Current And Future Trojans Shine At USA Outdoor Track And Field Championships
June 21, 2007
USC's Shana Woods won the junior heptathlon competition and several current and future Trojans shined today (June 21) at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Woods scored a season-best 5,521 points to win the two-day event and repeat as the USA Junior heptathlon champion, having won with a high school-record 5,533 points in 2006. The Trojan freshman's seven-event total was 144 points more than the second-place finisher Ryann Krais, who finished with 5,377.
In the three events today, Woods won the long jump (19-1 1/2), placed third in the javelin throw (128-8) and ninth in the 800m race (2:24.76).
Woods placed fifth in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Championships in May and then finished 13th at the NCAA Championships earlier this month with 5,507 points, the highest total in the competition by a freshman.
Also competing today at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships was Terry Prentice, who will be a freshman at USC this coming fall. Prentice, from Diamond Ranch HS in Pomona, Calif., placed fourth in the men's 110m high hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.52. He had reached the finals by winning his first-round heat with a time of 13.69. Prentice also placed fourth in the junior men's long jump finals with a wind-aided mark of 23-10 1/4 (7.27m).
Sarah Cocco, from Fairview HS in Boulder, Colo. and who will attend USC this fall, qualified for tomorrow's junior women's 800m finals with the second-fastest time today of 2:05.70.
In the USA Track and Field Championship action today, USC junior Duane Solomon won his heat in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:48.49 to advance to tomorrow's semi-finals. Solomon, who placed seventh in the 800m race at the 2007 NCAA Track and Field Championships, ranks eighth all-time at USC in the event with a time of 1:47.19 set on April 15, 2007.
USC junior Lionel Larry won his heat in the men's 400m race with a time of 45.69 to advance to tomorrow's semi-finals. Larry placed second in the 400m dash at the 2007 NCAA Championships with a personal-best time of 44.68, which ranks third all-time at USC.
Jessica Onyepunuka also ran today in the women's 100m dash, but did not qualify for the semi-finals. The Trojan junior had a time of 11.38 to place fifth in her heat.