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Shakedia Jones had
an outstanding season.

 
UCLA Track and Field Concludes Successful Season

Men and women win Pac-10 titles.

June 18, 1998

Breaking News--

--UCLA senior Nada Kawar on June 18 was named a 1998 GTE-CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American. From Montrose, she has a 3.90 cumulative grade-point-average in biology. At the recently completed '98 NCAA Outdoor meet held in Buffalo, NY, Kawar earned All-American honors in both the shot put (personal-best 58-4 1/2, third place) and discus (181-4, seventh place). At the '98 conference championships at Stanford, she was second in the shot put (56-4 3/4) and fifth in the discus (168-9).

--Kawar has also received the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference Medal, given annually by the league office to a male and female athlete from each member institution (the Bruin men's winner was soccer's Josh Keller). The Medal is based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

--On June 14, Bruin senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi, from San Diego, was given the first annual Carl Lewis Award, presented to the nation's top male collegiate track and field athlete. He received the honor at the annual Intercollegiate Golf/Tennis/Track & Field Awards Dinner in Dallas, TX. During his career, Keflezighi won four NCAA titles (1997 cross country; 1997 outdoor 5,000m/10,000m; 1997 indoor 5,000m).

--Senior Josh Johnson, from Sherman Oaks, has been named a 1998 GTE/CoSIDA third-team Academic All-American. Johnson, son of Olympic and Bruin great Rafer Johnson, has a 3.41gpa in sociology. At the '98 NCAA Outdoor, Johnson earned All-American honors in the javelin (personal-best 248-6, fourth place) and was second at the 1998 Pac-10 meet (235-2).

--Five Bruin men and women track and field athletes have earned first-team Pac-10 All-Academic recognition. Earning first team for the UCLA men are Johnson and Keflezighi (3.00gpa, communications studies) and getting first-team for the Bruin women are Kawar, senior thrower Rachelle Noble (3.28gpa, history) and sophomore jumper Kelly O'Connor (3.96gpa, linguistics and computer science).Earning second-team for the Bruin men are senior hurdler Gerimi Burleigh (3.44gpa, art), senior distance runner Matt Olin (3.02gpa, history) and junior thrower Wade Tift (3.02, sociology) and earning second-team for the UCLA women are junior Melinda George (3.54gpa, applied mathematics). Earning Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention are, for the Bruin men, sophomore distance runner Daniel Brecht and sophomore 800m All-American Jess Strutzel; for the Bruin women, sophomore distance runners Kara Barnard and Christina Bowen and junior pole vaulter Jocelyn Chase.

-- Bruin head coaches Bob Larsen (UCLA men) and Jeanette Bolden (UCLA women) have been named the 1998 U. S. Track Coaches of America (USTCA) Dist. VIII and Pacific-10 Track & Field Coaches of the Year. Both the Bruin men and women won their conference titles in 1998. For the Bruin men, it was their sixth conference crown in the last seven years under Larsen. Bolden, completing her fifth season as the Bruin women's coach, has led UCLA to four Pac-10 championships. At the '98 NCAA Outdoor, the Bruin women placed second and the UCLA men sixth.

June 3-6, at 1998 NCAA Outdoor in Buffalo -- Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women and Bob Larsen's UCLA men, both teams 1998 Pacific-10 team champions, placed second and sixth respectively at the '98 NCAA Outdoor.

The Bruin women finished behind Texas (UCLA had 55 points and the Longhorns, also the 1998 NCAA Indoor champs, finished with 60 points). Texas snapped LSU's 11-year reign of the women's crown. The UCLA men had 38 points, placing behind winner Arkansas (58.50 points, the Razorbacks seventh consecutive title), Stanford (51), TCU (43), and LSU/Arizona (41).

The Bruins had one NCAA champion. Sophomore Seilala Sua defended her title in the discus (210-8, meet and stadium record).

The UCLA women had 10 athletes earn All-American honors (top eight in an event). They were-- junior Andrea Anderson (4 X 100m relay), senior Bisa Grant (4 X 100m relay), junior Joanna Hayes (100m hurdles), freshman Shakedia Jones (100m/200m/4 X 100m relay), senior Nada Kawar (shot put/discus), senior Rachelle Noble (discus), freshman Michelle Perry (4 X 100m relay), senior Suzy Powell (discus/javelin), sophomore Deana Simmons (triple jump) and sophomore Seilala Sua (discus/shot put).

The Bruin men had 11 athletes earn All-American honors. They were--sophomore Damian Allen (4 X 100m relay), junior Brian Fell (4 X 100m relay), senior Josh Johnson (javelin), senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi (5,000m/10,000m), senior Jim McElroy (4 X 100m relay), senior Mel Moultry (triple jump), senior Scott Slover (pole vault), sophomore Jess Strutzel (800m), junior Luke Sullivan (discus), senior Wade Tift (shot put) and senior Brandon Thomas (4 X 100m relay).

National Rankings-- According to the final regular season rankings (TrackWire), in the women's division, UCLA was rated No. 1 in the nation for the three weeks prior to the NCAA Outdoor. The Top 10 ranking heading into the NCAA Outdoor were--No. 1 Texas, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 SMU, No. 5 USC, No. 6 South Carolina, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Florida.

In the men's division, the Bruins were tied for seventh with Florida going into the NCAA Outdoor. Here's the final Top 10--No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 TCU, No. 6 Georgia Tech, No. 7 UCLA/Florida, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Stanford/South Carolina.

1998 Pacific-10 Championships--On May 23-24, Stanford hosted the conference outdoor championships. Both the Bruin men and women were victorious.

UCLA's men won with 135.50 points, ahead of USC (115.00, last year's champion) and the Bruin women won for the second year in a row (with 174.00 points), ahead of Stanford (136.00).

It's the sixth league title in the 1990s for both the Bruin men (1998-96-95-94-93-92) and women (1998-97-95-94-93-90).

