Julianna Tudja Smashes Pac-10 Hammer Record At Mt. Sac Relays

April 19, 2003

Walnut, Calif. - Senior Julianna Tudja's extraordinary season just got better on Saturday as she threw the hammer 218-5 to shatter the Pac-10 record at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Tudja's mark surpasses the previous best of 215-0 held by Christina Tolson of UCLA. Tudja's old best came last weekend when she threw 211-1 at the Sun Angel Invitational.

Sophomore Allen Simms joined Tudja in the record books as he broke the USC triple jump standard held by teammate Julien Kapek. Simms bounded 56-1 1/4 to top Kapek's mark of 55-8 1/2 set last season. Simms' jump is the second-best in Pac-10 history. Simms finished second in the triple to Kenta Bell of Nike (56-9 1/2), while Kapek took fifth (54-2 3/4).

Several other Trojans put in excellent performances, as the USC squads geared up for the annual dual meet against UCLA to be held next Saturday (April 26).

--Senior Natasha Mayers ran 11.09 to finish third in the 100m behind Kelli White and Muna Lee. That mark is second to Angela Williams' 11.04 on the all-time USC 100m chart. Mayers also finished second in the 200m with a time of 23.00. Both times are NCAA regional qualifying standards.

--Junior All-American javelin thrower Inga Stasiulionyte--competing in her first meet of the year--debuted with a throw of 177-3, also an NCAA regional mark.

--Senior All-American Ryan Wilson ran a personal-best in the 110m HH for the second week in a row, finishing second to Alan Johnson in a time of 13.50.

--Senior All-American Dawid Jaworski won the high jump by topping the bar at 7-3 1/4. It's the second week in a row that Jaworksi has jumped 7-3 or better.

--Freshman Raphael Asafo-Agyei ran a personal-best 1:49.46 in the 800m, as did sophomore Anthony Heckman (1:50.79).

--Freshman Tomasz Babiskiewicz ran a personal-best 3:48.89 in the 1500m to put him in eighth on the USC 1500m chart.

--Freshman Tunisia Johnson moved into eighth on the USC women's 400m IH chart with a personal-best 59.59.

--Junior Brandon Matlock logged a personal-best in the 400m with a time of 46.49.

Up next, it's the big dual meet next Saturday with UCLA at Loker Stadium, first event starting at 11 a.m.

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