Trojan Coach And Athletes To Take Part In YES Track And Field Clinic on June 9

June 2, 2006

USC sprints coach Tina Davis-Fernandes along with Trojan track and field athletes Tara Davis-Quarrie and Shannon Lewallen will participate in the free NCAA Youth Education through Sports (YES) Clinic to be held at Sacramento State on Friday, June 9 in conjunction with the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Through the YES Program, the NCAA seeks to teach the 'FUN' in fundamentals of sport and life. Boys and girls, ages 10-18 are eligible to participate in skill instruction, life skills and conditioning sessions with collegiate coaches and student-athletes from around the country. Participation in the clinic will also allow the youths to experience the excitement of the NCAA Championship first hand.

Davis-Fernandes is in her seventh year as the USC women's sprint coach. Under her tutelage, the Trojan sprint corps has become one of the tops in the nation. Senior Virginia Powell became just the second Pac-10 female sprinter to win the 100m dash three times (2004-06) and at the NCAA West Regional (May 26-27), Trojans sophomore Carol Rodriguez, Powell and sophomore Jessica Onyepunuka finished first, second and fifth respectively in the 100m race. Rodriguez also won the 200m dash and set the school record with a time of 22.23 in the preliminaries.

Davis-Quarrie, a junior, ran the 100m, 200m and 400m for the Trojans this season and was part of the 4x400m relay team which placed third at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships.

Lewallen, a senior pole vaulter, cleared a season best of 12-1 1/2 on April 1 at the Cardinal and Gold Invitational and qualified for the Pac-10 Championships where she placed 15th. Her career-best pole vault of 12-5 1/2 ranks fourth in school history

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