Harper, Johnson and Warren Set for NCAA Indoor Championships
March 7, 2006
The trio of seniors Dawn Harper and Chelsea Johnson and junior Kamaiya Warren will head to Fayetteville, AR for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 10-11 as all three have their eyes on NCAA titles and All-American honors.
Johnson leads the way after an impressive indoor season in which she vaulted the No. 1 mark in the nation (14-5.25) at the MPSF Championships two weeks ago. Kansas State's Breanna Eveland also jumped 14-5.25 at a last chance qualifier as the pole vault looks to be a heated competition between Johnson, Eveland and Florida State's Lacy Jansen, who holds the third-best vault in the country (14-4). Johnson hopes to break the NCAA Indoor record (14-10.25) en route to her second pole vault title (she won the NCAA Outdoor crown in 2005 with an NCAA Record jump of 15-0). Last weekend at the UCLA Invite, Johnson jumped 14-3.25 and has been consistent in the 14-foot range, showing she is ready for a big vault this weekend.
Harper, a two-time All-American in the 60m hurdles, ranks sixth in the country with a time of 8.12, and will look to win the ever elusive NCAA title after having placed fourth in 2004 and 2005 at Indoor Nationals.
Warren, an All-American in the discus, currently ranks ninth in the country in the shot put with a mark of 54-8. This season, she has been consistently hitting 54-feet and higher and is on the verge of a breakout performance this weekend.
Harper will open up the competition for the Bruins on Friday as she competes in the prelims of the 60m hurdles at 2:20 pm (PST) and the finals at 5:20 pm (PST). On Saturday, Warren will compete at 1:30 pm (PST)in the shot, while Johnson will vault at 2:30 pm (PST).