Women Of Troy In Fifth, USC Men In Sixth After First Day Of Pac-10 Track And Field Championships

May 18, 2002

Pullman, Wash. - Sophomore NCAA champion Inga Stasiulionyte threw a Pac-10 record 186-10 to win her second straight Pac-10 javelin title and senior David Grijalva took an upset third in the pole vault with a personal-best 17-7 1/4 as the USC women's and men's track and field teams moved to fifth and sixth, respectively, after the first day of the 2002 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships at Mooberry Track and Field Complex on the campus of Washington State.

USC Coach Ron Allice on his teams after the first day: 'On the men's side, I thought we performed to our capabilities. We didn't have a bad day. I thought we performed to our expectations. I'd be more excited if we were more in the hunt, but we are sixth after the first day. But, we do have some more points coming tomorrow. Our objective is to be in it to win it. That just depends on what happens tomorrow. If some other teams stub their toes and we have a stellar day, we can shock some people.

'I thought our women performed very well. I thought we were steady and confident. It will be a battle tomorrow. Our sprint corps really stepped up. Our front liners, you expect to perform, but we had other people like Alexis Weatherspoon and Miya Edmonson step up and beat some people. We also ran well in the hurdles, where Natasha Neal had a good day and Aleksandra Deren ran well in the 800m. And what more can you say about Inga Stasiulionyte? She had a match up with her rival and had a PR to win it. We are in the thick of it and it will all shake out tomorrow.'

First Day Team TotalsWomen - 1. Stanford 51, 2. Oregon 41, 3. Arizona State 37, 4. UCLA 32, 5. Washington State 31, 5. USC 31, 7. Washington 17, 7. Arizona 17, 9. California 16

Men - 1. Stanford 58, 2. Oregon 57, 3. Arizona 44, 4. UCLA 41, 5. Arizona State 35, 6. USC 32, 7. Washington 22, 8. Washington State 19, 9. California 4

Women of Troy Highlights

Field Finals

Shot Put-The Women of Troy picked up 11 team points as senior All-American Cynthia Ademiluyi took third in the shot with a throw of 53-5 � and sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford finished fourth with a mark of 53-0 �.

Long Jump-USC tallied eight team points as senior All-American Tatyana Obukhova finished third with a distance of 20-6 � and senior Disia Page was seventh with a mark of 19-2 �.

High Jump-No points for USC in this event as junior Spring Harris finished 12th with a height of 5-5 �.

Javelin-USC scored 10 points as sophomore Inga Stasiulionyte, the defending NCAA champ, won her second-consecutive Pac-10 javelin title with a distance of 186-10. That mark leads the nation and surpasses her own Pac-10 and USC school record set earlier this season. It is also a Mooberry Track record. Sophomore Leslie Erickson, battling an injury, took 10th with a throw of 131-2.

Track Finals

3000m SC-Junior Brooke Thomas finished 10th in 11:22.43.

Track Qualifying Heats

100m-The Women of Troy qualified an amazing five sprinters for Sunday's 100m final. Senior three-time NCAA 100m champ Angela Williams was the fastest overall qualifier in a wind-aided 11.39. Senior Disia Page was fourth in a wind-aided 11.77, just ahead of fifth place senior Kinshasa Davis (11.80w). Freshman Alexis Weatherspoon was seventh (11.96) and sophomore Miya Edmonson was eighth (11.98w). All five will run in Sunday's final, with Williams the favorite to win her second Pac-10 100m title.

200m-The Women of Troy advanced three sprinters to Sunday's 200m final: Seniors Kinshasa Davis (23.64) and Angela Williams (23.67) and freshman Alexis Weatherspoon (24.25). Davis' time was the second fastest of the day, while Williams' was fourth.

400m-Junior Nakiya Johnson ran the fastest qualifying time of the day, winning her heat in 52.87 to advance to Sunday's finals of the 400m.

800m-Senior Aleksandra Deren-last year's Pac-10 800m runner up--ran the third-fastest time of the day (2:05.90) to advance to Sunday's finals of the 800m.

100m High Hurdles-Senior Natasha Neal ran the fastest qualifying time of the day--an NCAA-provisional 13.57--to advance to Sunday's finals of the 100m HH.

400m IH-Junior Aleksandra Pieluzek sped to the fastest time of the day, winning her heat of the 400m IH in 57.83. Senior Natasha Neal was second to Pieluzek in heat one in 58.75. Both Pieluzek and Neal will compete in the finals of the 400m IH on Sunday.

USC Men

Field Finals

Hammer-USC scored three points in this event. Senior Harrison Lee threw 190-10-only the second time in his career that he has thrown over 190 feet-to place seventh, while sophomore Michael Murray threw 190-8 to take eighth.

Pole Vault-Senior David Grijalva vaulted a personal-best 17-7 � to finish third and give USC six points in this event. Junior Jeff Ryan finished 13th with a height of 16-3 �.

Long Jump-USC scored an unexpected nine points in the long jump as junior Julien Kapek took fourth with a personal-best 24-7 and sophomore Andre Serrette finished fifth with a personal-best 24-2 �. Senior Jamohl Leitch finished 10th at 23-2 and senior Russell Silvers was 15th (21-0 �).

Track Qualifying Heats

100m-USC qualified three for Sunday's 100m final. Junior Darrell Rideaux ran a season-best 10.42-the third-fastest 100m qualifying mark of the day-to take second in his heat. Senior Sultan McCullough-the 1999 Pac-10 100m champ and the 2001 runner up-ran a season-best 10.49 to qualify for the final, while freshman Wes Felix ran 10.61 to also move on to the final. Junior Devon Ward ran 10.67 and did not advance.

200m-Freshman Wes Felix qualified for Sunday's 200m final in a time of 21.11.

400m-Senior Rod Arzu ran 48.34 and did not advance past his heat. Sophomore Brandon Matlock pulled up in his heat and also did not advance.

800m-Senior Kevin Elliot ran the day's fastest qualifying mark-1:49.19-to advance to Sunday's 800m final. Freshman Anthony Heckman ran 1:51.95 and did not advance past his heat.

110m HH-The Trojans qualified two for Sunday's final, as junior Ryan Wilson ran 13.96 and junior Marcell Allmond ran 14.48. Wilson's time was the second-fastest of the day, while Allmond's was seventh.

400m IH-Freshman Kenneth Thomas advanced to the finals of the 400m IH in a time of 54.68.