April 1, 2006
The UCLA women's track and field team easily won the Cal/Nevada Championships on Saturday in Fresno, CA behind nine event victories, as senior Chelsea Johnson continued her stellar season, jumping a season-best 14-6.25 in the pole vault.
The Bruins won the meet with 182 points, while the closest team was Cal State Northridge with 122.50 points. UCLA had one victory on Friday (5000m) and eight wins on Saturday.
Johnson, fresh off an NCAA Indoor title in the pole vault, seems unstoppable after another impressive competition this weekend. Already holding the number one mark in the nation (14-3.25), Johnson improved on that mark, jumping a season-best 14-6.25 to extend her lead on the National list. It was also a Bruin sweep in the pole vault as junior Jacqueline Nguyen finished second, equaling her season-best of 12-9.50, and sophomore Elizabeth Woepse was third (11-9.75). Sophomore Ingrid Kantola finished fourth, also jumping 11-9.75.
Junior Jenna Timinsky also had an impressive day, winning both the 800m (2:11.48) and 1500m (4:30.83, season-best). Freshman Gabrielle Bournes placed second in the 800m with a lifetime-best of 2:13.32, while sophomore Shantae McKinny was fifth (2:16.25). In the 1500m, junior Allison Hall finished third (4:38.55), freshman Lauren Jirges was eighth (4:41.07) and senior Sarah West finished 10th (4:42.12).
Sophomore Georgea Richards won the 100m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.05.
The Bruins also won both relays, running 45.92 in the 4x100m and 3:42.99 in the 4x400m.
UCLA also had strong performances in the field events to help the Bruins claim the Cal/Nevada title.
Freshman Rhonda Watkins led a Bruin sweep in the high jump, winning with a leap of 5-8.75. Freshman Lauren Correa finished second with a mark of 5-5, while sophomore Kathleen Mahony was third, jumping 5-3.
Up in Palo Alto, junior Kamaiya Warren had a productive day, throwing regional qualifiers in both the discus and shot put. In the discus, Warren threw a season-best 164-0 to finish sixth overall. Warren, throwing the shot put for the first time this outdoor season, placed third overall with a toss of 50-11.50.
UCLA returns home next week as they host the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Thursday through Saturday.