Track And Field Teams To Take On UCLA In Annual Dual Meet On Saturday

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April 30, 2002

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The USC men's and women's track and field teams face their UCLA counterparts in the 69th annual dual meet at Drake Stadium in Westwood on Saturday, May 4. The meet begins with the women's hammer at 9 a.m., while the first running event goes off at 12:30 p.m. with the women's 3000m steeple chase. For the first time, the meet will be scored 5-3-2-1 for four places and 5-3 for relays. A limit of two individuals and one relay team per school will score in each event. There are 203 total available points. The No. 1 USC women's team--last year's NCAA outdoor champ--has been picked to successfully defend its title by both Track and Field News and Trackwire, while UCLA is second in T & F News and fourth in Trackwire. The UCLA men are picked 18th by Track wire, while the USC men are 22nd. The Trojan men lead the series, 39-29, including a dramatic 82-81 win last season that snapped the Bruins' 22-meet win streak over Troy. The Bruin women have a 15-3 series lead over the Women of Troy, winning the last nine, including last year's 85-78 decision. This year's meet will be televised on tape delay by Fox Sports West 2 on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.


So far this season, the Women of Troy have seven NCAA automatic qualifying marks, 15 NCAA provisional marks and 18 Pac-10 qualifying marks. The Trojan men have two NCAA automatics, two NCAA provisionals and 19 Pac-10 marks.


Several Trojans are either at or near the top of the latest NCAA performance lists in their respective events:

Women of Troy	        Event		Time/Mark	RankAngela Williams 	100m		11.06		1st			200m		23.49		14th

Kinshasa Davis 200m 23.13w 5th

Nakiya Johnson 400m 52.30 3rd

Aleksandra Deren 800m 2:05.86 9th

Natasha Neal 100m HH 13.21w 5th 400m IH 58.06 12th

Aleksandra Pieluzek 400m IH 57.64 6th

USC 400m Relay 44.30 5th tie 1600m Relay 3:34.21 6th

Tatyana Obukhova Long Jump 20-11 3/4 8th Triple Jump 43-2 1/4 5th

Cynthia Ademiluyi Shot Put 55-3 4th Discus 177-9 4th

L'Orangerie Crawford Shot Put 53-8 1/4 12th Hammer 205-5 6th

Julianna Tudja Hammer 204-9 7th

Inga Stasiulionyte Javelin 183-7 1st

Leslie Erickson Javelin 165-4 10th

USC MenRyan Wilson 110m HH 13.55 2ndJulien Kapek Triple Jump 55-8 1/2 1st


The 2001 edition of the dual meet was one of the most dramatic and exciting in recent memory. The underdog Trojan men snapped UCLA's 22-meet win streak by the slimmest of margins, 82-81. The meet looked like it would come down to the 1600m relay, but walk-on Justin Neems finished a suprise third in the 5000m to clinch the win for USC. On the women's side, UCLA and USC slugged it out all day and actually did take it down to the final event, the 1600m relay. In that event, the Bruins ran a stadium-record to win the race and the meet.


The Women of Troy won their first NCAA team championship last June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. 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 107 individual champions over the years, including Dennis Kholev in the pole vault last season. The Women of Troy have had 16 individual collegiate champions, including three-time defending 100m champ Angela Williams, and nine Top 10 NCAA team finishes in school history.


USC scored 64 points at the NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., last June. Fifty-four of those points return to do battle for the Women of Troy in 2002. USC has perhaps the finest sprints and throws corps in the country, led by three-time NCAA 100m champion Angela Williams, seven-time All-American Kinshasa Davis, defending NCAA javelin champ Inga Stasiulionyte, All-American shot putter Cynthia Ademiluyi and All-American hammer thrower Julianna Tudja. Also returning is All-American triple jumper Tatyana Obukhova. A fine incoming recruiting class led by 400m transfer Nakiya Johnson, intermediate hurdler Aleksandra Pieluzek and sprinter Natasha Mayers (who will not be eligible for competition until the postseason) rounds out a balanced and talented Women of Troy team.


