April 20, 1998
This Week (April 25-26) -- Bob Larsen's UCLA men's team, last week ranked No. 12 in the U. S. and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's squad, rated No. 3 in the nation last week, this weekend (Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26) will compete at the CAL/Nevada Championships, hosted by Fresno State. A selected number of Bruins may travel to Philadelphia to compete in the Penn Relays (April 23-25).
Last Weekend (April 18-19) -- UCLA competed in the Mt. SAC Relays Noted performances were turned in by senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the invitational 5,000m; junior Wade Tift in the university shot put; junior Melinda George and freshman Julie Ott in distance races; UCLA's women's 4 X 400m relay and sophomore Seilala Sua in the throws.
Nominated for Pac-10 men's and women's track and field athletes of the week from UCLA are:
Men's Track--senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi, who placed third in the invitational 5,000m. His time of 13:30.22 (personal-best and NCAA automatic qualifying) broke the UCLA record he set last year (13:33.97).
Men's Field--Junior Wade Tift, who placed first in the university shot put (61-1 1/4).
Women's Track--UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (senior Cicely Scott, freshman Shakedia Jones, freshman Michelle Perry, junior Andrea Anderson) placed third in the invitational relay with a season-best and NCAA provisional mark of 3:34.12.
Women's Field--sophomore Seilala Sua, in the invitational shot put, she was fourth (57-2 3/4, outdoor personal-best and NCAA automatic) and in the invitational discus, she was second (197-10).
Also at Mt. SAC, George and Ott ran NCAA provisional qualifying times. In the 3,000m, George's mark of 9:38.97 was a personal-best and in the 10,000m, Ott's time of 35:01.40 was also a personal-best.
In a throwers invite last Thursday at Antelope Valley College, junior Luke Sullivan in the discus had a personal-best and NCAA automatic mark of 193-7.
Looking Ahead -- On May 2, Drake Stadium will host the annual UCLA-USC men's and women's dual meets (with Brigham Young). At Drake, the field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the running events at 1 p.m. The meet will conclude with the 4 X 400m relays at 3:55 p.m. The women's and men's hammer throw will be held at West Los Angeles College, starting at 9 a.m.
To highlight the event, there will be a Track and Field Media Luncheon on Tuesday, April 28, at noon, in the press room of the J. D. Morgan Center, located on the UCLA campus and home to Bruin athletics.
All of UCLA's home meets this season are part of the U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, which is organized and administered by the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA), in close cooperation with USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in the U. S. The series is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Series aims to bring back the excitement and interest in track & field in the U. S., specifically at the collegiate level. The Series will present weekly collegiate competitions, each featuring 4-5 of the top men's and women's college teams. These teams will compete on selected campuses throughout the nation, each striving for team honors. Each meet will be scored, with the emphasis placed on the team's final score. The U. S. Collegiate Track & Field Series will be presented in 1998, 1999 and 2000, thanks to a grant from the USOC.
Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks.
Bob Larsen's men's team this season is 8-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 110-2-1, including 53 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 49 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71).
Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 44-0. The Bruin women are 9-0 this season. 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 52 consecutive duals.