Track & Field Opens Home Outdoor Season against Florida

Bruins coming off big win at quadrangle meet.

March 31, 1999

This Saturday
Bob Larsen's UCLA men and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women will open the 1999 outdoor collegiate track and field home season on Saturday, April 3, hosting nationally-rated Southeastern Conference foe Florida at Drake Stadium. Running events start at 1 p.m.

The Teams
In this week's Trackwire national Top 25, the Bruin women are rated No. 2 in the nation (behind LSU), with Florida ranked No. 10. The Gator men are tied for fourth with SMU (behind No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 USC). The UCLA men this week are ranked No. 23 in the U. S. At the recently completed NCAA Indoor at Indianapolis, in men's competition (won by Arkansas), Florida tied for seventh (with LSU/George Mason) with 22 points and the Bruin men were 13th (with 17 points). In women's competition (won by Texas), Florida tied for fourth (with Baylor) with 24 points and the Bruin women tied for eighth (with Wisconsin) with 22 points.

At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor at Buffalo, NY, in women's competition, the Bruins were second (behind winner Texas), with Florida 13th and in men's competiton, the UCLA men were sixth, with Florida again 13th.

UCLA's Dual Winning Streaks
Both UCLA's men's and women's teams have impressive dual meet streaks. Entering his 15th season as head coach, the Bruin men under Larsen have an overall dual meet mark of 115-2-1, including 58 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 entering her sixth season, has never lost a dual meet and has a career and school record of 49-0. 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 57 consecutive duals, including 46 straight at Drake Stadium.

More About The Gators
At the recently completed Florida Relays, held last weekend, Florida men's sprinter John Capel, also a standout receiver on the Gator football team, sped to a personal best in the 200m (20.22, No. 1 on the collegiate list and would have ranked No. 9 in the world in 1998) and an impressive 10.19 (into a headwind of 1.4 meters per second) in the 100m, winning both events. Florida's men's 4 X 100m relay ran a 39.24, an NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 2 on the current college list. The Gators' David Furman high jumped 7-2 1/4 (No. 5 on the current collegiate list).

In women's action at the Florida Relays, both the Gators' relays had impressive times (4 x 100m, 44.68, No. 4 on the collegiate list ; 4 X 400m, 3:34.70, No. 2 on the collegiate list) At the '99 NCAA Indoor, the Gator women were led by defending NCAA Outdoor champ Hazel Clark, who placed first in the 800m (2:01.77). The Clark family (Hazel and Joetta are sisters, their brother J. J., a Florida women's assistant coach, is married to Jearl Miles) rules the women's 800m in the U. S. At the 1998 USA Outdoor, Jearl Miles-Clark won the 800m (1:58.78), Joetta Clark placed second (1:59.01) and Hazel was fourth (2:00.23, personal best). Florida's 4 X 400m relay was second (3:32.10). In the 400m final, Nadia Graham was third (54.12).

For the Florida men at the NCAA Indoor, Capel placed fourth in the 60m (6.64) and third in the 200m (20.79). Capel was a 1997 prep All-American in both the 100m and 200m. Junior T. J. Nelson was fourth in the 60m hurdles (7.84). Junior David Furman was ninth in the high jump (7-2 1/2) and sophomore Maurice Lewis was seventh in the long jump (24-9).

Florida men's head coach Doug Brown is a three-time U. S. Olympian in the steeplechase and Gator women's head coach Tom Jones is a former Bruin. In 1966, under then-second year head coach Jim Bush, Jones helped UCLA win the NCAA Outdoor titleby winning the 220y and running the first leg on UCLA's winning 440y relay. Florida assistant coach John Frazier is another Bruin who earned All-America honors in the shot put and is No. 7 on the all-time UCLA shot put chart (65-2 3/4, 1985).

UCLA-The Last Two Weeks
Last weekend, 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, season-best) and freshman Scott Moser (fourth in the hammer, 181-11 and ninth in the discus, 190-10, both pesonal-bests).

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, a top ten mark on current collegiate list); 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 season-best and collegiate-leading 207-3. Also in the discus, freshman Chaniqua Ross was fourth (177-3, personal-best).

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, personal best) and junior Will Bernaldo in the 5000m (14:27.68, personal best). 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, personal best).

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, personal best) and junior Kelly Cohn in the 5000m (17:13.42, personal best). 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, personal best).

Looking Ahead
UCLA will hosts its second straight and final home meet of the season on Saturday, April 10, hosting Big 12 foe Baylor, along with CS Northridge.

In this week's Trackwire national Top 25, the Baylor men are tied for No. 16 and the Baylor women are tied for eighth.

Looking ahead to outdoor collegiate championship events, the 1999 Pac-10 meet is May 21-22 (Friday-Saturday) at Tempe, AZ (Arizona State) and the 1999 NCAA Outdoor is June 2-5 (Wednesday-Friday) at Boise, ID (Boise State)

UCLA Men's Head Coach Bob Larsen -Entering his 15th 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.

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 115-2-1.

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 entering 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 49-0.

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 -


DT-Seilala Sua, 207-3


DT-Luke Sullivan, 194-9
Scott Moser, 190-10
Travis Haynes, 186-6
HT-Luke Sullivan, 210-5 Women 3000m-Christina Bowen, 9:31.14
HJ-Darnesha Griffith, 5-10 3/4
PV-Tracy O'Hara, 12-6
Erica Hoernig, 11-11 3/4
SP-Chaniqua Ross, 52-7 1/4
DT-Chaniqua Ross, 177-3
HT-Seilala Sua, 185-7

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); Ysanne Williams (Ya-san Williams).

UCLA Track and Field Pac-10 Athletes of the Week - Begins Monday, April 5.

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 -
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 Michaels 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).