Powell and Felix Lead USC Track and Field Teams at NCAA Championships
June 10, 2005
SACRAMENTO, CA--Junior Virginia Powell won the women's 100m hurdles and senior Wes Felix finished second in the men's 100m dash to lead USC in the third 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. The Trojan men picked up 15 points and finished the day tied for seventh place, while the Women of Troy earned 18 points and are currently in third place heading into the final day of the competition.
2005 Honda Award finalist Powell ran a 12.80 time to win the NCAA women's 100m hurdles, while teammate Candice Davis, a sophomore, ran 13.35 to place seventh in the event. Powell, who bested her school record with a 12.73 time in the semi-finals, earned USC 10 points and Davis picked up two points. Powell was also the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion in the 100m hurdles and won the NCAA indoor 60m hurdles earlier in the year.
Felix ran a 10.25m in the men's 100m dash to finish second in the event to Walter Dix of Florida State, who ran 10.21. Felix, the 2005 Pac-10 champion in the 100m race, earned the USC men's team eight points in the event.
USC's sophomore hammer thrower Adam Midles was the first Trojan at the meet to get points on the board with a throw of 208' 11' (63.67m) to finish sixth in the event and earn Troy's men's team three points.Junior Garry Jones, Felix, junior Phillip Francis and junior Jeff Garrison ran a 39.17 4x100m relay race to finish fifth and earn the Trojans four points. The time was tied for the 10th fastest in school history, despite Garrison subbing for senior Marvin Anderson who injured a hamstring Thursday in the 200m race.
The Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion USC women's 4x100m relay team of Powell, freshman Jessica Onyepunuka, junior Tracee Thomas and senior Alexis Weatherspoon had trouble on the final exchange between Thomas and Weatherspoon and did not finish the race.Later in the night, Weatherspoon finished third in the women's 100m race with a time of 11.35 to gain the Trojans six team points.
Senior Allen Simms had a season-best triple jump of 55' 7' (16.94m), the second longest on the day, to advance to Saturday's triple jump finals. Simms, the 2004 and 2005 Pac-10 triple jump champion, holds the school mark in the event of 56' 4' (17.17m) set on April 26, 2003.
In tomorrow's final day of action, Pac-10 champion senior Iryna Vashchuk will run in the women's 1,500m finals, Weatherspoon will run in the women's 200m finals, Simms will compete in the men's triple jump finals and 2005 NCAA indoor high jump champion junior Jesse Williams and freshman Manjula Wijesekara will compete in the men's high jump finals. Williams will be attempting to become the first Trojan to win both the NCAA men's indoor and outdoor championships in the same season.