Hutchinson Betters Her USC School Discus Record At The Cardinal And Gold Invitational

April 1, 2006

Junior Kate Hutchinson for the second consecutive week set the USC school record in the women's discus by throwing 184-1 today to highlight the activities at the Cardinal and Gold Invitational hosted by USC at Loker Stadium. Also, former USC sprinting great Howard P. Drew was saluted and Trojan Olympians Angela Williams and Felix Sanchez were on hand to present the awards to all of the L.A. City high school relay champions.

Freshman USC record-holder Brysun Stately won the women's pole vault competition at a height of 12-9 1/2. She set the school record of 13-5 3/4 on March 4 and just missed today on her third attempt at 13-7 3/4. Trojans senior Shannon Lewallen (12-1 1/2) and junior Daymora Pen (11-1 3/4) finished third and tied for sixth respectively in the competition with season-best jumps.

Sophomore Lionel Larry won the men's 400m race with a time of 46.07, the same time he ran in last week's Trojan Invitational, which is still the fastest 400m by a collegiate male runner this season. Senior Jeff Garrison, who has the second-fastest time in the country this season of 46.73, ran 46.95 to place second in the event.

Sophomore Carol Rodriguez won the women's 200m race and matched her career-best time set last week of 23.39. Her time is the second fastest by a collegiate female in the 200m race so far this season and ranks as the 10th fastest time ever by a Trojan female.

Senior Virginia Powell did not run her specialty event, the women's 100m hurdles at today's meet, but won the women's 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 11.17. Not far behind her in the race was Rodriguez who finished second with a wind-aided time of 11.31.

Sophomore Kai Kelley just edged teammate senior Blake Frazier in the men's 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.10. Frazier ran 14.12 and sophomore Logan Taylor ran 14.59 to tie for third.

Other Trojans posting victories on the day were junior Candice Davis in the women's hurdles with a wind-aided time of 12.37, senior Noah Bryant in the men's shot put with a throw of 60-10 3/4, senior Philip Francis in the 100m dash with a time of 10.49, junior DeSean Cunningham in the 800m run with a time of 1:54.20, the USC women's 4x100m relay team (44.53), the USC men's 4x100m relay team (40.34), USC women's 4x400m relay team (3:41.71) and the USC men's 4x400m relay team (3:07.20).

Texas A&M's Clora Williams won the women's 400m race with a time of 52.21, the fastest 400m by a college female this season.

Birmingham and Crenshaw led the high schools by winning two events each and Birmingham placed first or second in five of the eight relay competitions.

Also today, several USC male track athletes competed at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Junior Raphael Asafo-Agyei ran a season-best 1:48.95 in the 800m to place second and teammate sophomore Duane Solomon placed 19th with a time of 1:51.48. In the 1500m run, senior Tomasz Babiszkiewicz came in seventh with a time of 3:47.15.

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