Trojan Track And Field Shines Around The Southland
April 18, 2005
The USC track and field team marked over 40 personal records last weekend (April 14-17) as the Trojans competed in a variety of meets throughout Southern California. USC athletes participated in the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet, the California Invitational Heptathlon, the Long Beach State Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
The men's 4x100 meter relay squad (Phillip Francis, Wes Felix, Lionel Larry and Marvin Anderson) ran 38.89 to finish second in the invitational race at Mt. SAC on Sunday, marking USC's fastest time in the event since 1986 (38.90n).
Junior Phillip Francis also ran a personal-best 10.33 in the 100 meter dash Sunday to finish fifth in the event and move to third in the Pac-10. Classmate Garry Jones marked a season-best 10.52 to finish seventh in the event (he's also seventh in the Pac-10).
Wes Felix ran a season-best 20.80 to place third against some of the best sprinters in the country in the 200 meter dash invitational at Mt. SAC on Sunday. The mark moves him to fifth in the Pac-10.
Freshman Larry Lionel won the open 400 meter dash on Sunday, running a personal-best 46.18 (fourth in the Pac-10). His time was faster than Olympian and former Trojan Felix Sanchez who finished sixth in the 400m invitational at 46.32.
Junior Blake Frazier ran a personal-best 13.78 to finish fourth in the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday, moving him to second in the Pac-10.
Senior Anthony Heckman finished second in the 800 meter open, running a personal-best 1:48.93 to move to fifth in the Pac-10.
Junior Tomasz Babiskiewiecz continued to shave time off his 1500 meter run on Friday at Mt. SAC, running a personal-best 3:43.41 for second place in the invitational race. Damon Ferrara (4:04.52), Austin Davis (4:07.83) and Jonathan Ciampa (4:18.59) all ran season-best times in the open 1500 meter run at the Twilight meet.
On the field, junior Jesse Williams and freshman Manjula Wijesekara remained consistent as they competed in the high jump invitational on Sunday at Mt. SAC. Williams tied for second, jumping 7-4.50 to match his personal best and Wijesekara jumped a season-best 7-4.50 to tie with Williams for second. They are tied for first in the Pac-10.
Junior Jacob Hamman tied for second in the men's pole vault competition on Friday at Mt. SAC, improving his personal best by over seven inches after vaulting 16-0.75 to move into 20th in the Pac-10.
For the women, sophomore Treani Swain ran a personal best 2:07.96 in the 800 meter run on Friday at Mt. SAC to become 10th on USC's all-time best list and fourth in the Pac-10.
Junior hurdler extraordinaire Virginia Powell continued her domination of the 100-meter hurdles running a personal-best 12.75 in the invitational race for second place (first in Pac-10), finishing just a hair behind world-class Nike runner Perdita Felicien (12.73). Sophomore hurdler Candice Davis marked a personal-best 12.14 in the 100 meter dash at the Twilight Meet on Thursday for third place and continued to excel on Sunday, running a personal-best 13.13 in any condition to win the open 100-meter hurdles (third in Pac-10).
Freshman Carol Rodriguez ran a season-best 11.74 to win the 100 meter dash at the Long Beach Invitational on Friday and added another season-best 23.74 for fifth place in the 200 meter dash at Mt. SAC on Sunday (she is currently seventh in the Pac-10). Classmate Jessica Onyepunuka finished fourth in the 100 meter dash invitational at Mt. SAC running a season-best 11.53 (tied for third in the Pac-10).
Junior Iryna Vashchuk ran a season-best 4:17.08 to finish fourth in the 1,500 meter invitational race at Mt. SAC on Sunday to lead all other Pac-10 athletes in that event.
On the field, the Trojan pole vaulters dominated the competition at Mt. SAC. Sophomore Brittani Bernhard won the event vaulting 12-11.50, more than six inches higher than the second-place finishers Shannon Lewallen and Melissa Astete (season-best) at 12-5.50. Junior Jessica Luna finished fifth in the event while improving her personal-record by more than five inches with an 11-11.75 vault.
Junior Katarzyna Klisowska excelled at the Twilight meet, winning the long jump competition with a season-best 17-11.50 jump (24th in Pac-10) and placed second in the triple jump with a season-best 37-11.50 jump (14th in Pac-10).
Sophomore Lindsay Oman was the lone Trojan to compete in the California Invitational Heptathlon at Azusa Pacific University on Thursday. Oman finished ninth in the heptathlon competition, scoring 4,542 points.
'Overall, we had a good weekend,' said USC coach Ron Allice. 'That said, there are a lot of things we need to work on if we want to be a contender in the USC/UCLA dual meet, Pac-10s and NCAAs.'
The Trojans next travel to San Diego to compete in the UC San Diego Invitational on Saturday, April 23.
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