More Trojans Advance to Finals at NCAA Championships

June 9, 2005

SACRAMENTO, CA--2005 NCAA indoor high jump champion junior Jesse Williams easily cleared a height of 2.14m to advance to Saturday's finals along with Trojan freshman Manjula Wijesekara to lead USC in the second 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. Williams, who tied the USC school record with a jump of 2.28m (7'5 ¾') earlier this season, is trying to become the first Trojan to win both the NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump crowns in the same season.

In the 200m, senior Alexis Weatherspoon ran a 23.47 to qualify for the semi-finals, where she ran a 23.11 to qualify for Saturday's finals. Senior Marvin Anderson, also expected to run for USC's 4x100m relay team, injured a hamstring in his qualifying round of the 200m and could not finish the race.

Pac-10 champion senior Iryna Vashchuk, ran a season-best 4:15.61 in the women's 1,500m, the fourth fastest time of the day, to qualify for the finals which take place on Saturday. Junior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz ran a 3.51.65 in the men's 1,500m, but missed the cut for the finals.

The Women of Troy's 4x400m relay team of junior Tracee Thomas, freshman Carol Rodriguez, freshman Jasmine Lee and sophomore Treani Swain had a season-best time of 3.33.53 and the eighth-fastest time in school history, but did not qualify for the finals to be run on Saturday. The men's 4x400m relay team of freshman Kai Kelly, junior Jeff Garrison, sophomore DeSean Cunningham and junior Patrick Wetzel, ran 3:07.41 to finish 15th and miss the cuts for the finals.

Sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei, who ran a 1.48.77 time yesterday to qualify for the 800m semi-finals, posted a 1.51.65 today and did not qualify for the finals.

Sophomore Julia Rozenfeld had a toss of 58.59m in the hammer throw, finishing one spot short of qualifying for the finals. As a freshman, Rozenfeld finished 10th at the NCAA Championships.

In tomorrow's action, 2005 Honda Award finalist Virginia Powell will be back on the track competing in the women's 4x100m finals (along with Jessica Onyepunuka, Thomas and Weatherspoon) and the 100m hurdles finals. On Wednesday, the Trojan junior bested her school record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.73. The men's 4x100m relay team, featuring Garry Jones, Wes Felix, Phillip Francis and a probable replacement for the injured Anderson, will also compete in the finals, after posting the second fastest time of the day and sixth best in school history (38.92) in the qualifying round. Other Trojans competing in finals on Friday include Adam Midles in the hammer throw, Felix in the 100m, Weatherspoon in the 100m and Candice Davis in the 100m hurdles. Trojan record-holder in the triple jump Allen Simms will also see his first action on Friday and looks to advance to Saturday's finals.

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