Event winners for the Bruin men were--junior Brian Fell defended his title in the 400m hurdles (50.79, season-best); UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (Fell, senior Brandon Thomas, sophomore Damian Allen, senior Jim McElroy, 39.52, season-best); senior Mel Moultry in the triple jump (52-2 1/2) and senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (18-2 1/2)

Event winners for the UCLA women were---freshman Shakedia Jones in the 100m (11.20); junior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (52.52); junior Joanna Hayes in the 100m hurdles (13.15); UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (Michelle Perry, Jones, Hayes, Anderson-44.25); sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (42-7); sophomore Seilala Sua in the shot put (56-10) and senior Rachelle Noble in the hammer (186-10).

Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen- -In his 14th season as head coach. He 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.

This season, 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 112-2-1.

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 completing her fifth 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 46-0.

1998 NCAA Outdoor -- Bios on UCLA's Women's and Men's Entrants

Women

Andrea Anderson, 400m/4X100m relay/4X400m relay, junior, Long Beach - At the Outdoor, Anderson, who was nursing a hamstring injury since the USC meet, 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 current 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 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.

Melinda George, 3,000m, junior, Chatsworth- At the Outdoor, placed ninth in her heat (9:53.93) and did not advance. No. 30 on the current collegiate list in the 3,000m (9:33.15) entering the '98 NCAA. At the 1998 Pac-10 meet, George was ninth in the 3,000m (9:55.69) and sixth in the 5,000m (17:13.45). In cross country last fall, she placed 36th at the Pac-10 meet and 47th in the Western Regional.

Bisa Grant, relay (alternate), senior, Oakland- At the Outdoor, Grant earned All-American honors by running the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (43.82, No. 5 in UCLA and Pac-10 history; 44.32 prelim, running the third leg). Also ran in the 100m hurdles (14.33 prelim) but did not advance. An alternate on both relays, at the 1998 Pac-10 meet she placed fifth in the 100m hurdles (13.61). Her season-best 13.37 in the hurdles was an NCAA provisional mark.

At the '97 NCAA Outdoor as a junior, Grant earned All-American honors by running the first leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed sixth (44.76, 44.33 qualifying). She also qualified in the 100m hurdles but did not make the final (13.97 in prelims). Ran in the 100m hurdles at the USA Outdoor but did not make the final (13.69 in prelims). At the '97 Pac-10 meet, Grant was third (13.68) in the 100m hurdles and ran the opening leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.14). On April 12, 1997 Grant ran a personal-best and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 13.26 (No. 5 in UCLA history) in the 100m hurdles. Slowed by a hamstring injury as a sophomore two years ago, as a true frosh in 1995, she qualified for the NCAA Outdoor 100m hurdles but did not make the final.

Joanna Hayes, 100m hurdles/400m hurdles/4X100m relay/4X400m relay, junior, Riverside - Running injured (strained right hamstring) at the NCAA Outdoor 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 on the current collegiate list and her 57.09 400m hurdle mark was No. 8. Also runs 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, Hayes was also injured at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor. Despite suffering a hyperextended right knee on the first day of competition, she still earned All-American honors twice at the '97 NCAA Outdoor. 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.

Shakedia Jones, 100m/200m/4X100m relay/4X400m relay, freshman, Waukegan, IL- Has established herself as the top young female sprinters in the nation. Had an outstanding 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) and the sixth best time in the 200m (22.84). She also runs 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 (6.87 prelims) and earned All-American honors in the 200m (eighth, 23.78).

Nada Kawar, shot put/discus, senior, Montrose - One of the nation's top student-athletes, Kawar in 1998 earned first-team Academic All-American (3.90 cumulative gpa in biology ) and was awarded the Pac-10 Medal, based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership. As a sophomore, she earned second-team Academic All-American, with a 3.94gpa in pre-biology. At the Outdoor, Kawar earned All-American honors in two events, placing third (58-4 1/2, No. 3 in Pac-10 and UCLA history, personal-best) in the shot put and sixth (184-0) in the discus. Entered the 1998 NCAA meet with the No. 4 collegiate mark in the shot put (57-2 3/4) and the No. 5 mark in the discus (197-2). At the '98 Pac-10 meet, Kawar was second in the shot put (56-4 3/4) and fifth in the discus (168-9). At the '98 NCAA Indoor, she placed ninth in the shot put (51-9 1/4). Performed well at the '97 NCAA Outdoor as a junior, placing fourth in the shot put (55-4 1/4) and sixth in the discus (177-3) and earning All-American status in both events. At the '97 Pac-10 meet, Kawar won the shot put (55-1 1/2) and was fourth in the discus (176-4). Represented Jordan at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. A two-time All-American in the indoor shot put.

Rachelle Noble, shot put/discus/hammer/javelin, senior, Show Low, AZ - Entered 1998 in U. S. rankings at No. 7 in the hammer. UCLA's most versatile thrower, Noble, who was nominated for Academic All-America honors with a 3.282 cumulative gpa in history, is the first woman in NCAA Outdoor history to qualify for all four throwing events. At the Outdoor, she earned All-American honors in the discus by placing seventh (181-4). Noble was also 10th (189-0) in the hammer, 16th in the shot put (50-11) and 17th in the javelin (157-8).Entered the '98 NCAA Outdoor-- in the shot put, she was No. 12 (53-5), No. 4 in the discus (198-2), No. 7 (199-0) in the hammer and No. 18 in the javelin (167-1).

