Final Results Of NCAA West Regional Track And Field Championships

May 31, 2003

Stanford, Calif. -

2003 NCAA West Regional Track and Field ChampionshipsCobb Track and Angell Field, Stanford, Calif., May 30-31Day Two USC Results-all are finals

Note-Top five finishers from each individual final and top three from each relay final advance to NCAA Championships. Those who do not qualify out of the regional can still qualify with an at-large bid to be determined after the regional is completed.

USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice: 'This is a qualifying meet. All you do is try to survive. We made our decisions in this meet based on what we are going to do at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento. Whether we made the right decisions, we'll see. This is the first time out of the gate for this meet. It's an experiment. As for our teams, our men did what we were supposed to do. Raphael (Asafo-Agyei) was a big surprise. We did well overall on the men's side. The women are still in rebuilding mode and it got tougher with Natasha (Mayers) getting hurt today. We are fading a little on the women's side. But we'll be back.'

USC Men's Track Finals

400m Relay- The USC squad of Garry Jones, Wes Felix, Blake Frazier and Phillip Francis won the West Regional relay title in a time of 40.05 to advance to the NCAA Championships.

1500m- Freshman Tomasz Babiskiewicz finished seventh in the 1500m run in a time of 3:48.87 and did not advance to the NCAAs.

110m HH- Senior All-American Ryan Wilson won the West Regional hurdles title in a time of 13.54 (while running into a headwind) to advance to the NCAAs.

400m- Junior Brandon Matlock took third in the 400m in a time of 46.56 to advance to the NCAAs.

800m- Freshman Raphael Asafo-Agyei continued his hot running of late, winning the West Regional title in a time of 1:50.05. He came into the final with the best qualifying time at 1:49.27. His performance comes on the heels of a surprise second-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships.

200m- Sophomore Wes Felix-the Pac-10 champion in the 200m-finished second in 21.06 and advanced to the NCAA Championships.

USC Men's Field Finals

Javelin- Freshman Dennis Rice finished 13th with a mark of 208-7 and did not advance to the NCAAs.

Pole Vault- Senior Jeff Ryan vaulted 17-7 to finish fourth and advance to the NCAA Championships.

Shot Put- Freshman Noah Bryant finished 13th with a mark of 54-10 � and did not advance to the NCAAs.

Triple Jump- Sophomore Allen Simms-the 2003 NCAA indoor champ-and senior Julien Kapek-a 2002 All-American-took the top two spots in the triple jump to advance to the NCAAs. Simms jumped 54-6 � to take the win, while Kapek was second at 53-7.

USC Men West Regional Individual Champions: Ryan Wilson (110m HH), Raphael Asafo-Agyei (800m), Garry Jones (400m Relay), Wes Felix (400m Relay), Blake Frazier (400m Relay), Phillip Francis (400m Relay), Allen Simms (Triple Jump).

USC Men's NCAA Automatic Qualifiers: Ryan Wilson (110m HH), Raphael Asafo-Agyei (800m), Garry Jones (400m Relay), Wes Felix (400m Relay), Blake Frazier (400m Relay), Phillip Francis (400m Relay), Allen Simms (Triple Jump, Long Jump), Dawid Jaworski (High Jump), Wes Felix (200m), Brandon Matlock (400m), Jeff Ryan (Pole Vault), Michael Murray (Hammer), Julien Kapek (Triple Jump).

USC Women's Track Finals

1500m- Senior Danielle Morrell finished 12th in a time of 4:38.28 and did not advance to the NCAAs.

100m HH- Virginia Powell continued her impressive freshman season, running a personal-best 13.31 (fifth all-time at USC) to take third in the 100m HH and advance onward to the NCAA Championships.

400m- Senior Nakiya Johnson finished eighth in the 400m dash in a time of 54.65 and did not move on to the NCAAs.

100m- Senior Natasha Mayers won the West Regional title in 11.49, but pulled up with an injury in the process. Mayers, who was last year's NCAA 200m champ, led comfortably after 50 meters, but started to hobble after tweaking a leg muscle and just held on for the win. In second place was freshman Virginia Powell, who ran 11.56. Junior Miya Edmonson was fourth in 11.59-a new personal best. So the Women of Troy will advance Mayers, Powell and Edmonson to the NCAA Championships.

200m- Junior Miya Edmonson won the West Regional 200m title in a personal-best 23.72 and advanced to the NCAA Championships, where she will run the 100m and the 200m.

1600m Relay- USC's 1600m relay squad of Tunisia Johnson, Tracee Thomas, Aleksandra Pieluzek and Nakiya Johnson ran 3:37.05 to finish fourth, but did not advance to the NCAAs.

USC Women's Field Finals

Hammer- Senior Julianna Tudja-the Pac-10 record holder-finished second in the hammer with an outstanding throw of 214-9. She and junior teammate L'Orangerie Crawford-who took fourth with a mark of 192-1-will both advance to the NCAA Championships. Senior Amy Thiel threw 171-10 to finish 15th, but still has a chance to make it to the NCAAs through her previous best mark on the descending order list.

High Jump- Senior Spring Harris finished sixth with a height of 5-9 �. She will not advance automatically to the NCAAs, but will likely make it on the descending order list.

Discus- Senior Amy Thiel finished 16th with a throw of 152-6 and did not advance to the NCAAs.

USC Women's NCAA Regional Individual Champions: Natasha Mayers (100m), Miya Edmonson (200m).

USC Women's NCAA Automatic Qualifiers: Natasha Mayers (100m), Virginia Powell (100m, 100m HH), Miya Edmonson (100m, 200m), Julianna Tudja (Hammer), L'Orangerie Crawford (Hammer, Shot Put), Inga Stasiulionyte (Javelin).

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