It's Relay Time!

April 17, 2001


The USC men's and women's track and field teams are set to compete this Thursday-Sunday (April 19-22) at the 43rd annual Mt. Sac Relays at Hilmer Lodge Memorial Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Over 15,000 athletes are expected to compete in the relays, with high school, college and world class levels represented. University running events start on Friday at 4:45 p.m. with the men's 3000m.


So far this season, USC has 22 Pac-10, 10 NCAA provisional and 3 NCAA automatic qualifying marks on the men's side and 34 Pac-10, 10 NCAA provisional and 5 NCAA automatic qualifying marks on the women's side. The men are led by senior triple jumper Djeke Mambo (NCAA automatic 54-4), senior hammer thrower Norbert Horvath (NCAA automatic 228-5) and sophomore hurdler Ryan Wilson (NCAA automatic 13.69), while the women are led by junior sprinter Angela Williams (NCAA automatic 11.23), senior sprinter Candace Young (NCAA automatic 11.22), senior 800m runner Brigita Langerholc (NCAA automatic 2:04.77), sophomore hammer thrower Julianna Tudja (NCAA automatic 203-7), and the 400m relay squad (NCAA automatic 43.75).


The Women of Troy are ranked first by Trackwire, second by Track and Field News and are fifth in the Team Power Rankings. The Trojan men are ranked fourth in the Team Power Rankings, sixth by Trackwire and 14th by Track and Field News.


The ribon cutting ceremony for the Katherine B. Loker Track Stadium is rapidly approaching. The new venue will be dedicated on May 5th prior to the USC-UCLA dual meet. The 3,000 seat facility is complete with coaches offices, locker rooms and athlete lounge and has already transformed the area around Cromwell Field on the USC campus. The stadium was made possible through a generous donation by Katherine B. Loker. Also at the dual meet, the 1951 and 1976 NCAA champion Trojan track and field teams will be honored.


The Trojan men's program has won an unprecedented 26 NCAA outdoor national titles (including nine straight in 1935-43), plus two NCAA indoor crowns. USC's men also have had 106 individual champions over the years. The Women of Troy have had 12 individual collegiate champions, including two-time defending 100m champ Angela Williams, and eight Top 10 NCAA team finishes in school history, including last season's second-place showing at the 2000 meet in Durham, NC. This season, USC track and field will try to add to these totals at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on May 30-June 2.


One season removed from a second-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Track and Field Championships--their highest finish ever--the Women of Troy are in a strong position to challenge for all the marbles in 2001. USC returns athletes who scored a total of 36.5 points at the 2000 NCAA meet in Durham, N.C.--more returning points than any other team. The returning point total is higher than what all but four teams scored at the entire championship meet.


The Trojan men have won back-to-back Pac-10 team titles for the first time since 1976-77 (and they've captured three of the last four). Meanwhile, USC has finished in the top 10 at the NCAAs for seven consecutive years--its longest such stretch since 1966-72.


Junior Angela Williams, the two-time defending NCAA 100m champ, is attempting to become the first woman ever to win three consecutive NCAA 100m titles. She would be the first athlete, man or woman, to accomplish the feat since Charlie Green of Nebraska did it in 1965-67. Williams, who is the USC (11.04) and American prep (11.11) record holder in the 100m, will also try her hand in the 200m this season. Her credentials as one of the rising young stars of track were solidified on March 11 when she won the silver medal in the 60m dash at the World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. Williams' time of 7.09 shattered the American collegiate record of 7.14 set by Carlette Guidry of Texas in 1991 and is the fourth fastest time in the world and fastest by an American in 2001. So far this season, Williams has season-best times of 11.23 in the 100m (NCAA auto.) and 24.08 in the 200m.


Senior pole vaulter Dennis Kholev broke Dave Kenworthy's school record last year when he vaulted 18-3 [5.56] to finish second at the Centennial Invitational. Kholev, who finished seventh at the NCAAs in 1999 and 12th last year, is a native of the Ukraine who later served three years in the Israeli Defense Forces. At the 2000 Pac-10s, he finished second with a height of 18-1. He has already vaulted 18-2 indoors and 18-0 1/2 outdoors in 2001.


