May 29, 2004
Northridge, CA - At the 2004 NCAA West Region Championships, held at CSUN's Matador Track, the Bruin women defended their regional team title. The Bruins scored 141 points in the victory.
Last year, UCLA won the women's inaugural West Region Championship team titles, scoring 138 points.
Women (Top five of 26 teams) - 1. UCLA 141, 2. USC 79, 3. Stanford 74, 4. BYU 56, 5. Arizona State 47
In all, UCLA automatically qualified 12 athletes, along with the 4 X 100m relay. UCLA had six individual champions - junior Monique Henderson (400m), senior Sheena Johnson (100mH/400mH), sophomore Sheena Gordon (high jump), sophomore Chelsea Johnson (pole vault) and junior Jessica Cosby (hammer throw).
Bruin Head Coach Jeanette Bolden -"It was a really good day for the Bruin women and men. The NCAA Championships (in two weeks at Austin, TX) are tough. I think we have the personnel, but everything has to go right for four days. I think we have momentum behind us, behind PRs from Sheena Gordon and Monique Henderson. Our inspiration right now is senior Sani Roseby. She running with a cast (on Friday, she broke her right hand during 100m hurdle qualifying) and today she ran in four events and automatically qualified in three. She's showing heart and vigor and lifting everyone up. She's showing the heart of a senior."
Final Results: Top five individual finishers and top three relays automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 9-12, in Austin, TX.
High Jump - Sophomore Sheena Gordon won the event, with a personal-best 6-2 (No. 2 in school history, bypassing Jackie Joyner's 6-1.50). Junior Caroline Sommers and senior Julie Stevenson tied for 11th (5-6.50).
Javelin -Senior Karina Powell placed 20th (136-6).
400m - Junior Monique Henderson won the event, in a personal-best 50.65. Already the school record holder (old mark, 50.90, set at the 2004 Pac-10 meet, Henderson's 50.65 bests her previous top time of 50.74, the former national high school record she set as a junior at Morse HS in San Diego). Currently, her 50.65 is No. 2 in the U. S. and No. 3 in the world.
"It's the little steps that get you to the big show - the NCAAs and the Olympic Trials. This is a little step," Henderson said. "It took four years to reach my personal-best. This is a great accomplishment for me at this time of my career. I feel strong. I haven't reached my maximum potential yet. Our team had a great Pac-10 meet and we're putting up some good marks today, as well. This is good for our team."
100m - Senior Sani Roseby placed third (11.57, 1.0).
800m - Sophomore Ashley Caldwell placed second, just getting edged at the finish line, in a time of 2:05.01 (personal-best, No. 4 in school history) and redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky placed seventh (2:08.02)
400m Hurdles - Senior Sheena Johnson, the defending champion, placed first, in a time of 54.91. Johnson won both hurdle titles at the West Region and Pac-10 meets.
"It definitely feels good to win, this is my last regional meet," Johnson said. "Coach Bolden wanted us to qualify (for the NCAA) and win today. This shows me where I am going into the NCAA meet. I'd like to drop my times. I've been consistent and with the great competition at the NCAA, my times should drop."
200m - no entries
3,000m Steeplechase - no entries
4x400m Relay - UCLA's relay of senior Sani Roseby, senior Adia McKinnon, freshman MacKenzie Hill and junior Monique Henderson placed fourth (3:37.21). The Bruins did not automatically qualify for the NCAA, but the Bruins' season-best time of 3:32.39 should get an at-large bid.