THIS YEAR: Michelle Sanford looks to challenge the school long jump and triple jump records in her senior season. Ranks third all-time at USC in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.
2007: Took second in the triple jump at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 28 with a season-best 41-8 (12.70m). Also posted a season-best long jump of 20-3 1/2 (6.18m) on that day to finish fourth. Came in sixth in the triple jump (41-7 1/4) and seventh in the long jump 19-9 1/2 at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford. Named honorable mention to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.
2006: Placed third in the long jump (19-6 1/4) and 2nd in the triple jump (42-8) at the UCLA-USC Dual Meet on April 29...Came in 10th at the Pac-10 Championships in Eugene, Ore. in the long jump (19-0) and second in the triple jump (42-8 1/2)...At the NCAA West Regional in Provo, Utah, she placed seventh in the long jump (20-2 1/2) and fourth in the triple jump (42-5 1/2)...Made it to the NCAA Championships held in Sacramento, Calif. in the triple jump, but did not qualify for the finals.
2005: Sanford missed most of the season with injuries and could not follow up on her sensational freshman campaign...She was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
2004: Sanford lived up to her advance billing as a freshman, scoring a team-best 18 points at the Pac-10 meet, while winning the long jump and taking second in the triple jump...Her season included a 43-9 1/4 in the triple and 20-10 1/2 in the long jump, PRs that were good for third and sixth, respectively, on the Trojan all-time charts...She won the long jump at the UCLA dual meet (getting her PR in the process) and took second in the triple jump with a leap of 43-2 1/2...Finished third in the long jump at the NCAA West Regionals with a jump of 20-1 1/2, but she injured her hamstring while triple jumping and did not qualify in that event...Her injury carried over to the NCAAs, where she was unable to compete...Up until that point, she had been undefeated against collegians in the long jump.
HIGH SCHOOL: Sanford was perhaps the top jumper in the nation coming out of Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif....She was a four-time USATF All-American, a two-time California state triple jump champ and also a winner in the long jump...She is the national sophomore triple jump record holder at 43-5 1/2, which is the third-best by a high schooler of any class...That mark earned her a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary in 2001.
PERSONAL: Michelle was born on Sept. 25, 1985...She is the daughter of James Sanford, the fastest Trojan ever (10.03 for 100m)...She is a communications major at USC.
CAREER BESTS: Triple Jump -- 43-9 1/4; Long Jump -- 20-10 1/2