USC Sets Eight Meet Records At The Pepsi Team Invitational In Oregon
April 7, 2007
Although USC did not travel enough athletes to Eugene, Ore. to win the Pepsi Team Invitational on Saturday (April 7), the Trojans sure were heard from, establishing eight of the nine meet records that were set on the day. Not only that, but the women's team won eight of the 10 events in which they competed and the men eight of the 12 events they entered.
Junior Carol Rodriguez had an outstanding day, winning the women's 100m dash with a 2007 NCAA-best 11.0 hand-held time, the 200m with a time of 23.13 and running the anchor leg in USC's winning 4x100m relay (44.16) and 4x400m relay (3:35.06). All four times set meet records.
'In the 200m, I felt a little awkward, and a little off,' said Rodriguez. 'I just wanted to come out and take advantage of the track. It's all a build-up for the NCAA Championships.'
Senior Candice Davis, also part of the winning 4x100m relay team, won the 100m HH with a meet-record time of 13.23.
It was good to run here early in the year to get ready for the regional (the West Regional will be held in Eugene, Ore.),' said Davis. 'I love the Oregon crowd. They know who you are, and they're so supportive, even early when it was cold and rainy. They love us and give us so much confidence.'
Sophomore Eva Orban was the other Trojan female to set a meet record in winning the women's hammer throw competition with a season-best throw of 218-9 (66.69m).
Trojan men winning events with a meet record mark were freshman Ahmad Rashad in the 200m with a time of 20.91 and senior Noah Bryant in the shot put with a career-best outdoor and NCAA-leading throw of 66-2 1/4 (20.17m). It also is the second-best throw in school history, behind Doug Lane's shot of 66-11 1/4 (20.40m) on May 19, 1972.
Other USC males winning events were junior Lionel Larry in the 400m with a time of 45.67, Kai Kelley in the 110m HH (14.26) and the 400m IH (51.51), the men's 4x400m relay team, redshirt freshman Aaron Dan in the discus (185-03) and senior Adam Midles in the hammer (223-8).
Other notable performances by the Trojan team included junior Jessica Onyepunuka's second-place finish in the 100m with a hand-held time of 11.2 and her second-place finish in the 200m with a new PR of 23.53. Ukranian transfer sophomores Oksana Milokumova (4:32.54) and Natalia Kovtun (4:37.46) finished fourth and sixth respectively with season-best times in the 1500m.
The women's winning 4x400m relay team of Hasson, Tara Davis-Quarrie, Onyepunuka and Rodriguez ran a time of 3:35.06, good for 10th best in school history. Rodriguez made up a 15 meter deficit in the final leg, taking the lead late on the final curve and pulling away from there.
The Trojan men's distance relay team of senior DaSean Cunningham, senior Raphael Asafo-Agyei, junior Irec Sekretarski and junior Duane Solomon did not compete the distance medley at the Texas Relays on Saturday due to the weather and Asafo-Agyei's tight Achilles. The quartet did, however, win the 4x800m relay race on Thursday with the second-fastest time in USC history (7:18.43).
Several members of USC's track and field team competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, but the results were not available as of late Saturday. Among the Trojans competing at Pomona were Benjamin Brown, Kevin Deiter, Jamila Marston and Nicole Anthony in the long jump, Katherine Ellis in the steeplechase, John Peate, Idris Jatoi, Kristen Berglas, Ashley Jensen and Bridget Helgerson in the 1500m, Daniel Martin, Melissa Margulies, Kelsey Connor, Chanel Fischetti and Jennifer Wells in the 800m, Stenn Parton in the javelin, Emilie Winckel in the 400m hurdles, Brittany Bennett and Kira Davis-Quarrie in the 100m and 200m and Natalie Jarvey in the 500m.