Watkins & Watson Qualify For NCAAs In The Long Jump At New Balance Invite

Feb. 6, 2009

The Bruin long jumping duo of Rhonda Watkins and Danielle Watson had a big day in New York at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational as both women qualified for the NCAA Championships with Watkins winning the event.

Watkins, the 2007 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion in the long jump, opened up the meet with a mark of 21-3.25 (6.48m). That mark is an NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 2 in the NCAA this season. It was also just one centimeter shy of the meet record.

Watson came into the meet with an indoor best of 19-10.75 and upped that mark to 20-7.25 (6.28m) for an NCAA provisional mark and fourth-place overall. That mark currently ranks ninth in the NCAA this season and is just 3.25 inches shy of the automatic standard (20-10).

Other results from New York on Friday were:

  • 60m - RoNecia Nash, 47th (7.65); Yasmin Woodruff, 77th (7.81)

  • 400m - Ashlea McLaughlin, 16th (55.07); Krystin Lacy, 27th (55.79); Joy Eaton, 34th (56.22); Ryann Krais, 48th (57.46)

  • 60m Hurdles - Lindsay Rowe, 29th (8.81); Ryann Krais, 36th (8.81); 6Ronecia Nash, 43rd (8.92)

  • Distance Medley Relay - 15th (11:54.26)
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