USC Ready For Annual Track And Field Dual Meet With UCLA

April 28, 2004

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THE MEET

The USC men's and women's track and field teams take on their UCLA counterparts on Saturday, May 1, at Drake Stadium for the 70th annual track & field dual meet. On Friday (April 30), the women and men's hammer throws will start at 3 p.m. On Saturday , field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. and track events at 12:35 p.m. The meet will be televised on Fox Sports West on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

THE SERIES

The Trojans lead the men's series 39-30 . The Bruins have won the last two meets, including last season's 82-81 win at USC. UCLA had a 22-year winning streak (1978-2000, 1982 was nonscoring) snapped by USC in 2001 (USC 82-UCLA 81 at USC). The Trojans won the first 33 dual meets (1934-65) before UCLA's first dual meet victory in 1966 (UCLA 86-USC 59 at the Coliseum). On the women's side, UCLA leads the series history 17-3 and has won the last 11 meets in a row (Jeanette Bolden is 10-0 vs. USC in the dual meet series). USC's last win was in 1992 (USC 80-UCLA 30 at Drake Stadium).

SO FAR THIS YEAR FOR THE USC MEN

The Trojans, ranked 13th by Trackshark.com, are led by a quality group of sprinters and jumpers and an emerging corps of middle distance runners and throwers. Junior Allen Simms was the 2004 U.S. Indoor and 2003 NCAA Indoor champion in the triple jump and is the Pac-10 record holder in the event with a best of 56-7 1/2. He also is an excellent long jumper with a top mark of 26-3 3/4. Simms is joined in the jumps by three-time All-American high jumper Jesse Williams, a sophomore who transferred to USC from North Carolina State this past fall. In the sprints, USC has three of the top 15 100m marks in the nation, thanks to sophomore Garry Jones (10.26w) and junior Marvin Anderson (10.31) and Phillip Francis (10.35). Those three plus junior team captain Wes Felix have run 39.35 in the 400m relay, the fourth-fastest time in the nation thus far. In the middle distances, the Trojans have nationally-ranked times by sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei (1:48.63 for 800m), junior Anthony Heckman (1:49.73, 800m) and sophomore Tomasz Babiskiewicz (3:44.99 for 1500m). Asafo-Agyei is currently injured and could miss the rest of the season. And the Trojans have two young shot putters--sophomore Noah Bryant and redshirt freshman William Denbo--who have topped 60 feet this season. Bryant has a best of 60-11 1/2 and Denbo's best is 60-7 3/4.

SO FAR THIS YEAR FOR THE USC WOMEN

The Women of Troy, ranked 6th by Trackshark.com, are led by a deep middle-distance corps, a throws corps with a mix of veterans and newcomers and a solid group of sprinters and hurdlers. Seniors Inga Stasiulionyte and L'Orangerie Crawford hold Women of Troy standards in the javelin and shot put, respectively. Stasiulionyte's best of 186-10 is a Pac-10 record, while Crawford's 56-0 is a top 10 conference mark. Crawford also has a best of 209-8 in the hammer. Joining them is freshman Julia Rozenfeld, whose 197-6 is a school freshman mark for the hammer throw. The rising star on the team is sophomore Virginia Powell, who already holds the school record in the 100m hurdles (13.07) and was an All-American as a 2003 freshman. Powell is also an outstanding sprinter, with a PR of 11.39, 10th on the all-time Pac-10 list. Senior Miya Edmonson, with a best of 23.52 in the 200m and 11.60 in the 100m, is one of the top sprinters in the conference, as is junior Alexis Weatherspoon (11.63/23.90). Incoming junior Iryna Vashchuk has been the rock of the middle distance group with a team-leading 2:08.48 in the 800m and 4:17.90 in the 1500m. The latter mark is fourth on the school top 10 list for 1500m. She's backed up in the 800m by junior Gina Clayton (2:08.81) and freshman Treani Swain (2:10.18). In the long distances, senior Julia Budniak is the top steeplechaser, though she has not run the event this season (she has a best of 16:42.65 in the 5000m), while senior Beth Van Alstine has the conference's top mark in the 10,000m (34:29.62). And freshman Michelle Sanford has been outstanding for USC in the jumps, with bests of 43-10 1/2w in the triple and 20-2 1/2 in the long jump.

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 127 individual champions over the years. 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.

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 seven of the last nine years, including third place finishes in 1997 and 2003. The Trojan men have also captured 10 NCAA individual titles in his time at USC. His women's teams have placed in the top five in five of the last six years, including 2001's NCAA team title. USC women have won 10 NCAA individual championships under Allice.

LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD

Several Trojans are either at or near the top of the latest NCAA performance lists in their respective events:(as of 4/25, not including performances from this past weekend)

Women of Troy	Event		Time/Mark	Rank

Virginia Powell 100m 11.39 8th 200m 23.78 46th 100m HH 13.25w 14th

Miya Edmonson 100m 11.63 36th 200m 23.52

Alexis Weatherspoon 100m 11.71 48th

Dominique Dorsey 100m 11.77w 66th 200m 23.90 56th

Tracee Thomas 400m 53.73 34th

Iryna Vashchuk 800m 2:08.48 23rd 1500m 4:17.90 7th

Gina Clayton 800m 2:08.81 31st

Treani Swain 800m 2:10.18 61st

Beth Van Alstine 10,000m 34:29.62 15th

Candice Davis 100m HH 13.93 69th

Weatherspoon, PowellEdmonson, Dorsey 400m Relay 44.71 11th

Thomas, Johnson,Swain, McKinney 1600m Relay 3:37.26 23rd

Michelle Sanford Long Jump 20-2 1/2 19th Triple Jump 43-10 1/2w 4th

L'Orangerie Crawford Shot Put 56-0 6th Hammer 205-10 8th

Julia Rozenfeld Hammer 190-0 28th

Inga Stasiulionyte Javelin 175-6 2nd

USC Men Event Time/Mark RankGarry Jones 100m 10.26w 6th

Marvin Anderson 100m 10.31 10th 200m 20.83 19th

Phillip Francis 100m 10.35 15th

Wes Felix 100m 10.45 37th 200m 20.94 29th

RaphaelAsafo-Agyei 800m 1:48.63 12th

Anthony Heckman 800m 1:49.73 28th

Tomasz Babiskiewicz 1500m 3:44.99 17th

Francis, AndersonFelix, Jones 400m Relay 39.35 4th

Garrison, Felix,Cunningham, Matlock 1600m Relay 3:09.25 42nd

Jesse Williams High Jump 7-2 1/2 7th

Andre Serrette Long Jump 24-1 57th

William Denbo Shot Put 60-7 3/4 15th

Noah Bryant Shot Put 59-9 1/2 17th

Michael Murray Hammer 214-11 6th

LAST YEAR'S MEET

Trojan sprinter Wes Felix captured the 100m, the 200m and ran legs on two winning relays, but it wasn't enough as the No. 21 UCLA men's track and field team dominated the middle and long distance races to edge the No. 3 USC men, 82-81, in the 70th annual dual meet before 3,087 at USC's Loker Stadium. It was the third-consecutive USC-UCLA men's dual meet held at Loker Stadium to be decided by a single point (the Bruins won 82-81 in 1999 and the Trojans won 82-81 in 2001). The meet between the No. 4 UCLA women and the No. 5 USC women saw the Bruins cruise to a 104-59 victory. Monique Henderson, Lena Nilsson and Sheena Johnson each won two events to help UCLA to its 11th-consecutive dual meet win over the Women of Troy, as the Bruins improved their series lead to 17-3.

USC vs. UCLA Dual Meet Series RecordsMEN (USC Leads, 39-30)							WOMEN(UCLA Leads, 17-3)1934	USC	87-44 *							1984	UCLA	76-74 #1935	USC	104.2-25.8 *						1985	UCLA	89-43 #1936	USC	74.5-56.5 *						1986	USC	69-67 *1937	USC	91-40 *							1987	USC	69-67 #1938	USC	98-35 *							1988	UCLA	72-50 *1939	USC	115-16 *						1989   UCLA 101.5-28.5#1940	USC	98-38 *							1990	UCLA	90-40 *1941	USC	103.3-27.7 *						1991	UCLA	95-40 #1942	USC	108-23 *						1992	USC	80-30 #1943	USC	71-60 *							1993	UCLA	87-47 #1944	USC	89-42 *							1994	UCLA	94-42 #1945	USC	82-49 =							1995	UCLA	81-48 @	USC	83-48 *							1996	UCLA	74-70 #1946	USC	95-36 #							1997	UCLA	82-63 @1947	USC	81.5-49.5 #						1998	UCLA   104-50#1948	USC	81.2-49.8 *						1999	UCLA	91-63 @1949	USC	90.5-40.5 #						2000	UCLA	86-68 #1950	USC	120-11 *			        		2001	UCLA	85-78 @1951	USC	92.5-36.5 #						2002	UCLA	111-92#1952	USC	95-26 #							2003	UCLA	104-59@1953	USC	75-36 #1954	USC	95.5-35.5 *1955	USC	79-52 #1956	USC	74-54 *1957	USC	68-63 *1958	USC	78-53 +1959	USC	86.5-44.5 #1960	USC	80-51 +1961	USC	81.3-49.7 #1962	USC	86-45 *1963	USC	99-46 #1964	USC	89-56 *1965	USC	83-62 *1966	UCLA	86-59 *1967	UCLA	83-62 *1968	USC	108-36 *1969	USC	94-60 #1970	UCLA	100-54 *1971	USC	75-70 #1972	UCLA	76-69 *1973	UCLA	89-55 #1974	UCLA	82-63 *1975	UCLA	75-70 #1976	USC	83-62 #1977	USC	91-63 #1978	UCLA	83-71 #^1979	UCLA	93.5-60.5 #1980	UCLA	83-71 #1981	UCLA	107-47 #1983	UCLA	88-55 #1984	UCLA	93-68 #1985	UCLA	89-73 #1986	UCLA	104-59 *1987	UCLA	104-59 #1988	UCLA	97-66 *1989	UCLA	93-68 #1990	UCLA	94-68 *1991	UCLA	114-38 #1992	UCLA	123-39 #1993	UCLA	103.5-57.5 #1994	UCLA	97-61 #1995	UCLA	90-71 @1996	UCLA	109-52 #1997	UCLA	88-75 @1998	UCLA	84-74 #1999	UCLA	82-81 @2000	UCLA	88-75 #2001	USC	82-81 @2002	UCLA	121-81 # (international scoring)2003	UCLA	82-81@
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