At the '98 Pac-10 meet, Noble was third in the shot put (48-9), first in the hammer (186-10) and second in the javelin (159-11). In the UCLA-USC dual meet, Noble competed in six events--20 lb. weight throw (first, 64-3 1/4), hammer (second, 186-11), third in the javelin (162-7), third in the discus (180-8), fourth in the shot put (53-5) and fourth in the high jump (5-4 1/4). On April 3, Noble's 199-0 mark in the hammer at the Texas Relays was a Pac-10 record. At the '98 NCAA Indoor, she earned All-American in the 20lb. weight throw (seventh, 64-1) and also placed 16th in the shot put (49-9 3/4). Noble scored in two of the three events she competed in at the '97 NCAA Outdoor as a junior. She placed seventh (188-4) in the hammer and eighth (172-0) in the discus. She also was 10th (51-1 3/4) in the shot put. Placed seventh (188-11, tied personal best) in the hammer at the USA Outdoor. At the '97 Pac-10, Noble placed third in the shot put (53-5 3/4, No. 6 in school history) and fourth in the javelin (159-10).

Earned All-American at the '97 NCAA Indoor in the 20lb. weight throw (60-10, seventh) and was 11th in the shot put (50-0).

Julie Ott, 10,000m, freshman, San Diego- A true freshman, at the Outdoor she placed 12th, with a personal best 34:58.20 (No. 3 in UCLA history). Her 35:01.40 in the 10,000m was No. 14 on the collegiate list. At the 1998 Pac-10 meet, she was fourth in the 10,000m (35:44.41) and 11th in the 5,000m (17:36.94). No. 2 runner last fall on the Bruin cross country team, placing 20th at the Pac-10 meet and 24th at the Western Regional.

Michelle Perry, 4X100m relay, freshman, Palmdale- A true freshman, Perry earned All-American honors at the 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 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).

Suzy Powell, discus/javelin, senior, Modesto - One of the nation's top throwers, Powell in the U. S. rankings to start the 1998 season was No. 1 in the discus and No. 5 in the javelin. At the Outdoor, Powell earned All-American honors in two events, placing fourth (187-2) in the discus and eighth (170-7) in the javelin. Entering the 1998 NCAA, she had the No. 2 collegiate mark in the discus (213-5) and No. 10 in the javelin (174-10). The former U. S. collegiate record-holder in the discus, at the '98 Pac-10 meet placed third in the discus (185-7) and fourth (152-3) in the javelin. As a junior, she had an impressive '97 NCAA Outdoor meet for the Bruins, scoring 16 points by placing second in both the discus (198-7) and javelin (179-2, tying personal best).

Also competed at the USA Outdoor, placing second (198-4) in the discus. At the '97 Pac-10, she won the discus (196-1) and javelin (179-2, No. 3 in school history). Powell was named Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week four straight weeks in 1997. Set the former American collegiate record in the discus (214-0) on May 10, 1997 at the Modesto Invite before the hometown crowd. At the time, that mark broke the U. S. collegiate record (213-1, Leslie Deniz, Arizona State, 1983) and Pac-10 and UCLA marks (199-9, Dawn Dumble, 1995). It is the No. 3 all-time mark in the U. S. (216-10, Carol Cady, 1986; 215-3, Aretha Hill, Washington, 1998). First threw the discus over 200-feet (202-1) on March 29, 1997 at the UC San Diego Invite to become the first collegian over 200-feet since Fresno State's Lacy Barnes in 1988. As a sophomore in 1996, she won the U. S. Olympic Trials (198-9) and competed at the Summer Games in Atlanta.

Cicely Scott, 4X400m relay , senior, E. St. Louis, IL - At the Outdoor, ran the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay that did not qualify for the final (3:38.45). Entering the Outdoor, she ran the opening leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:33.27, No. 10 on the current collegiate list). At the 1998 Pac-10 meet, Scott placed fifth in the 400m (53.98, season-best). As a junior, Scott was an alternate on the Bruins' 4 X 100m relay at the '97 NCAA Outdoor. At the '97 Pac-10 meet, she placed sixth in the 400m (55.36, season-best) and ran the opening leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:40.05, season-best). Her career has been hampered with stress fractures of the leg and foot. Redshirted in 1996. In 1995 as a sophomore, she earned All-American at the NCAA Outdoor by running the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (fourth, 3:33.52).

Deana Simmons, triple jump, sophomore, Decatur, IL - At the Outdoor, Simmons earned All-American honors in the triple jump by placing fourth (43-3 3/4). Her mark of 43-5 1/4 (No. 3 in school history) in the triple jump was No. 6 on the current 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 3/4). Last summer at the conclusion of her freshman season 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.

Seilala Sua, shot put/discus,hammer, sophomore, Cooper City, FL - The nation's top young thrower, she entered 1998 in the U. S. rankings at No. 5 in the shot put and No. 2 in the discus. At the Outdoor, Sua defended her discus crown, winning with a mark of 210-8 (meet and stadium record). She becomes 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 3/4). Last summer in junior competition at the conclusion of her true freshman season, 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. In 1997 as a true freshman, Sua won the discus (200-6) at the '97 NCAA Outdoor 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). As a freshman 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.

Men

Damian Allen, 4X100m relay, sophomore, Ontario- A cornerback and special teams player on the Bruin football team, Allen earned All-American honors at the Outdoor by running the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (38.96, No. 2 in school history; 39.55 qualifying). Allen had an outstanding 1998 Pac-10 meet. He placed second in the 100m (10.35, personal best), third in the 200m (20.87, personal best) and ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (39.52, No. 10 on the collegiate list). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing seventh in the 200m (21.0620). Last year as a freshman at the 1997 Pac-10 meet, he was fourth in the 400m and ran on both of UCLA's relays that placed second.

Brian Fell, 4X100m relay, junior, San Diego - The two-time defending Pac-10 400m hurdle champion, Fell earned All-American honors at the 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 the current 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.

Mark Hauser, 5000m, senior, San Diego - At the Outdoor, Hauser placed 15th (14:00.29) in the 5,000m. Had a breakthrough season this spring and entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 13 mark in the 1500m (3:41.97, personal best) and No. 12 time in the 5,000m (13:49.34, personal best). Also had a provisional mark in the 800m (1:48.69). At the 1998 Pac-10, Hauser was second in the 1500m (3:45.98) and seventh in the 5,000m (14:36.79). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, running the opening leg on UCLA's distance medley that placed seventh (9:42.23).

