March 13, 2002
It's a Pac-10-SEC-Big 10 showdown as the USC men's track and field team hosts the defending NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion Tennessee Volunteers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, while the defending NCAA champs Women of Troy take on San Diego State, in the Trojan Classic at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the campus of USC on Sunday, March 17, 2001. The meet will also include some open events featuring several marquee runners, including 2001 400m hurdles world champion Felix Sanchez. Futhermore, USC and Tennessee will put on a two-day decathlon competition that will finish up on Monday, Mar. 18. It's the second season in a row that the Trojans are taking on the defending NCAA indoor champs. Last season, USC defeated 2000 champ LSU at Loker Stadium, 122-69. Running events on Sunday begin at 11:30 a.m. with the decathlon 100m, while throwing events begin with the women's hammer at 9:00 a.m. at West L.A. College. Field events at Cromwell Field start at 11:30 a.m. with the women's pole vault.
USC SO FAR THIS SEASON
Both Trojan teams have competed in five meets so far this season: the Long Beach Relays on Feb. 16, the Claremont 'Carl Rossi Relays and the L.A. Indoor Invitational on Feb. 23, the Trojan Invitational on Mar. 2 and the Bennie Brown Invitational on Mar. 9. In those meets Trojan athletes have put up several outstanding marks, including two school records The highlight for the Women of Troy so far has been senior Cynthia Ademiluyi, who shattered the school record in the discus throw on Feb. 23 with a mark of 177-10 and also threw 54-4 1/2 in the shot. Other stellar marks on the women's side have come from sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford in the shot (52-3 3/4) and hammer (202-5), freshman Melissa Astete in the pole vault (12-8), sophomore Leslie Erickson in the javelin (160-0), junior Julianna Tudja in the hammer (204-5), junior Amy Thiel in the hammer (187-5) and senior Tatyana Obukhova in the triple jump (42-7 1/2w). On the men's side, sophomore triple jumper Julien Kapek eclipsed the 27-year old school record held by Tom Cochee when he went 55-2 3/4 on Mar. 2. It's also the fourth best triple jump mark in Pac-10 history. USC has also picked up solid marks from sophomore Dawid Jaworski in the high jump (6-9 3/4), junior Michael Murray in the hammer (196-3), freshman Jeff Garrison in the 400m IH (52.42) and by freshman Wes Felix in the 100m (10.65).
The Volunteers are not only the defending NCAA outdoor champions, but also the newly-crowned 2002 NCAA indoor champs as well. They are led by sophomore sprinter Justin Gatlin, who had a sensational freshman season in capturing both the 100m and 200m at the 2001 NCAAs. The Vols also have some of the fastest guys around in both Leonard Scott (who also plays football) and Sean Lambert, who are both sub-10.2 100m sprinters. Returning All-American Stephen Harris in the decathlon and NCAA qualifiers Camron Howard in the long jump and Leigh Smith in the javelin give Tennessee coach Bill Webb good reason to feel confident going into the 2002 outdoor season.
There are no outdoor rankings yet by the various track media outlets, but Track and Field News has chosen USC as the top women's team and Tennessee as the top men's team for 2002.
USC'S NCAA TITLE HISTORY
The Women of Troy won their first NCAA team championship last June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Trojan men's program has won an unprecedented 26 NCAA outdoor national titles (including nine straight in 1935-43), plus two NCAA indoor crowns. USC's men also have had 107 individual champions over the years, including Dennis Kholev in the pole vault last season. The Women of Troy have had 15 individual collegiate champions, including three-time defending 100m champ Angela Williams, and nine Top 10 NCAA team finishes in school history.
2002 WOMEN OF TROY TRACK AND FIELD
USC scored 64 points at the NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., this past June. Fifty-four of those points return to do battle for the Women of Troy in 2002. USC has perhaps the finest sprints and throws corps in the country, led by three-time NCAA 100m champion Angela Williams, seven-time All-American Kinshasa Davis, defending NCAA javelin champ Inga Stasiulionyte, All-American shot putter Cynthia Ademiluyi and All-American hammer thrower Julianna Tudja. Also returning is All-American triple jumper Tatyana Obukhova. A fine incoming recruiting class led by pole vaulter Melissa Astete, hurdler Aleksandra Pieluzek and sprinter Natasha Mayers rounds out what will once again be a balanced and talented Women of Troy team.
