Orban Wins Third Consecutive Dual Meet Hammer Competition
May 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Eva Orban won the women's hammer competiton at the 76th annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet today (May 2) at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus in Westwood, Calif. The men's and women's hammer throw competition was held today, while the rest of the USC-UCLA Dual Meet will take place at Drake Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow and will be carried live on FSN Prime Ticket starting at 1 p.m.
The junior All-American Orban won her third consecutive USC-UCLA Dual Meet women's hammer competition, this time with a throw of 200-10 (61.21m). Orban's winning throw came in her first effort of the day and she passed on her next five attempts. Orban won the Dual Meet hammer title with a meet-record throw of 215-0 in 2006 and a mark of 210-0 in 2007. Orban enters this weekend with the top collegiate female throw of 230-3 (70.18m) set on March 15 at the Northridge Invitational.
Freshman Lauren Guerrieri placed third for the Trojans with a personal best of 147-6 (44.96m). The Trojans swept the women's hammer competition the previous two seasons and have won the event the last four seasons. Redshirt freshman Tamara Baumann had a throw of 133-2 (40.60m) to place seventh.
In the men's hammer competition, freshman Trey Henderson placed second and redshirt junior Mike Curiel third behind UCLA All-American Boldizsar Kocsor who won with a throw of 214-10 (65.48m). Henderson, who redshirted as a defensive end on the USC football team this past Fall, had a throw of 194-11 (59.42m) to take second, while Curiel threw the hammer 186-0 (56.70m) to capture third.
Also competing for the USC men's team in the hammer today were redshirt junior Brian Wilhelm who placed fourth with a throw of 179-11 (54.85m) and redshirt junior Jekabs Sliede who placed fifth with a season-best throw of 155-11 (47.52m).
Team scoring for the USC-UCLA Dual Meet is done in a 5-3-1 format, meaning the first-place finisher earns five points, the second-place finisher three points and the third-place finisher one point. After the 2008 USC-UCLA Dual Meet hammer competition, the Trojan women lead 6-3 and the men trail 5-4.