Virginia Powell Wins Three Crowns As Trojans Finish Fourth At Pac-10 Championships
May 15, 2005
The USC men's and women's track and field teams each finished fourth at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships on Sunday in Westwood, Calif. Overall, the Trojans won seven individual championships and one team crown in the women's 400m relay.
The Trojan men finished with 106 points to follow first-place finisher Oregon (152), UCLA (134.50) and Arizona State (122). The Women of Troy picked up 99 points over the weekend and finished behind Stanford (173), UCLA (125) and Arizona State (118).
For the men, the jumpers combined to collect 36 of the Trojans 106 team points. Junior Jesse Williams continued his domination of the high jump Sunday, breaking an 18-year old Pac-10 meet record with a personal-best 7-5 ¾ jump to win the high jump crown. Williams' mark tied the USC record held by Dawid Jaworski since 2003.
After a second-place finish in the long jump competition on Saturday, senior Allen Simms came from behind with a 56-4 jump to steal the lead and defend his triple jump crown Sunday.
Freshman Manjula Wijesekara made an impressive debut at the Pac-10 Championships, jumping 7-1 to finish second behind Williams.
On the track, senior Wes Felix ran 10.24 to win the 100m championship but was unable to defend his two-time crown in the 200m. Felix ran 20.65 but finished two-hundredths of a second behind ASU's Seth Amoo (20.63).
Junior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz ran 3:46.12 to finish third in the 1500m competition and sophomore Raphael Asafo-Agyei placed third in the 800m running a personal-best 1:47.88. Senior Anthony Heckman finished seventh after running 1:49.22.
Freshman Kai Kelley ran 14.13 to finish fifth in the 110m HH and also finished seventh in the 400m IH with a season-best 52.21 mark. Junior Blake Frazier placed sixth in the 110m IH running 14.21 and senior Kenneth Thomas ran 15.08 to finish ninth in the event.
As for the relays, the Trojans placed third in the 400m running 39.39 and ran 3:05.77 to finish fifth in the 1600m. Arizona State won both events.
On Saturday, Adam Midles won the hammer competition and brought home USC's eighth hammer championship in thirteen years.
On the women's side, junior Virginia Powell not only defended her 100m Pac-10 crown running a personal-best 11.28 on Sunday, she also added two more championships to her repertoire winning both the 100m HH and the 4x100m relay. Powell individually earned 20 points for the Trojans and contributed to the ten points picked up in the 400m relay.
The Women of Troy relay unit of Virginia Powell, Jessica Onyepunuka, Tracee Thomas and Alexis Weatherspoon won USC's fifth 4x100m Pac-10 crown in six years running a season-best 43.66 to finish almost a second before second-place Stanford.
Senior Iryna Vashchuk defended her 1500m Pac-10 crown running a season-best 4:16.02 in an exciting race to fend off Stanford's second-place finisher Sara Bei's 4:16.14.
Senior Alexis Weatherspoon had a solid weekend, running a personal-best 11.43 to finish second in the 100m and then topping it off with a personal-best 23.67 for third place in the 200m. Freshman Jessica Onyepunuka ran 11.74 for sixth in the 100m.
In the hurdles, Powell ran 12.75 to win her first Pac-10 100m HH crown and pick up another 10 points for the Trojans. Freshman Talia Stewart ran 14.07 for eighth place but excelled in the 400m IH. She ran 59.71 to improve her personal record by nearly three seconds and finish second in the competition. Sophomore Candice Davis placed third in the event after running 59.83 and junior Tunisia Johnson rounded out the group finishing seventh at 1:01.69.
In the 800m, sophomore Treani Swain picked up five points for the Women of Troy finishing fourth in the event with a time of 2:06.03. Senior Gina Clayton ran 2:08.88 and was eighth overall in the competition.
On the field, sophomore Julia Rozenfeld threw 193-6 to finish fourth in the hammer competition and senior Melissa Astete jumped a season-best 12-11 ½ (matching her personal-best mark) to finish eighth in the pole vault. Sophomore Andrea McBride also gained a point for USC throwing 147-9 for eighth place in the javelin competition.
The Trojans will be back in action Friday, May 27 to compete in the 2005 NCAA Regionals in Eugene, Ore.