Bruin Women Capture Seventh Consecutive Pac-10 Crown
May 18, 2003
Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's team won their seventh consecutive conference team title and triumphed for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons (Bolden is in her 10th year as the Bruin head coach).
"I got the team together last night and told them to continue to do what got us here, " said Bolden. "Each year is different. We take it one year at a time. For example, the training cycle for this year has been different because of the regional meet.
"That's what's great about our teams, we blend together each year. I told them last night at the team meeting to stick together as a group. All 24 were in this thing together. Track and field is an individual team sport - the individuals have to perform for the team to be successful.
"Everyone really stepped up after I took Monique (Henderson) out of the meet. That was more me than her. It was strictly precautionary. She'll be fine for the regional meet. She didn't want to come out, she was concerned how it would affect our team scoring."
Final Team Point Totals: 1. UCLA 155, 2. Stanford 140, 3. Arizona State 109, 4. USC 101, 5. Washington State 87, 6. Washington 64, 7. Oregon 60, 8. Arizona 58, 9. California 40.
"I like it when the temperature is hot and there is not a lot of wind. After my first couple of jumps (42-3), I felt like, "oh yea, I can do this, let's get into it and win this thing." Coming into today in third place in the team standings, Sheena and I wanted to go one-two to get the most points for the team."
Discus - Senior Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove/Laguna Creek), the defending NCAA champion and two-time defending Pac-10 champion in this event, placed second, with a mark of 180-3. UCLA also placed fifth and sixth, with junior Lara Saye (Henderson, NV/Silverado) in fifth-place (175-00, season-best, NRQ) and sophomore Briona Reynolds (Grand Forks, ND/Red River) finishing sixth (172-10, season-best, NRQ).
1500m - Junior Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden), the defending champion in both the 800m and 1500m, won the event, with a time of 4:13.21 (season-best, NRQ), picking up 10 points for the Bruins.
100m Hurdles - Junior Sheena Johnson won the event, picking up 10 points for the Bruins. Her winning time of 13.10 (personal-best, NRQ) is No. 4 in school history. Freshman Dawn Harper (E. St. Louis, IL HS) placed second (13.33, personal-best, NRQ, No. 8 in school history) and junior Sani Roseby (Monterey, CA HS) was fourth (13.47, season-best, NRQ). The Bruins picked up 23 points in this event. UCLA has won this event seven of the last eight years and a total of 12 times in the last 17 years (dating back to 1987).
"I had good start, that's the best part of my race. In practice, I've been working on my finish and that extra work (on my finish) really helped me today. We always run well over here at USC, this is a very fast track.".
400m - Henderson, who had the conference's top time (52.23), was pulled (precautionary measure) from this event, after suffering a tight left hamstring when she ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (seventh-place, 46.03). Junior Adia McKinnon (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor), the 2001 champion in this event, placed fifth (54.17).
100m - no entries in the final.
800m - Nilsson won the event (2:03.86, season-best, NRQ), picking up 10 points for the Bruins. Nilsson, a three-time NCAA Champion and school record-holder in the 800m/1500m, becomes the first woman in conference history to repeat as double winners in both the 800m and 1500m. Freshman Ashley Caldwell (Los Gatos HS) finished sixth (2:08.19, personal-best, NRQ).
"I felt really good in both races. I had a lot left in the 1500m and it showed in the 800m as well. I didn't feel as tired after the 1500m and I knew it (feeling tired) was not going to affect me going into the 800m". Note, there's about 90 minutes between races.
400m Hurdles - Johnson won the event (56.45, season-best, NRQ) making her the third athlete in Pac-10 women's history to win both hurdles at the conference meet (all Bruins - Joanna Hayes, 1997; Janeene Vickers, 1989-90) and the third women's athlete in history to win this event three consecutive years (USC's Natasha Danvers, 1998-2000 and Vickers, 1989-91). Senior Ysanne Williams placed second (57.67, season-best, NRQ).
"This is my best event, I really wanted to defend my title. Going one-two in this event was really big for us in the team points."
200m - With Henderson pulled from the event (tight left hamstring), the Bruins had no entries in the final.
5000m - No entries.
4x400m - No entry.
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