2001 All-American--400m, 1600m Relay
THIS YEAR: Senior Natasha Neal's tremendous versatility makes her a viable threat to once again earn All-American honors in 2002.
2001: Neal transferred from Texas last season and was given the tall task of replacing USC record-holder Natasha Danvers in the hurdles ... Neal did a commendable job, breaking into the top five all time at USC in both the 100 and 400m hurdles and proving herself a vital member of both relay squads ... Neal qualified for the NCAAs in both hurdles, but competed in the 100m HH, in which advanced to the semis after running a PR 13.24 in the prelims ... Ran 13.63 in the semis and did not advance ... Ran third leg on USC's NCAA runner up 400m relay squad that ran 43.64 ... Also ran the second leg on the 1600m relay that placed seventh ... Took third in both hurdles at the Pac-10s ... At the UCLA dual meet, she finished second in the 100m HH and third in the 400m IH ... Won the 100m HH against LSU with a time of 13.34.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: Last season, Natasha ran the ninth fastest time (57.54) in the nation in the 400m IH going into the NCAA meet ... She also ran the sixth-fastest time in the Big 12 in the 100m HH (13.73) ... Was a member of the 1999 NCAA Champion Lady Longhorn squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Natasha was a three-time prep All-American at James Logan High in Oakland, Calif. ... She was the 1997 National Champion in the 400m IH, a 1997 Pan Am Bronze medalist in the 400m IH and 1600m relay and the 1998 California State champ in the 100m and 300m hurdles.
PERSONAL: Natasha was born on July 22, 1980 ... She is majoring in sociology at USC.
CAREER BESTS: 100m HH - 13.24; 400m IH - 56.86.