USC Men's Track & Field Place Second At Pac-10 Championships
May 20, 2001
1. Stanford 142, 2. USC 136, 3. UCLA 115.50, 4. Arizona State 109.50, 5.Oregon 86.50, 6. California 85, 7. Washington State 67.50, 8. Washington 42,9. Arizona 32 (Stanford's first conference team title in 74 years, since1927).
The Trojan men's consecutive string of Pac-10 Championships came to a halt attwo, as USC came up short to Stanford, 142-136. The closest men's meet since1974 saw several valiant performances by Trojan athletes, including a doublewin by Djeke Mambo in the triple and long jumps, a school-record breaking winby pole vaulter Dennis Kholev, the third consecutive Pac-10 title for hammerthrower Norbert Horvath and a win by the men's 400m relay squad. It was notenough, as Stanford scored 91 points in the middle and long distances aloneto win its first conference title in 74 years.
The Trojans compete next at the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships inEugene, Ore., on May 30-June 2.
(The USC men started the day in fifth place with 42 points)
400m Relay: The USC squad of Miguel Fletcher, Devon Ward, Darrell Rideaux andSultan McCullough won in a time of 39.74. The Trojans originally finishedsecond to Arizona State, but the Sun Devils were disqualified for an illegalbaton pass.
400m: Senior Andre Ammons finished fifth in a time of 46.65.
100m: Junior Sultan McCullough, who won the 1999 Pac-10 100m championship,finished second to ASU's Marcus Brunson with a time of 10.33. Junior DevonWard was fifth at 10.56, while sophomore Darrell Rideaux placed seventh at10.59. USC scored a total of 14 points in this event.
800m: Junior Kevin Elliot placed second in 1:50.46, finishing ahead ofStanford Olympian Gabe Jennings.
400m IH: Sophomore Ryan Wilson, who took fourth in the 110m HH, placed secondin the intermediates in a time of 50.89.
1600m Relay: USC finished second to Arizona State in a time of 3:06.71.
High Jump: Freshman Dawid Jaworksi finished third with a personal-best andNCAA automatic qualifying height of 7-3-good for second on the all-time USChigh jump list.
Triple Jump: Djeke Mambo, who won the long jump on day one, won the triplejump with a mark of 53-2 ï¿½, becoming the first Trojan since Luther Hayes in1961 to win both jumps at the Pac-10 meet. Mambo joins his elder brother,Kedjeloba (1997), as a conference triple jump champion. Djeke scored a totalof 23 points in the meet for USC. Senior Justin Cox finished fifth with ajump of 49-1 ï¿½, giving USC 14 points in the event.