USC Ready For Annual Track And Field Dual Meet With UCLA
April 28, 2004
Los Angeles -
The USC men's and women's track and field teams take on their UCLA counterparts on Saturday, May 1, at Drake Stadium for the 70th annual track & field dual meet. On Friday (April 30), the women and men's hammer throws will start at 3 p.m. On Saturday , field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. and track events at 12:35 p.m. The meet will be televised on Fox Sports West on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
The Trojans lead the men's series 39-30 . The Bruins have won the last two meets, including last season's 82-81 win at USC. UCLA had a 22-year winning streak (1978-2000, 1982 was nonscoring) snapped by USC in 2001 (USC 82-UCLA 81 at USC). The Trojans won the first 33 dual meets (1934-65) before UCLA's first dual meet victory in 1966 (UCLA 86-USC 59 at the Coliseum). On the women's side, UCLA leads the series history 17-3 and has won the last 11 meets in a row (Jeanette Bolden is 10-0 vs. USC in the dual meet series). USC's last win was in 1992 (USC 80-UCLA 30 at Drake Stadium).
SO FAR THIS YEAR FOR THE USC MEN
The Trojans, ranked 13th by Trackshark.com, are led by a quality group of sprinters and jumpers and an emerging corps of middle distance runners and throwers. Junior Allen Simms was the 2004 U.S. Indoor and 2003 NCAA Indoor champion in the triple jump and is the Pac-10 record holder in the event with a best of 56-7 1/2. He also is an excellent long jumper with a top mark of 26-3 3/4. Simms is joined in the jumps by three-time All-American high jumper Jesse Williams, a sophomore who transferred to USC from North Carolina State this past fall. In the sprints, USC has three of the top 15 100m marks in the nation, thanks to sophomore Garry Jones (10.26w) and junior Marvin Anderson (10.31) and Phillip Francis (10.35). Those three plus junior team captain Wes Felix have run 39.35 in the 400m relay, the fourth-fastest time in the nation thus far. In the middle distances, the Trojans have nationally-ranked times by sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei (1:48.63 for 800m), junior Anthony Heckman (1:49.73, 800m) and sophomore Tomasz Babiskiewicz (3:44.99 for 1500m). Asafo-Agyei is currently injured and could miss the rest of the season. And the Trojans have two young shot putters--sophomore Noah Bryant and redshirt freshman William Denbo--who have topped 60 feet this season. Bryant has a best of 60-11 1/2 and Denbo's best is 60-7 3/4.
SO FAR THIS YEAR FOR THE USC WOMEN
The Women of Troy, ranked 6th by Trackshark.com, are led by a deep middle-distance corps, a throws corps with a mix of veterans and newcomers and a solid group of sprinters and hurdlers. Seniors Inga Stasiulionyte and L'Orangerie Crawford hold Women of Troy standards in the javelin and shot put, respectively. Stasiulionyte's best of 186-10 is a Pac-10 record, while Crawford's 56-0 is a top 10 conference mark. Crawford also has a best of 209-8 in the hammer. Joining them is freshman Julia Rozenfeld, whose 197-6 is a school freshman mark for the hammer throw. The rising star on the team is sophomore Virginia Powell, who already holds the school record in the 100m hurdles (13.07) and was an All-American as a 2003 freshman. Powell is also an outstanding sprinter, with a PR of 11.39, 10th on the all-time Pac-10 list. Senior Miya Edmonson, with a best of 23.52 in the 200m and 11.60 in the 100m, is one of the top sprinters in the conference, as is junior Alexis Weatherspoon (11.63/23.90). Incoming junior Iryna Vashchuk has been the rock of the middle distance group with a team-leading 2:08.48 in the 800m and 4:17.90 in the 1500m. The latter mark is fourth on the school top 10 list for 1500m. She's backed up in the 800m by junior Gina Clayton (2:08.81) and freshman Treani Swain (2:10.18). In the long distances, senior Julia Budniak is the top steeplechaser, though she has not run the event this season (she has a best of 16:42.65 in the 5000m), while senior Beth Van Alstine has the conference's top mark in the 10,000m (34:29.62). And freshman Michelle Sanford has been outstanding for USC in the jumps, with bests of 43-10 1/2w in the triple and 20-2 1/2 in the long jump.
