UCLA Men And Women Sweep USC In Track And Field Dual Meet

April 30, 2005


Led by double winners Jon Rankin, Monique Henderson and Candice Baucham, the UCLA men's and women's track and field teams swept their dual meets against USC on Saturday (April 30) at USC's Cromwell Field in Loker Stadium before 2,235 fans.

The Bruin men won, 83-80, for their fourth straight victory over Troy. It was the fourth consecutive men's dual at USC that has been closely contested (UCLA won in 1999 and 2003 by 82-81 scores and USC won in 2001 by that same tally).

UCLA's women posted their 13th consecutive win over the Women of Troy, 85-78.

UCLA clinched both duals in the second-to-last event of the day (the men's 5000 meters and women's 1500 meters).

USC had four double winners. Virginia Powell, the 2005 NCAA indoor 60-meter hurdles champion, won the 100-meter hurdles in a USC record, meet record and stadium record time of 12.74 and she also captured the 100 meters in a wind-aided 11.15. Iryna Vashchuk won the 5000 meters in a meet record 16:52.36 and the 1500 meters in 4:33.02. Allen Simms was a winner in the triple jump (55-2 3/4) and long jump (25-6), while Wes Felix was victorious in the 100 meters (a personal best 10.23) and 200 meters (20.60).

The Trojans also won all four of the relays. The men went 40.26 in the 400-meter relay and 3:05.31 in the 1600-meter relay, while the women clocked 43.92 in the 400 and 3:36.99 in the 1600.

For UCLA, Rankin captured the 1500 meters in a meet- and school-record time of 3:40.39 and the 800 meters in 1:47.54, and he was third in the 5000 meters (15:00.78). Henderson set stadium records in winning the 200 meters (22.86) and 400 meters (a meet record 50.91). Baucham set a stadium mark in the triple jump (44-6) and also won the long jump (21-5 1/4).

USC's Jesse Williams, the 2005 NCAA indoor high jump champ, cleared a meet-record 7-5 to win the high jump. Records were also set by Bruins Chelsea Johnson (a meet- and stadium-record 14-1 1/4 to win the pole vault) and Alison Costello (a meet- and school-record 10:33.70 to win the 3000-meter steeplechase).

The teams next compete at the Pac-10 Championships May 13 and 14 at UCLA.

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