Women Of Troy Finish Third, Men Tied For 11th At NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championships
June 1, 2002
Baton Rouge, La. - 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field ChampionshipsMay 29-June 1Bernie Moore Stadium
Saturday, June 1st Results (Day Four/Final Day)
Final Team Standings: Women-1. South Carolina 82, 2. UCLA 72, 3. USC 57, 4. LSU 43,5. Kansas State 30, 6. Florida 29, 7. Stanford 25, 8. North Carolina 22, 9. Nebraska 21,10. Illinois/Texas/BYU 19.
Men-1. LSU 64, 2. Tennessee 57, 3. SMU 42, 4. Florida/Clemson 32, 6. South Carolina 30,7. Arkansas 28, 8. Stanford 26, 9. Colorado/Texas 23. USC tied for 11th (21).
USC Coach Ron Allice'We fought back and finished strong. The man that invented the phrase 'Fight On,'--and I think he was an old USC track coach--he knew what he was talking about because USC coaches and athletes do just that. We fight on. We didn't give up. We were on the ropes, but we got third on the women and tied for 11th on the men's side. I'm not satisfied, but I'm not unhappy with my teams either.'
(On Angela Williams winning her fourth NCAA 100m title) 'How do you ever replace a four-time NCAA champion? She is the most successful sprinter in NCAA history. That's saying an awful lot. She's taken on different challenges each year and she's gotten it done four years in a row when it counted. And that is very, very rare in the world of sports.'
Triple Jump-Senior Tatyana Obukhova made All-American in the triple jump for the second time, finishing fourth with a jump of 43-5 ï¿½ and scoring five points for the Women of Troy in the process. She's USC's first two-time All-American in the triple jump since Wendy Brown and Yvette Bates did it in 1987-88.
100m Hurdles-Senior Natasha Neal became USC's first All-American in the 100m hurdles since Sau Ying Chan in 1995, finishing sixth in a time of 13.26. She scored three team points for the Women of Troy.
100m-Senior Angela Williams won an unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA 100m title, clocking 11.29 to edge teammate Natasha Mayers (11.30) as USC went one-two and scored 18 points in this event. It's the first time in school history that two Women of Troy athletes have taken the top two spots in an event at the NCAAs.
'I was feeling so much pressure,' said Williams. 'When I looked up and realized I had won, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. It was great to get the points for the team, but this one is for my family, who have always been there for me.
'When I won this event as a freshman, I remember the huge roar from the crowd and how it felt to see and hear people cheering for me. When I won it tonight, there was that same reaction from the crowd and it felt to me like my career had the proper bookends. When I won as a freshman, that was the first chapter. Now that I've won again, it's another chapter that has been closed. And that makes me feel complete.
'And now, it's time to start a new book.' (for more on Williams, see separate story on USCTROJANS.COM).
200m-Junior Natasha Mayers won USC's first 200m NCAA women's title as she blazed to 22.93 against a 1.1 mph headwind. It capped an outstanding meet for Mayers, who scored a team-high 18 pointsSenior Kinshasa Davis became a three-time All-American, finishing eighth in a time of 23.60. USC scored 11 team points in this event.
'I wanted to win really bad,' said Mayers, who is a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a small island country in the Caribbean. 'After losing the 100m, I needed to run big to help the team. The wind was really tough to run against and I was so tired afterwards that I fell down on the track. I've never done that before.'
'I'm glad I'm at USC. Even though I haven't been with the team from the beginning, the Trojan family has been very supportive of me the whole way through. Next year, I am looking forward to going for a double (a win in the 100m and 200m).'
High Jump-Sophomore Dawid Jaworski tied Anthony Caire's school record of 7-4 ï¿½ to place second in the high jump and score eight team points for the Trojans. Jaworski is the first high jump All-American for USC since Caire in 1983 and the highest finisher in the event at the NCAA meet since Larry Hollins took second in 1971.
'That was an unbelievable performance,' said USC coach Ron Allice. 'Four weeks ago, he was a 6-10 high jumper with a bad back. Just amazing.'
110m HH-Junior Ryan Wilson became a two-time All-American by finishing sixth in the 110m HH in a time of 13.70, scoring three team points for USC in the process.