Powell Wins 60 Meter Hurdles At 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships
March 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Junior Virginia Powell ran a 7.97 Friday, defeating second-place finisher Priscilla Lopes (Nebraska) by two-hundreths of a second, to win the 60-meter hurdles at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. It was Powell's first NCAA individual championship.
Powell's individual title is the 130th in school history. She is the first female in school history to win national title in a short hurdle event, either indoor or outdoor. Powell is only the second woman ever at USC to win a national title in a hurdles event (Natasha Danvers in 2000).
Powell was the 2004 Pac-10 champion in the 100-meter event and a 2003 All-American in the 100-meter high hurdles.
Jesse Williams, the other USC entrant in the Indoor Championships, will run in the high jump event tomorrow.