UCLA Women Fall To Trojans In Dual Meet Action
May 2, 2009
The UCLA women's track and field team fell to USC 93-71 on Saturday in dual meet track and field action. Seniors Nicole Leach and Rhonda Watkins led the Bruins with double event victories as UCLA tallied 10 event wins during the meet.
Today's loss was just the second time in 17 years that USC has beaten the Bruins as UCLA holds a 21-5 all-time lead. The Bruin men also lost, marking the first time in dual meet history between the two schools that USC has won both the men's and women's competitions in the same year.
With the post-sason just two weeks away, Watkins and Leach look poised for great things as the duo put on an impressive showing at USC. Leach had a huge day starting in the 400m as she won with the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season (52.04). Her time was also a regional qualifying mark. In her signature event, the 400m hurdles, Leach won her fourth consecutive intermediate race against the Trojans with the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season, 56.33.
Watkins started the day off with a season-best and improved regional mark of 5-10.75 in the high jump to win. That mark is tied for sixth in the NCAA this season. She also had several very strong attempts at 6-00.50, barely missing on her final attempt. She then won the long jump with a mark of 20-5.25. In an effort to help out the team, Watkins stepped in to compete in the triple jump, finishing third with a solid mark of 38-4.
Leach and Watkins weren't the only highlights for the Bruins as several athletes posted regional marks or victories for the team. Junior Ciara Viehweg won the steeeple by nearly 30 seconds, running 10:38.21. Viehweg also placed third in the 1500m with a lifetime-best of 4:31.16.
The 4x100m relay team of Watkins, Leach, freshman Yasmin Woodruff and senior Krystin Lacy ran a season-best and improved regional mark of 45.00 to finish second. Woodruff had a strong day as an individual as well as she ran a season-best and regional qualifier of 11.65 to finish third in the 100m. Lacy was fourth in the 100m, but ran a season-best and regional qualifier of 11.67. She also ran a regional and season-best mark of 23.85 to place fourth in the 200m.
Sophomore Lindsay Rowe had a big day in the high hurdles as she ran a big lifetime-best of 13.45 to finish third and improve on her regional standard.
In the 800m, junior Krishna Curry ran the No. 15 800m time in the NCAA with her winning mark of 2:06.05. That was a season-best and improved regional qualifier.
Junior Katy Viuf won the pole vault with a clearance of 13-3.75, while senior Megan Jamerson finished third (12.7-50). In the javelin, junior Tara Ross had a huge day as the upset winner in the event, throwing a lifetime-best of 166-1. That mark is an improved regional qualifier and ranks 13th in the NCAA this season.
Freshman Brittany Borman had a solid meet, throwing regional qualifiers in both the shot put and discus. She won the shot with a season-best throw of 47-7.25 and then finished second in the discus with a lifetime-best of 157-8.
In the triple, freshman Ke'Nyia Richardson won with a mark of 40-7. She also finished third in the long with a jump of 19-3.50.
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