Rowe, Miller & 4x400m Relay Highlight Bruin Women On Final Day Of Cal/Nevada Championships

March 29, 2008

Although the Bruin women missed out on a team title, they had plenty of success on Saturday as the Cal/Nevada Championships wrapped up in Fresno. In all, the Bruins achieved five new regional qualifying marks and posted nine season or lifetime-best performances on the final day of competition. San Diego State won the team title with 175 points, followed by UCLA (124), Fresno St. (117), Cal State Northridge (94) and UC San Diego (67) as the top five teams for the meet.

One of the biggest performances of the day came from freshman Lindsay Rowe as she ran a huge season-best and regional qualifier of 13.74 to win the event. She had come into the meet with a top mark of 14.06 and lowered that time by over .30 seconds.

The 4x400m relay team of Chanelle Curry, Krystin Lacy, Ashlea McLaughlin and Nicole Leach also ran a regional qualifier as they won the relay with a season-best time of 3:39.30. That time will be one of the top 10 marks in the country.

Three pole vaulters achieved regional marks on Saturday with freshman Tori Anthony leading the way with her second-place clearance of 13-15.75. That mark will rank amongst the top five in the country after this weekend's competitions. Senior Ingrid Kantola was third with a season-best 13-1.50 and sophomore Tori Pena placed fifth with a mark of 12-7.50 as both tallied regional marks. Also in the vault, juniors Megan Jamerson and Katy Viuf tied for seventh with identical clearances of 12-1.50.

Junior Lauren Jirges ran a season-best 4:33.04 in the 1500m to finish fourth overall, while senior Claire Rethmeier was seventh in a time of 4:37.53. Freshman Joy Eaton finished second in the 400m (55.49) and junior Chanelle Curry ran a lifetime-best of 1:01.60 in the 400m hurdles to place fourth overall.

In the javelin, junior Tara Ross finished second with a mark of 155-2. Sophomore Hillary Werth placed fourth (134-6) and senior Keneisha Creary was ninth (116-7) to round out a trio of Bruin scorers in that event.

The 4x100m relay team of Leach, Lacy, Rowe and Jolanda Diego finished second in a time of 46.60.

In field event action, senior Allie Miller won the high jump with a clearance of 5-7. Junior Maryann Wee cleared the same height, but placed fourth based on misses. Senior Kathleen Mahony tied for eighth with a mark of 5-3.

Sophomore Danielle Watson was the top finisher in the long jump as she placed third with a leap of 19-4. Senior Leslie Rychel jumped a season-best 18-7.75 to place fifth, while freshman Dayna Hill was 12th (17-2.75).

In the throws, freshman Catherine White threw a lifetime-best 144-4 in the discus to finish seventh overall. White also finished 12th in the shot put with a mark of 39-3.25. Fellow frosh Alexa Berg was ninth in the shot put (41-9.25), while newcomer Katie Laich placed 11th in the discus (133-9).

The Bruins will next head to the Stanford Invitational as they continue the outdoor season.

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