Track & Field
    Midles Places Third In The Hammer Competition At NCAA West Regional
    Rodriguez had the fastest 100m and 200m times in the prelims
    Rodriguez had the fastest 100m and 200m times in the prelims

    May 25, 2007

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    USC's Adam Midles placed third in the men's hammer throw today (May 25) in the first day of competition at the 2007 NCAA Track and Field West Regional being hosted by Oregon at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. to qualify for the 2007 NCAA Track and Field Championships. There will be 19 Trojan athletes and both relay teams competing tomorrow hoping to join him at NCAA Track and Field Championships hosted by Sacramento State at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif. on June 6-9.

    Midles placed third in the West Regional hammer throw competition for the second consecutive season with a toss of 216-11 (66.13m). He earned USC's only six points on the day in the team competition which included five finals on both the men's and women's sides. Following the first day, the Trojan men's squad stands in 11th place. The women did not earn a point in any of today's finals and are tied for 21st in the team standings.

    The men's 4x100m relay team of sophomore Matthew Palmer, freshman Ahmad Rashad, junior Roy Alugbue and junior Lionel Larry got the action on the track started by winning their heat and posting the fastest time on the day of 40.04 to advance to tomorrow's finals.

     

     

    Larry won his heat in the men's 400m dash cruising into the finish line with a time of 46.81 to advance to the finals. Freshman Nate Anderson was off well in his heat of the 400m, but pulled up at about the 200m mark with a right hamstring injury and will not advance to the finals.

    Juniors Raphael Asafo-Agyei (1:49.35) and Duane Solomon (1:49.62) both won their heats in the men's 800m race to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Asafo-Agyei had the fastest time on the day and Solomon the third-fastest time on the day.

    Junior Kai Kelley won his heat in the men's 110m high hurdles and posted the fastest time on the day, matching his career best of 13.76. Also qualifying for tomorrow's finals was junior Logan Taylor who posted a 14.02 time to place third in his heat and fifth overall.

    Kelley also won his heat in the men's 400m intermediate hurdles with a time of 51.81 to advance to tomorrow's finals.

    Juniors Carol Rodriguez (11.40 wind-aided) and Jessica Onyepunuka (11.51) both won their heats in the women's 100m dash and posted the two fastest qualifying times to move on to tomorrow's finals. They had so much fun, they did it again in the women's 200m dash with Rodgriguez winning her heat with a time of 23.20 and Onyepunuka winning her heat with a time of 23.26. They were the fastest times on the day and Onyepunuka moved into 10th place on USC's all-time 200m list. Rodriguez is the school record-holder in the event with a time of 22.23 on May 27, 2006.

    Freshman Myra Hasson automatically qualified for tomorrow's women's 400m finals by winning her heat with a time of 53.84. Hasson's qualifying time was the second fastest on the day.

    Junior Candice Davis won her heat in the women's 100m high hurdles with the fastest qualifying time of 13.05 to advance to tomorrow's finals. Joining her will be freshman Shalina Clarke who ran 13.48 to place second in her heat and the fifth-fastest time on the day. Clarke's time was also a new PR and moved her from 10th to eighth all-time on USC's women's 100m HH list.

    Also competing for USC today, but not qualifying for the regional finals were: Nate Anderson in the 400m (DNF, hamstring); DaSean Cunningham in the 800m (11th - 1:52.14); Irek Sekretarski in the 1500m (28th - 4:04.10); Brian Wilhelm in the hammer (fouled out), Brandon Estrada in the pole vault (11th - 17-1, a new PR, besting his mark of 17-0 3/4 set on April 14 this season), Aaron Dan in the discus (16th - 174-9); Shalina Clarke in the 400m IH (16th - 1:00.98), Katie Kirst in the 400m IH (13th - 1:00.86), Talia Stewart in the 400m IH (19th - 1:02.31), Marylin Anene in the high jump (NH at 1.71m); Michelle Sanford in the long jump (15th - 19-1 1/4).

    A recap of Trojans competing in tomorrow's NCAA West Regional finals are:

    Women: 100m: Carol Rodriguez, Jessica Onyepunuka; 200m: Carol Rodriguez and Jessica Onyepunuka; 400m: Myra Hasson; 100m HH: Candice Davis and Shalina Clarke; Hammer: Eva Orban and Julia Rozenfeld; Pole Vault: Chun Mei Nickles; Triple Jump: Michelle Sanford; 4x100m relay team, 4x400m relay team.

    Men: 200m: Ahmad Rashad; 400m: Lionel Larry; 800m: Raphael Asafo-Agyei and Duane Solomon; 110m HH: Kai Kelley and Logan Taylor; 400m IH: Kai Kelley; Triple Jump: Inman Breaux and Aven Wright; Shot: Noah Bryant and William Denbo; 4x100m relay team, 4x400m relay team.