March 5, 2005
The women's track and field team had 11 meet champions and picked up six NCAA Regional qualifying marks on Saturday at the UCLA Invitational, as senior Lara Saye led the women's track and field team, throwing three NCAA Regional qualifying marks in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Saye won the discus with a throw of 183-0 and threw an outdoor lifetime-best of 50-11.50 in the shot put (placing second to former Bruin Seilala Sua (52-3.25). Saye also placed second in the hammer with a toss of 181-2. Senior Jessica Cosby won the hammer with a throw of 203-4 and placed third in the shot with a toss of 50-8.25, qualifying her for both events at the Regional meet.
Senior Monique Henderson equaled her lifetime-best in the 100m, running 11.59 to qualify her for the Regional meet in May, while senior Dana Bethel also posted a win on Saturday as she jumped 19-4 to win the long jump.
Five Bruin freshmen posted individual wins at the meet: Alice Bohannon in the 800m (2:14.11), Alison Costello in the 3000m (9:38.45), DeShanta Harris in the 100m hurdles (14.15), Allison Miller in the high jump (5-7) and Ingrid Kantola in the pole vault (12-1.50).
The 4x100m relay team of Renee Williams, MacKenzie Hill, Harris and Henderson won in a time of 46.78, while the 4x400m relay team of Jenny Esser, Leslie Barrie, Jacquelyn Mandy and Talita Wells won in a time of 3:52.89.
Next week the Bruins will return to indoor action as qualified athletes head to Fayetteville, AR for the NCAA Indoor Championships. UCLA will return to outdoor action March 18-19 as they travel to the Cal State Northridge Invitational.