Powell Wins NCAA Indoor 60m Hurdles Title

March 10, 2006

USC's Virginia Powell set an NCAA record in defending her 60m indoor title and the Trojan women's track and field team stands in third place after the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships being held in Fayetteville, Ark.

Powell ran a collegiate-record and facility-record 7.84 in the 60m hurdles to defend her 2005 NCAA indoor crown and earn USC 10 points in the team competition. The senior's time was also the second-fastest in the world this year. Last season, Powell won both the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the hurdles.

Trojan teammate Candice Davis, a junior, placed eighth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.32 to earn a point.

Sophomore Carol Rodriguez ran a personal-best 22.71 in the 200m dash to come in second behind South Carolina's Shalonda Solomon, who ran 22.57. Rodriguez earned the Trojans eight points.

USC, which was entered in just two of the seven first-day events, is in third place in the team standings with a total of 19 points. Texas leads after one day with 25 points and the University of North Carolina is in second place with 20 points.

Powell also ran in the 60m dash preliminaries and qualified for tomorrow's finals with a time of 7.21, the fourth-fastest mark on the day.

Tomorrow, Powell will compete in the 60m race, freshman Brysun Stately in the pole vault and senior Karen Freberg in the shot. Also, USC's lone male competitor at the NCAA Indoor Championships Jesse Williams will attempt to defend his 2005 NCAA Indoor high jump title.

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