Cari Soong Wins Hammer Throw in UCLA/USC Dual Meet

April 30, 2004

UCLA swept the 1st annual David E. Nuttall UCLA/USC hammer throw competition on Day One of the Bruin/Trojan women and men's track & field dual meets held at UCLA's Drake Stadium. UCLA senior Cari Soong won the women's event and Bruin senior Dan Ames took top honors in the men's hammer on his final throw. The hammer throw was the only event held on Friday.

UCLA senior Cari Soong, No. 1 (209-2) on this week's Pac-10 chart, won the women's hammer throw, with a mark of 203-1. In second-place was USC's L'Orangerie Crawford (200-4), followed by USC's Julia Rozenfeld (194-4) and in fourth-place was Bruin junior Jessica Cosby (189-3).

In team scoring going into Saturday's competition, the Bruins lead with five points, followed by USC's four points.

Friday's hammer throw event honored David E. Nuttall, a hammer throw enthusiast who died on March 24 at the age of 62. Nuttall earned an M. A. (1974) and Ph. D. (1977) in physics from USC. After retiring from the aerospace industry, he became actively involved in collegiate track & field offering encouragement and support to the young women and men in the sport.

Saturday/May 1
At Drake Stadium, the UCLA/USC women and men's dual meets will continue, with field events starting at 11:30 a.m. and track events at 12:35 p.m. The two dual meets will be scored traditionally (5-3-1 individual events/5-0 relays). Ticket prices are $6 (adults) and $4 (students). Fox Sports West 2 will televise the dual meets on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

UCLA/USC Hammer Throw/Drake Stadium/Friday, April 30

1. Cari Soong, UCLA, 203-1 (61.91), 2. L'Orangerie Crawford, USC, 200-4 (61.06), 3. Julia Rozenfeld, USC, 194-4 (59.24), 4. Jessica Cosby, UCLA, 189-3 (57.69).

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