USC's Track And Field Team To Compete At Mt. SAC Relays And Long Beach State Invitational This Weekend
April 12, 2006
WEEKLY TRACK AND FIELD RELEASE - APRIL 13-15, 2006
TROJANS COMPETE AT MT. SAC AND LONG BEACH THIS WEEK - The USC Trojans' track and field team will be competing at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. from April 13-15 an at the Long Beach State Invitational on April 15.
LAST WEEK AT THE TEXAS RELAYS - Virginia Powell kept on rolling, winning the women's 100m HH invitational on April 8 in the final day of competition at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Tex. The senior defeated an elite field of hurdlers with ease, finishing with a wind-aided time of 12.79. Tony D'Andley, running unattached, finished second with a time of 13.27 and Fanny Gerance of France placed third with a time of 13.29. Trojan junior Candice Davis placed second in the university women's 100m HH event with a personal-best time of 13.10. Sophomore Carol Rodriguez placed sixth in the women's 100m dash, posting a personal-best non-wind-aided time of 11.39. Powell, sophomore Jessica Onyepunuka, Davis and Rodriguez teamed up to run a season best 43.84 in the women's 4x100m race to place third. Senior Karen Freberg posted her farthest distance of the season with a shot put of 55-5 (16.89m) to finish fourth. Her throw was the third farthest in school history. In the women's triple jump, junior Michelle Sanford placed eighth with a season-best jump of 43-0 1/4 (13.11m) and freshman Brittany Daniels finished 12th with a jump of 41-8 3/4 (12.72m). Freshman pole vaulter Brysun Stately placed 13th, clearing a height of 12-5 1/2 (3.80m). For the Trojan men, the 4x100m relay team of senior Philip Francis, senior Garry Jones, freshman Matthew Palmer and sophomore Roy Alugbue ran a 39.86 time to place fourth. The men's 4x400m relay team of sophomore Kai Kelley, senior Jeff Garrison, junior Raphael Asafo-Agyei and sophomore Lionel Larry ran a season best 3:06.37 to take eighth place. The USC men's distance medley relay team of Asafo-Agyei, sophomore Duane Solomon, senior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz and junior DeSean Cunningham finished second with a time of 9:49.99. Also, junior Noah Bryant placed fifth in the shot with a throw of 59-11 1/4 (18.27m) and senior USC record-holder Jesse Williams placed fifth in the high jump at a height of 7-2 1/2 (2.20m). The USC men's 4x800m relay team of Cunningham, Asafo-Agyei, Babiszkiewicz and Solomon ran a blazing time of 7:18.58 on April 6 to finish second and highlight the first day of action for the Trojans. The Trojans' time was three seconds faster than their winning time at the Texas Relays last season (7:21.75) when they set the Myers Stadium record. Oral Roberts set a new stadium record with a time of 7:17.02 to edge the Trojans and win the event.
LAST WEEK AT UCLA - At the UCLA Rafer Johnson/JJK Invite at Drake Stadium in Westwood, Calif., junior Adam Midles won the men's hammer with a throw of 211-2 on April 6. Junior Kevin Swartz placed 14th with a throw of 164-7 and sophomore Jekabs Sliede placed 19th with a career-best throw of 151-11. For the women's hammer throwers, USC freshman Eva Orban threw a season-best 213-9 to place second. Her throw is the second best in school history. Junior Julia Rozenfeld finished third in the women's hammer with a throw of 193-0 and junior Alexandrea Williams finished 11th with a career-best throw of 166-2.
TROJANS IN THE RANKINGS - The latest Trackwire rankings list the USC women's team second in the country, behind only Texas. Trackwire has the USC men's team ranked 17th. The USTCCCA poll out this week ranks the USC women's team second and the men's team 15th.
THE V.P. OF THE TRACK - Senior hurdler/sprinter/relay specialist Virginia Powell has continued to win virtually every sprint hurdles event she enters. She won every major hurdles event she entered last season and has not lost a meet yet this season. Since the beginning of the 2005 season, she has won the 2005 and 2006 NCAA indoor 60m hurdles championships, the 2005 NCAA 100m HH outdoor championships, the 2005 Pac-10 100m HH championship, the 2005 NCAA West Region 100m HH championships and set the school record and tied the collegiate record (12.61) in the 100m HH. She also ranks among the Trojans' all-time top 10 in the 100m dash and has been part of three of the top 10 women's 4x100m relays in school history. So far this season, she has posted the fastest collegiate female 100m HH time (12.79) and the third-fastest 100m dash time (11.17).
TROJANS IN THE TOP 10 THIS SEASON - The following Trojans currently have posted times or marks that rank among the top 10 in the country so far this season: Men: 400m - Lionel Larry (6); 800m - Raphael Asafo-Agyei (6); 400m IH - Kai Kelley (10); 4x100m - (8); 4x400m (9); High Jump - Jesse Williams (1); Shot - Noah Bryant (8); Hammer - Adam Midles (9). Women: 100m - Virginia Powell (3), Carol Rodriguez (8); 200m - Rodriguez (8); 400m - Rodriguez (5); 100m HH - Powell (1), Candice Davis (2); 4x100m - (4, 6); Triple Jump - Michelle Sanford (9); Shot - Karen Freeberg (4); Discus - Kate Hutchinson (5); Hammer - Eva Orban (3), Julia Rozenfeld (7).
