USC Track And Field Set To Compete At Pac-10 Championships
May 15, 2002
THE MEET--The USC men's and women's track and field teams take on the rest of the conference at the 2002 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships held on Saturday and Sunday (May 18-19) at the Moorberry Track Complex on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. The meet opens at noon on Saturday with the men's hammer and the women's 400m relay qualifying trial. Sunday's field events start at 11:30 a.m. with the women's hammer, while the track events get underway at 1 p.m. with the final of the women's 400m relay. The championships conclude on Sunday with the men's 1600m relay at 4:35 p.m. Scoring will be through eight places (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1). The USC women are the defending NCAA champions and are the pick to win it again by Track and Field News. The USC men are ranked 16th by Trackwire.com.
TELEVISION--Fox Sports Net will distribute a tape delayed show of the 2002 Pac-10 Championships on Friday, May 24. The Fox Regional Sports Networks have been asked to find weekend afternoon placement for this event.
USC AT THE PAC-10s--This is the 72nd annual conference meet on the men's side, where the Trojans have won 32 Pac-10 team championships, more than any school. USC has claimed three of the last five conference titles, with the last one coming in 2000. At last year's meet in Berkeley, Calif., Troy finished second behind Stanford by just six points--the closest men's meet since 1974. This is the 16th annual conference meet on the women's side, where USC has won two Pac-10 team titles. The Women of Troy last took the league crown in 1996. In each of the last three years, USC has finished second. Last year, the Women of Troy were edged by UCLA, 155-153, in the closest women's conference meet ever.
PAC-10 MULTI-EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS--The Pac-10 Championships actually got underway last weekend with the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon competitions. The USC men picked up 14 points behind a second place finish from senior Russell Silvers (PR 7,254 points), a fourth place from junior Shelton Davis (PR 7,122) and an eighth place from senior Anthony Agbasi (6,723). The Women of Troy scored two points thanks to junior Spring Harris' seventh-place finish in the heptathlon (4,790).
USC QUALIFIERS SO FAR--So far this season, the Women of Troy have nine NCAA automatic qualifying marks, 12 NCAA provisional marks and 18 Pac-10 qualifying marks. The Trojan men have two NCAA automatics, four NCAA provisionals and 23 Pac-10 marks.
LAST YEAR'S MEET--The 2001 Pac-10 Track and Field meet held at the University of California's Edwards Stadium was a barnburner on both the men's and women's sides. The USC men finished a close second to Stanford, 142-136 points, behind wins from senior Djeke Mambo in the long jump and triple jump, senior Norbert Horvath in the hammer, senior Denis Kholev in the pole vault and the 400m relay squad. The Women of Troy also placed second, totaling 153 points courtesy of wins by freshman Inga Stasiulionyte in the javelin, junior Tatyana Obukhova in the triple jump, the 400m relay squad and senior Brigita Langerholc in the 800m.
USC COACH RON ALLICE AT THE PAC-10s--Ron Allice, who has coached both the men and women at USC since 1995, has been very successful at the conference level. He has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times, to go along with four Pac-10 team titles (three by the Trojan men, one by the Women of Troy). He also coached the 1998 conference Athlete of the Year, Jerome Davis.
LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD--Several Trojans are either at or near the top of the latest NCAAperformance lists in their respective events:
Women of Troy Event Time/Mark RankAngela Williams 100m 11.06 1stInga Stasiulionyte Javelin 183-7 1stWilliams, Page, 400m Relay 43.71 2ndNeal, DavisCynthia Ademiluyi Shot Put 55-3 4thNeal, Davis, 1600m Relay 3:32.98 4thJohnson, PieluzekNatasha Neal 100m HH 13.21w 5thTatyana Obukhova Triple Jump 43-5 1/4 5thNakiya Johnson 400m 52.30 6thL'Orangerie Crawford Hammer 205-5 6thKinshasa Davis 200m 23.13w 7thJulianna Tudja Hammer 204-9 7thCynthia Ademiluyi Discus 177-9 8thLeslie Erickson Javelin 168-11 8thAleksandra Pieluzek 400m IH 57.64 9thNatasha Neal 400m IH 57.77 12thAleksandra Deren 800m 2:05.86 13thTatyana Obukhova Long Jump 20-11 3/4 13thL'Orangerie Crawford Shot Put 53-8 1/4 14th
2002 WOMEN OF TROY TRACK AND FIELD--USC scored 64 points at the NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., last June to win its first-ever women's NCAA track title. 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 recruiting class led by 400m transfer Nakiya Johnson and intermediate hurdler Aleksandra Pieluzek rounds out a talented, balanced and senior-laden Women of Troy team.
2002 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 lost 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 finalists Russell Silvers in the decathlon, Jeff Ryan in the pole vault and Michael Murray in the hammer. What's more, an outstanding recruiting class is in place, led by junior triple jumper Julien Kapek (who already owns the school record in that event) and freshman sprinter Wes Felix.
