Trojans Sign Four Top-Notch Women's Track and Field Recruits

Nov. 11, 2005

The USC women's track and field team has landed four top-notch recruits it was announced today (Nov. 11) by USC's Director of Track and Field Ron Allice.

The Trojans announced that Myra Hasson (Gardena, Calif/Gardena High), Elizabeth Olear (Woodland Hills, Calif/Louisville High), Judith Onyepunuka (Peoria, Ariz./Peoria High) and Shana Woods (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) all have signed national letters of intent to attend USC.

'We are very pleased to sign this exceptionally talented group of student-athletes,' said coach Allice. 'They will continue to develop in our program and contribute to our great track and field tradition.'

Hasson has won five state medals and seven City titles, while helping lead Gardena to the City Championship title the past two seasons. She has a best of 24.21 in the 200m and 53.26 in the 400m, the second-best 400m time in the state of California last year.

She will be joined at USC by her close friend Woods, the 2004 state long jump champion and sophomore national record holder in the indoor pentathlon. Woods won the pentathlon at the National Scholastic Championships last season and was named to the U.S. team for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Morocco, but did not compete after aggravating a hamstring injury in the Southern Section Division I finals. The versatile Woods has bests of 11.62 in the 100m, 24.17 in the 200m, 14.0 in the 100m hurdles, 41.74 in the 300 intermediate hurdles, over 20 feet in the long jump and 5,052 points in the heptathlon.

Olear has been one of the top female high school sprinters in the area since she stepped on the Louisville campus three years ago, drawing comparisons to Olympic silver medalist and fellow Trojan student Allyson Felix. Olear has run an 11.65 in the 100m (11.63 wind-aided) and a 23.71 in the 200m (23.41 wind-aided). She placed second in the 200m race last year at the California State Championships.

Onyepunuka, whose sister Jessica is a sophomore on USC's track and field team, ran a best of 11.68 in the 100m and 23.99 in the 200m. She won the Arizona 400m high school state title in her freshman and sophomore seasons, but was slowed by a hip injury as a junior.

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