Williams and Powell Named To Track And Field Silver Anniversary Team By USTFCCCA
June 20, 2006
USC track and field greats Angela Williams and Virginia Powell today (June 20) were named to the Track and Field Silver Anniversary Team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, as they commemorate 25 years of women competing in the NCAA Division I outdoor championships.
Athletes were selected to the Silver Anniversary Team based on performances at the NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. One outstanding individual from each event was voted on to the team by a panel of USTFCCCA coaches.
Williams won the NCAA 100m title as a freshman in 1999 in a personal-best time of 11.04, which still is the USC school record. She went on to win the 100m dash title three more times, making her one of three female track and field athletes to win the same event at the NCAA Championships all four years of school. No other woman has won more than two NCAA 100m dash titles.
Williams set a national high school record of 11.11 in 1998, prior to enrolling at USC. In addition to her four NCAA titles in the 100m, she ran the first leg on USC' national champion 4x100m relay team in 2000. Williams went on to compete for the U.S. in the 2001 and 2003 World Championships.
Powell's outstanding USC career was capped at the 2006 NCAA Championships where she won the 100m hurdles title with a record-breaking performance. The senior from Seattle set the collegiate record in the hurdles with a time of 12.55 in the semi-finals, then broke that two days later with a time of 12.48 to win her second consecutive 100m hurdles title. That time, coupled with her record-time of 7.84 in the 60m hurdles at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, places Powell's name next to two collegiate records.
Powell won the sprint hurdles race in each of the last two seasons at the Pac-10, NCAA West, NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships. In fact, she did not lose a hurdles race in her final two seasons of eligibility.
In addition to her hurdling exploits, Powell won the Pac-10 100m dash title the last three years (2004-06), only the second Pac-10 female to win it three times. She also ran the leadoff leg in USC's 4x100m relay team that finished third at the 2006 NCAA meet with a school-record time of 42.96.
The complete Silver Anniversary team is as follows: 100m - Angela Williams (USC), 200m - Dawn Sowell (LSU), 400m - Suziann Reid (Texas), 800m - Joetta Clark (Tennessee), 1500m - Suzy Favor (Wisconsin), 3000m Steeplechase - Elizabeth Jackson (BYU), 5000m - Lauren Fleschman (Stanford), 10000m - Amy Skieresz (Arizona), 100m HH - Virginia Powell (USC), 400m IH - Sheena Johnson (UCLA), 4x100m Relay - LSU, 4x400m - Texas, Long Jump - Sheila Echols (LSU), Triple Jump - Sheila Hudson (California), High Jump - Amy Acuff (UCLA), Pole Vault - Tracy O'Hara (UCLA), Shot Put - Regina Cavanaugh (Rice), Discus - Seilala Sua (UCLA), Hammer - Dawn Ellerbe (South Carolina), Javelin - Valerie Tulloch (Rice), Heptathlon - Jackie Joyner (UCLA)