Bruin Women Shine At USATF Junior/Senior National Championships

June 29, 2009

Current and former Bruins shined over the weekend at the USATF Junior/Senior National Championships in Eugene, Oregon as Jessica Cosby, Dawn Harper and Ryann Krais won individual crowns.

Krais, a 2009 All-American in the heptathlon, easily won the Junior title, outscoring her nearest competitor by nearly 500 points. The sophomore-to-be won with a total of 5344 points. She finished first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.97 (983 pts.) and in the high jump (5-6.50/842 pts.). Krais then tied for 12th in the shot put (30-9.25/489 pts.) and was second in the 200m (25.25) to wrap up day one. She started day two off with a win in the long jump with a season-best mark of 18-11.25 (780 pts.). In the javelin, Krais was second with a mark of 108-0 (532 pts.) and then ended the day second in the 800m (2:17.75/854 pts.).

With her win, Krais qualifies for the PanAm Junior Games, held in Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago July 31-August 2.

Joining Krais in Tobago will be incoming frosh Turquoise Thompson. Thompson finished second in the 400m hurdles, running 57.93 to earn a spot on Team USA.

Sophomore-to-be Yasmin Woodruff was also in action in the junior meet. She just missed a spot in the 100m final, finishing ninth in prelims (11.69). Woodruff also finished 10th in the 200m, running 24.56.

Bruin alums had a huge meet as two won individual titles and five qualified for the World Championships.

Dawn Harper, who won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the Beijing Games last August, claimed her first USATF crown with a fast win on Sunday. Harper clocked a speedy 12.36, the fastest time of her career (wind +2.2) to punch her ticket to Worlds.

Jessica Cosby, a 2008 Olympian and the women's throws coach at UCLA, launched a throw of 236-4 to win the hammer, out-distancing her nearest competitor by over 10 feet. This will be Cosby's second World Championship team.

Chelsea Johnson punched her ticket to Worlds with a second-place showing in the pole vault as she cleared 15-1. This will be Johnson's first World Championship team. Senior-to-be Katy Viuf no-heighted.

In the high jump, Amy Acuff qualified for what will most likely be her final World Championship team, placing second with a mark of 6-4.75.

Sheena Tosta qualified for the World team in the 400m hurdles as she finished second with a run of 54.45. Also in the 400m hurdles, 2009 NCAA Champion Nicole Leach finished fifth overall in a time of 55.72.

In the discus, Suzy Powell Roos finished fifth with a throw of 197-10.

Bob Kersee, a volunteer heptathlon/hurdles coach for the women's team had several athletes quailfy for the World team - Dawn Harper, Ginny Powell (100m hurdles), Allyson Felix (200m), Kerron Clement (400m, but will run 400m hurdles) and Shawn Crawford (200m).

For completed USATF results, click here.

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