Women's Track & Field Finishes Second at Cal/Nevada Championships

March 31, 2007

The UCLA women's track and field team finished in second-place at the Cal/Nevada Championships as the Bruins tallied six individual event wins, and one relay title during the two-day meet. Junior Ingrid Kantola led UCLA on the final day of competition as she won the pole vault with one of the top-five marks in the nation this year, 13-1.50.

The Bruins finished second (147 points) to San Diego State who won the meet with 166 points.

Junior Georgea Richards won the long jump title with a huge lifetime-best, leaping out to 19-8, just ¼ of an inch shy of the regional qualifying standard. Maryann Wee tied for first in the high jump with a mark of 5-7.

Senior Kamaiya Warren won the shot put with a throw of 51-0, while she threw a season-best by nearly nine feet in the discus (165-1) to finish third overall in that event.

In the 1500m, senior Allison Hall ran a season-best 4:32.52 to win, while the 4x400m relay team also won in a time of 3:40.34.

Junior Nicole Duhart picked up a regional qualifying mark in the triple jump with her second-place leap of 41-4.50.

In the 800m, sophomores Gabrielle Bournes and Lauren Jirges had strong performances as Bournes ran a season-best 2:13.85 to finish fifth and Jirges ran a lifetime-best 2:14.97 to place sixth.

On Friday, Claire Rethmeier captured the 5000m title in a time of 17:12.02.

Other finals results - Renee Williams, 9th in the 100m (12.31); Shantae McKinney, 5th in the 400m (56.28); Allison Hall, 7th in the 800m (2:15.45); Lauren Jirges, 7th in the 1500m (4:44.58); Hannah Roeder, 5th in the steeple (11:28.13); 4x100m relay, 3rd (46.46); Kathleen Mahony, 3rd (tie) in the high jump (5-5); Allison Miller, 6th (tie) in the high jump (5-3); Jacqueline Nguyen, 2nd in the pole vault (12-9.50); Leslie Rychel, 3rd in the long jump (19-0.75); Tara Ross, 3rd in the javelin (147-1).

Final Team Results (top five of 21 teams)
1. San Diego State, 166 points; 2. UCLA, 147 points; 3. UC Santa Barbara, 79.33 points; 4. Fresno State, 79 points; 5. Cal State Fullerton, 67.33 points.

The Bruins will next head to the Texas Relays in Austin next weekend. It is the first time in three years that the Bruins have competed at the Relays.

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