Women's Track & Field Signs Four Student-Athletes To NLI's

Feb. 6, 2009

UCLA women's track and field coach Jeanette Bolden has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent. Joining the Bruins in the fall are Turquoise Thompson, Kayla Kovar, Heather Balbier and Karlye Marshall.

'We are excited to have such a well balance group coming to UCLA,' noted Bolden. 'It's always great when we can bring in local kids so their families and friends can come see them compete.'

Turquoise (Serra HS) is the premier hurdler in the country who ended the 2008 outdoor season with the No. 1 400m hurdle time in the U.S. (57.67). That mark also broke the USATF Junior Olympic Young Women's record (set in 2006 by Ebony Collins). Thompson is also a standout 400m runner with a best of 53.67 from the 2007 season. Her father ran track for UCLA.

'We are excited to have Turquoise sign with us,' said Bolden. 'She will definitely continue the rich tradition of 400m hurdlers to run at UCLA.'

Kovar (Burroughs HS) is one of the top throwers in California. Last season she had top marks of 157-8 in the discus and 44-8 in the shot put. Both of those marks set school records at Burroughs HS.

Balbier (Dana Hills HS) is a top distance runner from Orange County. Last season she helped Dana Hills HS to the state cross country crown as she was the No. 2 runner, placing 10th overall.

Marshall (Lewis-Palmer HS/Monument, CO) is an up-and-coming pole vaulter from Colorado who tallied a mark of 12-5.50 in 2008. She was the state runner-up last season and will come to UCLA to train with Anthony Curran, one of the premier vault coaches in the country.

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