Trojans Have Solid First Day At Stanford Invitational

March 30, 2007

Senior Michelle Sanford won the women's long jump competition with a season-best effort, junior Jessica Onyepunuka took second in the women's 200m race and junior Duane Solomon placed second in the men's 800m race to highlight the Trojans' first day at the Stanford Invitational being held in Palo Alto, Calif.

Sanford's long jump of 20-2 1/2 (6.16m) was more than four inches farther than the second-place finisher, Chantae McMillan of Nebraska. Sanford's previous best this season had been 20-0 1/2, accomplished last week at the Trojan Invitational.

Onyepunuka ran a 23.95 200m dash to place second, but it was the top time by a collegian on the day. Freshman Myra Hasson came in ninth with a time of 24.41 which was her season best. Freshman Judith Onyepunuka, Jessica's sister, ran a 24.70 to place 15th.

Solomon finished .33 behind Lopez Lomong of Northern Arizona in the 800m race with a time of 1:47.98. Seniors DaSean Cunningham placed 13th (1:50.91) and Raphael Asafo-Agyei 16th (1:51.18).

Also, senior Candice Davis had the top qualifying time in the women's 100m HH of 13.21 and will be joined in Saturday's finals by freshman Shalina Clarke (6th - 13.83) and junior Talia Stewart (7th - 13.94).

Junior Kai Kelley and senior Logan Taylor advanced to the men's 110m HH finals Saturday, finishing third and fourth respectively with times of 14.21 and 14.23.

Jessica Onyepunuka also advanced to the women's 100m dash finals by finishing second (first among collegiate runners) with a season-best time of 11.57.

Other Trojans finishing among the top 15 on the day included sophomore Katie Kirst (7th), Clarke (9th) and Stewart (15th) in the 400m IH, freshman Marylin Anene (11th) in the high jump, and Kelley (7th) and sophomore Sheldon Evans (11th) in the 400m IH.

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