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.
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).
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.