Curiel And Sekretarski Win Events At Mt. SAC Relays
April 17, 2009
Mike Curiel won the University/Open hammer throw competition and Irek Sekretarski the 800m race, while Kristine Busa had the second-farthest javelin throw in USC history to highlight USC's performance today (April 17) at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Also, Frida Flodstrom to second in the women's 800m race and Elizabeth Olear captured second in the women's 200m race today.
The sophomore Busa was the top collegiate thrower and placed third overall in the women's University/Open javelin throw with a new PR of 173-4 (52.84m) which bettered her second-place standing on USC's all-time javelin list. Busa's previous best mark had been 169-7 set on March 22, 2008 which trailed only Inga Stasiulionyte's school record of 186-10 set in 2002. Coincidentally, Stasiulionyte was in today's competition and placed second, one-inch farther than Busa as a gentle reminder of who the school record-holder still is. Entering today's action, Busa's mark would rank second among Pac-10 javelin throwers.
Curiel set a new PR in winning the University/Open hammer competition with a throw of 196-9 (59.98m). The redshirt senior's previous best throw had been 196-1 set on May 31, 2008. Both Curiel and Busa had already posted regional qualifying marks.
Senior Sekretarski ran his first 800m race of the season today in the Mt. SAC University/Open 800m and won with a regional-qualifying time of 1:48.68. Also posting a regional qualifier and finishing seventh with a season-best time of 1:49.96 was freshman Blake Shaw. Junior Nate Anderson placed 18th in the race with a season-best time of 1:52.76.
Sophomore Frida Flodstrom took second place in the women's 800m University/Open race with a season-best time of 2:07.05. Her previous top mark in her first season at USC had been 2:07.46 which qualified her for the regional.
Elizabeth Olear tied a PR and had a new season-best time of 54.36 to place second in the women's 400m University/Open. Olear's time also qualified the junior for the NCAA West Regional. Freshman Erica Alexander came in 19th with a time of 57.56.
Redshirt senior Corey White got the day started for the Trojans in the men's javelin University/Open with the top collegiate throw of 241-9 (73.68m) which was good for third place. The next best college thrower had a mark of 216-6 to finish seventh.
Sophomore Brendan Ames took fifth place in the men's 110m high hurdles University/Open with a season-best time of 14.45. He previously had run 14.46 this season at the Trojan Relays on March 1 and owns a career best of 14.14.
Junior Judith Onyepunuka ran in both the women's 100m and 200m University/Open races. She placed ninth in the 100m with a time of 11.95 and 18th in the 200m race with a time of 24.65.
Redshirt junior Derek Scott placed seventh in the men's pole vault Olympic Development University/Open with a clearance of 16-6 3/4 (5.05m), while fellow redshirt junior Brandon Estrada no heighted. Both Scott and Estrada already have posted regional qualifying marks. Senior Charles Fasi tied a career high and tied for fifth in the men's pole vault University/Open with a clearance of 16-0 3/4 (4.90m).
In the men's discus, redshirt junior Colin Campbell placed fifth with a throw of 172-10 (52.67m). In the women's discus, senior Katalin Mate also took fifth with a season-best throw of 160-10 (49.02m). She also placed 22nd in the women's shot put University/Open with a mark of 41-10 (12.75m).
Tomorrow USC will have many more current athletes like Eva Orban, Dalilah Muhammad, Nia Ali, Shalina Clarke, Brysun Stately, Myra Hasson, Oscar Spurlock and Trey Henderson competing at Mt. SAC, as well as others like Anniya Louis, Chanel Fischetti, Cara Bickers, Christine Greer, Manjula Wijesekara, Aven Wright, Desmond Hamilton and Josh Tennefoss competing at the Long Beach Invitational held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. Also at Mt. SAC will be former Trojan greats like Carol Rodriguez, Duane Solomon, Torri Edwards and Jessica Onyepunuka.