Men's And Women's Track And Field Teams Compete Well At Long Beach Relays

Feb. 20, 2001

Long Beach, Calif. - The USC men's and women's track and field teams started their track seasons at the Long Beach relays at Long Beach State University in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Several Trojans got off to good starts in 2001. On the men's side, freshman Dawid Jaworski high jumped 7-0 1/2 in his USC debut to take second in that event, senior Dennis Kholev won the pole vault with a height of 17-2 3/4, freshman Andre Serrette won the long jump with a distance of 23-0, senior All-American Norbert Horvath went 206-7 to win the hammer, while Michael Murray nailed his personal-best with a mark of 183-10 to take third, Ryan Wilson took second in the 110m HH with a time of 14.54 (w: -1.8) and also won the 400m IH in a time of 52.90, and the USC men's 400m relay squad, comprised of Miguel Fletcher, Devon Ward, Darrell Rideaux and Kareem Kelly, won their event in a time of 40.46.

On the women's side, junior Tatyana Obukhova, who is the defending Pac-10 triple jump champ, jumped 20-0 1/2--her best mark in the long jump at USC and just three inches off the NCAA provisional qualifying distance, freshman L'Orangeril Crawford threw the shot 45-1 1/2, good for ninth on the all-time Women of Troy chart, sophomore Julianna Tudja won the hammer with a mark of 172-0, sophomore Brooke Thomas ran a personal-best 10:19.94--seventh on the USC women's list--to win the 3000m, Natasha Neal won the 400m IH in a time of 58.19, and the USC women's 400m relay won in a time of 45.52.

Both the men's and women's teams will compete at the Claremont Relays at Claremont College next Saturday (Feb. 24). USC will host its first home meet--the Trojan Invitational--on March 3.

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