
On Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, the Bruins will compete at the 2000 Pacific-10 Championships, held in Eugene, OR. In 1999, the Bruin women won their third consecutive conference crown and the UCLA men placed second. (The Pac-10 decathlon/heptathlon titles will be decided in Eugene on May 13-14). Hosted by the University of Oregon and held at Hayward Field, it's the 70th annual men's conference meet and the 14th annual for the women. On Saturday (May 20), the field events (finals in the m/w long jump, m/w hammer, m/w shot put, m/w javelin, m pole vault) will start at 1 p.m. and the running events (all prelims except finals in the m 3000mSC, w 3000m, m/w 10,000m) at 3 p.m. Saturday''s competition will end at 7:15 p.m. with the running of the m/w 10,000m finals. On Sunday (May 21-all finals), field events start at 2 p.m. and running events at 5 p.m. The meet will conclude at 7:40 p.m. with the running of the m/w 4 X 400m relays.

On Wednesday-Saturday (May 31-June 3), Duke University and Durham, NC will host the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In 1999, the Bruin women placed second for the second year in a row and the UCLA men tied for 16th. Last March, the UCLA women won the 2000 NCAA Indoor championships, the first ever national indoor crown for a Bruin team. UCLA has now won five national championships, including four NCAA titles, during the 1999-2000 school year: NCAA titles (4)-men's water polo, women's gymnastics, women's track and field and men's volleyball, National Championships (1)-women's water polo. The Bruins now have a nation-leading 82 NCAA men's and women's championships.

LAST SATURDAY (MAY 6):
On Saturday, May 6 before 5,463 at UCLA's Drake Stadium in the annual UCLA-USC men's and women's track and field dual meet, the UCLA men upset the favored Trojans and won for the 22nd consecutive season and the UCLA women defeated USC for the eighth year in a row. In men's team scoring, UCLA, at the time the Bruins were rated as the No. 8 dual team in the U. S., defeated USC 88-75. It was UCLA's 22nd consecutive victory over the Trojans, dating back to 1978 (the 1982 meet was a nonscoring affair). USC, at the time was rated as the nation's No. 4 dual team, leads the series 38-29 but has not won the men's meet since 1977. In women's team scoring, UCLA, rated as the nation's top outdoor dual meet team and the reigning NCAA Indoor champion, beat USC, 86-68. It was UCLA's eighth consecutive victory over the USC women, at the time rated as the No. 9 dual meet team in the U. S., and the Bruins lead the series 14-3. Leading the Bruin men was a late one-two sweep in the 200m, a one-two-three placement in the 5000m and a one-three finish in the discus. Bruin senior Damian Allen won the 200m (20.97) and UCLA junior Bryan Harrison was second (20.98). In the 5000m, UCLA junior Paul Muite won the event (14:55.85), senior Dan Brecht was second (15:01.56) and sophomore Bryan Green was third (15:05.30, season best). In the discus, sophomore Scott Moser placed third (190-10) and freshman Scott Wiegand was third (160-11). In women's competition, UCLA senior Seilala Sua won three events, the javelin (159-1, NCAA provisional), shot put (56-1) and discus (208-4, meet record). Bruin sophomore high jumper Darnesha Griffith won the event (6-0 3/4) and her mark was a personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifying mark and the fourth best mark in school history. UCLA junior Christina Tolson also set a meet record (206-2) by winning the hammer throw.

