Larry And Kelley Win Races, While Sekretarski Sets School Record At Mt. SAC Relays

April 15, 2007

Lionel Larry won the Invitational 400m race, Kai Kelley the University/Open 400m hurdles race and Irec Sekretarski set a USC record in the mile race today (April 15) to close out competition at the 49th Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.

The Trojans had a strong day all around as five different USC athletes set new PRs including Kelley in the 400m IH, Logan Taylor in the 110m HH, Noah Bryant in the shot, Duane Solomon in the 800m and Jessica Onyepunuka in the 100m dash.

Larry, a junior, won his second consecutive Mt. SAC Relays 400m race, this time catching Stellar Athletics' Fernanda Blakely down the stretch to finish with a time of 45.72.

Junior Kelley set a new PR in winning the 400m IH race with a time of 50.76. Kelley's previous best had been 51.07 set at the Pac-10 Championships last season. Teammate Sheldon Evans placed 12th with a time of 53.99.

One of the definite highlights for the Trojans on the day was the one-mile race run by Irec Sekretarski, a junior transfer from Poland. In a seldom run race, Sekretarski set a new USC record with a time of 4:01.89, breaking a school standard that had stood for 41 years. The old school record of 4:02.00 was set by Bruce Bess on May 7, 1966. In fact, no Trojan runner had cracked USC's top 10 since 1975.

Solomon, a junior, placed second in the men's Invitational 800m race which featured only one other collegiate runner, who finished last. Solomon set a new PR and established the leading time in the U.S. this season with a time of 1:47.19. His time also moved him from 10th to eighth on USC's all-time 800m list.

Redshirt senior Bryant continued his outstanding season by placing second in the Invitational shot put competition with a throw of 66-2 1/2, bettering his PR set last week by a quarter of an inch. Bryant, who won the 2007 NCAA Indoor shot put competition, has now added one foot and eight inches this track and field season to his career best entering the 2007 outdoor campaign.

Taylor finished second in the Olympic Development 110m HH with a time of 13.93. That time established a new PR for the junior.

Onyepunuka established her PR as a Trojan in the Invitational 100m dash, placing fifth as the only collegiate runner with a time of 11.31. Onyepunuka's time places her eighth on USC's all-time 100m list, just behind teammate Carol Rodriguez who ran a hand-timed 11.24 last weekend at the Pepsi Team Invitational in Oregon.

Rodriguez placed second in the Invitational 200m dash race with a wind-aided time of 23.20. The junior was the only collegiate runner in the seven-women invitational race.

Senior Candice Davis had another great 100m HH effort, placing second in the Invitational with a wind-aided time of 12.88. Davis currently holds the top legal-mark by a college runner this season at 12.91.

Sophomore Eva Orban placed fourth in the women's Invitational hammer throw competition with a season-best throw of 219-9 (66.98m).

Among the other Trojans competing on the day were junior Talia Stewart who placed third in the women's Olympic Development 100m HH race with a time of 13.71 and eighth in the women's Invitational 400m HH race with a time of 1:01.42. Sophomore Katie Kirst won her heat in the women's University/Open 400m IH race with a time of 1:02.18, good for seventh overall. Senior Michelle Sanford placed ninth in the women's Invitational long jump with a mark of 19-4 3/4 (5.91m), despite not jumping in the finals due to a bruised heel. In the men's University/Open triple jump competition, sophomore Aven Wright placed fourth with a jump of 46-3 1/4 (14.10m), junior Philip Allen seventh with a jump of 44-7 1/4 (13.52m) and freshman Ben Brown eighth with a jump of 43-10 1/2 (13.37m).

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