Johnson Jumps to Season-Best at Mt. SAC Relays

April 17, 2005

Junior Chelsea Johnson finished fourth in the Invitational Pole Vault on Sunday at the Mt. SAC Relays, jumping a season-best and regional qualifier of 13-11.25. Johnson, who jumped 13-9.25 last weekend at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, is back to full strength after a hamstring injury earlier in the year and is beginning to hit her stride.

Former Bruin Cari Soong, competing for Team XO, finished fifth in the Invitational Hammer Throw with a toss of 216-1, just two inches shy of her own personal-best (216-3).

On Friday night at Mt. SAC, freshman Alison Costello highlighted the Bruins' competition as she ran one of the top-10 collegiate times in the 5000m this season (16:25.74). Costello, running in the Invitatioanl section of the 5000m, dropped her lifetime-best by nearly seven seconds (old best, 16:32.69 at Stanford), placing 16th overall. Her time was also a regional qualifier and moved her to fifth on the all-time list at UCLA in the 5000m.

Senior Valerie Flores and Olga Aulet-Leon also had an impressive night as both ran regional qualifiers and lifetime-bests in their respective events. Flores finished 10th in the University/Open section of the 5000m (16:49.98), improving her lifetime-best by nearly 15 seconds (old best, 17:14.78). Aulet-Leon, running in the University/Open 1500m (4:26.20), dropped her lifetime-best by over three seconds (old best 4:29.79) to finish 9th in her section and 20th overall.

In the University/Open 1500m, sophomore Jenna Timinsky ran a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 4:27.66, placing 13th in her section and 24th overall.

Freshmen Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger also competed in the University/Open section of the 5000m on Friday. Rethmeier placed 21st in a time of 17:10.47, while Rothenburger finished 39th in a time of 17:38.02.

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