Busa And White Lead USC On First Day Of Pac-10 Championships

May 16, 2009

EUGENE, ORE. - USC's javelin throwers Kristine Busa and Corey White placed second in the women's and men's finals today (May 16) to lead the Trojans in the first day of the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships being hosted by Oregon at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The USC women finished the first day with 26 points and stand in fifth place, while the men's team earned 16 points today, good for seventh place. The USC women's team earned 10 points last weekend in the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships.

White's first throw of the day was 248-5 (75.71m) which stood for the first five rounds as the best mark in the competition, but Oregon's Cyrus Hostetler saved his best for last with a throw of 250-5 in his sixth and final effort to capture the Pac-10 title. The defending champion White had one last chance to pass him, but his final throw went 243-1 and he had to settle for second place, earning USC eight points in the team competition. White had three throws better than any of Hostetler's first five throws, but the Oregon thrower improved nearly four and a half meters on his final throw before the hometown crowd. Jacob Aronson placed 11th with a throw of 174-11 and Stenn Parton took 13th with a heave of 152-7.

Busa took second in the women's javelin with a throw of 168-7 (51.39m) to earn USC eight points in the team competition. Busa, who finished fifth in 2008, was consistent all day with three throws over 50 meters which all would have taken second. Marissa Minderler grabbed another point for the Trojans by finishing eighth in the event with a throw of 145-11 (44.47m). The defending champion Rachel Yurkovich won her fourth straight Pac-10 javelin title, this time with a school-record throw of 191-2.

The Trojans had several other athletes compete in finals on the day, the last being Desmond Hamilton in the men's long jump. Hamilton had a season-best jump of 24-8 1/4 (7.52m) to take fifth place and earn USC four points. Elliott Ferrara jumped 22-7 (6.88m) to finish in 14th place.

In the men's hammer competition, Trey Henderson placed fifth with a throw of 201-10 (61.51) to earn USC four more points in the team competition. Mike Curiel finished 12th with a throw of 190-3, while Brian Wilhelm placed 13th with a mark of 188-11.

USC did not score in the men's pole vault as Derek Scott placed 10th with a clearance of 16-6 3/4, Charles Fasi took 12th at a height of 16-0 3/4 and Brandon Estrada no heighted.

Zsofia Erdelyi earned the Trojan women's team six points with a third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:16.17. Katherine Ellis placed 20th with a time of 11:54.16.

Nia Ali earned USC another point with an eighth-place finish in the women's high jump with a clearance of 5-7 (1.70m). Five women had a top clearance at 5-7, but due to misses she took eighth and Dalilah Muhammad, also over at 5-7, finished 10th. Ekene Anene cleared 5-3 (1.60m) to finish 12th.

The first Trojans to compete on the day were the women's 4x100m relay team of Shalina Clarke, Judith Onyepunuka, Shana Woods and Aareon Payne and they posted a time of 44.76 to place second in their qualifying heat and third overall to advance to tomorrow's finals. Next was the men's sprint relay team of Hamilton, Ahmad Rashad, Joey Hughes and Matthew Palmer and they won their heat with a time of 40.07 and had the second-fastest time of the day to advance to Sunday's finals.

The USC women's 100m hurdlers swept their heat with Shalina Clarke running 13.14, Nia Ali running 13.25 and Dalilah Muhammad running 13.61 with an illegal wind reading of 3.3. All three advanced to the finals with the second, third and sixth-fastest times. Oscar Spurlock then won his 110m HH heat with a wind-aided (2.9) time of 13.51, the top time of those advancing to the finals.

Myra Hasson placed second in her 400m heat with a time of 54.16 and then Elizabeth Olear won her heat with a time of 53.41, the fourth and first-best qualifying times to advance to the finals. Erica Alexander had a season-best time of 56.78, but did not qualify for the finals. The men's 400m dash was next and Hughes and Nate Anderson both posted season bests to advance to the finals. Hughes had the fastest time of 46.66, while Anderson qualified for the NCAA West Regional with a time of 46.74, third-fastest time among qualifiers. Jason Price ran 48.62 and Scott DeYoung 48.52, but neither qualified for the finals.

The women's 100m dash followed and both Payne and Onyepunuka advanced to the finals with times of 11.59 and 11.64 respectively. In the men's 100m dash, Rashad posted a wind-aided season-best of 10.25 to win his heat and advance to the finals. Palmer ran 10.52 and Hamilton ran a wind-aided season best of 10.79, but they did not qualify for the finals. Palmer actually tied with two other runners for the eighth-fastest time, but the other two runners at 10.52 when you extended it out had times of 10.511, while Palmer had 10.520.

In the women's 800m race, Frida Flodstrom advanced with a time of 2:08.94, fourth best on the day. Anniya Louis just missed making the finals with the 10th-fastest time turned in of 2:11.10. Allison Rojewski had a time of 2:17.48 and went down on the inside of the track after the finish with an asthma issue, but is now fine. Irek Sekretarski came from last place with 300m to go to win his 800m heat with a season-best time of 1:48.66 to advance to the finals. Blake Shaw followed him to the track and to the finals by winning his heat with a time of 1:50.80. Andrew Gausepohl ran a big PR of 1:51.03, but was the top finisher of the non-qualifiers. He actually had a better time than two of the qualifiers, but the top two runners in each heat advanced and the top finishers in the slowest heat had a times of 1:51.13 and 1:51.32.

Muhammad cruised to victory in her 400m intermediate hurdles heat with a time of 58.81 to advance to the finals with the second-fastest qualifying time. Duane Walker did the same winning his heat with a PR by more than 1.5 seconds of 50.78 to adance the finals with the second-fastest time.

All three Trojan women 200m runners - Clarke (23.63), Payne (23.75) and Onyepunuka (23.85) - advanced to the finals tomorrow. For the men's team in the 200m dash, Rashad won his heat with to advance with the top qualifying time of 20.94, while Hughes took second in his heat with a time of 21.22 to advance. Sean Jackson ran 21.90, but did not qualify for the finals.

Woods competed in the women's long jump and had a best of 18-8 1/2 (5.70m) and did not advance the final round and placed 12th overall. Katalin Mate had one clean shot put of 41-7 3/4 (12.69m) to place 11th. Aaron Dan had three fouls in the men's shot put and did not score.

Trojans joining those who advanced today in tomorrow's final day of action are Anene (triple jump), Colin Campbell (discus), Dan (discus), Erdelyi (5000m), Donovan Lim (high jump), Mate (discus), Minderler (hammer), Eva Orban (hammer), Ashley Pyka (discus & hammer), Brysun Stately (pole vault), Kenisha Strong (pole vault), Manjula Wijesekara (high jump & triple jump), Aven Wright (triple jump) and the 4x400m relay teams.

First day standings:

Women:1.) Oregon 67, 2.) Stanford 58, 3.) Arizona 32, 4.) Washington 27, 5.) USC 26, 6.) Arizona State 20, 7.) UCLA 18, 8.) Washington State 14, 9.) California 11

Men:1.) Oregon 88, 2.) UCLA 45, 3.) Stanford 39 and Arizona 39, 5.) Washington 33, 6.) Arizona State 30, 7.) USC 16, 8.) California 15, 9.) Washington State 7

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