Also was 14th in the 5,000m (8:10.19) at the Indoor. Last fall as a junior in cross country, Hauser was the team's No. 2 runner, placing 11th at the Pac-10 and eighth at the Western Regionals (just missed qualifying for the NCAA). At the '97 NCAA Outdoor as a junior, Hauser did not qualify for the final of the 1500m (3:54.88 in prelims). At the '97 Pac-10, Hauser placed 11th in the 1500m (3:52.66), but came back to finish eighth in the 5000m (14:25.59). A transfer from Wisconsin, Hauser earned All-American honors as a Badger on their indoor distance medley relay .

Travis Haynes, shot put, junior, Billings, MT - At the 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).

Qualified in two events at the '97 NCAA Outdoor as a sophomore, 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.

Josh Johnson, javelin, senior, Sherman Oaks - Son of Olympic and Bruin great Rafer Johnson, Johnson earned third-team Academic All-American honors, with a 3.413 cumulative gpa in sociology. At the Outdoor, Johnson placed fourth in the javelin (248-6, No. 3 in school history and personal best). Entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor meet with the No. 8 mark in the javelin (236-10, season-best). At the '98 Pac-10, Johnson was second in the javelin (235-2). As a junior, Josh placed fourth in the javelin (228-0) at the '97 NCAA Outdoor. Won the javelin at the '97 Pac-10 with his mark of 230-1. He earned All-American honors as a redshirt frosh, placing 12th (top eight Americans, 220-3) at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor. Was slowed most of '96 with a shoulder injury, but still managed to placed second (218-0) at the Pac-10 meet.

Mebrahtom Keflezighi, 5,000m/10,000m, senior, San Diego - The greatest runner in UCLA track history, Meb is the winner of four individual NCAA titles (1997 NCAA Indoor 5,000m, 1997 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m and 10,00m and 1997 NCAA Cross Country champion). On June 14, he won the first-ever Carl Lewis Award, given to the nation's outstanding collegiate male track and field athlete. At the Outdoor, Meb earned All-American honors in two events, placing fourth in both the 10,000m (28:39.58) and 5,000m (13:44.68).

Entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor meet with the No. 17 mark in the 1500m (3:42.29, personal-best), No. 1 in the 5,000m (13:30.22, school record) and No. 2 in the 10,000m (28:16.79, school record). At the 1998 Pac-10 meet, Keflezighi placed second in the 10,000m (28:38.48). At the 1998 NCAA Indoor, he earned All-American honors twice, placing third in the 5,000m (14:00.00) and running the final leg on UCLA's distance medley relay that placed seventh (9:42.23). Became the first Bruin in history last fall to win the 1997 NCAA cross country championship, running the 10,000m in a course-record 28:54. The 1997 Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Meb had an amazing '97 NCAA Outdoor as a junior, winning both the 5,000m (13:44.17) and 10,000m (28:51.18). Keflezighi won the 10,000m on day one (June 4), qualified for the 5,000m (14:07.72) on day two (June 5), did not run on day three (June 6) and won the 5,000m on day four (June 7).

He's the first Bruin to ever accomplish this demanding feat, the first athlete in NCAA history since Ed Eyestone, BYU, 1985 and the eighth athlete in NCAA men's history to accomplish this double. He's also only the third athlete in NCAA history to win the outdoor 5,000m/10,000m and cross country title in the same season (Washington State's Gerry Lindgren in 1966 and '67 and Texas-El Paso's Suleiman Nyambui in 1980). Won the 5,000m at the '97 Pac-10 (13:47.95) and placed sixth (3:44.82) in the 1500m. In cross country as a junior in 1996, he earned All-American honors for the third straight season, won the Pac-10 men's title (the first UCLA men's athlete since 1980 to win the conference crown) and was named the Pac-10 Men's CC Athlete of the Year.

Jim McElroy, 4X100m relay, senior, Los Angeles- UCLA's leading receiver last year on the Bruins' 1998 Cotton Bowl championship football team (47 catches, 988 yards, 10 TDs), he recently signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent. At the Outdoor, McElroy earned All-American honors, running the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (38.96, No. 2 in school history). Entering the '98 NCAA Outdoor, McElroy ran the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (39.52, No. 10 on the collegiate list). At the 1998 Pac-10, McElroy placed fifth in the 100m (21.22), ran the anchor on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (39.52) and ran the third leg on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:08.80, season-best). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, running the third leg on UCLA's distance medley relay that placed seventh (9:42.23). Also at the indoor, he qualified in the 55m but did not make the final (6.43 prelims). At the 1997 Pac-10 meet as a junior, he placed sixth in the 100m, third in the 200m and anchored both of UCLA's relays that placed second.

Mel Moultry, triple jump, senior, Los Angeles- At the Outdoor, Moultry earned All-American honors in the triple jump, placing sixth (52-3 1/4, +2.8w). Had the No. 9 collegiate mark in the triple jump entering the 1998 NCAA Outdoor. Won the event at the '98 Pac-10 meet, jumping 52-2 1/2 on his last jump. At the 1998 NCAA Indoor, he placed 14th (50-0 1/2). At the Pac-10 as a junior in 1997, he placed third, was fourth as a sophomore in 1996 and sixth as a true freshman in 1994. Missed all of 1995 with a back injury that required surgery.

Scott Slover, pole vault, senior, San Jose - One of the nation's top vaulters, Slover earned All-American honors at the Outdoor, placing third (17-10 1/2). He entered the 1998 NCAA Outdoor with the No. 2 collegiate mark (18-6 1/2). Won the 1998 Pac-10 title with a mark of 18-2 1/2 (his coach, former Bruin Anthony Curran, also won the conference title in 1982 with a jump of 18-2 1/2). At the Pac-10, Slover's last three vaults (all misses) were twice at 18-6 1/2 and once at 18-9 1/4, trying for the Pac-10 and UCLA record of 18-8 3/4, Mike Tully, 1978.

