Women's Track and Field Finishes Second, Men Third At Pac-10 Championships

May 19, 2002

Pullman, Wash. - For the second year in a row, the women's Pac-10 Track and Field Championships were decided by the outcome of the 4 x 400m relays and for the second year in a row, the USC women's track and field team finished second to the UCLA team in a meet that was the second closest in conference history. The Women of Troy scored 157 to UCLA's 160. On the men's side, USC took third with 103.5 points.

Team Final Score:Women - 1. UCLA 160, 2. USC 157, 3. Stanford 121, 4. Arizona State, 5. Washington State 85, 6. Oregon 67, 7. Arizona 59, 8. California 44, 9. Washington 36.

Men - 1. Stanford 151, 2. Oregon 125, 3. USC 103.5, 4. Arizona State 103, 5. Arizona 99, 6. UCLA 91.50, 7. Washington State 71, 8. Washington 49, 9. California 22.

USC Coach Ron Allice: 'I'm very proud of my teams. We gave it our all. No one can say that we didn't leave it all out there. We had people doubling and tripling and quadrupling. We didn't lose this one, the people who beat us earned it. Guess what, the NCAAs will be a whole different affair. The scoring and strategies there are much different. We'll take a breather now and get ready for that.'

USC Pac-10 Individual Champions

Women of Troy

100m-Angela Williams400m-Nakiya Johnson100m Hurdles-Natasha Neal4 x100m relay-Williams, Page, Neal, DavisJavelin-Inga StasiulionyteTriple Jump-Tatyana Obukhova

USC Men

110m HH-Ryan Wilson4 x 100m relay-Rideaux, McCullough, Ward, FelixTriple Jump-Julien Kapek

Women of Troy Highlights

Field Finals

Triple Jump-USC picked up 10 team points as senior All-American Tatyana Obukhova won her third consecutive Pac-10 triple jump championship (the first USC woman ever to do so) with a mark of 43-0 �.

Hammer-Junior All-American Julianna Tudja just missed winning the Pac-10 title, as California's Jennifer Joyce eclipsed Tudja's mark on her final throw to get the win. It's the second Pac-10 runner up finish in a row for Tudja, who threw 202-10 to Joyce's 204-1. Sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford came through big for USC, finishing third with a throw of 195-11. Junior Amy Thiel was seventh with a throw of 185-1 to give USC 16 team points in the event.

Pole Vault-Freshman Melissa Astete finished ninth with a height of 12-6.

Discus-Senior Cynthia Ademiluyi finished second with a mark of 173-2 to score eight points for USC.

Track Finals

4 x 100m relay-The USC squad of Angela Williams, Disia Page, Natasha Neal and Kinshasa Davis won this event in 44.14 to score 10 team points. It's the third consecutive Pac-10 4 x 100m relay win for the Women of Troy.

1500m-Junior Danielle Morrell finished 13th in a time of 4:41.83.

100m HH-Senior Natasha Neal out-leaned UCLA's Sheena Johnson at the tape to win the high hurdles in a season-best (non-wind-aided) time of 13.37. Neal's win gave USC 10 team points.

400m-Junior Nakiya Johnson cruised to the win in the 400m in a season-best and NCAA-automatic time of 52.29, giving the Women of Troy 10 team points.

100m-Senior All-American Angela Williams led five Trojans in this event, as she sailed to her second career Pac-10 100m title in a Mooberry Track record 11.42 to beat out second place Brianna Glenn of Arizona (11.51). Senior Disia Page was fourth (11.89), senior Kinshasa Davis was fifth (12.02), sophomore Miya Edmonson was sixth (12.05) and freshman Alexis Weatherspoon was eighth (12.13) as the Women of Troy scored a whopping 23 points in the 100m.

400m IH-Junior Aleksandra Pieluzek ran a season-best 57.58 to take second to UCLA's Sheena Johnson (57.35). Senior Natasha Neal was fourth in 58.45 to give USC a total of 13 points in this event.

800m-Senior Aleksandra Deren ran a season-best and NCAA-automatic 2:04.88 to take third in this event and give USC six team points.

200m-Angela Williams ran a non-wind-aided personal-best and NCAA-automatic 23.04 to take third, while Kinshasa Davis placed fourth (23.14) in the 200m. Defending NCAA champ Brianna Glenn won in 22.91, while UCLA's Monique Henderson was second (23.04-just edging Williams at the finish). Also for USC, Alexis Weatherspoon was eighth in 24.80 as the Women of Troy scored 12 points in this event.

4 x 400m relay-Needing a win to capture the meet, the 4 x 400 relay squad of Natasha Neal, Kinshasa Davis, Aleksandra Pieluzek and Nakiya Johnson ran 3:35.45 to finish second to UCLA.

USC Men Highlights

Field Finals

High Jump-USC scored eight team points as sophomore Dawid Jaworski finished second with a mark of 7-0 �. Michael Ponikvar of Stanford won the event with the same height, but had fewer misses overall.

Triple Jump-Junior Julien Kapek, who came into the meet with the nation's leading mark, won the triple jump in a Mooberry Track record 55-3 to score 10 team points for the Trojans.

Track Finals

4 x 100m relay-The Trojan squad of Darrell Rideaux, Sultan McCullough, Devon Ward and Wes Felix won easily in a season-best and NCAA provisional 39.44 to score 10 points for USC.

110m HH-Junior Ryan Wilson won his second Pac-10 110m HH championships in 13.81, just barely nipping Micah Harris of Oregon, who ran 13.82. Wilson also won the 110m title as a freshman. Junior Marcell Allmond tied for seventh in a time of 14.76 as USC picked up 12 team points.

100m-Senior Sultan McCullough blazed to a season-best 10.41 to take second to Washington State's Anson Henry (10.29) in the 100m. In his career at the Pac-10s, McCullough now has one championship (as a freshman in 1999) and two runner up finishes (2001 and 2002) in the 100m. Junior Darrell Rideaux took fifth (10.51), while freshman Wes Felix was eighth (10.73). The Trojans scored 13 team points in this event.

800m-Senior Kevin Elliott took third in 1:50.89 behind Simon Kimata of Oregon (1:48.35) and Gabe Jennings of Stanford (1:50.64).

400m IH-Freshman Kenneth Thomas ran 53.60 to finish sixth and give USC three points in the intermediate hurdles.

200m-Freshman Wes Felix took fourth in a time of 20.96 to give USC five points in this event.

4 x 400m relay-The USC squad of Rod Arzu, Wes Felix, Anthony Heckman and Kevin Elliot finished fourth in a time of 3:35.45.

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