2011 USC-UCLA Dual Meet Hall Of Fame Class Introduced
April 26, 2011
The third annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet Hall of Fame inductees were honored today (April 26) at a luncheon in the Varsity Lounge at Heritage Hall on the campus of USC in Los Angeles, Calif. The luncheon serves to promote the most historic track and field dual meet in the country between crosstown rivals USC and UCLA which will be held on Sunday, May 1 at Loker Stadium, beginning at 11 a.m.
The third class of Dual Meet Hall of Fame inductees were Angela Williams (USC, only 4-time NCAA 100m champ, 2-time Olympian), Quincy Watts (USC, 1992 NCAA champ in the 400m, won 1992 Olympic golds in 400m and 4x400m relay), Felix Sanchez (USC, 2000 NCAA champ in 400m IH and 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 400m IH), Jack Davis (USC, 3-time NCAA champ and 2-time Olympic silver medalist in the high hurdles), Ryan Wilson (USC, 2003 NCAA 110m HH champ, 3-time NCAA scorer, ranks top 10 in the world in the 110m HH last 3 years), John Smith (UCLA, part of 1971 and 1972 NCAA championship teams, 1972 Olympian), Nicole Leach (UCLA, 2-time NCAA 400m IH champ), Karen Hecox-Candaele (UCLA, 1994 NCAA 3000m champ), Bob Day (UCLA, 1968 Olympian) and coach Jim Busch (UCLA & USC).
The luncheon was streamed live on USCTrojans.com and can be viewed by clicking the following link: Dual Meet Hall of Fame Luncheon Video
Also, the USC-UCLA Dual Meet will be shown live on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. on USCTrojans.com. Fans can click the following link to watch the meet live: Watch the Dual Meet
PARKING INFORMATION- Due to the heavy traffic expected in the area as USC is hosting the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend, fans are urged to enter campus at Gate 6 which is the entrance at Vermont and 36th streets. Fans coming to the track meet will also be allowed to park in the lot on Vermont just before Jefferson (behind the baseball field).
THE DUAL MEET - The USC men's and women's track and field team will be hosting the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet at 11 a.m. at Loker Stadium on Sunday, May 1. The hammer throw competition will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Mt. SAC. During the meet on Sunday, the USC 25-year (1985-86) and the 50-year (1960-61) reunion teams will be introduced.
USC-UCLA DUAL MEET HISTORY - The USC-UCLA Dual Meet is one of the most storied track battles in the country featuring many track and field greats and NCAA champions over the years and this edition should be no exception. The USC men's team comes in ranked No. 8 and the women's team No. 5, while UCLA's men are ranked just outside the top 25. The USC men own a 42-35 advantage in the Dual Meet, while the women's team trails 21-6. USC has swept the last two Dual Meets and the women's team has won three consecutive meets for the first time in the series' history.
USC DUAL MEET STREAKS - A member of the USC women's team has won the 100m dash for nine consecutive seasons and the hammer throw six straight years as well as the Women of Troy capturing six 4x100m relays in a row. Individually, Zsofia Erdelyi has won the women's 1500m and 5000m races all three years she has competed and is expected to go for the four-year sweep on Sunday. A member of USC's men's team has won the 100m and the 200m races for eight consecutive Dual Meets and the javelin throw five consecutive times. USC has won six consecutive 4x400m relays and last year's disqualification in the 4x100m relay ended a streak of 11 straight victories in the event for USC. USC has also won the men's high jump competition in all but one season (2008) since 1999.
USC HAS 21 TOP 25 MARKS - USC has a combined 21 marks this season which rank in the top 25 nationally. The men have nine top 20 marks (Hughes-400m, Mance-400m, Shaw-1500m, Spurlock-110m HH, Ames-110m HH, Wyatt-400m IH, Henderson-hammer, Thompson-javelin and the 4x400m relay) and the women have 12 (Davis-100m and 200m, Payne-200m, Erdelyi-5000m and 10000m, Ali-100m HH, Blackburn-100m HH, Boyd-triple jump, Muhammad-400m IH, Minderler-hammer, Ozorai-hammer and 4x100m relay).