Women’s Track & Field Vaults to No. 12 in National Ranks
New Orleans, La. – UCLA's women's track & field team has earned the No. 12 spot in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll (USTFCCCA), the organization announced Monday.
The No. 12 ranking is the highest placement for the women's program since the week one edition of the 2014 poll. The Bruins jumped an impressive 16 spots in the ranks, checking in at No. 28 last week.
UCLA's vault in the national ranks comes on the heels of a stellar performance at the West Coast Classic this past Saturday (April 17), a meet hosted at the University of Arizona (Roy P. Drachmann Stadium) and the University of Oregon (Hayward Field). The Bruins' throwers and distance runners competed in Eugene while sprinters, jumpers, and pole vaulters traveled to Tucson.
Ilaria Casarotto notched a victory in the women's javelin, posting a mark of 49.93m (163-09) for the win. Lauren McFall finished third overall with a lifetime-best toss of 48.62m (159-06), solidifying her No. 5 position on UCLA's all-time javelin list. Natalie Ramirez had a career day, notching personal-best throws in the shot (15.27m, 50-01.25), discus (50.07m), and hammer (159-02). Alyssa Wilson posted an impressive performance in the hammer, clearing 69.58m (228-03) for the second-best mark collegiate mark in the nation this season. Gwyn George led the charge for UCLA's distance squad, clocking a time of 4:26.71 for ninth place in the 1500m.
The Tucson competition saw UCLA's sprinters flex their muscles, as the women's squad swept the relays and picked up a pair of individual victories. Chinyere Okoro, Shae Anderson, Catherine Leger, and Maddy Doane opened the evening with a victory in the 4x100m relay, clocking a season-best time of 43.89. Anderson went on to secure the win in the 200m, flying to a lifetime-best time of 22.96. The time was good for seventh place on UCLA's all-time list. Meleni Rodney glided to a win in the 400m, going 51.97 to solidify her place as the Bruins' No. 9 all-time performer in the event. Rodney, Leger, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, and Anderson capped the night with a victory in the 4x400m relay, combining to run 3:30.16, the sixth-fastest time in school history.
UCLA has a week off from competition before hosting USC in the annual dual meet between the crosstown rivals. The competition is scheduled for Sunday, May 2 at Drake Stadium.