Adam Midles Throws 216-0 In Hammer To Highlight Trojan Performances At Claremont Relays

Feb. 28, 2005

Claremont, Calif. - Complete Results

The USC men's and women's track teams traveled to Claremont-McKenna College on Saturday (Feb. 26) to compete in the 9th annual Carl Rossi Relays in hopes of bringing home more first-place medals and leaving behind a few marks and times for the record books.

Highlights of the meet included sophomore Adam Midles' 216-0 throw in the hammer--good for seventh on the all-time USC hammer list--and junior Virginia Powell's wind-aided 13.09 in the 100m HH. Though marks aren't recognized by the NCAA until March 1, this was a successful meet for USC.

The Trojan women were very successful in their individual and team performances on Saturday and in turn are able to attest to the lengthy list of outstanding accomplishments and awards compiled this one Saturday afternoon alone.

Sophomore Kristen Berglas not only took first in the women's 3000m run, but was one of two women athletes in the race to break the meet record with a time of 10:12.60.

The Women of Troy showed no mercy when it came to hurdles, exemplifying why USC women currently hold all meet hurdling records. In both the 100m and 400m races, USC women made a clean sweep of the medals with consecutive first, second, and third place finishes. In the 100m hurdles, Virgina Powell, competing to break her own stadium and meet record set last year in 2004, came in first place, Candice Davis took second, and Talia Stewart sealed the package with her third place finish. In the 400m hurdles, again USC women stole the show with Candice Davis finishing first, Tunisa Johnson second and Liesl Griffin third.

Impressively, but not surprisingly enough, hurdles were not the only events in which the Women of Troy dominated. Shannon Lewallen, Melissa Astete, and Brittani Bernhard medaled one, two and three in the women's pole vault, while Kate Hutchenson threw her way into first place in the women's discus. Julia Rozenfeld, never to be outdone, also picked up a gold by taking first in the women's hammer throw.

The women relay teams in more than one race were able to hold it together nicely with both A and B teams finishing on top. In the women's 4x100 relay, the women's B team scooped up a quick 45.20 first place finish with the A team close at their heels comming in second place with a time of 45.37. The 4x400 relay race results were not much different. The women's A team placed first with a total time of 3:47.55, less than two minutes before their B team crossed the finish line with 3:49.71 on the clock and second place points on the board.

Both the women's distance and 800 sprint medlies made an impact with their second place finishes.

The Trojan men were able to depart from Claremont-McKenna College on Saturday knowing that they had left a lasting impression of their talents in the minds of their opponents and of whoever else was fortunate enough to watch them perform.

In the men's 3000m run, junior Tomas Babiszkiewicz found it particularly easy to multitask. On top of simply running in the race, Babiszkiewicz not only separated himself from his competition by about 16 seconds, handing him an easy first place, but also managed to break the meet record by more than two seconds. Also in the 3000m, teammate Damman Ferrara showcased his abilities with a third place finish.

The words hurdles and USC seemed to fit together just as well for the men's team as it did for the women's. In the 110m hurdles, newcomer Kai Kelley, freshman at USC, showed that he is capable of dominating with his first place finish, and junior Blake Frazier had his back finishing a close second. Outstanding freshman Sheldon Evans grabbed first place in the men's 400m hurdles as well as the new meet record. Senior Kenneth Thomas kept the pace with his second place finish.

The USC men's 4x100 relay team was able to contribute first place points to the team's overall standings with a race of 40.58. All of the men's 4x400 teams, A, B and C, managed to finish within the top 5, team A earning the gold, team C coming in second, and team B rounding out the top of the list with a fifth place finish.

The Men of Troy were able to sweep pole vault with an impressive one, two, three finish from Bradley Slinkard, Daniel Corrigan, and Graham Bockmiller. First and second places were also only seen by USC in the men's high jump competition. Freshman Manjula Wijesekara took first and Jessie Williams took second.

USC men's jumpers turned out to be very successful in putting point on the board for their Trojan track team. Inman Breaux captured first place in the men's triple jump competition and teammate Clark McGuire came in second. In long jump, Allen Simms was the best with a first place jump of 7.28m.

Adam Midles represented the USC men's throwing team with the only first place win in the hammer throw. The Men of Troy's men sprinters were able to work together and claim their moment of glory with a first place win in the 1600m sprint medley.

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