Also performing well for the Bruin men were - on the track: a one-two-three finish in the 3000m SC (junior Mason Moore personal-best 9:14.54, senior Matt Pitts 9:34.68, freshman Omar Hart 9:35.08), a one-two placement in the 1500m (senior Jess Strutzel, 3:52.28, junior Paul Muite, season-best 3:53.25), a one-two finish in the 800m (senior Michael Granville 1:50.97, Strutzel 1:53.03) and on the field: senior Narc Narcisse, second-place in the long jump (personal-best 24-7w), a one-two finish in the javelin (freshman Nate Marum 210-4, junior Joe Franklin 192-11), a one-two finish in the pole vault (senior Brian McLaughlin 17-2 3/4, freshman Jared Drake personal-best 16-8 3/4) and freshman Josh Levy, second-place in the high jump (6-7). Helping to lead the UCLA women to victory were: on the track: senior Christina Bowen who placed second in the 3000m (9:32.67, season-best, NCAA provisional) and 1500m (4:31.65), junior Michelle Perry who won the 100m hurdles (13.20, personal legal best, NCAA provisional, No. 5 in school history) and placed second in the 400m hurdles (60.05, season-best), junior Shakedia Jones who placed second in the 100m (11.2h) and 200m (23.42, season-best, NCAA provisional) and in the field: sophomore Keyon Soley won the long jump (21-4, personal legal-best, NCAA automatic), the Bruins went one-two-three in the pole vault (sophomore Tracy O'Hara 12-11 1/2, sophomore Heather Sickler 11-11 3/4, freshman Bridget Pearson 11-5 3/4) and senior Deana Simmons won the triple jump (42-8 1/4, personal legal-best, NCAA provisional).

UCLA's Pac-10 Athlete of the Week Nominees (May 8):
*All from UCLA's dual wins over USC at Drake Stadium on May 6

Men's Track: Senior Damian Allen - in his outdoor debut in the sprints, won the 200m (20.97), placed second in the 100m (10.47) and ran the first leg of UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed second (40.16, season-best).
Men's Field: Sophomore Scott Moser - won the discus (190-10), placed third in the shot put (58-3) and was fifth in the hammer (188-6).
Women's Track: Junior Michelle Perry: won the 100m hurdles (13.20, personal legal best, NCAA provisional, No. 5 in school history) and placed second in the 400m hurdles (60.05, season best).
Women's Field: Sophomore Darnesha Griffith: niece to the late Florence Griffith Joyner, won the high jump (6-0 3/4, personal best, NCAA automatic, No. 4 in school history).

COACHING NOTES:


Jeanette Bolden
UCLA's women's head coach Jeanette Bolden is in her seventh season as head coach of the UCLA women's team. Last March, she directed the Bruins to the 2000 NCAA Indoor title. It was UCLA's first ever indoor crown and the school's nation-leading 80th NCAA Championship.

At the NCAA Outdoor Championships under Bolden, the Bruins have finished no lower than third five times (1999-2nd, 1998-2nd, 1997-3rd, 1996-9th, 1995-2nd, 1994-3rd).

She has also directed UCLA to five Pac-10 titles, including the last three in a row. In 1999, she was named the women's USTCA West Region and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year (during her Bruin career, she has been named conference coach of the year five times).

Bolden is unbeaten in dual meets in her career with a mark of 57-0 and is 7-0 vs. USC.

She is an Olympic gold medal winner (1984, USA 4 X 100m relay) and Bruin All-American sprinter (1981-83).

Art Venegas

Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas is in his first season as the new UCLA men's head coach, taking over for Bob Larsen, who retired after 15 seasons (Larsen will remain on the staff as an assistant coach on the UCLA men's team through this spring, then retire). Venegas was a Bruin assistant coach for 18 years and is a world-renowned coach in the throws. During his Bruin tenure, he directed the UCLA men's/women's throwing corps to 27 NCAA individual titles and in the 1990s, Bruin throwers have won 35 Pac-10 championships.

Bob Larsen

This will be the final season for Bruin coach Bob Larsen on the UCLA staff. Larsen, who announced his retirement last summer, has been the Bruin men's cross country coach for 21 years and men's track and field head coach for the last 15 seasons. Taking over for Larsen as the men's cross country coach is Eric Peterson, who will continue to also coach the Bruin women's cross country squad, a post he has held for the last six years.