Senior Brigita Langerholc is the USC record holder in the 800m at 1:58.51. She is fresh off a fourth place finish in the 800 at the Sydney Olympics, is ranked ninth in the world and boasts the top returning time in the collegiate ranks in the event. Last year, she took eighth at the NCAAs. Langerholc is also an accomplished 400m runner. Her 52.02 ran last July is second on the all-time Women of Troy chart and she is a vital member of USC's 1600m relay squad. So far this season, she has a nation-leading and NCAA automatic time of 2:04.77 in the 800m and also has run an NCAA provisional 53.68 in the 400m.

K.D. IS A-O.K.

Junior Kinshasa Davis, one of the top sprinters in the country, will be a key for USC's title hopes this season. In 2000, she ran the second-fastest collegiate 200m time in the nation at 22.69--and the seventh best time by any American woman--which was also second fastest all-time on the Women of Troy and Pac-10 charts. That time is the top returning 200m collegiate time in the nation. Davis took second in the 200m at the 2000 NCAAs and ran the anchor leg on USC's 400m relay squad that took first and the 1600m relay that took third. At the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, Davis finished second in the 200m and fourth in the 100m. So far this season, Davis has bests of 23.32 in the 200m (NCAA provisional), 11.63 in the 100m and 56.01 in the 400m.


Norbert Horvath, who has the second-best hammer mark in USC history, returns with the hope of adding more honors to an already impressive college resume. One of the most consistent hammer throwers in the nation, Horvath has a shot at winning USC's sixth NCAA hammer title later this season. He also will be going for his third straight Pac-10 hammer championship. The two-time All-American, who has a PR of 241-11, finished second at the NCAAs as a soph and fifth as a junior. So far this season, Horvath has won every competition he has entered while throwing over 220 feet four times, including an NCAA automatic mark of 228-5 at the Willie Williams Invitational.


Senior triple jumper Djeke Mambo jumped a career-best 54-4 at the Willie Williams Classic to automatically qualify for the NCAAs. It was also the second best triple jump in USC history (just barely behind Tom Cochee's 54-4 1/2). At the 2000 Pac-10s, Mambo finished fourth in the long jump, sixth in the triple jump and fifth in the 110m HH. At the NCAAs, he finished 10th in the triple jump. Mambo also has an NCAA provisional mark of 13.85 in the 110m HH this season.


The Women of Troy throws program is one of the best in the nation. Junior Cynthia Ademiluyi is USC's most versatile thrower. Ademiluyi finished third in the shot and fourth in the discus at the Pac-10s and this year has NCAA provisional marks of 51-8 1/4 in the shot and 170-2 in the discus. Meanwhile, sophomore Julianna Tudja, who transferred to USC from SMU this past fall, already is second on the all-time Women of Troy hammer chart after recording an NCAA automatic mark of 203-7. Redshirt frosh L'Orangeril Crawford has show remarkable versatility thus far, recording NCAA provisional marks in the shot (51-11 3/4) and in the hammer (188-8).


The Women of Troy's school record 400m relay squad, consisting of Angela Williams, Candace Young, Malika Edmonson and Kinshasa Davis won the NCAA title last year in 43.14--the ninth fastest time in the world in 2000 (just behind China) ... Senior sprinter Candace Young is a second generation Trojan All American--her father is 1972 USC All-American and NFL All-Pro tight end Charlie Young. Her sisters, Chanel and Cerenity, also compete in track and field for USC ... Senior Casey Thompson is not only a two-time All-Pac-10 performer in the decathlon, but he is also the highest ranking Air Force ROTC cadet on the USC campus. Thompson, who is a walk on and currently 7th on the all-time Trojan decathlete list, is training to be a fighter pilot and will begin a 10 year enlistment in the summer ... The current Women of Troy squad is re-writing the USC record books--a total of 20 current athletes are represented on at least one event on the all-time top 10 charts, including three school record holders: Angela Williams (100m), Brigita Langerholc (800m), and the 400m relay squad.


