USC Track And Field Heads To NCAA Championships

June 8, 2003

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THE MEET

Thirteen members of the USC men's track and field team and nine members of the women's squad meet the rest of the nation's best in Sacramento, Calif., at the 2003 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Sacramento State University on June 11-14 (Wed.-Saturday). Competition begins on June 11 with the women's discus prelims at 10 a.m. and the women's 100m prelims at 10:25 a.m. The final events of the meet on June 14 will be the 1600m relays ( women's at 9:20 p.m., men's at 9:30 p.m.). The No. 3 USC men are looking to return to the top five at the NCAAs for the first time since 1999, while the No. 11 USC women will be seeking their sixth-straight top 10 finish. Scoring for the meet, the 82nd on the men's side and the 22nd on the women's side, is for eight places: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

ON TELEVISION

CBS Sports will televise the NCAA Championships nationally on a tape-delayed basis on Saturday, June 21, at 3 p.m. ET.

USC's NCAA TITLE HISTORY

The Trojan men's program has won an unprecedented 26 NCAA outdoor national titles (including nine straight in 1935-43), plus two NCAA indoor crowns, far more than any other school. In fact, in the history of the NCAA, only the Oklahoma State wrestling program (31) has more national titles than USC men's outdoor track and field. The Trojans also have had 108 individual champions over the years, including Allen Simms in the indoor triple jump this season. The Women of Troy won their first NCAA team championship in 2001 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Women of Troy have had 18 individual collegiate champions, including 2002 NCAA 200m champion Natasha Mayers.

NATIONAL RANKINGS

In the latest round of predictions for the NCAA Championships, Track and Field News Magazine picks the Trojan men fifth with 39 points and the Women of Troy outside the top 10 with 18 points. Trackwire.com has the USC men third with 38 points and the USC women tied for 11th with 20 points.

USC SO FAR THIS SEASON

The Trojan men captured their 33rd Pac-10 team title with a rousing effort in front of their home crowd at USC's Katherine B. Loker Stadium. Troy scored 139 points to Stanford's 128 to win its first conference crown since 2000. Earlier in the year, the USC men finished 14th at the NCAA Indoor Championships on the strength of jumpers Allen Simms and Julien Kapek, who finished first and fourth, respectively, in the triple jump. The Women of Troy finished fourth at the Pac-10s with a team score of 101 points.

LAST YEAR'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USC women finished in the top three for the fourth-straight year at last year's NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, LA., as their 57 points put them behind South Carolina and UCLA. Angela Williams won her fourth-consecutive NCAA 100m title, while teammate Natasha Mayers finished on her heels in second. Mayers also went on to win the 200m crown--the first such title for a USC woman. The Trojan men finished tied for 11th with 21 points as Dawid Jaworski was the high jump runner up, Julien Kapek took third in the triple jump and Ryan Wilson was sixth in the 110m HH.

USC COACH Ron Allice AT THE NCAAs

Trojan coach Ron Allice's men's teams have finished in the top 10 at the NCAAs for six of the last eight years, including a third place finish in 1997. The Trojan men have also captured seven NCAA individual titles in his time at USC. His women's teams have placed in the top five each of the last five years, including 2001's NCAA team title. USC women have won 10 NCAA individual championships under Allice.

LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARDGoing into the meet, several Trojans are either at or near the top of the declared lists for their events at the NCAA Championships:

LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARDGoing into the meet, several Trojans are either at or near the top of the declared lists for their events at the NCAA Championships:

USC Men		        Event	        Time/Mark	RankAllen Simms	        Triple Jump	56-4	        1stJulien Kapek	        Triple Jump	55-4 1/2w	2ndAllen Simms	        Long Jump	26-3 3/4	2ndRyan Wilson	        110m HH	        13.42w	        3rdDawid Jaworski	        High Jump	7-3 3/4	        6thJeff Ryan	        Pole Vault	17-10 1/2	7thJones, Felix,Frazier, Francis        400m Relay	39.90	        16thWes Felix	        200m	        20.79	        18thAdam Midles	        Hammer	        205-9	        18thMichael Murray 	        Hammer	        204-5	        22ndRaphael Asafo-Agyei     800m	        1:49.27	        23rdShelton Davis	        Decathlon	7,290	        24th

