USC's Track And Field Team To Face UCLA At Westwood In Annual Dual Meet On April 29

April 25, 2006

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TROJANS TO TAKE ON BRUINS IN ANNUAL DUAL MEET - USC's track and field team will travel across town to Westwood this week to take on the UCLA Bruins in the annunal Dual Meet being held at Drake Stadium on April 29. The Trojan men lead their all-time series 39-33, while the USC women trail 19-3 in their series, losing the last 13 meets. For the first time in 27 years, the USC-UCLA Dual Meet will be televised live on PrimeTicket.

LAST YEAR'S DUAL MEET - The Bruins won both the men's and women's meets in 2005, clinching them both in the second-to-last-event of the day. USC's men's team lost 83-80 and the women's team fell 85-78. USC had four double winners on the day. Virginia Powell won the 100m HH in a USC meet record and stadium record time of 12.74 and also captured the 100m dash in a wind-aided 11.15. Iryna Vashchuk won the 5000m race in a meet record of 16:52.36 and the 1500m in 4:33.02. Allen Simms was a winner in the triple jump (55-2 3/4) and long jump (25-6), while Wes Felix was victorious in the 100m with a personal best of 10.23 and the 200m race (20.60). The Trojans won all four of the relay events. USC's Jesse Williams cleared a meet-record 7-5 to win the men's high jump competition.

LAST WEEK AT THE TRITON INVITATIONAL - Juniors Adam Midles (2nd), Noah Bryant (7th) and William Denbo (13th) all set personal bests in the hammer throw at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif. this past weekend (April 21-22). Midles had a throw of 216-9 (66.06m) to improve his seventh-place standing on the all-time USC hammer throw list by eight inches. Bryant had a throw of 200-7 (61.14m) and Denbo 179-4 (54.67m) to also achieve personal bests. Also competing for the Trojans in the hammer were junior Kevin Swartz (162-6), freshman Mike Curiel (155-8) and sophomore Jekabs Sliede (140-11). Denbo also threw the shot 55-8 1/4 (16.97m) to place 10th. Trojan men pole vaulters clearing 15 feet were senior Brad Slinkard (15-9), junior Graham Bockmiller (15-3), senior Jacob Hamman (15-3) and sophomore Daniel Corrigan (15-3). In the women's hammer throw competition, freshman Eva Orban finished second with a throw of 210-6 (64.16m), junior Julia Rozenfeld fifth with a throw of 193-5 (58.96m) and junior Alexandrea Williams 20th with a throw of 156-11 (47.82m). Junior USC record-holder in the discus Kate Hutchinson placed 12th in the discus with a throw of 166-9 (50.83m). The Trojan pole vault record-holder freshman Brysun Stately cleared 12-5 1/2 (3.80m) to place tied for seventh and senior Shannon Lewallen tied for 12th with a pole vault of 12-1 1/2 (3.70m). Junior Christina Eads, USC's only female runner competing in the meet, ran a 19.58.69 in the 5000m race to finish 16th. The only USC male runner competing was freshman Daniel Martin in the 800m race and he ran 2:05.16 to place third in his heat.

TROJANS IN THE RANKINGS - The latest USTFCCCA rankings have the USC women's team second and the men's team 14th. This week's Trackwire rankings list the women of Troy tied for 4th and the men's team tied for 22nd.

V.P. OF THE TRACK - 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 Relays on April 15 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).

IN THE THROWS OF BATTLE - The USC throwing corps currently has nine members (4 men, 5 women) who rank in the school's all-time top 10 in their events: Men - Noah Bryant in the shot (8th), William Denbo in the shot (10th), Dennis Rice in the javelin (4th) and Adam Midles in the hammer (7th). Women - Karen Freberg in the shot (1), Kate Hutchinson in the discus (1), Andrea McBride in the javelin (3), Eva Orban in the hammer (2nd) and Julia Rozenfeld in the hammer (5).

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 25 THIS SEASON - The following Trojans currently have posted times or marks that rank among the top 25 in the country so far this season: Men: 100m - Garry Jones (22), Philip Francis (24); 400m - Lionel Larry (13); 800m - Raphael Asafo-Agyei (8); 100m HH - Blake Frazier (20); 400m IH - Kai Kelley (13); 4x100m - (15); 4x400m (11, 18, 19); High Jump - Jesse Williams (1); Pole Vault - Derek Scott (21); Shot - Noah Bryant (13); Hammer - Adam Midles (7). Women: 100m - Virginia Powell (5), Carol Rodriguez (9), Jessica Onyepunuka (25); 200m - Rodriguez (4); 400m - Rodriguez (12); 100m HH - Powell (1), Candice Davis (3); 4x100m - (4, 6); Triple Jump - Michelle Sanford (13); Shot - Karen Freeberg (4); Discus - Kate Hutchinson (8); Hammer - Eva Orban (4), Julia Rozenfeld (11).

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.


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 RozenfeldJavelin (61.60m):		Dennis Rice

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