The Trojan men are coming off a season in which they finished second at the Pac-10 championships and 12th at the NCAAs. They also ended UCLA's 22-meet dual meet win streak with a thrilling 82-81 victory last May. USC loses several big-time performers from last year's squad, including NCAA pole vault champion Dennis Kholev, three-time All-American hammer thrower Norbert Horvath and Pac-10 triple and long jump champion Djeke Mambo. However, the Trojans do return All-American Ryan Wilson in the 110m HH, NCAA qualifiers Kevin Elliot (800m) and Dawid Jaworski (high jump), plus Pac-10 finalist Jeff Ryan in the pole vault. What's more, a fine recruiting class is already in place, led by triple jumper Julien Kapek.


This Saturday's meet will be the last meet in Los Angeles as a Trojan for Angela Williams. Looking at her career, Williams has simply accomplished things no other woman has ever done. First, there are the unprecedented three NCAA outdoor 100m titles, plus this year's indoor 60m title. But throw in a semifinal appearance at the 2001 World Championships, a silver medal and collegiate record in the 60-meter dash at the 2001 World Indoor Championships, a school-record 11.04 in the 100 meters and handfuls of Pac-10 and All-American honors, and you have one of the finest female sprinters ever to grace the collegiate track scene. Needless to say, a fourth 100 meter title and another team national championship will only add to the impressiveness of her resume. So far this season, she has run a best of 11.06 in the 100m, a mark that is the best in the world so far in 2002.


He's junior Julien Kapek from Houilles, France, and he's the new owner of the USC record in the triple jump thanks to his 55-8 1/2 jump at the Mt. Sac Relays on April 21. That mark eclipsed his earlier mark of 55-2 3/4, which in turn shattered the 27-year old school record set by Tom Cochee in 1975. His mark also leads the nation and is sixth-best in the world to date. Pretty impressive for a guy who just transferred to USC mid-year.


Junior hurdler Ryan Wilson had an impressive sophomore season in 2001, finishing third at the NCAAs in the 110m HH--the highest finish by a Trojan in the high hurdles since Mark Crear won it in 1992. Wilson, who hails from Westerville, OH, also is one of the Pac-10's best in the 400m IH, with a top time of 50.82.This season, he ran a PR 13.55 at Stanford Relays, good for sixth on the all-time USC chart and second in the nation so far. The multi-talented Wilson is a fine arts major who works with ceramics. He has even tried his hand at acting in some student-produced films at USC, including a Buster Keaton-like turn in a 1920s-style short film in which his character--named 'Boxcar McGee'--makes the transition from railroad hobo to, appropriately enough, track hurdler.


Senior Kinshasa Davis is one of the top sprinters in the country and a seven-time All-American. Last season, she clinched the Women of Troy's team title by finishing third in the 200m at the NCAAs. The season before that, she took second in the 200m at the NCAAs. Her best time of 22.69 is second on both the USC and Pac-10 charts in that category. She was also the anchor leg on USC's school-record relay that won the NCAA title in 2000 in 43.14 and on the relay squad that finished second last season. So far this season, she has bests of 23.13 in the 200m and 11.62 in the 100m.


Senior Kevin Elliott was slated to be one of the top 800m runners around in 2002, but he has been slowed by injuries. He had a fine junior season, finishing second at the Pac-10s and advancing to the NCAAs. He ran a PR 1:47.40 at the Occidental meet to land in ninth on the all-time USC 800m chart. He took sixth at the U.S. nationals this past summer. He also is a solid 1500m runner for the Trojans with a best time of 3:51.90. This season, his best is 1:49.73 in the 800m and 3:53.44 in the 1500m.


This year's edition of the Women of Troy throws program under coach Dan Lange is the best in USC history. An NCAA champion, three All-Americans and three school record holders return from last year's squad that accounted for 22 of USC's 64 points at the NCAAs. Leading the way is senior co-captain Cynthia Ademiluyi, who finished third last year in the shot at the NCAAs and set the school record in the discus (177-10) earlier this season. She has also thrown an NCAA automatic 55-3 in the shot this season. Junior Julianna Tudja set the school record in the hammer (210-11) while finishing third in that event at last year's NCAAs. This season, she has thrown an NCAA automatic 204-9. Sophomore Inga Stasiulionyte is the defending NCAA javelin champ and school and Pac-10 record holder (183-7). Sophomore L'Orangerie Crawford (No. 3 at USC all-time in the shot and hammer) has thrown an NCAA automatic 205-5 in the hammer and 53-8 1/4 in the shot while sophomore Leslie Erickson (No. 2 all-time in javelin) has thrown an NCAA provisional 165-4. Both Crawford and Erickson were Pac-10 finalists last season who are ready to make an impact at the NCAAs this season. Also in the mix is versatile junior Amy Thiel, who throws the shot, hammer and discus, with season bests of 187-5 in the hammer and 47-10 in the shot, and junior shot putter Cerenity Young, who has a PR of 51-2 1/4 and could be another NCAA qualifier for the Women of Troy.


