Stately Sets USC Pole Vault Record At Cal-Nevada Championships

March 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Another week, another school record in the pole vault for Brysun Stately and another hammer throw win for Eva Orban as they led USC today (March 28) in the first day of the Cal-Nevada Championships held at UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif.

The redshirt junior Stately pole vaulted 13-9 1/4 (4.20m) to better her school record in the event by an inch and a half. Last week at the Trojan Invitational, Stately cleared 13-7 3/4 to beat her old school record set in 2006 by a half-inch. Stately, who placed second in the women's pole vault today, has a career best of 14-3 1/4 set while competing for Nebraska in 2007. Senior Kenisha Strong also competed in the pole vault, but no heighted.

The senior Orban continues to dominate in the women's hammer, winning today with a season-best throw of 222-10 (67.93m). The native of Hungary is the defending NCAA Champion and USC record-holder in the event with a throw of 230-3 set on March 15, 2008. Also in the women's hammer competition today for USC were sophomore Marissa Minderler (9th, 164-1) and freshman Ashley Pyka (27th, 131-9).

Junior Elizabeth Olear was the top qualifier in the women's 200m prelims with a time of 23.92. Olear's time was her best as a Trojan and she will run in lane five in tomorrow night's finals. She is one of two qualifiers to post a time under 24.0 seconds.

Senior Christine Greer placed 16th in the women's 5,000m race with a PR of 17:50.89. Sophomore John Carley placed 20th in the men's 5,000m race with a PR of 15:09.32.

Freshman Tony Martinez placed 14th in the men's 10,000m race with a time of 33:17.98.

In the final event of the day, USC sophomore Trey Henderson placed second in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 200-9, while redshirt senior Mike Curiel placed third with a throw of 192-9.

Trojans joining Olear in competition tomorrow include Nia Ali (high jump), Colin Campbell (discus), Katherine Ellis (1,500m), Brandon Estrada (pole vault), Charles Fasi (pole vault), Chanel Fischetti (1,500m), Katalin Mate (discus, shot), Minderler (shot), Pyka (discus), Derek Scott (pole vault) and Shana Woods (high jump).

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