USC Track And Field Teams Head To Berkeley For Pac-10 Championships

May 15, 2001


The USC men's and women's track and field teams travel to Berkeley, Calif., this weekend (May 19-20) to compete in the 2001 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships taking place at the University of California's Edwards Stadium. Field events begin Saturday with the men's hammer at 11 a.m., with track events starting at 1 p.m. with qualifying for the women's 400m relay. Sunday's events start at 9:30 a.m. with the women's hammer and track events get underway at 1 p.m. with the final of the women's 400m relay. The championships conclude with the men's 1600m relay at 4:25 p.m. A tape delayed show of the meet will be distributed Fox Sports Net on Friday, May 25, starting at 11 a.m. Check your local listings for showtimes. Complete schedules and results can be found on the internet at


The USC men are looking for their third straight Pac-10 Championship, fourth in five years and 33rd overall, while the USC women will be trying for their first title since 1996 and third overall. At the 2000 meet, the USC men dominated the sprints and the throws on their way to scoring 154 points (runner up Stanford had 122.5) at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Women of Troy had a fine meet of their own, but came up short as UCLA took the crown in the closest conference meet ever, 167.5-161.


USC picked up seven points for the men and two points on the women's side at the Pac-10 multi-events held in Berkeley on May 12-13. Junior Russell Silvers led the way for Troy, scoring a personal-best 7118 to place fifth in the decathlon. Senior Casey Thompson took seventh (6876), while junior Tell Hendren was eighth (6698). For the women, sophomore Spring Harris scored a personal best 4855 to place seventh in the heptathlon.


So far this season, USC has 28 Pac-10, 11 NCAA provisional and 4 NCAA automatic qualifying marks on the men's side and 40 Pac-10, 13 NCAA provisional and 11 NCAA automatic qualifying marks on the women's side. Both teams are coming off emotional meets versus UCLA on May 5. The USC men snapped the Bruins' 22-meet win streak, 82-81, behind heroic performance from the distances and throws, while the UCLA women beat USC for the ninth consecutive year, 85-78, in a meet that came down to the 1600m relay.


Several Trojans are either at or near the top of the national lists in their events. For the Women of Troy, two-time defending NCAA 100m champ Angela Williams has the top time in that event at 11.09 (wind-aided), while senior Candace Young is fifth (11.22). Senior Brigita Langerholc has the second-fastest time in the 800m (2:03.20), while junior Aleksandra Deren has the fourth-best time (2:04.18). The Women of Troy's 400m relay is third on the list (43.70--tops in the Pac-10) while its 1600m relay is sixth (3:33.17) and freshman Inga Stasiulionyte has the second-best javelin mark (173-9). On the men's side, senior Djeke Mambo has the second-longest triple jump (54-4), while senior Norbert Horvath is third on the hammer list (228-5). Senior Dennis Kholev is fifth on the pole vault list (18-0 1/2) and the 400m relay is seventh (39.39).


The Women of Troy are ranked first by Track and Field News, second by Trackwire and are second in the Team Power Rankings. The Trojan men are ranked third in the Team Power Rankings and 12th by Track and Field News.


The USC women finished second at last year's NCAA championships in Durham, N.C., ending up just four points from the title for the second straight year. It was the highest finish ever and third consecutive top five finish for the Women of Troy, who are considered to be the co-favorites (along with UCLA) for the 2001 title. The USC men finished tied for seventh--their seventh consevutive top 10 NCAA finish.


The Trojan men's program has won an unprecedented 26 NCAA outdoor national titles (including nine straight in 1935-43), plus two NCAA indoor crowns. USC's men also have had 106 individual champions over the years. The Women of Troy have had 12 individual collegiate champions, including two-time defending 100m champ Angela Williams, and eight Top 10 NCAA team finishes in school history, including last season's second-place showing at the 2000 meet in Durham, NC. This season, USC track and field will try to add to these totals at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on May 30-June 2.


One season removed from a second-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Track and Field Championships--their highest finish ever--the Women of Troy are in a strong position to challenge for all the marbles in 2001. USC returns athletes who scored a total of 36.5 points at the 2000 NCAA meet in Durham, N.C.--more returning points than any other team. The returning point total is higher than what all but four teams scored at the entire championship meet.