During the Pac-10 competition, he had the initials JT on his jersey, for his friend and Bruin water polo great Jim Toring, who was killed last month while touring with the U. S. National team in France (hit by a bus in Paris). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing seventh (17-10 1/2). Last year as a junior, Slover injured his left hamstring and was not able to clear a height at the '97 NCAA Outdoor. His injury occurred on day one (June 4) while working out and despite three days of treatment, he had not recovered for the vault final on Saturday. In the rain, he could not clear 18-feet on his first attempt, collapsed into the pit on his second attempt and did not try a third.

His 1997 outdoor qualifying mark of 18-7 1/4 was tied for first in the nation with Long Beach State's Jason Hinkin, the '97 NCAA Indoor champion. His 18-7 1/4 is the fourth-best mark in Pac-10 history and second-best on the UCLA chart, trailing only Mike Tully, 18-8 3/4, '78. Slover placed second in the vault (17-4 1/2) at the '97 Pac-10. At the '97 NCAA Indoor, his favorite pole broke but he still managed a sixth-place tie (17-4 1/2) to earn All-American. Earned All-American in 1996 at the NCAA Outdoor (fifth, 17-10 1/2) and Indoor (seventh, 17-4 1/2). Also in '96 as a soph, he was the Pac-10 champion (17-4 1/2). As a freshman in '95, he became the first true frosh in school history to vault over 18-feet (18-0 1/2) and placed 10th outdoors and 11th indoors.

Jess Strutzel, 800m, sophomore, Fountain Valley- At the Outdoor, Strutzel earned All-American honors in the 800m, placing fifth (1:47.15, No. 3 in school history and personal 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 800m.

Luke Sullivan, discus/hammer, junior, Verona, WI - At the Outdoor, Sullivan earned All-American honors in the discus, placing seventh (188-1) and also competed in the hammer (three fouls in qualifying, did not advance). 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, personal best), fifth in the discus (186-10) and sixth in the hammer (209-9, personal best). Earned All-American at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing fifth in the 35lb. weight throw (65-7 3/4). 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, junior, Newport Beach, CA - Earned All-American honors at the Outdoor, 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 junior, 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 big 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.

Brandon Thomas, 4X100m relay, senior, Los Angeles- At the Outdoor, Thomas earned All-American honors by running the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (38.96, No. 2 in school history; 39.55 prelims). Entering the 1998 Outdoor, Thomas ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay with a time of 39.52, No. 10 on the college chart. At the 1998 Pac-10, Thomas was fifth in the 100m (10.50, personal best) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (39.52, season best). A transfer from Long Beach State, Thomas last year as a junior qualifed for the Pac-10 100m but did not make the final.

May 23-24, at 1998 Pacific-10 Championships at Stanford-- - Here's an event-by-event breakdown of the conference championship meet. Both the Bruin men and women won their team titles, the sixth conference crown for each squad in the 1990s.

Women

Scoring

1. UCLA 174.00, 2. Stanford 136.00, 3. USC 121.00, 4. Washington 94.00, 5. Oregon 84.00, 6. Washington State 76.50, 7. Arizona State 61.00, 8. Arizona 46.50, 9. California 21.00.

Event-by-Event

100m -Freshman Shakedia Jones placed first (11.20, 11.33 prelim). Sophomore Tamar Cherebin did not qualify for the final (12.14, prelim).

200m - Because the Bruins did not need the points, Jones did not run. Senior Mame Twumasi (25.42, prelim) and Cherebin (25.14, prelim) did not make the final.

400m -Junior Andrea Anderson placed first (52.52, 54.62 prelim) and senior Cicely Scott was fifth (53.98, season-best; 54.07 prelim).

800m - Freshman Bridget Hatch was seventh (2:09.57, 2:10.25 prelim) and junior Zalika Davis was eighth, 2:10.96, 2:11.39 prelim).

1500m - no entries.

3000m -Sophomore Christina Bowen was fourth (9:43.88) and junior Melinda George was ninth (9:55.69).

5000m - Bowen was fourth (17:09.12, personal-best), George sixth (17:13.45), freshman Julie Ott was 11th (17:36.94) and sophomore Kara Barnard was 13th (18:28.68).

10,000m - Ott was fourth (35:44.41) and Barnard was seventh (38:02.05).

100m Hurdles -Junior Joanna Hayes was first (13.15, 13.00 prelim), freshman Michelle Perry was third (13.41, personal-best; 13.62 prelim) and senior Bisa Grant was fifth (13.61, 13.83 prelim).

400m Hurdles -Hayes did not run because of her right hamstring injury suffered in the 100m hurdles (her prelim time was 57.14). Perry did not qualify for the final (1:04.55, prelim).

4 X 100m Relay - Perry, Jones, Hayes, Anderson placed first, 44.25.

4 X 400m Relay - The Bruins were fourth, 3:42.19.

High Jump -no entries.

Pole Vault-Freshman Erica Hoernig was fourth (11-9 3/4, personal outdoor best) and junior Jocelyn Chase tied for ninth (9-10).

Long Jump - Perry and sophomore Deana Simmons tied for eighth (18-7).

Triple Jump - Simmons placed first (42-7), junior Kiesha Porter was sixth (39-5 3/4), sophomore Kelly O'Connor was seventh (39-0 1/2).

Shot Put -Sophomore Seilala Sua was first (56-10), senior Nada Kawar was second (56-4 3/4) and senior Rachelle Noble was third (48-9).

Discus -Sua was second (204-10), senior Suzy Powell was third (185-7) and Kawar was fifth (168-9).

Javelin - Noble was second (159-11) and Powell was fourth (152-3).

Hammer - Noble placed first (186-10) and Sua was third (175-5).

