L'Orangerie Crawford Earns All-American Honors In Hammer; Natasha Mayers Runs 22.80 To Advance To 200m Final

May 29, 2002

2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 29-June 1
Bernie Moore Track Stadium
Baton Rouge, LA

Wednesday, May 29th Results (Day One)

Team Standings:

Women (3 events)-1. UCLA: 15, 2. Clemson and North Carolina State: 10, 4.Liberty, South Florida, Nebraska and Colorado--8, 15: USC--3.

Men (2 events)-1. Georgia: 15, 2. LSU: 11, 3. SMU and Wichita State: 8, 5.Depaul and Southern: 6.

USC Coach Ron Allice: 'There's a long way to go. We had a solid day whenyouadd the plusses with the minuses. I'm pleased with how hard our athletescompeted. The next couple days will sort everything out. There's a lot ofteams in this thing.'

USC WOMEN

Field Finals

Hammer-Sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford earned her first career All-Americanhonor by placing a solid sixth in the hammer with a throw of 204-4. Hercome-through performance scored three team points for the Women of Troy.Junior Julianna Tudja, the USC record holder who took third in the hammer atlast year's meet, was ninth with a throw of 197-3.

Track Prelims

4 x 100m relay-USC's relay team made up of seniors Angela Williams, DisiaPage, Natasha Neal and Kinshasa Davis clocked 43.79 to qualify for Friday'sfinal of the 4 x 100m relay. The Women of Troy's time was thesecond-fastest of the day behind LSU's 43.57.

Disia Page on the race: 'Angela got us off to an awesome start. We rely onher to get us off to a good start. Everybody serves their own personalrole. I'm just an addition. I run the second leg and just try to keep the leadthan Angela gives me and we just work with that.

'Our handoffs are always smooth. We concentrate a lot on chemistry and thatallows for our smooth handoffs.

'That was our second-fastest time of the year, but we're looking to run alot faster on Friday.'

400m IH-Junior Aleksandra Pieluzek ran 58.62 to finish third in the firstheat of the 400m hurdles, but did not advance to the final.

800m-Senior Aleksandra Deren bounced back strongly from a sub-par showing atlast year's NCAAs by running 2:06.90 to win the second heat and advance toFriday's finals of the 800m.

Deren on her win: 'I just wanted to make it to the finals. Last year, Ididn't make it into the finals and so this year I really wanted to make it.

'For now, time really isn't that important. I just want to do my bestthroughout the weekend and pull for my team. I just hope I can come in thetop three.'

200m-In just her second 200m race for the Women of Troy, junior NatashaMayers won heat three of the 200m in a blistering personal-best22.80-third-fastest-ever at USC and fourth all-time in the Pac-10. She andteammate Kinshasa Davis--who ran a season-best 22.98 to take third inMayers'heat-have advanced to Saturday's 200m final. Angela Williams ran 23.24 tofinish second in heat one, but missed out making the final by just twoone-hundredths of a second. Williams will return on Thursday to begin herrun for a fourth title in her specialty, the 100m dash.

USC MEN

Track Prelims

4 x 100m relay-The USC squad of junior Darrell Rideaux, senior SultanMcCullough, freshman Wes Felix and junior Kareem Kelly ran a season-best39.28 to finish third in heat one and advance to Friday's final of the 4 x100m relay. It was the fourth-fastest qualifying mark of the day.

800m-Senior Kevin Elliott ran 1:50.20 in to finish sixth in heat two and didnot advance to the finals of the 800m run. Elliot ends his Trojan career inninth on the all-time USC 800m chart (1:47.40).

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