USC's Women's Track Team Has Record-Setting Performance at Washington State

Jan. 28, 2006

The USC women's track and field team had a record-setting day today (Jan. 28) at the Washington State Quadrangular Indoor Meet in Pullman, Wash. The Trojan women set seven different meet records in a dominating performance, setting the standard in the 60m dash (Virginia Powell), 200m (Carol Rodriguez), 400m (Treani Swain), 60m HH (Powell), 4x400m (Swain, Rodriguez, Alexis Weatherspoon, Talia Stewart), long jump (Michelle Sanford) and shot put (Karen Freberg).

Powell, the defending NCAA indoor 60m and outdoor 100m hurdles champion, won the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.09. The senior posted a meet record and an NCAA indoor qualifying time of 8.06 in the prelims. Junior Candice Davis placed third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.31 and sophomore Talia Stewart came in fourth (8.68).

Powell also had an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.33 in the 60m dash prelims, but did not run in the finals. Senior Alexis Weatherspoon won the 60m finals with a time of 7.39. She was joined in the race by sophomore Rodriguez who finished second (7.56), sophomore Jessica Onyepunuka who placed 4th (7.64), Davis who came in fifth (7.75) and Stewart who tied for seventh (7.85).

Rodriguez won the 200m race with a meet record time of 24.34. She was followed in the race by teammate Weatherspoon who ran a 25.17 time.

Swain, a junior, won the 400m race with a time of 56.18, a new meet record. Freshman Melissa Margulies, the only other Trojan in the race, place 10th (1:00.93).

The 4x400m team set a meet record with a time of 3:47.30 to win the event. Swain ran the first leg, Rodriguez the second, Weatherspoon the third and Stewart the anchor leg.

Sophomore Sanford sent the meet long jump record, going 19-6 to win. Freshman Brittany Daniels finished third (18-0 1/2) and senior Katarzyna Klisowska fourth (17-9 3/4). Sanford also won the triple jump with a jump of 40-11 3/4. Daniels placed third in the triple jump (40-6 3/4).

The last Trojan to set a meet record was senior shot-putter Karen Freberg. Her winning throw of 52-11 was nine and a half feet farther than the second place finisher.

Senior Tunisia Johnson came in sixth in the 800m with a time of (2:34.32) and Margulies came in 9th (2:42.02). Junior Alexandrea Williams placed fourth in the hammer with a throw of 47-4 1/2.

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