2003 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS0--The 2003 Pac-10 Championships are scheduled to be hosted by USC at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the USC campus in May of 2003.
SIMPLY THE BEST--This is the last Pac-10 meet for superstar sprinter Angela Williams. Looking at her career, Williams has accomplished things no other woman has ever done. First, there are the unprecedented three NCAA outdoor 100m titles, plus this year's indoor NCAA 60m title. But she also has a semifinal appearance at the 2001 World Championships, a silver medal and collegiate record 7.09 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 as well. Those deeds easily make her one of the finest female sprinters ever to grace the collegiate track scene. Needless to say, a fourth NCAA 100m title and another team national championship will only add to the impressiveness of her resume. So far this season, she has run a best of 11.06 in the 100m, a mark that leads the collegiate ranks and is second-best in the world so far in 2002. Ironically, as good as her performances have been at the national and world levels, Williams has had her ups and downs at the conference meet. As a freshman, she finished second in the 100m (11.38). As a sophomore, she won both the 100m (11.01w) and 200m (22.78w). Then, as a junior, she false started in the 100m before coming back to place second in the 200m (23.27).
WHO IS THIS GUY?--He's junior Julien Kapek from Houilles, France, and he's the new owner of the USC record in the triple jump thanks to his 55-8 1/2 jump at the Mt. Sac Relays on April 21. That mark eclipsed his earlier mark of 55-2 3/4, which in turn shattered the 27-year old school record set by Tom Cochee in 1975. His mark also leads the nation and is eighth-best in the world to date. Pretty impressive for a guy who just transferred to USC mid-year.
RYAN 'BOXCAR' WILSON--Junior All-American 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. 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. This season, he ran a PR 13.55 at Stanford Relays, good for sixth on the all-time USC chart and third in the nation so far. The multi-talented Wilson is a fine arts major who works with ceramics. He has even tried his hand at acting in some student-produced films at USC, including a Buster Keaton-like turn in a 1920s-style short film in which his character--named 'Boxcar McGee'--makes the transition from railroad hobo to, appropriately enough, track hurdler. Wilson was the 2000 Pac-10 110m HH champion as a freshman, winning in 13.83w. As a 2001 sophomore, he placed fourth in the 110m HH in 13.95 and second in the 400m IH in 50.89.
EVERYBODY'S ALL-AMERICAN--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 NCAA team title by finishing third in the 200m. The season before that, she took second in the 200m at the NCAAs. Her best time of 22.69 in 2000 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. So far this season, she has bests of 23.13w in the 200m and 11.62 in the 100m. At the Pac-10s, Davis was fourth in the 400m as a freshman (54.11), fourth in the 100m (11.42) and second in the 200m (22.82w) as a sophomore and third in both the 100m (11.69) and the 200m (23.32) as a junior.
THE POLISH CONNECTION--Three of USC's best athletes hail from Poland and all three could challenge for Pac-10 titles this year. Sophomore Dawid Jaworski, who is 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. As a freshman, he was 15th in the high jump at the NCAAs and third at the Pac-10s. Senior 800m runner Aleksandra Deren, also from Gorzow, is one of the top middle-distance runners in the country with a season-best of 2:05.86. She made the semifinals of the 800m at last year's NCAAs and was the Pac-10 runner up in the same event. Junior Aleksandra Pieluzek, from Skwierzyna, Poland, is one of the top 400m hurdlers in the nation this year with a best time of 57.64.
TRIPLE THREAT--Senior All-American triple jumper Tatyana Obukhova, from Odessa, Ukraine, 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 fifth on the long jump chart. So far this season, she has bests of 43-5 1/4 in the triple jump and 20-11 1/4 in the long jump, both NCAA provisional marks.
YOUNG BUCKS--This year's men's team has an infusion of new talent that has taken a while to gel. You already know what junior Julien Kapek has done in the triple jump, but freshman hurdlers Jeff Garrison (52.25) and Ken Thomas (14.32) have seen action, too, though Garrison has been lost for the season due to a hamstring pull. Keep on the lookout for sophomore Brandon Matlock (47.30) in the 400m, senior transfer David Grijalva (17-2 3/4) in the pole vault, freshman Wes Felix (10.48) in the sprints and walk-on freshman Anthony Heckman (150.96) in the 800m, just to name a few.
TRANSFER TRANSFUSION--Last season, Natasha Neal and Julianna Tudja were key transfers from Texas and SMU, respectively, who helped lead USC to the national title. This season, look for junior 400m runner Nakiya Johnson (Texas) and senior pole vaulter Sonya Negriff (Cornell) to give USC a boost. Johnson has already run an NCAA automatic 52.30 in the 400m, sixth best in the nation. Negriff has a Pac-10 qualifying best of 12-1 1/2.
