Leach and Cosby Win National Titles on Friday at the USATF Championships

June 23, 2006

Freshman Nicole Leach and 2005 graduate Jessica Cosby highlighted the third day of competition at the USATF Senior/Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, IN as both won national titles in their respective events.

Junior National Results

Leach, a first year Bruin, easily won the 400m hurdles crown for the third straight year, blowing away the competition with a meet record-breaking performance (previous record held by former Bruin Sheena Johnson, 56.24, 2001). Leach won her signature event in 55.63, nearly three seconds faster then the second-place finisher, qualifying her for the World Junior Championships, held in Beijing, China August 15-20.

In the high jump, freshman Lauren Correa finished second overall with a jump of 5-8. Although she did finish in the top-two, Correa does not have the World Junior Championship qualifier and will not compete in China.

Two future Bruin pole vaulters also competed on Friday - Lindsay Regan and Victoria Pena. Regan finished third overall (12-7.50), just missing a spot on the World Junior team, while Pena did not clear a height.

Future Bruin, David Klech, the 2006 Gatorade Boys National Track & Field Athlete of the Year, finished third in the 400m hurdles (50.86), just one place shy of a spot on the World Junior team.

Freshman Elijah Wells finished 10th in the 400m, running 47.48, and will not advance to the final on Saturday.

Senior National Results

Cosby won the hammer competition with a lifetime-best throw of 232-3, bettering the competition by almost five feet for her first Senior win. Former Bruin Cari Soong also competed in the hammer on Friday, finishing 20th with a toss of 190-7.

After an impressive outing in the first round of the 800m on Thursday, Jon Rankin came back with another strong performance on Friday, this time in the 1500m, running the No. 2 time of the day (3:42.39). The final of the 1500m will be on Sunday at 1:40 pm (PST). Rankin also ran in the semifinal of the 800m, but did not finish the race.

Meb Keflezighi finished second in the final of the 10,000m in a time of 28:18.74. Keflezighi was entered in both the 5000m and 10,000m, but opted to run the latter. The inclement weather moved the 10,000m final from Thursday to Friday night, the same night as the 5000m final.

Monique Henderson advanced to the 400m final after finishing the semifinal round with the No. 3 time (51.32) overall. Henderson will run for the quarter-mile title on Saturday at 3:05 pm (PST).

Dawn Harper advanced to the semifinal round of the 100m hurdles after running the No. 8 time of the day in the first round (13.19). The semi's will be on Friday at 2:40 pm (PST), while the finals follow at 4:52 pm (PST), also on Friday.

In the 400m hurdles, Sheena Johnson finished seventh overall, running 56.43, and will compete in the semifinal round on Friday at 4:00 pm (PST).

Craig Everhart finished 14th in the semifinals of the 400m, running 45.76, while Candice Baucham placed eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 42-1.25. Juaune Armon finished 13th in the long jump with a mark of 24-10.

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