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Track Teams Compete This Weekend At Pac-10 Championships
By: UCLA Athletics

May 15, 2000


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. 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.

Scoring for the meet is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

The meet will be tape delayed on Fox Sports Net, Friday, may 26, at 10 a.m. PT. The meet actually got underway last weekend (May 13-14) in Eugene, with the conference decathlon/heptathlon championships. The decathlon was won by California's Bevan Hart (3,951 points) and the heptathlon by Cal's Missy Vanek (3,248 points).


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.


On May 21-22, Arizona State hosted the conference meet. The Bruin women won for the third consecutive season (seventh time in the 1990s) and the UCLA men placed second (the Bruins were the defending champions and had won the league title six times in the '90s).

UCLA's women won with 160.50 points, followed by USC (140), Washington State (123), Stanford (122.50), Oregon (64), Arizona (62), Washington (56), Arizona State (45) and California (41).

The Bruin men placed second with 136 points, behind winner USC (164 points). Behind USC and UCLA were Stanford (105.50), Arizona (78), Arizona State (77.50), Oregon (76.50), Washington State (69), California (59.50) and Washington (52).

UCLA's women were led by junior Seilala Sua, who became the first women's athlete to win three individual throwing events at the conference meet (shot put, 57-11, discus, 199-9, javelin, 161-2). Also winning for the Bruins were -- senior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (52.44), sophomore Michelle Perry in the 100m hurdles (13.37), freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (12-7 1/2) and freshman Keyon Soley in the long jump (20-11 3/4).

Bruin senior Wade Tift led the UCLA men by winning the shot put (60-04).


For the week of May 15, Bruin senior Christina Bowen was the Pacific-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

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. Bowen is the third Bruin woman this season to win Pac-10 Athlete of the Week honors (April 1 - UCLA junior thrower Christina Tolson, April 24 ' Bruin sophomore vaulter Tracy O'Hara).

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