No. 9/11 Women's Track Hosts RJ/JJK Invite Thursday through Saturday

April 11, 2007

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Jeanette Bolden and the No. 9/11 women's track and field team will host the fifth annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational this Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium as over 1000 athletes and over 25 universities are slated to compete. The meet features a heptathlon and decathlon on Thursday and Friday (the first time this meet has hosted a multi-event competition), distance carnival Friday night, open/college events on Friday and an invitational section on Saturday.

The namesakes of the meet, Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be in attendance on Saturday as they are honored during the invitational section of the meet.

Several former All-American Bruins will be in action this weekend including Cari Soong, Lara Saye, Ysanne Williams and current volunteer throws coach Jessica Cosby. French Olympian and World Champion Eunice Barber will also compete this weekend.

Highlighting the Bruin competitors are the 2007 Indoor All-Americans Rhonda Watkins, Ingrid Kantola and Allie Bohannon.

Watkins, the 2007 NCAA Indoor long jump champion and top-ranked jumper in the world this year, will open up in the high jump on Saturday. Last season, Watkins competed at the NCAA Outdoor meet and jumped a lifetime-best 6-0.25 during the summer for Trinidad and Tobago at the junior meet.

Bohannon will compete in the 1500m, along with 2006 outdoor All-American Ashley Caldwell. Bohannon currently ranks ninth in the nation in the 800m, while Caldwell holds the 16th-best 1500m time.

Kantola will compete in the vault, along with the No. 4-ranked vaulters in the country, Megan Jamerson and Jacqueline Nguyen. Kantola holds the fifth best vault mark in the country.

The RJ/JJK Invite will also mark the final home meet for several senior Bruins - Ashley Caldwell, Kiyoko Guillory, Allison Hall, MacKenzie Hill, Sarah Ingram, Shannon Lewis, Jacqueline Nguyen, Jenna Timinsky (who is not competing this year due to injury), and Kamaiya Warren.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 26
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Friday, Mar 11
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Recap
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Recap
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. Jim Bush Collegiate ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Friday, Apr 01
vs. The Legends Distance ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
-
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
-
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Olympic Training ...
Chula Vista, CA
-
LIVE NOW
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
-
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Recap
Sunday, May 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, May 07
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 08
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, May 14
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Sunday, May 15
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Thursday, May 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Friday, May 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Saturday, May 28 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Wednesday, Jun 08 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jun 09 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Friday, Jun 10 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Jun 11 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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