Williams And Wijesekara Jump Tomorrow At World Track & Field Championships

Aug. 11, 2005

USC high jumpers Jesse Williams and Manjula Wijesekara begin competition, Allyson Felix will run in the 200m finals and Inga Stasiulionyte will compete in the javelin qualifying round tomorrow (Aug. 12) at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Williams, a senior, bettered his school record with a high jump of 7-6 1/2 on July 26 at the DN Galan Track and Field Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2005, Williams became the only Trojan to win both the NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump championships in the same season.

Wijesekara, a 2004 Olympian from Sri Lanka, will join Williams in the high jump competition. The sophomore jumped a season-best 7-4 1/2 in the high jump at the Mt. Sac Relays in April. His career-best mark is 7-5 1/4, which set the Sri Lankan national junior record.

Felix ran 22.90 in the 200m semi-finals today (Aug. 11) to win her heat and qualify for the finals. Her time of 22.68 was the second fastest in the qualifying round on Aug. 10. Felix won the silver medal in the 200m race at the 2004 Olympics. She turned professional and does not compete for the Trojans, but will be starting her junior year at USC. Her brother, Wes, just completed his senior season at USC and finished second at the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 100m dash.

Stasiulionyte, who attended USC from 2001-04, is still the school and Pac-10 record-holder in the javelin with a throw of 186-10 in 2002. She won the 2001 NCAA javelin championship as a USC freshman.

Senior hurdler Virginia Powell ran 13:02 in the women's high hurdles semi-finals on Aug. 10 and did not qualify for today's finals. She bettered her school record and tied the Pac-10 record with a time of 12.61 in the 100m hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships on June 26.

Allen Simms, who completed his senior season for USC in 2005, had a triple jump of 54-5 1/2 yesterday and just missed the cut for the finals. Simms is USC's record-holder in the triple jump with a mark of 56-4 set on April 26, 2003. The two-time Pac-10 triple jump champion finished second at the NCAA Championships in 2005 with a jump of 55-7.

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