USC Women's Team Places Second and Men's Team Tied For Ninth At NCAA Championships
June 10, 2006
The USC women's track and field team placed second and the men's team tied for ninth in the final day of competition at the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Sacramento State at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif. before 9,166 fans.
The women's team scored 38.50 points to finish second, 0.5 points ahead of South Carolina and 18.5 points behind winner Auburn. The men's team finished in a ninth-place tie with BYU and North Carolina, scoring 26 points. Florida State won the men's team competition with 67 points. USC, LSU and Texas were the only three schools in the country to place both the women's and men's teams in the top 10.
Freshman Eva Orban started the day off on the right foot for USC by placing second in the women's hammer competition with a throw of 220-11 (67.35m). She is the USC school record-holder in the event with a throw of 226-8 (69.10m) set when she won the NCAA West Regional title on May 27.
Carol Rodriguez scored 11 points for the USC women's team, placing third in the 100m dash and fourth in the 200m race. The sophomore ran a time of 11.38 in the 100m and 22.96 in the 200m.
Sophomore Lionel Larry placed sixth in the men's 400m dash finals with a personal best of 45.43 to earn the Trojans six points. His time places him seventh all-time on the USC 400m list, moving up from eighth where his previous career best of 45.53 ranked. He set that mark when he won the 2006 NCAA West Regional 400m title on May 27.
Senior Karen Freberg earned the USC women's team two points, finishing seventh in the shot put competition with a throw of 54-4 (16.56m), as an inch and a half separated the fifth through seventh-place finishers. Freberg set the school record with a throw of 57-7 1/2 (17.56m) on April 29 this year.
Finishing seventh in the men's shot put was junior Noah Bryant, who had a throw of 63-3 1/4 (19.28m) to earn the men's team two points.
Also scoring for the Trojan women's team in a field event was freshman Brysun Statley, who finished in a four-way tie for sixth in the pole vault competition to earn a crucial point and a half.
Sophomore Duane Solomon placed fifth in the men's 800m race with a personal best of 1:47.45 to earn the Trojans four points in the team standings. He improved his previous best set in the semi-finals by .01 and strengthened his standing as the 10th fastest 800m runner in school history.
As a result of the four-day competition at the NCAA Championships, the Trojans had 16 athletes qualify as All-American. The list of the athletes and the events in which they qualified as All-Americans are: Carol Rodriguez (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Candice Davis (4x100m), Jessica Onyepunuka (4x100m), Virginia Powell (100m HH, 4x100m), Eva Orban (hammer), Karen Freberg (shot put), Brysun Stately (pole vault), Philip Francis (100m), Lionel Larry (400m, 4x400m), Duane Solomon (800m), Kai Kelley (4x400m), De'Sean Cunningham (4x400m), Jeff Garrison (4x400m), Noah Bryant (shot), Adam Midles (hammer) and Jesse Williams (high jump).