Women of Troy Event Time/Mark RankNatasha Mayers 100m 11.09 2ndJulianna Tudja Hammer 218-5 2ndInga Stasiulionyte Javelin 177-3 3rdL'Orangerie Crawford Hammer 209-8 5thSpring Harris High Jump 6-0 1/2 8thPowell, Mayers,Thomas, Edmonson 400m Relay 44.26 10thL'Orangerie Crawford Shot Put 54-6 1/4 10thVirginia Powell 100m HH 13.24w 15thAmy Thiel Hammer 193-0 22ndMiya Edmonson 200m 23.72 27thMiya Edmonson 100m 11.59w 29th

DIRECTOR OF TRACK AND FIELD Ron AlliceLike a phoenix rising from the ashes, USC track and field has reemerged as a force on the collegiate scene thanks to the work of Director of Track and Field Ron Allice and his coaching staff. Under the guidance of Allice and company, the Trojan men went on a run of seven consective top 10 finishes-a feat last accomplished during the late 1960s and early 1970s under Verne Wolfe-from 1994-2000 and have won four Pac-10 titles in the last seven years (including the 2003 Pac-10 title). Last season, his young men's team finished third in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th at the NCAAs. The previous season-2001-the Trojans were 12th at the NCAA meet and 2nd in the conference, while snapping crosstown rival UCLA's dual-meet win streak at 22. The seven seasons prior to 2001, Troy finished no lower than seventh at the NCAAs (including three top-5 finishes) and won three Pac-10 titles. During his tenure, Trojan men have won seven NCAA individual titles, garnered All-American acclaim 75 times and set seven school records-not an easy task considering the glorious track and field history at USC. Allice also runs perhaps the top women's program in the country. The Women of Troy are the only team in the country to finish in the NCAA top three each of the last four years while winning at least one NCAA team title. Last year, his squad finished third at the NCAAs. It was led by the most celebrated sprinter in collegiate history, Angela Williams, who won an unprecedented fourth NCAA 100m title and later was awarded the Honda/Broderick Cup given to the nation's top female collegiate athlete. In 2001, the Women of Troy put on a near-perfect meet to win their first NCAA team title. In 2000, USC took second-at the time, their best-ever showing at the NCAAs. In 1999, USC was the only program that finished in the top five in both men's and women's track and field, as the women were third and the men fifth. In 1998, the women's team finished in fifth place. In 1997 they placed 14th, but that came on the heels of their first-ever Pac-10 title and a seventh-place NCAA finish in 1996. Allice's women's teams usually feature powerhouse athletes who go on to shine on the national and world stages, including such stars as Williams, Natasha Danvers, Brigita Langerholc and Torri Edwards. Allice has coached more than 237 All-Americans, plus 16 Olympians, four world record holders and seven American record holders. His career dual meet record is 211-42-1.

USC UNDER RON ALLICE--YEAR BY YEAR

MenYear	W	L	T	Nat.	Conf.1995	4	1	0	4	31996	5	1	0	10	41997	8	2	0	3	11998	7	2	0	7	21999	9	3	0	5	12000	8	2	0	7	12001	6	0	0	12	22002	1	2	0	11 	32003	0	1	0	?	1

Women of TroyYear	W	L	T	Nat.	Conf.1995	2	1	1	37	81996	6	1	0	7	11997	9	1	0	14	21998	8	1	0	5	31999	12	4	0	3	22000	8	2	0	2	22001	5	1	0	1	22002	2	1	0	3	22003	0	1	0	?	4

NCAA BIOS

L'Orangerie Crawford6-0, JuniorLos Angeles, Calif.Shot Put, Hammer Throw2002 Hammer All-AmericanPersonal Bests: SP--54-6 3/4; HT--209-9Season Bests: SP--54-6 3/4; HT--209-9

Talented junior L'Orangerie Crawford will compete in the hammer throw and the shot put at the 2002 NCAAs ... Coming into the meet, she has the fifth-best hammer and the 10th-best shot mark in the nation ... She was third at the Pac-10s in the hammer and shot put ... As a sophomore last year, she finished 6th in the hammer at the NCAAs with a throw of 204-4 ... As a redshirt freshman, she finished ninth in the shot at the 2001 NCAAs ... Is second on the all-time USC hammer chart and third on the shot chart.

