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  Rhonda Watkins
Rhonda Watkins

Player Profile
Hometown:
Port of Spain, Trinidad

High School:
Bishop Anstey

Height:
5-10

Event:
Jumps

Birthdate:
12/09/1987

2009 - Finished fourth in the long jump at NCAAs (21-5.25), earning All-American honors ... Won the West Region long jump crown (21-10.25) and placed eighth in the high jump (5-8.50) ... Finished fifth in the high (5-8.75) and 10th in the long jump at Pac-10s ... Against USC, won the high (5-10.75) and long (20-5.25) ... Won the UCSD Triton Invite high jump crown (5-8.75) ... In indoor track, earned All-American honors with a third-place finish in the long jump ... Won the New Balance Invite long jump (21-3.25) ... Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Summer 2008 - Competed at the Beijing Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago in the long jump, placing 37th overall with a mark of 19-3.50.

2008 - Jumped 21-8.25 in the prelims of the long jump at the NCAA Championships, but fouled out in the final as she tried to fight through a hamstring injury ... Placed fourth at the West Regional (20-5.25) ... Won the long jump against USC (21-2.50), at the RJ/JJK Invite (21-3.50) and at the UCLA Invite (20-11.75) ... Was second in the high jump against USC (5-7) ... Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Summer 2007 - Won the Trinidad and Tobago National long jump crown (20-6.50) and qualified for the World Championship team ... Did not compete at Worlds due to an ankle injury from the NCAA Championships ... Placed fifth in the long jump at the PanAm Games (21-0.75).

2007 - Won both the NCAA indoor (21-6.75) and outdoor (22-10, Pac-10 record) long jump crowns with lifetime-best marks becoming the first Bruin woman to win both titles in the same year ... Also earned All-American honors with her fifth-place finish in the high jump (6-0) which marks the first time in school history a Bruin has earned All-American honors in both the long and high jump at Nationals ... Set a West Region long jump meet record (22-4.50), winning that event ... Also finished third in the high jump (5-11.25) ... Won the long (21-8.75) and high jump (6-0.50, lifetime-best) crowns at the Pac-10 meet as she became the first woman to win both jumping titles in the same year ... Notched long jump wins at the UCLA Invite and Texas Relays ... Also won the high jump at the RJ/JJK Invite ... Against USC, won both the long and high jump competitions ... CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine District 8 All-Academic Second Team ... USTFCCCA All-Academic ... Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Summer 2006 - Won the gold medal in the long jump (21-2.50) at the World Junior Championships ... Won the Trinidad and Tobago Junior high and long jump titles.

2006 - Finished 12th in the high (5-9.25) and 11th in the long jump (20-5) at the NCAA Championships ... Set a new Trinidad and Tobago junior record in the long jump, 21-6.25, and tied the high jump record at 6-0 ... Won the West Region long (21-6) and high jump (5-9.25) titles ... Pac-10 champion in the high jump (5-11.25), and finished third in the long jump (20-7.25) ... Tied for first in the high jump (5-8.75) and finished second in the long (20-6.25) against USC ... Won the RJ/JJK Invite high jump (5-10.75), and placed second in the long (19-7.50) ... CSUN Invite long jump champion (20-4.25) ... Placed second in both the long (19-11.75) and high jump (5-10.50) at the UCLA Invite ... Did not compete in indoor track ... USTFCCCA All-Academic Team ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

High School - In 2005, set the Trinidad and Trobago National Junior Record in the high jump (5-11.50/1.92m) and equaled the National Junior Record in the long jump in (20-8/6.30m) ... 2005 National Champion in the high jump (5-10.75) and long jump (20-3.75w) ... Became the first female in her country's history to medal at the Pan American Games in 2005 (HJ, gold; LJ, bronze) ... Won the long jump at the Penn Relays in 2005 ... Competed in the Central American and Caribbean Senior Games, World Youth Games (`03), World Junior Championships ('04) and the Caritha Games ('05) ... Top prep marks of 20-8 in the long and 5-11.50 in the high.

Personal - Born December 9, 1987 in Port of Spain, Trinidad ... Daughter of Leroy and Avis Watkins ... Has one sister, Renecia ... Pre-Psychobiology major.

NCAA Champion
2007 - Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump


All-American 2009 - Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump
2007 - Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump, Outdoor High Jump

World Junior Champion
2006 - Long Jump

West Region Champion
2009 - Long Jump
2007 - Long Jump
2006 - Long and High Jump

Pac-10 Champion
2007 - Long and High Jump 2006 - High Jump

Watkins' Best Marks
Long Jump - 22-10 (21-6.75 indoor)
High Jump - 6-0.50


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