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Anderson, Wilson lead Bruin Charge on Final Day of Pac-12 Championships

May 16, 2021
Shae Anderson (photo by Kirby Lee)

Los Angeles, Calif. – UCLA Track & Field wrapped up the final day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships, with the Bruins coming away with impressive individual performances across the board. Shae Anderson was sensational in the women's 400m hurdles, clocking the second-fastest collegiate time in the nation en route to a runner-up performance in the final. Alyssa Wilson scored in three throwing events to earn Pac-12 Co-Female Athlete of the Meet honors, sharing the accolade with USC's Twanisha Terry.
Anderson continued her incredible 2021 outdoor campaign with a second-place finish in the 400m hurdles, going 55.21 for a lifetime-best time and the No. 7 mark in UCLA history in the event. She sits just behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who went 55.05 in 1985. Anderson now owns the No. 2 collegiate time in the 400m hurdles and the No. 4 collegiate time in the 400m (51.16). Anderson ran the second leg for the Bruins' 4x100m relay squad that finished third (44.42) and anchored the 4x400m relay team to a runner-up performance (3:31.74).
Ismail Turner notched an impressive performance in the men's 400m, securing third place overall with a lifetime-best time of 46.09. Turner has shaved over seven tenths of a second off his time from his first 400m performance this year – 46.83 set at the Bob Larsen Track Meet (46.83).
Wilson continued to produce for the Bruins as she has for years, earning a podium spot for the third time this weekend with a second-place performance in the discus. She tossed 57.13m (187-5) on her second attempt. Her 22 total points tied for the most scored by a female athlete, a mark equaled by Terry of the Trojans.
Natalie Ramirez was 14th in the discus for the Bruins, posting a throw of 47.25m (155-0).
Middle Distance/Distance
Kate Jendrezak was another standout for the Bruins on Sunday, as the freshman finished fourth in the 800m final with a time of 2:04.46. It's the fourth-fastest time in the event in UCLA history and the fastest time by a Bruin since Tiffany Burgess ran 2:03.73 in May of 2002.
Darius Riley paced the Bruin men in the 5000m, clocking a time of 14:17.27 for 21st place in a large field. Paige Carter was UCLA's top finisher on the women's side, going 17:07.14 for 30th place overall.
Pole Vault
Kyle Brown earned a podium spot for the Bruins in the men's pole vault, clearing 5.11m (16-09.25) for third place overall. He tied his collegiate-best mark that he set against USC on May 2. Tate Curran was notched a point for the UCLA men with an eighth-place finish at 4.86m (15-11.25).
Final Team Standings
The UCLA women finished in sixth place overall, compiling 70 points over the weekend. The Bruin men took eighth place with 46.50 points. The USC women and the Oregon men secured team titles.