June 8, 2006
Senior Chelsea Johnson, junior Ashley Caldwell and freshman Nicole Leach each advanced in their respective events at the NCAA Track& Field Championships in Sacramento, CA on Thursday to highlight the Bruin competitors.
Johnson cleared the first hurdle in regaining her NCAA outdoor pole vault title on Thursday, automatically qualifying for Saturday's final with a clearance of 13-5.25. Johnson passed on the first three heights (12-3.50, 12-9.50, 13-1.50) and then cleared automatic mark on her first jump.
Leach advanced to Friday's semifinal in the 400m hurdles after unning 56.61 for the second-fastest time of the day (won heat two).
Caldwell ran a lifetime-best in the semifinal of the 1500m to advance to Saturday's final. Caldwell's time of 4:20.15 was the sixth-fastest time in heat one and 11th overall.
Freshman Rhonda Watkins fell short in her first chance for All-American honors after finishing 11th in the long jump final with a mark of 20-5. Watkins could still earn honors in the high jump on Friday.
Sophomore Renee Williams will compete in the triple jump qualifying at 1:00 pm, while Watkins will go for her second All-American honor on Friday in the high jump final at 3:45 pm. In running events, senior Dawn Harper will go for her seventh and final All-American honor in the 100m hurdles (5:00 pm), while Leach will run in the 400m hurdle semifinal at 6:10 pm.