Trojans Well Represented At The USA Track And Field Championships

June 25, 2006

Virginia Powell reminded Trojan fans of what they will miss and Shana Woods gave them a glimpse of the future at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, June 21-25.

Powell, in her first meet as a professional after sweeping the NCAA indoor and outdoor sprint hurdles titles in record fashion in 2006, won her first U.S. title in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 12.63. The 2006 Honda Award winner for track and field won the event as she edged Damu Cherry who ran a 12.64. Powell won both her first-round heat (12.71) and semi-final heat (12.70) en route to the title. In winning the 2006 NCAA outdoor women's 100m hurdles title, Powell set the collegiate record with a time of 12.55 in the semi-finals and then broke it with a time of 12.48 in the finals. USC senior-to-be Candice Davis ran a 13.30 time in the first round of the USA Track and Field Championships to advance to the semi-finals, but placed 11th with a time of 13.21 and did not advance to the finals.

Woods, who will attend USC in the fall, won the junior women's heptathlon with a total of 5,533 points, the first high school girl to score over 5,500 points. Woods defeated the 2005 USA junior heptathlon champion Shevell Quinley who finished with 5,426 points. Quinley, who completed her freshman year at Arizona, placed fourth at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. In winning the heptathlon, Woods qualifies for the 2006 IAAF World Jr. Championships.

Jesse Williams, who won the 2006 indoor and outdoor high jump championships as a USC senior, placed tied for seventh in the men's high jump, clearing a height of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m). Williams bested his school high jump record by clearing a height of 7-7 1/4 (2.32m) to win the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Sophomore Duane Solomon qualified for the men's 800m finals and placed seventh with a time of 1:47.54. Teammate junior Raphael Asafo-Agyei made it to the semi-final round, but placed 11th with a time of 1:49.35 and did not advance.

Sophomore Lionel Larry matched his personal best with a time of 45.43 in the first round of the men's 400m run to advance to the semi-finals. He then set a new PR with a time of 45.40, but finished 11th and did not make the finals.

Senior Garry Jones ran a 10.44 in the men's 100m dash and sophomore Jessica Onyepunuka ran an 11.66 in the women's 100m dash first round and did not advance.

Sophomore Kai Kelley ran in the men's 110m high hurdles and posted a 14.26 time, but did not reach the semi-final round.

Junior Noah Bryant placed 19th in the men's shot put with a throw of 61-5 3/4 (18.74m) and senior Karen Freberg placed 10th in the women's shot with a throw of 54-0 (16.46m).

Junior Adam Midles competed in the men's hammer and placed 15th with a throw of 211-10 (64.57m).

Other incoming freshman for USC this fall who placed were Shalina Clarke who finished second in the junior women's 100m hurdles with a time of 13.38 and Elizabeth Olear, who placed fifth in the junior women's 100m dash with a time of 11.33.

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