May 14, 2005
Senior Jessica Cosby won the shot and senior Monique Henderson, the defending champion in the 200m/400m, advanced in both events during first day action at the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
After first-day results in the team standings, the Bruins are in third-place, with 46 points, behind leader Stanford, with 61, and second-place Washington State, with 54.50. The women's team totals are - 1. Stanford 61, 2. Washington State 54.50, 3. UCLA 46, 4. Arizona State 43, 5. Oregon 36, 6. California 15, 7. Washington 10.50, 8. Arizona 6, 9. USC 1. Since Jeanette Bolden has been the Bruin women's head coach (1994), UCLA has won the last eight consecutive Pac-10 titles and 10 of the last 11 league crowns (finishing third in 1996).
Cosby, who also won the shot put crown in 2003, had a winning mark of 56-1.75 (10 team points). Since 1987, she becomes the 14th Bruin to win the conference shot put title. Picking up five points for the Bruins was sophomore Kamaiya Warren, who placed fourth (52-11).
In the other finals on Saturday, also scoring for the Bruins were -
10,000m - UCLA picked up seven team points. Senior Valerie Flores finished fourth (36:51.56, 5 team points) and junior Sarah West placed seventh (37:27.75, 2 team points).
3000m steeplechase - freshman Alison Costello placed fourth (10:31.34, breaking her own school record of 10:33.70 that she set at the USC dual meet, NCAA Regional Qualifier, 5 team points).
-high jump - freshman Allison Miller finished fifth (5-7/4 team points)
-long jump - UCLA picked up 11 points - senior Candice Baucham finished second (21-0, personal-legal best, NCAA Regional Qualifier, No. 7 in school history, 8 team points), and freshman Renee Williams placed sixth (19-1, 3 team points).
Henderson, who last year at the Pac-10 became only the second woman in meet history to win both the 200m and 400m, led UCLA's qualifiers. She had the top times in the 200m (22.92) and 400m (51.55).
Sunday is the final day of the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships. All finals - the women's hammer begins at 10:30 a.m., the rest of the field events start at 12:45 p.m. and the running events begin at 1:30 p.m.