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Track Squads at CS Northridge, USC and Arizona

Bruins competing at different weekend tournaments.

May 14, 1999

This Weekend (May 15-16) --
Select members of Bob Larsen's UCLA men and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women will compete at three different track and field meets this weekend -- on Saturday, at invitationals at CS Northridge and USC and on Sunday, at the Arizona Invite in Tucson.

The rest of the Bruin men and women will be preparing for the upcoming 1999 Pacific-10 Championships, held May 21-22 (Friday-Saturday) at Arizona State (Tempe). Both the Bruin men and women are defending league champions.

The conference meet actually gets underway this weekend, with ASU hosting the Pac-10 decathlon/heptathlon championships on Friday and Saturday. UCLA will not have any competitors in the men's and women's multi-event championships.

Bruins 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 this week's USTCA rankings (May 14), the Bruin women are rated first (344.90 points) and in men's competition, UCLA is No. 5 (322.23 points; this year, UCLA has beaten No. 4 USC and this week moved ahead of No. 6 Flordia, the Gators snapped the UCLA men's long-time dual winning streak on April 3).

In this week's (May 14 ) Trackwire national Top 25 women's rankings, the Bruin women are tied for No. 2 in the nation (65 points, with LSU; behind No. 1 Texas, 72 points). In the men's rankings, the UCLA men are 16th (16 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.

Entering 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 is entering 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.

Looking Ahead
Following the Pac-10 Championships next week at Tempe, AZ, the 1999 NCAA Outdoor is June 2-5 (Wednesday-Friday) at Boise, ID (Boise State).

UCLA's Pac-10 Men/Women Track/Field Athlete of the Week (May 10) Nominees--
Men
no nominees this week

Women
Track-junior Michelle Perry, at the Occidental Invite on May 8, Perry won the 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 58.30 (NCAA provisional qualifier, No. 7 in school history).

Field- junior Seilala Sua*, at the Modesto Invite on Saturday, won the discus invitational (212-4, personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier, top mark on U. S. collegiate list, No. 2 in Pac-10 and UCLA history) and placed fourth (55-7) in the shot put invitational. Sua has won the conference award the last two weeks.

*Sua won the award for the week of May 10, her third consecutive Pac-10 weekly honor.

Last Saturday (May 8)
At the Modesto Invitational, Bruin 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 lists) and placed fourth (55-7) in the shot put invitational.

At the Occidental Invite, sophomore Michelle Perry won the 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 58.30 (NCAA provisional qualifier, No. 7 in school history).

UCLA Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen
In his 15th season as head coach, Larsen has led the Bruins to two NCAA titles (1987-88) and nine (of the last 12) Pac-10 crowns (1987-89; 1992-96; '98), including six of the last seven conference titles.

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 is in her sixth year as head coach.

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.

Record-setting Bruin Men's Distance Medley 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).

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.

Outdoor NCAA Qualifiers

Automatic

Men

SP- Travis Haynes, 63-2 1/4

DT-Luke Sullivan, 200-04

Women 400mH-Joanna Hayes, 56.02 4 X 400m (Ysanne Williams, Andrea Anderson, Keyon Soley, Michelle Perry)-3:32.03 PV-Tracy O'Hara, 13-4 1/4 TJ-Deana Simmons, 43-8 3/4 SP-Seilala Sua, 55-11 1/4 DT-Seilala Sua, 212-4

Provisional Men 100m-Bryan Harrison, 10.28w, 10.33 Damian Allen, 10.30w 800m-Jess Strutzel, 1:47.23 Michael Granville, 1:48.27 4 X 400m Relay-(Michael Granville, Terrence Williams, Malachi Davis, Brian Fell)-3:05.35 PV-Steve Michaels, 17-7 Brian McLaughlin, 17-4 1/2 SP-Scott Moser, 60-11 1/4 Wade Tift, 60-6 DT-Scott Moser, 190-10 Travis Haynes, 186-6 HT-Luke Sullivan, 211-04

Women 100m-Shakedia Jones, 11.26w 400m-Andrea Anderson, 52.26 800m-Ysanne Williams, 2:05.23 3000m-Christina Bowen, 9:25.59 5000m-Christina Bowen, 16:33.21 Melinda George, 16:45.71 100mH-Joanna Hayes, 13.25 Michelle Perry, 13.34 400mH-Michelle Perry, 58.30 4 X 100m Relay-Michelle Perry, Andrea Anderson, Keyon Soley, Shakedia Jones-44.13 HJ-Darnesha Griffith, 5-10 3/4 PV-Erica Hoernig, 12-8 Heather Sickler, 12-8 LJ-Keyon Soley, 20-4 1/4 TJ-Kiesha Porter, 41-5 3/4w SP-Chaniqua Ross, 52-7 1/4 DT-Chaniqua Ross, 179-4 HT-Seilala Sua, 192-4

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).

