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Women's Track Place Third At NCAA Outdoor
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/12/2000

June 12, 2000

2000 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Wednesday-Saturday, May 31-June 3, in Wallace Wade Stadium at Durham, NC and hosted by Duke University, UCLA's women, the 2000 NCAA Indoor champions, placed third, behind champion LSU and second-place USC. LSU captured its 12th outdoor title in the last 14 years.

On the men's side, Stanford won the title, the first Pac-10 team to win the Outdoor championship since UCLA in 1987 and '88. The Cardinal snapped Arkansas' eight-year reign. Arkansas placed second with 59 points.

Under seventh year head coach Jeanette Bolden, the Bruin women have placed no lower than third at the NCAA Outdoor on six occasions, including second-place finishes in 1995-98-99.

The Bruin women were led by senior Seilala Sua and sophomore Tracy O'Hara. Sua defended her shot put (56-11 1/2, season-best) and discus (200-09) titles and O'Hara won the pole vault (14-5 1/2, meet and stadium record).

Sua became the all-time winningest woman's athlete at the Outdoor with six individual championships (2000-shot put/discus, 1999 shot put/discus, 1998-discus, 1997-discus) and only the second woman in history to win an individual event four consecutive years (discus 1997-2000). Wisconsin's Suzy Favor had the most Outdoor titles (5) and originally set the record with four straight championships in the 1500m (1500m, 1987-90).

In UCLA history, her NCAA Outdoor/Indoor point total rose to 107 points, a school record, to go along with her seven overall titles (won the 2000 NCAA Indoor shot put).

UCLA's men were led by senior Jess Struztel. Entering the meet as the collegiate leader in the 800m (1:46.03) and the 2000 NCAA Indoor 800m champion, Strutzel placed fifth (1:46.39). He earned the only points (4) for the Bruin men.

Earning All-America honors for the Bruin women were -- junior Christina Tolson in the shot put and hammer, junior Michelle Perry in the 400m hurdles and junior Shakedia Jones in the 100m.

2000 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
On March 10-11 in Fayetteville, AR and hosted by the University of Arkansas, 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, at the time, UCLA's nation-leading 80th NCAA title.

The Bruins had four individual champions at the NCAA Indoor --- 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 was the fastest in the nation.

With her 18 points at the Indoor, Sua, who was also second (69-0) in the weight throw, became 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.

2000 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
On May 20-21, Oregon hosted the conference meet in Eugene. The Bruin women won for the fourth consecutive season (for the sixth time during the seven years with Jeanette Bolden as UCLA women's head coach, 11 total Pac-10 crowns in 14 seasons, dating back to 1987) and the UCLA men (with Washington) tied for fourth place.

In the closest women's meet in Pac-10 history, UCLA's women won with 167.50 points, followed by USC (161), Stanford (114), Washington State (86), Arizona State (75), Arizona (65), Washington (58), California (54.50) and Oregon (37).

In men's competition, USC won for the second straight season with 154 points, followed by Stanford (122.50), Arizona State (101), UCLA/Washington (83), Arizona (75), Oregon (71), California (68) and Washington State (59.50). The Bruins were without three of their top sprinters-senior 400m runners Malachi Davis (hamstring) and Terrence Williams (foot stress fracture) did not compete and senior Damian Allen pulled up (hamstring) in the 100m final.

In women's competition, the meet was decided late in the day at the conclusion of the pole vault, when the Bruins went one-two-three: sophomore Tracy O'Hara won with a meet record 13-7, followed by junior Erica Hoernig (personal-best 13-7) and sophomore Heather Sickler (personal-best 13-3).

UCLA's other women champions were -- senior Seilala Sua, defending her titles, placed first in the shot put (56-9 1/2, season-best) and discus (205-1), junior Michelle Perry, the defending champion, in the 100m hurdles (13/03w, personal wind-aided best), sophomore Darnesha Griffith, in the high jump (5-10) and junior Christina Tolson in the hammer (208-5, meet record).

The Bruin women suffered a significant injury when in the long jump qualifying, sophomore Keyon Soley, the 2000 NCAA Indoor champion, suffered a hyperextended right knee. It is hoped that Soley will be healthy and ready to go for the NCAA Outdoor.

Bruin senior Michael Granville led the UCLA men by winning the 400m (46.49).

UCLA's women's head coach Jeanette Bolden completed 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 (women or men) first ever indoor crown.

At the NCAA Outdoor Championships under Bolden, the Bruins have finished no lower than third on six occasions (2000-3rd, 1999-2nd, 1998-2nd, 1997-3rd, 1996-9th, 1995-2nd, 1994-3rd).

She has also directed UCLA to six Pac-10 titles, including the last four in a row.

In 2000, she was named the USTCA West Region Women's Coach of the Year. In 1999, she was again 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).

Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas completed his first season as the new UCLA men's head coach, taking over for Bob Larsen, who retired after 15 seasons (Larsen remained on the staff as an assistant coach on the UCLA men's team through spring 2000, then retired).

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 29 NCAA individual titles and in the 1990s, Bruin throwers had won 35 Pac-10 championships.

Bruin Headlines Seilala Sua was awarded the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference Medal, based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Seilala Sua, for the second year in a row, and Bruin Tracy O'Hara were nominated for the 1999-2000 Honda Award for track and field to determine the top woman collegiate athlete in that sport.