2001 MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
The Trojan men are coming off a season in which they finished second at the Pac-10 championships and 12th at the NCAAs. They also ended UCLA's 22-meet dual meet win streak with a thrilling 82-81 victory last May. USC loses several big-time performers from last year's squad, including NCAA pole vault champion Dennis Kholev, three-time All-American hammer thrower Norbert Horvath and Pac-10 triple and long jump champion Djeke Mambo. However, the Trojans do return All-American Ryan Wilson in the 110m HH, NCAA qualifiers Kevin Elliot (800m) and Dawid Jaworski (high jump), plus Pac-10 finalist Jeff Ryan in the pole vault. USC also brings in a fine recruiting class, led by triple jumper Julien Kapek, who has already jumped 53-9 1/2 indoors, and highly touted 400m sprinter Brandon Matlock.
IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT--OUTDOORS OR INDOORS--SHE'S STILL THE CHAMP
The records just keep on falling for senior Angela Williams. Last Saturday, at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the senior won the 60m dash in a meet record 7.13. Looking at her career, Williams has simply accomplished things no other woman has ever done. There are the unprecedented three outdoor 100m titles, plus this year's indoor 60m title. Throw in a semifinal appearance at the 2001 World Championships, a silver medal and collegiate record in the 60-meter dash at the 2001 World Indoor Championships, a school-record 11.04 in the 100 meters and handfuls of Pac-10 and All-American honors, and you have one of the finest female sprinters ever to grace the collegiate track scene. Needless to say, a fourth 100 meter title and another team national championship will only add to the impressiveness of her resume.
WHO IS THIS GUY?
He's sophomore Julien Kapek from Houilles, France, and he's the new owner of the USC record in the triple jump thanks to his 55-2 3/4 jump at the Trojan Invitational on Mar. 2. That mark shattered the 27-year old school record set by Tom Cochee in 1975 and is the fourth-best in Pac-10 history and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Pretty impressive for a guy who transferred to USC mid-year and was competing in his first home meet as a Trojan.
RYAN 'BOXCAR' WILSON
Junior hurdler Ryan Wilson had an impressive sophomore season in 2001, finishing third at the NCAAs in the 110m HH--the highest finish by a Trojan in the high hurdles since Mark Crear won it in 1992--and breaking into ninth on the USC high hurdle top 10 chart with a 13.69 mark against LSU. Wilson, who hails from Westerville, OH, also is one of the Pac-10's best in the 400m IH, with a top time of 50.82. Wilson is also competing in the long jump this season, and has already jumped 23-11 at the Long Beach Relays. The multi-talented Wilson is a fine arts major who works with ceramics and has even tried his hand at acting in some student-produced films at USC.
BORN TO RUN
Senior Kinshasa Davis is one of the top sprinters in the country and a seven-time All-American. Last season, she clinched the Women of Troy's team title by finishing third in the 200m at the NCAAs. The season before that, she took second in the 200m at the NCAAs. Her best time of 22.69 is second on both the USC and Pac-10 charts in that category. She was also the anchor leg on USC's school-record relay that won the NCAA title in 2000 in 43.14 and on the relay squad that finished second last season.
MIDDLE DISTANCE MASTER
Senior Kevin Elliott is one of the top 800m runners around and should challenge for national honors in 2002. He had a fine junior season, finishing second at the Pac-10s and advancing to the NCAAs. He ran a PR 1:47.40 at the Occidental meet to land in ninth on the all-time USC 800m chart. He took sixth at the U.S. nationals this past summer. He also is a solid 1500m runner for the Trojans with a best time of 3:51.90.
