Women's 4x400m Are Pac-10 Champions
May 17, 2009
The women's 4x400m relay team ran away with the Pac-10 crown on the final day of competition at the conference meet in Eugene, Oregon as Ashlea McLaughlin, Krystin Lacy, Krishna Curry and Nicole Leach won in a time of 3:33.62. The women finished fifth as a team with 79.50 points, while Oregon won with 165.50 points.
The 4x400m relay team's win was the first conference title since the 2004 season for the Bruin women. They're time of 3:33.62 also knocked nearly one second off of their previous season-best (3:34.51) and ranks fifth in the NCAA this season. McLaughlin started the Bruins off strong and took an early lead, which the foursome would not relinquish as UCLA would win by nearly three seconds.
Curry ran a season-best 2:06.01 in the 800m final to finish second overall, picking up eight points for the Bruins. Leach and Lacy picked up more points for the Bruins as they finished 2-3 in the 400m with Leach placing second in a time of 52.93, while Lacy was third with a lifetime-best and improved regional qualifier of 53.16.
The 4x100m relay team of Nash, Leach, Woodruff and Lacy ran a season-best and improved regional qualifier of 44.82 in the finals, placing fourth overall.
Woodruff came back in the 200m and placed sixth with a season-best and improved regional mark of 23.74.
Sophomore Lindsay Rowe and freshman Ryann Krais finished fourth and fifth, respectively in the 100m hurdles final. Rowe posted a time of 13.57, while Krais ran 13.61. Krais' time was the same mark she ran in the prelims on Saturday with a +2.2 wind, but on Sunday, the mark was a wind-legal 13.61 (+0.7).
Krais then came back to compete in the 400m hurdles final, placing fifth with a season-best and improved regional qualifying mark of 59.79. During the meet, Krais scored 13 points for the Bruins with a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon last weekend and two fifth-place finishes today in the hurdles.
Junior Katy Viuf tied for fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 13-00.25. Senior Megan Jamerson and sophomore Tori Anthony finished 11th and 12th, respectively, with clearances of 12-7.50. Freshman Ke'Nyia Richardson finished sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-4.25.
Freshman Brittany Borman finished seventh in the discus, picking up two more points for the Bruins as she posted a mark of 152-8.
In the 1500m final, sophomore Shannon Murakami finished just one spot shy of a scoring position, placing ninth overall in a time of 4:32.68. Freshman Jade Niemeyer also finished just outside of a scoring position as she placed ninth in the hammer with a mark of 169-0.
100m - no entries
200m - 6. Yasmin Woodruff, 23.74
800m - 2. Krishna Curry, 2:06.01
1500m - 9. Shannon Murakami, 4:32.68
5000m - no entries
400mH - 5. Ryann Krais, 59.79
4x100m - 4. Nash, Leach, Woodruff, Lacy (44.82)
4x400m - McLaughlin, Lacy, Curry, Leach (3:33.62)
Triple Jump - 6. Ke'Nyia Richardson, 40-4.25/12.30m
Discus - 7. Brittany Borman, 152-8/46.54m
Hammer - 9. Jade Niemeyer, 169-0/51.52m
Final Team Scores
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