Jeanette Bolden has led the Bruin women to two second-place finishes (in the last three years) at the NCAA Outdoor, and in her seven years as head coach, the Bruins have finished no lower than third on six occasions.

Jeanette Bolden has been named the 2000 USTCA Women's West Region Coach of the Year. In her seventh year as the UCLA women's head coach, it's the fifth time she has won the honor.

The 2000 NCAA Indoor title for the Bruin women was the first in school history (women or men). UCLA is the first west coast school to win the women's NCAA Indoor and just the third overall when combining the men's Indoor champions (USC in 1967 and '72 and Washington State in 1977).

1999-2000 was the final season for Bruin coach Bob Larsen on the UCLA staff. Larsen, who announced his retirement in summer 1999, was the Bruin men's cross country coach for 21 years and men's track and field head coach for 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 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 (13-7)
Heather Sickler (13-3)
LJ -- Keyon Soley (21-6 1/4w)
SP - Christina Tolson (56-10 3/4)
Seilala Sua (56-19 1/2)
DT -- Seilala Sua (208-5)
HT - Christina Tolson (208-11, Pac-10R)

Women-NCAA Provisional
100m -- Shakedia Jones (11.26w)
200m -- Shakedia Jones (23.38)
100mH -- Michelle Perry (13.03w)
400mH --Michelle Perry (58.13)
4 X 100mR -- Tamar Cherebin, Keyon Soley, Michelle Perry, Shakedia Jones-44.64
Alternate-Ysanne Williams
TJ -- Deana Simmons (43-1w)
HT -- Caroline Soong (197-2)

Men-NCAA Automatic
800 -- Jess Strutzel (1:46.03)

Men-NCAA Provisional
400mH -- John Hall (50.48)
PV -- Brian McLaughlin (17-9)
DT -- Scott Moser (196-1)

UCLA National Leaders (Top 10, entering NCAA Outdoor)

Women
100m -- Shakedia Jones, fourth, 11.26w
100mH -- Michelle Perry, 10th, 13.03w
4 X 100m Relay -- Tamar Cherebin, Keyon Soley, Michelle Perry, Shakedia Jones -- 44.64
HJ -- Darnesha Griffith, sixth, 6-0 3/4
PV -- Tracy O'Hara, first, 14-7 1/4
Erica Hoernig, sixth, 13-7
Heather Sickler, eighth, 13-3
LJ -- Keyon Soley, sixth, 21-6 1/4w
Shot Put -- Christina Tolson, first, 56-10 3/4
Seilala Sua, second, 56-9 1/2
DT -- Seilala Sua, first, 208-5
HT -- Christina Tolson, fourth, 208-11

Men (Top 20)
800m -- Jess Strutzel, 1st, 1:46.03
400mH -- John Hall, 15th, 50.48
PV -- Brian McLaughlin, 19th, 17-9
DT -- Scott Moser, 15th, 196-1

UCLA Pac-10 Leaders (before Pac-10 meet)
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, 1:46.57

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).

May 15 -- Women's Track-Christina Bowen. At the Occidental Invitational on May 13, Bowen won the women's 3000m, in a time of 9:30.74. It was her season-best mark and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

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 (final season ranking, as of May 23), the Bruin women were No. 1 (397.42) and in the men's rankings, the Bruins were No. 7 (363.99).

In the final (May 24) Trackwire national Top 25 women's rankings, the Bruin women were No. 1 in the nation (76 points, the Top 5 teams were - No. 1 UCLA, 76 points, No. 2 USC, 74 points, No. 3 Arkansas, 54 points, No. 4 Texas, 53 points, No. 5 LSU, 50 points).

In the final Trackwire men's rankings, the UCLA men were not in the Top 24. Arkansas was No. 1 (72 points), followed by Stanford (63) and LSU (45).

UCLA's 2000 NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers/Results --

Women

Shakedia Jones, 100m/200m/4X100m relay, junior, Waukegan, IL (Waukegan) -- At the 2000 Outdoor, Jones ran six races and by the time she got to the 100m final on Saturday, Jones was running on an injured right hamstring. She placed sixth (11.55) in the 100m, earning her eighth All-America honor and fifth outdoors. Here's her complete 2000 NCAA Outdoor results (Wednesday - 4 X100m relay semis, anchor leg, 44.91 DNQ, 200m prelims, 23.26 season-best Q, Thursday- 100m prelims, 11.40 Q, Friday-100m semis, 11.33 season-best Q, 200m semis, 23.67 DNQ, Saturday-100m final, sixth, 11.55). On the collegiate lists entering the Outdoor, Jones was No. 4 in the 100m (11.26), No. 20 in the 200m (23.38). At the 2000 Pac-10, she placed second (11.26w,+2.2, season-best wind-aided mark) and in prelims, Jones won her heat (11.38w). In the 200m, Jones placed fourth (23.46w. +2.4). In prelims, she was second in her heat (23.38). She also ran on both of UCLA's scoring relays -- 4 X 100m (anchor leg, 44.79) and 4 X 400m (third leg, 3:37.10, season-best). At the 2000 NCAA Indoor, she placed sixth (7.36) in the 60m, earning All-America honors for the seventh time in her career.