L'Orangerie Crawford at the NCAAs:2001: 9th in SP (53-3 1/2)2002: 6th in HT (204-4); 16th in SP (51-8 1/2)

Miya Edmonson5-5, JuniorInglewood, Calif.100m, 200m, 400m RelayPersonal Bests: 100m--11.60; 200m--23.72Season Bests: 100m--11.60; 200m--23.72

Junior Miya Edmonson has emerged as one of the top female sprinters on the West Coast in 2003 ... She will compete in the 100m, 200m and run the anchor leg on USC's 400m relay ... She was 2003 NCAA West Regional Champion in the 200m .... She finished fourth in both the 100m and 200m at the Pac-10 Championships ... This is her first NCAA Championships appearance.

Spring Harris5-8, SeniorOakland, Calif.High JumpPersonal Bests: 6-0 1/2Season Bests: 6-0 1/2

Senior Spring Harris is a former walk-on who is third on the all-time Women of Troy high jump chart with a best of 6-0 1/2 ... That mark has been in the top 10 nationally all season ... She was fifth at the Pac-10s in the high jump this season ... In 2002, she finished seventh in the conference in the heptathlon ... As a 2001 sophomore, she was sixth in the high jump and seventh in the heptathlon at the conference meet ... This is her first NCAA appearance.

Natasha Mayers5-4, SeniorSt. Vincent and the Grenadines100m, 400m Relay2002 NCAA 200m ChampionPersonal Bests: 100m--11.09 (11.01w); 200m--22.91 (22.82w)Season Bests: 100m--11.09; 200m--23.00

Senior sprinter Natasha Mayers will compete in only the 100m and the 400m relay at the 2003 NCAAs after winning the 200m and finishing second in the 100m at the 2002 NCAAs ... Coming into the meet, she has the second-fastest 100m time in the nation at 11.09 ... She suffered a hamstring injury at the conclusion of her winning 100m race at the NCAA regionals and is not at 100% for the NCAA Championships ... She swept the 100m and 200m at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships ... One of the top sprinters in USC history, she is second on the all-time 100m chart and third on the 200m chart.

Natasha Mayers at the NCAAs:2002: 1st in 200m (22.93); 2nd in 100m (11.30)

Virginia Powell5-10, FreshmanSeattle, Wash.100m HHPersonal Bests: 100m--11.52; 100m HH--13.31 (13.24w)Season Bests: 100m--11.52; 100m HH--13.31 (13.24w)

Outstanding freshman Virginia Powell is making her debut at the NCAA Championships, where she will compete in the 100m HH and run the first leg on USC's 400m relay ... She has a best of 13.31, which is already fifth on the all-time USC hurdles chart and a freshman record ... She ran 13.24w in the prelims at the NCAA Regionals ... She was fifth at the Pac-10s in the high hurdles and second in the 100m ... She is already one of the best hurdle/sprint combo athletes in the nation.

Inga Stasiulionyte5-9, JuniorVilnius, LithuaniaJavelin2001 NCAA Javelin Champion, 2002 NCAA Javelin Runner-Up; Three-time Pac-10 Javelin Champion; Pac-10 Record HolderPersonal Bests: Javelin--186-10Season Bests: Javelin--177-3

Junior Inga Stasiulionyte is making her third NCAA appearance ... She is the Pac-10 record holder at 186-10 ... Last season, she was the runner-up to Serene Ross at the NCAAs, as Ross won with an American-record 195-8 to Stasiulionyte's 177-0 ... As a 2001 freshman, she won the NCAA javelin title with a throw of 172-4 ... She is the first woman ever to win three Pac-10 javelin titles.

Inga Stasiulionyte at the NCAAs:2001: 1st in javelin (172-4)2002: 2nd in javelin (177-0)

Amy Thiel5-11, SeniorFremont, Calif.HammerPersonal Bests: Hammer--193-0Season Bests: Hammer--193-0

Senior Amy Thiel is a versatile thrower who will be competing in the hammer at the NCAAs ... She was fifth in the hammer at the Pac-10s with a personal-best of 193-0, a mark that is fifth on the all-time USC hammer chart ... She also had the Women of Troy's best discus throw this season with a mark of 161-9.

Tracee Thomas5-2, FreshmanRialto, Calif.400m RelayPersonal Bests: 100m--12.34; 400m--55.18Season Bests: 100m--12.34; 400m--55.18

Freshman Tracee Thomas is making her first NCAA appearance ... She will run the third leg on USC's 400m Relay squad ... She has bests of 12.34 this season in the 100m and 55.18 in the 400m ... She ran the third leg on USC's Pac-10-winning 400m relay that won in 44.26.

