USC Takes On UCLA In 70th Dual Meet

April 22, 2003

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The USC men's and women's track teams host their UCLA counterparts in the 70th annual dual meet at Loker Stadium on the campus of USC on Saturday, April 26th, 2003. The first events begin at 11 a.m. with the women's pole vault and the women's 5,000m run, though the competition technically gets underway on Friday, April 25th with the men's and women's hammer at West L.A. College. The meet will return to traditional scoring in the 5-3-1 format for individual events and 5-0 for relays. There are a total of 163 available points, so 82 points will clinch the meet. This year's meet will be televised on tape delay by Fox Sports West 2 on May 3rd at 5 p.m. The winner of each meet will earn five points towards the Lexus Gauntlet Cup, the all-sports contest between USC and UCLA.


According to the latest rankings put out by Trackwire, the USC women are fifth and the UCLA women are fourth, while the USC men are third and the UCLA men are tied for 21st.


The USC men lead the overall series with UCLA, 39-30, but the Trojans have defeated the Bruins only once in the last 24 tries. However, the last time the USC men faced the Bruins at Loker Stadium (in 2001), the Trojans snapped UCLA's string of 22-straight dual meet wins with a dramatic 82-81 upset. The UCLA women have won 10 straight against USC and lead the overall series with the Women of Troy, 15-3.


There are new qualifying standards in place in 2003 due to the implementation of NCAA qualifying regionals. No longer are there NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks for athletes. Instead, there are Regional qualifying marks, which are substantially less stringent than the previous standards. An athlete must qualify for the NCAA Regionals and then advance to the NCAA Championships out of those Regionals, though an exception is made for athletes whose marks are among the best in the country by season's end.


The following USC athletes have qualified for the NCAA West Regionals:

Trojan Men: Garry Jones (100m), Wes Felix (200m), Brandon Matlock (400m), Raphael Asafo-Agyei (800m), Anthony Heckman (800m), Tomasz Babiskiewiecz (1500m), Ryan Wilson (110m HH, 400m IH), Marcell Allmond (110m HH), Kenneth Thomas (110m HH), Dawid Jaworski (High Jump), Allen Simms (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Andre Serrette (Long Jump), Julien Kapek (Triple Jump), Jeff Ryan (Pole Vault), Adam Midles (Hammer, Discus), Michael Murray (Hammer), Harrison Lee (Hammer), Noah Bryant (Shot Put) and both the 400m and 1600m relays teams.

Women of Troy: Natasha Mayers (100m, 200m, 400m), Miya Edmonson (100m, 200m), Virginia Powell (100m, 100m HH), Alexis Weatherspoon (100m), Nakiya Johnson (400m), Brooke Thomas (5000m), Tunisia Johnson (100m HH, 400m IH), Spring Harris (High Jump), Melissa Astete (Pole Vault), L'Orangerie Crawford (Hammer, Shot Put), Julianna Tudja (Hammer), Amy Thiel (Hammer), Inga Stasiulionyte (Javelin) and both the 400m and 1600m relay teams.


USC is set to host the 2003 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on May 17-18. It's the first time Troy has hosted the conference meet since 1986 and it's the first time ever that it has been held on the USC campus.


The UCLA men defeated the Trojan men, 121-81, while the UCLA women defeated the USC women, 111-92, before 8,094 at UCLA's Drake Stadium. It was the first meet scored using the international system (5-3-1 for individual competition, 5-0 for relays).


The Women of Troy won their first NCAA team championship in June of 2001 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 in 2001. The Women of Troy have won 18 NCAA individual titles--including five by just graduated Angela Williams--and have placed in the top 10 at the NCAAs 10 times (including the last five years in the top five).


The Trojan men are coming off a season in which they finished third at the Pac-10 championships and tied for 11th at the NCAAs with 21 points. The Trojans were young and injury prone in 2002, but rebounded by season's end to put on quite a showing. USC is led by senior triple jumper Julien Kapek, the school record holder who placed third at last year's NCAAs, senior Ryan Wilson, a two-time 110m HH All-American, senior Dawid Jaworski, who was the NCAA runner-up in the high jump and sophomore Wes Felix, who was an All-American in the 400m relay. The Trojans have a great incoming recruiting class that includes freshman thrower Adam Midles (a two-time prep hammer champ), freshman 1500m runner Tomasz Babiskiewicz and sophomore transfer Allen Simms, who was a two-time All-American in the triple jump at George Mason and has already left his mark at USC by winning the 2003 NCAA indoor title in the triple jump.