At the 1999 NCAA Outdoor, Jones earned two All-America honors (fifth and sixth times of her career) at the Outdoor. She placed seventh (11.23, season legal-best, 11.101w and 11.30 qualifying) in the 100m and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history, 43.85 qualifying). Entered at No. 10 (11.26) on the 100m list . At the '99 Pac-10, Jones did not run in either sprint final. She qualified in both, but suffered a minor hamstring cramp at the end of the 200m prelim and was held out of both finals.

In 1998 as a true frosh, Jones established herself as one of the top young female sprinters in the nation. In international junior competition that summer, Jones won the 100m (11.19) at the World Juniors and placed first in the 200m (22.65w, personal-best) at the USA Junior meet. She had an outstanding '98 NCAA Outdoor, earning All-American honors in both sprints and the 4 X 100m relay. In the 100m, she placed second (11.15, +4.0w, 11.55, 11.45 in qualifying). At the end of the race, she suffered a severe cramp in her right hamstring and collapsed at the finish line. One hour later (after treatment), she ran in the 200m final, and with a heavily taped right hamstring, placed third in the 200m (22.97, 22.91, 22.91 in qualifying). In the 4 X 100m relay, Jones ran the second leg that placed fourth (43.82, No. 5 in school and Pac-10 history, 44.32 prelim). She entered the 1998 NCAA with the top collegiate legal mark in the 100m (11.11, personal-best) and the sixth best time in the 200m (22.84). She also ran on both of UCLA's relays (4 X 100m, 43.49, No. 3, 4 X 400m, 3:33.27, No. 10). At the '98 Pac-10 meet, Jones won the 100m (11.20) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.25). Jones had a breakthrough effort in the dual vs. USC, winning the 100m (11.11, No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior mark, behind Brenda Morehead, Tennessee State, 1976, No. 3 in UCLA history, No. 2 in Pac-10 history), 200m (22.84, national dual meet record, No. 3 all-time U. S. Junior mark, behind Marion Jones, 22.58, 1992 and Chandra Cheeseborough, 22.77, 1975, No. 4 in school history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history) and running the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.49, national dual meet and Pac-10 record). At the 1998 NCAA Indoor, Jones qualified in the 55m and 200m. She did not make the final in the 55m (6.87i prelims) and earned All-American honors in the 200m.

Michelle Perry, 100mH/400mH/4X100m relay, junior, Palmdale (Quartz Hill) -- At the 2000 Outdoor, Perry placed fourth in the 400m hurdle final, in a time of 56.50 (personal best, No. 4 in school history). In all she ran five races in three days (Wednesday -- 4 X 100m relay semis, second leg, 44.91 DNQ, 400m hurdle semis, 57.06 Q, Thursday - 100m hurdle prelims, 13.17 Q, Friday -- 400m hurdle final, fourth, 56.50, personal best , No. 4 in school history, 100m hurdle semis, 13.27 DNQ). Entering the Outdoor, on the current collegiate lists, Perry was No. 10 in the 100m hurdles (13.03) and No.16 in the 400m hurdles (58.13). At the 2000 Pac-10, Perry defended her 100m hurdle crown, winning with a time of 13.03w (+3.5, NCAA automatic, personal wind-aided best). In prelims, Perry had the fastest time (13.15, personal legal best). For the fifth consecutive season, a Bruin has won the 100m hurdles (Joanna Hayes won three straight from 1996-98) and since 1987, the Bruins have won this event 10 times (of 14). I n the 400m hurdles, she was third (58.22). In prelims, Perry had the best time (58.13). She also ran on both of UCLA's relays at the Pac-10 (4 X 100m relay, second leg, 44.79, second-place, 45.05, second-fastest prelim time, 4 X 400m relay, anchor leg, second place, 3:37.10, season-best, NCAA provisional, there were no prelims).

A versatile athlete, Perry at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor earned two All-America honors (second and third of her career), running on both of UCLA's relays. She ran the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history, 43.85 qualifying) and ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, that also took third (3:29.41, school record, 3:33.45 qualifying). Perry also qualified in the 100m hurdles, but did not advance to the final (13.08w semis, 13.26 prelims). Entered at No. 16 (13.34) on the 100m hurdle list. At the '99 Pac-10, Perry won the 100m hurdles (13.37), placed fourth in the 400m hurdles (58.48) and ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:34.28).

A true freshman in 1998, Perry earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor by running the lead leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (43.82, No. 5 in UCLA and Pac-10 history, 44.32 prelim). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that did not qualify for the final (3:38.45). Perry ran the lead leg on UCLA's season-best 4 X 100m relay (43.49, Pac-10 record and No. 3 on the collegiate list). At the 1998 Pac-10, she placed third in the 100m hurdles (13.41), ran the first leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.25) and tied for eighth in the long jump (18-7).

Tamar Cherebin, 4X100m relay, senior, Nassau Bahamas (St. Augustine's College) -- At the 2000 Outdoor, Cherebin ran the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay semifinal, that placed sixth (44.91) in heat two and did not qualify for the final. At the 2000 Pac-10, Cherebin ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed second (44.79). Also at the Pac-10, she ran prelim races in the 100m (third, 11.80, personal legal best, dnq) and 200m ( fourth, 24.59, dnq).

Ysanne Williams, 4X100m relay (alternate), sophomore, Albany, NY (Albany) - At the 2000 Outdoor, Williams ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay semifinal, that placed sixth (44.91) in heat two and did not qualify for the final. At the 2000 Pac-10, Williams placed fifth in the 800m (2:09.09). In prelims, Williams was third. Also at the Pac-10, she ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (second, 3:37.10, season-best, NCAA provisional).

