USC-UCLA Dual Meet Gets Underway With The Hammer Throw

May 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Eva Orban won the USC-UCLA Dual Meet women's hammer competiton with a meet-record throw to lead the Trojans today (May 1) at Mt. SAC in Walnut, Calif. The men's and women's hammer throw competition was held today, while the rest of the USC-UCLA Dual Meet will take place at Loker Stadium on the USC campus beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow and will be streamed live on Trojans All-Access.

The senior All-American Orban won her fourth consecutive USC-UCLA Dual Meet women's hammer competition, this time with a meet-record throw of 226-10 1/2 (69.15m). For the defending NCAA champion and USC record holder in the hammer, it was her best throw of the season and the top collegiate mark in 2009. Orban was the previous Dual Meet record holder in the hammer with a throw of 215-0 on April 28, 2006.

USC redshirt freshman Marissa Minderler placed second with a throw of 173-9 3/4 (52.98m) and UCLA's Jade Niemeyer placed third with a mark of 172-9 1/2 (52.67m). Also competing today for the Trojans was freshman Ashley Pyka (152-10 1/4, 46.59m). This was the fifth consecutive season that a Trojan female won the Dual Meet hammer competition.

In the men's hammer competition, sophomore Trey Henderson placed second with a throw of 200-1 1/2 (61.21m) and redshirt senior Mike Curiel took third at 190-11 1/4 (58.20m) behind UCLA All-American Boldizsar Kocsor who won with a throw of 218-9 1/2 (66.69m).

Also competing for the USC men's team in the hammer today was redshirt redshirt senior Brian Wilhelm who placed fourth with a throw of 188-11 3/4 (57.60m).

Team scoring for the USC-UCLA Dual Meet is done in a 5-3-1 format, meaning the first-place finisher earns five points, the second-place finisher three points and the third-place finisher one point. After the 2009 USC-UCLA Dual Meet hammer competition, the Trojan women lead 8-1 and the men trail 5-4 with 154 points up for grabs for both men and women on Saturday.

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