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Seilala Sua help lead the
Bruins to their second straight
second place finish at the
1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

 
UCLA 1999 Men's & Women's Track and Field Final Recap

Bruin women place second at NCAA Outdoor, men finish 16th.

1999 NCAA Outdoor (June 2-5)
For the second consecutive season, Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women were narrowly defeated by Texas for the women's crown. Bob Larsen's Bruin men tied for 16th. The meet was held at Boise State.

In women's team scoring, Texas won for the second consecutive season with 62 points, followed by UCLA (60, in 1998 the Bruins lost to Texas by five points) and USC (58). In men's team scoring, Arkansas won for the eighth consecutive season with 59 points, followed by Stanford (52) and SMU (49). UCLA tied for 16th with NE Louisiana, 15 points).

The women's team title was decided in the final event, the 4 X 400m relay. Before the race, UCLA led with 54 points, followed by Texas (52) and USC (50). Texas won the relay (picking up 10 points) and set a collegiate record (3:27.08), USC was second (eight points) with a Pac-10 record (3:28.08) and the Bruins third (six points) with a school record (3:29.41).

The Bruin women were led by junior Seilala Sua and senior Joanna Hayes. Sua became just the fourth women's athlete in NCAA Outdoor history to win both the shot put (57-9) and discus (210-10, stadium and meet record) and was named the Most Outstanding Athlete of the women's competition. Hayes won the 400m hurdles (55.16, stadium record, No. 3 in school history, personal-best) and placed third (12.89, personal-best, No. 2 in school history) in the 100m hurdles.

The Bruin men's team was led by UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, winning with a time of 3:02.12, the fourth fastest mark in school history. Running for the Bruin men were--junior Michael Granville, junior Terrence Williams, junior Malachi Davis and senior Brian Fell.

1999 Pac-10 (May 21-22)
Held at Arizona State in Tempe, the Bruin women won for the third consecutive season (seventh time in the 1990s) and the UCLA men placed second (the UCLA men were the defending champs and had won six times in the '90s). 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).

individual throwing events at the conference meet (became the first women's athlete to win three shot UCLA's women were led by junior Seilala Sua, who put, 57-11; discus, 199-9; javelin, 161-2). nior Wade Tift led the UCLA men by winning the shot put (60-04).

Bruin Headlines
UCLA's women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, completing her sixth season. Under Bolden, the Bruins have finished no lower than third five times (1999-2nd, 1998-2nd, 1997-3rd, 1996-9th, 1995-2nd, 1994-3rd) at the NCAA Outdoor. She has also directed UCLA to five Pac-10 titles, including the last three. In 1999, she was named the women's USTCA West Region and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Under men's coach Bob Larsen, concluding his 15th season, the Bruins have won two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and in four of the last five years at the NCAA Outdoor, the Bruins have finished no lower than sixth (1999-16th tie, 1998-6th, 1997-4th tie, 1996-3rd, 1995-2nd). Larsen has led the Bruin men to nine conference crowns, including six Pac-10 titles in the 1990s.

The USA Junior National meet was held at North Texas University from June 19-20. The Bruins had three national champions, all in the women's competition. They were, all freshmen- Ysanne Williams, 800m, 2:07.60; Tracy O'Hara, pole vault, 12-10 1/4 and Darnesha Griffith, high jump, 5-10 3/4.

UCLA junior Seilala Sua, a nominee for the 1999 Honda Award in women's track and field, was named the 1999 Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She's only the second thrower (Oregon's Paula Berry, 1991) in women's conference history to win the award.

At a throwers meet in Salinas on May 25, Sua set a personal-best in the discus (212-10), a qualifying USA track and field mark (not NCAA).

Junior triple jumper Kelly O'Connor was named to the 1999 GTE Spring Women's At-Large team for Dist. VIII. She has an overall gpa of 3.93 (major, linquistics/computer science) and she has the highest two-year gpa of any UCLA student-athlete (3.958).

In National Rankings
There are two national weekly rankings, Trackwire (based on how a team will score at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor) and the USTCA power ranking (based on marks). In the final USTCA rankings, the Bruin women were first (361.49 points, ahead of second-place BYU, 337.37) and in men's competition, UCLA was No. 6 (326.06 points; this year in dual competition, UCLA has beaten No. 5 USC and lost to No. 4 Florida, the Gators snapped the UCLA men's long-time dual winning streak on April 3). In the finalTrackwire national Top 25 women's rankings, the Bruin women were No. 2 in the nation (56 points; behind No. 1 Texas, 72 points and ahead of No. 3 LSU, 54 points). In the men's rankings, the UCLA men were tied for 22nd (12 points).

UCLA's Dual Winning Streaks
UCLA's women have a current seven-year unbeaten dual winning streak and the Bruin men have an impressive overall 15-year dual meet record. In 1999, the Bruin women are 7-0 in duals--with wins over California (110-53), Washington (105-58) and UC Irvine (141-16) on March 20 at CS Sacramento; Florida (110-81) on April 3 at Drake Stadium; Baylor (112-66) and CS Northridge (129-51) on April 10 at Drake Stadium and a win over USC 110-81 at Cromwell Field. The Bruin men are 6-1, with wins over California (101-62), Washington (107-56) and UC Irvine (139-22) on March 20 at CS Sacramento; a loss to Florida (101-99) on April 3 at Drake Stadium, snapping their six-year dual meet winning streak, but coming back with victories over Baylor (100-69) and CS Northridge (116-65) on April 10 at Drake Stadium and an 82-81 win at USC on May. 1.

Completing his 15th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Bob Larsen now have an impressive overall dual meet mark of 118-3-1. The loss to Florida on April 3 snapped two Bruin men dual winning streaks. Prior to the Florida loss at Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 had won 51 straight dual home meets without a loss (the last home dual loss at Drake Stadium was 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71). The Gator win also snapped UCLA's overall 58-dual meet winning streak (3/27/93 at Berkeley, California 86-UCLA 76).

Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who completed her sixth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 53-0. 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 61 consecutive duals, including 49 straight at Drake Stadium.

UCLA Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen
Completed his 15th season as head coach, Larsen has led the Bruins to two NCAA titles (1987-88) and nine (of the last 13) Pac-10 crowns (1987-89; 1992-96; '98), including six of the last eight conference titles. This season the Bruins tied for 16th at the NCAA Outdoor, placed second at the Pac-10 and finished the dual season with a 6-1 mark, including their 21st straight dual victory over USC.

In 1998, the Bruins placed sixth at the NCAA Outdoor, won the '98 Pac-10 crown, were 10-0 in duals (No. 2 dual meet team in the U. S.), tied for No. 7 in the final TrackWire poll (before NCAA Outdoor) with Florida and placed 12th (16 1/2 points) at the NCAA Indoor. Larsen was named the 1998 USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach Men's Coach of the Year.

In 1997, Larsen was inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Coaches Hall of Fame and in '96 he was inducted into the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was named the USTCA National men's Coach of the Year.

Overall, Larsen has been men's national Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, '95) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year nine times (1987-89; 1992-96; 98). He has a remarkable dual meet career record of 118-3-1. Bruin Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden An Olympic gold medal winner (1984, U. S. 4 X 100m relay) and Bruin All-American sprinter (1981-83), Bolden completed her sixth year as head coach.

In 1999, Bolden directed the Bruins to their third consecutive Pac-10 title, a second-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor (for the second consecutive season) and she was named the USTCA West Region and Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In 1998, the Bruins placed second at the NCAA Outdoor, won the 1998 Pac-10 title, were 11-0 in duals, rated No. 2 entering the NCAA Outdoor (the Bruins were ranked No. 1 for three weeks by TrackWire before the Outdoor) and placed 19th (11 points) at the NCAA Indoor. Bolden was named the 1998 USTCA Dist. VIII and Pacific-10 Women's Coach of the Year.

In '97 and 1995, Bolden was named the USTCA Dist. VIII and Pac-10 Coach of the Year and in her rookie head coaching season of 1994, she was the co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year. She is unbeaten in duals in her career with a mark of 53-0.

