Women's Track & Field Set For Prestigious Penn Relays; Also heading to UCSD

April 22, 2008

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The UCLA women's track and field team will send 14 athletes to compete at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, while a number of athletes will head to La Jolla for the UCSD Triton Invitational as the outdoor season is winding down.

Heading to Philadelphia are a contingent of relay runners, hurdlers, heptathletes and jumpers as competition gets underway on Tuesday with the multi-events. Seniors Georgea Richards and Keneisha Creary and sophomore Hillary Werth will be competing in the second of three heptathlon competitions in a six-week span of time.

Senior Renee Williams and sophomore Danielle Watson will compete in the jumps. Junior Chanelle Curry and freshman Lindsay Rowe will compete in the hurdle events, while the Bruins will run several relay teams during the weekend which will feature Rowe, Curry, junior Nicole Leach, senior Jolanda Diego, junior Krystin Lacy, senior Merice Wisdom, freshman Joy Eaton, sophomore Krishna Curry, junior Lauren Jirges and freshman Shannon Murakami.

It is a homecoming for NCAA Champion and All-American Nicole Leach who hails from West Philadelphia as well as for Rowe who is from the New York area. The meet features some of the best athletes in the world and nation, both professional and collegiately, and will be a good test for the women's team as they head into the post-season.

In San Diego, Bruins will represent all event groups as the athletes will use this meet as a final tune-up before the dual with USC on May 3 and the beginning of the post-season which begins May 16-17 in Tempe, AZ with the Pac-10 Championships.

The Bruins currently have 20 qualifiers for the West Region Championships, including both relays. UCLA has seven athletes ranked in the top-15 nationally including - senior Allie Miller (high jump, 5-10.75/5thT); senior Keneisha Creary (high jump, 5-10/6thT); freshman Tori Anthony (pole vault, 13-9.75/2ndT); Ingrid Kantola (pole vault, 13-5.25/6thT); Katy Viuf (pole vault, 13-1.75/10th); Rhonda Watkins (long jump, 7th, 21-3.50); Renee Williams (triple jump, 44-3.25/5th).

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