May 12, 2007
Rhonda Watkins made Pac-10 history on Saturday in Palo Alto as she became the first woman in conference history to win both the long and high jump conference titles in the same meet. She defended her 2006 Pac-10 high jump title and picked up the 2007 long jump title as she competed in both events simultaneously. The Bruins stand in third-place with 42.50 points. Arizona State leads all teams with 73.00 points.
Watkins won the high jump with a lifetime-best jump of 6-0.50 (old best, 6-0) and the long jump with a mark of 21-8.75 as she picked up 20 points for the Bruins. Her high jump ties for the fifth-highest mark in the NCAA this season and tied her for sixth all-time at UCLA.
On doing both the long and high jump at the same time: "It was really hard and challenging. I didn't get a good long jump in the first round but I came back and got a good one in. Towards the end, it got tiring, but it's something I have to get used to and encourages me to see how I was able to handle it today. I've never competed in both at the same time on the same day, so I just tried to focus.
"I had to switch my spikes for each event, and on my last long jump, I didn't even get a chance to change from my high to long spikes. So it definitely got harder."
On her performance today: "I knew I was going to jump at least 21-feet. I had to leave one event and go to another so I knew I had to do something good in both to stay in it "
On which event she enjoyed winning more: "I think winning high jump was more exciting for me today. Usually, it's the long, but because of how the two ran at the same time, I felt a lot better about my high jump win."
Jumps Coach Mike Powell on Watkins' double win: "I knew she was going to do it. I'm spoiled. I was hoping she would jump 22-feet in the first round, but she had some fouls that were over 22-feet. She got a little fatigued, but she looked pretty good today."
Steeplechase - Ciara Viehweg ran a huge lifetime-best by nearly eight seconds to pick up the first conference point of her career as she finished eighth in a time of 10:35.70. Her previous lifetime-best was 10:43.29 and her best mark this season prior to today was 10:49.67. Viehweg now moves to No. 3 all-time in UCLA history.
10,000m - Claire Rethmeier had a great run as she finished sixth in a time of 36:11.21. That time was nearly a 12 second PR for the distance runner as her previous best was 36:23.67.
Long Jump - UCLA picked up 20 points in the long jump alone as Watkins led the way with her win. Renee Williams finished fourth (20-4.50), Danielle Watson was fifth with a lifetime-best jump of 20-2.50 and Georgea Richards was eighth (19-4).
Shot Put - The Bruins picked up five points from Kamaiya Warren as the senior finished fourth with a mark of 50-1.25.
Discus - Kamaiya Warren finished 10th in the discus with a mark of 152.4.
100m - Jolanda Diego, running in her first 100m race of the season, ran the fourth-fastest time overall (11.70) to advance to Sunday's final. Her time was also a regional qualifier.
200m - Jolanda Diego ran a regional qualifier and season-best time of 23.87 to advance to Sunday's final as she was fourth overall.
400m - The Bruins qualified three athletes into the quarter-mile final as Nicole Leach led the way with the fastest time of the day (52.62). Johanna Monthe (53.80, 5th) and Maris Widsom (54.79, 6th) also qualified for the final. Krystin Lacy finished 12th overall (55.30) and does not advance to the finals.
800m - Allie Bohannon rebounded from a tough 1500m race to qualify for Sunday's two-lap final as she ran the fifth-fastest time of the day (2:08.36).Gabrielle Bournes missed a spot in the finals by two places as she finished 11th in a time of 2:13.11.
1500m - Ashley Caldwell and Lauren Jirges advanced to Sunday's final after both ran qualifying marks. Caldwell ran the sixth-fastest time (4:38.06), while Lauren Jirges had the 10th-best time (4:33.35). Allie Bohannon finished 15th (4:38.30) and did not advance to the finals.
100m Hurdles - MacKenzie Hill and DeShanta Harris advanced to Sunday's finals after posting the eighth and ninth fastest times in the prelims, respectively. Hill ran 13.87 and Harris ran 14.04. Georgea Richards finished 14th in a time of 14.82 and does not advance to the finals.
400m Hurdles - Nicole Leach won her second race of the day as she won the intermediate hurdles race in a time of 58.04. DeShanta Harris finished 12th in a season-best time of 1:03.67 and Chanelle Curry was 18th, running 1:05.40. MacKenzie Hill was slated to run, but suffered an asthma attack after her high hurdles race. She should be able to compete in the 100m hurdles final on Sunday.
The pole vault, triple jump, hammer and javelin, along with all other running event finals will be contested on Sunday as the Pac-10 Championships continue.
1. Arizona State, 73 points; 2. Washington State, 49.83 points; 3. UCLA, 42.50 points; 4. Stanford, 31.33 points; 5. Arizona, 30 points; 6. California, 22.33 points; 7. Oregon, 11; 8. Washington, 7 points; 9. USC, 6 points.