Trojan Men Take Pac-10 Track Title; Women Make Strong Showing

May 18, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) - USC and UCLA, each featuring an athlete who won two hurdles events, captured the men's and women's team titles, respectively, at the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships, which concluded a two-day run Sunday.

Trojan senior Ryan Wilson won his third Pac-10 title in the 110-meter high hurdles in a wind-aided 13.42 seconds, then returned about 90 minutes later to win his first conference title in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 49.33 seconds.

``I would like to have run both events before,'' Wilson said after becoming the first man to sweep both Pac-10 hurdles titles since Steve Herko of UCLA in 1985. ``But I was always too hurt so I concentrated on the shorter race.''

UCLA senior Sheena Johnson won her third consecutive 400-meter hurdles title in 56.45 seconds after earlier capturing her first championship in the 100-meter event with a clocking of 13.10 seconds.

``This was my last Pac-10 meet, so I decided to try to win both races,'' Johnson said. ``I was a little tired for the 400, but I really wanted to defend that title.''

Before Johnson, Janeene Vickers, also of UCLA, was the only woman to win both Pac-10 hurdles events in the same year. Vickers won both events in 1989 and 1990.

The 20 points Wilson and Johnson accumulated for each victory were crucial in helping their schools win the team titles.

USC ended Stanford's two-year reign as men's champion with 139 points to 128 for the Cardinal. UCLA racked up 155 points to win the women's title for the seventh year in a row and eighth time in nine years. Stanford's 140 points ranked second among the women.

USC men won five individual events and UCLA women won seven.

Besides Wilson's two titles, other USC winners were Wes Felix in the 200 meters (20.81 seconds); Julien Kapek in the triple jump (55-0 ); and David Jaworski in the high jump (7-3).

In addition to Johnson, the UCLA women prospered from a third consecutive 800-1,500-meter double by Lena Nilsson; Candice Baucham's 42-6 winning triple jump, and victories Saturday by hammer thrower Cari Soong and shot putter Jessica Cosby.

Nilsson, who won the 1,500 meters Sunday in 4:13.21 and the 800 later in the afternoon in 2:03.86 is the first Pac-10 athlete of either sex to win both events three years in a row.

``I wasn't as tired as a I thought I'd be,'' Nilsson said after her victory in the 800. ``I had a lot left after the 1,500.''

Louie Luchini of Stanford added the 5,000-meter title he won Sunday to the 10,000-meter championship he won Saturday and USC's Natasha Mayers won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes for women. Washington State's Anthony Buchanan won the men's 100-meter dash in 10.1 seconds and anchored the Cougars' 4 x 100-meter relay team to an upset victory over USC in 39.68 seconds.

One of the smallest athletes in the meet recorded one of the biggest performances. Becky Holliday, a 5-foot-3 senior at Oregon, easily won the women's pole vault with a meet record climb of 14 feet, six inches. The mark was the third best in history by a woman vaulter and second best in the world this year, behind only a 15-1 -vault by world record holder Stacy Dragila.

``I train with her sometimes,'' Holliday said of Dragila. ``She's worked with me on speed down the runway.'' After clinching her victory, Holliday missed three attempts at 14-9, knocking the bar down with her back leg on the third try.

Oregon senior Adam Kriz threw the hammer 221 feet, three inches, to win the Pac-10 title for the second year in a row. He defeated Stanford senior Nick Welihozzkly, whose best throw was 221-1, by two inches in the competition staged Sunday morning at West Los Angeles College.

UCLA's Dan Ames finished third in the hammer at 206-9 and later added the discus title to the shot put championship he won Saturday. His winning discus throw was 196 feet, four inches. He is the first man to achieve the shot-discus double in the Pac-10 meet since Ian Waitz of Washington State in 1997.

Lewis Banda of Arizona State was the only freshman to win an individual title. He ran the 400 meters in 45.83 seconds, with Sun Devils teammate Seth Amoo finishing second in 46.08 seconds. California freshman Teak Wilburn matched Jaworski's winning mark in the high jump, but needed two tries to clear three lower heights which Jaworski negotiated on his first attempt.

Pac-10 Track Championship Results

100 meter dash

1, Natasha Mayers, USC, 11.39. 2, Virgina Powell, USC, 11.52. 3. Seynabou Ndiaye, Arizona, 11.59. 4, Miya Edmonson, U S C, 11.72. 5, Tiffany Greer, Arizona St, 11.79. 6, Porchea Carroll, Arizona St, 11.82. 7, Nashonme Johnson, Stanford, 12.02. 8, Alexis Weatherspoon, USC, 12.06.

