Bryant Wins Men's Shot and Davis 4th in Women's 60m Hurdles at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 10, 2007
Senior Noah Bryant won the 2007 NCAA Indoor Shot Title with a career-best throw of 67-5 1/4 (20.55m) to defeat the favorite Russ Winger of Idaho at the NCAA Indoor Championships held March 9-10 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
Bryant's winning shot mark was nearly three inches farther than his previous career best and set a new USC record for both indoor and outdoor distance. That is saying a lot, considering that USC has had numerous Olympic champions and world record-holders in the event, including Parry O'Brien, Dallas Long, Wilbur Thompson and Bud Houser.
The redshirt senior becomes the first Trojan to win an NCAA shot title since Doug Lane won the 1972 indoor title with a throw of 64-3 1/2. Bryant's throw was farther than Lane's school-record outdoor shot of 66-11 1/4. Bryant has continued his impressive comeback from a freak accident in 2005 which required major surgery after the hammer bounced off the cage and struck him in the face.
Senior Candice Davis joined Bryant in gaining All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the women's 60m hurdles, posting a time of 8.05. Davis was actually leading over the final hurdle, but stumbled and had to settle for fourth. Last season, she ran an 8.32 time to place eighth at the indoor championships.
Junior Carol Rodriguez ran in the 200m for the Trojans, but her time of 23.24 in the semi-finals was not good enough to advance her to the finals. Rodriguez placed second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2006 when she ran a 22.71 200m.
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