Langerholc Wins 800m Title; Stasiulionyte Wins Javelin Title
June 1, 2001
The Women of Troy had perhaps the biggest come-through day in their history,churning out 34 points on Friday to take a commanding lead heading into thefinal day of the 2001 NCAA track and field championships. USC picked up twoindividual national titles--Brigita Langerholc in the 800m and IngaStasiulionyte in the javelin--as well as a second place (400m relay) and athird (triple jumper Tatyana Obukhova). In total, USC now has 40 points-13ahead of rival UCLA-with four scoring events left (the Bruins have theheptathlon, the high jump, the 100m, the hammer and the 1600m relay onSaturday). What's more, the athletes the Women of Troy have ready to go onSaturday are some of the best in the land. Two time NCAA 100m champ AngelaWilliams competes in the 100m, last year's runner up Kinshasa Davis competesin the 200m, school record holder Julianna Tudja goes in the hammer and the1600m relay squad that ran the third fastest time in school history in theprelims will be featured in the meet's final event.
Ron Allice: 'Our staff is doing a fine job. But it's not over. SouthCarolina is coming on and the Bruins have the 100m and the hammer yet inwhich to get it done. I'm really proud of our athletes. Angela Williams ranthe best race I've seen her run in the semifinals, we had a great relay inwhich Natasha Neal ran an outstanding leg. Tatyana Obukhova put on a clinicout there. She didn't win it, but she had the best series of anyone outthere. Brigita Langerholc is just a special athlete. She has been a teamplayer all the way through and has always done everything that we've askedher. She came back to school after the Olympics not only to help the team,but to graduate. She is just outstanding in all areas.'
400m Relay: The Women of Troy 400m relay squad of Angela Williams, CandaceYoung, Natasha Neal and Kinshasa Davis sped to a season-best-tying 43.64 toclaim second place behind LSU, giving USC eight team points. USC's squad ofWilliams, Young, Davis and Malika Edmonson won last season's event, with LSUplacing second. This season, with Neal replacing an injured Edmonson at thethird leg, the Women of Troy executed their handoffs nicely, but couldn'thold off LSU anchor Muna Lee as the Lady Tigers won in 43.54.
Senior Candace Young, second leg on the relay: 'It was close and I felt likewe had them right up until the end. They were a lot better than in thepreliminaries. LSU is a great team. We got them last year and they cameback and got us, but I'm really happy for them because they are a great groupof girls.
'We watched film this morning and made some adjustments. We are a new group,so we were really focused on getting good exchanges. We made it throughinjury free and we're grateful for where we finished.'
800m: Senior Brigita Langerholc won the Women of Troy's 13th NCAA individualtitle and first ever in the 800 meters, finishing well ahead of her nearestcompetitor in a season-best 2:01.61 (the fastest time by a collegian thisyear). Langerholc caps her USC career with the following accomplishmentstucked under her belt: school record holder, 800m (1:58.51), three-timePac-10 champion (1999-01), fourth place in the 800m at the 2000 Olympics andfour-time 800m All-American.
Langerholc on her race: 'I first came out with the intention to lead therace. However, when I saw how the race began, I was content to sit back andjust keep up with the pack. So I decided not to lead and then I opted to winthe race in the second half of the race.
'I have been waiting to win this race after all that I've been through. Iwasn't worried about the conditions and as long as there isn't wind, then Iam normally happy. Today I was happy with the results of the race and itfeels good to help the team.'
Triple Jump: In another upset for USC, junior two-time Pac-10 championTatyana Obukhova sprang to a third place finish in the triple jump with amark of 43-1. Obukhova has found Oregon's Heyward Field to be especiallykind to her: besides her third place finish at this year's NCAAs, she alsowon her first Pac-10 triple jump championship at the same venue in 2000 witha personal-best mark of 43-9 (wind-aided).
Javelin: Inga Stasiulionyte capped a huge day for the Women of Troy bywinning the javelin throw with a mark of 172-4. It was USC's second NCAAindividual title of the day and the 14th overall in Women of Troy history.The freshman from Vilnius, Lithuania, who is already the USC record holder inthe javelin (1999 implement) launched the winner on her second throw in thefirst flight, and the mark held up through to the finals. Stasiulionyte isthe first USC woman to win the javelin since Ashley Selman did it in 1990.
Stasiulionyte: 'I'm so excited to score 10 points for my team. I'm excitedto be a part of this team and today we came together. When I found out whatTatyana did in the triple jump, that made me excited and I wanted to do well.
'I thought Sarah Malone of Oregon would be my toughest competitor. I keptwaiting for her to have a big throw, but I always thought I'd be able toanswer.'
100m: Two-time defending NCAA 100m champ Angela Williams set the stage forher third straight title, winning the first semifinal in 11.19 to advance tothe finals on Saturday.
100m HH: Junior Natasha Neal finished seventh in the first semifinal of thehigh hurdles with a time of 13.63 and did not advance to Saturday's final.
Looking ahead to Saturday for the Women of Troy--
USC has four finals on Saturday:
1. Angela Williams goes for an unprecedented third-straight NCAA 100m title.
2. Kinshasa Davis, the 2000 runner-up, will run in the 200m.
3. School record holder Julianna Tudja will compete in the hammer.
4. The women's 1600m relay will compete in the final event of the women's meet.