Men

Scoring

1. UCLA 135.50, 2. USC 115.00, 3. Arizona 111.00, 4. Washington State 103.00, 5. Oregon 96.50, 6. Washington 93.00, 7. Stanford 71.00, 8. California 55.00, 9. Arizona State 38.00.

Event-by-Event

100m -Sophomore Damian Allen placed second (10.35, personal-best; 10.69 prelim), senior Brandon Thomas was fifth (10.50, personal-best; 10.60 prelim). Junior Jacob Glickman (10.84, prelim) did not make the final.

200m -Allen was third (20.87, personal-best; 21.21 prelim) and senior Jim McElroy was fifth (21.22, 21.15 prelim). Glickman did not make the final (21.80, prelim) and junior Ibrahim Hassan did not finish his prelim race (hamstring injury).

400m -no entries

800m - Sophomore Jess Strutzel was third (1:49.10, 1:51.51 prelim) and sophomore Michael Granville was fourth (1:49.44, 1:49.28 prelim).

1500m -Senior Mark Hauser was second (3:45.98, 3:51.74 prelim).

3000m Steeplechase - Senior Devin Elizondo was third (8:56.75, personal-best) and senior Matt Olin ninth (9:17.61).

5000m -Hauser was seventh (14:36.79) and Elizondo was 13th (14:50.48).

10,000m - Senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi was second (28:38.48).

110m High Hurdles - Senior Gerimi Burleigh was fifth (14.41, 14.37 prelim).

400m Hurdles - Junior Brian Fell placed first (50.79, season-best) to become the sixth athlete in Pac-10 men's history to win back-to-back 400m hurdle championships.

4 X 100m Relay -Fell, Thomas, Allen, McElroy placed first (39.52, season-best).

4 X 400m Relay - Granville, Strutzel, McElroy, Fell were third (3:08.80, season-best).

Pole Vault - Senior Scott Slover won with a vault of 18-2 1/2, freshman Steven Michels tied for 10th (16-2 3/4) .

High Jump -Senior Rich Pitchford tied for seventh (6-8 3/4) and freshman Leste DeRaad tied for ninth (6-8 3/4).

Long Jump - no entry

Triple Jump - Senior Mel Moultry placed first (52-2 1/2).

Shot Put - Junior Travis Haynes was fourth (59-3 1/2), junior Wade Tift was fifth (59-3 1/2) and junior Luke Sullivan was seventh (57-2, personal-best).

Discus - Sullivan was fifth (186-10), Haynes was ninth (174-3) and freshman Ed Stansbury was 11th (157-6).

Hammer - Sullivan was sixth (209-9, personal-best).

Javelin - Senior Josh Johnson placed second (235-2) and freshman Joe Franklin was eighth (208-2).

Dual Meet Streaks - Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks.

Bob Larsen's men's team this season is 10-0. In his 14th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 112-2-1, including 55 consecutive wins. At Drake Stadium, the Bruin men since 1991 have won 51 straight dual meets without a loss (the last dual loss was at Drake Stadium, 3/16/91, to Texas, 83-71). Bruin women's head coach Jeanette Bolden, who is in her fifth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 46-0. The Bruin women are 11-0 this season. The last time UCLA's women suffered a dual defeat was in 1992, losing back-to-back duals to Houston, 70-66 and USC, 80-30. Since then, the UCLA women have won 54 consecutive duals.

U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series -- All of UCLA's home meets this season were part of the U. S. Collegiate Track and Field Series, which is organized and administered by the U. S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA), in close cooperation with USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in the U. S. The series is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Series aims to bring back the excitement and interest in track & field in the U. S., specifically at the collegiate level. The Series will present weekly collegiate competitions, each featuring 4-5 of the top men's and women's college teams. These teams will compete on selected campuses throughout the nation, each striving for team honors. Each meet will be scored, with the emphasis placed on the team's final score. The U. S. Collegiate Track & Field Series will be presented in 1998, 1999 and 2000, thanks to a grant from the USOC.

Football Connection - Five of UCLA's current track and field athletes are also members of the Bruin football team, the1997 Cotton Bowl champions.

--Senior sprinter Jim McElroy, led the Bruins last year in receiving (47 catches, 988 yards, 10 TDS) and earned second-team All-Pac-10. He recently signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent. McElroy earned All-American honors at the '98 NCAA Outdoor, running the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (38.96, No. 2 in school history; 39.55 prelim). At the 1998 Pac-10, McElroy placed fifth in the 100m (21.22), ran the anchor on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (39.52) and ran the third leg on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay that placed third (3:08.80, season-best). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, running the third leg on UCLA's distance medley relay that placed seventh (9:42.23). Also at the indoor, he qualified in the 55m but did not make the final (6.43 prelims). At the 1997 Pac-10 meet as a junior, he placed sixth in the 100m, third in the 200m and anchored both of UCLA's relays that placed second.

--Sophomore sprinter Damian Allen, a cornerback and special teams player on the football team, Allen earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor, running the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay that placed fourth (38.96, No. 2 in school history; 39.55 prelim). He had an outstanding 1998 Pac-10 meet. Placed second in the 100m (10.35, personal best), third in the 200m (20.87, personal best) and ran the third leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (39.52, No. 10 on the collegiate list). Earned All-American honors at the 1998 NCAA Indoor, placing seventh in the 200m (21.0620). Last year as a freshman at the 1997 Pac-10 meet, he was fourth in the 400m and ran on both of UCLA's relays that placed second.

--Junior sprinter Akil Davis, a running back on the football team who missed all of last year with a knee injury. In track in 1996, he earned All-American honors on the UCLA 4 X 100m relay.

--Freshman discus thrower Ed Stansbury, a quarterback who redshirted last season on the football team. Placed 11th in the discus (157-6) at the 1998 Pac-10 meet. In track last spring as a senior in high school, Stansbury 's 206-0 was No. 4 in the U. S.

