Wes Felix Has Career Day As Trojan Track And Field Teams Fall To UCLA

May 1, 2004

Los Angeles - Junior Wes Felix won the 100m and 200m--both in personal-best times--and ran a leg on a winning 400m relay, but the USC men's track team fell handily to the UCLA men, 111-52, while the Bruin women defeated the USC women in a much closer meet, 93-70, before 4,760 at Drake Stadium in the annual dual meet on Saturday.

USC now leads the men's series, 39-31, while UCLA leads the women's side, 18-3. With the two wins, UCLA captures 10 points in the battle for the Lexus Gauntlet.

Felix ran the second leg on USC's 400m relay squad that equaled its season-best by winning in 39.35, then ran 10.31 to lead a Trojan sweep of the 100m, before capping the day with a blazing 20.57 into a negative 0.3 mph wind to win the 200m. Felix's previous bests were 10.33 in the 100m and 20.79 in the 200m. It's the second-consecutive year that Felix has swept the 100m and 200m against the Bruins.

Other winners for the Trojan men included junior All-American Allen Simms in the long jump (25-5 1/2) and triple jump (54-10 3/4) and sophomore All-American Jesse Williams in the high jump (season-best 7-3). Simms' triple jump and long jump marks were the third-best and sixth-best in the NCAA this season, respectively, while Williams' high jump was the fourth-best.

Sophomore Noah Bryant and redshirt freshman William Denbo came through with yet another pair of outstanding personal performances as both crept into the prestigious Trojan top 10 chart in the shot put. Bryant, who began the year with a collegiate best of 56-10 3/4, threw 62-5 (19.02) to place second in the competition and move into seventh on the USC all-time chart. Meanwhile, Denbo threw a PR 61-9 (18.82) to move into 10th on that list. Both shot putters have been eclipsing their personal bests in successive meets over the past month.

Other outstanding marks included Phillip Francis in the 200m (PR 20.94), Andre Serrette in the long jump (PR 24-6 1/2) and Garry Jones in the 100m (season-best 10.49).

On the women's side, winners included senior Inga Stasiulionyte, who led a Trojan sweep of the javelin with a mark of 172-4 (she is 4-0 lifetime against UCLA). Junior Leslie Erickson came through with a season-best 154-1 to finish second, while freshman Andrea McBride's final throw of 139-7 put her in third.

More winners for the Women of Troy: senior Julia Budniak in the 3000m Steeple (10:45.77--third in the Pac-10 this season), freshman Michelle Sanford in the long jump (PR 20-10 1/2, 6th all-time at USC), sophomore All-American Virginia Powell in the 100m (11.46) and the 1600m relay (season-best 3:36.10).

Other outstanding marks were put up by senior Miya Edmonson (PRs of 11.59 for 100m and 23.46 for 200m, the latter mark 9th all-time at USC), junior Alexis Weatherspoon (PRs of 11.62 for 100m and 23.76 for 200m), freshman Dominique Dorsey (PRs of 11.97 for 100m and 23.75 for 200m), junior Gina Clayton (PR of 2:08.60 for 800m), Sanford (43-2 1/2w in the triple jump), freshman Katie Hutchinson (PR 168-1 in discus, 5th all-time at USC), junior Shannon Lewallen (PR 11-10 in pole vault), the 400m relay squad (season-best 43.98, 10th all-time at USC), sophomore Tracee Thomas (PR 52.99 in 400m, 6th all-time at USC), freshman Treani Swain (PR 53.62 in 400m), sophomore Tunisia Johnson (season-best 59.85 for 400m IH) and Powell (wind-legal season-best 13.50 in 100m HH).

The Trojan track squads are next in action at the Pac-10 Championships in Tucson, Ariz., on May 14-15.

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