Trojans Tear It Up At Texas Relays
April 11, 2005
The Trojan men's and women's track and field teams had another solid performance last weekend at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Trojans racked up over 20 regional qualifying marks, 10 season best and three personal best performances during the four-day meet that started April 6.
Sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei, senior Anthony Heckman, junior Tomasz Babiskiewiecz and freshman Duane Solomon won the 4x800 meter relay with a stellar time of 7:21.75, to finish more than three seconds before second-place finisher Kansas. The team's performance marked USC's best time in the event since 1967 and also shattered the Myers Stadium record of 7:24.95 set by Arkansas in 2004 and broke Arkansas' three-year win streak in the event.
'We are definitely not used to these conditions but the amazing facilities here overshadow any problems you can have with conditions,' said second leg runner Heckman. 'We had a freshman anchor and our third leg had not run the 800 yet this year so we put our most intimidating runner on first leg to loosen things up.'
In other relay events, the men's 4x100 meter relay ran a regional qualifying, season-best time of 39.67 in the preliminaries but finished fifth in the event running 39.85 in the finals. The 4x400 meter relay unit ran a season-best 3:06.40 to finish seventh.
Freshman Sheldon Evans ran a season and personal best time of 51.90 to finish seventh in the 400-meter hurdles invitational, featuring the top hurdlers in the country.
On the field, the men's high jumpers came away with the competition. Junior Jesse Williams continued to show his consistency in the high jump with his first-place jump of 7-03.75. Freshman Manjula Wijesekara jumped 7-02.50 for second place.
Senior Allen Simms won the men's triple jump with a season-best jump of 54-08.25, finishing a whole foot ahead of the second-place finisher from Texas State. In the shot put competition, sophomore William Denbo matched his personal record throwing 65-00.50 to finish third in the event. Classmate Adam Midles placed third in the hammer with a 207-02, regional qualifying throw.
For the women, junior hurdler Virginia Powell continued to shave time off her 100-meter hurdles record. She ran 12.70, her personal best time in any condition (wind 2.3) to finish second in the 100 meter hurdles invitational. Sophomore Candice Davis ran a personal record 13.14 to place third in the event.
The women's relay teams performed well over the weekend. Powell, freshman Carol Rodriguez, senior Alexis Weatherspoon and freshman Jessica Onyepunuka ran a season-best 44.32 in the 4x100 meter relay and placed second in the event. In the 4x400 meter relay, junior Tracee Thomas, freshman Jasmine Lee, sophomore Treani Swain and freshman Carol Rodriguez ran 3:33.78 to improve on their season-best time by two seconds and finished fifth in the event.
On the field, sophomore Julia Rozenfeld placed second in the hammer competition with a regional qualifying throw of 188-11. In the javelin throw contest, senior Leslie Erickson threw a season best 148-09, to finish fifth and qualify for regional competition. Freshman Andrea McBride also qualified for regionals with a 145-06, eighth-place throw.
The Trojans are set to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, the L.A. Twilight Open and the Long Beach State Invitational next weekend.