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Women’s Track & Field Tabbed No. 11 in National Ranks

May 18, 2021
Alyssa Wilson owns three top-16 national marks (photo by John McGillen -- USC Athletics).

New Orleans, La. – UCLA's Women's Track & Field program checked in at No. 11 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, the organization announced Monday. It's the highest ranking for the Bruin women since the week three iteration of the 2009 rankings.
The Bruin women were ranked 12th in the last two editions of the poll, having already climbed from the No. 31 spot in the Week 1 rankings.
The UCLA women are coming off the Pac-12 Championships this past weekend at USC, a competition that produced impressive performances across the board. Shae Anderson earned a second-place finish in the 400m hurdles, flying to a lifetime-best time of 55.21, the seventh-fastest time in UCLA history and the second-fastest collegiate time in the nation. It's also the No. 6 time in the world in 2021. Meleni Rodney clocked a time of 51.32 in the 400m, good for second place in the finals and the ninth-fastest collegiate time in the nation. Ilaria Casarotto picked up the school record in the javelin with a lifetime-best toss of 53.09m (174-02). It's the No. 19 javelin mark in the country.
Kate Jendrezak notched a breakout performance in the 800m at Pac-12s, clocking a time of 2:04.46 for third place overall and the fourth-best time in school history. It's also the No. 29 mark in the country in the event. Isa Videler is 30th in the heptathlon after notching a lifetime-best total of 5509 points over the weekend.
Alyssa Wilson owns three top-16 national marks across three throwing events this season. The redshirt junior is second collegiately in the hammer, boasting a season-best toss of 69.94m (229-5), set back at the UCLA vs. USC Dual Meet on May 2. The dual meet also saw Wilson go 17.74m (58-02.50) in the shot, the 10th-best collegiate mark in the nation. She cleared 57.13m (187-5) in the discus at Pac-12s, good for second place in the competition and the No. 16 spot in the nation.
Additionally, both of the Bruins' relay squads own spots on the national charts, times that have held strong since the West Coast Classic in Tucson, Ariz., on April 17. The women's 4x400m relay team posted a time of 3:30.16 in an event victory, good for the sixth-fastest time in school history and the No. 12 mark in the country this season. The 4x1 squad posted a time of 43.89 that night, currently the No. 17 collegiate time in the nation.