Inga Stasiulionyte Finishes Second In Javelin Throw

June 11, 2004

Austin, Tex. -


Senior Inga Stasiulionyte came oh, so close, to winning her second NCAA title in the javelin throw on Friday night at Mike A. Meyers Stadium.

She led the competition through eight rounds with a throw of 183-2 (55.92m) before Katy Doyle of Texas A&M launched the javelin an outstanding 185-7 (56.57m) on her final throw.

Stasiulionyte responded with her own monster throw of 185-4 (56.48m)--just three inches shy of the top spot. By finishing second, she scored eight points for USC. In her career, she scored 34 NCAA points for the Women of Troy, more than any thrower in school history (she won the event in 2001 and was runner up in 2002-2004). She also was a four-time All-American and leaves in possession of the Pac-10 record at 186-10.

It was the bittersweet highlight of the day for USC, as the Women of Troy 400m relay finished a non-scoring ninth in a time of 44.78 and freshman Michelle Sanford scratched from the triple jump due to a sore hamstring.

On the men's side, junior All-American Allen Simms moved into Saturday's finals of the triple jump with a mark of 52-10.

Events coming up for the Trojans on Saturday:

--Women's Hammer: Julia Rozenfeld extended her school freshman record on Thursday with a throw of 202-2 and will compete in the finals.

--Men's Hammer: Senior Michael Murray looks to earn All-American honors for the Trojans.

--Women's 1500m: Junior Iryna Vashchuk will try to make it 7 1500m All-Americans in the last 9 years for the Women of Troy.

--Women's 3000m SC: Junior Julia Budniak will try to become USC's first-ever 3000m steeplechase All-American.

--Men's Shot Put: Sophomore Noah Bryant will try to become an All-American in the shot put.

--Men's Triple Jump: Junior Allen Simms--who placed third in this event last season--will try to make it four All-American honors in three years in this event for USC.

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