Trojan Men And Women Fifth After First Day At Pac-10 Championships
May 17, 2003
UCLA junior Juaune Armon, trailing USC sophomore Allen Simms in the men's long jump in the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships Saturday, uncorked his best effort of the day to win the event by a quarter of an inch or one centimeter.
``I didn't want to lose by an inch and I especially didn't want to lose to someone from USC,'' Armon, from San Jose, Calif., said after his winning jump of 26 feet, one inch, or 7.95 centimeters.
Simms, from Greenbelt, Md., the Pac-10's top-ranked long jumper going into the first of two days of competition at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the USC campus, seized the lead from Armon on his next-to-last attempt with a leap of 26 feet, three-quarters of an inch, or 7.94 centimeters.
Armon had jumped in front with an effort of 25-11 on his third try.
Armon fouled on his sixth and final attempt, but retained his lead when Simms jumped 25-11 to complete his series.
On a day when five athletes successfully defended their 2002 Pac-10 titles, UCLA competitors staged the biggest upsets.
Milton Little of Stanford, last year's men's long jump champion, was fourth Saturday.
Jessica Cosby of UCLA won the shot put with a heave of 55 feet, 7
inches, 2 inches better than the 55-foot effort by Stanford's Jillian Camarena, who last year ended a string of 12 consecutive conference shot put titles by UCLA women.
``I had hoped to throw farther, but I as happy to bring the championship back to UCLA,'' said Cosby, a sophomore from Mission Hills, Calif.
UCLA hammer thrower Cari Soong established the only meet record of the day in the opening event of the meet. She threw her implement 215 feet, 11 inches in a competition conducted Saturday morning at West Los Angeles College.
``I'm doing four turns before I let it go now, instead of three like before,'' said Soong, a junior from Riverside, Calif. ``The extra speed I build up gives me more power.''
Soong's hammer throw was the third best in the country this year by a college woman. Candice Scott of Florida leads at 223-10 , and USC's Julianna Tudja, who set the Pac-10 record of 218-5 last month, ranks second.
Tudja finished second to Soong on Saturday and L'Orangerie Crawford, another USC thrower, was third.
Successfully defending their 2002 Pac-10 women's titles were: Tiffany Greer, Arizona State, long jump; Whitney Evans, Washington State, high jump; Inga Stasiulionyte, USC, javelin, and Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 3,000-meter steeplechase. Washington pole vaulter Brad Walker,was the only male winner from 2002 to win again.
Evans and Stasiulionyte won their third consecutive conference championships. Greer also won her third title. She previously won in 2000 and 2002, but missed the 2001 meet because of a pulled hamstring.
Oregon's Adam Jenkins threw the javelin 217 feet, nine inches, the third straight Duck athlete to win the men's event.
Ryan Wilson of USC, the defending champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, was the fastest qualifier for Sunday's final, recording a clocking of 13.60 seconds. He also had the fourth fastest qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles. He is seeking to become the first person since 1985 to win both hurdles events at a Pac-10 meet.
Nine of the Pac-10 schools are competing in the meet. Oregon State conducts neither a men's nor women's track program. After the first day, two-time defending champion Stanford led the men's competition with 65 points, and Oregon led the women with 59 points.
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