Harper Earns All-American Honors in the 100m Hurdles

June 9, 2006

Senior Dawn Harper finished fourth in the 100m hurdle final at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento on Friday to end her UCLA career with seven All-American honors. Sophomore Renee Williams and Nicole Leach also highlighted the Bruins on the third day of the meet as both advanced to the finals in their respective events.

The Bruins are in 23rd-place with 5 points, while Texas leads with 26 points.

Harper, running out of lane four, placed fourth overall in a time of 12.92 to end her Bruin career. She ends her illustrious career as the No. 3 hurdler in UCLA history and No.5 hurdler in Pac-10 history with a best time of 12.80.

'Dawn is one of the top hurdlers in the country and unfortunately she suffered an injury in mid April and has struggled to come back from it,' said Head Coach Jeanette Bolden. 'She has had a great career, and although today's finish wasn't what she expected, we are proud of her. We are incredibly sad to see her go, but know her future is bright.'

Freshman Nicole Leach had another impressive performance in the 400m hurdles, running a lifetime-best of 55.35 to advance to Saturday's final. She won heat two and had the No. 2 time on the day.

Her new best of 55.35 moves her to No. 5 all-time at UCLA and No. 5 in Pac-10 history.

Jumping into a headwind (-0.2), sophomore Renee Williams equaled her lifetime-best in the triple jump (42-10.75) to finish seventh in the qualifying rounds of the triple jump, advancing her to Saturday's final.

In the high jump final, freshman Rhonda Watkins finish 12th overall with a clearance of 5-9.75.

Tomorrow, Leach will go for the NCAA title in the 400m hurdles at 6:10 pm. Senior Chelsea Johnson will also go for an NCAA title in the pole vault at 11:45 am. Williams will compete in the triple jump final at 12:30 pm, while junior Ashley Caldwell runs in the 1500m final at 1:52 pm.

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