May 1, 2010
Ryann Krais, Ashlea McLaughlin and Lindsay Rowe highlighted the women's track and field team on Saturday as the Bruins hosted USC in a traditional dual meet. UCLA fell to USC 106-57, the Bruins third loss in as many years.
All three women saw multiple action in the meet competing in numerous events for the Bruins. Krais started the team off strong in the javelin as she threw over a five-foot PR in the event. She came into the meet with a top throw of 127-6 and far surpassed that mark on her first throw of the competition, launching the javelin to a new lifetime-best distance of 132-10. She then ran a season-best in the 100m hurdles, 13.86 (old best, 14.05), to finish second overall.
Krais headed to the high jump next and won the event with a season-best mark of 5-7.25 (old best, 5-6). She then ended her day with a third-place finish in the 400m hurdles. However, due to a techinical error, only nine of the 10 hurdles were set up on the track and the results of the race were disallowed. Turquoise Thompson made her intermediate hurdles debut on Saturday, running 56.75 for second, but as with Krais, the marks do not count due to the hurdle error.
McLaughlin represented the Bruins in four events on Saturday - the 200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m. First, she anchored the Bruins to a season-best time in the 400m relay as they placed second in a time of 45.57. She then had a huge race in the 400m, running a lifetime-best of 52.92 (old best, 53.32) to win the event. That mark ranks fifth in the NCAA this season. McLaughlin finished just outside of scoring position by .04 seconds in the 200m, placing fourth with a solid time of 24.26. She ended the day anchoring the 4x400m relay team to a second-place finish (3:35.84).
Rowe came up big in the 100m hurdles as she posted the No. 8 mark in the NCAA this season, 13.25, to win (old best, 13.36). That mark also moves her from the No. 10 spot to No. 9 all-time in UCLA history. She also ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay that ran a season-best time (45.57) and placed sixth in the 100m (12.15).
Many other Bruins had impressive performances during the meet. Yasmin Woodruff ran a season-best time of 11.64 (old best, 12.11) in the 100m to finish second overall. That time ranks amongst the top 25 in the NCAA this season. She also ran a season-best of 24.22 in the 200m (old best, 24.34) to place third in the event. Woodruff also ran the opening legs of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. In the 400m, Joy Eaton ran a lifetime-best of 53.74 in the 400m (old best, 53.97) to finish fourth overall. That is one of the top 25 times in the NCAA this season. Eaton also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay.
Krishna Curry had a breakthrough performance in the 800m as she ran one of the top 15 marks in the NCAA this season. Her winning time of 2:07.17 improved upon her previous season-best of 2:10.57. Shannon Murakami posted two second-place performances for the Bruins in the 1500m (4:28.56) and 5000m (17:12.71).
Tori Pena finished second in the pole vault (13-8.25),while Katy Viuf was third with the same mark. Allison Koressel cleared a season-best 12-00.50 on Saturday, giving the Bruins five vaulters over 12-0 this season, including two over 14-0 (Viuf/Pena). Danielle Watson won the long jump with a mark of 20-3.50 and was just outside of scoring position in the triple (4th, 39-5). Ke'Nyia Richardson had a season-best mark in the long jump (18-5.75) to finish third overall. She was also third in the triple jump (40-1.25). In the shot put, Catherine White equaled her lifetime-best with a second-place throw of 45-1.75. She was also second in the discus (136-3).
The Bruins will now shift most of their focus to the upcoming Pac-10 Championships, which are hosted by California May 8-9 (heptathlon/decathlon) and May 15-16. Some athletes will compete at the Oxy Invitational next Saturday.