Under Larsen, the Bruins won two NCAA titles (1987, ?88) and in four of the last five years at the NCAA Outdoor, the Bruins finished no lower than sixth (1999-16th tie, 1998-6th, 1997-4th tie, 1996-3rd, 1995-2nd). Larsen has led the Bruin men to nine conference crowns, including six Pac-10 titles in the 1990s.

In 1997, Larsen was inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Coaches Hall of Fame and in ?96 he was inducted into the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was named the USTCA National men's Coach of the Year.

Overall, Larsen has been men's national Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, '95) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year on nine occasions (1987-89, 1992-96, 98). He had a remarkable dual meet career record of 118-3-1, including a 15-0 record vs. USC.

UCLA National Leaders (Top 10)

Women

HJ: Darnesha Griffith, fifth, 6-0 3/4
PV:  Tracy O'Hara, first,  14-7 1/4
     Erica Hoernig, sixth, 13-5 1/4
LJ: Keyon Soley, third, 21-6 1/4w
TJ: Deana Simmons, ninth, 43-1w
Shot Put: Christina Tolson, first,  56-10 3/4
    Seilala Sua, third, 56-1
DT: Seilala Sua, first, 208-5
HT: Christina Tolson, third, 208-11

Men (Top 20)
400mH: John Hall, 18th, 50.78
PV: Brian McLaughlin, 8th, 17-9
DT: Scott Moser, 14th, 196-1

UCLA Pac-10 Leaders

Women HJ: Darnesha Griffith, 6-0 3/4
PV: Tracy O'Hara, 14-7 1/4 CR
LJ: Keyon Soley, 21-6 1/4w
TJ: Deana Simmons, 43-1w
SP: Christina Tolson, 56-10 3/4
DT: Seilala Sua, 208-5
HT- Christina Tolson, 208-11 P-10R

Men
800m: Jess Strutzel, 1:46.57i

UCLA NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers (May 31- June 3-Durham, NC)
Women - NCAA Automatic
HJ: Darnesha Griffith (6-0 3/4)
PV: Tracy O'Hara (14-7 1/4, CR)
Erica Hoernig (13-5 1/4)
LJ: Keyon Soley (21-6 1/4w)
SP - Christina Tolson (56-10 3/4)
Seilala Sua (56-1)
DT: Seilala Sua (208-5)
HT - Christina Tolson (208-11, Pac-10R)

Women-NCAA Provisional

200m: Shakedia Jones (23.42)
3000m: Christina Bowen (9:32.67)
10,000m: Jessica Matthews (35:10)
100mH: Michelle Perry (13.20)
4 X 100mR: Tamar Cherebin, Keyon Soley,
           Michelle Perry, Shakedia Jones-44.64
4 X 400m Relay: Tamar Cherebin, Ysanne
           Williams, Keyon Soley, Michelle Perry:
						3:37.78
PV: Heather Sickler (12-9 1/2)
LJ: Bunmi Ogunleye  (20-4 1/4w)
TJ: Deana Simmons (43-1w)
JT: Seilala Sua (159-1)
HT: Seilala Sua (198-10)
    Caroline Soong (196-1)

Men-NCAA Automatic

Men-NCAA Provisional

400mH: John Hall (50.78)
PV: Brian McLaughlin (17-9)
    Steve Michels (17-4 1/2)
SP: Jack Clamon (59-6 3/4)
DT: Scott Moser (196-1)
JT: Nate Marum (221-5)

UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week Began Monday, April 11.

April 1:
Women's Field-Christina Tolson.
She placed fourth at Mt. SAC (top collegiate finisher) in the invitational shot put, with a nation-leading, personal-best and NCAA automatic 56-10 3/4.

April 24:
Women's Field-Tracy O'Hara.
In winning the pole vault (14-7 1/4) at the USTCA Championships in Austin, TX, O'Hara set the collegiate outdoor record, breaking the old mark of 14-3 1/2 (Melissa Price, Fresno State, 1998). She's now No. 2 on the all-time U. S. list, trailing only world record-holder Stacy Dragila, 15-1, 1999. O'Hara was named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet. Last March, when the Bruin women won the NCAA Indoor championship, O'Hara set the collegiate indoor record (14-6).

