Three Trojans Named Pac-10 Track And Field Athletes Of The Week

April 14, 2003

Of the four athletes to be honored in this year's first edition of Pac-10 Athlete of the Week for Track and Field, three of them--Ryan Wilson, Julianna Tudja and Virginia Powell--are Trojans, the Pac-10 announced today.

All three won their honors thanks to superlative efforts at the Sun Angel Invitational this past weekend in Tempe, Ariz.

Wilson, a senior two-time All-American, had a career meet. He ran personal bests in both the 110m HH (13.53) and the 400m IH (49.67)--marks that are sixth and seventh, respectively, in those events' all-time lists at USC. Wilson also ran a 46.7 leadoff leg on USC's 1600m relay squad that ran a season-best 3:06.50. For his efforts, he was named male track athlete of the week.

Tudja, a senior who made All-American honors in 2001, also had her finest meet for USC. She broke her own school record in the hammer by throwing 211-1 (her old mark was 210-11) to finish second in the meet to Candice Scott of Florida. Tudja's mark was the third-best hammer throw in Pac-10 history. She was named female field athlete of the week.

Powell, a freshman, has made quite an impact for USC this season. At the Sun Angel meet, she lowered her personal best in the 100m HH from 13.46 to 13.39 and also ran a personal-best 11.78 to win the 100m dash. Both marks are NCAA regional qualifying marks. The 13.39 is sixth on the all-time USC 100m HH chart. She was named female track athlete of the week.

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