Julianna Tudja5-10, SeniorVamosi, HungaryHammer2001 Hammer All-American (3rd); Pac-10 Record HolderPersonal Bests: Hammer--218-5Season Bests: Hammer--218-5

Senior Julianna Tudja has had a dream season ... Her best mark--218-5--is the Pac-10 record ... She was second at both the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regionals ... Has consistently thrown over 208 for the latter half of the season ... Was twice named Pac-10 athlete of the week ... This is her fourth NCAA Championships appearance ... She has the second-best hammer mark in the nation coming into the meet ... Was ninth in hammer at last season's NCAAs, but helped lead Women of Troy to NCAA title in 2001 with a third place finish.

Julianna Tudja at the NCAAs:2000: 13th in the hammer (185-10)2001: 3rd in the hammer (210-11)2002: 9th in hammer (197-3)

Random Women of Troy NCAA Notes

* Two Women of Troy athletes hold Pac-10 records: Inga Stasiulionyte (javelin) and Julianna Tudja (hammer).

* The USC 400m relay squad has finished in the top three at the NCAAs in each of the last four years. The Women of Troy were second to Texas in 1999, then won it in 2000 over LSU in a school-record 43.14 before taking second to LSU in 2001. Last season, USC took third behind South Carolina and LSU.

* Natasha Mayers will attempt to keep USC's string of 100m titles alive. If she wins, it will be five-straight 100m titles for a Women of Troy sprinter, after Angela Williams' four straight from 1999-2002. Only LSU has as many 100m titles as USC (4).

*Speaking of Mayers, she's the latest in an incredible string of elite sprinters at USC in the last 10 years. Since 1994, Inger Miller, Torri Edwards, Angela Williams and Natasha Mayers have all worn USC uniforms. A quick glance at the world's top 20 100m marks in 2003 will find each of those names present and accounted for, while a future Trojan, Allyson Felix, sits atop the current 200m world chart.

* USC under throws coach Dan Lange has had a hammer All-American each of the last four years and will likely make it five in a row with Pac-10 record holder Julianna Tudja and 2002 All-American L'Orangerie Crawford ready to go.

USC MEN's NCAA BIOS

Raphael Asafo-Agyei6-3, FreshmanChino, Calif.800mNCAA West Regional Champion--800mPersonal Bests: 800m--1:49.27Season Bests: 800m--1:49.27

Freshman Raphael Asafo-Agyei had an outstanding May, showing glimpses of his bright future to come ... He won the NCAA West Regional 800m Championship with a PR 1:49.27, displaying a powerful kick at the end of his race ... Was also second in the 800m at the Pac-10s to help USC to the conference team title.

Shelton Davis6-2, SeniorOrange, Calif.DecathlonPersonal Bests: 7,290Season Bests: 7,290

Senior Shelton Davis is making his first appearance at the NCAAs ... He scored a personal-best 7,290 points to take third at the Pac-10 Championships ... That point total put him in fifth on the USC decathlon chart and was the best decathlon by a Trojan since 1998 ... Davis was fourth at the Pac-10s in the decathlon in 2002.

Wes Felix5-11, SophomoreSanta Clarita, Calif.200m, 400m RelayPac-10 200m ChampionPersonal Bests: 100m--10.33 (10.24w); 200m--20.79Season Bests: 100m--10.33; 200m--20.79

Sophomore Wes Felix had an outstanding season, winning the Pac-10 200m title ... He's the first Trojan to do so since Jerome Davis in 1999 ... He showed dramatic improvement, lowering his 100m PR to 10.33 from 10.48 and his 200m time from 20.93 to 20.79 ... He also was fourth at this year's Pac-10s in the 100m with a wind-aided 10.24 ... Runs the second leg for USC's 400m relay ... Last season, he ran the third leg on USC's 400m relay that took fifth at the NCAAs in 39.27 ... Ran a leg on the World Junior Record-setting 400m relay squad that won in 38.92 in Jamaica last summer ... Also was third in the 200m at the World Juniors.