NCAA Outdoor Leaders (Top 10) --
As of May 10, in the women's division national collegiate rankings, sophomore Shakedia Jones seventh-place tie in the 100m (11.26w); senior Andrea Anderson No. 6 in the 400m (52.26); freshman Ysanne Williams is sixth in the 800m (2:05.23); senior Joanna Hayes is tied for second in the 400m hurdles (56.02); UCLA's 4 X 100m relay is fifth (44.13); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay is second (4:32.03); freshman Tracy O'Hara is tied for second in the pole vault (13-4 1/4); sophomore Erica Hoernig and freshman Heather Sickler are tied for 10th (12-8) in the pole vault; junior Deana Simmons is fourth in the triple jump (43-8 3/4) and Bruin junior Seilala Sua leads the nation in the women's shot put (55-11 1/4) and discus (212-4).

In men's competition, junior Jess Strutzel is sixth in the 800m (1:47.23); senior Travis Hayes is fifth in the shot put (63-2 1/4) and senior Luke Sullivan is fifth in the discus (200-04).

Pac-10 Leaders (Top 5, the conference accepts indoor marks) --
As of May 10 in men's competition--sophomore Bryan Harrison is fourth in the 100m (10.28w, 10.33); junior Damian Allen is fifth in the 200m (20.97); junior Terrence Williams is fifth in the 400m (46.56); junior Jess Strutzel is third in the 800m (1:46.48i, 1:47.23) and junior Michael Granville is fourth (1:48.27); junior Dan Brecht is fourth (9:08.24) and senior Kevin Bowes is fifth (9:09.23) in the 3000m steeplechase; sophomore John Hall is third in the 400m hurdles (51.44); the Bruins are third in both relays (40.12, 3:05.35); sophomore Steve Michels is fifth in the pole vault (197-7); junior Tye Anderson is fourth in the triple jump (51-2 1/4); senior Travis Haynes is first in the shot put (63-2 1/4), freshman Scott Moser is third (60-11 1/4) , senior Wade Tift is third (60-6) and senior Luke Sullivan is fifth (58-4 1/4); in the discus, senior Luke Sullivan is second (200-04) and Moser is third (190-10) and in the hammer, Sullivan is third (211-4).

In women's competion -- sophomore Shakedia Jones is fourth in the 100m (11.26w, 11.59); sophomore Shakedia Jones is fifth in the 200m (23.70); senior Andrea Anderson is second in the 400m (52.26); freshman Ysanne Williams is third in the 800m (2:05.23); junior Christina Bowen is fourth in the 3000m (9:25.59); Joanna Hayes is first in the 100m hurdles (13.25) and 400m hurdles (56.02); sophomore Michelle Perry is second in the 100m hurdles (13.34) and fourth (58.30) in the 400m hurdles; UCLA's 4 X 100m relay is second (44.13) and its 4 X 400m relay is first (3:32.03); freshman Darnesha Griffith is third in the high jump (5-10 3/4); freshmanTracy O'Hara is first in the pole vault (13-4 1/4), sophomore Erica Hoernig is fourth (12-8) as is freshman Heather Sickler (12-8); freshman Keyon Soley is second in the long jump (20-4 1/4); junior Deana Simmons is first in the triple jump (43-8 3/4), freshman Kristee Porter is fourth (40-4, 41-0 1/4w) and senior Kiesha Porter is fifth (40-4 1/4, 41-5 3/4w); junior Seilala Sua is first in the shot put (57-4 1/4i, 55-11 1/4) and discus (212-4) and second in the hammer (192-4) and javelin (153-11) and freshman Chaniqua Ross is second in the shot put (52-7 1/4) and fourth in the discus (179-4) .

UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week Begins 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).

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 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).

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).

Junior triple jumper Kelly O'Connor was nominated for GTE Academic All-America honors, with a 3.9360 gpa.

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 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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