200 meter dash

1, Natasha Mayers, USC, 23.32. 2, Nashonme Johnson, Stanford, 23.85. 3, Tiffany Giles, Washington St, 23.86. 4, Miya Edmonson, USC, 23.86. 5, Ellannee Richardson, Washington St, 24.06. 6, Antonette Carter, California, 24.19. 7, Tiffany Greer, Arizona St, 24.39.

400 meter dash

1, Cassandra Reed, Arizona St., 52.89. 2, Joni Smith, Arizona St, 53.09. 3, Nakiya Johnson, USC, 53.41. 4, Tiffany Giles, Washington St., 53.65. 5, Adia McKinnon, UCLA, 54.17. 6, Janette Davis, Oregon, 55.02.

800 meter run

1, Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 2:03.86. 2, Chloe Jarvis, California, 2:05.92. 3, Courtney Inman, Washington, 2:05.97. 4, Malindi Elmore, Stanford, 2:07.00. 5, Lache Bailey, California, 2:08.19. 6, Ashley Caldwell, UCLA, 2:09.22. 7, Eri Macdonald, Oregon, 2:10.87. 8, Katie Hotchkiss, Stanford, 2:14.42.

1,500 meter run

1, Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 4:13.21. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 4:14.68. 3, Courtney Inman, Washington, 4:15.14. 4, Malindi Elmore, Stanford, 4:17.90. 5, Beth Hoge, Arizona, 4:21.10. 6, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona St., 4:23.57. 7, Lindsey Egerdahl, Washington, 4:23.87. 8, Bridget Duffy, California, 4:26.59. 9, Katie Hotchkiss, Stanford, 4:30.19. 10, Danielle Morrell, USC, 4:30.29. 11, Carrie Zografos, Oregon, 4:31.53. 12, Laura Harmon, Oregon, 4:35.96.

5,000 meter run

1, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 16:37.52. 2, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 16:38.82 3, Sara Bei, Stanford, 16:38.91. 4, Sabrina Monro, Washington, 16:54.46. 5, Beth Hoge, Arizona, 16:56.29. 6, Desiree Davila, Arizona St., 17:04.83, 7, Anna Blue, Washington St, 17:13.64. 8, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 17:33.43. 9, Elizabeth Lindgren, Arizona St, 17:43.72. 10, Brooke Thomas, USC, 17:48.73. 11, Amanda Lyon, Arizona St., 18:07.80.

10,000 meter run

1, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 33:42.29. 2, Sara Bei, Stanford, 33:58.06a. 3, Sabrina Monro, Washington, 34:02.98. 4, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 35:13.93. 5, Anna Blue, Washington St., 35:21.45. 6, Jessica Sclaco, Arizona St., 35:28.08. 7, Alvina Begay, Arizona St., 35:42.37. 8, Adrienne Goeller, Arizona, 36:07.96. 9, Lisa Pohlit, Arizona St., 36:21.58. 10, Magdalena Sandoval, Oregon, 36:30.65. 11, Valerie Flores, UCLA, 36:51.31. 12, Carmen Winant, UCLA, 36:53.62. 13, Jamie Gibbs, Washington, 37:07.40. 14. Nicole Feest, Oregon, 37:15.47. 15, Laura Hodgson, Washington, 37:16.57.

100 meter hurdles

1, Sheena Johnson, UCLA, 13.10. 2, Dawn Harper, UCLA, 13.33. 3, Sharifa Jones, Arizona, 13.36. 4, Sani Roseby, U C L A, 13.47. 5, Virgina Powell, U S C, 13.47. 6, Ellannee Richardson, Washington St., 13.55. 7, Senera Holmes, Arizona St, 13.60. 8, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, California, 13.75.

400 meter hurdles

1, Sheena Johnson, UCLA, 56.45. 2, Ysanne Williams, UCLA, 57.67. 3, Undine Becker, Stanford, 59.18. 4, Monique Jessie, Washington St., 59.28. 5, April Holliverse, California, 59.78. 6, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, California, 1:00.42. 7, Tunisia Johnson, USC, 1:00.60. 8, Stephanie Cowling, California, 1:02.47.

3,000 meter steeplechase

1, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona St., 10:22.94. 2, Jeane Goff, Stanford, 10:27.65. 3, Kate Spigel, Washington, 10:35.31. 4, Cody Sohn, Arizona St, 10:41.48. 5, Abby Parker, California, 10:49.20. 6, Melissa McBain, UCLA, 10:52.22. 7, Camille Connelly, Washington, 10:52.47. 8, Amanda Fitz-Gustafson, Arizona St., 10:59.66. 9, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Oregon, 11:10.15. 10, Hillary Smith, Washington St., 11:18.20.

