Cosby Defends Hammer Title, Baucham Places 2nd in Long Jump

May 27, 2005

Eugene, OR - Day one Results from the 2005 NCAA West Region T & F Championships. On Friday, there were eight field event finals and two running event finals. The weather on Friday was hot (near 90 degrees, with little wind). The meet concludes on Saturday (all finals). 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.

Jeanette Bolden's No. 3 UCLA Bruin women are the defending NCAA Outdoor team champions and the two-time defending NCAA West Region champions, winning the 2004 crown at CS Northridge and the 2003 title at Stanford. After the first day in Eugene, UCLA is tied for 2nd-place with 21 points.

Team Standings (Top 5 out of 16 teams) - 1. Stanford 26.50 pts., 2. UCLA 21 pts, 2. Washington 21 pts., 2. Arizona State 21 pts., 5. UC Santa Barbara 16 pts.

Bruin Final Field Results
Pole Vault -
Junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion and the NCAA Outdoor record holder (15-0) and the defending West Region champion, placed sixth, with a vault of 12-11.75, picking up three team points for the Bruins. Johnson will now advance to the NCAA Championships as an at-large selection (she is No. 1, 14-1.25 on the current collegiate chart).

Hammer Throw - Senior Jessica Cosby, the Pac-10 record-holder (219-5) and defending West Region champion, won the event with a mark of 213-11, picking up 10 team points for UCLA. Two weeks ago, Cosby became only the second woman in Pac-10 meet history to win both the hammer throw and shot put.

'It was a lot warmer than I expected, but I was ready to compete,' said Cosby, who all week has been battling a case of pneumonia. 'I wanted to get the win in anyway possible. A PR was my goal for today, but it's more important right now to get to nationals to compete for the title. I was content today, but not satisfied.'

Cosby, who will compete in the shot put on Saturday, has a season-best of 217-5.

Long Jump - Senior Candice Baucham, who placed second in both the long and triple jumps two weeks ago at the Pac-10 Championships, also placed second today, with a wind-aided mark of 21-5.25 (4.7w), picking up eight team points for the Bruins. On Saturday, Baucham will compete in the triple jump (as a sophomore in 2003, she won the NCAA West Region triple jump title).

Bruin Final Track Results
5000m -
Senior Valerie Flores finished 12th (17:25.32). She concludes her Bruin career - two weeks ago, Flores placed fourth in the Pac-10 10,000m (36:51.56) and as a senior in cross country in 2003, she earned All- American, All-West Region and All-Pac-10 honors.

Bruin Preliminary Track Results
1500m -
Sophomore Jenna Timinsky, running in heat two, ran a 4:30.81, a time that was 15th overall (the top 12 advanced to Saturday's final). Freshman Olga Aulet-Leon, scheduled to run in the first heat, did not run.

100m Hurdles - Junior Dawn Harper, who placed second in this event at the Pac-10, won heat two, in 13.01 (0.7w). Her time was second overall and she advanced to Saturday's final. Freshman DeShanta Harris, also running in heat two, ran a 14.03, the 13th best mark (the top eight advanced to tomorrow's final).

400m - Senior Monique Henderson, who at the Pac-10 became only the second woman in conference meet history to defend 200m/400m titles, won heat two with a mark of 52.92 . It was the day's top mark and she advanced to Saturday's final.

100m - freshman Jolanda Diego, running in heat one, ran an 11.66 (0.5w, season legal best). Her time was the eighth-best mark and she advances to Saturday's final.

400m Hurdles - sophomore MacKenzie Hill, running in heat two, ran a 59.60(season best). It was the third-best time and she advances to Saturday's final. MacKenzie's personal-best is 58.39.

200m - Henderson won heat two and her time of 23.23 (-2.2w) was the fastest mark and she advances to Saturday's final.

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