TROJANS CLAIM TWO INDOOR TITLES - The Trojans had a strong showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10-11), despite sending just five female and one male athlete to the event in Fayetteville, Ark. Jesse Williams defended his 2005 indoor title by jumping 7-6 to win the 2006 NCAA indoor high jump championship. Virginia Powell ran 7.84 to win the 60m hurdles title for the second consecutive season. Her time was the fastest ever recorded by a female college athlete in the 60m hurdles Candice Davis placed eighth in the 60m hurdles and Carol Rodriguez second in the 200m race to lead the USC women's team to a tie for eighth place in the team competition with 21 points.
USC TRACK AND FIELD HISTORY - USC is well known as one of the most successful athletic programs in the history of the NCAA, with 106 men's and women's national championships. The Trojans have won far more NCAA team and individual titles combined than any other university. However, the most dominant force in USC's slate of athletic programs is not the baseball team (12 College World Series titles) or the football squad (nine national championships) but the men's track and field program, with an unprecedented 28 NCAA titles (including nine straight, 1935-43). In fact, in the history of the NCAA, only the Oklahoma State wrestling program (31) has more national titles than USC men's outdoor track and field. Trojan athletes have dominated the track and field scene for decades. From the exploits of sprinter Charlie Paddock and thrower Clarence "Bud" Houser in the 1920s and 1930s, sprinter Mel Patton in the 1940s, thrower Parry O'Brien in the 1950s,sprinter Lennox Miller and pole vaulter Bob Seagren in the 1960s, sprinter Quincy Watts in the 1980s, to four-time NCAA hammer champion Balazs Kiss (only the fifth collegian to win four in a row) in the 1990s and World Champion hurdler Felix Sanchez in the 2000s, USC is synonymous with track and field excellence.
Ron Allice AND SUCCESS GO HAND IN HAND - Esteemed Director of Track and Field Ron Allice enters his 12th season at the helm of the USC program. With the outstanding coaching staff he has assembled, the Trojans have returned to prominence on a national level once again. In 2005, the Trojans were one of two schools to place both the men's and women's teams in the top seven in the country. Under his guidance, the Trojan men's team has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA finals in eight of his 11 seasons, including a sixth-place finish last season. The Women of Troy won their first-ever national championship in 2001 under Allice, who has guided the women's track and field team to a top 10 finish seven times in 11 seasons, including a seventh-place finish in 2005. USC's past successes in track and field are well known: 29 NCAA championships (including two indoor titles), 61 world records, 87 Olympic team members, 40 Olympic gold medals and 16 inductees in the U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame - all encapsuled in 104 years of a rich and storied tradition.
TROJAN ATHLETES WITH NCAA REGINONAL QUALIFYING MARKS IN 2006
Last year the USC men's track and field team placed sixth and the women's team seventh at the NCAA Championships, one of just two schools in the country to have both the men's and women's team finish in the top seven. This season, the Trojans have posted 39 individual qualifying marks for the NCAA Regionals (as well as all four relay teams), where they will compete in Provo, Utah from May 26-27 for the chance to advance to the NCAA Championships, held June 7-10.
MEN WOMEN 100m (10.50): Garry Jones, Philip Francis 100m (11.75): Jessica Onyepunuka, Virginia Powell, Carol Rodriguez 200m (21.19): Philip Francis 200m (23.96): Carol Rodriguez 400m (47.26): Lionel Larry, Jeff Garrison 400m (54.61): Treani Swain 800m (1:50.40): Raphael Asafo-Agyei, Duane Solomon 800m (2:09.80): 1500m (3:47.80): Tomasz Babiszkiewicz 110m HH (14.30): Blake Frazier, Kai Kelley, Logan Taylor 100m HH (13.92): Virginia Powell, Candice Davis 400m IH (52.51): Kai Kelley 4x100m Relay (40.66): Jones, Palmer, Francis, Alugbue 4x100m Relay (45.70): Powell, Onyepunuka, Davis Rodriguez 4x400m Relay 3:10.00): Larry, Garrison, Palmer, Asafo-Agyei 4x400m Relay (3:42.00): Graham, Rodriguez, Davis-Quarrie, Stewart High Jump (2.10m): Jesse Williams, Nathan Gwozdz Pole Vault (5.05m): Derek Scott Pole Vault (3.80m): Brysun Stately Long Jump (7.34m): Jesse Williams Long Jump (5.97m): Michelle Sanford Triple Jump (15.08m): Inman Breaux, Manjula Wijesekara Triple Jump (12.32m): Michelle Sanford, Brittany Daniels Shot (16.80m): Noah Bryant, William Denbo Shot (14.30m): Karen Freberg Discus (51.70m): Noah Bryant Discus (47.30m): Kate Hutchinson Hammer (55.60m): Adam Midles, Noah Bryant Hammer (54.15m): Eva Orban, Julia Rozenfeld Javelin (61.60m): Dennis Rice