The Trojan men have won back-to-back Pac-10 team titles for the first time since 1976-77 (and they've captured three of the last four). Meanwhile, USC has finished in the top 10 at the NCAAs for seven consecutive years--its longest such stretch since 1966-72.

A look at Some Key USC Athletes:


Junior Angela Williams, the two-time defending NCAA 100m champ, is attempting to become the first woman ever to win three consecutive NCAA 100m titles. She would be the first athlete, man or woman, to accomplish the feat since Charlie Green of Nebraska did it in 1965-67. Williams, the USC (11.04) and American prep (11.11) record holder in the 100m, will also try her hand in the 200m this season. Her credentials as one of the rising young stars of track were solidified on March 11 when she won the silver medal in the 60m dash at the World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. Williams' time of 7.09 shattered the American collegiate record of 7.14 set by Carlette Guidry of Texas in 1991 and is the fourth fastest time in the world and fastest by an American in 2001. So far this season, Williams has the fastest time in the nation in the 100m at 11.09 (wind-aided). At last year's Pac-10s in Eugen, Williams won the 100m (11.01w), the 200m (22.78w) and ran leadoff on the USC's Pac-10 Champion 400m relay squad.


Senior pole vaulter and team co-captain Dennis Kholev broke Dave Kenworthy's school record last year when he vaulted 18-3 [5.56] to finish second at the Centennial Invitational. Kholev, who finished seventh at the NCAAs in 1999 and 12th last year, is a native of the Ukraine who later served three years in the Israeli Defense Forces. He has already vaulted 18-2 indoors and 18-0 1/2 outdoors in 2001. At last season's Pac-10s, Kholev finished second with a height of 18-1 1/4.


Senior Brigita Langerholc is the USC and Pac-10 record holder in the 800m at 1:58.51. She is fresh off a fourth place finish in the 800 at the Sydney Olympics, is ranked ninth in the world and boasts the top returning time in the collegiate ranks in the event. Last year, she took eighth at the NCAAs. Langerholc is also an accomplished 400m runner. Her 52.02 ran last July is second on the all-time Women of Troy chart and she is a vital member of USC's 1600m relay squad. So far this season, she has an NCAA automatic time of 2:03.20 in the 800m and also has run an NCAA provisional 53.68 in the 400m. At last season's Pac-10s, Langerholc breezed to the 800m title in a time of 2:03.82.


Long-legged junior Kinshasa Davis is one of the top sprinters in the country and will be a key for USC's title hopes this season. In 2000, she ran the second-fastest collegiate 200m time in the nation at 22.69, which was also second fastest all-time on the Women of Troy and Pac-10 charts. That time is the top returning 200m collegiate time in the nation. Davis took second in the 200m at the 2000 NCAAs (22.79) and ran the anchor leg on USC's 400m relay squad that took first and the 1600m relay that took third. So far this season, Davis has bests of 22.98 in the 200m (NCAA automaticl), 11.39 in the 100m (NCAA provisional) and 56.01 in the 400m. At the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, Davis finished second in the 200m (22.82w) and fourth in the 100m (11.42w) and ran the anchor legs on both of USC's winning relays.


Norbert Horvath, who has the second-best hammer mark in USC history, returns with the hope of adding more honors to an already impressive college resume. One of the most consistent hammer throwers in the nation, Horvath has a shot at winning USC's sixth NCAA hammer title later this season. The two-time All-American, who has a PR of 241-11, finished second at the NCAAs as a soph and fifth as a junior. So far this season, Horvath has a season best and NCAA automatic mark of 228-5. At last year's Pac-10s, Horvath won his second straight Pac-10 title, winning with a mark of 230-4.


Senior Djeke Mambo is one of the best all-around athletes for the USC men. Mambo has career-bests of 54-4 in the triple jump, 25-0 3/4 in the long jump, 13.85 in the 110m HH and 10.65 in the 100m (all of these marks were recorded this season). His triple jump mark is the second best triple jump in USC history (just barely behind Tom Cochee's 54-4 1/2). At the 2000 Pac-10s, Mambo finished fourth in the long jump, sixth in the triple jump and fifth in the 110m HH.