The Bruins had four individual champions at the NCAA Indoor, held March 10-11 at Fayetteville, AR. The Bruin women won the team championship and were led by event winners --- senior Seilala Sua in the shot put (56-8) and sophomores, Tracy O'Hara, setting a collegiate indoor record in the pole vault (14-6, old mark, 13-11 1/4, Melissa Price, 1999) and Keyon Soley in the long jump (21-4 3/4).

In men's competition, senior Jess Strutzel won the 800 (1:46.57). Strutzel defeated Missouri's Derek Peterson, the defending NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 800m champion and his time of 1:46.57 is the fastest in the nation.

At the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships, UCLA women's squad won the team championship with 51 points, beating second-place South Carolina (41), third-place Arkansas (37) and fourth-place LSU (36.). It was the first-ever national indoor championship for the Bruins (women or men) and at the time, it was UCLA's nation-leading 80th NCAA title.

With her 18 points at the Indoor, Sua, who last season won the shot put and discus at the NCAA Outdoor, becomes UCLA's all-time leading point-producer at the NCAA Championships (87), ahead of Dawn Dumble (82) and John Godina (81).

Also earning All-America honors for the Bruin women were junior Christina Tolson, who placed third in the shot put (55-4 1/4) and eighth in the weight throw (61-7 1/2), sophomore Chaniqua Ross, who was sixth in the shot put (53-5) and junior Shakedia Jones, sixth (7.36) in the 60m. UCLA's other competitors were junior Erica Hoernig in the pole vault (11th, 12-3 1/2), senior Deana Simmons in the triple jump (12th, 41-7 3/4) and sophomore Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (12th, 5-10).

The other Bruin men's competitor was junior Brian McLaughlin, who placed fourth in the pole vault (18-0 1/2), becoming only the fourth Bruin in history to vault over 18 feet.

In national rankings, there are two national weekly rankings, Trackwire (based on how a team will score at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor) and the USTCA power ranking (based on individual marks).

  • In the USTCA rankings (as of May 9), the Bruin women are No. 1 (388.23) and in the men's rankings, the Bruins are No. 9 (349.09).
  • In the Trackwire national Top 25 women's rankings for May 10, the Bruin women are No. 3 in the nation (49 points, the Top 5 teams are - No. 1 Texas, 69 points, No. 2 LSU, 56 points, No. 3 UCLA, 49 points, No. 4 USC, 48 points, No. 5 South Carolina, 39 points). In the men's rankings, the UCLA men are tied for 18th (14 points). Arkansas is No. 1 (62 points).

Interesting note from Mal Florence, Los Angeles Times, Morning Briefing, April 24:
Tracy O'Hara of UCLA set a women's NCAA pole vault record on Saturday (April 22) with a mark of 14-7 1/4. Her winning height would have won every men's NCAA outdoor championship meet from 1938 to 1950.

What's the Score?

  • In 1998, the USOC, in close cooperation with USA T&F, provided a three-year grant to the USTCA to promote scored quadrangular track meets on college campuses across America. The Series is now in its third year and has been an unqualified success. This year, 74 colleges and universities will host three-hour, spectator friendly track and field competitions. "What's the Score?" is the new password for collegiate track and field. All of UCLA's home meets this season are part of the USTCA sponsored series.

  • UCLA's women have a current seven-year+ unbeaten dual winning streak.
  • In 2000, the Bruin women are 4-0 in duals--with wins over California (116-70) and Washington (119-72) on March 18 at Drake Stadium, on April 1 at Drake Stadium, UCLA beat CS Northridge (115-70) and on May 6 at Drake, the Bruins beat archrival USC 86-68.
  • Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her seventh season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 57-0, including 7-0 vs. USC.
  • The last time UCLA's women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back duals to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women have won 64 consecutive duals, including 52 straight at Drake Stadium.

