Ademiluyi Scores Upset, Takes Third In Shot

June 1, 2001

The USC women had a good day, picking up more points than was expected in the shot while moving some key athletes through to semifinals and finals in several events. In the case of the shot put, most projections had UCLA scoring 14 points to USC's four. In the final result, UCLA took 10 points to USC's six. With that, the Women of Troy are in good position to put some cushion between themselves and their competitors as the points start to pile up 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 those two ladies. Natasha Neal advancing in the 100m hurdles was a plus. She beat some good people to get there. In the 1600m relay, I put a lot of pressure on Carla Estes by putting her as the anchor and she responded beautifully and Kinshasa Davis did well, too. On the men's side, we got yet another big scorer in the hammer with Norbert Horvath and Ryan Wilson advanced, which was a 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-best 55-0 1/4 on her fourth throw to capture third place and six team points in the shot for the Women of Troy. Ademiluyi's mark is second on the all-time USC shot list. Redshirt freshman L'Orangerie Crawford also had a standout meet, pushing her personal-best to 53-3 1/2 (third all-time at USC) while placing ninth. Crawford was in seventh and poised to add even more points for USC midway through the final round, but two competitors moved past her on their final throws. Crawford finished just one centimeter out of eighth place.

Ademiluyi: 'I was very surprised to get that throw out. I was tired going into 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. I still have the hammer to compete in as well, so I can take some of my aggression out there. Plus, I still have three years left.

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

Track Prelims-

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

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

1500m run: Junior Lucyna Ligaj finished 10th in heat two with a time of 4:29.20 and did not advance to the finals.

1600m relay: The USC squad of Natasha Neal, Brigita Langerholc, Kinshasa Davis and Carla Estes finished third in their heat with a season-best time of 3:30.84 (third on the all-time USC chart and sixth fastest of the day) to advance 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 NCAA championship in the day's first running event.

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

Javelin: Pac-10 champ Inga Stasiulionyte is one of the contenders for the NCAA 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 into the semifinals.

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