Sophomore Dawid Jaworski, who hails from Gorzow, Poland, is a talented and consistent high jumper who is already second on the all-time USC high jump chart with a best of 7-3. Last season, he competed eight times and broke seven feet in seven of the competitions on his way to finishing 15th at the NCAAs. His best mark in 2002 is 7-1 3/4, an NCAA provisional mark.


Senior triple jumper Tatyana Obukhova finished third at the NCAAs last season and also won her second-straight Pac-10 triple jump championship. This year, she is looking to become the first USC woman ever to win three consecutive Pac-10 triple jump championships and the first two-time All-American in the event since Wendy Brown and Yvette Bates in 1987-88. She is No. 3 on the all-time USC triple jump chart and fifth on the long jump chart. So far this season, she has a best of 43-2 1/4 in the triple jump and 20-11 1/4 in the long jump, both NCAA provisional marks.


This year's men's team has an infusion of young talent that may take a while to gel. You already know what sophomore Julien Kapek has done in the triple jump, but freshman hurdlers Jeff Garrison (52.25) and Ken Thomas (14.41) have seen action, too, though Garrison has been lost for the season due to a hamstring pull. Keep on the look out for sophomore Brandon Matlock (47.30) in the 400m, senior David Grijalva (17-2 3/4) in the pole vault, freshman Wes Felix (10.48) in the sprints and sophomore Chris Hickman (51.73) in the hurdles, just to name a few.


Last season, Natasha Neal and Julianna Tudja were key transfers from Texas and SMU, respectively, who helped to lead USC to the national title. This season, look for junior 400m runner Nakiya Johnson (Texas), junior sprinter Natasha Mayers (L.A. Southwest College) and senior pole vaulter Sonya Negriff (Cornell) to give USC a boost. Johnson has already run an NCAA automatic 52.30 in the 400m, third best in the nation. Mayers, who won't join the team until the post season, ran the second-fastest 100m time in the world so far this year at the Mt. Sac Relays (11.09). Negriff has a Pac-10 qualifying best of 12-1 1/2.


The women's pole vault program is off to a flying start for USC in 2002. Leading the way is highly touted freshman Melissa Astete who has jumped an NCAA provisional 12-8 this season. Obviously, she is the current school record holder. Giving the program added depth is the aforementioned Negriff (12-1 1/2) and freshman Shannon Lewallen (11-0 1/4).


When you add the 22 points the men's team won at the NCAAs with the 64 points the women's team scored, the ensuing total of 86 is higher than what any other university scored in 2001. Stanford was the next closest with 63 points. In 1999, USC was the only school to place both the men's and women's team in the top five at the NCAAs, as the women took third and the men fifth.


The Women of Troy won their first NCAA team championship last June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. 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 107 individual champions over the years, including Dennis Kholev in the pole vault last season. The Women of Troy have had 16 individual collegiate champions, including three-time defending 100m champ Angela Williams, and nine Top 10 NCAA team finishes in school history.

2003 Pac-10 championships

Get ready. The 2003 Pac-10 Championships will be held at Katherine Loker Stadium.