  • The Bruin women's pole vault and hammer throw corps are the most talented in the nation. In the women's pole vault, sophomore Tracy O'Hara has set both the collegiate outdoor (14-7 1/4) and indoor (14-6) marks, junior Erica Hoernig is an NCAA automatic outdoor qualifier (13-5 1/4) and sophomore Heather Sickler is an NCAA provisional qualifier (12-9 1/2).
  • In the women's hammer, junior Christina Tolson set the Pac-10 record of 208-11 on April 21, senior Seilala Sua set a personal-best of 198-10 on April 1 and freshman Caroline Soong's mark of 196-1 on March 26 is the No. 2 all-time mark in U. S. Junior history.

  • A new era in track and field and soccer greets the 2000 UCLA collegiate track and field season with the opening of a new soccer/track facility on campus. Drake Stadium, the home of UCLA track and field since 1969, has been transformed into Frank W. Marshall Field at Elvin "Ducky" Drake Stadium.
  • The construction time on the project ran approximately four months (mid-August to December). The cost of the project was $1.5 million and was made possible by a lead gift from Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy. All of the money was raised from private funds, no state money was utilized. Seating capacity in the stadium is 11,700.
  • The track in the facility is brand new. It has been converted from a conventional American 400-yard eight-lane oval with a 106-degree radius turn to a European 400m nine-lane (48" width lane) with a 136-degree radius on the turn. The surface is a tartan surface provided by Martin Surfacing. There is 13mm of surface material on top of an asphalt base. A track/field drainage system is flush mounted to the inside of lane one. Also on the inside of lane one is an electrical/timing chase that will house the Lynx timing system for the track.
  • Other track and field enhancements include: the steeplechase pit has been moved "inboard" of the track on the north turn, the field events include shot, discus and hammer rings at both the north and south ends of the infield and a javelin runway is also located on both ends to accommodate for the prevailing winds for all these events.
  • In addition, the high jump area has been moved to the south end of the track stadium on its own tartan surface. The north end of the facility will have practice pits for the shot, hammer and discus. The stadium will have four long/triple jump pits featuring 38-foot-long sand-filled pits. There are two practice pole vault pits and one infield runway that can accommodate the pit on either the north or south end to take advantage of the wind.
  • Thanks to the change in the configuration of the track, the grass infield is now wide enough to house a regulation 75-yard by 120-yard soccer field. This will be the new home for UCLA men's and women's soccer matches. The field will also be available for other uses, including the annual spring football scrimmage.

Pronunciation Guide:

Men: John Barbieri (John Bar-be-air-ee), Malachi Davis (Mal- a-ky (rhymes with sky) Davis), Tom Jonsson (Tom Johnson), David Kurien (David Cure-e-in), Josh Levy (Josh Le-vee), Scott Moser (Scott Mo-sur), Paul Muite (Paul Moy-tay), Narc Narcisse (Narc Nar-cease), Jess Strutzel (Jess Strut-zul), Roger Van Sluis (Roger Van Sloos), Scott Wiegand (Scott Wee-gand), Tim Yeo (Tim Yo).

Women: Ola Adenyi (O-la A-den-yee), Elaine Canchola (Elaine Can-cho-la), Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Chair-bin), Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig), Alynda Franco (Ah-len-da Franco), Eboni Grayson (Eb-a-nee Grayson), Darnesha Griffith (Dar-ne-sha Griffith), Bridie Hatch (Bri-dee Hatch), Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig), Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones), Lena Nilsson (La-na Nil-son), Katie Nuanes (Katie New-hones), Bunmi Ogunleye (Boo-mee O-gun-lay-e), Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons), Keyon Soley (Key-on Soley), Seilala Sua (Say-la-la Sue-aw), Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).

The IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation, based in Monte Carlo) in 1999 published a book entitled "The 100 Defining Moments of the Twentieth Century", highlighting the greatest moments in track and field during the 20th Century. UCLA athletes contribute six of the highlights. 1960: Rafer Johnson vs. C. K. Yang in Rome decathlon, 1988: Florence Griffith Joyner in Seoul Olympics sprints and relays and Jackie Joyner Kersee in Seoul Olympics heptathlon and long jump, 1991: Mike Powell breaks Bob Beamon's long jump world record in Tokyo World Championships, 1992: Kevin Young breaks Edwin Moses' 400m hurdle world record at the Barcelona Olympics, 1996: Gail Devers vs. Merlene Ottey in the Atlanta Olympics 100m.

In the March 2000 issue of Track & Field News, several Bruins were cited in T&FN "Highlights of the 20th Century". Jackie Joyner Kersee was named the Women's Athlete of the Century, with Evelyn Ashford, Gail Devers and Florence Griffith Joyner earning honorable mention. On the "All-Century Team" (by event), in women's competition, Ashford was named the No. 1 performer of the century in the 100m, with Devers honorable mention, Flo Jo was honorable mention in the 200m and JJK was No. 1 in the heptathlon and honorable mention in the long jump. On the "All-Century Team" in men's competition, Kevin Young (400m hurdles) and Mike Powell (long jump) were honorable mention. In the "Athlete of the Decade" category, in women's competition, Devers was second (behind France's Marie-Jose Perec) and JJK was fourth.

UCLA's cross country and track and field teams were well represented on the Athletic Director's (3.00gpa or above) Honor Roll for winter quarter.

Women's CC:
Kara Barnard, Christina Bowen, Elaine Canchola, Kelly Grimes, Peggy Hall, Carolyn King, Gina Turpel.
Women's T&F: Christine Ahn, Kristin Ayers, Karen Bewley, Christine Chan, Jenny Chan, Brooke Fitzgerald, Alynda Franco, Elaine Harwell, Bridge Hatch, Erica Hoernig, Suzanne Linn, Heather Newlin, Kelly O'Connor, Tracy O'Hara, Bridget Pearson, Karina Powell, Chaniqua Ross, Heather Sickler, Kristen Tucker.
Men's CC: Scott Abbott, Bryan Green, Justin Patananan, Matt Pitts.
Men's T & F: CJ Bell, Malachi Davis, Jared Drake, Brandon Foster, Joe Franklin, Omar Hart, Tom Jonsson, Nate Marum, Steve Michels, Narc Narcisse, Roger Van Sluis.

2000 Recap:

The Cal/Nevada Championships were held Saturday-Sunday (April 29-30) at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field in Berkeley, on the University of California campus.

  • UCLA's women won their team competition (22 squads), with 114 points (the Bruins also won the title in 1999). Rounding out the Top 5 teams were UCLA, California (86), Nevada (84), UNLV (80) and CS Northridge (74).
  • The Bruin men placed fourth (out of 22 teams), with 68 points. The men's winner was Fresno State (87), followed by California (85), Long Beach State (77), UCLA and Stanford (63.50).
  • The Bruin women were led by senior Seilala Sua and junior Christina Tolson.
  • Sua won the shot put (55-2) and discus (203-10) and was fourth in the hammer (183-2). Tolson set a stadium and meet record in the hammer, winning the event with a mark of 204-1. Tolson was also second in the shot put (54-6).
  • UCLA's men were led by sophomore Scott Moser. Moser won the discus (190-3), placed second in the shot put (58-4 1/2, season-best) and was 10th in the hammer (168-7).
  • Sua and Moser were UCLA nominees for Pac-10 women's and men's Field Athlete of the Week.

On Friday-Saturday (April 21-22), the Bruins competed in the USTCA Team Championships, at the Mark A. Myers Track Complex in Austin, on the University of Texas campus.

