April 28, 2007
For the 15th straight season, the UCLA women's track and field team took down the USC Trojans in the annual dual meet showdown between the two arch enemy schools. The Bruins handily took care of USC, winning by a score of 98-65 early in the meet after the 1500m race. The win gives head coach Jeanette Bolden career dual meet win number 73 (she is now 73-0) and a 14-0 record over the Trojans.
The meet saw the Bruins sweep four events (800m, 5000m, pole vault and high jump), improve on regional qualifying marks and pick up new regional qualifiers throughout the day. Several Bruins also improved on their national rankings with strong performances on Saturday.
The highlight of the meet came from Nicole Leach who blazed her way into the dual meet/stadium record book and the world-leading mark in the 400m hurdles. In all, UCLA won 13 of the 19 events on Saturday.
The dual meet win also gives UCLA five points toward the Gauntlet Trophy. The Bruins have already clinched the 2006-2007 title, but now hold a 72.5 to 32-5 lead in the point standings.
400m - Nicole Leach finished second in a lifetime-best 51.97 (old best, 52.19) and Maris Wisdom was second in a lifetime-best 53.43 (old best, 53.3). Leach's mark ranks fifth in the NCAA this season. Joannna Monthe was fourth with a season-best 53.71 (old best, 54.62) and Krystin Lacy was seventh in a time of 55.09. Leach and Wisdom improved on their regional marks, while Monthe picked up her first regional mark of the season.
800m - The Bruins posted another sweep during the meet as Allie Bohannon won in a time of 2:09.82. Ashley Caldwell was second, running 2.10.66, while Bournes wrapped up the sweep with her third-place lifetime-best run of 2:12.59 (old best, 2:12.62). Krishna Curry finished fourth in a season-best time of 2:15.18 (old best, 2:22.24).
1500m - Ashley Caldwell won the event in a time of 4:31.54. Lauren Jirges was third for the Bruins in a time of 4:39.34, giving the Bruins the final point for the team title. Allison Hall was fourth (4:45.99), Ciara Viehweg was fifth (4:48.15), Hannah Roeder was sixth (4:55.14) and Gabrielle Bournes was seventh (5:00.56).
3000m Steeplechase - Ciara Viehweg led for most of the race, and withstood a challenge from USC's runner in the final lap to take home the win for the Bruins in a time of 10:53.20. Hannah Roeder was third in 11:08.82. Lauren Jirges, who was running the steeple for the first time in her career, finished just outside of a scoring spot in fourth-place in a time of 11:22.11.
100m Hurdles - MacKenzie Hill finished second with a lifetime-best run of 13.65 (old best, 13.82). The mark also improves on her regional qualifier. DeShanta Harris was fifth with a season-best and regional qualifying time of 13.86. Georgea Richards was sixth (14.41) and Tierra Ward was seventh in a season-best time of 14.49 (old best 14.89).
400m Hurdles - Nicole Leach made her debut in the intermediate hurdles a good one, running the fastest time in the world, nation and NCAA this season, setting a new meet and stadium record of 55.60. The meet and stadium record were previously held by former Bruin Joanna Hayes. MacKenzie Hill finished third, running just off her lifetime-best (58.39) with a mark of 58.42. That time moves her into the top-15 in the NCAA this season. Both Leach and Hill's times were regional qualifying marks. Chanelle Curry was sixth in with a lifetime-best run of 62.37. DeShanta Harris was seventh, running 63.74.
4x400m - The relay team of Johanna Monthe (54.4 split), Maris Wisdom (53.2 split), Krystin Lacy (55.6 split) and Nicole Leach (53.4 split) to win the final event of the meet in a season-best time of 3:36.55. That time ranks amongst the top-25 in the NCAA this year.
High Jump - It was another sweep for the Bruins as Rhonda Watkins won the event with a mark of 5-8.75. Keneisha Creary was second (5-7) and Allie Miller was third (5-7) to round out the sweep. Maryann Wee was fourth, also clearing 5-7.
Pole Vault - The vault gave UCLA another sweep as Jacqueline Nguyen won the event with a season-best clearance of 13-4.50 (No. 8 in the NCAA). Ingrid Kantola was second with a mark of 12-5.50, while Lindsay Regan rounded out the sweep with her mark of 11-11.75. Megan Jamerson was fourth, also with a mark of 11-11.75. Elizabeth Woepse placed fifth (11-5.75) and Tori Pena was sixth (11-5.75).
Long Jump - Rhonda Watkins won her second event of the day, jumping a wind-legal 21-5.50. Renee Williams was third with a strong jump of 20-7. Danielle Watson had a huge day, jumping a lifetime-best and regional qualifying mark of 20-1.50 (old best 19-8) to finish fifth. Georgea Richards was seventh (18-7), Leslie Rychel was eighth (18-5.25) and Julia Co was ninth (17-11.50).
Discus - Kamaiya Warren won her second event of the day, throwing a mark of 162-3. Kristi Kirsti was third with a mark of 136-5. Tara Ross was fourth (135-6, season-best) and Mary Hanley was fifth (129-7).
Javelin - Tara Ross won the javelin competition with a lifetime-best mark of 153-2 (old best 150-4), while Sarah Ingram was second throwing a huge lifetime-best of 142-3 (old best133-6) with a throw of 142-8. She is just three inches shy of a regional qualifying mark. Georgea Richards finished sixth with a 20-foot season-best throw of 97-10.
The Bruins will return home to prepare for the Pac-10 Championships. Next weekend, Georgea Richards will compete in the heptathlon championships, while the team title will be decided May 12-13 in Palo Alto, CA.