In 1999, Williams won the 800m title (2:07.60, 2:10.93 qualifying) at the USA Junior meet. As a true freshman, Williams earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor, running the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:29.41, school record, 3:33.45 qualifying). Also ran in the 800m but did not make the final (2:09.11 qualifying). Entered the meet No. 11 (2:05.23, personal best, No. 2 in school history) on the college 800m chart. At the '99 Pac-10, she tied for fourth (2:08.28) in the 800m and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:34.28).

Darnesha Griffith, high jump, sophomore, Santa Margarita (Trabuco) -- At the 2000 Outdoor, Griffith was not able to make a height in the high jump final. On the college list, Griffith was fifth (6-0 3/4) on the high jump chart. At the 2000 Pac-10, she won the high jump (5-10). Breakthrough effort came in UCLA/USC dual, going 6-0 3/4 (No. 4 in school history). At the 2000 NCAA Indoor, she was 12th (5-10).

In 1999, Griffith was third in the Pac-10 and won the U. S. Junior title, both winning marks at 5-10 3/4.

Her aunts are Bruin greats Jackie Joyner Kersee and the last Florence Griffith Joyner.

Tracy O'Hara, pole vault, sophomore, San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) - In 2000, O'Hara, a Honda Award nominee, set the collegiate outdoor (14-7 1/2) and indoor (14-6) marks and won the NCAA Outdoor (14-5 1/3, meet and stadium records) and Indoor (14-6) titles. She won the vault at the 2000 Pac-10 (a meet record 13-7), defending her crown. At the 2000 U. S. Indoor, O'Hara placed fifth (the highest placing collegian, 13-10).

In 1999, O'Hara won the vault at the USA Junior meet, with a mark of 12-10 1/4. Finished second (13-1 1/2) at the NCAA Outdoor and entered the competition No. 4 (13-4 1/2, then a Pac-10 record) on the collegiate list. At the '99 Pac-10, O'Hara, a true freshman, won the competition with a vault of12-7 1/2. At the NCAA Indoor, O'Hara earned All-America honors by placing seventh (12-7 1/2i) and at the USA Indoor, she was sixth (13-3 1/2i).

As a senior prepster in 1998, her first year of competition in the pole vault, O'Hara set the U. S. junior record (13-3).

Erica Hoernig, pole vault, junior, Santa Ana (Foothill) -- At the 2000 Outdoor, Hoernig was ill on the day of the vault final and was only able to place 15th (12-3 1/2). She entered the competition No. 6 on the collegiate chart (13-7). At the 2000 Pac-10, Hoernig placed second (13-7, same winning height as teammate Tracy O'Hara, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 2 in school history). At the 2000 NCAA Indoor, she was 11th (12-3 1/2) and at the 2000 U. S. Indoor, Hoernig placed 13th (13-0 1/4).

In 1999, she was 11th at the NCAA Outdoor, with a vault of 12-5 1/2. Entered the Outdoor at No. 12 on the collegiate list (12-8). At the '99 Pac-10, Hoernig placed third (12-3 1/2). At the 1999 NCAA Indoor, she earned All-America honors by placing fourth (12-11 1/2i) and she was 10th (11-11 3/4i) at the USA Indoor.

In 1998 as a redshirt freshman, Hoernig was fourth (11-9 3/4) at the Pac-10 and in indoor competition, she was sixth (12-1 1/2i) at the NCAA and fifth (11-11 3/4i) at the USA meet

Heather Sickler, pole vault, sophomore, Camarillo (Camarillo) - At the 2000 Outdoor, Sickler placed 12th (12-9 1/2) in the vault final. She was eighth (13-3) on the collegiate chart entering the competition. Placed third at the 2000 Pac-10 with a breakthrough effort (13-3, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 3 in school history).

In 1999 , Sickler placed 16th (11-7 3/4) at the NCAA Outdoor and entered with the No. 11 (12-8) mark on the pole vault list. A true freshman last season, Sickler placed 11th (11-3 3/4) at the '99 Pac-10.

Keyon Soley, long jump/4X100m relay, sophomore, Uniondale, NY (Uniondale) -- Soley, the 2000 NCAA Indoor long jump champion, entered the 2000 Outdoor with an injured right knee and was only able to place 20th (19-5 1/4) in the final. She was No. 6 (21-6 1/4w) on the current collegiate chart. Soley hyperextended her right knee during the long jump competition at the 2000 Pac-10 (she did not get a mark and she was the defending champion). Soley won the 2000 Indoor with a mark of 21-4 3/4.

A true freshman in 1999, Soley earned All-America honors three times at the '99 NCAA Outdoor in the long jump and both relays. In the long jump, she placed seventh (20-11 3/4). In the relays, she ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history, 43.85 qualifying) and on the 4 X 400m relay that also placed third (3:29.41, school record, 3:33.45 qualifying), Soley ran the third leg. Entered the meet No. 10 (20-11 3/4) on the long jump list. At the '99 Pac-10 meet, she won the long jump (20-11 3/4) and ran the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:34.28).

In 1998 as a senior prepster, Soley led the U. S women's high school list in the long jump (20-10 3/4).