Athlete		   Season-Best	                        Event		Where it ranksAllen Simms	   56-1 1/4				Triple Jump	1stJulien Kapek	   55-4 3/4w			        Triple Jump	2ndRyan Wilson	   13.50				110m HH	        2ndRyan Wilson	   49.67				400m IH		2ndAllen Simms	   26-3 3/4				Long Jump	3rdDawid Jaworski	   7-3 1/4				High Jump	4th--		   3:06.50				1600m Relay	7thJeff Ryan	   17-8 1/2				Pole Vault	10th--		   40.08				400m Relay	13thAdam Midles	   205-4				Hammer	        14thMichael Murray	   204-5				Hammer	        16thShelton Davis	   7,236				Decathlon	17thBrandon Matlock	   46.49				400m		18thRaphael Asafo-Agyei 1:49.46				800m		20thNoah Bryant	   56-10 3/4			        Shot Put	31stWes Felix	   21.15				200m		33rdGarry Jones	   10.46				100m		46thTomasz Babiskiewicz 3:48.89				1500m		51stAnthony Heckman    1:50.79				800m		52ndHarrison Lee	   188-4				Hammer		52ndAdam Midles	   168-11				Discus		62nd



There is no better pair of horizontal jumpers in the country than sophomore Allen Simms and senior Julien Kapek of USC. Simms--a transfer from George Mason--is the Pac-10 record holder in the triple jump with an indoor mark of 56-7 1/2 that he jumped while winning the 2002 NCAA Indoor title back in March. He also has a jump of 56-1 1/4 outdoors which currently leads the nation. He's burning up the long jump runway as well, with a best of 26-3 3/4, a mark that is fourth on the all-time USC long jump list and third best in the nation at this time. Kapek is certainly no slouch either--he's currently second on the collegiate list with a wind-aided 55-4 3/4 in the triple jump this season. Earlier, he took fourth at the NCAA indoors with a jump of 53-11 3/4. He set the USC record in the triple jump last season with a mark of 55-8 1/2 (since surpassed by Simms), then took third at the NCAAs--USC's highest finish in the triple jump since Tom Cochee took second in 1976. Look for both Kapek and Simms to battle for the USC triple jump record as the season progresses and for both to score some big-time points at the NCAA meet in June (the last Trojan to actually win the NCAA triple jump title was Luther Hayes in 1961).


Senior high jumper Dawid Jaworski is the third member of USC's outstanding jumping triad that could be the nation's best in 2003. He was the 2002 NCAA runner-up in the high jump with a jump of 7-4 1/2--a mark that tied the USC school record set by Anthony Caire in 1983. It was also the highest finish at the NCAAs by a USC high jumper since Larry Hollins took second in 1971. So far this season, he has a best of 7-3 1/4--fourth best in the nation (he's jumped 7-3 or better three times so far this season). If he stays healthy, Jaworski should be a challenger for the NCAA title in June. No Trojan has won the NCAA high jump title since Lew Hoyt did it in 1963.


This year, senior Ryan Wilson will attempt to become only the second Trojan ever to become a three-time All-American in the 110m HH (William Erese from 1997-99 is the other). What's more, he will attempt to join Greg Foster of UCLA and Kehinde Alade'fa of USC as the only athletes ever to win three Pac-10 110m HH titles. Wilson finished third in the event at the NCAAs as a sophomore and sixth last season. He won his Pac-10 titles as a freshman and as a junior. This season, he has the nation's second-fastest 110m HH time at 13.50 and also the second-fastest time in the 400m IH (49.67). A fine all-around athlete, Wilson also helps Troy on the 1600m relay as well. Wilson is a fine arts major who has had a few turns as an actor in some student films.


