2005 USA T & F Championships/Home Depot Center/Carson, CA/Final Wrapup Women's Results

June 27, 2005

UCLA seniors Candice Baucham (triple jump/2nd-place) and Monique Henderson (400m/3rd-place) made the U. S. World Championship team following results from this weekend's 2005 USA Track & Field Championships, held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Among the Bruin greats who also competed, Michelle Perry won the 100m hurdles and Amy Acuff took the high jump title.

The top three finishers from each individual event at the U. S. meet will represent Team USA at the 2005 World Outdoor T & F Championships, Aug. 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland.

In U. S. Junior Competition, also held at the Home Depot Center, incoming Bruin freshman Nicole Leach won the 400m hurdles. She will represent Team USA at the 2005 Pam Am Junior Championships, July 29-31 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada (in U. S. junior competition, ages 19 and under, the top two finishers in each individual event advanced to the Pam Am Junior Championships).

Current Bruins at the USA Meet
Baucham, who several weeks ago won the triple jump competition at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor (46-2), placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 45-11.25 (0.5w). Henderson, who won the 400m at the NCAA Outdoor (50.10, in-season collegiate record), placed third in the 400m, with a mark of 49.96. Running for Reebok, Henderson's time is a personal-best and the fourth-fastest all-time collegiate mark. It's the first time three American women have run under 50 seconds in the same 400m race - 1. Sanya Richards, 49.28; 2. De'Hashia Trotter, 49.88 and Henderson (49.96). Richards and Trotter were Gold Medal winning teammates of Henderson's last summer at the Athens Olympics on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay.Also competing for the Bruins included - senior Jessica Cosby, who placed fifth in the hammer throw (219-2); junior Dawn Harper, who finished eighth in the 100m hurdles (13.23, -0.7w/in qualifying, Harper tied her personal-best of 12.91) and senior Lara Saye, who was 18th (171-4) in the discus.

Bruin Greats at the USA Meet
In the 100m hurdles, Perry won the event with a time of 12.66 (-0.7w) and placing second was Joanna Hayes, in 12.77.

'I just went out and I wanted to run a smart race,' said Perry, who in the semis had a world-leading mark of 12.43. 'I was pressing each hurdle. I felt Joanna (Hayes) hit me in the arm, but it comes with the territory. I'm not giving up the heptathlon, just that the hurdles took off this year. I felt better yesterday. I expected a lot today based on yesterday. My legs did not feel that fresh today. We (Michelle and her coaches) made a decision to go out with the hurdles and not do the heptathlon. The schedule didn't allow me to do both. Bobby (Kersee) said go ahead, have fun and run the hurdles.'Hayes won the gold medal last summer at the Athens Olympics in the 100m hurdles. 'I have to go home and recoup,' Hayes said. 'I didn't get out at all. This is not going to break me. I've been here before. I plan on being ready for the Worlds.'

In the high jump, Acuff won her fifth USA title with a leap of 6-2.75. Also advancing to Helsinki for the World Championships were Bruin greats - Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault (14-5.25/2nd-place) and Seilala Sua in the discus (202-10/2nd-place).

Other UCLA greats who competed at the USA meet include - Sheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles (55.55/4th-place); Suzy Powell in the discus (200-1/4th-place) and Cari Soong in the hammer throw (213-10/6th-place).

Bruins at the U. S. Junior Meet
Leach (Philadelphia, PA West Catholic HS), who entered the championships with the nation's top high school time in the 400m hurdles (57.44) and was the defending U. S. Junior champion, won the 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 57.25. Also in the race, Bruin sophomore MacKenzie Hill placed third (1:00.32).

'My main goal was to win the race and make it to the team (Pan Am),' said Leach, who earlier this spring was the Penn Relays high school athlete of the meet. 'I got a sweet spot with lane 4. I was able to run my race. This is my last high school title. I've never had a training partner at this type of event. Being teammates with MacKenzie Hill will benefit both of us.'

In the heptathlon, freshman Ingrid Kantola finished with 4,113 points -- 100m hurdles (16.04, -2.2w/12th overall/709 points); high jump (4-11.50/12th overall tie/632 points); shot put (28-10.50/14th overall/451 points); 200m (28.17, -1.3w/15th overall/617 points; 2,409 points after the first day); long jump (16-1.50, 2.0w/12th overall tie/535 points); javelin (105-1/9th overall/515 points) and 800m (2:33.15/10th overall/654 points).

Rhonda Watkins
Watkins, an incoming Bruin freshman from Trinidad/Tobago, last weekend at Port of Spain, Trinidad won her country's championships in the high and long jumps. Her winning high jump was 5-10.75 and her victorious long jump was a wind-aided 20-3.75.

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