  • In women's team competition (14 teams), the Bruins placed second with 103 points, behind winner Texas (109.50). In men's competition, UCLA tied for seventh with Tennessee (52 points) and Texas (103) was again the team winner.
  • The Bruin women were led by sophomore Tracy O'Hara and senior Seilala Sua.
  • In winning the pole vault (14-7 1/4), O'Hara set the collegiate outdoor record, breaking the old mark of 14-3 1/2 (Melissa Price, Fresno State, 1998). She's now No. 2 on the all-time U. S. list, trailing only world record-holder Stacy Dragila, 15-1, 1999. O'Hara was named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet. Last March, when the Bruin women won the NCAA Indoor championship, O'Hara set the collegiate indoor record (14-6). O'Hara was the Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Week.
  • Sua was the highest women's point producer at the meet (23 points), winning the shot put (54-8) and discus (208-4) and placing sixth in the hammer (193-9).
  • The top UCLA men performers were senior Jess Strutzel, junior John Hall and freshman Jack Clamon. Strutzel continued his winning ways in the 800m, winning the event in 1:49.66
  • Hall placed second in the 400m hurdles (51.56, ran a personal-best 50.78 in qualifying) and ran a wind personal-best 14.55 in the 110m hurdle prelims.
  • Clamon set a personal-best 59-6 3/4 by placing fifth in the shot put.
  • Also performing well for the Bruins in women's competition was junior Shakedia Jones. In her outdoor debut in the 100m, she ran an 11.34w to place fourth in the 100m (ran an 11.56 legal in prelims). In the 200m, Jones ran a season-best 23.69 in prelims and placed sixth in the final (23.81).
  • Junior Christina Tolson was second in the shot put (51-7 3/4) and hammer (208-11, a new Pac-10 record, breaking her old mark of 205-7 set this year).
  • In the jumps, sophomore Keyon Soley was second in the long jump (21-6 1/4w) and senior Deana Simmons was third in the triple jump (43-1w).
  • For the Bruin men, senior Malachi Davis was fifth in the 400m (47.07), sophomore Scott Moser was fourth in the discus (190-0) and freshman Nate Marum was fifth (213-8) in the javelin.
  • O'Hara (women's field), Hall (men's track), Clamon (men's field) and Jones (women's track) are this week's UCLA nominees for Pac-10 Athletes of the Week.

On April 14-16, the Bruins competed at the Mt. SAC Relays and had several outstanding performances.

  • In women's competition, junior Michelle Perry won an invitational 100m hurdle race (13.23, personal-legal best and NCAA provisional) and also anchored the Bruin 4 X 400m relay that placed sixth in the invitational race (3:37.78, season-best and NCAA provisional).
  • Junior Christina Tolson placed fourth (top collegiate finisher) in the invitational shot put, with a nation-leading, personal-best and NCAA automatic 56-10 3/4. Tolson was the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
  • In men's competition, senior Jess Strutzel placed third in the 800m invitational race (1:49.44) and sophomore Scott Moser was third (194-4) in the collegiate discus.
  • Also performing well at Mt. SAC were, in women's competition: in the pole vault, junior Erica Hoernig, placing first collegiately in the pole vault (13-5 1/4, personal-best and NCAA automatic) and sophomore Tracy O'Hara who was sixth (top collegian, 13-3) in the invitational event and in the shot put, senior Seilala Sua was third (196-5, top collegian) in the invitational discus.
  • In men's competition, junior Bryan Harrison won a collegiate100m race (10.63), senior Terrance Williams won a collegiate 400m race (46.84), junior John Hall placed second (50.90, season-best/NCAA provisional) in a 400m hurdle university race and ran the opening leg on UCLA's invitational 4 X 400m relay (3:07.14, fourth-place, season-best).

On April 1 at Drake Stadium, UCLA sophomore pole vaulter Tracy O'Hara and the HSI 4 X 100m relay set Drake Stadium records as the Bruin women's and men's track and field teams defeated Iowa, Wyoming and CS Northridge.

