USC Event Recaps From Day Two Of NCAA Track And Field Championships

June 12, 2003

Sacramento, Calif. -

2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Sacramento State's Alex Spanos Sports Complex,

June 11-14

Day Two USC Results-All Preliminaries and Semifinals (except for Decathlon)

The Trojans kept their slim NCAA title hopes alive by advancing their remaining expected scorers into Saturday's finals. USC has lots of potential points stored up in the triple jump, long jump, high jump and 110m HH, but everything must go perfect in those events for Troy to have a shot at the championship. At the same time, the Trojans need Auburn and Arkansas-the two favorites-to under-perform in the next couple days. The last time the USC men finished in the top five was in 1999 (fifth). Its last top three finish was in 1997 (third). It's last NCAA Championship was in 1976. The last time the meet was held in California prior to 2003 was in 1968 in Berkeley and USC was the team champion that year.

USC Men's Day Two Results

Triple Jump-The fate of USC's title hopes rests on how well the 'Dynamic Duo' of Allen Simms and Julien Kapek fare in the triple jump. On Friday, both Trojans advanced to Saturday's final as Simms jumped 54-1 3/4 (second-longest of the day) and Kapek went 53-11 1/4 (fourth-longest). Simms-who is the Pac-10 record holder and the 2003 NCAA indoor champion-and Kapek-who finished third at the NCAAs last season-will face stiff competition from Auburn's Leevan Sands, who jumped a prelim-leading 54-6 3/4. USC potentially can take the top two spots in the event, though no Trojan has won the triple jump at the NCAAs since Luther Hayes did so in 1961.

110m HH-The stage has been set for senior Ryan Wilson to capture Troy's first NCAA title in the high hurdles since Mark Crear in 1992. Wilson-a two-time All-American in the event-ran an effortless 13.60 into a -0.2 m/s wind to win the first heat of the 110m HH and advance to Saturday's finals. His main competition will be Chris Pinnock of Texas A&M, who won heat two in 13.54.

High Jump-Senior Dawid Jaworski-who was runner-up at the NCAAs in the high jump last season-looked sharp in advancing to Saturday's final. Jaworski cleared all three of his heights without a miss-the only jumper of the day to do so-culminating in a jump of 7-1 3/4 that tied him with four other jumpers for top height of the day. On Saturday, Jaworski will attempt to become the first Trojan since Lew Hoyt in 1963 to win the high jump at the NCAA Championships. His finish, along with Wilson's in the 110m HH and Simms' and Kapek's in the triple jump, will ultimately determine where USC finishes in the team race.

200m-Sophomore Wes Felix gave it his all, but wasn't able to advance to the 200m final. The 2003 Pac-10 champion ran 21.39 to finish ninth in heat two.

Decathlon-Senior Shelton Davis finished with 7,076 points to place 16th. He ends his career in fifth on the all-time USC decathlon chart with a best of 7,290. Davis' second day saw him run 15.25 in the 110m HH (820 points), throw the discus 126-10 (638 points), pole vault 13-5 1/4 (645 points), throw the javelin 168-11 (611 points) and run the 1500m in 4:41.12 (673).

Coming up on Friday for the USC men:

Pole Vault-USC's first chance for points will come by way of senior Jeff Ryan, who has a career-best of 17-10 1/2 in the pole vault this season. The event is actually wide open with the injury to Washington's Brad Walker, who led the nation by far this season with a vault of 19-0. A good performance by Ryan could jump-start the Trojans the rest of the way.

Long Jump-Allen Simms takes a break from his specialty-the triple jump-to go for some key points in the long jump. Simms has the second best mark in the collegiate ranks in 2003-and fourth-best in school history-at 26-3 3/4, so he could make a big impact here. As in the triple jump, his main competition will come from Auburn's Leevan Sands.

USC Women

The Women of Troy are coming off of four consecutive top three finishes-including the NCAA title in 2001-but will be hard-pressed to make it into the top 10 at the 2003 NCAA meet. USC is in rebuilding mode and will take a breather this season before returning with a vengeance in 2004. The Women of Troy still have some elite performers, though, with possible NCAA title winners in javelin thrower Inga Stasiulionyte (she won the 2001 title), hammer thrower Julianna Tudja (she was third in 2001) and 100m runner Natasha Mayers (last year's 200m champ-she is nursing a sore hamstring).

USC Women's Second Day Results

100m HH-Freshman Virginia Powell showed her mettle today, running a personal-best 13.23 to advance to Saturday's finals of the 100m HH. Powell's mark is the third-fastest high hurdles time in Women of Troy history. She got out to her typical good start, then executed the last couple hurdles flawlessly to edge out UCLA's Sheena Johnson at the finish. She now has a chance to cap an outstanding inaugural college season by becoming the first USC freshman ever to earn All-American honors in the 100m HH.

Hammer-The Women of Troy had three competitors entered in the hammer, but only one made it to Saturday's finals. Pac-10 record holder Julianna Tudja continued her spectacular season, throwing 214-6 to advance onward. It was the day's third-best throw behind Candice Scott (222-7) and Jukina Dickerson (217-1), both of Florida. Senior Amy Thiel (189-9) and junior L'Orangerie Crawford (188-2) did not make the finals, finishing in 15th and 16th, respectively (the top 12 advanced).

High Jump-Senior Spring Harris fell short in her bid to make the high jump final, as she was unable to get over the bar at 5-10 1/2. Her best height was 5-8 3/4 to tie her for 14th overall.

Women's Shot Put--Junior L'Orangerie Crawford competed for the Women of Troy. See results link for her performance.

Coming up on Friday for the Women of Troy

Javelin-Junior Inga Stasiulionyte will try to reclaim the NCAA title that was taken from her last season (she finished second in 2003 after winning in 2001). She threw the second-best mark in the prelims at 164-1. Her main contender appears to be Irina Kharun of Indiana, whose 177-10 led the prelims.

100m-Senior Natasha Mayers will try to win USC's fifth-consecutive 100m title. It won't be easy, as Mayers is not 100% healthy, but the 2002 NCAA 100m runner-up (and 200m champ) can't be counted out. Her main competition will come from Muna Lee of LSU and Aleen Bailey of South Carolina.

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