Natasha Neal, a junior, has provided a boost for the Women of Troy since transferring from Texas in the fall. She has bests of 57.19 in the 400m IH (fourth on the USC all-time list) and 13.34 in the 100m HH. She also ran the second leg on USC's 400m relay that ran a season-best 43.70 against UCLA and the leadoff leg on USC's 1600m relay that ran a season-best 3:33.17 against the Bruins.


Ryan Wilson, a sophomore, is USC's top hurdler and the defending Pac-10 110m HH champion. Wilson has bests of 13.69 (ninth on the all-time Trojan chart) in the highs and 50.99 in the 400m IH. At last year's Pac-10s, Wilson blazed to the title with a PR 13.83w (just ahead of teammate and fellow freshman Marcell Allmond at 13.89w).


Junior Tatyana Obukhova leads the Women of Troy in both the long jump and the triple jump. Her personal-best mark of 43-2 1/4 in the triple jump is third on the all-time USC chart. At last year's Pac-10 Championships, Obukhova won the triple jump title with a jump of 43-9 1/4w and finished eighth in the long jump with a mark of 19-9 1/4.


Senior Andre Ammons is USC's co-captain and a fearless performer in the 200m, 400m and 1600m relay. Ammons has PRs of 20.85 in the 200m and 45.89 in the 400m--both NCAA provisional marks. At last year's Pac-10s, Ammons finished third in the 200m (20.83w) and also ran on USC's winning 1600m relay squad.


Junior Sultan McCullough returns for the Trojans at the Pac-10s after missing last year's championships due to a groin pull. McCullough was the 1999 Pac-10 100m champion as a frosh, winning the title in 10.18. Last year, McCullough rebounded from his groin pull to place eighth in the 100m at the NCAA Championships, earning USC's 43rd All-American honor in that event. McCullough spent most of spring with the Trojan football team, where he is fresh off a 1163-yard rushing season as the starting tailback, but he returned for the USC-UCLA dual meet and promptly won the 100m in 10.28 and anchored the Trojans' winning 400m relay squad. He has a personal-best of 10.17 in the 100m.


The Women of Troy throws program is one of the best in the nation. Junior Cynthia Ademiluyi is USC's most versatile thrower. Ademiluyi finished third in the shot and fourth in the discus at the Pac-10s and this year has an NCAA automatic mark of 52-7 1/2 in the shot and an NCAA provisional 170-2 in the discus. Meanwhile, sophomore Julianna Tudja, who transferred to USC from SMU this past fall, already is second on the all-time Women of Troy hammer chart after recording an NCAA automatic mark of 203-7. Redshirt frosh L'Orangerie Crawford has show remarkable versatility thus far, recording NCAA provisional marks in the shot (52-1 1/4) and in the hammer (191-2). Meanwhile, freshman Inga Stasiulionyte has an NCAA automatic mark of 173-9 in the javelin, good for second on the all-time USC chart.


The Women of Troy's school and Pac-10 record 400m relay squad, consisting of Angela Williams, Candace Young, Malika Edmonson and Kinshasa Davis won the NCAA title last year in 43.14--the ninth fastest time in the world in 2000 (just behind China) ... Senior sprinter Candace Young, who has a personal-best and NCAA automatic time of 11.22 in the 100m, is a second generation Trojan All American--her father is 1972 USC All-American and NFL All-Pro tight end Charlie Young. Her sisters, Chanel and Cerenity, also compete in track and field for USC ... Senior Casey Thompson is not only a two-time All-Pac-10 performer in the decathlon, but he is also the highest ranking Air Force ROTC cadet on the USC campus. Thompson, who is a walk on and currently 7th on the all-time Trojan decathlete list, is training to be a fighter pilot and will begin a 10 year enlistment in the summer ... The current Women of Troy squad is re-writing the USC record books--a total of 21 current athletes are represented on at least one event on the all-time top 10 charts, including three school record holders: Angela Williams (100m), Brigita Langerholc (800m), and the 400m relay squad.


