May 5, 2005
Current high school standouts, jumper Rhonda Watkins and distance runner Lindsay de la Montaigne, have signed National-Letters-of-Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin women's head T & F coach Jeanette Bolden announced Thursday. Both Watkins and de la Montaigne will be incoming UCLA freshmen next fall.
Watkins, an honor student who wants to pursue a career in medicine, attends Bishop Anstey HS in Trinidad/Tobago. On the current world junior charts, she is No. 1 in the long jump (20-8, winning the championship section of the high school long jump at the recent Penn Relays) and No. 10 (5-11.50) in the high jump. At the 2005 Under-20 CARIFTA T & F Championships, she won the high jump (5-11) and long jump (20-7.50).
She is the reigning Under-20 Caribbean/Central American high jump/long jump champion. Also last season, at the Under-20 CARIFTA T & F Championships, she placed first in the long jump (20-7.75) and second in the high jump (5-9.75). In 2004, her bests were 5-11 (high jump) and 20-8 (long jump, No. 19 on the World Junior list).
From Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego, de la Montaigne is a projected Dyestat.com second-team All-State performer. At the recent Arcadia Invitational, she placed 15th in the two-mile (10:59.22, No. 18 on the current DyeStat national list). In cross country last fall, she placed second (17:57/5000m) at the CA State meet, and at the San Diego Section-DI finals, she led Rancho Bernardo to the team title, placing first over the 2.7 mile course (16:08).
Watkins and de la Montaigne join six other high school standouts that signed with the Bruins last November. They are - 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.