Watkins Jumps No. 3 Long Jump Mark In NCAA At UCLA Invitational
April 4, 2009
Rhonda Watkins highlighted the women's track and field team on Saturday at the UCLA Invitational as the senior posted the No. 3 long jump mark in the NCAA this season to win. The two-time NCAA champion in the long jump had a winning mark of 20-7.25, nearly two and a half feet better then the second-place finisher.
Watkins was just one of eight Bruin wins during the meet. Senior Chanelle Curry won the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 1:01.36. The 4x100m relay team of Watkins, freshman Yasmin Woodruff and seniors Nicole Leach and Krystin Lacy ran a season-best and improved regional qualifier of 45.23 to win. The 4x400m relay also posted a win as the team of freshmen Camilla Dencer, Ryann Krais and LeNette Battle and Lacy ran 3:41.70.
Junior Katy Viuf won the pole vault for the second consecutive meet as her winning mark of 13-1.75 was nearly one foot better then the second-place finisher. Freshman Brittany Borman won the shot put with a season-best toss of 46-4.25, and senior Hillary Werth won the javelin with a throw of 130-8.
On Friday night, senior Ciara Viehweg won the steeplechase with a lifetime-best and school record time of 10:27.73.
The Bruins will next host the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational April 9-11 for the final home meet of the season.
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