Women Of Troy Finish Second At Closest Pac-10 Track & Field Championships Ever
May 20, 2001
USC women drop baton on 1600-meter relay, Tudja breaks school record in hammerthrow, Langerholc wins third straight 800-meter title.
Women: 1. UCLA 155, 2. USC 153, 3. Stanford 120.50, 4. Washington State101.50, 5. Arizona State 89, 6. Arizona 77, 7. California 54, 8. Oregon 35,9. Washington 33
The USC women's track team appeared to have the 2001 Pac-10 Championships inhand until junior Kinshasa Davis dropped the baton while being passed byUCLA's Adia McKinnon on the third leg of the 1600m relay, giving the teamvictory to UCLA, 155-153 in the closest women's conference meet ever.
The Women of Troy, who have now finished runner up to the Bruins at thePac-10 for three years running, got come-through performances from triplejumper Tatyana Obukhova, shot putter Cynthia Ademiluyi, hammer throwerJulianna Tudja and 800m runner Brigita Langerholc, but couldn't overcome therelay miscue and a false start by Angela Williams in the heats of the 100meters.
USC will compete next at the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships inEugene, Ore., on May 30-June 2. The Women of Troy and the Bruins areconsidered the co-favorites for the women's crown.
Notes and Quotes:
USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice: 'First of all, you need a littleluck to beat the Bruins. Guess what--we fought and we didn't win it. You cannot blame everything on the relay. But you know, the idea is to beat somebodybefore it gets to the relay. But I tell you what, the way that I had thatmatchup, they weren't going to beat us. They weren't going to beat us in thatrelay.'
(The Trojan Women started the day in second-place, with 41 points)
Hammer: Sophomore Julianna Tudja finished second with a school-record throwof 206-7, surpassing Jennifer Vail's old mark of 204-3. It also is thefourth best hammer mark in the collegiate ranks in 2001. Redshirt freshmanL'Orangerie Crawford threw 183-9 to place eighth, giving the Women of Troy atotal of nine points in the hammer.
Tudja on her performance: 'I still think I can do better. I set a new schoolrecord and a personal best, so one week from now at the NCAAs, I hope I willimprove.'
Discus: Junior Cynthia Ademiluyi finished fifth with an NCAA provisionaldistance of 168-4
Triple Jump: Junior Tatyana Obukhova won her second consecutive Pac-10 triplejump championship-USC's first-ever repeat champ in that event--winning with amark of 42-4 ï¿½, while senior Stephanie Jones placed sixth with a jump of39-10.
Obukhova on her win: 'It was enough to win. There conditions were muchbetter today, because there was a bit of a tail wind. There was a lot ofsupport from the crowd. Everyone was clapping and it was very sunny, so Iliked how today went. The USC team was very supportive and everybody is suchgood friends, so being a part of this team is a great feeling.'
High Jump: Sophomore Spring Harris took sixth in the high jump with a heightof 5-8 ï¿½.
400m Relay: The USC squad, consisting of Angela Williams, Candace Young,Tiffany Bennett and Kinshasa Davis, won in a photo finish over UCLA (bothteams ran a season-best 43.64 and for USC it was the fourth best in schoolhistory). It's the second straight Pac-10 400m relay championship for theWomen of Troy.
100m HH: Junior Natasha Neal finished third in a time of 13.80 despiterunning into a 2.4 mph headwind.
1500m: Junior Lucyna Ligaj finished sixth in the 1500m with a personal-besttime of 4:22.77--an NCAA provisional qualifier and eighth on the all-time USCchart.
400m: Senior Carla Estes took fourth in a time of 54.04.
100m: Senior Candace Young took second (11.57), junior Kinshasa Davis wasthird (11.69) and junior Disia Page was a surprise sixth (personal-best11.89) as the Women of Troy scored 17 points in this event despite losingAngela Williams in the semifinals to a false start.
800m: Senior Brigita Langerholc won her third straight 800m conference title(the first woman ever to do so) by running a nation-leading 2:02.03. USCcontinues its domination of the 800m at the conference level, as the Women ofTroy have now won the event five years in a row. Junior Aleksandra Derenfinished second to Langerholc in a time of 2:05.06, giving USC 18 points inthe event.
400m IH: Junior Natasha Neal, who finished third in the 100m HH, also placedthird in the 400 hurdles, running a time of 57.73.
200m: Angela Williams rebounded from her false start in the 100m to run aseason-best and NCAA provisional time of 23.27 to place second in the 200mbehind Brianna Glenn of Arizona. Junior Kinshasa Davis was third with a timeof 23.32, giving USC 14 points in the event.
1600m Relay: A dropped baton on the third leg by Kinshasa Davis proved costlyas USC dropped to fifth in the women's 1600m relay despite a valiant effortby anchor leg Brigita Langerholc, who made up over 100 meters to salvage fourpoints for the Women of Troy.