Deana Simmons, triple jump, senior, Decatur, IL (MacArthur HS) - Competing on an injured left hamstring, Simmons placed 16th (41-7) in the triple jump final. Her first jump was 41-7, her second jump a foul and just before third attempt, the meet was held up for 90 minutes because of thunder and lightning (her third attempt was also a foul). Simmons entered the meet No. 16 on the collegiate list (43-1w). At the 2000 Pac-10, Simmons placed third (42-10 1/4w) and at the 2000 NCAA Indoor, she was12th (41-7 3/4)

At the 1999 NCAA Outdoor, competing with an injured hamstring, Simmons placed 13th (42-8) in the triple jump. Entered the meet with the No. 7 (43-8 3/4, personal-best) mark on the collegiate chart. At the '99 Pac-10 meet, Simmons placed second (41-11 1/2w, +4.0) in the triple jump and fifth (19-3 1/2) in the long jump.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor as a sophomore, Simmons earned All-American honors in the triple jump by placing fourth (43-3 3/4). Her mark of 43-5 1/4 in the triple jump was No. 6 on the college chart. Won the triple jump at the '98 Pac-10 meet ( 42-7) and also tied for eighth in the long jump (18-7). Earned All-American honors at the '98 NCAA Indoor, placing sixth in the triple jump (43-7 3/4i)

At the conclusion of her freshman season (1997) in junior competition, Simmons won the gold medal at the U. S. meet (43-11 3/4w) and again took the gold at the Pan Am Juniors (43-4 1/2). At the '97 NCAA Outdoor, Simmons placed ninth in the triple jump (43-1 3/4w). At the '97 Pac-10, Simmons was fourth in the long jump (19-9 1/2w) and second (42-3 1/4) in the triple jump. Although there was no wind instrument, Simmons had a break-through effort in the 1997 UCLA-USC dual with a mark of 44-1 1/4. At the '97 NCAA Indoor, she placed 14th in the triple jump.

Seilala Sua, shot put/discus, senior, Cooper City, FL - The greatest female thrower in the history of the NCAA Outdoor, Sua in 2000 won the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference Medal and was a Honda Award nominee. In her UCLA career (1997-2000), Sua won seven NCAA Outdoor/Indoor individual championships (2000 Outdoor shot put/discus, 2000 Indoor shot put, 1999 Outdoor shot put/discus, 1998 discus, 1997 discus-the record is nine by Suzy Favor, Wisconsin, 1987-90). In NCAA competition, Sua scored a school record NCAA Outdoor/Indoor 107 points. She also won six Pac-10 individual crowns (2000 shot put/discus, 1999 shot put/discus/javelin, 1998 shot put).

At the 2000 Outdoor, Sua defended her shot put (56-11 1/2, season best) and discus (200-09) titles. She became the first woman in NCAA Outdoor history to win six individual championships in her career (the old mark was five, Suzy Favor, Wisconsin, 1500m-1987-90, 800m-1990) and she joins Favor as the only other woman's athlete in NCAA Outdoor history to win four consecutive individual titles in the same event (discus, 1997-2000). Sua entered the 2000 NCAA Outdoor No. 1 (208-5) in the discus and No. 2 in the shot put (56-9 1/2).

Also in 2000, Sua at the Pac-10 placed first in the shot put (56-9 1/2, season best) and discus (205-1) and was second in the javelin (148-1). At the 2000 NCAA Indoor, Sua won the shot put (56-8) and was second in the weight throw (69-0), leading the Bruins to their first ever NCAA Indoor championship. At the 2000 U. S. Indoor, in the women's shot put, Sua was fourth (highest placing collegian, 56-1) and in the women's weight throw, she was third (highest placing collegian, 65-11 1/2).

In 1999, she became the fourth woman in NCAA Outdoor history to win both the shot put and discus in the same meet and became the first woman to win three consecutive discus titles. Sua was named the Outstanding Woman's Athlete of the Meet. She won the shot put (57-9, two-feet/nine inches farther than second-place) and became the fourth Bruin to win the event (1990-Tracie Millett, 1993-Dawn Dumble, 1995-Valeyta Althouse). Sua won the discus (210-10, stadium and meet record, almost 20 feet ahead of second-place) to become the fourth woman to win both the discus and shot put at the same meet (1982-Meg Ritchie, Arizona, 1989-Carla Garrett, Arizona, 1990-Tracie Millett, UCLA) and the fourth Bruin to win the event (1986-Toni Lutjens, 1990-Tracie Millett, 1995-Dawn Dumble). Sua entered the meet No. 1 on the current college charts in both the shot put (57-11, personal best) and discus (212-4). Sua also had personal best qualifying marks in the hammer (192-4) and javelin (161-2). At the '99 Pac-10 meet, she became the first women's thrower in conference history to win three events--shot put (57-11, personal-best), discus (199-9) and javelin (161-2, personal best). Sua became only the second thrower (Oregon's Paula Berry, 1991) in women's conference history to be named the Pac-10 Track and Field Athlete of the Year. At the 1999 NCAA Indoor, Sua earned All-America honors in the shot put (third-place, 54-2i) and weight throw (third-place, 67-4i). At the '99 USA Indoor, Sua placed fifth (56-3 1/4i) in the shot put.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor as a sophomore, Sua defended her discus crown, winning with a mark of 210-8 (meet and stadium record). She became the fourth athlete in women's NCAA history to win back-to-back discus crowns (first since Donyell Mitchell, LSU, 1993 and '94). Also earned All-American honors in the shot put, placing sixth (56-2 1/2) and was 25th (172-8) in the hammer. Sua entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 5 mark in the shot put (57-2 3/4), No. 3 in the discus (212-2) and No. 17 in the hammer (189-5). Also had a provisional mark in the javelin (153-6). At the 1998 Pac-10, she won the shot put (56-10), placed second in the discus (204-10) and was third in the hammer (175-5). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing seventh in the shot put (54-4 3/4I).

