Cosby Advances in Shot/Hammer; Baucham Earns Fourth All-American Honor

June 9, 2005

Sacramento, CA - Senior Candice Baucham earned her first All-American honor in the long jump and senior Jessica Cosby (hammer throw/shot put) led the Bruin women qualifiers in second-day results at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento (Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex). The weather was clear and warm (4,517 attendance).

Baucham, who during her Bruin career has earned three All-American triple jump honors, finished in fifth-place in the long jump with a mark of 20-9.25. She is also competing in the triple jump, with qualifying beginning on Friday (she's the No. 4 seed, 44-6). This season in the long jump, Baucham placed second in the long jump at both the NCAA West Region and Pac-10 meets, and in the triple jump, she was second at the Pac-10 and fifth at the West Region.

Cosby, who finished second in the hammer throw in 2004 and as a redshirt freshman in 2002 won the NCAA Outdoor shot put crown, on Friday qualified in both events (the hammer was at 1 p.m. and the shot put at 8:30 p.m.). In the hammer, her mark of 204-9 was third in flight two and the fourth-best overall. In the shot put, her 54-11.25 was second in her flight and again fourth overall.

'I don't think of it as difficult (qualifying for two events in one day),' said Cosby, who came into the championships as the No. 2 seed in the shot put (57-10.25) and No. 4 in the hammer throw (217-5). 'I had time to recover between events. I was focused on both events and came ready for it. Two years ago at this meet I didn't make the final in the shot put and I told myself then that was not going to happen again. Today I was focused to make sure I'm in Saturday's finals for both events.' On Saturday, the hammer final is at 1:30 p.m. and the shot put final at 6:30 p.m.

The Bruins did suffer a team setback on Thursday, when junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor pole vault champion and collegiate outdoor record-holder (15-0), no-heighted (at 13-1.50). This spring, Johnson won the vault at the Pac-10 and placed sixth at the NCAA West Region.

UCLA's only other participant on Thursday was sophomore MacKenzie Hill in 400m hurdle qualifying. Running in heat four, Hill placed fifth (59.66). Her time was 22nd-overall (the top 16 advance to Friday's semifinals). This season in the 400m hurdles, Hill placed second at the NCAA West Region (59.60, season-best) and fifth at the Pac-10.

Looking ahead to Friday, highlight Bruin women events include - junior Dawn Harper's 100m hurdle final, sophomore Kamaiya Warren's discus final and senior Monique Henderson's 400m semifinal.

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