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Lady Vols Edge Out Bruin Women In Track & Field Action
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/02/2011

April 2, 2011

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The Tennessee Lady Vols edged out the Bruin women 82-81 in dual meet track and field action on Saturday afternoon in Drake Stadium. It was a back-and-forth battle all day long between the two programs, but the Lady Vols eeked out the win in the second-to-last event of the day, the 3000m.

The Bruins got off to a strong start behind freshman Ida Storm's big performance in the hammer. The Swede won the event with a new lifetime-best throw of 204-2, bettering her previous best of 197-4, which she threw at Stanford March 23rd. She won the event by over 30 feet and her mark moved her to No. 4 all-time in UCLA history.

Storm was also the top finisher for the Bruins in the shot put (41-3.75) and discus (129-9), two events in which she had never competed in before today.

Junior Ke'Nyia Richardson posted a win in the triple jump as she had a mark of 38-1.25. She also placed second in the long with a jump of 18-9.75. Freshman Alexis Walker led a Bruin sweep in the high jump as she won with a clearance of 5-5.25. Sophomore Mariah Gibson was second (5-5.25) and senior Ashley Baucham was third (5-1.25).

Sophomore Allison Koressel had a big day in the pole vault as she cleared a lifetime-best of 13-5.25 to win. That moves her into the UCLA all-time top-10 at the No. 9 spot and into the top-10 in the NCAA this season. She also broke the meet record in the event. Junior Tori Anthony was second with a season-best mark of 13-1.50, while sophomore Liz Goodrich was third with a clearance of 12-1.50.

The 4x100m relay team of Lindsay Rowe, Nijah Nelms, Yasmin Woodruff and Joy Eaton ran a season-best of 45.36 to finish second overall. Rowe had a nice season-opening run in the 100m hurdles as she ran 13.34 to win. Woodruff won the 100m with a time of 11.81, while Nelms was second in a time of 11.96. Eaton won the 400m with a lifetime-best run of 53.58, a time which should rank in the top-15 in the NCAA this season.

It was a Bruin sweep in the steeplechase as freshmen Rachel Butler (11:37.01), Elle Sanders (12:02.35) and Kristina Rivera (12:49.57) finished first, second and third, respectively.

Senior Ashlea McLaughlin was second in the 800m, running 2:09.45. Freshman Paisley Pettway was second with a season-best time of 2:10.15.

Sophomore Turquoise Thompson opened up in the 400m hurdles with a lifetime-best run of 56.73 for second-place. That mark moves her to No. 9 in UCLA history and No. 2 in the NCAA this season.

In the 3000m, senior Shannon Murakami led the way as she won by over 20 seconds. Her time of 9:45.29 was a lifetime-best and a new meet record.

The 4x400m relay team of Rowe, Eaton, McLaughlin and Thompson capped off the meet with a win and new meet record as they ran 3:39.42.

The Bruins will continue their homestand next weekend when they host the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational April 7-9.

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