Women's Track & Field First Day Update from the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 11, 2003
Sacramento, CA - First day results from the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Sacramento State at Hornet Stadium in the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex. Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women entered the meet ranked No. 3 in the nation.
The team favorites for the women's title are No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 5 South Carolina.
Discus (qualifying) - Senior Chaniqua Ross, the defending NCAA discus champion, placed sixth in flight three (14th overall) with a throw of 160-7 (48.95m). Junior Lara Saye was fifth in flight three (13th overall) with a throw of 160-11 (49.06). Neither Ross nor Saye advance to Friday's final (12 advance). Ross fouled on her first throw, her second attempt was the 160-11 and she also fouled on her third try. Ross had placed second in the discus this spring at both the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional meets. Saye was an at-large qualifier who placed fifth at the Pac-10.
Long Jump (qualifying) - Sophomore Candice Baucham, the 2003 Pac-10 Champion, placed ninth in flight two (25th overall) with a jump of 19-2.75 (5.86m, +2.2). The top-12 marks advanced to Friday's final.
Track (All Qualifying)
100m Hurdles (prelim) - In heat two of the 100m hurdles, juniors Sheena Johnson and Sani Roseby placed second (seventh overall) and fifth (19th overall), respectively, in 13.40 (-0.1) and 13.63 (-0.1). Freshman Dawn Harper placed fourth in heat three (13th overall) in 13.40 (-0.6). Johnson automatically qualified for Thursday's semifinals, Harper advanced as a time qualifier Roseby did not advance (18 advanced, Roseby's mark was No. 19). At the Regionals in this event, Johnson was second , Harper fourth and Roseby fifth and at the Pac-10, Johnson won this event with Harper second and Roseby fourth.
400m Hurdles (prelim) - Johnson, who won this event at both the Regional and Pac-10 meets, won heat three (58.07) and automatically advances to Thursday's semis. Senior Ysanne Williams, who was fifth at the Regionals and second at the Pac-10, was second in heat two (57.86) and also automatically advances to Thursday's semis.