April 29, 2006
The UCLA women defeated USC 90-73 on Saturday afternoon for their 14th consecutive dual meet crown behind several impressive Bruin performances. The win gives Head Coach Jeanette Bolden a 72-0 dual meet record during her career, and increased the Bruins' all-time lead to 20-3 in dual meet match-ups between the crosstown rivals.
Sophomore Renee Williams had a career day, winning both the long and triple jump competitions. Williams started off the day with a win in the long, jumping a season-best 20-6.50. Later, Williams had a monster jump in the triple, improving on her lifetime-best by nearly a foot to win that event. Her mark of 42-8.75 improved her regional qualifying mark and moved her to No. 7 all-time at UCLA. Sophomore Nicole Duhart also had a career day in the triple, placing third to Williams with a lifetime-best jump of 42-6.25. Her mark also moves her into the UCLA top-10 at the No. 8 spot.
The Bruins swept the high jump competition as senior Caroline Sommers and freshman Rhonda Watkins tied for first with a mark of 5-8.75. Freshman Lauren Correa rounded out the sweep with a third-place jump of 5-7. Watkins also finished second in the long jump with a season-best jump of 20-6.25.
UCLA went 1-2 in the pole vault keyed by junior Jacqueline Nguyen's win with a lifetime-best jump of 13-7.25. The mark moves her to No. 7 on the NCAA collegiate list. Senior Chelsea Johnson had an off meet, but still finished second with a clearance of 13-7.25 adding important points to the Bruins' team total.
Junior Kamaiya Warren had a sensational day in the shot put, throwing a new lifetime-best of 55-11 to finish second overall. The mark moves her to No. 8 on the NCAA list and No. 7 all-time at UCLA. Warren also won the discus with a throw of 167-10. Senior Briona Reynolds, who hasn't throw shot in over a year, stepped up and finished third with a mark of 47-7.25. Reynolds also finished third in the discus with a season-best toss of 158-3.
Freshman Ciara Viehweg ran a 13-second lifetime-best to win the steeplechase, running 10:43.29. That time was a regional qualifying mark and moved her to No. 5 all-time at UCLA. Junior Jenna Timinsky ran a lifetime-best and regional qualifying time of 10:49.59 to finish second, while senior Leslie Barrie was third in 11:14.53.
Caldwell also won the 1500m (4:31.30) to lead a Bruin sweep in that event. Timinsky was second in 4:35.97, while Hall was third in 4:39.16. Caldwell also placed second in the 800m, running 2:14.66. Sophomore Shantae McKinney was third in the 800m in a time of 2:17.50.
Senior Dawn Harper opened up her season in the 100m hurdles with a second-place finish, running a regional qualifying time of 13.20, the No. 9 time in the nation.
Freshman Nicole Leach won the 400m hurdles in a time of 57.89 and improved on her season-best in the 400m with a second-place finish, running 52.27. Her time moves her to No. 8 all-time at UCLA and No. 10 in the nation.
Sophomore Jolanda Diego ran a season-best and regional qualifying time of 11.70 in the 100m to finish third in that event. Diego also finished third in the 200m, running a lifetime-best and regional qualifying mark of 23.50.
The 4x100m relay team of Diego, Leach, Curry, and Harper finished second, running a season-best and regional qualifying time of 44.49. The 4x400m relay team of Hill, Curry, Diego and Leach also ran a season-best and regional qualifying time to place second overall (3:39.29).
The Bruins will now prepare for the Pac-10 Championships which will be held in Eugene, OR. The heptathlon competition will take place next weekend, while the main meet will take place May 13-14.