USC vs. UCLA Dual Meet Series Records

MEN (USC Leads, 39-29)					WOMEN (UCLA Leads, 14-3)1934	USC	87-44 *					1984	UCLA	76-74 #1935	USC	104.2-25.8 *				1985	UCLA	89-43 #1936	USC	74.5-56.5 *				1986	USC	69-67 *1937	USC	91-40 *					1987	USC	69-67 #1938	USC	98-35 *					1988	UCLA	72-50 *1939	USC	115-16 *				1989	UCLA	101.5-28.5 #1940	USC	98-38 *					1990	UCLA	90-40 *1941	USC	103.3-27.7 *				1991	UCLA	95-40 #1942	USC	108-23 *				1992	USC	80-30 #1943	USC	71-60 *					1993	UCLA	87-47 #1944	USC	89-42 *					1994	UCLA	94-42 #1945	USC	82-49 =					1995	UCLA	81-48 @	USC	83-48 *					1996	UCLA	74-70 #1946	USC	95-36 #					1997	UCLA	82-63 @1947	USC	81.5-49.5 #				1998	UCLA	104-50 #1948	USC	81.2-49.8 *				1999	UCLA	91-63 @1949	USC	90.5-40.5 #				2000	UCLA	86-68 #1950	USC	120-11 *			        2001	UCLA	85-78 @1951	USC	92.5-36.5 #1952	USC	95-26 #1953	USC	75-36 #1954	USC	95.5-35.5 *1955	USC	79-52 #1956	USC	74-54 *1957	USC	68-63 *1958	USC	78-53 +1959	USC	86.5-44.5 #1960	USC	80-51 +1961	USC	81.3-49.7 #1962	USC	86-45 *1963	USC	99-46 #1964	USC	89-56 *1965	USC	83-62 *1966	UCLA	86-59 *1967	UCLA	83-62 *1968	USC	108-36 *1969	USC	94-60 #1970	UCLA	100-54 *1971	USC	75-70 #1972	UCLA	76-69 *1973	UCLA	89-55 #1974	UCLA	82-63 *1975	UCLA	75-70 #1976	USC	83-62 #1977	USC	91-63 #1978	UCLA	83-71 #^1979	UCLA	93.5-60.5 #1980	UCLA	83-71 #1981	UCLA	107-47 #1983	UCLA	88-55 #1984	UCLA	93-68 #1985	UCLA	89-73 #1986	UCLA	104-59 *1987	UCLA	104-59 #1988	UCLA	97-66 *1989	UCLA	93-68 #1990	UCLA	94-68 *1991	UCLA	114-38 #1992	UCLA	123-39 #1993	UCLA	103.5-57.5 #1994	UCLA	97-61 #1995	UCLA	90-71 @1996	UCLA	109-52 #1997	UCLA	88-75 @1998	UCLA	84-74 #1999	UCLA	82-81 @2000	UCLA	88-75 #2001	USC	82-81 @


We Won't See The Likes Of Her Again.........

She has already surpassed the collegiate feats of such track greats as Merlene Ottey, Florence Griffith, Gwen Torrance, Inger Miler and Gail Devers. And she still has the rest of her senior season to go at USC.

Some Of Her Accomplishments So Far:* Unprecedented Three NCAA Women's 100m Titles (1999, 2000, 2001)* 2002 NCAA Indoor 60m Champion* 2001 World Indoor 60m Silver Medalist* 2001 World Outdoor 100m Semifinalist* USC 100m Record Holder (11.04)* American Junior 100m Record Holder (11.04)* American Prep 100m Record holder (11.11)* Collegiate Record Holder, 60m Indoor Dash (7.09)* Led USC to its first NCAA women's team title in 2001

'I want you to be the one to break my records,' -- Florence Griffith-Joyner, to Williams in 1992

Gone In 11 Seconds........

The 100-meter dash is the glamour event of track and field and the standard by which human speed is measured. To win one of these championships at the NCAA level is itself a remarkable feat. To do so twice requires amazing skill and mental toughness. Winning three times when the gun goes off is very rare--in the history of the NCAA track and field championships, there have been only four athletes, male or female, who have won three 100-meter dash titles. They are Ralph Metcalfe of Marquette (1932-34), Mel Patton of USC (1947-49), Charlie Greene of Nebraska (1965-67) and now Angela Williams of USC (1999-2001).

No athlete in NCAA history has ever won four 100-meter dash titles.

At the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Baton Rouge on May 31-June 1, Williams has the chance to make history, by becoming the first person to win four NCAA 100-meter dash titles.

What's more, she is the co-captain of the Women of Troy team vying to repeat as NCAA team champions. Another 100-meter win will not only make history, but perhaps help lead her team to another title.

Angela's Farewell Tour.......

Mt. Sac Relays--April 21 (She ran a world-leading 11.06 to win the 100m at Mt. Sac)

USC-UCLA Dual Meet, Drake Stadium, Westwood--May 4

Pac-10 Championships, Pullman, Wash.--May 18-19

NCAA Championships, Baton Rouge, LA--May 29-June 1

'I believe Angela is one of those people who can bring track and field alive again.'-- Al Joyner, triple jump champion

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