In junior competition at the conclusion of her true freshman season (1997), Sua won double gold medals at the U. S. (shot put, 53-9 1/4, discus, 198-7, meet record) and Pan Am (shot put, 53-3 3/4, discus, 189-11, meet record) Junior meets. At the '97 NCAA Outdoor, Sua won the discus (200-6) and was third (55-8 1/4) in the shot put. At the '97 Pac-10, she placed second in the shot put (54-8) and discus (193-11). In 1997, Sua set two American Junior records (in the shot put, 57-3 1/2i, placing third and earning All-American at the '97 NCAA Indoor and in the discus, 208-2 on May 21, 1997 in Salinas, breaking her old mark of 205-5 set at Modesto on May 10, 1997).

As a senior at Aquinas HS in Cooper City, FL in 1996, Sua was second (to former Bruin teammate, distance runner Kim Mortensen) in the voting for Track & Field News' Female HS Athlete of the Year. She placed eighth in the discus at the U. S. Olympic Trials in the summer of 1996.

Christina Tolson, shot put/hammer, junior, Fountain Valley (CS Northridge/Fountain Valley) -- A transfer from CS Northridge who sat out last season, Tolson scored eight team points for the Bruins at the 2000 Outdoor, placing fifth in both the hammer (203-6) and shot put (52-9 1/2). She entered the Outdoor leading the collegiate ranks in the shot put (56-10 3/4, personal best) and was No. 4 in the hammer (208-11, Pac-10 record). At the 2000 Pac-10, Tolson was second in the shot put (51-6 1/4) and won the hammer (208-5). At the 2000 NCAA Indoor, Tolson earned All-America honors twice, placing third in the shot put (55-4 1/4) and eighth in the weight throw (61-7 1/2). At the 2000 U. S. Indoor, in the shot put, Tolson was eighth (52-10) and in the weight throw, she was sixth (62-9 1/2).

Carri Soong, hammer throw, freshman, Riverside (North) -- At the 2000 Outdoor, Soong scored as a true freshman, placing eighth in the hammer (197-7, personal best, No. 3 in school history, No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior). She entered No. 13 (197-2) on the hammer chart. At the 2000 Pac-10, Soong placed fourth (197-2).

Men

Jess Strutzel, 800m, senior, Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach) -- Strutzel, the 2000 NCAA Indoor 800m champ, scored the only Bruin men's points at the Outdoor, placing fifth in the 800m final (1:46.39, ran a 1:47.13 in the semis). He entered the Outdoor with the nation's leading collegiate time (1:46.03). In 2000, he won the NCAA Indoor 800m (1:46.57) and placed second at the Pac-10 (1:49.59). Also at the Pac-10, he ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:06.89, season-best, NCAA provisional).

At the '99 NCAA Outdoor, Strutzel ran a 1:50.16 in his heat, placing third and did not qualify for the final (eight advanced to the final and his time was ninth). His NCAA qualifying mark of 1:47.23 in the 800m was No. 9 on the collegiate list. At the '99 Pac-10, Strutzel was fourth (1:50.44) in the 800m and sixth (3:57.82) in the 1500m. Strutzel had a great '99 indoor campaign. He beat Johnny Gray at the LA Invitational 800m and at the '99 NCAA Indoor, Strutzel placed third (1:46.48, indoor school record) in the 800m and ran the first leg (1200m) on the Bruins' winning distance medley relay that set an American record (9:331.7).

As a sophomore in 1998 at the NCAA Outdoor, Strutzel earned All-American honors in the 800m, placing fifth (1:47.15, 1:49.59 prelim). A breakthrough sophomore season, Strutzel entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 10 mark (1:47.29) in the 800m. At the 1998 Pac-10, he placed third in the 800m (1:49.10) and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:08.80, season-best). Earned All-American at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, running the second leg on UCLA's distance medley relay that placed seventh (9:42.23).

As a true frosh in 1997, he placed eighth (1:55.50) in the Pac-10 800m.

Strutzel holds the 800m school record for both outdoors (1:45.81) and indoors (1:46.48).

John Hall, 400mH, junior, Anaheim (Servite) -- At the Oudoor, in the 400m hurdle semis, Hall just missed qualifying for the final, placing third in his heat (50.44, personal best, tied for No. 9 in school history). The top eight times advanced and Hall's 50.44 was ninth. Entered the Outdoor with the No. 15 collegiate mark (50.48). At the 2000 Pac-10, Hall was second (50.48). In prelims, Hall had the best time of the day (50.50). Also at the 2000 Pac-10, Hall ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m Relay that placed second (3:06.89, season best, NCAA provisional).

At the 1999 Pac-10, he was fourth in the 400mH (52.46).

Hall is also a member of the Bruin football team, special teams and secondary.

