2002 Breakthrough junior campaign, Ross was U. S. ranked No. 8 in the discus by T & FN At the NCAA Outdoor, she won the discus (182-0) Since 1995, a Bruin woman has won the discus at the NCAA Outdoor on six occasions On May 21 at Salinas, had a personal-best in the discus (188-6, No. 7 in school history) At the Pac-10, Ross defended her discus title (180-8) and also scored in the shot put (6th, 51-0.75) At the NCAA Indoor, she placed 13th (50-10) in the shot put Excellent student, Ross was a second-team Dist. VIII Academic All-American (3.33gpa, sociology major), a second-team Academic All-Pac-10 choice and MPSF Indoor All-Academic.
2001 Rated No. 6 in the discus in the U. S. by T & FN at the end of the season At the U. S. Outdoor, Ross placed seventh (176-8) Earned All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor (third-place, 180-9) and won the Pac-10 title (177-3) A versatile thrower, Ross in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor was 14th (50-11.50) and at the Pac-10, was ninth (48-0.75) Then personal best of 183-9 (No. 9 in school history, No. 9 on the 2001 U. S. list) and personal-best 54-3.75 (No. 8 in school history, No. 12 in the U. S.) Her indoor shot put season-best of 51-10.50 was an NCAA provisional qualifier, good for seventh-place at the U. S. Indoor MPSF All-Academic and Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10.
2000 Entered the 2001 season rated No. 10 in the U. S. in the shot put Ross placed seventh (53-1) at the U. S. Trials At the NCAA Indoor, she earned her second All-American honor, placing sixth (53-5, indoor best) and helped the Bruins win the 2000 Indoor title, the first in school history At the U. S. Indoor, Ross was seventh (53-0.75) Redshirted during the outdoor season Had a then-personal outdoor-best of 54-1 (No. 12 on the 2000 U.S. list).
1999 Indoors, Ross earned All-America honors at the NCAA, placing sixth (53-0.75) in the shot put and was 11th (47-5) at the USA meet At the NCAA Outdoor, Ross was 13th in the shot put (49-8.25) and qualified in the discus Had an outstanding Pac-10 performance as a true frosh, placing third (50-11.50) in the shot, sixth (168-7) in the discus and 11th (166-4, personal-best, No. 7 in school history) in the hammer Season-bests of 53-1.75i (No. 16 in the U. S.), 52-7.25 and 179-4 in the discus (No. 14 in the U. S.; No. 2 in U. S. Junior, No. 9 in World Junior rankings) Placed third (48-9) in the shot put at the U. S. Junior meet, earning Junior All-America status.
High School Prep personal-bests of 50-0.75 (No. 18 on the all-time U.S. prep list) and 177-1 At the U. S. Junior meet in the summer of 1998, Ross placed sixth in the shot put (46-10) and eighth in the discus (159-5) In 1998, T &FN ranked her nationally as the No. 4 prep discus thrower As a senior prepster in 98, Ross won the shot put (48-10.75) and was second in the discus (167-5) at the National Scholastic Championships; at the CA State meet, she was second in the shot put (47-8) and third in the discus (167-2); at the Golden West Invitational, she was second (47-10) in the shot put and she won the prep discus (170-7) at the Mt. SAC Relays Senior bests of 50-0.75 (No. 3 on U. S. prep list, No. 34 in the U. S.) and 173-9 (No. 3 on U. S. prep list) As a junior in the discus, she was fourth (160-7) at the U. S. Junior meet, won (168-0) the Golden West Invite and fifth (43-9) in the shot put at the National Scholastic Indoor Was the CA State discus champion in 1997 (177-1, No. 9 on all-time U.S. prep list) and 1996 (158-4) Prep junior bests of 47-10.75 (No. 6 on U. S. prep list) and 177-1 (No. 2 on U. S. prep list, CA State meet record, breaking Bruin Suzy Powells mark of 174-2) As a sophomore in 1996, Ross had bests of 46-0 and 159-10 (No. 5 on U. S. prep list, leader was Bruin Seilala Sua) and she placed third (149-5) in the discus at Golden West In 1996, Ross was the U. S. Junior Olympic winner in the discus (147-0) and in 95, she was the U. S. Junior Olympic champion in the shot put (44-8).
Personal Sociology major who wants a career in broadcasting Born May 24, 1980 Brother, Adrian, was a two-time All-WAC linebacker at Colorado State and in 2002 completed his fifth season with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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