UCLA's 1999 NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers

Women
Andrea Anderson, 400m/4X100m relay/4X400m relay, senior, Long Beach - At the NCAA Outdoor, Anderson twice (third and fourth times of her career) earned All-American honors on UCLA's two relays. Running the third leg on the 4 X 100m relay, UCLA placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history; 43.85 qualifying) and running the second leg on the 4 X 400m relay , the Bruins were again third (3:29.41, school record; 3:33.45 qualifying). Also ran in the 400m qualifying, but did not advance to the final (53.84). Entered the 1999 NCAA Outdoor, No. 7 on the collegiate 400m list (52.26, season-best). At the '99 Pac-10 meet, Anderson defended her 400m crown (52.44).

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor, Anderson, who was nursing a hamstring injury, earned All-American honors, running the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (43.82, No. 5 in school and Pac-10 history; prelim, with Anderson running anchor, ran 44.32). Also ran in the 400m (53.86 prelim, did not advance) and anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:38.45, did not advance). Entered the '98 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 2 time collegiately in the 400m (51.48, No. 2 in school history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history), ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (43.49, Pac-10 record) and the anchor leg on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay (3:33.27). At the '98 Pac-10 meet, Anderson won the 400m (52.52) and ran the anchor on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.25). Her 51.48, set at the UCLA-USC dual meet, was a national dual meet record, as was UCLA's 4 X 100m relay time of 43.49.

At the 1997 World University Games, Anderson won a gold medal on the U. S. 4 X 100m relay. At the '97 NCAA Outdoor as a sophomore, she earned All-American honors by running the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed sixth (44.76, 44.33 in qualifying). She also qualified in the 400m but did not advance past the prelims (53.93). Also ran in the 400m at the USA Outdoor but did not make the final (53.56 in prelims). At the 1997 Pac-10 meet, Anderson won the 200m (23.98), was second in the 400m (52.58) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.14).

As a true freshman in 1996, Anderson won a gold medal at the World Juniors, on the winning U. S. 4 X 100m (43.79) and earned a silver in the 100m (11.43). Also in '96, she qualified for the NCAA Outdoor 200m but did not make the final and at the Pac-10, she was third in the 100m, second in the 200m and anchored both of UCLA's relays.

Christina Bowen, 3,000m, junior, Danville-In the 3000m, Bowen did not advance to the final (10:13.61 qualifying). Entered the NCAA Outdoor No. 23 on the 3000m list (9:25.59, personal-best). At the '99 Pac-10, Bowen was sixth in the 3000m (9:59.64). Led the Bruins this spring with personal-bests in the 1500m (4:23.9, 4:25.17), 3000m and 5000m (16:33.21). In '98 cross country, Bowen helped lead the Bruin women to the NCAA, their first trip to the nationals since 1988.

In spring 1998 as a sophomore, Bowen scored in two events at the Pac-10, fourth in the 3000m (9:43.88) and 5000m (17:09.12).

Joanna Hayes, 100m hurdles/400m hurdles, senior, Riverside - Earned a national championship and an All-America honor (fifth time in her career) at the NCAA Outdoor. Hayes won the 400m hurdles (55.16, personal-best, No. 3 in school history and stadium record; 56.55 qualifying) and placed third in the 100m hurdles (12.89, personal-best, No. 2 in school history; 12.88w and 12.90 qualifying). She was vying to become the only woman in NCAA Outdoor history to win both hurdles at the same meet. Hayes entered the 1999 NCAA Outdoor No. 9 (13.08w) in the 100m hurdles and No. 4 (56.02) in the 400m hurdles. At the '99 Pac-10, Hayes placed third in the 100m (13.73) and second in the 400m hurdles (56.49). She was looking to become the first women in Pac-10 history to win the 100m hurdles four consecutive years, but while she was leading the race, Hayes tripped over the last two hurdles and placed third.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor, running injured (strained right hamstring) for the second year in a row, Hayes earned All-American honors in the 100m hurdles by placing eighth (13.50, +3.0w). Her injury prevented Hayes from running in the 400m hurdles and relays, limiting UCLA's point production. Entered 1998 in the U. S. rankings at No. 10 in the 400m hurdles. Hayes injured her right hamstring at the 1998 Pac-10 meet while winning the 100m hurdles (collapsed at the finish line with the injured hamstring and suffered a minor cut on her left knee). Her 12.93 100m hurdle time was No. 3 collegiate list and her 57.09 400m hurdle mark was No. 8. Also ran on both of UCLA's relays (43.49, No. 3; 3:33.27, No. 10). At the '98 Pac-10, she won the 100m hurdles (13.15) and ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.25). Because of the injury, she was unable to defend her 400m hurdle crown or run on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay. Set the 12.93 in the UCLA-USC dual, that mark is No. 2 in school history, No. 3 in Pac-10 history and a national dual meet record. In that meet, Hayes ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that set a Pac-10 and national dual meet record of 43.49.

As a sophomore in 1997, Hayes was also injured at the NCAA Outdoor. Despite suffering a hyperextended right knee on the first day of competition, she still earned All-American honors twice. On day one (June 4) in qualifying, she ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that advanced to the final (44.33) and won her heat in the 400m hurdles (57.45) but also suffered the knee injury in the process. On day two (June 5), she was not able to run in 100m hurdle qualifying because of the injury. Despite the pain, on day three she ran in two finals--running the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed sixth (44.76) and finished seventh (57.92) in the 400m hurdles. Following the NCAA, Hayes also competed at the USA Outdoor, not advancing to the final of the 400m hurdles (57.36 in qualifying) and unable to run in the 100m hurdles because of the injury. As a sophomore, Hayes helped lead the Bruins to the 1997 Pac-10 crown, by winning the 100m hurdles (13.04) and 400m hurdles (56.38, No. 3 in school history) and running on both of UCLA's winning relays (4 X 100m, third leg, 44.14; 4 X 400m relay, second leg, 3:40.05, season-best). At the '97 NCAA Indoor, she earned All-American honors in the 55m hurdles by placing third (7.48i).

As a true frosh in 1996, she qualified for the NCAA Outdoor in both hurdles and won the '96 Pac-10 100m hurdle crown.

In 1995 as a senior at Riverside North, she was named the Track & Field News National Women's High School Athlete of the Year.

Erica Hoernig, pole vault, sophomore, Santa Ana - Placed 11th at the Outdoor, with a vault of 12-5 1/2. Entered the Outdoor at No. 12 on the collegiate list (12-8). At the '99 Pac-10, Hoernig placed third (12-3 1/2). At the NCAA Indoor, Hoernig earned All-America honors by placing fourth (12-11 1/2i) and she was 10th (11-11 3/4i) at the USA Indoor.

In 1998 as a redshirt freshman, Hoernig was fourth (11-9 3/4) at the Pac-10 and in indoor competition, she was sixth (12-1 1/2i) at the NCAA and fifth (11-11 3/4i) at the USA meet.

Shakedia Jones, 100m/4X100m relay, sophomore, Waukegan, IL- Earned two All-America honors (fifth and sixth times of her career) at the Outdoor. She placed seventh (11.23, season legal-best; 11.101w and 11.30 qualifying) in the 100m and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history; 43.85 qualifying). Entered at No. 10 (11.26) on the 100m list . At the '99 Pac-10, Jones did not run in either sprint final. She qualified in both, but suffered a minor hamstring cramp at the end of the 200m prelim and was held out of both finals.

In 1998 as a true frosh, Jones established herself as one of the top young female sprinters in the nation. In international junior competition last summer, Jones won the 100m (11.19) at the World Juniors and placed first in the 200m (22.65w, personal-best) at the USA Junior meet. She had an outstanding '98 NCAA Outdoor, earning All-American honors in both sprints and the 4 X 100m relay. In the 100m, she placed second (11.15, +4.0w; 11.55, 11.45 in qualifying). At the end of the race, she suffered a severe cramp in her right hamstring and collapsed at the finish line. One hour later (after treatment), she ran in the 200m final, and with a heavily taped right hamstring, placed third in the 200m (22.97; 22.91, 22.91 in qualifying). In the 4 X 100m relay, Jones ran the second leg that placed fourth (43.82, No. 5 in school and Pac-10 history; 44.32 prelim). She entered the 1998 NCAA with the top collegiate legal mark in the 100m (11.11, personal-best) and the sixth best time in the 200m (22.84). She also ran on both of UCLA's relays (4 X 100m, 43.49, No. 3; 4 X 400m, 3:33.27, No. 10). At the '98 Pac-10 meet, Jones won the 100m (11.20) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.25). Had a breakthrough effort in the dual vs. USC, winning the 100m (11.11, No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior mark, behind Brenda Morehead, Tennessee State, 1976; No. 3 in UCLA history, No. 2 in Pac-10 history), 200m (22.84, national dual meet record; No. 3 all-time U. S. Junior mark, behind Marion Jones, 22.58, 1992 and Chandra Cheeseborough, 22.77, 1975; No. 4 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history) and running the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.49, national dual meet and Pac-10 record). At the 1998 NCAA Indoor, Jones qualified in the 55m and 200m. She did not make the final in the 55m (6.87i prelims) and earned All-American honors in the 200m (eighth, 23.78i).