You can't talk about the future of USC track and field without mentioning All-American sprinter Wes Felix. The sophomore had a fine debut season in 2002, helping the Trojan 400m relay squad to place fifth at the NCAAs. He then went on to establish himself as one of America's top young sprinters last summer when he won the U.S. Junior 200m title and then ran a leg on the U.S. 400m relay squad that won the World Championship in a world-junior-record time of 38.92. He also placed third in the 200m at the World Junior Championships with a PR 20.82. This year, he has a best of 21.15 in the 200m. If he continues to progress, he'll be knocking on the door of the prestigious USC top 10 charts very soon.


There's a lot of youth on this Trojan squad, but it is growing up in a hurry. Freshmen Adam Midles and Tomasz Babiskiewicz have already entered the USC top 10 charts in the hammer (205-4) and 1500m (3:48.89), respectively.


USC scored 57 points to finish third at the NCAA meet in Baton Rouge, LA, last June. Twenty-nine-and-a-half of those points return to do battle for the Women of Troy in 2003. Leading the way for USC is senior Natasha Mayers, who won the 200m and took second in the 100m at the NCAAs last season, junior Inga Stasiulionyte, who placed second in the javelin (she won the NCAA title the year prior), and junior L'Orangerie Crawford, who placed sixth in the hammer. The Women of Troy also return hammer record holder Julianna Tudja, who took third at the NCAAs in 2001 and who set the Pac-10 hammer record this season, team captain and 1600m relay All-American senior Nakiya Johnson (the 2002 Pac-10 400m champ) and senior Aleksandra Pieluzek, who made the semifinals of the 400m IH at the NCAAs in 2003. USC will also get some help from a fine recruiting class that includes freshmen Virginia Powell (already sixth on the USC all-time 100m HH list) and Tunisia Johnson (already fourth on the USC 400m IH chart).


Athlete Season-Best Event Where it ranksInga Stasiulionyte 177-3 Javelin 1stJulianna Tudja 218-5 Hammer 2ndNatasha Mayers 11.09 100m 2ndL'Orangerie Crawford 209-9 Hammer 4thNatasha Mayers 23.00 200m 5thSpring Harris 6-0 1/2 High Jump 5thL'Orangerie Crawford 54-6 3/4 Shot Put 9thVirginia Powell 13.39 100m HH 13th-- 44.68 400m Relay 13thTunisia Johnson 59.59 400m IH 27thNakiya Johnson 54.03 400m 29thAmy Thiel 184-3 Hammer 32ndBrooke Thomas 16:53.82 5000m 32ndMelissa Astete 12-8 Pole Vault 33rdMiya Edmonson 23.78 200m 36thAmy Thiel 161-9 Discus 36thMiya Edmonson 11.65w 100m 38thNatasha Mayers 54.34 400m 41st-- 3:41.86 1600m Relay 42ndAlexis Weatherspoon 11.69w 100m 48thTunisia Johnson 13.92w 100m HH 57thVirginia Powell 11.78 100m 58th


THE LATEST SUPERSTAR--Natasha MayersLast season, senior Natasha Mayers became the first USC female to win the NCAA 200m title and she also was runner-up to teammate Angela Williams in the 100m. That's 18 points in one NCAA meet, for those keeping score at home. This season, she has her eyes set on winning the 100 and 200m at the NCAA meet. And get this: she only ran in one meet for USC last season (the NCAAs). This season, she is right on schedule to once again come up big at the big meet. She has the nation's second-fastest 100m time at 11.09 and is fifth in the 200m at 23.00. WIth a strong finish to the season, she can take her place as one of the greatest sprinters in Women of Troy history.


USC has perhaps the nation's finest javelin thrower in junior Inga Stasiulionyte. She is the Pac-10 record holder in the event with a mark of 186-10. Last season, she finished second at the NCAAs, as it took an American record by Purdue's Serene Ross to beat her. The previous year, she won the NCAA javelin title as a freshman, bringing her two-year scoring total at the big meet to 18 points. She also has won two consecutive Pac-10 championships. So far this season, she has thrown a nation-best 177-3. As usual, health is key when is comes to the javelin, but expect her to defend her Pac-10 title and possibly reclaim her NCAA crown in 2003.


