Johnson Vaults No. 1 Mark in the Country at United Heritage Invite
Feb. 4, 2006
Senior Chelsea Johnson and junior Kamaiya Warren continued to shine in the indoor season as both improved on their season-best marks to lead the No. 8 UCLA women's track and field team at the United Heritage Invitational in Nampa, ID.
Johnson continued an already successful indoor season, improving her season-best to 13-11.25, giving her an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships next month. She placed second to former NCAA record holder Becky Holliday (14-3.25) and is now tied for the top mark in the nation this year. Sophomore Ingrid Kantola jumped an indoor lifetime-best 12-5.50 to place fifth, while sophomores Elizabeth Woepse (11-11.75) and Nicci Faires (11-5.75) finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
Warren improved her season-best shot put mark by nearly a foot and a half, throwing 54-4.50 (No. 5 mark in the Nation) to place fourth overall. She was the top collegiate finisher in that event. Jessica Cosby, who finished her eligibility in May of 2005, placed third with a season-best mark of 56-3.75.
Senior Leslie Barrie won the Mile, running an indoor lifetime-best 5:06.37. In the 800m, sophomore Shantae McKinney placed third (2:17.63), while junior Allison Hall was fifth (2:17.86) and freshman Gabrielle Bournes was sixth (2:17.95, season-best).
In the long jump, 2004 NCAA Indoor All-American Renee Williams achieved a provisional qualifier for the NCAA meet, jumping 20-1.50 to win the event. Sophomore Leslie Rychel placed third with a leap of 18-10.50, while freshman De'Lana Minnis was seventh with a mark of 17-0.50.
Another former Bruin, Cari Soong continued her unbeaten streak in the 2006 indoor season, winning the weight throw with a season-best toss of 65-5.50. Cosby, who was competing in her first weight throw competition this year, finished second to Soong with a throw of 63-10.50.
The Bruin women will next head to Fayetteville, AR, the host of the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, for the Tyson Indoor Invitational next weekend. The meet has always been a hot spot for national and international talent, and will be an important meet to pick up NCAA qualifiers and improve on season marks posted by the team this year.