Powell Sets USC School Record in First Day of NCAA Track Championships

June 8, 2005

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SACRAMENTO, CA--2005 Honda Award finalist junior Virginia Powell lowered her school record by winning her semi-final heat in the women's 100m hurdles in a time of 12.73 to lead USC today in the first day of competition at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, being hosted by Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.Powell, who also had the fastest time in her qualifying heat of 12.95, bested her school record of 12.74 set on April 30 this season in the USC-UCLA dual meet. She won the 60m crown at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in March, the 100m and 100m hurdles in the Pac-10 Championships and the 100m hurdles in the NCAA West Regional in May. Powell also ran a wind-aided 12.70 time in the 100m hurdles at the Texas Relays in April. The 100m hurdles finals will be on Friday and Powell will be joined in the event by sophomore Candice Davis who ran a 13.34 to qualify. In the men's 110m hurdles, freshman Kai Kelly ran 14.13 to advance to the semi-finals, where he ran a 14.48 and did not qualify for the finals. Junior Blake Frazier ran a 14.14 time in the qualifying round and just missed the cut for the semi-finals.The Trojan men's 4x100m relay team of junior Garry Jones, senior Wes Felix, junior Phillip Francis and senior Marvin Anderson ran the second fastest time of the day and sixth fastest in school history (38.92) to advance to the finals on Friday. The USC women's 400m relay team of Powell, freshman Jessica Onyepunuka, junior Tracee Thomas and senior Alexis Weatherspoon won their heat with a 43.77 time, third fastest on the day, to advance to the finals on Friday.Felix, 2005 Pac-10 100m champ, and Francis both qualified for the men's 100m semi-finals, Felix with a 10.35 time and Francis with a 10.48 time, but only Felix advanced to Friday's finals with a 10.49 time in the semis. Weatherspoon moved on to the finals in the 100m with a time of 11.43, while Onyepunuka was eliminated from the competition in the qualifying round.Sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei won his 800m heat with a time of 1.48.77, the third fastest time for the day, to advance to Friday's semi-finals. Freshman Duane Solomon ran a time of 1.49.24 to finish 18th, just missing the cut as the top 16 times move on to the semis.Sophomore Adam Midles had a throw of 62.41m to finish 12th and advance to the men's hammer throw finals to be held on Friday. Sophomore William Denbo finished 24th in the men's shot put today with a throw of 17.51m and did not qualify for the finals.Freshman Jasmine Lee ran in the women's 400m race, but did not qualify for the semi-finals, but is expected to be part of USC's 4x400m relay team which will run tomorrow.In tomorrow's action, 10 more Trojans will begin competition, highlighted by junior Jesse Williams and freshman Manjula Wijesekara, who are ranked tied for second and fourth collegiately in the high jump and senior Iryna Vashchuck, who enters the meet with the fourth-fastest time this season in the women's 1,500m run. Also on Thursday, sophomore Julia Rozenfeld will compete in the women's hammer, Anderson in the men's 200m, Weatherspoon in the women's 200m, junior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz in the men's 1,500m and both USC's men's and women's 4x400 relay teams will have their first heat.

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