  • O'Hara, who earlier this season set the collegiate indoor record (14-6) by winning the NCAA Indoor pole vault title, set a new Drake Stadium, outdoor Pac-10 and school record with a vault of 14-1.25 (No. 2 all-time collegiate outdoor, trailing only 14-3 1/2, Melissa Price, Fresno State, 1998), besting the old stadium mark of 13-7 set by Tiffany Smith in 1996 (and tied by O'Hara on March 18). O'Hara, who set the old Pac-10 outdoor mark at 13-7 earlier this year, is from Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego.
  • In the 4 X 100m relay, HSI set the stadium record with a time of 38.17. Running for HSI was Jon Drummond, Ato Boldon, Bryan Howard and Maurice Greene, the world record-holder in the 100m. The old Drake Stadium mark was 38.59, set by UCLA (Mike Marsh, Danny Everett, Steve Lewis, Henry Thomas) in 1988.
  • Along with O'Hara, the Bruin women were led by junior Michelle Perry and senior Seilala Sua. Perry won both hurdles (season-best 13.61, 100-hurdles, 1:01.38, 400 hurdles) and anchored the winning UCLA 4 X 400m relay (season-best 3:41.63). Sua won both the shot put (55-5.50) and discus (178-10).
  • UCLA women in triangular scoring won with 162 points, beating CS Northridge (103) and Wyoming (72). In the dual score, the Bruins beat CS Northridge (115-70). The Bruin women are now unbeaten in outdoor duals with a 3-0 record this season. Back in March, Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women won the NCAA Indoor crown.
  • The Bruin men were led by juniors, sprinter Bryan Harrison and hurdler John Hall, both double event winners. Harrison won both sprints (100m, 10.69, 200m, season-best 21.05) and Hall placed first in both hurdles (110mH, 14.62, 400mH, season-best 51.00). Jason Gervais, from Wyoming, was also a double winner, in the shot put (62-2.50) and discus (198-6).
  • In the men's team scoring, UCLA (203) won the quad meet, beating CS Northridge (133), Wyoming (130.50) and Iowa (101.50). UCLA won two duals (UCLA 105-CS Northridge 68, UCLA 119-Iowa 49) and CS Northridge also beat Iowa, 95-67. It was the first dual wins for new Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas. The UCLA men are 2-2 this season.

On March 18 at Drake Stadium, the Bruins hosted their first home meet of the season. In women's competition, UCLA won both the triangular (UCLA 170, Washington 107.5, California 104.5) and dual (UCLA 116-Cal 70, UCLA 119-UW 72) competitions. In men's competition, California won the triangular (California 144.5, Washington 142, UCLA 123.5) and the dual scores were (Cal 99.5-UCLA 97.5, UW 109-UCLA 90). The Bruin men were without the services of four top sprinters, all seniors, Damian Allen, Malachi Davis, Terrence Williams and Michael Granville.

  • For the Bruin women, junior Shakedia Jones won the 200m (23.93) and junior Michelle Perry won the 100m hurdles (13.70). Jones (anchor) and Perry (third leg) also ran on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.64). In the field events, UCLA captured six individual titles, including a 1-2-3 finish in the women's pole vault (sophomore Tracy O'Hara won with a vault of 13-7), a mark of 200-1 by Sua to win the discus and Tolson winning both the shot put (52-6 3/4) and hammer (201-6).
  • In men's competition, the Bruins were led by senior Jess Strutzel, who won the 1500m (3:46.99) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:12.46).

On March 3-4 in Atlanta, GA, several Bruins competed in the USA Indoor Championships.

  • In the women's pole vault, sophomore Tracy O'Hara placed fifth (the highest placing collegian, 13-10) and junior Erica Hoernig was 13th (13-0 1/4).
  • In the women's shot put, senior Seilala Sua was fourth (highest placing collegian, 56-1), sophomore Chaniqua Ross was seventh (53-0 1/4) and junior Christina Tolson was eighth (52-10).
  • In the women's weight throw, Sua was third (highest placing collegian, 65-11 1/2) and Tolson was sixth (62-9 1/2).

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