Tracy O'Hara, pole vault, freshman, San Diego- She won the vault at the USA Junior meet, with a mark of 12-10 1/4. Finished second (13-1 1/2) at the NCAA Outdoor and entered the competition No. 4 (13-4 1/2, Pac-10 record) on the collegiate list. At the '99 Pac-10, O'Hara, a true freshman, won the competition with a vault of12-7 1/2. At the NCAA Indoor, O'Hara earned All-America honors by placing seventh (12-7 1/2i) and at the USA Indoor, she was sixth (13-3 1/2i).

As a senior prepster in 1998, her first year of competition in the pole vault, O'Hara set the U. S. junior record (13-3).

Michelle Perry, 100m hurdles/relays, sophomore, Palmdale- A versatile athlete, Perry at the NCAA Outdoor earned two All-America honors (second and third of her career), running on both of UCLA's relays. She ran the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history; 43.85 qualifying) and ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, that also took third (3:29.41, school record; 3:33.45 qualifying). Perry also qualified in the 100m hurdles, but did not advance to the final (13.08w semis; 13.26 prelims, personal legal-best). Entered at No. 16 (13.34) on the 100m hurdle list. At the '99 Pac-10, Perry won the 100m hurdles (13.37), placed fourth in the 400m hurdles (58.48) and ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:34.28).

A true freshman in 1998, Perry earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor by running the lead leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (43.82, No. 5 in UCLA and Pac-10 history; 44.32 prelim). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that did not qualify for the final (3:38.45). Perry ran the lead leg on UCLA's season-best 4 X 100m relay (43.49, Pac-10 record and No. 3 on the collegiate list). At the 1998 Pac-10, she placed third in the 100m hurdles (13.41), ran the first leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.25) and tied for eighth in the long jump (18-7).

Chaniqua Ross, shot put/discus, freshman, Elk Grove - At the Outdoor, Ross, a true freshman, placed 13th in the shot put (49-8 1/4) but did not record a mark in the discus. Was No. 7 (52-7 1/4, personal outdoor best) on the collegiate shot put list and No. 10 (179-4, personal best) on the discus chart. A true freshman, Ross at the '99 Pac-10 placed third (50-11 1/2) in the shot put, sixth (168-7) in the discus and 11th (166-4, personal best) in the hammer. At the '99 NCAA Indoor, Ross earned All-America honors by placing sixth (53-0 3/4i) in the shot put and at the USA Indoor, she was 11th (47-5I).

Heather Sickler, pole vault, freshman, Camarillo - Placed 16th (11-7 3/4) at the Outdoor and entered with the No. 11 (12-8, personal best) mark on the pole vault list. A true freshman, Sickler placed 11th (11-3 3/4) at the '99 Pac-10.

Deana Simmons, triple jump, junior, Decatur, IL - Competing with an injured hamstring, Simmons placed 13th (42-8) in the triple jump. Entered the meet with the No. 7 (43-8 3/4, personal-best) mark on the collegiate chart. At the '99 Pac-10 meet, Simmons placed second (41-11 1/2w, +4.0) in the triple jump and fifth (19-3 1/2) in the long jump.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor as a sophomore, Simmons earned All-American honors in the triple jump by placing fourth (43-3 3/4). Her mark of 43-5 1/4 in the triple jump was No. 6 on the college chart. Won the triple jump at the '98 Pac-10 meet ( 42-7) and also tied for eighth in the long jump (18-7). Earned All-American honors at the '98 NCAA Indoor, placing sixth in the triple jump (43-7 3/4i)

At the conclusion of her freshman season (1997) in junior competition, Simmons won the gold medal at the U. S. meet (43-11 3/4w) and again took the gold at the Pan Am Juniors (43-4 1/2). At the '97 NCAA Outdoor, Simmons placed ninth in the triple jump (43-1 3/4w). At the '97 Pac-10, Simmons was fourth in the long jump (19-9 1/2w) and second (42-3 1/4) in the triple jump. Although there was no wind instrument, Simmons had a break-through effort in the 1997 UCLA-USC dual with a mark of 44-1 1/4. At the '97 NCAA Indoor, she placed 14th in the triple jump.

Keyon Soley, long jump/relays, freshman, Uniondale, NY - A true freshman, Soley earned All-America honors three times at the NCAA Outdoor in the long jump and both relays. In the long jump, she placed seventh, tying her personal-best (20-11 3/4). In the relays, she ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history; 43.85 qualifying) and on the 4 X 400m relay that also placed third (3:29.41, school record; 3:33.45 qualifying), Soley ran the third leg. Entered the meet No. 10 (20-11 3/4, personal best) on the long jump list. At the '99 Pac-10 meet, she won the long jump (20-11 3/4, personal best) and ran the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:34.28).

In 1998 as a senior prepster, Soley led the U. S women's high school list in the long jump (20-10 3/4).

Seilala Sua, shot put/discus, junior, Cooper City, FL - Became the fourth woman in NCAA Outdoor history to win both the shot put and discus in the same meet and became the first woman to win three consecutive discus titles. Sua was named the Outstanding Woman's Athlete of the Meet. She won the shot put (57-9, two-feet/nine inches farther than second-place) and became the fourth Bruin to win the event (1990-Tracie Millett; 1993-Dawn Dumble; 1995-Valeyta Althouse). Sua won the discus (210-10, stadium and meet record, almost 20 feet ahead of second-place) to become the fourth woman to win both the discus and shot put at the same meet (1982-Meg Ritchie, Arizona; 1989-Carla Garrett, Arizona; 1990-Tracie Millett, UCLA) and the fourth Bruin to win the event (1986-Toni Lutjens; 1990-Tracie Millett; 1995-Dawn Dumble). Sua entered the meet No. 1 on the current college charts in both the shot put (57-11, personal best) and discus (212-4). Sua also had personal best qualifying marks in the hammer (192-4) and javelin (161-2). At the '99 Pac-10 meet, she became the first women's thrower in conference history to win three events--shot put (57-11, personal-best), discus (199-9) and javelin (161-2, personal best). At the 1999 NCAA Indoor, Sua earned All-America honors in the shot put (third-place, 54-2i) and 20 lb. weight throw (third-place, 67-4i). At the '99 USA Indoor, Sua placed fifth (56-3 1/4i) in the shot put.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor as a sophomore, Sua defended her discus crown, winning with a mark of 210-8 (meet and stadium record). She became the fourth athlete in women's NCAA history to win back-to-back discus crowns (first since Donyell Mitchell, LSU, 1993 and '94). Also earned All-American honors in the shot put, placing sixth (56-2 1/2) and was 25th (172-8) in the hammer. Sua entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 5 mark in the shot put (57-2 3/4), No. 3 in the discus (212-2) and No. 17 in the hammer (189-5). Also had a provisional mark in the javelin (153-6). At the 1998 Pac-10, she won the shot put (56-10), placed second in the discus (204-10) and was third in the hammer (175-5). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing seventh in the shot put (54-4 3/4I).

In junior competition at the conclusion of her true freshman season (1997), Sua won double gold medals at the U. S. (shot put, 53-9 1/4; discus, 198-7, meet record) and Pan Am (shot put, 53-3 3/4; discus, 189-11, meet record) junior meets. At the '97 NCAA Outdoor, Sua won the discus (200-6) and was third (55-8 1/4) in the shot put. At the '97 Pac-10, she placed second in the shot put (54-8) and discus (193-11). In 1997, Sua set two American Junior records (in the shot put, 57-3 1/2i, placing third and earning All-American at the '97 NCAA Indoor and in the discus, 208-2 on May 21, 1997 in Salinas, breaking her old mark of 205-5 set at Modesto on May 10, 1997).

