April 8, 2006
The jumpers highlighted the women's track and field team on the final day of the fourth annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational as the Bruins won the pole vault, high jump and triple jump competitions.
Senior Chelsea Johnson started the Bruins off with a win in the pole vault on Saturday, clearing 14-5.25. She continues to hold the No. 1 mark in the Nation. Junior Jacqueline Nguyen also had a great day, equaling her lifetime-best of 13-5.25 to finish second overall. Her mark moves her into a tie for No. 4 on the National collegiate list.
It was a Bruin sweep in the high jump as freshman Rhonda Watkins and senior Caroline Sommers jumped season-best marks of 5-10.75. Watkins won based on misses with Sommers finishing second. Freshman Lauren Correa equaled her lifetime-best, 5-8.50, to round out the sweep, finishing third overall. Sophomore Kathleen Mahony finished fifth (5-5), while sophomore Allison Miller was seventh (5-3).
Watkins also finished second in the long jump (first collegiately) with a leap of 19-7.50. Sophomore Leslie Rychel finished fifth with a mark of 18-0.25. Sophomore Renee Williams jumped a huge lifetime-best, improving on her top mark by over a foot to win the triple jump. Her mark of 41-9.75 moved her to No. 8 on the UCLA all-time list. Sophomore Nicole Duhart placed second in the triple jump with a season-best 40-11.75.
Junior Kamaiya Warren threw a lifetime-best and No. 3 mark in the Nation of 55-3 in the shot put to finish second to former teammate Jessica Cosby. Cosby won the event with a throw of 55-7.50. Warren also placed third in the discus with a throw of 162-11. Senior Briona Reynolds finished fourth in the disc with a season-best throw of 155-10.
The 4x100m relay team of freshman Nicole Leach, sophomore Jolanda Diego, freshman Chanelle Curry and senior Dawn Harper finished first, running a regional qualifying time and season-best mark of 44.90.
Leach finished third in the 400m in a time of 53.25, while sophomore Georgea Richards placed second in the 100m hurdles, running 14.09. Diego finished third in the 100m (11.79), just missing the regional qualifying standard by .04 seconds.
Recent alum Monique Henderson won the 200m race in 23.25, while Diego finished second in a regional qualifying time of 23.80.
Next weekend, the majority of the Bruins will be in action at the Mt. SAC Relays, while a few athletes might compete at the Long Beach Invitational.