April 9, 2011
Complete Results Photo Gallery
Ida Storm and Tori Anthony highlighted the women's track and field team on the final day of the 2011 Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational as both women notched wins in their respective events.
Storm captured the hammer crown for the second consecutive meet as she outdistanced her competition by nearly 30 feet, posting a throw of 203-7. Anthony won the pole vault with a season-best of 13-7.25. That mark should be one of the top 15 in the NCAA so far this season.
Also in the pole vault, 2010 graduate and All-American Katy Viuf finished second with a clearance of 12-9.50. Sophomore Allison Koressel tied for third, also with a clearance of 12-9.50. Freshman Courtney Reginato finished fifth with a big lifetime-best vault of 12-9.50 (previous PR was 12-3/season-best was 11-1.75).
Senior Lindsay Rowe finished third in the 100m hurdles (top collegiate overall) with a time of 13.70. Seniors Joy Eaton (54.58) and Ashlea McLaughlin (55.13) finished second and fourth, respectively in the 400m. Juniors Nijah Nelms (12.06) and Yasmin Woodruff (12.12) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100m. Woodruff also finished eighth in the 200m (24.81).
In the 800m, freshmen Paisley Pettway (2:10.46) and Tamara Purpura (2:11.72) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. In the mile, senior Shannon Murakami finished third in a time of 4:51.37. In the high jump, sophomore Mariah Gibson and frosh Alexis Walker both cleared 5-5 as Gibson was fourth and Walker finished fifth.
Saturday's invitational section of the meet saw some of track and field's greatest stars of today in action including some incredibly talented women's alumni. The meet saw Olympic Gold Medalist Dawn Harper and NCAA champion Nicole Leach, along with Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix in action in the relays, while Carol Rodriguez, Carmelita Jeter and Ginny Powell Crawford also took to the track. Three meet records fell during the meet - 1500m, 5000m and triple jump. Bruin alum and 2008 Olympian for Trinidad and Tobago, Rhonda Watkins, won the long jump with a mark of 19-8.
The women will head to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, CA next weekend as the outdoor season continues.