As a senior at Aquinas HS in Cooper City, FL in 1996, Sua was second (to Bruin teammate, distance runner Kim Mortensen) in the voting for Track & Field News' Female HS Athlete of the Year. She placed eighth in the discus at the U. S. Olympic Trials in the summer of 1996.

Ysanne Williams, 800m/4 X 400m relay, freshman, Albany, NY- Williams won the 800m title (2:07.60; 2:10.93 qualifying) at the USA Junior meet. A true freshman, Williams earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor, running the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:29.41, school record; 3:33.45 qualifying). Also ran in the 800m but did not make the final (2:09.11 qualifying). Entered the meet No. 11 (2:05.23, personal best, No. 2 in school history) on the college 800m chart. At the '99 Pac-10, she tied for fourth (2:08.28) in the 800m and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:34.28).

As a senior prepster last spring, Soley had the U. S. preps' No. 4 fastest 800m time, 2:09.21.

Men Malachi Davis, 4 X 400m relay, junior, Davis- Part of UCLA's National Champion 4 X 400m relay, Davis ran the third leg (3:02.12, season-best, No. 4 in school history; 3:04.73 qualifying). At the '99 Pac-10, Davis ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:03.18, No. 5 in school history). In the 400m at the Pac-10, Davis ran a 46.99 qualifying, but was later disqualified for running out of his lane and did not advance to the final. In spring 1998 at Sacramento CC, Davis won the CA State JC 400m title (46.78).

Brian Fell, 4X400m relay, senior, San Diego - At the NCAA Outdoor, Fell ran on his second National Championship relay in 1999, running the anchor on the Bruins' winning 4 X 400m relay (3:02.12, season-best, No. 4 in school history; 3:04.73 qualifying). At the '99 Pac-10, Fell placed third in the 400m (46.03, tied personal best) and ran on both relays (4 X 100m, third-place, 40.01, season best, first leg; 4 X 400m, second-place, 3:03.18, anchor, No. 5 in school history). At the '99 NCAA Indoor, Fell ran the second leg (400m) on UCLA's distance medley relay that won and set an American record (9:33.17, old mark-9:53.83, Georgetown, 1997).

A two-time Pac-10 400m hurdle champion, Fell as a junior earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor by running the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (38.96, No. 2 in school history; 39.55 prelims). Entered the NCAA by running the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (39.52, No. 10 on college list). At the 1998 Pac-10, Fell became the sixth athlete in conference history to repeat as 400m hurdle champion, winning with a time of 50.79 (season-best), ran the opening leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 100m relay (39.52) and ran the anchor on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:08.80, season-best).

As a sophomore at the '97 NCAA Outdoor, Fell did not make the final in the 400m hurdles (his prelim time was 51.08). At the '97 Pac-10, Fell won the 400m hurdles (50.33) and ran on both of UCLA's relays that placed second.

Michael Granville, 800m/4 X 400m relay, junior, Bell Gardens - At the NCAA Outdoor, Granville ran on his second championship relay in 1999, running the opening leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 400m relay (3:02.12, season-best, No. 4 in school history; 3:04.73 qualifying). Also ran in the 800m, but did not advance to the final (1:51.03 qualifying which would not have advanced and Granville was DQd for jostling). He entered the NCAA Outdoor No. 17 (1:48.27) on the current 800m list. At the '99 Pac-10, Granville placed third (1:49.09) in the 800m and ran the opening leg on the Bruins 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:03.18, No. 5 in school history). At the '99 NCAA Indoor, Granville ran the third leg (800m leg) on UCLA's winning distance medley relay that set the American record (9:33.17).

In 1998 as a sophomore at the Pac-10, Granville placed fourth in the 800m (1:49.44).

As a freshman in 1997, Granville ran a collegiate best 1:47.93. As a senior prepster in 1996, Granville set the national prep record in the 800m (1:46.45).

Travis Haynes, shot put, senior, Billings, MT -Placed 18th (56-7 1/2) in the shot put and entered the meet No. 7 on the current chart (63-2 1/4, personal best). At the '99 Pac-10, Haynes placed second (60-4, same mark as teammate winner Wade Tift) in the shot put and fourth (184-0) in the discus. At the '99 USA Indoor, Haynes placed ninth (58-8 1/2i) in the shot put.

As a junior in 1998 at the NCAA Outdoor, Haynes placed 17th in the shot put (55-8 1/2). He entered the 1998 NCAAA Outdoor with the No. 9 mark in the shot put (62-3 1/4). Also had a provisional mark in the discus (188-3). At the 1998 Pac-10, he was fourth in the shot put (59-3 1/2) and ninth in the discus (174-3). Earned All-American at the '98 NCAA Indoor, placing eighth in the shot put (60-6 1/2).

As a sophomore, Haynes qualified in two events at the '97 NCAA Outdoor , in the shot put and discus. He did not score in either event, placing 13th in the shot put (59-1 1/4) and16th in the discus (168-9). At the '97 Pac-10, Haynes was second in the shot put (59-9 1/2) and seventh (177-2) in the discus. A three-time indoor All-American, he placed fourth (61-10 1/2i, personal indoor best) in the shot put at the '97 NCAA Indoor and was ninth (top eight Americans, 57-11 1/4) at the 1996 NCAA Indoor.

Steve Michels, pole vault, sophomore, Long Beach - Michels did not compete at the NCAA Outdoor and the Pac-10 meet because of illness. His 17-7 was No. 16 on the collegiate chart. His winning vault of 17-7 (personal best) in the UCLA-USC dual helped lead the Bruins to victory, 82-81. At the '99 NCAA Indoor, Michels placed 15th (16-10 3/4i).

In 1998 as a redshirt freshman, Michels at the Pac-10 placed 10th (16-2 3/4) in the vault.

Scott Moser, shot put, freshman, Huntington Beach- Moser, a redshirt freshman, finished 14th (59-0 3/4) and entered the meet No. 15 (60-11 1/4, personal best) on the current chart. At the '99 Pac-10 as a redshirt freshman, Moser placed fourth (58-6 1/2) in the shot put and second (188-2) in the discus. As a prepster, Moser was the CA State discus champion in 1996 and '97 (213-11, CA State record and No. 1 in U. S.).

Jess Strutzel, 800m, junior, Fountain Valley- At the '99 NCAA Outdoor, Strutzel ran a 1:50.16 in his heat, placing third and did not qualify for the final (eight advanced to the final and his time was ninth). His NCAA qualifying mark of 1:47.23 in the 800m was No. 9 on the collegiate list. At the '99 Pac-10, Strutzel was fourth (1:50.44) in the 800m and sixth (3:57.82) in the 1500m. Strutzel had a great '99 indoor campaign. He beat Johnny Gray at the LA Invitational 800m and at the '99 NCAA Indoor, Strutzel placed third (1:46.48i, fastest indoor or outdoor time in UCLA history) in the 800m and ran the first leg (1200m) on the Bruins' winning distance medley relay that set an American record (9:331.7).

As a sophomore in 1998 at the NCAA Outdoor, Strutzel earned All-American honors in the 800m, placing fifth (1:47.15, No. 3 in school history and personal outdoor best; 1:49.59 prelim). A breakthrough sophomore season, Strutzel entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 10 mark (1:47.29) in the 800m. At the 1998 Pac-10, he placed third in the 800m (1:49.10) and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:08.80, season-best). Earned All-American at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, running the second leg on UCLA's distance medley relay that placed seventh (9:42.23). As a true frosh in 1997, he placed eighth (1:55.50) in the Pac-10 800m.

Luke Sullivan, discus/hammer, senior, Verona, WI - Even though competing with a back injury, Sullivan still earned All-America honors (third time in his career) in the discus (fifth-place, 194-9) and was 14th (204-10) in the hammer. Sullivan entered the meet No. 5 (200-04, personal best, No. 4 in school history) on the discus chart and No. 19 (211-04, personal best, No. 3 in school history) on the hammer list. At the '99 Pac-10, Sullivan placed third inboth the discus (188-1) and hammer (208-11). At the '99 USA Indoor, Sullivan was 15th (58-6 1/2i) in the 35 lb.weight throw.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor as a junior, Sullivan earned All-American honors in the discus, placing seventh (188-1) and also competed in the hammer. Came into the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 5 mark in the discus (197-0) and No. 16 in the hammer (209-9). At the 1998 Pac-10, he placed seventh in the shot put (57-2), fifth in the discus (186-10) and sixth in the hammer (209-9). Earned All-American at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing fifth in the 35lb. weight throw (65-7 3/4i).