Brian McLaughlin, pole vault, senior , Santee (West Hills) -- At the Outdoor, McLaughlin no-heighted during the pole vault competition. He was No. 19 on the college chart (17-9) entering the meet. At the 2000 Pac-10, McLaughlin placed fifth (17-1 1/2). At the 2000 NCAA Indoor, he placed fourth (18-0 1/2), becoming only the fourth Bruin in history to vault over 18 feet.

At the 1999 Pac-10, McLaughlin was third (17-3 1/2).

Scott Moser, shot put, sophomore, Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach) - At the Outdoor, Moser placed 17th (183-7) in the discus final. He entered the meet with the No. 15 collegiate mark in the discus (196-1). At the 2000 Pac-10 meet, Moser was third in the discus (185-8) and ninth in the shot put (55-0). His personal best 196-1 set this season is No. 9 in school history.

Moser, a redshirt freshman in 1999, was rated the top freshman collegiate thrower last season. At the NCAA Outdoor, he placed14th in the shot put (59-0 3/4) and entered the meet No. 15 (60-11 1/4, personal best). At the '99 Pac-10, Moser placed fourth (58-6 1/2) in the shot put and second (188-2) in the discus.

2000 Pacific-10 Championships --
On May 20-21, Oregon hosted the conference meet in Eugene. The Bruin women won for the fourth consecutive season (for the sixth time during the seven years with Jeanette Bolden as UCLA women's head coach, 11 total Pac-10 crowns in 14 seasons, dating back to 1987) and the UCLA men (with Washington) tied for fourth place.

In the closest women's meet in Pac-10 history, UCLA's women won with 167.50 points, followed by USC (161), Stanford (114), Washington State (86), Arizona State (75), Arizona (65), Washington (58), California (54.50) and Oregon (37).

In men's competition, USC won for the second straight season with 154 points, followed by Stanford (122.50), Arizona State (101), UCLA/Washington (83), Arizona (75), Oregon (71), California (68) and Washington State (59.50). The Bruins were without three of their top sprinters-senior 400m runners Malachi Davis (hamstring) and Terrence Williams (foot stress fracture) did not compete and senior Damian Allen pulled up (hamstring) in the 100m final.

In women's competition, the meet was decided late in the day at the conclusion of the pole vault, when the Bruins went one-two-three: sophomore Tracy O'Hara won with a meet record 13-7, followed by junior Erica Hoernig (personal-best 13-7) and sophomore Heather Sickler (personal-best 13-3).

UCLA's other women champions were -- senior Seilala Sua, defending her titles, placed first in the shot put (56-9 1/2, season-best) and discus (205-1), junior Michelle Perry, the defending champion, in the 100m hurdles (13/03w, personal wind-aided best), sophomore Darnesha Griffith, in the high jump (5-10) and junior Christina Tolson in the hammer (208-5, meet record).

The Bruin women suffered a significant injury when in the long jump qualifying, sophomore Keyon Soley, the 2000 NCAA Indoor champion, suffered a hyperextended right knee. It is hoped that Soley will be healthy and ready to go for the NCAA Outdoor.

Bruin senior Michael Granville led the UCLA men by winning the 400m (46.49).

Here's an event-by-event breakdown for the Bruin women and men.

Women

100m -- junior Shakedia Jones placed second (11.26w,+2.2, season-best wind-aided mark). In prelims, Jones won her heat (11.38w). In another prelims, senior Tamar Cherebin placed third (11.80, personal legal best, dnq for final) and sophomore Eboni Grayson was sixth (12.38w, season wind-aided best).

200m - Jones placed fourth (23.46w. +2.4). In prelims, Jones was second in her heat (23.38, season-best). In the other prelim, Cherebin placed fourth (24,.59, dnq).

400m - sophomore Bumni Ogunleye was fourth (54.93). In her prelim, she was third (54.63).

800m - sophomore Ysanne Williams placed fifth (2:09.09). In prelims, Williams was third (2:08.72) and sophomore Bridge Hatch, involved in a fall, placed sixth (2:16.84, dnq).

1500m -- sophomore Katie Nuanes was seventh (4:32.87).

3000m -- senior Christina Bowen placed eighth (9:49.03).

5000m -- senior Jessica Matthews placed 15th (17:34.36), Nuanes was 16th (17:44.88) and sophomore Elaine Canchola dnf.

10,000m - Matthews was second (35:06.44, personal best, NCAA provisional, No. 5 in school history).

100m Hurdles -- junior Michelle Perry defended her crown, winning with a time of 13.03w, +3.5, NCAA automatic, personal wind-aided best). In prelims, Perry had the fastest time (13.15, personal legal best). For the fifth consecutive season, a Bruin has won this event (Joanna Hayes won three straight from 1996-98) and since 1987, the Bruins have won this event 10 times (of 14).

400m Hurdles -- Perry was third (58.22). In prelims, she had the best time (58.13, personal best, NCAA provisional, No. 7 in school history). In another prelim, senior Elaine Harwell placed sixth (1:01.86).

4 X 100m relay -- Grayson, Perry, Cherebin, Jones were second (44.79). UCLA won its prelim race (45.05, second-fastest prelim time).

4 X 400m relay -- Ogunleye, Williams, Jones, Perry placed second (3:37.10, season-best, NCAA provisional). There were no prelims.

