Women's Track & Field Signs Five Student-Athletes To National Letters-Of-Intent

Feb. 15, 2008

Jeanette Bolden and the UCLA women's track and field team has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent. Joining the Bruins next fall will be heptathletes Ryann Krais and Brittany Borman, distance runner Shelby Buckley and sprinters Roneica Nash and Yasmin Woodruff.

This year's class is filled with incredible talent as all five women have been stars on the track. Last season, the Bruins had the No. 2 recruiting class in the country (according to Track & Field News), and the signing of these women look to add to the strong tradition of student-athletes who choose to compete for the Bruin blue and gold.

'This is a very exciting class for us,' said head coach Jeanette Bolden. 'It compliments last year's No. 2 class and shows the tremendous balance in our team. We look forward to seeing the success these women have in their final seasons of high school track and field and can't wait for them to join the team next year.'

Brittany Borman (Festus HS/St. Louis, MO) - During the fall, Borman was the nation's fifth-rankedyouth heptathlete. At the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Knoxville, Tenn, Borman won the discus, javelin and shot put competition, becoming the first athlete in AAU Junior Olympic history to simultaneously win all three throwing events. She also finished second in the heptathlon, bettering her lifetime-best score (4,826 points) by almost 2,000 points.In 2008 indoor competition, Borman has already thrown the No. 3 mark in the country in the shot put (47-11).

Shelby Buckley (Corona Del Mar HS) - Part of two state titles in cross country, as well as three CIF-SS Division III championship teams and two CIF crowns in track and field. She won the CIG Div. III individual title (17:51) in 2007 and was third in the state meet (18:25). Buckley was the CIF-SS Div. III and Masters winner in the 1600m in 2007 track and field. She set a Div. III record in the 1600m with her time of 4:48.69, which was four seconds quicker than the previous record which stood for 17 years. Buckley also won the Div. III 800m crown. In 2007, she had a top 800m time of 2:12.36.

Ryann Krais (Methacton HS/Norristown, PA) - This senior heptathlete holds almost every Methacton HS record and is one of the most accomplished female track athletes in southeastern Pennsylvania history. She holds PA state records in the 300m and 400m hurdles and was third in the 400m hurdles and first in the sprint medley relay during the World Youth Championships last summer in the Czech Republic. She also holds the national sophomore and junior record in the heptathlon. In 2007, Krais tallied 30 of her team's 36 points en route to the PIAA Class AAA girls' outdoor championship by winning the 100m hurdles (new meet record, 13.73), 300m hurdles (third straight year) and long jump (second straight year). Krais has never lost a 300m hurdles race during her high school career.

Krais currently ranks sixth in the 55m hurdles (8.08) and 60m hurdles (8.61/Pennsylvania record). She also has a top long jump mark of 18-2.25 for the current indoor season.

Next fall, Krais will compete in the 400m hurdles, as well as the heptahlon where she will train with one of the premier hurdles and multi-event coaches in the world - Bobby Kersee.

Ronecia Nash (East St. Louis HS/Illinois) - A standout sprinter from Illinois, Nash won Class AA state titles in the 100m (11.94) and 200m (24.86) in 2007. Also last season at the state meet, Nash and the 4x100m (47.25) and 4x200m (1:39.73) relay teams captured state titles. In 2006 at the state meet, Nash was fourth in the 100m (12.40) and fifth in the 200m (24.93).

Yasmin Woodruff (St. Mary's Academy) - Last year, Woodruff ranked in the top-10 in California in the 100m with a top time of 11.71 and was a state meet finalist in the 100m (5th overall). She also ran 24.96 in the 200m in 2007. In 2006, Woodruff had top times of 11.71 in the 100m and 23.82 in the 200m. She was also a finalist at the California State meet in the 200m (5th). Woodruff was the runner-up in the 100m (11.67) at the state meet her freshman year.

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