As a sophomore at the '97 NCAA Outdoor in rainy conditions, Sullivan placed 13th in the discus (177-5). Although slowed by a back injury earlier in the season, he came back at the '97 Pac-10 meet to place third in the discus (188-4) and seventh in the hammer (192-6).

Wade Tift, shot put, senior, Newport Beach - In the shot put, Tift earned All-America honors for the fourth time in his career, placing eighth (61-11 1/2, tying his personal-best). He entered the meet No. 19 (60- 91/4) on the current shot put list. Won (60-04) the shot put at the '99 Pac-10 meet. In the '99 indoor season, Tift was eighth (61-2 1/4i, earning All-America) at the NCAA Indoor shot put and 10th (58-8i) at the USA Indoor.

Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor as a junior, placing sixth in the shot put (60-9 1/4). Entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the nation's No. 10 mark in the shot put (61-10 1/2). At the 1998 Pac-10, Tift was fifth in the shot (59-3 1/2). Earned All-American at the '98 NCAA Indoor, placing ninth (top eight Americans) in the shot (60-5 3/4).

As a sophomore, Tift placed 12th (59-9) in the shot put at the '97 NCAA Outdoor. At the '97 Pac-10, he placed third in the shot put (59-7 3/4). He had a personal best of 61-11 1/2 in the shot put at the 1997 Mt. SAC meet. As a redshirt freshman in 1996, Tift qualified for the '96 NCAA Outdoor in the shot put but did not make the final.

Terrence Williams, 4 X 400m relay, junior, Orange - On UCLA's National Championship 4 X 400m relay, Williams ran the second leg (3:02.12, season-best, No. 4 in school history; 3:04.73 qualifying). At the '99 Pac-10, Williams placed fifth (46.77) in the 400m and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:03.18, No. 5 in school history).

1999 Pacific-10 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).

Here's an event-by-event breakdown for the Bruin women and men.

Women

  • 100m-sophomore Shakedia Jones, the defending champion, did not run in the final. She had a right hamstring cramp in the 200m prelim and did not run on Saturday in either the 100m or 200m final. Jones ran a 11.67 in 100m qualifying. Also in qualifying, but not making the final, were junior Krystal Walden (11.88, season legal best) and junior Tamar Cherebin (12.06, season legal best).

  • 200m-Jones did not run in the final. She ran a 23.46 (season-best) in qualifying.

  • 400m-senior Andrea Anderson defended her 400m title, winning with a time of 52.44 (she ran 53.59 in qualifying).

  • 800m-freshman Ysanne Williams tied for fourth in 2:08.28 (she ran 2:10.48 in qualifying).

  • 1500m-no entries

  • 3000m-junior Christina Bowen placed sixth (9:59.64).

  • 5000m-junior Kelly Cohn was eighth (17:10.41), senior Melinda George was 10th (17:31.05) and Bowen did not finish (minor leg cramp).

  • 10,000m-junior Kelly Cohn was sixth (36:14.96).

  • 100m hurdles-senior Joanna Hayes was looking to become the only woman in Pac-10 history to win four straight 100m hurdle titles. In the final, she was leading but tripped over the final two hurdles and placed third (13.73; ran a 13.08w in qualifying). Sophomore Michelle Perry won the event, running a 13.37 (ran a 13.18w, +4.6 in qualifying).

  • 400m hurdles-Hayes placed second (56.49, 58.06 in qualifying) and Perry was fourth (58.48, 59.27 in qualifying). Also in qualifying, but not making the final, was senior Erin Blunt (1:02.68).

  • 4 X 100m relay-placed fourth, 46.41.

  • 4 X 400m relay-Keyon Soley, Ysanne Williams, Joanna Hayes, Michelle Perry, placed second (3:34.28).

  • Pole Vault-freshman Tracy O'Hara won (12-7 1/2), sophomore Erica Hoernig was third (12-3 1/2) and freshman Heather Sickler was 11th (11-3 3/4). Senior Jocelyn Chase did not clear a height.

  • High Jump-freshman Darnesha Griffith placed third (5-10 3/4, tying personal-best).

  • Long Jump-freshman Keyon Soley won (20-11 3/4, personal-best), junior Deana Simmons was fifth (19-3 1/2) and freshman Bunmi Ogunleye was 11th (18-7 1/4).

  • Triple Jump-junior Deana Simmons was second (41-11 1/4w, +4.0), freshman Kristee Porter was third (41-9 3/4w, +5.3) and senior Kiesha Porter was sixth (40-3 1/4w, +7.2).

  • Shot Put-junior Seilala Sua was first (57-11, personal-best) and freshman Chaniqua Ross was third (50-11 1/2).

  • Discus-Sua won (199-9) and Ross was sixth (168-7).

  • Javelin-Sua won (161-2, personal-best) and junior Kristin Ayers was 13th (108-11).

  • Hammer-Sua was fourth (187-3) and Ross was 11th (166-4, personal-best). Men

  • 100m -sophomore Bryan Harrison was second (10.30, season legal best; 10.46 qualifying) and junior Damian Allen was third (10.32, personal legal best; 10.42 qualifying). In qualifying, not making the final, freshman Joe Hunter ran 10.90.

  • 200m-Allen suffered in a leg cramp in the final and did not finish (21.11 qualifying).

  • 400m-senior Brian Fell placed third (46.03, tied personal-best; 46.42 qualifying) and junior Terrence Williams was fifth (46.77;46.66 qualifying). In qualifying, not making the final, junior Malachi Davis was disqualified.

  • 800m-junior Michael Granville placed third (1:49.09; 1:51.62 qualifying) and junior Jess Strutzel was fourth (1:50.44; 1:52.81 qualifying).

  • 1500m-Strutzel was sixth (3:57.82; 3:53.58 qualifying) and sophomore Paul Muite was seventh (3:58.86; 3:52.99 qualifying).

  • 3000m Steeplechase-junior Dan Brecht was fourth (9:14.03), senior Kevin Bowes was fifth (9:15.33) and junior Matt Pitts was seventh (9:20.52).

  • 5000m-Brecht was 11th (15:02.63), while Muite and freshman Bryan Green did not finish.

  • 10,000m-Green was seventh (31:44.44).

  • 110m High Hurdles-freshman Lovell Houston was ninth (14.74, personal-best; 14.84 qualifying).

  • 400m Hurdles-sophomore John Hall was fourth (52.46; 52.40 qualifying) and junior Narc Narcisse was sixth (52.63; 52.62 qualifying, personal-best).

  • 4 X 100m Relay-Fell, Hunter, Allen and Harrison placed third (40.01, season-best).

  • 4 X 400m Relay-Granville, Williams, Davis and Fell placed second (3:03.18, season-best, NCAA automatic, No. 5 in school history).

  • Pole Vault-junior Brian McLaughlin was third (17-3 1/2). Sophomore Steve Michels was ill and could not compete.

  • High Jump-no entries

  • Long Jump-junior Tye Anderson placed 14th (22-5 1/4).

  • Triple Jump-Anderson was fifth (50-3 1/2).

  • Shot Put-senior Wade Tift won the event (60-4), fellow senior Travis Haynes was second (60-4), freshman Scott Moser was fourth (58-6 1/2) and senior Luke Sullivan fouled.

  • Discus-Moser was second (188-2), Sullivan was third (188-1), Haynes was fourth (184-0) and sophomore Ed Stansbury was sixth (174-4).

  • Javelin-no entries

  • Hammer-Sullivan was third (208-11).

    NCAA Indoor Record-setting Bruin Men's Distance Medley Relay/NCAA Outdoor Championship 4 X 400m Relay At the NCAA Indoor on March 6 in Indianapolis, the UCLA men's distance medley relay won the event in an American record time of 9:33.17 (old mark, 9:35.83, Georgetown, 1997). Running for the Bruins were junior Jess Strutzel (1200m), senior Brian Fell (400m), junior Michael Granville (800m) and senior Mark Hauser (mile).

    The Bruin men (Michael Granville, Terrence Williams, Malachi Davis, Brian Fell) also won the 4 X 400m relay at the NCAA Outdoor (3:02.12, No. 4 in school history).

