Kantola Vaults To New Heights En Route To First Individual Pac-10 Crown
May 17, 2008
Ingrid Kantola won her first and last Pac-10 title as the senior cleared a lifetime-best 14-1.75 in the pole vault to highlight the Bruin women on the final day of competition at the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, AZ. As a team, the Bruin women placed fifth with 80 points, while Arizona State ran away with the team title (186.5 points). The UCLA women were without three of their strongest competitors - Nicole Leach, Rhonda Watkins and Tori Anthony, who were held out of the meet for various reasons.
'I am extremely proud of my team,' said head coach Jeanette Bolden. 'They performed above my expectations this weekend. They worked together as a team and got a lot of seasonal and personal-best performances. We had lots of very gutsy performances as well. It sets us up very well for regionals and nationals. I am very proud of this team and excited for the upcoming competitions.'
Ingrid Kantola set a new Sun Angel Stadium record with her win in the pole vault with a big time clearance of 14-1.75. Kantola came into the meet with a previous outdoor lifetime-best of 13-7.25 and a top season mark of 13-5.25. Her clearance of 14-1.75 keeps her in the No. 3 spot in school history and is the third-best mark in the NCAA this season. With Kantola's win, the Bruin women have won six of the 11 Pac-10 titles in the pole vault.
'Our goal for this meet was to make every bar on our first attempt because we knew placing would come down to attempts,' said Kantola. 'I opened up at 12-7 which was my highest opening height ever and cleared that on the first attempt. I skipped a pole because my technique was going really well. I cleared 4.11 for a new season-best, then cleared 4.21 and that was one centimeter off of my PR. I knew I just had to go for it so they moved the bar to 4.31. I didn't know what the conversion was, but I just went for it. I missed the first, but Coach Curran and I worked out what I was doing wrong and on the next attempt I cleared the bar.
'I love this track. It felt great during my runs and I had a lot of fun tonight. Our guys came out to support and got a good clap going. I had some good attempts at 14-3 and I know it's not out of the question that I can clear it at Nationals. Today gives me a big confidence boost heading into the next few weeks and I just hope to carry it over into regionals and nationals. Being a senior makes this so much sweeter.'
'That performance has got to be the most studly performance of the year for Ingrid,' said vault coach Anthony Curran. 'She went against the No. 1 girl in the country and beat her with a personal-best. I'm so proud of all the girls that competed and finished in the top-eight. After not jumping for three weeks, Katy Viuf gave everything she had and was tired, but came through with a lifetime-best. Tori Pena would have had a lifetime-best again, but the bar fell off before she could leave the pit. I'm so proud of all of them.'
Junior Katy Viuf also had a career day in the pole vault as she cleared a lifetime-best 13-5.75 to finish in a tie for fourth-place. That mark moves her to No. 7 all-time in school history and is the ninth-best mark in the NCAA this season. Sophomore Tori Pena rounded out the Bruin point scorers in the vault with her tie for seventh as she cleared 13-1.75.
Krishna Curry continued her impressive season as she ran a lifetime-best for the second consecutive day in the 800m. The sophomore placed fourth with a new PR of 2:05.46 and moved into the top-15 in the NCAA this season. Her mark also moves her to sixth all-time in school history.
Senior Renee Williams added some big points to the team total as she placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 42-2.25. In the high jump, senior Keneisha Creary was fourth with a mark of 5-10. Senior Allie Miller finished 11th (5-7) and junior Maryann Wee tied for 16th (5-5).
The 4x100m relay team of freshmen Joy Eaton, Ashlea McLaughlin and Lindsay Rowe and sophomore Danielle Watson placed fifth in a time of 46.78. The 4x400m relay team of junior Chanelle Curry, Eaton, Krishna Curry and McLaughlin were fifth in a time of 3:38.78.
Junior Krystin Lacy ran a UCLA-best of 11.58 in the 100m to place fourth in that event. Lacy was also sixth in the 200m with a season-best and regional qualifying time of 23.87. Senior Jolanda Diego finished just behind Lacy in the 100m in fifth-place with a time of 11.61 and was third in the 200m in a time of 23.38. Senior Merice Wisdom finished fifth in the 400m in a time of 54.39. In the 100m hurdles, Rowe ran a season-best 13.70 to place fourth overall, while senior DeShanta Harris was fifth with a mark of 13.81.
Final Team Scores
1. Arizona State, 186.5 points
2. Stanford, 117 points
3. Oregon, 100 points
4. USC, 91 points
5. UCLA, 80 points
6. Washington State, 71.5 points
6. California, 71. 5 points
8. Arizona, 65 points
9. Washington, 32.5 points
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