Chelsea Johnson Wins 2004 NCAA Women's Pole Vault Title
June 11, 2004
Austin, TX - Sophomore Chelsea Johnson captured the 2004 NCAA women's outdoor pole vault title tonight, clearing 14-1.25. Johnson already holds the NCAA outdoor record of 15-0, set earlier this spring at the Stanford Invitational. At the conclusion of the third day of the 2004 NCAA Championships, held at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium, the Bruin women have scored 34 points and stand in second place behind Nebraska (38 points).
Final Field Event Results
"It would have been nice to go higher, but the most important thing is 10 points for my team because every point counts," said Johnson. "I'm happy to be a national champion, I'm enjoying the moment right now. This season has been a learning experience for me and I wanted to end this collegiate season on a good note."
Final Running Event Results
"It's really great," said Sheena Johnson. "At our team meeting today, the coaches said we deserved to be in the final and we were happy to be in it. We've run well all season and we did pretty good tonight. Second-place is a nice finish for us."
100m Hurdles - Running in her second event of the day, senior Sheena Johnson finished third (12.75, 1.7w, personal-best, No. 2 in school history, her 11th All-American honor) and sophomore Dawn Harper, also running in her second event of the day, placed eighth, in a time of 13.41, her second career All-American honor. UCLA picked up seven team points. The winner was Texas' Nichole Denby, in a meet record time of 12.62.
400m - Junior Monique Henderson placed first in heat two (51.53) and she qualifies for Saturday's final. Her time was the second-fastest, behind's Texas' Sanya Richards (50.86). Richards is the defending Outdoor and Indoor 400m champion.
400m Hurdles - Running in her third event of the day, senior Sheena Johnson placed first in heat two, with a time of 55.60, qualifying her for Saturday's final. Her time was the second fastest, behind Texas' Raasin McIntosh (55.39) and ahead of South Carolina's Lashinda Demus (55.63).
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