    UCLA's Women's Recruiting Class No. 1 in Nation
    UCLA's 1999 women's recruiting class was judged No. 1 in the nation by Track & Field News. Several of the Bruins' top incoming freshmen include--Keyon Soley (Uniondale HS, NY), the nation's No. 1 prep long jumper (20-10 3/4) with 11.49 speed; Tracy O'Hara (Rancho Benardo HS, San Diego), the U. S. junior champion in the pole vault (13-3, U. S. Junior record); Heather Sickler (Camarillo HS), in the pole vault (12-3 1/2); Chaniqua Ross (Laguna Creek HS, Elk Grove), the nation's No. 4 prepster in the shot put (50-0 3/4) with a mark of 177-1 in the discus; Bumni Ogunleye (Long Beach Poly), 53.75 in the 400m and 20-3w in the long jump (her mother, Modupe Oshikoya, won the long jump for UCLA at the 1978 AIAW meet in Knoxville) and prep jumper Darnesha Griffith (Trabuco HS, Santa Margarita), niece to the the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.

    Pronunciation Guide
    Men - Malachi Davis (Mal- a-ky (rhymes with sky) Davis); Ibrahim Hassan (E-bra-ham Ha-ssan); Paul Mutie (Paul Moy-tay); Narc Narcisse (Narc Nar-cease); Jess Strutzel (Jess Strut-zul); Roger Van Sluis (Roger Van Sloos); Tim Yeo (Tim Yo).

    Women - Andrea Anderson (Ann-dre-a Anderson); Erin Blunt (Air-in Blunt); Elaine Canchola (Elaine Can-cho-la); Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Chair-bin); Kelly and Tracy Cohn (Cone); Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig); Zalika Davis (Za-lee-ka Davis); Alynda Franco (Ah-len-da Franco); Eboni Grayson (Eb-a-nee Grayson); Darnesha Griffith (Dar-ne-sha Griffith); Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig); Jeanarta Jackson (Ju-nar-da Jackson); Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones); Nicole Luque (Nicole Lu-k); Bunmi Ogunleye (Boo-mee O-gun-lay-e); Heather Perrin (Heather Pear-in); Kiesha Porter (Kish-a Porter); Chaniqua Ross (Sha-ni-qua Ross); Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons); Keyon Soley (Key-on Soley); Seilala Sua (Say-la-la Sue-aw); Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).

    UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week Began Monday, April 5. April 5 (Florida dual) - WOMEN'S TRACK-Michelle Perry, won the 100m hurdles (13.60, NCAA provisional); second in the 100m (11.73); ran opening leg on winning 4 X 100m relay (44.56, NCAA provisional) and ran second leg on second-place 4 X 400m relay (3:39.32).

    WOMEN'S FIELD - Tracy O'Hara set a Pac-10 record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-4 1/4, breaking the old mark of 13-3 1/2, Dee Dee Buzzi, AZ, 1998. April 26 (Cal/Nevada)

    MEN'S FIELD- senior Luke Sullivan, placed first in discus (200-04, personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 4 in school history and only fourth athlete in UCLA men's history with an effort over 200'); second in hammer (211-04, personal-best, NCAA provisional qualifier, No. 3 in school history) and fifth in shot put (58-4 1/2, personal-best).

    WOMEN'S TRACK-senior Joanna Hayes, first in 100m hurdles (13.25, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier) and first in 400m hurdles (58.57). WOMEN'S FIELD- junior Seilala Sua, first in shot put (55-11 1/4, season-best, NCAA automatic qualifier); first in discus (195-6) and first in hammer (192-4, personal-best, NCAA provisional qualifier, No. 2 in school history). May 3 (USC dual)

    MEN'S FIELD - senior Travis Haynes, who was first in the shot put (61-1 1/4) and second in the discus (185-11). Entering the latter stages of the meet, UCLA had to sweep the discus (and 5000m) to beat USC and that's just what the Bruins did (UCLA had earlier swept the shot put). In the discus, before Haynes' final throw, the standings were UCLA's Luke Sullivan in first place (187-4), UCLA's Scott Moser in second (184-3) and USC's Gordon Hovey in third (183-10). Haynes' final throw (185-11) moved him into second-place, Moser to third and Hovey out of the scoring.

    WOMEN'S FIELD- junior Seilala Sua, won four throwing events--shot put (55-11 1/4, tied for her season-best), discus (200-00), hammer (191-6) and javelin (153-11). It's the second week in a row she has won the award. May 10 (Modesto Invite) - WOMEN'S FIELD- junior Seilala Sua won the discus invitational (212-4, personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, top mark on U. S. collegiate list, still No. 2 in UCLA and No. 3 on Pac-10 charts) and placed fourth in the shot put invitational (55-7). It was her third consecutive weekly conference honor.

    1999 USA Junior Meet
    On June 19-21 in Denton, TX, UCLA had several athletes compete in the USA Junior Meet. The Bruins had three national champions--freshman Ysanne Williams in the 800m (2:07.60), freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (12-10 1/4) and freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-10 3/4, tied personal-best).

    Also competing for UCLA in women's competition were--freshman Heather Sickler in the pole vault (sixth, 12-2 1/2); freshman Bunmi Ogunleye in the long jump (no mark); freshman Kristee Porter in the triple jump (third, 41-5 1/4) and freshman Chaniqua Ross in the shot put (third, 48-8 3/4)

    In men's competition, freshman redshirt Scott Wiegand placed fourth (54-4) in the shot put.

    1998 World Junior List
    Seven UCLA athletes were on the 1998 World Junior charts. They are-- Men - SP-Scott Moser, No. 5, 59-3 1/2 (18.07); DT-Scott Moser, No. 7, 187-9 (57.22); Ed Stansbury, No. 17, 175-11 (53.62). Women - 100m-Shakedia Jones, No. 1(tie)*, 11.11; 200m-Shakedia Jones, No. 3, 22.84; 100mH-Michelle Perry, No. 4, 13.41; 400mH- Michelle Perry, No. 16, 58.66; PV-Tracy O'Hara**, No. 8, 13-3 (4.04); LJ- Keyon Soley, No. 17, 20-10 3/4 (6.37); DT-Chanique Ross**, No. 19, 173-10 (52.99). *tied with USC frosh Angela Williams; **still a junior in 1999.

    Academic Honors
    Junior triple jumper Kelly O'Connor was nominated for GTE Academic All-America honors, with a 3.9360 gpa. She earned a spot on the All-Dist. VIII squad.

    Earning Pac-10 All-Academic honors were; men, first-team-Brian McLaughlin, pole vault, 3.01gpa (mechanical engineering); second-team-Kevin Bowes, distance, 3.03gpa (history), Jess Strutzel, 800m, 3.15gpa (theater), Wade Tift, shot put, 3.02gpa (English); honorable mention-Joe Franklin, javelin; Bryan Green, distance; women, first-team-Melinda George, distance, 3.50gpa (mathematics and applied sciences), Kelly O'Connor, triple jump, 3.94gpa (linquistics and computer science); second-team-Kristin Ayers, javelin, 3.81gpa (mathematics and applied sciences); honorable mention-Kara Barnard, distance; Erin Blunt, 400m hurdles; Christina Bowen, distance; Kelly Cohn, distance; Erica Hoernig, pole vault; Michelle Perry, hurdles/relay.

    Earning a spot on the UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0 and above) for 1999 Winter Quarter were: women's cross country - senior Erin Blunt (3.605gpa), senior Zalika Davis (3.306gpa), senior Melinda George (3.499gpa), sophomore Margaret Hall (3.604gpa), freshman Carolyn King (3.283gpa); women's track and field- junior Kristin Ayers (3.807gpa), Brooke Fitzgerald (3.500gpa), senior Jeanarta Jackson (3.009gpa), freshman Suzanne Linn (3.547gpa), junior Kelly O'Connor (3.936gpa, highest cummulative gpa for two-years+, 3.958), freshman Bumni Ogunleye (3.050gpa), freshman Chaniqua Ross (3.683gpa), freshman Heather Sickler (3.617gpa); men's cross country-sophomore Scott Abbott (3.548gpa), junior Jess Strutzel (3.150gpa), freshman Andrew Wulf (3.386gpa); men's track and field- junior Dan Baumeister (3.072gpa), sophomore Joe Franklin (3.463gpa), freshman Nate Marum (3.283gpa), junior Narc Narcisse (3.814gpa), senior Wade Tift (3.057gpa).