Wes Felix at the NCAAs:2002: 400m Relay (third-leg), 5th in 39.27

Phillip Francis5-11, SophomoreLos Angeles, Calif.400m RelayPersonal Bests: 100m--10.39Season Bests: 100m--10.50

Sophomore Phillip Francis runs the anchor leg on USC's 400m relay squad ... Francis was ineligible for most of the spring, but got his first action in as a Trojan last in the season, running a 10.50 in the 100m ... He helped USC win the 400m relay at the NCAA West Regional, running two fine anchor legs ... He was the 2001 California State 100m champ.

Blake Frazier6-0, FreshmanSan Diego, Calif.400m RelayPersonal Bests: 100m--10.63; 110m HH--14.31Season Bests: 110m HH--14.31

Walk-on freshman Blake Frazier is a good athlete who runs the third leg on USC's 400m relay ... Frazier is primarily a hurdler for USC, with a best of 14.32 this season ... He was slowed early in the year by a leg injury.

Dawid Jaworski6-4, SeniorGorzow, PolandHigh Jump2002 NCAA High Jump Runner UpUSC Record Holder--High JumpPersonal Bests: High Jump--7-4 1/2Season Bests: High Jump--7-3 3/4

Steady senior Dawid Jaworski is a challenger for the NCAA high jump title in 2003 after finishing second in 2002--Troy's highest finish in the event since Larry Hollins took second in 1971 ... He is tied with Anthony Caire as the USC high jump record holder at 7-4 1/2 ... Jaworski won the Pac-10 high jump title in 2003 with a jump of 7-3 3/4 ... He's the first Trojan to win a conference high jump crown since Tim Walker in 1977.

Dawid Jaworski at the NCAAs:2001: 15th in high jump (6-10)2002: 2nd in high jump (7-4 1/2)

Garry Jones5-9, FreshmanOakland, Calif.400m RelayPersonal Bests: 100m--10.46Season Bests: 100m--10.46

Freshman Garry Jones runs the lead-off leg on USC's 400m relay squad ... Jones has a best of 10.46 in the 100m ... He ran 10.61 at the NCAA West Regionals and did not qualify for the 100m competition, but his leadoff leg helped USC cruise to the relay title.

Julien Kapek5-9, SeniorHouilles, FranceTriple Jump2002 Triple Jump All-American; 2002-03 Pac-10 ChampionPersonal Bests: Triple Jump--55-8 1/2Season Bests: Triple Jump--55-1 (55-4 1/2w)

The highly talented Kapek will compete in the triple jump at the 2003 NCAAs ... Coming into the meet, he has the second-best triple jump mark in the nation to teammate Allen Simms ... He finished third at last year's NCAAs and fourth at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships ... He beat out Simms to win his second-consecutive Pac-10 triple jump title this season ... His best jump of 55-8 1/2, which he jumped at the Mt. Sac Relays last season, is fourth-best in Pac-10 history ... He entered USC in the spring of 2002 and quickly broke the 27-year old school triple jump record held by Tom Cochee in his first home meet as a Trojan by going 55-2 3/4 (since broken by Simms) ... Teams with Simms to form nation's best jumping duo, as both will seek USC's first NCAA triple jump title since Luther Hayes won it in 1961 ... Has consistently jumped over 54 feet during his two seasons at USC.

Julien Kapek at the NCAAs:2002: 3rd in triple jump (54-4 3/4)

Adam Midles6-3, FreshmanOakland, Calif.HammerPersonal Bests: Hammer--205-8Season Bests: Hammer--205-8

Adam Midles made great strides in his debut season at USC ... His best of 205-8 in the hammer is 10th on the USC all-time chart ... Finished fourth at the Pac-10s with a throw of 201-7 ... Came to USC as on of the finest hammer thrower in U.S. prep history.

Michael Murray6-3, FreshmanOakland, Calif.HammerPersonal Bests: Hammer--204-5Season Bests: Hammer--204-5

Walk-on Michael Murray has emerged as one of the Pac-10s top hammer throwers during his junior season ... He has a best of 204-5 in 2003 ... He placed third at the NCAA West Regionals with at throw of 198-5 ... He'll be making his first NCAA appearance.

Jeff Ryan6-2, SeniorHuntington Beach, Calif.Pole VaultPersonal Bests: Pole Vault--17-10 1/2Season Bests: Pole Vault--17-10 1/2

Walk-on senior Jeff Ryan has had a great season, improving his previous best of 17-3 all the way up to 17-10 1/2, good for sixth on the all-time USC pole vault chart ... He took third at the Pac-10 Championships and fourth at the NCAA West Regionals ... Has the seventh-best mark in the nation coming into the meet ... He is making his first NCAA appearance.

