Trojans Fall To UCLA In Dual Meet

April 29, 2006

Despite two school records on the women's side and several personal bests on the men's side, the USC women's and men's teams lost close contests to UCLA in the 73rd annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet held today (April 29) in Westwood, Calif. The Trojan women fell 90-73 to fall to 3-20 all-time in the series, while the men lost 83-80, but still lead the all-time series 39-34.

The Trojan women were done in by their lack of depth as evidenced by the fact that UCLA clinched the meet in the 1500m race, an event that the Trojans did not enter a runner, allowing the six Bruins to claim all nine points and clinch the meet at 84-65.

The Trojan men led most of the day, but could not earn any points in the pole vault and triple jump competitions, clinching the meet for the Bruins at 83-75 before the USC win in the 1600m relay race.

Sophomore Carol Rodriguez had an outstanding meet, setting the school and Puerto Rican national record in winning the 400m race with a time of 51.51. She also ran a personal best 23.08 to win the 200m race, which is the sixth-fastest time in school history. Rodriguez made it four-for-four on the day as she took part in USC's winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. In the 4x100m relay, she ran the final leg of the team that featured senior Virginia Powell, sophomore Jessica Onyepunuka and junior Candice Davis which ran 43.26, the second-fastest time in school history. The winning 4x400m relay team of sophomore Talia Stewart, junior Tara Davis-Quarrie, Rodriguez and junior Treani Swain ran a season best 3:36.48.

Powell also had a spectacular day on the track, winning the 100m hurldes and 100m dash, as well a being part of the winning 4x100m relay team and placing second in the 200m with a personal best of 23.29. Powell's time of 12.70 in the 100m HH was her best legal time this season and the second-fastest time in the world this year. She is the reigning NCAA champion in this event and her career-best time of 12.61 set last summer is tied for the fastest ever run by a college female. Powell also ran a personal best legal time of 11.26 in winning the 100m dash.

Senior Karen Freberg bettered her school record in the shot with a throw of 57-7 1/2 (17.56m), the winning mark being the third farthest by a collegiate female this season. She also placed third in the hammer competition on April 28 with a throw of 184-4 (56.20m). Freshman Eva Orban won the hammer with a meet-record throw of 215-0 (65.53m) and junior Julia Rozenfeld placed second with a throw of 188-5 (57.44m).

Also scoring for the women's team were junior Andrea McBride in the javelin (1st - 145-11), Davis in the 100m HH (3rd - 13.24) and 400m IH (2nd - 1:00.20), Davis-Quarrie in the 400m (3rd - 55.36), Onyepunuka in 100m (2nd - 11.66), freshman Brysun Stately in the pole vault (3rd - 13-3 1/2), junior Kate Hutchinson in the discus (2nd - 166-8), Swain in the 800m (1st - 2:14.57), junior Michelle Sanford in the long jump (3rd - 19-6 1/4) and triple jump (2nd - 42-8).

Senior Philip Francis led a Trojan men's sweep in the 100m dash with a personal best time of 10.23, which ties him for the 10th fastest time in school history. Senior Gary Jones placed second with a time of 10.38 and sophomore Roy Alugbue was third with a time of 10.77. Both Jones and Alugbue tied their fastest times of the season.

Francis was a three-time winner on the day as he won the 200m race with a personal best of 20.59, the leading Pac-10 time this season and the fifth-fastest in the NCAA this year. He also was part of USC's winning 4x100m relay team, following Jones and freshman Matthew Palmer and handing the baton to Trojan anchor Alugbue in posting a 39.75 season-best time.

Also setting personal best marks for USC were junior Noah Bryant who placed second in the shot with a throw of 63-5 (19.33m), the sixth farthest in school history, senior Jeff Garrison in who came in second in the 400m with a time of 46.19 and sophomore Duane Solomon who won the 800m with a time of 1:47.74.

Sophomore Kai Kelley was also a three-time winner for USC, claiming the 110m hurdles in a season-best time of 13.91, the 400m intermediate hurdles in a time of 51.30 which tied his season and career best, and as part of the winning 4x400m relay team. In the relay event, he teamed with Garrison, junior De'Sean Cunningham and sophomore Lionel Larry to win the event with a time of 3:06.76.

Other Trojan men scoring in the meet were junior Adam Midles in the hammer (2nd - 210-9), Bryant in the hammer (3rd - 191-1) and discus (3rd - 172-0), senior Dennis Rice in the javelin (1st - 205-8), senior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz in the 1500m (1st - 3:47.40), junior William Denbo in the shot (3rd - 60-8), sophomore Logan Taylor in the 110m HH (3rd - 14.32) and the 400m IH (3rd - 54.91), senior Jesse Williams in the high jump (1st - 6-10 3/4) and long jump (2nd - 23-11 1/2), freshman Nathan Gwozdz in the high jump (2nd - 6-8 3/4), junior Raphael Asafo-Agyei in the 800m (2nd - 1:48.37) and Garrison in the 200m (2nd - 21.08).

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