Under the guidance of Director of Track and Field Ron Allice, the Trojan men are on a run of seven consective top 10 finishes (six of them under Allice)--a feat last accomplished during the 1970s under Vern Wolfe. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy have finished in the top 5 for three straight years and in the top 10 four of the last five years - a level of success not seen since the late 1980s. Last year the men's track team won its third Pac-10 title in four years and second straight under Allice. Then, at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, he led the USC men's team to seventh place and the Women of Troy to second. It was the women's best showing ever. In 1999, the men finished fifth and the women third. As a combined men's and women's program, that performance was the best in school history. In fact, USC was the only school in the country in 1999 that finished in the top five in both men's and women's track and field. In 1998, the Trojan men's team finished in seventh place while the women's team finished in fifth place. In 1997, Allice directed the Trojan men's team to its first Pacific-10 Conference title since 1977 (and 30th overall) before finishing third at the NCAAs. In 1996, Allice guided the USC women's team to its first-ever Pac-10 title and directed the men's squad to a 10th-place finish at the NCAAs. And in his first year at USC in 1995, he led the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs. Allice is well known for his ability to win. His overall dual meet coaching mark is 200-38-1 in 34 years at five schools, including 11 state championships in 16 years at Long Beach City College, his previous stop before landing at Troy. Allice's programs have produced more than 200 All-Americans, plus 20 Olympians, four world record holders and seven American record holders. He has coached at his high school, junior college and college alma maters on the way to compiling his outstanding coaching statistics.

USC TRACK & FIELD HISTORYIn addition to Troy's 26 NCAA outdoor titles (including nine straight, 1935-43), two indoor NCAA titles and 31 conference crowns, the USC men's program has had 38 unbeaten and untied seasons, including a string of 16 in a row (1946-61). Since starting the track and field program in 1900, the Trojan men have compiled a dual-meet record of 411-111-4 (.795). Since 1912, 61 USC trackmen have equalled or bettered world records, and there have been 106 NCAA individual or relay winners from Troy. Eighty-one Trojan men and 17 Women of Troy have won 128 places on national Olympic teams over the years. Trojans have won 27 individual Olympic titles and shared in 13 relay wins.

USC Track & Field2001 NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers

MEN (12)Norbert Horvath Hammer 228-5 (A)Djeke Mambo TJ 54-4 (A)Ryan Wilson 110m HH 13.69 (A)Andre Ammons 200m 20.85 (P)Andre Ammons 400m 46.10 (P)Ryan Wilson 400m IH 50.99 (P)Devon Ward 100m 10.26 (P)Darrell Rideaux 100m 10.27 (P)Miguel Fletcher 100m 10.31 (P)Dawid Jaworski HJ 7-2 1/2 (P)Dennis Kholev PV 18-0 1/2 (P)400m Relay -- 39.39 (P)

(A) - Automatic qualifying mark -- currently 3(P) - Provisional qualifying mark -- currently 9

WOMEN (15)Juliana Tudja Hammer 203-7 (A)400m Relay -- 43.75 (A)Candace Young 100m 11.22 (A)Angela Williams 100m 11.23 (A)Brigita Langerholc 800m 2:04.77 (A)Aleksandra Deren 800m 2:06.17 (P)Kinshasa Davis 200m 23.32 (P)Natasha Neal 100m HH 13.34 (P)Carla Estes 400m 53.55 (P)Tatyana Obukhova TJ 42-7 (P)Cynthia Ademiluyi SP 51-8 1/4 (P)L'Orangeril Crawford SP 51-11 3/4 (P)Cynthia Ademiluyi Discus 170-2 (P)L'Orangeril Crawford Hammer 188-8 (P)Inga Stasiulionyte Javelin 171-8 (P)

(A) - Automatic qualifying mark -- currently 5(P) - Provisional qualifying mark -- currently 10


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