    Earning 1999 MPSF Indoor All-Academic for the Bruins were--men, junior Brian McLaughlin (pole vault, 3.04gpa), senior Wade Tift (shot put, 3.06gpa); women, junior Christina Bowen (distances, 3.08gpa), senior Jocelyn Chase (pole vault, 3.27gpa), senior Zalika Davis (800m, 3.27gpa), sophomore Erica Hoernig (pole vault, 3.14gpa), junior Kelly O'Connor (triple jump, 3.93gpa).

    U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series
    UCLA's meets this season at CS Sacramento (March 20, vs. California, Washington, UC Irvine), vs. Florida (April 3) and Baylor/CS Northridge (April 10) at Drake Stadium and at USC (May 1) are all part of the 1999 U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, sponsored by the U. S. Track Coaches Association.

    One hundred and thirty-eight teams from the nation's colleges and universities will be competing in 56 scored track and field meets. These meets promote head-to-head competition between the nation's best collegiate track and field teams. The meets will consist of two to five teams competing against each other in a "finals only" format to be completed in under three hours.

    These competitions have been designed to showcase the teams in a fan- friendly environment and to present collegiate track and field the way it was mean to be, with scored meets. Where college teams challenge each other on the ovals of battle, where one team emerges victorious, where the essence of team competion still reigns supreme.

    Looking Back at 1999
    On May 8 at the Modesto Invitational, Bruin junior Seilala Sua won the discus invitational (212-4) and placed fourth (55-7) in the shot put invitational.

    At the Occidental Invite, sophomore Michelle Perry won the 400m hurdles (58.30)

    On May 1 at Cromwell Field on the USC campus, the UCLA men and women continued their dual dominance over the Trojans.

    In men's competition, the UCLA men outscored USC 35-1 in the distances and in the latter stages of the meet, had to sweep the 5000m and discus to defeat the Trojan men, 82-81. It was the closest meet in series history and the first UCLA-USC men's meet to ever be determined by just one point. Even though USC still leads the series 38-28, it was UCLA's 21st consecutive dual win over the Trojans, along with 15 straight victories for Bruin head coach Bob Larsen.

    Bruin winners included--junior Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:50.13) and 1500m (3:54.64); sophomore Mason Moore in the 3000m steeplechase (9:26.80); freshman Bryan Green in the 5000m (14:58.86); sophomore Steve Michels in the pole vault (17-7); senior Travis Haynes in the shot put (61-1 1/4) and senior Luke Sullivan in the discus (187-4).

    In women's competition, UCLA won 91-63. It was UCLA's seventh straight victory over the Trojans and Jeanette Bolden's sixth consecutive win over USC. The Bruins now lead the series 13-3.

    Bruin winners included--senior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (52.26); senior Joanna Hayes won both the 100m hurdles (12.7hw) and 400m hurdles (56.02, national dual meet record); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:35.15); freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-7); freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (12-11 3/4); junior Deana Simmons in the triple jump (43-3) and junior Seilala Sua won four events (shot put, 55-11 1/4; discus, 200-00; hammer, 191-6 and javelin, 153-11).

    At the 1999 Cal/Nevada Championships at UC San Diego on April 24-25, the Bruin women won their team title with 198 points and the UCLA men placed third, with 107 points (behind No. 1 California, 138 and No. 2 Fresno State, 134). It's the second year in a row the Bruin women have won the Cal/Nevada team title.

    The Bruins had 10 events winners--sophomore Shakedia Jones in the 100m (11.59); junior Kara Barnard in the 5000m (17:12.95); senior Joanna Hayes in the 100m hurdles (13.25) and 400m hurdles (58.57); freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-8 3/4); freshman Keyon Soley in the long jump (20-4 1/4); junior Deana Simmons in the triple jump (42-0) and junior Seilala Sua in the shot put (55-11 1/4), discus (195-6) and hammer throw (192-4).

    In men's competition, the Bruins had two events winners --seniors, Travis Haynes in the shot put (61-4) and Luke Sullivan in the discus (200-04).

    On April 17-18, the Bruins competed at the Pomona Pitzer and Long Beach Invitationals and at the Mt. SAC Relays.

    At Mt. SAC, several Bruins turned in outstanding performances. In women's competition -- in a 5,000m race, junior Christina Bowen (16:33.21) and senior Melinda George (16:45.71) both ran personal-bests and NCAA provisional qualifiers; UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (freshman Ysanne Williams, senior Andrea Anderson, freshman Keyon Soley, sophomore Michelle Perry) placed second in the invitational race, with a time of 3:32.03 (season-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 3 in school history) and in the triple jump, junior Deana Simmons placed fourth (top collegiate finisher) in the invitational event, with a mark of 43-8 3/4 (personal-legal best, NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 2 in school history).

    In men's competition at Mt. SAC in the 800m invitational, junior Jess Strutzel placed fourth (top collegiate finisher), with a time of 1:47.23, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier) and fellow-junior Michael Granville was eighth (1:48.27, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier).

    In women's competition at Long Beach, sophomore Shakedia Jones ran in and won her first 100m race of the season (11.59w) and freshman Keyon Soley won the long jump (20-4 1/2nwi).

    On April 10 at Drake Stadium, it was UCLA's last home meet of the season, theBruin women and men defeated Baylor and CS Northridge in triangular and dual meet scoring.

    In women's triangular scoring, UCLA won with 173 points, followed by Baylor, with 105 and CS Northridge, with 70 points. In dual scoring, UCLA beat Baylor (112-66) and CS Northridge (129-51) and Baylor also beat CS Northridge (92-67).

    In men's triangular scoring, the Bruins won with 150.5 points, followed by CS Northridge, with 99 and Baylor, with 97.5 points. In dual scoring, the Bruins beat Baylor (100-69) and CS Northridge (116-65) and CS Northridge beat Baylor (88-72).

    In women's competition, UCLA junior Seilala Sua won three events--hammer (167-5), shot put (53-6 1/2) and discus (196-11); Baylor sprinter Ssereta Lafayette won the 100m (11.60) and 200m (23.79); Bruin Joanna Hayes won both hurdle races (100m hurdles, 13.26; 400m hurdles, 58.00) and ran the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:35.95); Baylor's Yulanda Nelson won the 400m (52.14) and the anchor leg on the Bears' winning 4 X 400m relay (3:34.87) and UCLA's Keyon Soley won the long jump (19-10 1/4) and ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.13).

    Other UCLA women winners were, in the field--freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-8), freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (13-0) and junior Kristin Ayers in the javelin (129-3) and on the track-freshman Tracy Cohn in the 800m (2:12.65), senior Melinda George in the 1500m (4:32.15) and junior Christina Bowen in the 3,000m (9:25.59).

    In men's competition, Baylor's Tre Gardner won three events (long jump, 23-2 3/4; 100m, 10.47 and 200m, 21.16w); Bruin thrower Luke Sullivan won the hammer (201-0) and discus (190-04); Baylor's Brandon Couts won the 400m (45.46) and ran the second leg on Baylor's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:05.34) and Baylor's Michael Smith won the 110m hurdles (14.33) and the third leg on the Bears' winning 4 X 400m relay.

    Other Bruin men winners were, in the field-junior Tye Anderson in the triple jump (49-6 1/4), senior Travis Haynes in the shot put (63-2 1/4) and sophomore Joe Franklin in the javelin (197-0) and on the track-freshman Bryan Green in the 3,000m (8:28.92), sophomore Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:47.84), freshman Andrew Wulf in the 1500m (3:58.80) and UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (senior Brian Fell, freshman Jeff Hunter, junior Malachi Davis, sophomore Bryan Harrison-40.12).

    On April 3 at Drake Stadium, behind Florida men's sprinters Gerald Clervil, John Capel and Bobby Williams, the Gators beat the UCLA men 101-99, snapping the Bruins' 51-straight home dual winning streak. The UCLA men's last home dual loss was to Texas 83-71 on March 16, 1991.

    UCLA's women beat the Gators 110-81. It was the Bruin women's 58th consecutive dual win, including 47 straight at Drake Stadium.

