White Sets The USC Javelin Record At The Texas Relays

April 5, 2008

Results at Texas Relays

Results at Stanford Invitational

Results at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Junior Corey White won the javelin competition with a school-record throw at the Texas Relays today (April 5) to lead the Trojan track and field team this weekend at the Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational and Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

White threw the javelin 256-10 (78.29m) to win the title at the Texas Relays by more than 21 feet over Alex van der Merwe of UTEP (235-9) and break the USC school record of 244-8 (74.58) set by Nils Fearnley in 1995. To put it in perspective, last year's NCAA champion in the javelin Justin Ryncavage of North Carolina won with a mark of 241-5. White's previous best in the javelin had been 241-8 on March 22 at the Trojan Invitational.

Freshman Kristine Busa also had an impressive outing in the women's javelin, placing second with a throw of 168-1 (51.24m).

The Trojans' women's relay teams also did well at the Texas Relays with the 4x400m relay team of sophomore Myra Hasson, sophomore Elizabeth Olear, sophomore Judith Onyepunuka and senior Carol Rodriguez winning the University/College competition with a time of 3:34.39, ninth best all-time by a Trojan quartet. The 4x100m relay team of senior Jessica Onyepunuka, sophomore Shalina Clarke, Judith Onyepunuka and Rodriguez ran a season-best time of 44.40 to place sixth in the University/College section.

Rodriguez and Jessica Onyepunuka also had a strong showing in the women's 100m race with season best times, as Rodriguez placed second with a time of 11.34 and Onyepunuka fourth with a time of 11.51.

In the sprint hurdles, Clarke took fourth in the women's 100m HH with a time of 13.33, while seniors Logan Taylor placed third and Kai Kelley sixth in the men's 110m HH with times of 13.88 and 14.07 respectively.

Redshirt senior Michelle Sanford had a season-best triple jump of 41-4 1/4 (12.60m) to place ninth in the women's triple jump.

Not everything went well for USC at the Texas Relays, though, as Duane Solomon was knocked down in the 4x400m relay race and then Lionel Larry was disqualified for continuing on without the baton.

At the Stanford Invitational today, redshirt senior Laura Meyers ran a PR of 10:49.95 in the women's 3000m steeplechase 'Section 2' to place 14th with the sixth to 14th-place finishers all bunched within nine seconds. Meyers time was the second best all-time by a Trojan female in the 3000m steeplechase, trailing only Julia Budniak's school record of 10:14.51 set in 2004.

Freshman Sarah Cocco placed 22nd (15th among collegiate runners) in the women's 1500m race with a time of 4:32.02.

At the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational today, reshirt sophomore Colin Campbell set a PR in the men's discus with a throw of 177-8 (54.16m) to place fifth in the competition, but first among collegians. His mark also qualifies him for the NCAA Regional Championships. Campbell's previous career best in the discus had been 161-8.

Other top 10 men's finishers for USC at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational included: freshman Andreas Bezamat-Homer in the 800m (8th - 1:55.34), sophomore John Philyaw in the 1500m (5th - 3:57.62), junior Donovan Lim in the high jump (T-5th - 6-4 3/4), senior Charles Heffern in the pole vault (T-6th - 14-3 1/4), redshirt junior Jekabs Sliede in the hammer (10th - 154-1), redshirt sophomore Kevin Deiter (4th- 45-7), senior Phillip Allen (5th - 45-2 1/2) and freshman Jude Graves (7th - 42-9 1/2) in the triple jump. USC women finishing in the top 10 were freshman Allison Rojewski in the 800m (9th - 2:18.67), junior Melissa Margulies in the 800m (10th - 2:20.33), sophomore Katherine Ellis in the 1500m (4th - 4:38.29), redshirt senior Chun Mei Nickles in the pole vault (T-9th - 12-2), freshman Cara Bickers in the long jump (10th - 17-10 3/4) and redshirt freshman Tamara Baumann in the hammer (9th - 144-9).

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