Pena, Viuf, Watkins & Williams Headed To NCAA Track & Field Championships

May 30, 2008

Tori Pena, Katy Viuf, Rhonda Watkins and Renee Williams earned automatic bids to the NCAA Track & Field Championships on Friday after placing in the top five in their respective events at the West Region Championships in Northridge.

Pena and Viuf had career days in the pole vault as both cleared lifetime-bests of 13-7.75. Pena finished third, while Viuf was fourth based on misses. Williams was second in the long jump with a mark of 20-9.25 and Watkins was fourth with a jump of 20-5.25 as all four became the first women to automatically qualify for nationals.

Also in the pole vault, freshman Tori Anthony, who has been out of practice and competition for nearly four weeks as she recovered from mononucleosis, tied for 10th with a clearance of 12-11.75. Anthony will most likely receive an at-large bid to Nationals since she holds the No. 7 mark in the U.S. this season (13-9.75). Senior Ingrid Kantola, who was ranked No. 3 in the U.S. (14-1.75) finished 14th (12-6) and was two spots shy of an at-large consideration. Kantola ends her career as the 2008 Pac-10 champion and a two-time NCAA All-American.

Several Bruins advanced to the finals on Saturday as junior Nicole Leach led the way with the No. 1 time in the 400m hurdles (56.65). She will look for her third straight West Region title on Saturday. Senior Jolanda Diego had a strong day in the 100m and 200m as she advanced in both events. She had the No. 2 time in the 100m (11.54) and the No. 3 time in the 200m (23.84). Junior Krystin Lacy also advanced in the 100m as she posted the fifth-fastest time of the day (11.62).

In the 800m, sophomore Krishna Curry ran the fourth-fastest time of the day (2:06.14) to advance to Saturday's final. In the high hurdles, freshman Lindsay Rowe and senior DeShanta Harris both moved onto the finals as Rowe was fifth overall (13.79) and Harris was eighth (13.84).

Competition continues on Saturday with all event finals including the 4x400m relay. The triple and high jump along with the javelin will see Bruin athletes looking for tickets to Nationals.

100m - 2. Jolanda Diego, 11.54; 5. Krystin Lacy, 11.62

200m - 3. Jolanda Diego, 23.84.

400m - no entries.

800m - 4. Krishna Curry (2:06.14).

1500m - no entries.

5000m - no entries.

100m Hurdles - 5. Lindsay Rowe, 13.79; 8. DeShanta Harris, 13.84.

400m Hurdles - 1. Nicole Leach, 56.65; 18. Chanelle Curry, 1:02.44.

Pole Vault -3. Tori Pena, 13-7.75/4.16m; 4. Katy Viuf, 13-7.75/4.16m; 10. Tori Anthony, 12-11.75/3.96m; 14. Ingrid Kantola, 12-6/3.81m

Long Jump - 2. Renee Williams, 20-9.25/6.33m; 4. Rhonda Watkins, 20-5.25/6.23m; 15. Danielle Watson, 18-4.50/5.60m.

Discus - no entries.

Hammer - no entries.

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