Ademiluyi Scores Upset, Takes Third In Shot

May 31, 2001

The USC women had a good day, picking up more points than was expected in theshot while moving some key athletes through to semifinals and finals inseveral events. In the case of the shot put, most projections had UCLAscoring 14 points to USC's four. In the final result, UCLA took 10 points toUSC's six. With that, the Women of Troy are in good position to put somecushion between themselves and their competitors as the points start to pileup during the critical last two days of the meet.

USC Coach Ron Allice: 'In regards to the shot put, everyone came to compete.I can't say enough about what (throws coach) Dan Lange has done with thosetwo ladies. Natasha Neal advancing in the 100m hurdles was a plus. She beatsome good people to get there. In the 1600m relay, I put a lot of pressureon Carla Estes by putting her as the anchor and she responded beautifully andKinshasa Davis did well, too. On the men's side, we got yet another bigscorer in the hammer with Norbert Horvath and Ryan Wilson advanced, which wasa big plus since he was a long shot in that heat.'

Field Finals--

Shot Put: In a huge upset, junior Cynthia Ademiluyi uncorked a personal-best55-0 1/4 on her fourth throw to capture third place and six team points inthe shot for the Women of Troy. Ademiluyi's mark is second on the all-timeUSC shot list. Redshirt freshman L'Orangerie Crawford also had a standoutmeet, pushing her personal-best to 53-3 1/2 (third all-time at USC) whileplacing ninth. Crawford was in seventh and poised to add even more pointsfor USC midway through the final round, but two competitors moved past her ontheir final throws. Crawford finished just one centimeter out of eighthplace.

Ademiluyi: 'I was very surprised to get that throw out. I was tired goinginto the finals. My warm-ups weren't that good. I gave all I had left.'

Crawford: 'I'm disappointed but I'm going to use this for motivation. Istill have the hammer to compete in as well, so I can take some of myaggression out there. Plus, I still have three years left.

USC throws coach Dan Lange: 'Cynthia stepped up and scored higher than shewas supposed to. I couldn't be more proud. Her and L'Orangerie went out andcompeted like champions. Hopefully, this is the turning point in the teamrace. Emotion plays a big part in this sport.'

Track Prelims-

100m HH: Junior Natasha Neal advanced to Friday's semifinals of the women'shigh hurdles with a personal-best of 13.24 (fourth on the all-time USC highhurdles chart) on her way to finishing third in her qualifying heat.

100m Dash: Junior two-time defending NCAA 100-meter champ Angela Williamsmoved a step closer to an unprecedented three titles in that event, cruisingto a win in heat three with a time of 11.21. Senior Candace Young failed toadvance, finishing fourth in her heat in a time of 11.64. The semifinals ofthe 100m will take place on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

1500m run: Junior Lucyna Ligaj finished 10th in heat two with a time of4:29.20 and did not advance to the finals.

1600m relay: The USC squad of Natasha Neal, Brigita Langerholc, KinshasaDavis and Carla Estes finished third in their heat with a season-best time of3:30.84 (third on the all-time USC chart and sixth fastest of the day) toadvance to Saturday's relay finals.

Looking ahead to Friday for the Women of Troy--

The finals come fast and furious on Friday, as the NCAAs start to take shape.

400m Relay final: The Women of Troy will look to defend their NCAAchampionship in the day's first running event.

Triple Jump: Two-time Pac-10 champ Tatyana Obukhova gives USC point potentialin this event.

Javelin: Pac-10 champ Inga Stasiulionyte is one of the contenders for theNCAA javelin title.

800-meter run: Brigita Langerholc is the favorite to win this event for USC.

Semis: The 100m (Angela Williams) and the 100m HH (Natasha Neal) move intothe semifinals.

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