Brittani Bernhard Vaults To A Personal Record At CSUN Eight Way
April 4, 2005
Sophomore Brittani Bernhard soared 12-6 (3.81m) to win the women's pole vault and set a personal record with her regional qualifying mark at the CSUN Eight Way on Saturday (April 2) in Northridge, Ca. The USC men's and women's track teams earned 16 season-best and eight personal record performances at the CSUN Eight Way and at the Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Classic hosted by Cal State Los Angeles this weekend.
Despite many great marks, the Trojans suffered a big disappointment after junior shot putter and hammer thrower Noah Bryant was injured by a hammer in a freak accident at the CSUN Eight Way in Northridge. Bryant suffered a fractured cheekbone, broken nose and severely injured his hand and was immediately rushed to a local hospital following the accident. He will be out for the rest of the season.
In Northridge, sophomore Lindsay Oman ran a season-best 15.32 in the 100-meter hurdles and on the field, jumped a season-best 5-2.25 in the high jump to finish fifth. Freshman Andrea McBride placed second in the women's discus competition with a personal record 150-8 throw.
In other action, the women pole vaulters dominated the field. Senior Melissa Astete marked a season-best 12-0 to finish tied for third with three other competitors, including teammate Shannon Lewallen. Junior Jessica Luna set a personal record in the event with an 11-6.25 effort, good enough for 6th place.
For the men, freshman jumper Manjula Wijesekara soared 7-3.25 for a season-best, regional qualifying mark to finish first in the high jump. Classmate James Withey finished sixth in the event with a personal record 6-2.75 jump.
Junior Jacob Hamman improved his personal record in the pole vault by over one inch with a 15-6.25, second-place jump. Senior Allen Simms placed first and qualified for regional competition in both the long jump and triple jump, jumping a season-best 25-9.25 in the long jump and 53-0 in the triple jump.
At the Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Classic, the women sprinters collected a variety of solid performances. Freshman Carol Rodriguez finished second in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 11.81. Sophomore Whitney Graham ran a personal record 12.38 to finish fourth and senior Merrill Balassone ran a season-best 12.84.
In the 200-meter dash, freshman Jessica Onyepunuka ran a season-opening time of 23.83 to finish in first place and qualify for regionals. Graham also ran a season-best 24.72 in the event and Balassone set a personal record running a 25.60.
For the men, sophomore Ryan Simmons ran a personal-best 22.32 to finish third in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Logan Taylor added a personal record time of 14.59 in the 110-meter hurdles and senior Kenneth Thomas finished third running 14.92.
The Trojans will be back in action this Thursday to Saturday (April 7-9) at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
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