Strong California female contingent to compete at NCAA Indoor Champs


An star-studded group of California collegiates and Golden State natives are set to compete in this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.

Four-time California state champion at Mt. Pleasant (San Jose, Calif.) High School and current Texas A&M sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh is set to contest a full slate of events this weekend.  She is entered in the 60 meters and 200 meters and will run a leg on the 4×400 meter relay.  The five-time All-American will have a significant role on the Aggie women’s team that is looking for a podium finish.

Sacramento State’s Lea Wallace has been one of the biggest surprises of the indoor season as the enters the NCAA meet with the nation’s leading time in the 800 meters at 2:03.07, a time run last weekend at the UW Last Chance meet.  The native of Napa, Calif. will be joined by teammate Renisha Robinson in the heats of the 800 on Friday.

Former California prep rivals, now Oregon teammates Jordan Hasay and Alex Kosinski will be integral parts of the Ducks women’s team in the effort to defend their team national championship.  Hasay will run the mile, a leg on the distance medley relay, and the 3000 meters if necessary to score team points.  Kosinski will contest the 3000 and 5000 meter races.  Also entered in that 3k are Loyola Marymount’s Tara Erdmann and Stephanie Marcy of Stanford.

Jamesha Youngblood will also be a factor in Oregon’s title defense.  The long jumper from San Pablo, Calif. did not qualify for NCAA’s until her final attempt at the UW Last Chance Meet, where she got out to 6.46 meters, the third longest jump of 2011.

Redshirt senior Nia Ali of USC, typically a multi-event specialist, will be contesting the 60 meter hurdles.  Her mark of 8.06 seconds ties her for third fastest in the nation this year.

Stanford junior Katerina Stefanidi comes into NCAA’s as the second highest pole vaulter thus far in 2011.  The exchange student from Athens, Greece cleared a personal best 4.41 meters at the UW Indoor Preview.

The pentathlon features two California collegiates, Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge’s Sherrina Lofton, who enter the competition ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the descending order list.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live on Friday from 10:00am to 3:55pm on NCAA.com and 3:55pm to 8:40pm on ESPN3 and Saturday from 12:00pm to 4:55pm on NCAA.com and 5:00pm to 7:50pm on ESPN3.  All times are Central Standard Time.

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