April 17, 2005
Junior Chelsea Johnson finished fourth in the Invitational Pole Vault on Sunday at the Mt. SAC Relays, jumping a season-best and regional qualifier of 13-11.25. Johnson, who jumped 13-9.25 last weekend at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, is back to full strength after a hamstring injury earlier in the year and is beginning to hit her stride.
Several former Bruins were also in action on Sunday at Mt. SAC. Cari Soong, competing for Team XO, finished fifth in the Invitational Hammer Throw with a toss of 216-1, just two inches shy of her own personal-best (216-3). Tracy O'Hara won the Invitational Pole Vault with a mark of 14-5.25 and in the 100m, Joanna Hayes, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist finished third in a time of 11.45. Amy Acuff also won on Sunday as she cleared 6-4 in the high jump to claim victory.
On Friday night at Mt. SAC, freshman Alison Costello highlighted the Bruins' competition as she ran one of the top-10 collegiate times in the 5000m this season (16:25.74). Costello, running in the Invitatioanl section of the 5000m, dropped her lifetime-best by nearly seven seconds (old best, 16:32.69 at Stanford), placing 16th overall. Her time was also a regional qualifier and moved her to fifth on the all-time list at UCLA in the 5000m.
Senior Valerie Flores and Olga Aulet-Leon also had an impressive night as both ran regional qualifiers and lifetime-bests in their respective events. Flores finished 10th in the University/Open section of the 5000m (16:49.98), improving her lifetime-best by nearly 15 seconds (old best, 17:14.78). Aulet-Leon, running in the University/Open 1500m (4:26.20), dropped her lifetime-best by over three seconds (old best 4:29.79) to finish 9th in her section and 20th overall.
In the University/Open 1500m, sophomore Jenna Timinsky ran a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 4:27.66, placing 13th in her section and 24th overall.
Freshmen Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger also competed in the University/Open section of the 5000m on Friday. Rethmeier placed 21st in a time of 17:10.47, while Rothenburger finished 39th in a time of 17:38.02.