Stasiulionyte Qualifies For Javelin Final At NCAA Track And Field Championships

June 10, 2004

Austin, Tex. -


Senior Inga Stasiulionyte--USC's all-time NCAA point scorer in the throws--topped the preliminaries with a throw of 177-10 (54.20) to move to Friday's final as a rain-soaked NCAA Track and Field Championships finally made some progress on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

The meet, typically a four-day affair, was postponed for the most part on Wednesday as torrential rains forced the stadium to clear after only three preliminary events.

One of those events involved Stasiulionyte, who is gunning for her second NCAA Championship (she won it as a 2001 freshman).

With a re-configured schedule, the Trojans didn't fare so well as a whole on Thursday, however.

For the women, junior Iryna Vashchuk ran 4:17.28 to take fourth in her 1500m heat. She'll run in Saturday's finals. Senior L'Orangerie Crawford advanced to the shot put finals, also on Saturday, with a throw of 53-5 3/4 (16.30). The women's 400m relay of Alexis Weatherspoon, Virginia Powell, Miya Edmonson and Dominique Dorsey advanced to the finals in a time of 44.22--the fourth-fastest mark in the prelims.

Powell was not so fortunate in the 100m HH. The 2003 All-American ran 13.26 against a stellar field and did not make it to the finals of that event. Weatherspoon in the 100m (7th in heat 3 in 11.67) and Edmonson in the 200m (5th in heat one in 23.97w) also did not advance.

Senior Michael Murray advanced in the hammer, throwing 207-0 (63.09) to finish sixth in flight two, while sophomore Noah Bryant threw 60-5 3/4 (18.43) to finish sixth in flight one and advance in the shot put.

Murray and Bryant were some of the few highlights for the Trojan men, however. Junior Wes Felix--the Pac-10 and NCAA West Region champion--ran 20.62 in the 200m and did not make the finals. Junior Marvin Anderson (10.29w) and sophomore Phillip Francis (11.10 while running injured) did not qualify for the 100m final. Nor did a gimpy 400m relay squad that ran 40.10 to take sixth in heat 2. Junior Anthony Heckman ran one of his best times--a 1:49.22--but did not advance in the 800m. Another shot putter--freshman William Denbo--went 57-8 1/4 and did not advance. High jumper Jesse Williams also didn't advance after jumping 7-0 1/4 to tie for 15th.

Events coming up for the Trojans on Friday:

--Freshman Michelle Sanford in the triple jump prelims

--The women's 400m relay final

--Stasiulionyte in the javelin final

--All-American Allen Simms in the triple jump prelims

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