Monique Henderson
Monique Henderson

Player Profile

San Diego, CA

High School:



Summer 2004 -- Won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x400m relay team (3:19.01, No. 4 on U.S. list) at the Athens Olympics (49.9 split, second leg) ... Finished fourth in the 400m at the US Olympic Trials (50.75) ... Ran a lifetime-best 50.53 in the preliminary races at the Trials ... Competed in the NACAC Under-23 Championships, finishing third in the 400m (51.67) and won gold as a member of the U.S. 1600m relay (3:29.10).

2004 -- No. 6 400m runner in the U.S. ... Earned three All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor (4x400m relay, 4x100m relay, and 400m) ... NCAA runner-up in the 400m (50.62) breaking the school-record for the third time in 2004 ... Anchor leg split (49.6) in the 4x400m relay equaled the fastest split ever in NCAA Outdoor history ... Won the 400m at the West Region (50.65, best time since 50.74 in 2000) ... Won the 200m in a new stadium record (22.89) and the 400m in a meet record (50.90, besting Flo-Jo's school record 50.94 in 1983) at the Pac-10 Championships, becoming just the second woman in Pac-10 history to achieve such a feat ... Ran the anchor on both of UCLA's Pac-10 winning relays ... Against USC, won the 400m in a then world-leading time of 51.33 and went on to win the 200m in a meet record time of 22.84 ... Won the 400m at the Mt. SAC Relays (51.49) ... Personal-best 22.71 in the 200m (No. 3 in school history, ties with Gail Devers).

2003 -- A USA Championships 400m competitor, Henderson last season was a two-time All-American and a two-time West Region champion ... At the NCAA Outdoor, she placed seventh (ran a season-best 51.96 in prelims) in the 400m and at the NCAA Indoor, she ran the anchor leg on UCLA's fourth-place 4 X 400m relay (3:33.24) and was a 200m qualifier ... At the West Region, Henderson captured championships in the 400m (52.01) and 4X400m relay (anchor, 3:31.62, No. 6 in school history) ...Did not compete in any Pac-10 final because of tightness in her left hamstring ...MPSF Indoor 200m champion (23.72).

2002 -- One of the top true freshmen in the U. S., ranked by T & FN as the nation's No. 10 400m runner ... She won two Gold Medals at the World Juniors, earned All-American honors three times, was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and ran on UCLA's winning distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor ... In July at the World Junior meet in Kingston, Jamaica, Henderson won the 400m (51.10, UCLA-best, No. 2 in school history) and ran the second leg on the winning 4 X 400m relay (3:29.95, American Junior Record) ... At the U. S. Junior meet, Henderson was second (51.52/53.10Q) in the 400m, earning Junior All-American honors ... At the NCAA Outdoor, Henderson twice earned All-American status - 400m (7th, 52.31, 52.36Q) and anchored the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay (3rd, 3:28.79/in qualifying, the Bruins set a school-record 3:28.59, breaking the old mark of 3:29.41, 1999) ... At the Pac-10, Henderson was named the Conference Newcomer of the Year for placing second (23.04, personal-best, No. 7 in school history) in the 200m and anchoring UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:31.97) ... Pac-10 Athlete of the Week for her performance in UCLA's dual win over USC on May 4 (won 400m, 51.33/anchored 4 X 100m relay, 2nd, 44.85, season-best/anchored winning 4 X 400m relay, 3:32.02) ... At the NCAA Indoor, Henderson ran the second leg (400m) on UCLA's winning distance medley relay (10:58.19, school record) and earned All-American status on the Bruin 4 X 400m relay (second leg, 5th, 3:36.59).

High School -- In 2001, topped the World Junior list in the 400m (51.34) for the second consecutive year and was No. 7 in the 200m (23.16) ...Her 2001 season best 51.34 was 0.99 better than the 2001 NCAA winning time (52.33) and, her 2000 season best 50.74 was 0.40 better than the 2000 NCAA winning time (51.14)... 2001 American T & F Magazine All-American in the 200m/400m ... Also in 2001, won her fourth consecutive CA State 400m title, one of only four in CA prep history to win the same event four years in a row ...Won the 400m (52.51) at the 2001 Arcadia Invitational ...Also victorious in the 100m (11.68) and 200m (23.16) at Mt. SAC ... On the 2001 U.S. list, ranked No. 8 in the 400m (51.34) and No. 9 in the 200m (23.16)...Four-time National 400m champion ...Four-year All-American in the 400m ... Member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic 4x400m relay pool ...In 2000, was the Prep Athlete of the Year after setting the then-national high school 400m record at 50.74 ...Her 50.74 was also an American Junior record and still a national high school junior class record ...At the 2000 Olympic Trials, finished eighth in the 400m ...In 2000, finished second in the 400m at the Arcadia Invitational (53.23) ... Placed second in the 200m (23.16w) at Mt. SAC ...Ran the four fastest prep times in the 400m in 2000 ...In 2000, ran a season best 23.19 in the 200m, ranking No. 2 in the nation and No. 15 all-time ... Ranked No. 7 in the 100m (11.61) on the U.S. HS list ...Prep bests were 50.74 (400m), 23.16 (200m) and 11.61 (100m).

Personal -- Born Feb. 18, 1983 ...Daughter of Adam and Elaine Henderson ...Has two older sisters, Starla and Monica ...Undecided major.

Henderson's Best Marks
100m 11.59
200m 22.71
400m 50.53

Olympic Champion
2004 - USA 4x400m Relay

NCAA Champion
2002 - Indoor DMR

West Region Champion
2004 - 400m, 200m
2003 - 400m, 4X400m Relay

Pac-10 Champion
2004 - 200m, 400m, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay
2002 - 4x400m Relay

Eight-time All-American
2004 - Outdoor 400m, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay
2003 - Outdoor 400m/Indoor 4x400m Relay
2002 - Outdoor 400m; Outdoor/indoor 4x400m Relay