May 1, 2011
The UCLA women's track and field team fell to USC on Sunday afternoon in a scored dual meet. Despite the loss, the Bruins had some big performances highlighted by senior Ashlea McLaughlin and sophomore Turquoise Thompson. USC defeated the Bruins for the fourth straight year, this time winning 95-68.
McLaughlin won the 400m with a season-best time of 53.42 and also ran the third leg of the winning 4x400m relay (3:39.79). Thompson had a huge day in the intermediate hurdles as she ran nearly a one second PR in the event to win. Her time of 55.88 bettered her previous top mark of 56.73. That time ranks second in the NCAA this season and sixth all-time at UCLA. She was also the anchor leg of the winning 4x400m relay.
The Bruins also picked up wins in the steeplechase, 5000m and pole vault. UCLA swept both the steeple and the pole vault.
Senior Shannon Murakami opened the meet with a win in the 5000m as she ran 17:12.54. Sophomore Katja Goldring was third (17:43.29). Senior Kelcie Wiemann led a sweep in the steeplechase as she competed in the event for the first time this season. Her winning time of 11:08.93 was a lifetime-best (old best, 11:15.29). Freshmen Elle Sanders (11:19.0, lifetime-best) and Rachel Butler (11:24.08) were second and third, respectively.
In field event action, junior Tori Anthony led a Bruin sweep in the event as she won with a clearance of 12-10.25. Sophomore Liz Goodrich was second as she also cleared 12-10.25, which is a new lifetime-best. Sophomore Allison Koressel rounded out the sweep with a mark of 12-4.50.
In the javelin, freshman Tatum Souza threw a lifetime-best of 123-5 to finish third overall. Senior Dayna Hill was third in the long jump with a season-best mark of 18-6.50. In the high jump, freshman Alexis Walker cleared a season-high 5-9.25 for second. Sophomore Mariah Gibson was third as she equaled her lifetime-best with a mark of 5-8. In the triple jump, junior Ke'Nyia Richardson was second overall with a season-best mark of 39-10.50.
In the discus throw, senior Catherine White threw a lifetime-best of 145-2 in the discus to finish second overall. Freshman Ida Storm, who threw a lifetime-best in the hammer on Saturday to finish second (206-0), placed third in both the discus (139-6) and shot put (42-9.75) as both marks were lifetime-bests for the Swede.
The Bruins will send athletes to the Oxy Invite next Saturday, while the heptathletes head to Tucson for the Pac-10 Championships.