Williams Wins High Jump Title At Olympic Trials

July 5, 2008

USC alumnus Jesse Williams won the men's high jump championship today (July 5), while seven Trojans are set to compete tomorrow in the final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

'I really couldn't sleep very well last night and woke up at 4 a.m. dreaming about winning the trials at that height.' said Williams. 'I really don't know how that happened, but it did. I couldn't get back to sleep because all I was thinking about was being clean through 2.30. Today couldn't have gone any better. I'm just thanking God every second right now that I'm here and going to Beijing.'

Williams, the USC high jump record-holder, won the high jump competition and a chance to represent the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by going clean through 7-6 1/2 (2.30m). Williams passed at the first height, then was clear on one jump at 7-2 1/4, 7-4 1/4, 7-5 1/4 and the winning height of 7-6 1/2.

Junior Corey White, who placed second in the javelin competition at the NCAA Championships held in June, will be competing tomorrow in the men's javelin finals. White placed 10th in the qualifying round on July 3 with a throw of 236-9 (72.16m).

Fellow 2008 Trojan sophomore Shalina Clarke advanced out of the qualifying round in the women's 100m HH with a time of 13.30. She then ran a 13.18 time in the quarterfinals, but finished .009 seconds behind the 16th place hurdler, with the top 16 advancing to the semifinals. There will be a strong Trojan presence in tomorrow's semifinals and finals as both Candice Davis (12.92 and 12.87) and Virginia Powell (13.12 and 12.87) advanced through the qualifying and quarterfinal rounds.

Trojan alum Ryan Wilson advanced to tomorrow's 110m HH races as he advanced out of the qualifying round with a 13.73 time and into the semifinal round with a time of 13.50 in the quarterfinals.

Trojans Allyson Felix and Torri Edwards will compete tomorrow in the women's 200m final with a chance to make the Olympic team. Today both females breezed into the semifinals with a 23.09 time, where Felix posted the fastest time of 22.22 and Edwards the last qualifying time of 22.66.

Another Trojan competing tomorrow will be Allen Simms in the men's triple jump. Simms advanced to the finals by placing sixth in the qualifying round with a jump of 53-11 3/4 (16.45m).

On July 3, Lionel Larry ran in the men's 400m final, but finished eighth with a time of 45.82. Also on that day, Brysun Stately participated in the women's pole vault qualifying, but did not advance as she no-heighted at 13-5 1/4 (4.10m). Alumnus Leslie Coons placed 13th in the women's hammer qualifying with a throw of 209-7 (63.88m), with the top 12 advancing to the finals.

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