Williams Wins NCAA Indoor High Jump Championship

March 11, 2006

Senior Jesse Williams successfully defended his 2005 NCAA indoor high jump title by clearing 7-6 today (March 11) to win the 2006 NCAA indoor high jump crown at the NCAA Indoor Championships being held in Fayetteville, Ark.

Williams, who was the first USC athlete to win the men's indoor and outdoor titles in the same season in 2005, now has a chance to duplicate that feat this year. He was the only Trojan male athlete at the championships and cleared all of his jumps through his winning height of 7-6 on the first attempt. The 7-6 is a school indoor record.

Senior Virginia Powell, who won the 60m hurdles title for the second consecutive season yesterday, ran in the 60m finals and placed seventh with a time of 7.26. She had run a 7.21 time in the preliminaries yesterday. Her winning time of 7.84 in the 60m hurdles on March 10 was a new women's collegiate record.

Senior Karen Freberg threw the shot 51-5 1/2 to place 13th and freshman Brysun Stately missed in her three attempts at 12-7 1/2 in the pole vault. Stately broke her school record with a pole vault of 13-5 3/4 last week.

The small squad of five USC female track and field athletes that competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships tied for eighth with 21 points. Powell earned 10 in the 60m hurdles and two in the 60m dash, Carol Rodriguez earned eight in the 200m race and Candice Davis earned one in the 60m hurdles.

Even though Williams was the only USC male entered in the competition, his 10 points in the high jump earned the Trojans a tie for 19th place in the team standings.

The Trojans' outdoor track and field team also competed today at the Ben Brown Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Mt. Sac College.

Sophomore Jessica Onyepunuka won the 100m dash and tied her personal best with a time of 11.31. Junior Tara Davis-Quarrie came in fifth among collegiate runners with a time of 12.20 in the 100m and placed third in the 200m with a time of 24.93.

Sophomore Talia Stewart had the fastest time amongst collegiate women in the meet in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.99. She also placed second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 61.09.

Junior Michelle Sanford won the long jump at a distance of 20-3, followed by teammate senior Katarzyna Klisowska who jumped 19-3. Senior Shannon Lewallen came in fifth in the pole vault, clearing 11-9.

For the men, sophomore Kai Kelley had the best time for a collegiate runner in the 110m hurdles at 14.39. Trojan sophomore Logan Taylor placed second in the event with a time of 14.45. They placed seventh and 14th respectively among the college hurdlers in the 400m hurdles.

Junior Inman Breaux won the triple jump at 49-10 and was followed by teammate junior Clark McGuire who jumped 48-2.

Senior Noah Bryant continued his comeback by winning the shot with a personal-best of 62-10. That mark was the sixth farthest by a USC shot putter in school history. Bryant also placed second in the discus with a throw of 167-9 and fifth in the hammer at 173-3.

Junior Adam Midles won the hammer event with a throw of 212-1. Junior Kevin Swartz placed fourth in the event with a throw of 173-11.

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