Women Throwers Have Big Day At Trojan Classic

March 17, 2002

The defending NCAA champion Women of Troy track and field squad picked up six NCAA qualifying marks in the throws, while the Trojan men won five events against defending NCAA champ Tennessee and Big Ten power Iowa to highlight the Trojan Classic, a non-scoring meet held at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the campus of USC on Sunday (March 17).

The Women of Troy swept the top three spots in the shot. Senior Cynthia Ademiluyi won with a season-best and NCAA-automatic 54-8, followed by sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford's personal-best and NCAA-automatic 53-4 1/4 and junior Cerenity Young's personal-best and NCAA provisional 49-9. Ademiluyi also won the discus competition by slinging an NCAA-provisional 176-4, while Crawford won the hammer with an NCAA-provisional 194-4 and junior Julianna Tudja was second with an NCAA-provisional 190-9.

In the running events, senior Aleksandra Deren ran an NCAA-provisional 2:06.11 to win the 800 meter run, while Natasha Mayers--competing unattached--won section one of the 100-meter dash in 11.24, followed by senior Kinshasa Davis at 11.62. Junior Disia Page was fourth with a personal-best 11.86. In the 400-meter dash, junior Nakiya Johnson won in a season-best 53.84.

Senior Tatyana Obukhova won the long and triple jumps with marks of 20-1 1/2 and an NCAA-provisional 41-7, respectively.

On the men's side, freshman Wes Felix won section one of the 200-meter dash with a Pac-10 qualifying time of 21.44, while senior Kevin Elliott won the 800 meters in a season-best 1:51.61. Senior David Grijalva won the pole vault with a Pac-10-qualifying 17-0, while sophomore Julien Kapek went 53-7 1/2 (wind-aided) to win the triple jump and junior Michael Murray won the hammer with a distance of 186-2.

Tennessee All-American Sean Lambert won section one of the 100-meter dash in 10.31, followed by Trojan junior Devon Ward in 10.43. The Volunteers also got a win from Karl Jennings in the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.91, while USC got season bests from juniors Ryan Wilson (14.00) and Marcell Allmond (14.32).

The Trojans and the Volunteers also squared off in day one of the decathlon competition, with USC's Russell Silvers taking an early lead with 867 points. The decathlon finishes up on Monday (March 18).

The USC track and field teams are in action again next Saturday when they host Oregon and Brigham Young at Loker Stadium.

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