Trojans Enjoy A Strong Day At The Mt. SAC Relays

April 20, 2008

Redshirt junior Corey White bettered his school record in the javelin to lead the Trojans at the Mt. SAC Relays today (April 20) in Walnut, Calif.

White won the men's Invitational javelin competition with a school-record throw of 267-10 (81.65m), breaking his own school standard of 256-10 set on April 5. Actually, he broke his record twice as he threw 257-7 (78.52m) with one of his early throws during the competition. Entering NCAA competition this weekend, the next best collegiate throw was 244-10 (74.62m) by Alex VanderMerwe of UTEP. White's throws were 67.31m, 78.52m, 74.87m, 77.99m and 81.65m, meaning four of his five throws were farther than any other college athlete has thrown this season. White's 267-10 mark is the fifth farthest in the world this season and is the second best in the U.S., trailing only Mike Hazel's mark of 268-8 (81.89). White missed by 15 centimeters of getting an Olympic A standard qualifying throw.

Junior Lionel Larry ran his first 400m race of the season and finished third in the men's Invitational competition as the only collegiate runner with a time of 46.24. Larry finished second at the 2007 NCAA Championships in the 400m and ranks third all-time at USC with a PR of 44.67.

Carol Rodriguez won the women's Olympic Development 400m race with a season-best time of 51.89. Her time was nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of the field and also was better than the winner of the women's Invitational 400m race. Rodriguez is the USC record-holder in the event with a time of 51.51 set in 2006.

Senior Kai Kelley won the men's Invitational 110m high hurdles event with a wind-aided time of 13.51. It would have been a new PR, but the wind reading was 2.1 making it a non-legal mark. His PR in the 110m HH is 13.59.

Logan Taylor placed second in the men's Olympic Development 110m HH with a season-best time of 13.73.

Senior Duane Solomon placed second in the men's Invitational 800m race with a time of 1:47.33, .15 seconds behind former Washington Husky Ryan Brown. Solomon finished seventh at the 2007 NCAA Championships in the 800m race and his time today is the second best by a collegiate runner this season.

Redshirt senior Michelle Sanford won the women's University/Open long jump competition with a season-best leap of 20-3 1/2 (6.18m). That mark also matched her best jump of last season. Sanford ranks sixth all-time in the women's long jump at USC with a jump of 20-10 1/2 set in 2004.

Sophomore Shalina Clarke placed fifth in the women's Invitational 100m HH as the only college runner with a time of 13.68. She had a PR of 13.13 on March 22. She then came back to win the women's Olympic Development 400m IH with a season-best time of 58.93. Redshirt junior Katie Kirst placed fifth in the event with a season-best time of 1:01.31.

Sophomores Nia Ali and Shana Woods finished 1-2 in the women's Invitational 100m high hurdles with season-best times of 13.67 and 14.03 respectively. Ali also placed fourth in the women's University/Open high jump with a season-best clearance of 5-5 (1.65m).

Sophomore Judith Onyepunuka placed sixth in the women's Invitational 100m dash with a time of 12.03.

Junior Eva Orban placed third in the women's Invitational hammer throw competition with a mark of 227-2 (69.25m). Orban was one of only two collegiate throwers in the competition and the other, 2007 NCAA Champion Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois, did not qualify for the finals.

For complete results of all Trojans competing click here Mt. SAC Results

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