Kholev Wins NCAA Pole Vault Title
May 30, 2001
It was a bittersweet day for the Trojans, as senior Dennis Kholev won Troy's107th NCAA individual men's title with a gallant performance in the polevault, but the men's 400-meter relay dropped the baton on its second handoffand failed to advance. USC still has potential for its eighth straight top10 finish, as standouts Norbert Horvath, Djeke Mambo and Dawid Jaworski haveyet to compete.
Pole Vault: Senior pole vaulter Dennis Kholev won USC's 107th NCAA individualmen's title (by far the most of any school) by soaring to a personal best andschool record 18-6 ï¿½. Kholev becomes the 17th Trojan to win the pole vaulttitle and the first since Dave Kenworthy did it in 1982. With the win,Kholev also completes a rare trifecta: a win at the USC-UCLA dual meet, thePac-10 championship and now the NCAA title. Kholev, who is now tied forsixth on the all-time Pac-10 pole vault list, also made three attempts tobreak the Pac-10 record at 18-10 ï¿½ to no avail.
Kholev on the win: 'I was feeling the pressure, but I also knew that this wasmy senior year and my last chance to win it. I told myself that there was noway I was going to settle for second. It was that simple. I really mademyself believe that it was possible. I believe that it (the winning jump)was the best jump of my career. I really wanted to break the Pac-10 record,too. This is all going to take a couple of days to sink in.'
400-meter relay: The Pac-10 champion USC squad of junior Devon Ward, seniorAndre Ammons, sophomore Darrell Rideaux and junior Sultan McCullough failedto advance to the finals of the 400-meter relay after dropping the baton onthe second exchange between Ammons and Rideaux.
800-meter run: Junior Kevin Elliot finished fifth in heat three with a timeof 1:49.66 and did not advance to the finals of the men's 800-meter run.
Looking ahead to Thursday for the USC men-
Hammer-Senior two-time All-American and three-time Pac-10 champion NorbertHorvath will compete for the Trojans in the finals of the mens' hammer.Horvath has the nation's third longest throw coming into the meet.
High Jump-Freshman Dawid Jaworski, who is second on the all-time USC highjump list, will compete in the finals of the men's high jump.
110-meter hurdles-Sophomore Ryan Wilson, who has a best of 13.69, willcompete in the prelims of the men's high hurdles.
400-meter dash-Senior Andre Ammons competes in the semifinals of the men's400-meter dash.
100-meter dash-Junior Devon Ward competes in the prelims of the men's100-meter dash.