Henderson Defends 200m/400m West Region Titles
Eugene, OR - Final day results from the 2005 NCAA West Region T & F Championships. On Saturday, the weather was cool, with showers and an hour and 40 minute rain delay, a contrast to Friday's warm temperatures. Scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. The top five individual event finishers/top three relays automatically qualify for the upcoming 2005 NCAA T & F Championships (places six-through-eight are potential at-large bids/defers to current collegiate national list). The 2005 NCAA Outdoor is June 8-11 in Sacramento.
On Saturday, the Bruins had two event champions - senior Monique Henderson, who became the first woman in NCAA West Region history to repeat as 200m/400m champion. Two weeks ago at the Pac-10 meet, Henderson became only the second woman in conference meet history to repeat as the 200m/400m champion.
Jeanette Bolden's No. 3 UCLA Bruin women are the defending NCAA Outdoor team champions and were the two-time defending NCAA West Region champions, winning the 2004 crown at CS Northridge and the 2003 title at Stanford. This year, UCLA placed second with 85 points.
Final Team Standings (Top 5 out of 29 teams) - 1. Stanford 110.50, 2. UCLA 85, 3. Arizona State 74, 4. USC 63, 5. BYU 54.
Bruin Final Field Results
Discus - the Bruins picked up 12 team points in this event. Sophomore Kamaiya Warren, who two weeks ago won the discus at the Pac-10, placed second (177-9) and senior Lara Saye, currently No. 3 on the national collegiate chart with a personal-best 188-0, finished in fourth-place 170-2. Junior Briona Reynolds fouled on her three attempts.
High Jump - freshman Allison Miller no-heighted on her three attempts.
Javelin - no entry
Shot Put - senior Jessica Cosby, who defended her hammer title on Saturday, placed second today in the shot put, with a mark of 54-1. At the Pac-10 meet two weeks ago, Cosby, who is competing with pneumonia, became only the second woman in conference meet history (joining UCLA's Christina Tolson/2001) to win both events at the same meet. Warren placed ninth overall, with a mark of 49-3.
Triple Jump - Senior Candice Baucham, who placed second in the long jump in Friday's competition, finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 41-0.25. Although she made the finals, Baucham did not take her final three jumps after the rain delay.
Bruin Final Track Results
4X100m Relay - no entry
1500m - no entry
100m Hurdles - Junior Dawn Harper, who placed second in this event at the Pac-10, also finished second at the NCAA West Region, with a time of 12.99 (1.9w), picking up eight team points for the Bruins.
400m - Senior Monique Henderson won the 400m for the third consecutive time at the NCAA West Region, placing first with a season-best mark of 50.78, picking up 10 team points for the Bruins.
100m - Freshman Jolanda Diego placed sixth, in a time of 11.87 (-2.2w) getting three team points for UCLA. In qualifying on Friday, Diego ran a season-legal best 11.66 (0.5w).
800m - no entry
400m Hurdles - Sophomore MacKenzie Hill, who on Friday ran a season-best 59.60 in Friday's prelims, equaled her season-best today (59.60) and placed second, getting eight team points for the Bruins.
200m - Henderson became the first woman in NCAA West Region history to repeat as 200m/400m champion, winning the event in a wind-aided time of 22.72 (2.3w/her legal PR is 22.71 and her legal season-best is 22.86). Henderson duplicates her recent Pac-10 meet accomplishments, where she also defended her 200m/400m titles (to become only the second woman in conference meet history to accomplish that feat).
"As a sprinter, you like warm weather, but this is Oregon, so you expect it to cool down," said Henderson, who won a gold medal last summer at the Athens Olympics on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay. "In the 400m, I was working on my mechanics and not focusing on my time. I'm looking forward to having great workouts the next couple of weeks, leading up to the NCAA. I think the regionals are important, it shows where I should be and my continued focus toward the NCAA. I guess I've accomplished a lot in college, but it's everyone's dream to have an individual NCAA title."
Steeplechase - Freshman Alison Costello had the 14th-best time (10:43.87).
4X400m Relay - no entry
Total NCAA Qualifiers (eight athletes): Chelsea Johnson (pole vault/No. 1 at-large), Jessica Cosby (hammer throw/shot put), Candice Baucham (long jump/triple jump), Kamaiya Warren (discus), Lara Saye (discus), Dawn Harper (100m hurdles), Monique Henderson (400m/200m), MacKenzie Hill (400m hurdles),
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