This year's edition of the Women of Troy throws program under coach Dan Lange is the best in USC history. An NCAA champion, three All-Americans and three school record holders return from last year's squad that accounted for 22 of USC's 64 points at the NCAAs. Leading the way is senior co-captain Cynthia Ademiluyi, who finished third last year in the shot at the NCAAs and just two weeks ago broke the school record in the discus (177-10). She has also thrown an NCAA automatic 54-4 1/2 in the shot this season. Junior Julianna Tudja set the school record in the hammer (210-11) while finishing third in that event at last year's NCAAs. This season, she has thrown an NCAA automatic 204-5. Sophomore Inga Stasiulionyte is the defending NCAA javelin champ and school record holder (173-11) with a season best of 161-1. Sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford (No. 3 at USC all-time in the shot and hammer) has thrown an NCAA automatic 202-5 in the hammer and 52-3 3/4 in the shot while sophomore Leslie Erickson (No. 2 all-time in javelin) has thrown an NCAA provisional 160-0. Both Crawford and Erickson were Pac-10 finalists last season who are ready to make an impact at the NCAAs this season. Also in the mix is versatile junior Amy Thiel, who throws the shot, hammer and discus, with season bests of 187-5 in the hammer and 47-10 in the shot, and junior shot putter Cerenity Young, who has a season best of 49-8 1/2 and could be another NCAA qualifier for the Women of Troy.
Sophomore Dawid Jaworski, who hails from Gorzow, Poland, is a talented and consistent high jumper who is already second on the all-time USC high jump chart with a best of 7-3. Last season, he competed eight times and broke seven feet in seven of the competitions on his way to finishing 15th at the NCAAs. Look for him to possibly score points at the NCAAs for the Trojans in 2002.
Senior triple jumper Tatyana Obukhova finished third at the NCAAs last season and also won her second-straight Pac-10 triple jump championship. This year, she is looking to become the first USC woman ever to win three consecutive Pac-10 triple jump championships and the first two-time All-American in the event since Wendy Brown and Yvette Bates in 1987-88. She is No. 3 on the all-time USC triple jump chart and ninth on the long jump chart. So far this season, she has a best of 427 1/2w in the triple jump (an NCAA provisional qualifying mark) and 20-2 1/4 in the long jump.
This year's men's team has an infusion of young talent that may take a while to gel. You already know what sophomore Julien Kapek has done in the triple jump, but freshman hurdlers Jeff Garrison (52.42) and Ken Thomas (53.46) have seen action, too, as has freshman decathlete Rob Bates. Keep on the look out for sophomore Brandon Matlock (47.48) in the 400m, senior David Grijalva in the pole vault, freshman Wes Felix (10.65) in the sprints and sophomore Chris Hickman in the hurdles, just to name a few.
Last season, Natasha Neal and Julianna Tudja were key transfers from Texas and SMU, respectively, who helped to lead USC to the national title. This season, look for junior 400m runner Nakiya Johnson (Texas), junior sprinter Natasha Mayers (L.A. Southwest College) and senior pole vaulter Sonya Negriff (Cornell) to give USC a boost.
BIRTH OF A PROGRAM
The women's pole vault program is off to a flying start for USC in 2002. Leading the way is highly touted freshman Melissa Astete who has already jumped 12-8 this season. Obviously, she is the current school record holder. Giving the program added depth is the aforementioned Negriff (12-0) and freshman Shannon Lewallen (11-0 1/4).
DUAL MEET CHAMPIONS
They said it couldn't be done. They said the era of the track and field dual meet was over. In this era of limited scholarships, how could a men's track team, much less one at a private university, field a competive dual meet squad and still be a power on the national stage? Well, Trojan coach Ron Allice proved it could be done. In 2002, the USC men's team defeated UCLA, 82-81, to snap a 22-meet losing streak to the Bruins, then went on to finish a close second at the Pac-10 championships and 12th at the NCAAs.
COMBINED PROGRAM NUMERO UNO
When you add the 22 points the men's team won at the NCAAs with the 64 points the women's team scored, the ensuing total of 86 is higher than what any other university scored in 2001. Stanford was the next closest with 63 points. In 1999, USC was the only school to place both the men's and women's team in the top five at the NCAAs, as the women took third and the men fifth.
