USC Competed In Both Indoor And Outdoor Meets Over The Weekend

March 5, 2006

The USC track and field team was busy competing both indoor at the University of Washington Last Chance Meet in Seattle, Wash. and outdoor at the 65th annual Jack Rose Long Beach Relays held in Long Beach, Calif.

Several members of the USC women's track and field team traveled to Seattle to have one last attempt to gain qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships, but due to the way the meet was conducted, several of USC's automatic qualifying marks were wiped off the books.

'Nothing the athletes did was wrong, nothing the coaches did was wrong,' said USC's Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. 'The kids competed up there really well, but it all got clouded up this morning (March 5).'

Basically the 60m dash and 60m hurdles events had five competitors for the six lanes in the preliminaries which the NCAA says thus makes it a finals. So several of the USC women who saved their best race for the finals, had those marks erased and will have only their preliminary marks counted.

Alexis Weatherspoon, who won the 60m dash finals with a facility record time of 7.28, had her time drop down to 7.34, which she ran in the prelims.

Virginia Powell won the 60m hurdles with a season indoor-best of 7.93 and had already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, but her time was dropped down to the 7.98 she ran in the prelims. Candice Davis, who came in second with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 8.14, saw that erased from the books and her provisional qualifying time of 8.30 she ran in the preliminaries reinstated as her official time.

Carol Rodriguez won the 200m race with a provisional qualifying time of 23.75, but she had already run a 23.65 at the The Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational.

Michelle Sanford won the women's long jump with a provisional qualifying distance of 20-3 and Karen Freberg came in second in the shot put with a provisional qualifying distance of 53-04 1/4.

Brysun Stately, who set the USC outdoor-record with a vault of 13-1/2 on Feb. 25, tied for second in the pole vault with a new school record of 13-5 3/4.

At Long Beach in USC's second outdoor meet of the season, Kate Neeper placed third in the 5000m run with a time of 18:23.79. Talia Stewart won the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.33 and Katie Kirst finished fourth with a time of 15.62. Stewart also came in second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.06, follwed by Tunisia Johnson in third (1:02.00) and Kirst fourth (1:05.08).

Also, Dominique Chaplin tied for second in the high jump with a jump of 5-1 and Shannon Lewallen tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 11-5 3/4.

Julia Rozenfeld won the hammer event with a throw of 193-1.

For the men, Logan Taylor won the 110m high hurdles with a time of 14.45, followed by teammate Kai Kelley in second with a time of 14.63. Kelley had the best time among collegiate runners in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.10. Taylor was fifth among college runners with a time of 57.01.

The men's 4x400m relay team of Lionel Larry, Jeff Garrison, Kai Kelley and Raphael Asafo-Agyei won with an impressive time of 3:07.57

USC's Gerad Herkey placed second in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:10.85.

All-American high jumper Jesse Williams won the high jump at a height of 7-5 and had the best long jump among college athletes with a jump of 23-7. Derek Scott cleared 16-0 3/4 to have the best pole vault among college athletes. Brandon Estrada tied for second among collegians with a pole vault of 15-1.

Inman Breaux won the men's triple jump at a career-best distance of 49-10 1/2, followed by teammate Clark McGuire (47-3 1/2). Aven Wright finished fourth in the event at 46-7 1/2 and Phillip Allen was fifth (46-2 3/4).

Noah Bryant won the shot put with a throw of 61-11 3/4. Mike Curiel placed 10th in the hammer with a throw of 151-1 and Mark Sargeant had the second farthest javelin throw amongst collegians, with a distance of 166-5.