USC's Allen Simms Jumps World-Leading 26-3 3/4 At Trojan Invitational

March 1, 2003

Los Angeles - USC sophomore Allen Simms is on top of the world, if only for a little while.

Simms leaped 26-3 3/4 in the long jump on Saturday--the best outdoor long jump mark in the world to date in 2003--to highlight the Trojan Invitational held at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the campus of USC.

Simms' winning jump was a personal best and moves him into fourth on the all-time Trojan long jump chart. It's also only the second time since 1984 that a Trojan has cleared 26 feet in the long jump. Simms--a 2001 All-American who transferred to USC from George Mason this past fall--also has the top indoor triple jump mark in the collegiate ranks at 55-5.

His performance was one of several strong ones put up by the USC men's and women's teams, who took on Long Beach State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Bakersfield and Point Loma, as well as some local club teams. The meet was not scored.

'I was pleased with how we did,' said USC coach Ron Allice. 'I didn't expect we would come out this well in some areas. It is encouraging.'

On the men's side, two-time senior All-American Ryan Wilson showed he was in top early-season form as he won the 110m HH in an impressive 13.74, leading a USC sweep of the top three spots that included senior Trojan footballer Marcell Allmond in second (14.29) and sophomore Ken Thomas in third (14.32). Wilson also won the 400m IH in a smooth 51.20. Troy dominated the hammer, as freshman Adam Midles won with a throw of 195-10, followed by senior Michael Murray in second (195-6), senior Harrison Lee in fourth (186-5) and freshman Noah Bryant in fifth (173-8). The Trojans also picked up wins from sophomore Wes Felix in the 200m (21.47), junior Brandon Matlock in the 400m (47.25), freshman Tomasz Babiskiewiecz in the 3,000m (8:30.99) and the 400m relay squad (40.48).

For the women, senior Spring Harris sprung a personal-best 5-11 1/4 to win the high jump, a height that puts her just outside the Women of Troy top five for that event. Senior Brooke Thomas ran a personal-best 17:04.98--No. 2 all-time at USC--to win the 5,000m, while junior Miya Edmonson lowered her best time in the 100m for the second-straight week, winning her heat with a time of 11.76. In the throws, senior Julianna Tudja threw a superb 202-10 to finish second in the hammer behind 1998 NCAA champion Lisa Missapeka (218-8), while junior L'Orangerie Crawford took third at 182-10. Crawford also won the shot put (48-8) and discus (149-8). Other winners for USC included 2002 NCAA 200m champion Natasha Mayers in the 400m (54.34), senior Pac-10 400m champ Nakiya Johnson in the 800m (2:13.16), freshman Virginia Powell in the 100m HH (13.3h), freshman Tunisia Johnson in the 400m IH (62.73), sophomore Melissa Astete in the pole vault (11-6), sophomore Tiffany Jones in the long jump (18-6 1/2) and the 400m relay (45.08) and 1,600m relay squads (3:52.10).

Both USC teams will compete next at the Sacramento Invitational at Sacramento State University--site of the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships--on March 22. Troy also will host the USC-UCLA dual meet on April 26, as well as the 2003 Pac-10 Championships on May 17-18.

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