USC's Throwers and Pole Vaulters To Compete At Triton Invitational This Weekend

April 20, 2006


TROJANS TO COMPETE AT TRITON INVITATIONAL THIS WEEK - The USC Trojans' throwers and pole vaulters will be competing at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, April 22.

LAST WEEK AT MT. SAC RELAYS/LONG BEACH INVITATIONAL - Senior Jesse Williams tied his school record in winning the men's high jump and senior Karen Freberg set the school record in winning the women's shot put at the Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. last weekend. Williams cleared a height of 7-6 ½ (2.30m) to win the men's invitational high jump competition and tie his school record. Freberg set the USC female shot put record and established a new personal best with a throw of 56-5 3/4 (17.21m) to finish third in the women's invitational competition. Senior Virginia Powell won the women's invitational 100m HH event with a season-best wind-aided time of 12.68. Junior Candice Davis ran a season-best wind-aided time of 13.05 to finish third. Junior Carol Rodriguez also had a big day on the track, winning the women's 100m dash invitational with a time of 11.40. Sophomore teammate Jessica Onyepunuka came in second with a season-best time of 11.50. Rodriguez also placed fourth in the women's 200m invitational with a personal-best time of 23.13, the third-fastest time posted by a college female runner this season. Seniors Garry Jones and Philip Francis finished second and third respectively in the men's Olympic development 100m dash. Jones ran 10.38 to tie his season and career-best time and Francis ran 10.39 to establish his season's best mark. Another senior Jeff Garrison won the men's Olympic development 400m race with a time of 46.83. Junior teammate Da'Sean Cunningham placed third in the event with a time of 47.65. In the men's invitational 400m race, sophomore Lionel Larry won the event with a time of 46.11. He already has the 10th fastest time by a college male runner this season with a time of 46.07. Junior Raphael Asafo-Agyei ran a season-best 1:48.56 in the men's invitational 800m race to finish eighth. He now has the sixth-fastest time in the 800m race by a male college athlete this season. Junior Adam Midles had a career-best hammer throw of 216-1 (65.86m) to place seventh in the men's hammer invitational. Midles improved his seventh-place standing on the USC hammer throw list by one inch. Sophomore Kai Kelley placed fifth in the men's Olympic development 110m HH with a time of 14.25.

On April 14 in University/Open events at Mt. SAC, Kelley placed second in the men's 400m IH with a time of 52.77, sophomore Logan Taylor played third in the men's 110 HH with a time of 15.07, senior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz placed 12th in the men's 1500m run with a time of 3:46.81, junior Whitney Graham placed fifth in the women's 200m race (season-best 24.93) and 16th in the 100m dash (12.29) and senior Tunisia Johnson fifth in the women's 400m IH (1:02.10), sophomore Talia Stewart sixth in the women's 400m IH (1:02.29). At the Long Beach Invitational on April 14, junior Kristen Berglas ran a season-best 4:53.03 in the women's 1500m to finish ninth and junior Alexandrea Williams came in fourth in the hammer (159-6/48.63m).

TROJANS IN THE RANKINGS - The latest Trackwire rankings list the USC women's team third in the country, behind only Texas and Miami. Trackwire has the USC men's team ranked tied for 19th. The USTCCCA poll out this week ranks the USC women's team second and the men's team 14th.

POWELL NAMED WOMEN'S PAC-10 TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Senior hurdler/sprinter/relay specialist Virginia Powell has continued to win virtually every sprint hurdles event she enters, winning the 100m HH invitational at Mt. SAC this past week with a time of 12.68 to earn women's Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week (April 10-16). She won every major hurdles event she entered last season and has not lost a meet yet this season. Since the beginning of the 2005 season, she has won the 2005 and 2006 NCAA indoor 60m hurdles championships, the 2005 NCAA 100m HH outdoor championships, the 2005 Pac-10 100m HH championship, the 2005 NCAA West Region 100m HH championships and set the school record and tied the collegiate record (12.61) in the 100m HH. She also ranks among the Trojans' all-time top 10 in the 100m dash and has been part of three of the top 10 women's 4x100m relays in school history. So far this season, she has posted the fastest collegiate female 100m HH time (12.68) and the fifth-fastest 100m dash time (11.17).

RETURNING 2005 ALL-AMERICANS - Jesse Williams in the high jump (1st), Adam Midles in the hammer (6th), Virginia Powell in the 100m HH (1st), Candice Davis in the 100m HH (7th).

SCHOOL RECORD HOLDERS - Jesse Williams in the high jump (7-6 1/2), Virginia Powell in the 100m HH (12.61), Brysun Stately in the pole vault (13-5 3/4), Kate Hutchinson in the discus (184-1), Karen Freberg in the hammer (56-5 3/4).

TROJANS IN THE TOP 20 THIS SEASON - The following Trojans currently have posted times or marks that rank among the top 20 in the country so far this season: Men: 100m - Garry Jones (18), Philip Francis (20); 400m - Lionel Larry (10); 800m - Raphael Asafo-Agyei (6); 100m HH - Blake Frazier (18); 400m IH - Kai Kelley (12); 4x100m - (12); 4x400m (10, 15, 16); High Jump - Jesse Williams (1); Pole Vault - Derek Scott (17); Shot - Noah Bryant (11); Hammer - Adam Midles (8). Women: 100m - Virginia Powell (5), Carol Rodriguez (9); 200m - Rodriguez (3); 400m - Rodriguez (10); 100m HH - Powell (1), Candice Davis (3); 4x100m - (4, 6); Triple Jump - Michelle Sanford (10); Shot - Karen Freeberg (4); Discus - Kate Hutchinson (7); Hammer - Eva Orban (4), Julia Rozenfeld (9).

