Virginia Powell Runs World-Best 12.95 In 100 Meter Hurdles At Stanford Invitational
March 27, 2005
The USC men's and women's track teams competed in the Stanford Invitational and the UCSD Collegiate Open this weekend, making a rather impressive showing at each event.
At Stanford, junior Virginia Powell ran a personal best 12.95 on Saturday to win the 100 meter hurdles, shattering UCLA's Gail Devers long-standing Stanford Invitational meet record (13.18 in 1988) to become the fastest short-hurdler in the world. Sophomore Candice Davis finished third in the event, setting a personal record with her time of 13.30. Powell and Davis had both previously qualified for NCAA Regionals.
The record shattering did not stop with Powell. Tracee Thomas, Jasmine Lee, Treani Swain and Alexis Weatherspoon improved USC's season best mark by nearly five seconds, running 3:35.85 in the 4x400 relay to break the meet record of 3:37.07 held by Georgetown since 1998. The Trojans finished an entire second before second-place finisher Stanford and qualified for NCAA Regionals. Despite having trouble with a couple of handoffs, the Women of Troy 4x100 relay team managed a first-place finish running 44.63.
Senior Alexis Weatherspoon ran a season-best 11.65 in the 100 meter dash to finish second and freshman Carol Rodriguez finished fifth with a season-best 11.82. In the 200 meter, freshman Jasmine Lee finished second after running a season-best 24.33.
In the 800, sophomore Treani Swain qualified for NCAA Regionals and set a personal record with a third-place time of 2:08.44. Senior Iryna Vashchuk also qualified for NCAAs in the 5000 meter run with season-best 16:28.71 to finish in 12th place.
On the field, sophomore Katie Hutchinson threw a season-best 165-10 in the discus for a fifth-place finish. Classmate Andrea McBride set a personal record in the event with a 148-01 throw. Senior Leslie Erickson marked her season best in the javelin finishing 11th with a 137-06 throw.
For the men, three runners qualified for NCAA Regionals in the 800 meter run. Freshman Duane Solomon ran 1:47.84 to improve his personal record by two seconds and finish first in his section. Sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei earned a second-place finish in his section after running a personal record 1:48.53 and senior Anthony Heckman set a season best with third-place time of 1:49.19.
Junior Tomasz Babiskiewiecz placed fourth in the 1500 meter run with a personal-best time of 3:43.72, nearly five seconds faster than the NCAA Regional qualifying time.
Fellow junior Blake Frazier ran a blazing 13.87 to win the 110 meter hurdles, improve his personal best by 4/10ths of a second and set a Pac-10 best mark in the event. Freshman Kai Kelley placed third in the preliminaries, running a wind-aided 14.24. He finished ninth in the finals running 14.50, a season and career best.
Junior jumper extraordinaire Jesse Williams soared four inches higher than the second-place finisher to win the men's high jump and qualify for NCAA Regionals. His 7-04 ½ jump marks the country's best outdoor effort in the high jump so far this season (he won the 2005 Indoor Championship with a 7-5 jump on March 12). Williams also jumped 22-11 to break the meet record in the B section long jump.
Senior Allen Simms placed first in both the long jump and triple jump events. His 24-05 ¾ in the long jump qualifies him for NCAA Regionals.
In other action on the field, sophomore William Denbo threw 61-05 to win the shot put event as junior teammate Noah Bryant placed third with a 58-08 throw. Both improve on their season bests and qualify for NCAA Regionals. Bryant also improved his personal record in the hammer throw by four inches with a 194-10 throw to finish sixth. Sophomore Adam Midles placed second in the event with a 211-04 throw.
In San Diego, the Women of Troy pole vaulters swept the competition with a 1-2-3 finish in the event. Junior Shannon Lewallen finished in first place after she shattered her personal best 12-0 vault with a NCAA Regional qualifying jump of 12-5 ½ on Saturday. Senior Melissa Astete placed second matching her season-best 11-11 ¾ and sophomore Brittani Bernhard jumped 11-11 ¾ for a third-place finish.
For the men, sophomore Graham Bockmiller vaulted a personal-best 16-0 ¾ to finish second and lead four other Trojans in the top 10.
'I think we're beginning to turn to the corner,' said USC coach Ron Allice. 'I'm very pleased with the way our team competed this weekend.'