4x100 meter relay

1, USC 44.26. 2, Arizona St. 44.82. 3, Arizona 45.02. 4, Stanford 45.29. 5, California 45.36. 6, Washington St. 45.49. 7, UCLA 46.03. 8, Washington 49.36.

4x400 meter relay

1, Stanford 3:35.10, 2, Arizona St. 3:35.23. 3, Washington St. 3:37.57. 4, Arizona 3:40.29. 5, Oregon 3:42.86. 6, California 3:44.08. 7, USC 3:44.94.

High jump

1, Whitney Evans, Washington St., 1.82m, (5-11.50). 2, Kimberly Stone, Stanford, 1.82m, (5-11.50). 3, Sheena Gordon, UCLA, 1.78m, (5-10). 4, Robin Mikesh, Washington St., 1.75m, (5-08.75). 5, Spring Harris, USC, 1.70m, (5-07). 6, Julie Stevenson, UCLA, 1.70m, (5-07). 7, Briana Willis, Washington St., 1.70m, (5-07). 8, Jenny Brogdon, Oregon, 1.70m, (5-07). 9, Sidney Brown, Washington, 1.65m, (5-05). 10, Cynthia Mallory, California, 1.60m, (5-03). 11, Brittiny Roberts, Washington, 1.60m, (5-03).

Pole vault

1, Becky Holliday, Oregon, 4.42m, (14-06). 2, Chelsea Johnson, UCLA, 4.05m, (13-03.50). 3, Niki McEwen, Oregon, 4.05m, (13-03.50). 4, Costance Jerz, Arizona, 4.05m, (13-03.50). 5, Tamara Diles, Washington St., 3.95m, (12-11.50). 6, Kate Soma, Washington, 3.95m, (12-11.50). 7, Kirsten Riley, Oregon, 3.95m, (12-11.50). 8, Carly Dockendorf, Washington, 3.95m, (12-11.50). 9, Melissa Astete, USC, 3.95m, (12-11.50). 10, Amy Linnen, Arizona, 3.85m, (12-07.50). 11, Leora Ward, California, 3.85m, (12-07.50). 12, Juanita Braun, Arizona, 3.75m, (12-03.50). 12, Kathleen Donoghue, Stanford, 3.75m, (12-03.50).

Long jump

1, Tiffany Greer, Arizona St., 6.36m, w: 2.1 (20-10.50). 2, Lillian Bush, Stanford, 6.09m, w: -0.7 (19-11.75). 3, Porchea Carroll, Arizona St, 6.06m, w: 1.7 (19-10.75). 4, Sharifa Jones, Arizona, 6.05m, w: 1.2 (19-10.25). 5, Tinishia Johnson, Arizona St, 6.00m, w: 1.7 (19-08.25). 6, Candice Baucham, UCLA, 5.90m, w: 2.3 (19-04.25). 7, Undine Becker, Stanford, 5.90m, w: 0.8 (19-04.25). 8, Elzunia Lamb, California, 5.87m, w: 1.7 (19-03.25). 9, Antonette Carter, California, 5.84m, w: -0.2 (19-02). 10, Amanda Brown, Oregon, 5.82m, w: 2.6 (19-01.25). 11, Karen Ota, U S C, 5.68m, w: -0.6 (18-07.75). 12. Diana Pickler, Washington St., 5.67m, w: 0.9 (18-07.25). 13, Tiffany Jones, USC, 5.61m, w: -0.3 (18-05). 14, Erin Williams, USC, 5.60m, w: 0.7 (18-04.50). 15, Qadriyyah Abdullah, California, 5.53m, w: -1.1 (18-01.75). 16, Sheena Gordon, UCLA, 5.52m, w: 0.1 (18-01.50). 17, Katelyn Waterhouse, Washington, 5.34m, w: -1.1 (17-06.25).

Triple jump

1, Candice Baucham, UCLA, 12.97m, w: 0.7 (42-06.75). 2, Sheena Gordon, UCLA, 12.81m, w: 1.6 (42-00.50). 3, Blessing Ufodiama, Washington St., 12.73m, w: 1.1 (41-09.25). 4, Brittiny Roberts, Washington, 12.46m, w: -0.1 (40-10.50). 5, Bree Skinner, Washington St., 12.35m, w: 0.3 (40-06.25). 6, Amanda Brown, Oregon, 12.34m, w: 1.8 (40-06). 7, Sidney Brown, Washington, 12.13m, w:1.4 (39-09.75). 8, Clarice Hayward-Lee, Oregon, 12.13m, w: 3.3 (39-09.75). 9, Cocoa Sanford, Arizona, 11.41m, w: 4.0 (37-05.25). 10, Qadriyyah Abdullah, California, 11.35m, w: 0.9 (37-03). 11, Tinishia Johnson, Arizona St., 11.01m, w: 0.9 (36-01.50).