Junior L'Orangerie Crawford is USC's top all-around thrower and a returning All-American in the hammer. She is second on the USC hammer list (209-8) and third on the shot put list (54-6 3/4). She is fourth in the nation in the hammer and ninth in the shot. Last season, she took sixth in the hammer at the NCAAs.


USC's Julianna Tudja, who hails from Vamosi, Hungary, is having a dream season. At the Mt. Sac Relays, she threw a Pac-10 record 218-5 in the hammer, breaking the previous best of 215-0 set by Christina Tolson. It's also the fifth-best throw in NCAA history and the second-best in the nation this year. This season, she has thrown over 209 feet four times. As a sophomore, she finished third at the NCAAs with a then-school-record 210-11.


That's what the USC track coaches call freshman hurdler Virginia Powell, who goes by the name 'Ginnie.' Powell, who hails from Rainier Beach High in Seattle, Wash., has already ensconced herself in sixth on the USC top 10 for 100m HH thanks to the 13.39 she ran at the Sun Angel Invitational. It's also the 13th-best mark in the nation to date. The 5-10 Powell also will give the Women of Troy help in the 400m relay (she has a best of 11.78 in the 100m). She has a bright future.


It's not always easy to measure which school has the best track and field program, but consider this: In the last four years, only USC has finished in the top three at the NCAAs while also winning an NCAA team championship at least once. USC has also shined on the individual side, winning 10 NCAA titles during the same time span. And in case anyone forgot, USC's Angela Williams last year became the first track and field athlete from any school since 1990 to win the Honda-Broderick cup honoring the nation's top female collegian.


Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, USC track and field has reemerged as a force on the collegiate scene thanks to the work of Director of Track and Field Ron Allice and his coaching staff. Under the guidance of Allice and company, the Trojan men went on a run of seven consective top 10 finishes--a feat last accomplished during the late 1960s and early 1970s under Verne Wolfe--from 1994-2000 and have won three Pac-10 titles in the last six years. Last season, his young men's team finished third in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th at the NCAAs. The previous season--2001--the Trojans were 12th at the NCAA meet and 2nd in the conference, while snapping crosstown rival UCLA's dual-meet win streak at 22. The seven seasons prior to 2001, Troy finished no lower than seventh at the NCAAs (including three top-5 finishes) and won three Pac-10 titles. During his tenure, Trojan men have won six NCAA individual titles, garnered All-American acclaim 67 times and set six school records--not an easy task considering the glorious track and field history at USC. Allice also runs perhaps the top women's program in the country. The Women of Troy are the only team in the country to finish in the NCAA top three each of the last four years while winning at least one NCAA team title. Last year, his squad finished third at the NCAAs. It was led by the most celebrated sprinter in collegiate history, Angela Williams, who won an unprecedented fourth NCAA 100m title and later was awarded the Honda/Broderick Cup given to the nation's top female collegiate athlete. In 2001, the Women of Troy put on a near-perfect meet to win their first NCAA team title. In 2000, USC took second--at the time, their best-ever showing at the NCAAs. In 1999, USC was the only program that finished in the top five in both men's and women's track and field, as the women were third and the men fifth. In 1998, the women's team finished in fifth place. In 1997 they placed 14th, but that came on the heels of their first-ever Pac-10 title and a seventh-place NCAA finish in 1996. Allice's women's teams usually feature powerhouse athletes who go on to shine on the national and world stages, including such stars as Williams, Natasha Danvers, Brigita Langerholc and Torri Edwards. Allice has coached more than 237 All-Americans, plus 16 Olympians, four world record holders and seven American record holders. His career dual meet record is 211-41-1.


In addition to Troy's 26 NCAA outdoor titles (including nine straight, 1935-43), two indoor NCAA titles and 31 conference crowns, the USC men's program has had 39 unbeaten and untied seasons, including a string of 16 in a row (1946-61). Since starting the track and field program in 1900, the Trojan men have compiled a dual-meet record of 417-112-4 (.799). Since 1912, 61 USC trackmen have equalled or bettered world records, and there have been 107 NCAA individual or relay winners from Troy. Eighty-one Trojan men and 17 Women of Troy have won 128 places on national Olympic teams over the years. Trojans have won 27 individual Olympic titles and shared in 13 relay wins. The USC women have won one NCAA title (2001) and two Pac-10 titles (1986 and 1996), as well as 18 NCAA individual titles.


