April 7, 2012
All-American Ida Storm and top newcomer Kylie Price led the women's track and field team on Saturday as the Bruin duo posted event wins at the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, OR. During the meet, UCLA posted five lifetime-best marks and 15 season-best performances.
Oregon won the scored quadrangular meet with a total of 221.50 points. Washington was second (157), followed by Texas A&M (149.50) and the Bruins (138).
Storm won the hammer for the second consecutive meet, this time with a winning mark of 203-11. She out-distanced the second-place finisher by over 30 feet. Price, who was competing in her first outdoor individual event, won the long jump with an impressive mark of 20-1.75. That mark moves her to 21st in the NCAA this season. Also in the long jump, freshman Faith Anumba placed third with a jump of 18-8.
In the pole vault, junior Allison Koressel was third with a clearance of 13-1.50. Sophomore Tasha Kolbo and junior sophomore Courtney Reginato tied for fourth with lifetime-best clearances of 13-1.50. Sophomore Alexis Walker was second in the high jump with her season-best clearance of 5-8. Walker also ran a lifetime-best in the 400m hurdles to finish fourth overall (1:01.09). In the triple, freshman Kayla Mallett posted a season-best mark of 38-10.25 for fifth-place.
Redshirt freshman Jaycee Olson threw a lifetime-best of 143-2 in the discus to finish fourth overall, while grad student Andrea Faldermeyer threw a season-best of 157-10 in the hammer to place fourth overall.
In the steeplechase, freshmen Merissa Kado (11:08.93) and Annie Mooney (11:14.54) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Sophomore Rachel Butler was the top runner for UCLA in the 1500m as she placed seventh with a lifetime-best run of 4:27.96.
Freshman Brea Buchanan was the top Bruin in the high hurdles as she placed fourth with a time of 13.86. Fellow newcomer Ally Courtnall was the top UCLA finisher in both the 100m and 200m as she was fifth in the 100m (12.24) and eighth in the 200m (24.58). In the 400m, freshman Katie Reid was sixth (55.08), while sophomore Breyonna Hunter finished seventh (55.84).
The 4x400m relay team of Hunter, Courtnall, junior Turquoise Thompson and Reid ran a big season-best of 3:38.84 for third overall. That time ranks just outside the top 25 in the NCAA this season.
The Bruins return home to Drake Stadium next weekend to host the annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational Apr. 12-14.