March 7, 2006
The trio of seniors Dawn Harper and Chelsea Johnson and junior Kamaiya Warren will head to Fayetteville, AR for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 10-11 as all three have their eyes on NCAA titles and All-American honors.
Johnson leads the way after an impressive indoor season in which she vaulted the No. 1 mark in the nation (14-5.25) at the MPSF Championships two weeks ago. Kansas State's Breanna Eveland also jumped 14-5.25 at a last chance qualifier as the pole vault looks to be a heated competition between Johnson, Eveland and Florida State's Lacy Jansen, who holds the third-best vault in the country (14-4). Johnson hopes to break the NCAA Indoor record (14-10.25) en route to her second pole vault title (she won the NCAA Outdoor crown in 2005 with an NCAA Record jump of 15-0). Last weekend at the UCLA Invite, Johnson jumped 14-3.25 and has been consistent in the 14-foot range, showing she is ready for a big vault this weekend.
Harper, a two-time All-American in the 60m hurdles, ranks sixth in the country with a time of 8.12, and will look to win the ever elusive NCAA title after having placed fourth in 2004 and 2005 at Indoor Nationals.
Warren, an All-American in the discus, currently ranks ninth in the country in the shot put with a mark of 54-8. This season, she has been consistently hitting 54-feet and higher and is on the verge of a breakout performance this weekend.
Harper will open up the competition for the Bruins on Friday as she competes in the prelims of the 60m hurdles at 3:20 pm (PST) and the finals at 6:20 pm (PST). On Saturday, Warren will compete at 2:30 pm (PST)in the shot, while Johnson will vault at 3:30 pm (PST).