Ali And Woods Finish 1-2 In Heptathlon At The RJ/JJK Invitational

April 10, 2009

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - USC juniors Nia Ali and Shana Woods finished first and second respectively in the women's heptathlon today (April 10) at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational being held at UCLA in Westwood, Calif. The Trojan pair of Ali and Woods combined to win six of the seven events in the competition and both surpassed the total points needed for the NCAA Regional provisional qualifier.

Ali won the event with a two-day total of 5,492 points, two more than her previous career best of 5,490 set in winning the 2007 SEC heptathlon championship as a freshman at Tennessee. She finished eight points short of the NCAA Regional automatic qualifier (5,500 points), but easily passed the provisional mark of 5,050. Ali's total places her fourth all-time on USC's heptathlon list, just behind Woods' total of 5,507 set in 2007.

Ali began the day with 3,546 points and added 747 more in the long jump with a mark of 18-7 (5.66m). Ali then placed third in the javelin with a throw of 100-11 (30.76m) to earn 491 points. In the final event, the 800m race, she placed second with a time of 2:28.77 for 708 points.

Woods finished with a two-day total of 5,315 points, good for second place. After the first day she was in third place with 3,178 points, but took over second place for good by winning the long jump with a mark of 18-10 (5.74m) to earn 771 points. Woods then also won the javelin competition with a throw of 130-6 (39.79m) to earn 663 points. Woods ended the competition by scoring 703 points in finishing third in the 800m race with a time of 2:29.23.

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