--Freshman shot putter Tony White, lettered last fall as a true freshman linebacker. In track last year as a senior in high school, he placed third at the Texas State meet.

Pac-10 Men's and Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week--

Starting April 6, the Pac-10 Office honors each week an award for the Conference top men's and women's performances on the track and in the field.

Here are this season's UCLA winners.

April 13 -- Women's Field, senior Suzy Powell, won the javelin (174-10 in a meet at Drake with Houston, CS Northridge and Minnesota.

April 20 -- Men's Track, senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi broke the school record with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 13:30.22 in the invitational 5,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays. Meb set the old record last season (13:33.97).

Women's Field, sophomore Seilala Sua took second in the Mt. SAC invitational discus with a throw of 197-10 and fourth in the Mt. SAC invitational shot put (57-2 3/4).

May 4 -- Women's Track, freshman Shakedia Jones turned in NCAA automatic times of 11.11 in the 100m and 22.84 in the 200m, winning both races in the UCLA-USC dual. Her time in the 100m ties her for second-best in Pac-10 history, while her 200m mark is No. 3 in conference history. She also ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay, setting a Pac-10 record with a time of 43.49.

Women's Field, senior Rachelle Noble was a busy athlete in the UCLA-USC dual meet. She won the 20lb. weight throw (64-3 1/4), placed second in the hammer (186-11), finished third in the javelin (162-7, personal best and NCAA provisional), third in the discus (180-8) and fourth in the shot put (53-5, personal best and NCAA automatic). She also took on the high jump, placing fourth (5-4 1/4).

May 11 -- Women's Field, sophomore Seilala Sua, at the Modesto Relays, won the discus (212-2, No. 2 all-time in Pac-10 history) and placed second in the shot put (57-1).

Pronunciation Guide - Here's an easy guide for UCLA's hard-to-pronounce names.

Men - Gerimi Burleigh (Jeremy Bur-lee); Lester DeRaad (Lester Dur-ad); Ibrahim Hassan (E-bra-hem Ha-san), Mebrahtom Keflezighi (Me-bra-tom Kef-lez-gee, hard g and hard ee); Jim McElroy (Jim Mack-elroy); Paul Moite (Paul Moy-tey); Lawrence Owusu (Lawrence O-woo-sue).

Women - Aidee Acero (I-day A-cer-o), Andrea Anderson (Ann-dre-a Anderson); Tamar Cherebin (Ta-mar Cher-bin); Damesha Craig (Da-me-sha Craig), Zalika Davis (Za-lee-ka Davis), Bisa Grant (Bee-sa Grant), Erica Hoernig (Erica Hor-nig), Shakedia Jones (Sha-kee-da Jones), Nada Kawar (Na-da Ka-waar); Nicole Luque (Nicole Lu-k), Rachelle Noble (Ra-shell Noble); Katie Nuanes (Katie Nu-a-nis), Kiesha Porter (Kis-sha Porter); Gaea Schwaebe (Gay-a Schway-be), Deana Simmons (Dee-na Simmons); Seilala Sua (Say-la-la Sue-a); Mame Twumasi (Ma'am-me Too-ma-cee).

Looking Back at 1998

May 2, UCLA-USC Dual Meet --

Before approximately 3,000 fans at UCLA's Drake Stadium, the Bruin men defeated USC in the dual (84-74) and the UCLA women also beat the Trojans (104-50). For the Bruin men, it was their 20th straight dual triumph over USC (the Trojans lead the overall series 38-27) and for the UCLA women, it was their sixth straight victory over USC (the Bruins also lead the series, 12-3). UCLA also beat BYU in men's (89-70) and women's (91-66) duals as did the Trojans (men-USC 81-BYU 80; women-USC 78-BYU 75). UCLA won both the men's (UCLA 82, USC 65, BYU 57) and women's (UCLA 91, BYU 54, USC 49) triangulars.

There were seven dual meet records broken and 81 proof of performances issued to UCLA, USC and BYU men's and women's athletes who improved their NCAA automatic and provisional qualifying marks.

In addition, in the women's meet, six U. S. collegiate dual meet records were broken--200m (UCLA's Shakedia Jones, 22.84); 400m (UCLA's Andrea Anderson, 51.48); 100m hurdles (UCLA's Joanna Hayes, 12.93); 4 X 100m Relay (UCLA's 43.49, a Pac-10 record); 4 X 400m Relay (USC's 3:31.66) and the hammer throw (BYU's Amy Palmer, 216-2).

The Bruin women were paced by freshman sprinter Shakedia Jones and junior hurdler Joanna Hayes.

Jones, from Waukegan, IL, won the 100m (11.11, meet record, old mark, 11.18, Inger Miller, USC, 1993; personal-best; NCAA automatic; No. 3 in UCLA history; No. 2 in Pac-10 history) and 200m (22.84, meet record, old mark, 23.04, Gail Devers, UCLA, 1987 and 22.8, Miller, 1992; personal-best; NCAA automatic qualifier; No. 4 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history). She also ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (43.49, meet record, old mark, 43.83, UCLA, 1990; season-best; NCAA automatic; No. 2 in school history; No. 1 in Pac-10 history) and the third leg on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay that placed second (3:33.27; season-best; NCAA provisional; No. 9 in school history).

Hayes, from Riverside, won the 100m hurdles (12.93, meet record, old mark, 12.95, Gail Devers, UCLA, 1988; personal-best; NCAA automatic; No. 2 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history) and 400m hurdles (57.09, season-best; NCAA automatic). She ran the anchor leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 100m relay and the second leg on the UCLA 4 X 400m relay that placed second.

Senior Rachelle Noble competed in six events--she won the 20lb. weight throw (64-3 1/4), placed second in the hammer (186-11); third in the javelin (162-7, personal-best; NCAA provisional); fourth in the shot put (53-5, personal-best; NCAA automatic); third in the discus (180-8) and was fourth in the high jump (5-4 1/4).