USC's NCAA TITLE HISTORY
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, far more than any other school. In fact, in the history of the NCAA, only the Oklahoma State wrestling program (31) has more national titles than USC men's outdoor track and field. The Trojans also have had 127 individual champions over the years. The Women of Troy won their first NCAA team championship in 2001 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Women of Troy have had 18 individual collegiate champions.
USC COACH Ron Allice AT THE NCAAs
Trojan coach Ron Allice's men's teams have finished in the top 10 at the NCAAs for seven of the last nine years, including third place finishes in 1997 and 2003. The Trojan men have also captured 10 NCAA individual titles in his time at USC. His women's teams have placed in the top five in five of the last six years, including 2001's NCAA team title. USC women have won 10 NCAA individual championships under Allice.
LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD
Several Trojans are either at or near the top of the latest NCAA performance lists in their respective events:(as of 4/25, not including performances from this past weekend)
Women of Troy Event Time/Mark Rank
Virginia Powell 100m 11.39 8th 200m 23.78 46th 100m HH 13.25w 14th
Miya Edmonson 100m 11.63 36th 200m 23.52
Alexis Weatherspoon 100m 11.71 48th
Dominique Dorsey 100m 11.77w 66th 200m 23.90 56th
Tracee Thomas 400m 53.73 34th
Iryna Vashchuk 800m 2:08.48 23rd 1500m 4:17.90 7th
Gina Clayton 800m 2:08.81 31st
Treani Swain 800m 2:10.18 61st
Beth Van Alstine 10,000m 34:29.62 15th
Candice Davis 100m HH 13.93 69th
Weatherspoon, PowellEdmonson, Dorsey 400m Relay 44.71 11th
Thomas, Johnson,Swain, McKinney 1600m Relay 3:37.26 23rd
Michelle Sanford Long Jump 20-2 1/2 19th Triple Jump 43-10 1/2w 4th
L'Orangerie Crawford Shot Put 56-0 6th Hammer 205-10 8th
Julia Rozenfeld Hammer 190-0 28th
Inga Stasiulionyte Javelin 175-6 2nd
USC Men Event Time/Mark RankGarry Jones 100m 10.26w 6th
Marvin Anderson 100m 10.31 10th 200m 20.83 19th
Phillip Francis 100m 10.35 15th
Wes Felix 100m 10.45 37th 200m 20.94 29th
RaphaelAsafo-Agyei 800m 1:48.63 12th
Anthony Heckman 800m 1:49.73 28th
Tomasz Babiskiewicz 1500m 3:44.99 17th
Francis, AndersonFelix, Jones 400m Relay 39.35 4th
Garrison, Felix,Cunningham, Matlock 1600m Relay 3:09.25 42nd
Jesse Williams High Jump 7-2 1/2 7th
Andre Serrette Long Jump 24-1 57th
William Denbo Shot Put 60-7 3/4 15th
Noah Bryant Shot Put 59-9 1/2 17th
Michael Murray Hammer 214-11 6th
LAST YEAR'S MEET
Trojan sprinter Wes Felix captured the 100m, the 200m and ran legs on two winning relays, but it wasn't enough as the No. 21 UCLA men's track and field team dominated the middle and long distance races to edge the No. 3 USC men, 82-81, in the 70th annual dual meet before 3,087 at USC's Loker Stadium. It was the third-consecutive USC-UCLA men's dual meet held at Loker Stadium to be decided by a single point (the Bruins won 82-81 in 1999 and the Trojans won 82-81 in 2001). The meet between the No. 4 UCLA women and the No. 5 USC women saw the Bruins cruise to a 104-59 victory. Monique Henderson, Lena Nilsson and Sheena Johnson each won two events to help UCLA to its 11th-consecutive dual meet win over the Women of Troy, as the Bruins improved their series lead to 17-3.
USC vs. UCLA Dual Meet Series RecordsMEN (USC Leads, 39-30) WOMEN(UCLA Leads, 17-3)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 # 2003 UCLA 104-59@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)2003 UCLA 82-81@