Henderson Defends 200m/400m Titles, Cosby Sets Meet Record in Hammer Throw;
May 15, 2005
UCLA senior Monique Henderson defended her conference 200m/400m titles and the Bruin women placed second in the team standings on the final day of the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The two-day attendance figure was 8,455 (Sunday 4,586/Saturday 3,869).
Stanford won the women's team crown with 173 points, with the Bruins placing second (125) and Arizona State third (118). USC was fourth (99), followed by No. 5 California (82), No. 6 Washington State (74.50), No. 7 Oregon (68), No. 8 Washington (42.50) and No. 9 Arizona (36). The Cardinal snapped UCLA's string of eight consecutive Pac-10 team championships.
Henderson won the 200m (23.06) and the 400m (51.31, No. 5 time in the world this year-she currently also owns the No. 3 mark, a season-best 50.91 set on April 30). She becomes only the second woman in conference meet history to repeat as the 200m/400m champion (joining Arizona State's Maicel Malone, 1990-91). Henderson's two event victories on Sunday totaled 20 team points for the Bruin women.
Cosby, who on Saturday won the shot put (56-1.75), on Sunday won the hammer throw, with a meet record of 216-10. Last season, Cosby set the Pac-10/UCLA record in the hammer throw with a mark of 219-5.
UCLA had two more champions on Sunday joining Henderson and Cosby on the victory stand. Junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor pole vault champion and NCAA Outdoor record holder (15-0), won the event (13-7.25). Sophomore Kamaiya Warren, who placed fourth (52-11) in the shot put on Saturday, on Sunday won the discus, with a personal-best 183-3 (NCAA Regional Qualifier). The discus was a strong event for the Bruin women, picking up 17 points - 10 from Warren, four from senior Lara Saye (5th-place, 175-7) and three from junior Briona Reynolds (174-11, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier).
Also turning in top performances on Sunday for the Bruin women were -
-junior Dawn Harper, who placed second in the 100m hurdles, in a personal-best time of 12.91 (No. 4 in school history, NCAA Regional Qualifier, 8 team points).
-senior Candice Baucham, who placed second (21-0, personal legal best, No. 7 in school history) in the long jump on Saturday, also placed second (44-0) in the triple jump on Sunday. Baucham was the two-time defending champion in the triple jump. Stanford's Erica McLain won the event in a meet and stadium record jump of 45-0.
-sophomore MacKenzie Hill, finishing fifth (4 team points) in the 400m hurdles in a season- best mark of 1:00.21 (team-leading, NCAA Regional Qualifier).
-UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (freshman Jolanda Diego, senior Dana Bethel, freshman Renee Williams, freshman Dianna Gooden) tied the Bruins' season-best time of 45.02 (NCAA Regional Qualifier) and placed seventh (2 team points).
In two weeks, the Bruin women will attempt to win their third consecutive NCAA West Region team championships, at Eugene, OR, May 27-28.