Under the guidance of Director of Track and Field Ron Allice, the Trojan men are on a run of seven consective top 10 finishes (six of them under Allice)--a feat last accomplished during the 1970s under Vern Wolfe. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy have finished in the top 5 for three straight years and in the top 10 four of the last five years - a level of success not seen since the late 1980s. Last year the men's track team won its third Pac-10 title in four years and second straight under Allice. Then, at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, he led the USC men's team to seventh place and the Women of Troy to second. It was the women's best showing ever. In 1999, the men finished fifth and the women third. As a combined men's and women's program, that performance was the best in school history. In fact, USC was the only school in the country in 1999 that finished in the top five in both men's and women's track and field. In 1998, the Trojan men's team finished in seventh place while the women's team finished in fifth place. In 1997, Allice directed the Trojan men's team to its first Pacific-10 Conference title since 1977 (and 30th overall) before finishing third at the NCAAs. In 1996, Allice guided the USC women's team to its first-ever Pac-10 title and directed the men's squad to a 10th-place finish at the NCAAs. And in his first year at USC in 1995, he led the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs. Allice is well known for his ability to win. His overall dual meet coaching mark is 200-38-1 in 34 years at five schools, including 11 state championships in 16 years at Long Beach City College, his previous stop before landing at Troy. Allice's programs have produced more than 200 All-Americans, plus 20 Olympians, four world record holders and seven American record holders. He has coached at his high school, junior college and college alma maters on the way to compiling his outstanding coaching statistics.

USC TRACK & FIELD HISTORYIn addition to Troy's 26 NCAA outdoor titles (including nine straight, 1935-43), two indoor NCAA titles and 31 conference crowns, the USC men's program has had 38 unbeaten and untied seasons, including a string of 16 in a row (1946-61). Since starting the track and field program in 1900, the Trojan men have compiled a dual-meet record of 411-111-4 (.795). Since 1912, 61 USC trackmen have equalled or bettered world records, and there have been 118 NCAA individual or relay winners from Troy. Eighty-one Trojan men and 17 Women of Troy have won 128 places on national Olympic teams over the years. Trojans have won 27 individual Olympic titles and shared in 13 relay wins.

USC Track & Field2001 NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers

MEN (17)Norbert Horvath Hammer 228-5 (A)Djeke Mambo TJ 54-4 (A)Ryan Wilson 110m HH 13.69 (A)Kevin Elliot 800m 1:47.40 (A)Andre Ammons 200m 20.85 (P)Andre Ammons 400m 45.97 (P)Djeke Mambo 110m HH 13.85 (P)Ryan Wilson 400m IH 50.99 (P)Devon Ward 100m 10.26 (P)Darrell Rideaux 100m 10.27 (P)Sultan McCullough 100m 10.28 (P)Miguel Fletcher 100m 10.31 (P)Justin Cox TJ 51-7 1/4 (P)Dawid Jaworski HJ 7-2 1/2 (P)Dennis Kholev PV 18-0 1/2 (P)400m Relay -- 39.39 (P)1600m Relay -- 3:06.00 (P)

(A) - Automatic qualifying mark -- currently 4(P) - Provisional qualifying mark -- currently 13

WOMEN (24)Juliana Tudja Hammer 203-7 (A)400m Relay -- 43.70 (A)Angela Williams 100m 11.09w (A)Candace Young 100m 11.22 (A)Brigita Langerholc 800m 2:03.20 (A)Cynthia Ademiluyi SP 52-7 1/2 (A)Aleksandra Deren 800m 2:04.18 (A)Kinshasa Davis 200m 22.98 (A)Natasha Neal 400m IH 57.16 (A)Inga Stasiulionyte Javelin 173-9 (A)1600m Relay -- 3:33.17 (A)Brigita Langerholc 400m 53.68 (P)Kinshasa Davis 100m 11.39 (P)Angela Williams 200m 23.59 (P)Aleksandra Deren 1500m 4:20.84 (P)Natasha Neal 100m HH 13.34 (P)Carla Estes 400m 53.55 (P)Brooke Thomas 3000mSC 11.07.63 (P)Tatyana Obukhova TJ 43-2 1/4 (P)Spring Harris HJ 5-10 1/2 (P)L'Orangeril Crawford SP 52-1 1/4 (P)Cynthia Ademiluyi Discus 170-2 (P)L'Orangeril Crawford Hammer 191-2 (P)Leslie Erickson Javelin 154-4 (P)

(A) - Automatic qualifying mark -- currently 11(P) - Provisional qualifying mark -- currently 13

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