TROJANS CLAIM TWO INDOOR TITLES - The Trojans had a strong showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10-11), despite sending just five female and one male athlete to the event in Fayetteville, Ark. Jesse Williams defended his 2005 indoor title by jumping 7-6 to win the 2006 NCAA indoor high jump championship. Virginia Powell ran 7.84 to win the 60m hurdles title for the second consecutive season. Her time was the fastest ever recorded by a female college athlete in the 60m hurdles Candice Davis placed eighth in the 60m hurdles and Carol Rodriguez second in the 200m race to lead the USC women's team to a tie for eighth place in the team competition with 21 points.

USC TRACK AND FIELD HISTORY - USC is well known as one of the most successful athletic programs in the history of the NCAA, with 106 men's and women's national championships. The Trojans have won far more NCAA team and individual titles combined than any other university. However, the most dominant force in USC's slate of athletic programs is not the baseball team (12 College World Series titles) or the football squad (nine national championships) but the men's track and field program, with an unprecedented 28 NCAA titles (including nine straight, 1935-43). In fact, in the history of the NCAA, only the Oklahoma State wrestling program (31) has more national titles than USC men's outdoor track and field. Trojan athletes have dominated the track and field scene for decades. From the exploits of sprinter Charlie Paddock and thrower Clarence 'Bud' Houser in the 1920s and 1930s, sprinter Mel Patton in the 1940s, thrower Parry O'Brien in the 1950s,sprinter Lennox Miller and pole vaulter Bob Seagren in the 1960s, sprinter Quincy Watts in the 1980s, to four-time NCAA hammer champion Balazs Kiss (only the fifth collegian to win four in a row) in the 1990s and World Champion hurdler Felix Sanchez in the 2000s, USC is synonymous with track and field excellence.

Ron Allice AND SUCCESS GO HAND IN HAND - Esteemed Director of Track and Field Ron Allice enters his 12th season at the helm of the USC program. With the outstanding coaching staff he has assembled, the Trojans have returned to prominence on a national level once again. In 2005, the Trojans were one of two schools to place both the men's and women's teams in the top seven in the country. Under his guidance, the Trojan men's team has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA finals in eight of his 11 seasons, including a sixth-place finish last season. The Women of Troy won their first-ever national championship in 2001 under Allice, who has guided the women's track and field team to a top 10 finish seven times in 11 seasons, including a seventh-place finish in 2005. USC's past successes in track and field are well known: 29 NCAA championships (including two indoor titles), 61 world records, 87 Olympic team members, 40 Olympic gold medals and 16 inductees in the U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame - all encapsuled in 104 years of a rich and storied tradition.

USC-UCLA DUAL MEET NEXT UP - The Trojans and Bruins will continue their annunal rivalry tradition with the USC-UCLA Dual Meet to be held on April 29 in Westwood, Calif. at Drake Stadium. For the first time in 27 years, the meet will be televised live on Prime Ticket.


Last year the USC men's track and field team placed sixth and the women's team seventh at the NCAA Championships, one of just two schools in the country to have both the men's and women's team finish in the top seven. This season, the Trojans have posted 39 individual qualifying marks for the NCAA Regionals (as well as all four relay teams), where they will compete in Provo, Utah from May 26-27 for the chance to advance to the NCAA Championships, held June 7-10.

MEN WOMEN100m (10.50): Garry Jones, Philip Francis 100m (11.75): Jessica Onyepunuka, Virginia Powell, Carol Rodriguez200m (21.19): Philip Francis 200m (23.96): Carol Rodriguez400m (47.26): Lionel Larry, Jeff Garrison 400m (54.61): Treani Swain800m (1:50.40): Raphael Asafo-Agyei, Duane Solomon 800m (2:09.80):1500m (3:47.80): Tomasz Babiszkiewicz110m HH (14.30): Blake Frazier, Kai Kelley, Logan Taylor 100m HH (13.92): Virginia Powell, Candice Davis400m IH (52.51): Kai Kelley4x100m Relay (40.66): Jones, Palmer, Francis, Alugbue 4x100m Relay (45.70): Powell, Onyepunuka, Davis Rodriguez4x400m Relay 3:10.00): Larry, Garrison, Palmer, Asafo-Agyei 4x400m Relay (3:42.00): Graham, Rodriguez, Davis-Quarrie, StewartHigh Jump (2.10m): Jesse Williams, Nathan GwozdzPole Vault (5.05m): Derek Scott Pole Vault (3.80m): Brysun StatelyLong Jump (7.34m): Jesse Williams Long Jump (5.97m): Michelle SanfordTriple Jump (15.08m): Inman Breaux, Manjula Wijesekara Triple Jump (12.32m): Michelle Sanford, Brittany DanielsShot (16.80m): Noah Bryant, William Denbo Shot (14.30m): Karen FrebergDiscus (51.70m): Noah Bryant Discus (47.30m): Kate HutchinsonHammer (55.60m): Adam Midles, Noah Bryant Hammer (54.15m): Eva Orban, Julia Rozenfeld