Women's Track & Field Falls to Rival USC
April 29, 2012
The UCLA women's track and field team battled hard, but No. 24 USC defeated the Bruins 89-74 in dual meet action. It was USC's fifth straight win over the Bruins, but UCLA still leads the all-time series 21-8.
During the meet, the women tallied eight event wins and four event sweeps.
Sophomore Ida Storm started the women off with a win as she won the hammer with a throw of 210-6.
The Bruins then swept the pole vault, taking the top seven spots in the event. Junior Allison Koressel came away with the win, clearing 13-00.25. Senior Tori Anthony, who was competing in her final home meet and first competition of the outdoor season, was second with a mark of 13-00.25. She has battled injuries all season, but looked great, clearing her first two bars on first attempts. She passed at a higher bar to conserve her health, conceding the win to Koressel.
In the javelin, sophomore Victoria Breidenthal threw a lifetime-best of 121-6 to pick up a point for the Bruins. Freshman Jaycee Olson was third in the discus with a mark of 142-9.
Frosh Kylie Price had a big day in the long jump as she posted a lifetime-best of 20-10.75 to win. That mark moves her into a tie for 10th all-time in UCLA history. Her mark also moves her to 16th in the NCAA this season. In the 100m, she ran a season-best of 11.70 to finish fourth overall. Price also ran on the 4x100m relay that posted a season-best time of 45.50 to finish second.
The Bruins got another event sweep in the high jump behind sophomore Alexis Walker's winning clearance of 5-8. That marked equaled her season-high. Freshmen Zibby Boyer and Megan Chenoweth finished second and third, respectively, as both cleared 5-3.
Freshman Faith Anumba finished second in both the long jump (19-11.50) and triple (40-9.75) with season-best marks.
On the track, junior Katja Goldring led a 2-3 finish in the 5000m as she ran just off of her season-best with a time of 16:50.85. Freshman Kelsey Smith was third (17:13.60). In the steeple, it was another Bruin sweep as frosh Merissa Kado won with a lifetime-best of 10:58.48. Freshmen Annie Mooney (11:09.30) and Bronte Golick (11:13.70) finished second and third-respectively, as both posted lifetime-best marks as well.
In one of the biggest highlights of the meet, freshman Ally Courtnall was the surprise winner in the 400m with a huge lifetime-best run of 53.94. Courtnall, who is also a starter on the UCLA soccer team, ran away down the stretch for her first win over the Trojans. Frosh Katie Reid was third as she was just .02 seconds shy of her season-best (54.74).
Sophomore Paisley Pettway led a Bruin sweep in the 800m as she won in a season-best time of 2:08.59. Junior Danielle Low was second with a lifetime-best run of 2:09.58 and sophomore Tiffany LaMar was third as she also ran a season-best time (2:10.82).
In the 400m hurdles, junior Turquoise Thompson was edged out by .20 seconds and finished second with the No. 6 time in the NCAA this season (56.92). Thompson then anchored the Bruin 4x400m relay to victory as the team of Breyonna Hunter, Courtnall, Reid and Thompson ran 3:38.87 to win by over two seconds.
The Bruins will send athletes to the Oxy Invite on May 5th for the final meet of the regular season, while sophomore Tatum Souza heads to Eugene, OR for the inaugural Pac-12 Heptathlon Championship (May 5-6).
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