Trojans Edge Out Bruin Women In Track And Field Action
May 3, 2008
For the first time in UCLA head coach Jeanette Bolden's career, the USC women proved to be too much as the Bruins were handed their first dual meet loss to the Trojans in 15 years. USC won the meet by a score of 86-77 for the Trojan's first win since 1992.
The win marked the first dual meet loss to the Trojans of Bolden's career as she had won her first 14 meetings with USC. And although it was a loss for the Bruins, there were still plenty of results to cheer about on Saturday highlighted by Nicole Leach's performances throughout the day.
Leach competed in four events - the 400m, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. She ran the leadoff leg of the Bruins 4x100m relay (45.72) to start the day off. Then in the 400m, Leach ran the No. 2 time in the nation this season with a lifetime-best and regional qualifing mark of 51.69 to finish second. That mark also ranks fourth all-time in UCLA school history. Shortly after, Leach took to the track again to easily win the 400m hurdles with the No. 2 time in the U.S. this season (55.37) as she set a new National Dual Meet Record in the event. She wrapped up her day by anchoring the Bruin women to a season-best 4x400m relay time of 3:34.40.
Senior Jolanda Diego had a huge breakout meet as she tallied two lifetime-best and regional qualifying marks in the 100m and 200m. She won the 200m in a time of 23.14, a mark which moves her to No. 8 in school history and ties for 11th in the NCAA this season. In the 100m, Diego finished second with a top time of 11.46. That mark ranks in the top-20 in the NCAA and moves her into a tie for 10th all-time at UCLA.
Junior Krystin Lacy, who has not competed in a 100m race while a Bruin, ran a regional qualifier of 11.74 to finish third overall. In the 800m, sophomore Krishna Curry continued to excel in the two-lap race as she lowered her lifetime-best and regional qualifier to 2:08.64 to win the event. Her win led a Bruin sweep in the event as freshman Cobbie Jones was second (2:13.89) and junior Gabrielle Bournes was third (2:14.96).
The Bruins also swept the high jump as senior Allison Miller won with a mark of 5-8.75. Junior Rhonda Watkins was second (5-7) and senior Keneisha Creary was third (5-7). Freshman Tori Anthony (13-7.25) led a Bruin sweep in the pole vault as she won the event. Sophomore Tori Pena had a big day as she placed second with a new lifetime-best mark of 13-3.50. That mark moves her into a tie for seventh all-time at UCLA and it also ties for ninth in the NCAA this season. Senior Ingrid Kantola was third (12-7.50) to round out the UCLA sweep.
Watkins led a 1-2 punch in the long jump as she posted a mark of 21-2.50 to win. Senior Renee Williams was second with a season-best mark of 21-0. That mark ranks eighth in the NCAA this season. Sophomore Danielle Watson missed a scoring position by a 1.25 inches, but still posted a lifetime-best of 20-10 to finish fourth overall. That mark moves her into the UCLA record books at the No. 10 spot. Williams was second in the triple with a mark of 42-8.75.
Freshman Alexa Berg withstood a challenge from the USC thrower in the shot put, but came out on top with a lifetime-best mark of 43-7 to win the event.
Also posting regional qualifiers on Saturday were senior Merice Wisdom in the 400m (54.45), senior DeShanta Harris in the high hurdles (13.87) and junior Chanelle Curry in the 400m hurdles (1:00.75, lifetime-best).
During the meet, the Bruins posted eight lifetime-bests, 16 season-best marks and picked up six new regional qualifiers.
Pole vaulters will head to the Modesto Relays next week while several athletes will compete at the Occidental Invitational Saturday, May 10. Heptathletes will kick off the post-season next weekend at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships in Tempe, AZ May 9-10.