Shot put

1. Jessica Cosby, UCLA, 16.96m, (55-07.75). 2, Jillian Camarena, Stanford, 16.89m, (55-05). 3, L'Orangerie Crawford, USC, 16.07m, (52-08.75). 4, Briona Reynolds, UCLA, 15.64m, (51-03.75). 5, Julia Pederson, Arizona St., 14.87m, (48-09.50). 6, Mary Etter, Oregon, 14.68m, (48-02). 7, Amber Varner, Arizona, 14.35m, (47-01). 8, Cherran Davis, Washington, 14.28m, (46-10.25). 9, Shannon Rance, Washington St., 14.05m, (46-01.25). 10, Jenna Johnson, California, 13.69m, (44-11). 11, Mary Beeman, Washington, 13.65m, (44-09.50). 12, Rachel Varner, Arizona, 13.39m, (43-11.25). 13, Sandra Orsund, Arizona St., 13.37m, (43-10.50). 14, Tamrya D'Artenay, California, 12.86m, (42-02.25).

Discus

1. Sandra Orsund, Arizona St., 55.76m, (182-11). 2, Shaniqua Ross, UCLA, 54.95m, (180-03). 3, Ilona Rutjes, Arizona, 54.42m, (178-06). 4, Mary Etter, Oregon, 53.97m, (177-01). 5, Lara Saye, UCLA, 53.34m, (175-00). 6, Briona Reynolds, UCLA, 52.69m, (172-10). 7. Julia Pederson, Arizona St., 51.20m, (168-00). 8, Molly Meyer, Stanford, 50.81m, (166-08). 9, Rachel Varner, Arizona, 49.59m, (162-08). 10, Jillian Camarena, Stanford, 49.11m, (161-01). 11, Amy Thiel, USC, 47.29m, (155-02). 12, Kitty Currier, Stanford, 47.20m, (154-10). 13, Amber Varner, Arizona, 45.53m, (149-04). 14, Marie Muai, Washington St., 43.47m, (142-07). 15, Molly Clarke, Arizona St., 42.63m, (139-10).

Hammer

1, Cari Soong, UCLA, 65.82m, (215-11). 2, Julianna Tudja, USC, 63.55m, (208-06). 3, L'Orangerie Crawford, USC, 62.92m, (206-05). 4, Jessica Cosby, UCLA, 61.15m, (200-07). 5, Amy Thiel, USC, 58.84m, (193-00). 6, Kameko Gay, Washington, 55.09m, (180-09). 7, Jordan Sauvage, Oregon, 53.81m, (176-06). 8, Sandra Orsund, Arizona St., 53.58m, (175-09). 9, Donielle Colich, Stanford, 53.48m, (175-05). 10, Marie Muai, Washington St., 53.46m, (175-05). 11, Sarah Hopping, Stanford, 52.36m, (171-09). 12, Sammy Jo Missel, Washington St., 52.30m, (171-07). 13, Brittany Hinchcliffe, Washington St., 52.04m, (170-09). 14, Tamrya D'Artenay, California, 47.68m, (156-05). 15, Jackilyn Drake, Arizona, 47.05m, (154-04). 16, Amber Varner, Arizona, 46.90m, (153-10).

Javelin

1, Inga Stasiulionyte, USC, 51.48m, (168-11). 2, Roslyn Lundeen, Oregon, 48.66m, (159-08). 3, Julie Demarni, Arizona, 48.17m, (158-00). 4, Tiffany Zahn, Washington, 48.09m, (157-09). 5, Heather Reichman, Washington, 47.38m, (155-05). 6, Elisa Crumley, Oregon, 47.13m, (154-07). 7, Jenna Dean, Washington St., 44.75m, (146-10). 8, Erin Merriman, Stanford, 42.58m, (139-08). 9, Rachel Bertholf, Washington St, 41.40m, (135-10). 10, Karina Powell, UCLA, 40.67m, (133-05). 11, Becky Holley, Arizona St., 39.03m, (128-01). 12, Elizabeth Arollo, Arizona St., 38.21m, (125-04).

Heptathlon

1, Ellannee Richardson, Washington St, 5766. 2, Lillian Bush, Stanford, 5519. 3, Abby Andrus, Oregon, 5303. 4, Diana Pickler, Washington St, 5254. 5, Ahimsa Hodari, Stanford, 5021. 6, Elzunia Lamb, California, 4688. 7, Amanda Underwood, Arizona, 4431. 8, Louise Akesson, Washington St., 4347. 9, Kendra Caprye, Washington, 3880.

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