Thompson Defends Pac-10 400m Hurdles Crown

May 14, 2011

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Turquoise Thompson had a career performance on the final night of competition at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships in Tucson, AZ as the sophomore defended her 2010 400m hurdles crown, winning with a new lifetime-best of 55.84. That time keeps her at No. 6 all-time in UCLA history and No. 2 in the NCAA this season. The Bruin women have won 13 of the 25 contested 400m hurdles conference championship races. Thompson is the third Bruin, joining Janeene Vickers, Sheena Johnson and Nicole Leach, as multiple winners in the intermediates.

The Bruin women finished sixth for the second consecutive year, while Oregon won the Pac-10 title.

Seniors Joy Eaton and Ashlea McLaughlin had a big day in the 400m as Eaton made a final surge at the finish to place second overall with a new lifetime-best run of 52.61 (old best, 53.21). McLaughlin also ran a PR as she finished fourth with a new lifetime-best of 52.86 (old best, 52.95). Both marks rank in the top-15 in the NCAA this season.

The 4x400m relay team of Eaton, McLaughlin, Briana Barlow and Thompson placed third in a time of 3:33.78, which is a season-best time by three seconds. That time should also move the Bruins into the top-10 in the NCAA this season.

Senior Lindsay Rowe, the defending 100m hurdle champion, finished fifth in a time of 13.41.

Senior Shannon Murakami was the top finisher in the 5000m as she placed 14th with a time of 17:12.56.

In the high jump, freshman Alexis Walker finished seventh with a clearance of 5-8.50. Sophomore Mariah Gibson tied for 12th (5-4.50). Junior Ke'Nyia Richardson finished ninth in the triple jump, just missing a scoring position (39-5.25). Senior Dayna Hill placed 13th with a season-best mark of 37-6.50.

Event Results
100m - no entries

200m - no entries

400m - 2. Joy Eaton (52.61); 4. Ashlea McLaughlin (52.86)

800m - no entries

1500m - no entries

5000m - 14. Shannon Murakami (17:12.56); 25. Whitney Blue (17:41.41); 26. Meghan Marvin (17:44.50); 29. Katja Goldring (17:47.55); 31. Kelcie Wiemann (17:47.89)

100m Hurdles - 5. Lindsay Rowe (13.41)

400m Hurdles - 1. Turquoise Thompson (55.84)

4x100m Relay - no entries

4x400m Relay - 3. Eaton, McLaughlin, Barlow, Thompson (3:33.78)

High Jump - 7. Alexis Walker (5-8.50/1.74m); 12T. Mariah Gibson (5-4.50/1.64m)

Triple Jump - 9. Ke'Nyia Richardson (39-5.25/12.02m); 13. Dayna Hill (37-6.50/11.44m)

Discus - Catherine White-fouled out

Final Team Scores
1. Oregon 154.50
2. Arizona, 150
3. Arizona State, 121
4. USC, 103
5. Stanford, 97
6. UCLA, 51.50
7. Washington State, 49
8. California, 42
9. Washington, 37
10. Oregon State, 12

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