Nov. 17, 2004
UCLA women's track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden on Wednesday announced the Bruins' six National-Letter-of-Intent signees -- Chanelle Curry, a sprinter from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX; Kristen Dormanen, a pole vaulter from Temecula Valley HS in Temecula; Krystin Lacy, a sprinter from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX; Nicole Leach, a sprinter/hurdler from West Philadelphia Catholic HS in Philadelphia, PA; Ciara Viehweg, a distance runner from St. Ignatius HS in San Francisco and Hillary Werth, a heptathlete from Glenwood HS in Springfield, IL.
"I am ecstatic with this year's recruiting class," said Bolden, who coached the Bruin women last spring to the 2004 NCAA Outdoor championship. "These six talented athletes will add to our balance, on the track and in the field, that we always try to strive for with our team. We felt it was important to recruit locally and nationally and we are very happy with the results."
At the 2004 TX State meet, Curry was one of the top scorers for Skyline HS at the 2004 TX State meet. She placed third in the 400m (55.64) and also ran a leg on the Skyline HS winning 4 X 100m relay. The Skyline HS season-best time of 44.60 in the 4 X 100m relay was No. 2 in the U. S. on the August Track & Field News (T&FN) prep chart.
Considered the No. 1 returning high school women's pole vaulter in the State, Dormanen placed fourth at last year's CA State meet. An honor student, last spring Dormanen set the all-time Riverside County record with a vault of 12-7 (the No. 10 mark in the U. S. on the July T&FN prep chart).
A teammate of Chanelle Curry at Skyline HS in Dallas, TX, Lacy is regarded as one of the top high school sprinters in the nation. As a junior last spring at the TX State meet, Lacy won the 100m/200m and as a sophomore, she won the State 100m crown. On the 2004 junior charts, Lacy's 11.48 was No. 13 on the World Junior list. In 2003 her personal-best 11.43 was second at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and she also ran a season-best mark of 23.61. In the 200m, her personal-best 23.45 was No. 5 in the U. S. (July T&FN/the four faster were all seniors; No. 15 on the World Junior list) and the sixth-fastest mark in TX State history.
An outstanding student and regarded as the nation's top 400m/400m hurdle prospect, Leach's 52.19i 400m was the prep U. S. leader (August T&FN). Leach placed fourth (personal-best 57.56) in the 400m hurdles last summer at the World Junior Championships in Grossetto, Italy and she was the U. S. Junior champion (58.48). Her 57.56 400m hurdle mark was No. 7 on the World Junior list. In 2003, Leach's top 400m hurdle mark was 59.00 at the Penn Relays.
An honor roll student, Viehweg is rated one of the top three distance runners in the State. Her top 1600m mark is 4:54 . In cross country, she is rated by Dyestat as the No. 2 runner in the State in her division. Viehweg won her league cross country title this fall. She has qualified for the State meet in both track and cross country every year since her freshman season. At the State Cross Country Championships in 2002 she placed second and at the 2003 CA State T & F meet, she was fifth in the 1600m. Viehweg is her school record holder in virtually every distance event.
"Ciara is one of the top returning middle distance runners in California and an extremely improved cross country runner," said Eric Peterson, UCLA's cross country head coach. "We are very excited about her decision to join our program in 2005-06. She will add talent and depth to our already well-established middle distance corps. The excellence that Ciara has exhibited in the classroom, as well as athletically, make her a perfect fit for UCLA."
At the USA Junior meet, her first national appearance, Werth placed second in the heptathlon with 5,127 points, No. 2 on the 2004 U. S. high school list (August T &FN). She also competed for the U. S. at the 2004 World Junior Championships. At the 2004 IL State meet, Werth won the 100m hurdles (she is second all-time in IL prep history at 13.78, behind current Bruin junior Dawn Harper's 13.54), was second in the long jump (18-8) and third in the 300m hurdles (43.82). An All-State basketball player (Werth will compete only in track & field at UCLA), she comes from an athletic family - her mother, Kim, originally held the national prep long jump record until broken by Bruin great Jackie Joyner-Kersee and her brother Jayson, was the starting left fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.