Godina, Keflezighi, Sua Honored By USA T&F

Dec. 3, 2001

UCLA track & field greats, thrower John Godina, distance runner Mebrahtom Keflezighi and thrower Seilala Sua were honored last week at the 2001 USA Track & Field annual meeting held in Mobile, AL. All three former Bruins had outstanding outdoor and indoor track and field campaigns during the 2001 season.

Godina, the current World Outdoor/Indoor shot put king, was given the Jim Thorpe Award as Outstanding Male Athlete in the field events and decathlon category. Godina was also awarded the 2001 Jesse Owens Award, the highest honor given by the USATF. It's the second time in his career Godina has earned The Jesse Owens Award. As a Bruin, Godina won two NCAA Indoor shot put titles (1995, 1994) and in NCAA Outdoor competition, he won the 1994 discus crown and in 1995, both the shot put and discus titles.

Keflezighi, who last May set the American 10,000m record (27:13.98), was given two honors - the Glen Cunningham Award, for Outstanding Male Athlete in the distance events of 800m and longer and the Robert E. DeCelle Award, for Outstanding Male long distance runner. During his Bruin career, Keflezighi won four NCAA individual distance titles - the 1997 NCAA Indoor 5000m, 1997 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m/10,000m and the 1997 NCAA Cross Country championship.

Sua, who this summer won the 2001 USA shot put and discus titles, was named a Women's Development Athlete of the Year, joining such USA greats as sprinter Marion Jones and pole vaulter Stacy Dragila. During her Bruin career (1997-2000), Sua won seven NCAA Indoor/Outdoor throwing titles, including six in Outdoor competition, making her the winningest women's athlete in NCAA T & F Outdoor history.

UCLA men's head coach Art Venegas coaches both Godina and Sua and Keflezighi is coached by former Bruin men's head coach Bob Larsen.

Larsen, along with Scott Davis, received a President's Award, in recognition of people who have made extraordinary contributions to the sport of track & field. Larsen, currently a USATF men's long distance running committee member and coach, was UCLA's men's head coach from 1985-99, guiding the Bruins to the NCAA Outdoor titles in 1987 and '88. Davis, a Bruin alum, is a long-time track & field statistician, director of the Mt. SAC Relays, former USATF Southern California Association president and one of the world's premier track & field public address announcers.


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Saturday, Jan 16
vs. Lumberjack Team ...
Flagstaff, AZ
Recap
Friday, Jan 22
vs. DeLoss Dodds ...
Manhattan, KS
Recap
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. DeLoss Dodds ...
Manhattan, KS
Recap
Friday, Jan 29
vs. Razorback ...
Fayetteville, AR
Recap
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Razorback ...
Fayetteville, AR
Recap
Friday, Feb 05
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
Recap
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
Recap
Friday, Feb 12 - All Day PST
vs. Husky Classic
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 13 - All Day PST
vs. Husky Classic
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. Alex Wilson ...
Notre Dame, IN
Friday, Feb 26 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 05 - All Day PST
vs. Ben Brown ...
Fullerton, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Saturday, Mar 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, Mar 22 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Jim Bush Collegiate ...
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 14 - All Day PST
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - All Day PST
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - All Day PST
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 22 - All Day PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - All Day PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
Sunday, May 08 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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