    In the men's competition, Florida won the 100m (Capel, 10.18, second-fastest time in Florida history; top mark, 10.03, Dennis Mitchell, 1988); 200m (Williams, 20.62), 400m (Clervil, 46.62) and the 4 X100m relay (Clervil, Capel, Williams, Daymon Carroll). On the track, the Gators also added wins in the 110m hurdles (John Buscema, 14.11), 400m hurdles (Erin Tucker, 51.43; beating a lunging at the finish line UCLA's John Hall, 51.44) and two-mile (Rob Evans, 9:02.78).

    Hurting the Bruin men's chances to win was a false start in the 4 X 100m relay. In international dual scoring in the relays, the winning team gets five points and the second-place team three. Because of the false start, the Bruins did not get any points in the 4 X 100m relay and lost the meet by two points.

    UCLA winners on the track included--junior Dan Brecht in the 3000m steeplechase (9:19.45); junior Michael Granville in the 800m (1:49.05); junior Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:51.87) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (Granville, Strutzel, junior Terrence Williams, junior Malachi Davis, 3:10.70).

    The Bruins also had a good performance from sophomore sprinter Bryan Harrison, who placed second in the 100m (10.33) and third in the 200m (21.07w).

    In the field, the Bruin men were led by senior Luke Sullivan and freshman Scott Moser. Sullivan won two events (hammer, 206-3; discus, 190-3) and Moser won the shot put (60-11 1/4), was second in the discus (184-9) and third in the hammer (180-0).

    UCLA's men entered the meet not at full strength because of injuries. Not competing for the Bruins were-- senior All-American Brian Fell, two-time Pac-10 400m hurdle champion, with a respiratory ailment; senior All-American shot putter Wade Tift, flu ; junior All-American sprinter Damian Allen, hamstring strain and junior Tye Anderson, the defending CA State JC triple jump champion.

    In women's competition, UCLA was led by seniors, Andrea Anderson and Seilala Sua, sophomore Michelle Perry and freshman Keyon Soley.

    In the field, Sua won two events, the shot put (55-3 1/2) and discus (198-11) and was second in the hammer (181-6). Freshman Tracy O'Hara also set a Pac-10 record in the pole vault, winning with a mark of 13-4 1/4, breaking the old record of 13-3 1/2 set last year by Arizona's Dee Dee Buzzi. O'Hara was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her effort.

    Other Bruin winners in the field included -Soley in the long jump (19-11); freshman Darnesha Griffith in the high jump (5-8) and freshman Kristee Porter, also a standout on the UCLA women's volleyball team, in the triple jump (39-9 3/4).

    On the track, Anderson won the 100m (11.67), Soley, won the 200m (24.36) and Perry, who was named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week, won the 100m hurdles (13.60). Perry also placed second in the 100m (11.73), ran the opening leg on UCLA's winning 4 X100m relay (Perry, sophomore Shakedia Jones, Anderson, Soley-44.56) and ran the second leg on UCLA's second-place 4 X 400m relay (3:39.32).

    Other Bruin winners on the track included-junior Christina Bowen in the 1500m (4:25.17) and second in the 800m (2:08.92); senior Melinda George in the 3,000m (9:46.07) and senior Erin Blunt in the women's 400m hurdles (1:01.99, her best time since setting a personal-best of 57.68 in 1993; Blunt missed 1994-96 with foot and leg injuries and from 1997-98 was on a Mormon mission).

    From March 27-28, UCLA competed in the UC San Diego Invitational. In men's competition, several Bruins had good marks -- senior Luke Sullivan (second in the hammer, 199-7 and seventh in the discus, 194-9) and freshman Scott Moser (fourth in the hammer, 181-11 and ninth in the discus, 190-10).

    In women's competition, the standouts were - freshman Tracy Cohn who had the top time (2:15.50) in the 800m open; senior Melinda George in the 1500m (third, 4:33.00); sophomore Julie Ott (first, 10:03.93) and junior Kara Barnard (second, 10:07.89) in the 3000m; junior Kelly Cohn in the 10,000m (first, 35:55.6); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:50.11) and 4 X 800m relay placed first (8:54.5); junior Kelly O'Connor in the triple jump (first, 39-5) and in the discus, junior Seilala Sua, the two-time defending NCAA champion and defending U. S. champ, had a 207-3. Also in the discus, freshman Chaniqua Ross was fourth (177-3).

    The Bruins opened the 1999 outdoor collegiate season on March 20 with quadrangular and dual wins over California, Washington and UC Irvine on the new track and field facility at CS Sacramento, home to the 2000 U. S. Olympic Trials. In men's team scoring, the Bruins won the quad with 225 points, followed by Cal (206), Washington (168) and UC Irvine (65). In women's team scoring, UCLA won the quad with 227 points, followed by Washington (179), California (176) and UC Irvine (70). In men's dual scoring, UCLA beat California (101-62), Washington (107-56) and UC Irvine (139-22) and in women's dual scoring, the Bruins beat California (110-53), Washington (105-58) and UC Irvine (141-16).

    Individually for the UCLA men on the track, the Bruins had six winners -- junior Damian Allen in the 100m (10.64); senior Brian Fell in the 400m (46.99); sophomore John Hall in the 400m hurdles (52.95); junior Michael Granville in the 800m (1:49.37); junior Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:48.24) and junior Will Bernaldo in the 5000m (14:27.68). The Bruins also triumphed in both relays (4 X 100m-40.75; 4 X 400m-3:09.60).

    Individually for the Bruin men in the field, UCLA had three winners-- senior Brian McLaughlin in the pole vault (16-0 3/4); freshman Scott Moser in the shot put (58-4) and senior Luke Sullivan in the hammer (210-5).

    Individually for the UCLA women on the track, the Bruins had four winners--senior Andrea Anderson in the 200m (23.98); sophomore Michelle Perry in the 100m hurdles (13.95); junior Christina Bowen in the 3000m (9:31.14) and junior Kelly Cohn in the 5000m (17:13.42). UCLA also won the 400m relay (45.24). Individually for the Bruin women in the field, UCLA had seven winners--freshman Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (12-6); freshman Keyon Soley in the long jump (19-11 1/2); senior Kiesha Porter in the triple jump (39-0 3/4); freshman Chaniqua Ross in the shot put (52-7 1/4); junior Seilala Sua in the discus (201-4) and hammer (185-7) and senior Kristin Ayers in the javelin (128-9).

    On March 6-7, select Bruin men and women athletes competed at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Bruin women tied for eighth (22 points) with Wisconsin and the UCLA men placed 13th (17 points).

    The Bruin men were led by the UCLA distance medley relay, that won in an American record time of 9:33.17 (the old mark was 9:35.83, Georgetown, 1997). Running for the Bruins were junior Jess Strutzel (1200m leg), senior Brian Fell (400m leg), junior Michael Granville (800m leg) and senior Mark Hauser (mile leg).

    Strutzel also placed third in the 800m, in a time of 1:46.48, the fastest indoor or outdoor 800m mark in school history.

    Other Bruin men who participated in individual events were--senior Wade Tift in the shot put, placing eighth (61-2 1/4) and earning All-America honors; Hauser placing 13th (8:05.63) in the 3000m run, also earning All-America (top eight U. S. athletes) and sophomore Steven Michels in the pole vault (15th, 16-10 3/4).

    The UCLA women were led by junior Seilala Sua, the 1998 U. S. and NCAA discus champion. At the Indoor, Sua placed third (67-4) in the 20-lb. weight throw and shot put (54-2), earning All-America honors in both events. Other Bruin women competing were --sophomore Erica Hoernig (fourth, 12-11 1/2) and freshman Tracy O'Hara (seventh, 12-7 1/2) in the pole vault and freshman Chaniqua Ross (sixth, 53-0 3/4) in the shot put. Hoernig, O'Hara and Ross all earned All-America honors.

    On Feb. 26-27, select Bruins competed at the 1999 USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta.

    Competing for the UCLA men were -- in the 60m, junior Damian Allen (DNQ for final; fourth in heat, 6.76); in the shot put, seniors, Travis Haynes (9th, 58-8 1/2) and Wade Tift (10th, 58-8) and in the weight throw, senior Luke Sullivan (15th, 58-6 1/2).

    Competing for the Bruin women were - in the pole vault, freshman Tracy O'Hara (6th, 13-3 1/2) and sophomore Erica Hoernig (10th, 11-11 3/4) and in the shot put, junior Seilala Sua (5th, 56-3 1/4) and freshman Chaniqua Ross (11th, 47-5).


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