Also winning for the Bruins were--sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (42-10 1/4); junior Jocelyn Chase in the pole vault (11-0); senior Suzy Powell in the discus (199-1) and junior Andrea Anderson in the 400m (51.48, meet record, old mark, 5.185, Michelle Taylor, USC, 1989; personal-best; NCAA automatic; No. 2 in school history; No. 3 in Pac-10 history).

UCLA men were paced by senior distance runner Mebrahtom Keflezighi and senior pole vaulter Scott Slover . Keflezighi won the 5,000m (14:24.53) and placed second in the 1500m (3:41.97, personal-best; NCAA provisional)

Slover won the pole vault (18-1, meet record, old mark, 18-0 1/2, Eric White, USC, 1987).

Also winning for the Bruin men were--senior Josh Johnson in the javelin (224-6); junior Travis Haynes in the shot put (58-11 1/2); junior Luke Sullivan in the discus (185-11); sophomore Jess Strutzel in the 800m (1:47.29, personal-best; NCAA automatic); senior Matt Olin in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:07.25, personal-best); senior Mark Hauser in the 1500m (3:41.97, meet record, old mark, 3:43.95, Mebrahtom Keflezighi, 1997; personal-best; NCAA automatic);

April 26-27, Cal/Nevada Championships --

At Fresno, the UCLA women won the meet with 145 points (Fresno State second, 100.50) and the Bruin men were second (139.50 points; Fresno State won, 183).

The women were led by these event winners--freshman Shakedia Jones in the 100m (11.51; 11.43 in prelims); senior Cicely Scott in the 400m (54.26); sophomore Melinda George in the 1500m (4:28.02, personal best); sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (41-6 1/2); senior Nada Kawar in the shot put (57-5 3/4, personal best) and senior Suzy Powell in the discus (192-6) and javelin (165-4).

UCLA's men's winners were--sophomore Michael Granville in the 800m (1:50.31); sophomore Jess Strutzel in the 1500m (3:50.02); senior Gerimi Burleigh in the 110m hurdles (14.58; ran a personal best 14.18 in prelims); junior Brian Fell in the 400m hurdles (50.97); senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (17-4 1/5); junior Wade Tift in the shot put (59-8 1/2); junior Luke Sullivan in the discus (186-2) and senior Josh Johnson in the javelin (230-0).

March 13-14, NCAA Indoor --

In Indianapolis, UCLA's men placed 12th with 16 points (Arkansas won with 56) and the Bruin women placed 19th with 11 points (Texas won with 60).

UCLA had several athletes earn All-American (top 8) honors.

For the men--sophomore Damian Allen in the 200m (7th, 21.0620); senior Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the 5,000m (3rd, 14:0.00); UCLA's distance medley relay (7th, 9:42.23-Mark Hauser (1200m), Jim McElroy (400m), Jess Strutzel (800m), Mebrahtom Keflezighi (1600m); senior Scott Slover in the pole vault (7thT, 17-10 1/2); junior Travis Haynes (8th, 60-6 1/2) and junior Wade Tift (9th, top eight Americans, 60-5 3/4) in the shot put and junior Luke Sullivan in the 35lb. weight throw (5th, 65-7 3/4).

For the women-freshman Shakedia Jones in the 200m (8th, 23.78), redshirt freshman Erica Hoernig in the pole vault (6th, 12-1 1/2), sophomore Deana Simmons in the triple jump (6th, 43-7 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua in the shot put (7th, 54-4 3/4) and senior Rachelle Noble in the 20lb. weight throw (7th, 64-01).

Feb. 27-28, 1998 USA Indoor--

In Atlanta, several Bruins competed in the USA Indoor meet. Here are the results--

For the men--senior Scott Slover was sixth (17-8 1/2) in the pole vault; junior Wade Tift placed fifth in the shot put (60-9 1/4).

For the women--redshirt freshman Erica Hoernig was fifth in the pole vault (11-11 3/4), sophomore Seilala Sua was fifth in the shot put (53-5 1/2) and senior Rachelle Noble was fifth in the 20lb. weight throw (59-4 1/4).

Feb. 27-28, 1998 MPSF Indoor--

In Reno, the Bruin men placed sixth (49 points) and the UCLA women were eighth (38 points) at the MPSF Indoor. UCLA won five events.

For the men--sophomore Damian Allen won the 200m (21.16) and UCLA's distance medley relay's (Mark Hauser ,1200m; Michael Granville, 400m; Jess Strutzel, 800m; Mebrahtom Keflezighi, 1600m) winning time of 9:41.80 set a fieldhouse, MPSF and school record.

For the women--freshman Shakedia Jones won the 55m (6.73), sophomore Deana Simmons won the triple jump (41-3) and senior Nada Kawar won the shot put (55-6 1/2).

Katherina Kechris -- Kechris, who completed her eligibility last fall in cross country, was recently named a second-team GTE Academic All-American for the fall/winter quarter. Kechris' gpa of 3.91 in applied mathematics was the highest overall gpa of any athlete at UCLA.

Last fall in cross country as a senior, she was UCLA's No. 1 runner, placing 11th at the Pac-10 and 15th at the Western Regional.

Last spring in track as a senior, Kechris, from Venice HS, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor 3,000m and placed 12th. Also placed third at the Pac-10 in both the 3,000m and 5,000m (16:24.84, personal best and No. 4 in school history). Her personal best in the 3,000m set last spring was 9:23.19 (No. 7 in school history).

1999 UCLA Outdoor Home Schedule-Tentatively, there are three homes dates at Drake Stadium. On Saturday, March 6, the Bruins host UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and CS Los Angeles. On Saturday, April 3, UCLA will host Florida and Oregon and on Sunday, April 11, the Bruins host Houston, Baylor and CS Northridge.

The UCLA-USC dual meet is at USC on Saturday, May 1.



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