USC Well Represented At U.S. Indoor Championships

March 2, 2010

Virginia Powell won the 60m high hurdles, Jesse Williams the high jump and Duane Solomon placed second in the 800m race to highlight an outstanding meet by former Trojans at the 2010 U.S Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Albuquerque, N.M. on Feb. 27-28. The top two athletes in each event earned the right to represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar on March 12-14.

Powell won the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.87, 0.2 seconds ahead of Lolo Jones and .03 seconds ahead of Damu Cherry.

Powell won a tough battle with three-time USA Indoor champion and two-time USA Indoor Visa Championship Series winner Lolo Jones, who pressed Powell all the way to the finish before finishing as the runner-up in 7.89 seconds. 2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry finished third in 7.90.

2008 Olympian Jesse Williams won the men's high jump with a clearance of 7-8 (2.34m), an inch better than Dusty Jonas and Andra Manson. He got off to a shaky start and was in fourth place when the bar changed to 7-7, but made that height and 7-8 on his first attempt to win the U.S. Indoor title.

Also earning his way onto the U.S. team was Duane Solomon who placed second in the 800m race with a time of 1:48.41, .31 seconds behind winner Nick Symmonds.

Allyson Felix won her 400m finals heat, but placed third overall with a time of 51.37. She will be available for the relays. In the men's 400m race, Lionel Larry reached the finals round, but pulled a hamstring muscle and had to pull-up before the end of the race.

Another former Trojan with a strong effort at the championships was Allen Simms who placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 54-1.25 (16.49m).

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