Virginia Powell Ties Pac-10 Hurdles Record at USA Track & Field Championships

June 27, 2005

LOS ANGELES--USC's junior track star Virginia Powell tied a Pac-10 Conference record with a time of 12.61 in her semi-finals heat of the women's 100m hurdles on Sunday (June 26) at the USA Track and Field Championships held in Carson, CA.

Powell, who finished third in the finals with a time of 12.87, tied the conference mark set by UCLA's Gail Devers in 1988. The time also bettered Powell's USC school record of 12.73, which she set earlier this month in the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships. She won the 2005 NCAA 100m hurdles championship with a time of 12.80 in the finals.

The 2005 Honda Award finalist Powell also competed in the 100m race at the USA Track and Field Championships and finished in seventh place with a time of 11.50.

Powell won both the 100m hurdles and the 100m race at the Pac-10 Championships held at the University of Oregon at the end of May. She ran a personal best of 11.15 in the 100m dash in April and joins Dever as the only two Pac-10 female track athletes to rank in the conference's top 10 all-time in both the 100m hurdles and 100m race.

Also, USC junior high jumper Jesse Williams placed second in the USA Track and Field Championships men's high jump competition with a jump of 7-5 ¼ (2.27). He won the 2005 NCAA high jump championship with a USC school-record jump of 7-6 (2.29m).

Last week, Williams was named the 2005 Pac-10 Male Field Athlete of Year. The Raleigh, N.C. native won both the 2005 NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump championships, becoming the first Trojan to accomplish the feat in the same season.

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