March 31, 2012
The women's track and field team edged out Pac-12 member Washington State, but fell to Tennessee in a double dual on Saturday in Drake Stadium. The Bruins defeated WSU 82-81 to improve to 3-0 all-time against the Cougars. Tennessee beat UCLA by a score of 7-66 to take a 2-1 all-time lead over the Bruins.
During the meet, the Bruins posted five meet records, two event wins, 14 lifetime-bests and 27 season-best marks.
Sophomore Ida Storm started the Bruins off on a high note as she led from start to finish in the hammer throw. Her best throw came on her final attempt of the competition when she launched the hammer to a new lifetime-best of 209-5. That mark broke both meet records against WSU and Tennessee and moves her to No. 4 in the NCAA this season.
The Bruins got a 1-2 finish in the pole vault behind junior Allison Koressel's winning clearance of 13-4.50 and sophomore Tasha Kolbo's lifetime-best clearance of 13-00.75 for second. Five of UCLA's vaulters posted season or lifetime-best marks during the competition.
Newcomer Faith Anumba was a double scorer for the Bruins as she was second in both the long jump (19-4) and triple jump (39-3.25). In the high jump, sophomore Alexis Walker placed second with a clearance of 5-6. Walker also ran a lifetime-best in the 400m hurdles to finish second overall (61.21). Heptathlete Tatum Souza also posted a lifetime-best in the hurdles as she placed third with a mark of 61.47.
The Bruins had many more standout performances on the track, highlighted by Paisley Pettway's win in the 800m. The sophomore won easily with a season-best time of 2:09.41, a mark that ranks 11th in the NCAA this season. Junior Danielle Low was second with a lifetime-best run of 2:12.49.
In the steeplechase, freshman Merissa Kado ran a lifetime-best of 11:00.80 to finish third overall. That mark moves her to 10th all-time in UCLA school history. Sophomore Rachel Butler had a huge race in the 1500m as she was narrowly edged out during the home strech. She ended the race with a new lifetime-best mark of 4:28.41 and finished second overall. Junior Katja Goldring ran a lifetime-best of 9:41.20 in the 3000m to finish second overall, while freshman Kelsey Smith was third (9:51.59).
In the 400m, newcomer Katie Reid ran a solid time of 54.74 for fourth overall, while sophomore Breyonna Hunter placed fifth with a lifetime-best mark of 55.36. In the 100m hurdles, newcomer Brea Buchanan finished third with a time of 13.84.
Ally Courtnall, who is also a member of the UCLA soccer team, led the Bruins in the 100m (12.06) and 200m (24.29) as the top finisher in both events.
UCLA will head to Eugene, OR next weekend (Apr. 7) for the Pepsi Invitational, a quadrangular meet with reigning NCAA champion Texas A&M and Pac-12 foes Oregon and Washington.