Watkins & Watson Qualify For NCAA Championships In Long Jump

May 29, 2009

Rhonda Watkins won her third NCAA West Region long jump crown on Friday in Eugene, OR as the senior and teammate Danielle Watson automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event.

Watkins previously won the West Region crown in 2006 and 2007 and caps off her regional career with a final title as she won by just less than one inch. With the win, Watkins automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championship, held June 10-13 in Fayetteville, AR. Watson, a sophomore, will join Watkins in the long jump as she also cemented her position at Nationals with a fifth-place showing in the event.

Watkins' mark was also the No. 2 mark in the NCAA this season and over a foot further then her previous season-best of 20-7.25.

Watson, who had missed the Pac-10 meet after suffering a hamstring injury in the UCLA/USC dual, was back to top form, jumping a season-best 20-8 for a spot at NCAAs.

Senior Nicole Leach easily won heat one of the 400m hurdles and was first overall in a time of 57.38 to advance to Saturday's final. Freshman Ryann Krais finished second, also in heat one and sixth overall, in a time of 59.63 to advance to Saturday's final. Her time was a season-best by over one second.

Krais was edged out in a photo finish for the top spot in heat two of the 100m hurdles and finished 10th overall in a time of 13.62. Taking the time out to the 1000th of a second, Krais ran 13.615, while UNLV's Candise Maxwell ran 13.612 to get the automatic spot for the finals.

Sophomore Lindsay Rowe advanced to Saturday's final of the 100m hurdles as she had the seventh-fastest time of the day (13.50).

Junior Krishna Curry and freshman Camilla Dencer both qualified for the 800m final as Curry had the third-fastest time of the day (2:07.55) and Dencer was sixth overall (2:08.01)

Junior Katy Viuf finished seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-1.75, but should receive an at-large bid to Nationals since she is tied for fifth in the NCAA with a mark of 14-1.25. Senior Megan Jamerson finished tied for eighth with an equal mark of 13-1.75 as today marks the end of her Bruin career. Jamerson leaves UCLA tied for ninth all-time with a lifetime-best of 13-3.50.

UCLA stands in sixth-place with 16.50 points. Oregon leads with 31.50 points.

100m - 12. Yasmin Woodruff (11.78)

200m - will run as a final on Saturday

400m - 4. Krystin Lacy (53.75)*; 10. Ashlea McLaughlin (54.74)

800m - 3. Krishna Curry (2:07.55)*; 6. Camilla Dencer (2:08.01)*

1500m - 18. Shannon Murakami (4:34.74)

5000m - 22. Katja Goldring (17:56.33)

100m Hurdles - 7. Lindsay Rowe (13.50)*; 10. Ryann Krais, 13.62

400m Hurdles - 1. Nicole Leach (57.38)*; 6. Ryann Krais (59.63)*

4x100m Relay - Woodruff, Leach, Watkins, Lacy, DNF (dropped baton on first handoff)

Pole Vault - 7. Katy Viuf (13-1.75/4.01m); 8T. Megan Jamerson (13-1.75/4.01m); 20. Tori Anthony (12-0/3.66m)

Long Jump - 1. Rhonda Watkins (21-10.25/6.66m), advances to NCAA Championships; 5. Danielle Watson (20-8/6.30m), advances to NCAA Championships

Discus - 17. Brittany Borman (152-4/46.44m)

Hammer - no entries

*-advance to finals on Saturday


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