2003 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Get ready. The 2003 Pac-10 Championships will be held at Katherine Loker Stadium.
The Hawkeyes finished fifth at the 2001 Big Ten championships and are led by junior Russ Peterson (400m IH), sophomores Adam Kunkel (400m IH) and Bill Neumann (javelin) and a 400m relay squad that was a 2001 NCAA provisional qualifier.
USC DIRECTOR OF TRACK AND FIELD RON ALLICE
Under the guidance of Director of Track and Field Ron Allice, the Women of Troy have become one of the top programs in the country, thanks to four consecutive top five finishes, including the 2001 NCAA team championship. Meanwhile, the Trojan men went on a run of seven consective top 10 finishes--a feat last accomplished during the late 1960s and early 1970s under Verne Wolfe--from 1994-2000 and have won three Pac-10 titles in the last five years. In 2000, he led the USC men's team to a seventh place showing and the Women of Troy to second. In 1999, USC was the only program that finished in the top five in both men's and women's track and field. In 1998, the Trojan men's team finished in seventh place while the women's team finished in fifth place. In 1997, Allice directed the Trojan men's team to its first Pacific-10 Conference title since 1977 before finishing third at the NCAAs. In 1996, Allice guided the USC women's team to its first-ever Pac-10 title and directed the men's squad to a 10th-place finish at the NCAAs. And in his first year at USC in 1995, he led the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs. Allice, a prep standout at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High, is well known for his ability to win. His overall dual meet coaching mark is 211-39-1 in 33 years at five schools, including 11 state championships in 16 years at Long Beach City College, his previous stop before landing at Troy. Allice's programs have produced more than 220 All-Americans, plus 16 Olympians, four world record holders and seven American record holders. He has coached at his high school, junior college and college alma maters on the way to compiling his outstanding coaching statistics.
USC UNDER RON ALLICE--Year by Year
MenYear W L T Nat. Conf.1995 4 1 0 4 31996 5 1 0 10 41997 8 2 0 3 11998 7 2 0 7 21999 9 3 0 5 12000 8 2 0 7 12001 6 0 0 12 1
Women of TroyYear W L T Nat. Conf.1995 2 1 1 37 81996 6 1 0 7 11997 9 1 0 14 21998 8 1 0 5 31999 12 4 0 3 22000 8 2 0 2 22001 5 1 0 1 2
11:30 Decathlon 100m
11:45 Women's 3000m
12:00 Women's 400m relay
12:05 Men's 400m relay
12:10 Women's 1500m
12:20 Men's 1500m
12:30 Women's 100m HH
12:45 Men's 110m HH
1:00 Women's 400m
1:10 Men's 400m
1:20 Women's 100m
1:40 Men's 100m
1:55 Women's 800m
2:05 Men's 800m
2:15 Women's 400m IH
2:30 Men's 400m IH
2:55 Women's 200m
3:05 Men's 200m
3:25 Men's 3000m
3:45 Women's 1600m relay
3:50 Men's 1600m relay
3:55 Decathlon 400m
9:00 Women's Hammer at West L.A. College
10:00 Men's Hammer at West L.A. College
11:30 Women's Pole Vault
12:00 Women's Javelin
Women's Long Jump (West Pit)
Men's Long Jump (North Pit)
12:45 Women's High Jump
Women's Shot Put (after women's javelin)
1:00 Men's Javelin (after women's javelin)
1:15 Decathlon Shot Put
Men's Triple Jump (follows men's long jump)
Women'sTriple Jump (follows women's long jump)
Men's Pole Vault (follows women's pole vault)
1:45 Men's Shot Put (after women's shot put)
2:00 Men's High Jump (followes women's high jump)
Women's Discus (follows women's shot put)
2:30 Men's Discus (follows women's discus)
Monday's Decathlon Schedule
11 a.m. 110m HHNoon Discus1:15 p.m. Pole Vault3:15 p.m. Javelin4:30 p.m. 1500m
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