Thus far in 2003, the Pac-10 has named eight athletes as conference Athletes of the Week for track and field. So far, six of those athletes have been from USC. For the week of April 14, the honorees were Ryan Wilson (men's track), Julianna Tudja (women's field) and Virginia Powell (women's track). For this week (April 21), the honorees were Wilson (men's track), Tudja (womens' field) and Allen Simms (men's field).


For his peformance at the Mt. Sac Relays, Allen Simms was named national athlete of the week by, an online track and field outlet.


The Bruins' men's team is led by one of the more outstanding throws corps in the country. Danny Ames leads the Pac-10 in the discus with a best of 200-9 and is also second in the shot with an indoor best of 64-8 3/4. He also is sixth in the hammer with a best of 198-9. Scott Weigand leads the conference in the shot with a mark of 65-3 1/4 indoors and is second in the discus at 191-8. The Bruins have two other athletes over 59 feet in the shot. On the track the Bruins are led by Erick Emilsson in the steeple (Pac-10 leading 8:50.32), Kyle Erickson in the 400m IH (51.36) and Nick Thorton in the 800m (1:49.68). The UCLA women are loaded at almost every event. Standouts include Monique Henderson in the sprints (11.67, 23.49, 53.07), Tiffany Burgess in the 800m (2:04.54), Lena Nilsson in the 800m (2:04.67) and 1500m, Sheena Johnson in the 100m HH (13.37), Candice Baucham in the triple jump (42-8 3/4), Chaniqua Ross in the discus (183-7) and Carrie Soong in the hammer (208-9).

The Trackwire 10 for Women, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:1. South Carolina, 682. LSU, 653. Texas, 514. UCLA, 395. USC, 386. North Carolina, 317. Florida State, 29=8. Auburn, 28=8. Stanford, 2810. Nebraska, 27

The Trackwire 10 for Men, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:1. Arkansas, 502. Auburn, 48=3. Tennessee, 46=3. USC, 465. Mississippi State, 426. LSU, 357. Nebraska, 328. South Carolina, 309. Stanford, 2910. Georgia, 2621. UCLA


Running Events

11:00 Women's 5000m

11:30 Women's 3000m SC

11:45 Men's 3000m SC

12:10 Women's 400m relay

12:15 Men's 400m relay

12:30 Women's 1500m

12:40 Men's 1500m

12:55 Women's 100m HH

1:05 Men's 110m HH

1:15 Women's 400m

1:25 Men's 400m

1:35 Women's 100m

1:45 Men's 100m

2:10 Women's 800m

2:20 Men's 800m

2:30 Women's 400m IH

2:40 Men's 400m IH

2:55 Women's 200m

3:05 Men's 200m

3:10 Men's 5000m

3:30 Women's 1600m relay

3:40 Men's 1600m relay


(Friday, April 25th)3 p.m. Women's Hammer at West L.A. College

4 p.m. Men's Hammer at West L.A. College

(Saturday, April 26th)

11:00 Women's Pole Vault Women's Javelin

12:00 Women's Long Jump (West Pit) Men's Long Jump (North Pit) Men's Javelin Women's Shot Put Women's High Jump Men's Pole Vault

1:00 Men's Triple Jump Women's Triple Jump Women's Discus Throw Men's Shot Put Men's High Jump

2:00 Men's Discus Throw Men's Pole Vault (follows women's pole vault)

2:30 Men's High Jump (follows women's high jump) Men's Shot Put (follows men's javelin)

2:45 Men's Discus (follows women's discus)

USC vs. UCLA Dual Meet Series RecordsMEN (USC Leads, 39-30) WOMEN (UCLA Leads, 15-3)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 # 2002 UCLA 111-92#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 @2002 UCLA 121-81 # (international scoring)

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