USC-UCLA Dual Meet Media Luncheon To Recognize Hall Of Famers

April 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Former USC and UCLA track and field greats will be recognized and entered into the USC-UCLA Dual Meet Hall of Fame at the annual Dual Meet Luncheon on Tuesday, Apri 28 at noon in the Varsity Lounge in Heritage Hall on the USC campus. The entire luncheon will be streamed live on Trojans All-Access, available at USCTrojans.com for free. This very special event kicks off Dual Meet Week as the Trojans and Bruins will do battle in the hammer throw on May 1 at Mt. SAC College in Walnut, Calif. at 2 p.m. with the full Dual Meet schedule to take place May 2 at Cromwell Field on the USC campus beginning at 11 a.m.

Among those confirmed for induction into the first-ever Dual Meet Hall of Fame Class are former world record holder in the long jump Willie Banks (UCLA, 1975-78), Olympic pole vault champion, 2-time NCAA titlest and former world record holder Bob Seagren (USC, 1967-69), 4-time NCAA hurdles champion and NCAA record holder Virginia Powell (USC, 2003-06), NCAA scoring sprinter Willie Deckard (USC, 1971-72), 7-time NCAA champion and 2-time Olympian thrower Seilala Sua (UCLA, 1997-2000), NCAA Champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Natasha Danvers (USC, 1997-2000), the fastest Trojan ever and NCAA scorer in the sprints James Sanford (USC, 1978-80) and NCAA shot put champion John Brenner (UCLA, 1982-85). The Dual Meet has long been known as the greatest college dual meet in the country and has featured some of track and field's all-time greats. The Trojans and Bruins have decided to begin a Dual Meet Hall of Fame to recognize some of the great athletes and their performances throughout the history of this storied rivalry meet.

The USC-UCLA Dual Meet is always an exciting contest which seems to go down to the wire, with USC's men holding a 40-35 advantage and the UCLA women leading USC, 21-4. Last year, USC's women won 86-77, while the Trojan men fell, 74-89. Entering action this week, USC's men's team is ranked No. 18 and the women's team No. 6, while the UCLA men's team is ranked No. 16 and the women's team No. 9.

This year's Dual Meet on May 2 will also feature the introduction of USC's 50-year reunion team (1958-59) and the 25-year reunion team (1983-84).

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