USC Men Finish Sixth and Women Seventh at NCAA Track Championships

June 11, 2005

SACRAMENTO, CA--Junior Jesse Williams won the men's high jump with a school-record jump of 7' 6' (2.29m) to lead the Trojan track and field teams in the final day of competition at the 2005 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's team, winners of an NCAA-record 26 team outdoor titles, ended up with 33 points to finish the meet in sixth place, while the Women of Troy earned 25 points and finished in seventh place. Only USC and Stanford had both men's and women's teams finish in the top seven. The USC men's track and field team has had a top 10 finish in 10 of the last 14 seasons. The Trojan women's track and field team, which won their first NCAA title in 2000, has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last 10 seasons.

Williams, the 2005 NCAA indoor high jump champion, becomes the first Trojan to win both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same season. Williams' jump of 7'6' bested the school record of 7' 5 ¾' he co-owned with Dawid Jaworkski (2003). The 2005 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion Williams had tied the school record on May 15 this season to win the Pac-10 crown in the high jump and break a meet record which had stood 18 years. Freshman Manjula Wiejesekara also qualified for the high jump finals, but did not gain any points as he did not finish in the top eight.

Senior Allen Simms had a season-best triple jump of 55' 10.5' (17.03m) to finish second in the finals to Rodrigo Mendez of BYU who out-jumped him by one-half inch (55' 11'). Simms, the 2004 and 2005 Pac-10 triple jump champion, holds the USC record in the event of 56' 7 ½' (17.26m) set in 2003 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Alexis Weatherspoon ran a personal-best 23.26 in the 200m race to finish in fourth place. The senior's time was the eighth best in USC history and earned the Trojan women five team points.

Senior Iryna Vashchuk finished in seventh place in the women's 1,500m race with a time of 4.16.15. Vashchuk, the 2005 Pac-10 champion in the event, earned the Trojan women's team two points.

In Friday's finals action, scoring points for the Trojan teams were Virginia Powell in the 100m hurdles (1st place, 10 points), Candice Davis in the 100m hurdles (7th, 2 points), Weatherspoon in the 100m race (3rd, 6 points), Wes Felix in the 100m dash (2nd, 8 points), Adam Midles in the hammer throw (6th, 3 points) and Garry Jones, Felix, Phillip Francis and Jeff Garrison in the 4x100m relay race (5th, 4 points).

The final scoring for the NCAA team championships were as follows:

Men -1.) Arkansas (60), 2.) Florida (49), 3.) LSU (36), 4.) BYU and Florida State (34), 6.) USC (33), 7.) Stanford (28), 8.) Texas (25), 9.) Auburn and Arizona (23).

Women -1.) Texas (55), 2.) South Carolina and UCLA (48), 4.) Tennessee (40), 5.) Stanford (29), 6.) Georgia (28), 7.) USC (25), 8.) Nebraska (24), 9.) Miami (23), 10.) Florida and BYU (22).

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