USC Track And Field Compete In Willie Williams Classic in Arizona

March 19, 2005

The USC men's and women's track team made a strong showing at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Arizona this weekend. Despite heavy rains and strong winds, the Trojans managed 12 first-place finishes and multiple personal records.

Freshman Carol Rodriquez placed second in the 200 meter dash and qualified for NCAA regional competition after running 23.76. Junior Alexis Weatherspoon set a personal record in that race with a time of 24.22, placing fifth.

In the 100 meter hurdles, senior Virginia Powell ran her personal best time of 13.02 to win the event. Sophomore Candice Davis finished third in the race while setting a personal record at 13.45. Both times qualify for NCAA regional competition.

The Women of Troy relay teams qualified for two NCAA regional events on Saturday. In the 4x100 meter relay, the Trojans placed first while running a season-best 44.50. The Trojans also won the 4x400 meter relay and qualified for regional competition with a time of 3:40.89.

For the men, sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei finished first in the 800 meter race with a time of 1:50.39 and freshman Larry Lionel ran 46.30 to finish second in the 400 meter dash, qualifying him for NCAA regionals.

In the men's 110 meter hurdles, junior Blake Frazier set a personal record and qualified for NCAA regionals with a time of 14.21.

USC next will travel to Palo Alto, California to compete in the Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 25.

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