Viuf Jumps No. 2 Pole Vault Mark In The World On Day 1 Of Cal/NV Championships

March 28, 2009


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Katy Viuf had the meet of a lifetime on Saturday to highlight the Bruin women on day one of the Cal/Nevada Championships as she won the pole vault competition with a lifetime-best vault of 14-1.25. The Bruin women lead the team competition with 68.50 points after seven scored events.

The junior added nearly a foot on her previous best mark (13-1.75) with today's performance. She is now the U.S. and collegiate leader in the vault, as well as No. 2 in the world this season. The former Bruin cheerleader, Viuf is in only her second full year as a pole vaulter. During today's competition, Viuf upper her lifetime-best on x different jumps. She cleared 13-9 and 14-1.25 on her first attempts at the bars. Her vault of 14-1.25 moves her to No. 4 all-time on UCLA's vault list.

Senior vaulter Megan Jamerson joined Viuf on the awards podium with a third-place finish as she equaled her season-best of 13-1.50. The Bruins also picked up points from sophomore Tori Anthony (12-7.50, 5th) and junior Tori Pena (12-1.50, 6thT). Anthony's mark was a regional qualifier.

The Bruins got another big performance from Danielle Watson as the junior posted the No. 2 collegiate mark in the NCAA this season in the long jump with a winning leap of 20-7. That mark is just three inches shy of her lifetime-best (20-10).

Freshman Katja Goldring upped UCLA's win total to three in the final event of the night, the 10,000m, as she ran 35:48.54 to win. Sophomore Kelcie Wiemann finished fifth in a time of 36:54.16 as both women combined for 15 team points.

Junior Tara Ross led the way in the javelin with her second-place performance as she threw 156-7. Freshman Brittany Borman threw a season-best 150-6 to place third, improving on her regional qualifying mark. Freshman heptathlete Ryann Krais picked up a big PR in the javelin, throwing 112-5 to finish 14th overall.

In the women's hammer final, sophomore Jade Niemeyer just missed a spot in the final, placing 10th with a throw of 163-6.

Sophomore Shannon Murakami had a big run in the 5000m final as she finished seventh in a time of 17:19.25, bettering her previous best of 17:42.21.

In preliminary running events, several Bruins advanced to Sunday's final. Below is a list of qualifiers and their events.

  • 100m Hurdles - Lindsay Rowe, second overall, 14.01

  • 100m - Nijah Nelms, ninth overall, 12.01 (season-best)

  • 200m - Yasmin Woodruff, third overall, 24.15 (season-best)

  • 400m - Camilla Dencer, sixth overall, 55.79

  • 800m - Krishna Curry, first overall, 2:11.23; Rosa Magana, second overall, 2:11.81 (lifetime-best); Shannon Murakami, seventh overall, 2:15.02

    Live stats for Sunday's portion of the meet will be available by clicking, here.

    Women's Team Scores (after 7 scored events)
    1. UCLA, 68.50 pts.
    2. Cal State Los Angeles, 26 pts.
    3. San Diego State, 22 pts.
    3. Cal State Northridge, 22 pts.
    5. Nevada, 21 pts.
    6. USC, 19 pts.
    7. Fresno State, 17 pts.
    8. Sacramento State, 16 pts.
    9. UC Santa Barbara, 15 pts.
    10. Long Beach State, 13 pts.
    11. Cal State San Marcos, 12 pts.
    12. UC Davis, 11 pts.
    13. UC San Diego, 10 pts.
    14. UNLV, 8 pts.
    14. UC Irvine, 8 pts.
    14. Loyola Marymount, 8 pts.
    17. Cal Poly SLO, 7 pts.
    18. Cal State Stanislaus, 6 pts.
    19. U. of San Francisco, 5 pts.
    20. Westmont, 3 pts.
    20. Pepperdine, 3 pts.
    22. Occidental, 3 pts.

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