Allen Simms5-10, SophomoreGreenbelt, MDTriple Jump, Long Jump2003 NCAA Indoor Champion--Triple JumpPac-10 Record-Holder--Triple JumpPersonal Bests: TJ--56-7 1/2i; LJ--26-3 3/4Season Bests: TJ--56-4; LJ--26-3 3/4

Sophomore sensation Allen Simms heads up the best jump corps in the nation ... Simms, who transferred to USC from George Mason, leads the collegiate ranks in the triple jump and is second in the long jump ... He won the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championship with a Pac-10-record leap of 56-7 1/2 ... He was second in the triple jump to teammate Julien Kapek at the Pac-10s and was also second in the long jump ... Won the triple jump and was second in the long jump at the NCAA West Regionals ... His best of 26-3 3/4 in the long jump is fourth on the all-time USC chart ... Is trying to become the first Trojan since Luther Hayes in 1961 to win the NCAA triple jump title.

Allen Simms at the NCAAs:2001: 4th in TJ, 15th in LJ2003 (Indoors): 1st in TJ (56-7 1/2)

Ryan Wilson6-2, SeniorWesterville, Ohio110m HHTwo-Time All-American, 110m HHThree-Time Pac-10 110m HH ChampionPersonal Bests: 110m HH--13.50; 400m IH--49.33Season Bests: 110m HH--13.50 (13.42w); 400m IH--49.33

Senior Ryan Wilson is one of the best hurdlers in USC history .... Coming into the meet, he has the third-fastest 110m HH time in the nation ... He won the 110m HH (13.42w) and the 400m IH (49.33) at this year's Pac-10 Championships ... He is sixth on USC's high hurdles chart and seventh on the intermediate list ... He won the 110m HH at the NCAA West Regionals in 13.54 ... At last year's NCAAs, Wilson took sixth in the high hurdles in 13.70 ... At the 2001 NCAAs, Wilson survived a race in which three other hurdlers hit the track, on his way to finishing third in a time of 13.79w ... It was the highest finish by a Trojan high hurdler since Mark Crear won the title in 1992 ... Is a three-time Pac-10 110m HH champion and has four conference titles overall in his career ... Also an actor in student films and a fine arts major with an emphasis in ceramics.

Ryan Wilson at the NCAAs:2000: Advanced to semifinals of 110m HH, where he ran 14.00.2001: 3rd in 110m HH (13.79w)2002: 6th in 110m HH (13.70)

Random USC Men's NCAA Notes

* USC finished in the top 10 each year from 1994-2000, before finishing 12th and 11th the last two years. It was the longest consecutive stretch for Troy in the top ten since the glory years of 1960-1972.

* USC has two of the top 15 triple jump marks in the world, in 2003 as Allen Simms is fourth (56-7 1/2) and Julien Kapek is 15th (55-1). Simms also has the 26th-best long jump (26-3 3/4)

* Junior Dawid Jaworski is attempting to become USC's first NCAA high jump champion since Lew Hoyt in 1963.

* The last Trojan to win the NCAA triple jump title was Luther Hayes in 1961. The last long jump winner was Larry Doubley in 1977.

* USC's jumps corps is easily the nation's best, with Simms, Kapek and Jaworksi all having earned third place or better in an NCAA meet.

* Ryan Wilson is attempting to become the first Trojan to win the 110m title at the NCAA Championships since Mark Crear did so in 1992. The multi-talented Ryan Wilson is a fine arts major who works with ceramics. He has even tried his hand at acting in some student-produced films at USC, including a Buster Keaton-like turn in a 1920s-style short film in which his character--named 'Boxcar McGee'--makes the transition from railroad hobo to, appropriately enough, track hurdler. Incidentally, that film was directed and produced by fellow USC trackster Harrison Lee, a hammer thrower.

* After a one-year moratorium on USC hammer throwers at the NCAAs, two Trojans coached by esteemed throws coach Dan Lange return to throw in 2003--Adam Midles and Michael Murray. During the previous nine years (1993-2001), USC throwers won five NCAA hammer titles, were runners up three other times and were fifth twice, for a total of 10 All-American honors in nine years. Lange also has three female throwers competing, including Pac-10 record holder Julianna Tudja.

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