BIRTH OF A PROGRAM--The women's pole vault program is off to a flying start for USC in its debut 2002 season. Leading the way is highly touted freshman Melissa Astete, who has jumped an NCAA provisional 12-8 this season. Obviously, she is the current school record holder. Giving the program added depth is the aforementioned Negriff (12-1 1/2) and freshman Shannon Lewallen (11-0 1/4).
MIDDLE DISTANCE MASTER--Senior Kevin Elliott was slated to be one of the top 800m runners around in 2002, but he has been slowed by injuries. He had an excellent junior season, finishing second at the Pac-10s (1:50.46) and advancing to the NCAAs in the 800m. He ran a PR 1:47.40 at the Occidental meet last year 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 season, his best time is 1:48.24 in the 800m.
THROWERS GALORE!--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 and 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 set the school record in the discus (177-10) earlier this season. She has also thrown an NCAA automatic 55-3 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 204-9. Sophomore Inga Stasiulionyte is the defending NCAA javelin champ and school and Pac-10 record holder (183-7). Sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford (No. 3 at USC all-time in the shot and hammer) has thrown an NCAA automatic 205-5 in the hammer and 53-8 1/4 in the shot while sophomore Leslie Erickson (No. 2 all-time in javelin) has thrown an NCAA provisional 168-11. 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 PR of 51-2 1/4 and could be another NCAA qualifier for the Women of Troy.
WE'RE NUMBER ONE (COMBINED)!--When you add the 22 points the men's team won at last year's 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.
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 16 individual collegiate champions, including three-time defending 100m champ Angela Williams, and nine Top 10 NCAA team finishes in school history.
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 Vern Wolfe--from 1994-2000 and have won three Pac-10 titles in the last five years. In 2000, Allice 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
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
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 2
2002 USC Pac-10 RostersWomen of Troy Class Event 2001 Pac-10s ResultsCynthia Ademiluyi Sr. SP, DT 2nd in SP, 5th in DTMelissa Astete Fr. PV --L'Orangerie Crawford So. SP, HT 4th in SP, 8th in HTKinshasa Davis Sr. 100m, 200m 3rd in 100m, 3rd in 200mAleksandra Deren Sr. 800m 2nd in 800mMiya Edmonson So. 100m, 200m --Leslie Erickson So. JT 6th in JTSpring Harris Jr. HJ, Hep. 6th in HJ, 7th in Hep.Nakiya Johnson Jr. 400m --Natasha Neal Sr. 100h, 400h 3rd in both hurdlesSonya Negriff Sr. PV --Tatyana Obukhova Sr. TJ, LJ 1st in TJ, 6th in LJDisia Page Sr. LJ, 100m 6th in 100m, 8th in LJDanielle Morrelle Jr. 1500m --Aleksandra Pieluzek Jr. 400h --Inga Stasiulionyte So. JT 1st in JTAmy Thiel Jr. SP, DT, HT --Julianna Tudja Jr. HT 2nd in HTBrooke Thomas Jr. 3000SC --Alexis Weatherspoon Fr. 100m, 200m --Angela Williams Sr. 100m, 200m 2nd in 200mErin Williams So. LJ --Cerenity Young Jr. SP 8th in SPChanel Young Sr. Hep. --
USC MENAnthony Agbasi Sr. Dec 8th in 2002Marcell Allmond Jr. 110m HH --Rod Arzu Sr. 400m --Shelton Davis Jr. Dec. 4th in 2002Kevin Elliot Sr. 800m 2nd in 800mWes Felix Fr. 100, 200 --David Grijalva Sr. PV --Anthony Heckman Fr. 800m --Ryan Hendren Sr. Dec. 8th in dec.Dawid Jaworski So. HJ 3rd in HJJulien Kapek Jr. TJ, LJ --Harrison Lee Sr. HT --Jamohl Leitch Sr. LJ --Brandon Matlock So. 400m --Sultan McCullough Sr. 100m 2nd in 100mMichael Murray So. HT 6th in HTDarrell Rideaux Jr. 100m 7th in 100mJeff Ryan Jr. PV 7th in PVAndre Serrette So. LJ 11th in LJRussell Silvers Sr. Dec., LJ 2nd in Dec. in 2002Kenneth Thomas Fr. 110h, 400h --Devon Ward Jr. 100m, 200m 3rd in 200m, 5th in 100mRyan Wilson Jr. 110m HH 4th in 110h, 4th in 400h
USC Men400m Relay 2001 Champion
Current USC Athletes on the All-Time Pac-10 ChartsInga Stasiulionyte 1st in javelin (1999 implement)--183-7Angela Williams 2nd in 100m--11.04Kinshasa Davis 2nd in 200m--22.69Julianna Tudja 3rd in Hammer--210-11400m Relay tied for 7th--43.71Tatyana Obukhova 7th in triple jump--43-5 1/4
Julien Kapek 3rd in triple jump--55-8 1/2