Track And Field Teams Heat It Up In Desert
April 14, 2002
Tempe, Ariz. - Junior Nakiya Johnson, who transferred to USC from Texas, ran an NCAA automatic 52.30 to win the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Dawid Jaworski won the high jump with an NCAA provisional 7-1 3/4, as both the No. 1 Women of Troy and No. 17 Trojan men put in outstanding performances at the Sun Angel Invitational on Saturday, April 13.
The meet featured some of the top teams in the country, including LSU, Arizona, Alabama and Florda.
Johnson's mark is fourth on the all-time USC 400 meter chart. Her performance brings the total number of Women of Troy NCAA automatic qualifiers in 2002 to six. Senior Cynthia Ademiluyi also had a fine meet, equalling her PR in winning the shot put (NCAA automatic 55-3) and finishing second (first among all collegians) in the discus with an NCAA provisional distance of 175-1. Sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford recorded a PR in the shot with an NCAA automatic mark of 53-8 1/4 while taking third.
Senior three-time NCAA champion Angela Williams opened her 100-meter season with an NCAA provisional 11.38 to defeat Briann Glenn of Arizona, who ran 11.43. Williams also led off USC's 400-meter relay that finished second to LSU with an NCAA provisional 44.30.
Senior All-American Tatyana Obukhova had a great day, finishing second in the long jump to Glenn (the defending NCAA champ) with a PR and NCAA provisional 20-11 3/4 and also led all collegians in the triple jump with an NCAA provisional mark of 42-6.
Other marks for the Women of Troy: junior Julianna Tudja threw a season-best and NCAA automatic 204-9 in the hammer, while Crawford went an NCAA provisional 199-10, senior Natasha Neal ran an NCAA provisional 13.54 in the 100-meter hurdles, junior Aleksandra Pieluzek ran an NCAA provisional 58.21 in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Leslie Erickson threw a PR and NCAA provisional 165-4 in the javelin, the 1600-meter relay squad won its even in an NCAA provisional 3:34.52.
On the men's side, Jaworski's 7-1 3/4 in winning the high jump was a season best. Sophomore Julien Kapek, who was recovering from the flu, nonetheless put in a stellar performance in the triple jump. Kapek jumped 53-3 3/4 to take second behind 2000 Olympian Walter Davis of LSU. In the sprints, freshman Wes Felix ran a PR and Pac-10 qualifying 20.93 in the 200 meters, while senior Rod Arzu ran a PR and Pac-10 qualifying 47.85 in the 400 meters. Sophomore Chris Hickman (52.36) and freshman Ken Thomas (53.22) each ran season bests in the 400-meter hurdles.
Both track and field teams will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., this weekend (April 19-21).