Pole Vault - sophomore Tracy O'Hara won with a meet record (13-7), junior Erica Hoernig was second (13-7, personal best, NCAA automatic, No. 2 in school history) and sophomore Heather Sickler was third (13-3, personal best, NCAA automatic, No. 3 in school history).

High Jump -- sophomore Darnesha Griffith won, with a height of 5-10. Freshman Heather Newlin was sixth (5-6).

Long Jump - sophomore Keyon Soley, defending Pac-10 champ and the 2000 NCAA Indoor champ, hyperextended her right knee on her first jump and could not continue. Ogunleye was fifth (19-11w) won (20-11 3/4, personal-best), junior Deana Simmons was fifth (19-3 1/2) and freshman Bunmi Ogunleye was 11th (18-7 1/4).

Triple Jump -- senior Deana Simmons was third (42-10 1/4w, +4.0), sophomore Kristee Porter was sixth41-5 3/4w, +3.6, season wind-aided best), senior Kelly O'Connor was eighth (40-6w, +3.4, season wind-aided best) and Grayson was 14th (35-10).

Shot Put - senior Seilala Sua won for the third consecutive time (56-9 1/2, season-best) and junior Christina Tolson was second (51-6 1/4). A Bruin has won this event 11 straight times and Sua is the third three-time UCLA winner (Dawn Dumble, 1991-93 and Valeyta Althouse, 1994-96).

Discus -- Sua, the defending champion, won with a mark of 205-1. Freshman Caroline Soong was 11th (153-2). UCLA has won nine of the last 11 discus championships.

Javelin -- Sua came in second (148-1).

Hammer -- Tolson, the Pac-10 record-holder, won with a meet record (208-5) and Soong was fourth. Her mark of 197-2 was a personal best and No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior mark.

Men

100m -- junior Bryan Harrison was sixth (10.39w, +3.0, season wind-aided best) and senior Damian Allen was eighth (11.37w, with about 30m to go, Allen pulled up with a hamstring injury). In prelims, Allen was second (10.45w, season wind-aided best) and Harrison was third (10.45, season legal best).

200m - Harrison was second (20.75w, +2.1, season wind-aided best). Allen could not run because of the hamstring injury. In prelims, Allen was second (20.93w, season wind-aided best) , as was Harrison (21.11).

400m - senior Michael Granville won the event, with a time of 46.4 and senior Tom Jonsson was seventh (48.08). There were no prelims.

800m - senior Jess Strutzel placed second, with a time of 1:49.59. In prelims, Struztel won his heat (1:50.57) and junior Paul Muite was fifth (1:52.37).

1500m - no entries

3000m Steeplechase - junior Mason Moore was third (8:59.89, personal best), senior Dan Brecht was fourth 9:00.96, personal best) and senior Matt Pitts was 11th (9:22.37).

5000m - Muite was 15th (14:41.75, personal best).

10,000m -- Sophomore Bryan Green placed 10th (31:22.52, personal best).

110m High Hurdles -- In prelims, senior Narc Narcisse placed fifth (14.90).

400m Hurdles - junior John Hall was second (50.48, personal best, NCAA provisional, No. 10 in school history) and freshman Kyle Erickson was sixth 52.68). In prelims, Hall had the best time of the day (50.50) and Erickson was third (53.09) in his heat.

4 X 100m Relay -- because of injuries, UCLA did not enter a team.

4 X 400m Relay -- Granville, Jonsson, Hall and Strutzel placed second (3:06.89, season best, NCAA provisional).

Pole Vault - senior Brian McLaughlin was fifth (17-1 1/2), freshman Jared Drake tied for sixth (16-9 1/2, personal best), junior CJ Bell tied for eighth (16-3 1/2) and junior Steve Michels nh.

High Jump - freshman Josh Levy was 14th (6-5).

Long Jump - Narcisse was 11th (23-0 3/4w, +2.3).

Triple Jump -- Narcisse was 11th (45-8, season legal best).

Shot Put- freshman Jack Clamon was fourth (58-6 1/2), freshman Scott Wiegand was eighth (55-6 1/2) and sophomore Scott Moser was ninth (55-0).

Discus - Moser was third (185-8) and Wiegand was 10th (164-11).

Javelin -- sophomore Joe Franklin was seventh (208-4) and freshman Nate Marum was 10th (203-6).

Hammer -- no entry.

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 (13-7) as is sophomore Heather Sickler (13-7).

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 197-2 at the Pac-10 meet (fourth-place) is the No. 2 all-time mark in U. S. Junior history.

UCLA sophomore vaulter Tracy O'Hara was honored as an Amateur Star of the Month (April) by The San Diego Hall of Champions. On April 22, 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.

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
On Saturday, May 13, select athletes competed at the Modesto and Occidental Invites.

At Modesto, the Bruin women were led by senior Seilala Sua. In the shot put, she placed fourth in flight three (53-7) and in the discus, Sua was second in flight three (207-8, behind Bruin alum Suzy Powell, 214-3). Her discus mark was the second-best effort of the day, behind Powell's.

At Oxy, UCLA's men were led by senior Jess Strutzel. Strutzel won the 80m (1:46.03) and ran the fastest collegiate time in the nation, which is a season-best and NCAA automatic mark.

Also at Oxy, for the Bruin women, senior Christina Bowen won the 3000m (9:30.74), a season-best and NCAA provisional. She was the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week (May 15).

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).

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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