Virginia Powell Blazes To Pac-10 Leading 11.39 In 100m

April 19, 2004

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Sophomore All-American Virginia Powell ran a personal-best and Pac-10 leading 11.39 in the 100m and also added a wind-aided season best of 13.25 in the 100m HH to highlight USC track and field's participation in the 46th annual Mt. Sac Relays this past weekend.

Powell's mark shattered her previous best of 11.62 in the 100m and puts her in a tie for eighth on the USC all-time 100m chart and in a tie for 10th on the Pac-10 all-time list.

As a freshman last season, Powell set the USC record in the 100m HH with a time of 13.07. She is the only athlete in Women of Troy history to have top 10 marks in the hurdles and 100m.

Several other Trojans put up season or personal bests for USC this past weekend. On the men's side, sophomore Tomasz Babiskiewicz ran a USC-best 3:44.99 in the 1500m as he finished 18th overall in the university section. Freshman 400m Da'Sean Cunningham put up a season-best 47.44 in the 400m, as did senior Brandon Matlock (47.61). And the Trojan 1600m relay squad went a season-best 3:09.25. On the women's side, senior Miya Edmonson ran a season-best 11.63 in the 100m, while junior Alexis Weatherspoon went 11.71 wind aided. Sophomore Tracee Thomas put up a USC-best 53.73 in the 400m, while in the 800m, junior Iryna Vashchuk went a season-best 2:08.48, while freshman Treani Swain went 2:10.18. Both marks are NCAA Regional qualifiers. In the 5000m, junior Julia Budniak ran the second-fastest time in USC history with a mark of 16:42.65, while senior Beth Van Alstine's 16:53.90 is fourth best. The USC 1600m relay squad also ran a season-best with a time of 3:37.26.

Select USC athletes also competed at the Long Beach State relays over the weekend.

The USC track and field squads will compete at the UC San Diego Invitational next weekend before taking on UCLA at Drake Stadium on May 1 in the annual dual meet.

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