USC's Track And Field Team Begins Spring Competition At Claremont Relays Saturday

Feb. 23, 2007

The 2007 USC men's and women's track and field teams will begin the season on Feb. 24 at the Claremont Relays, held all day in Claremont, Calif.

The Trojans are coming off an impressive 2006 season which saw the women's team place second and the men's team ninth at the NCAA Championships, one of two schools to place both teams in the top 10 in each of the last two seasons. Along the way, the men's team won the Pac-10 title and NCAA West championship and the women's team won the NCAA West title and placed third at the Pac-10 Championships.

Gone from the 2006 team are school record-holders Virginia Powell and Jesse Williams, but Director of Track and Field Ron Allice's cupboards are far from bare.

The Trojans have 10 returning student-athletes who qualified for All-American honors last season and have added the number one ranked women's recruiting class in the nation.

Leading the way for the Trojans is junior Carol Rodriguez who placed her name in the record books three times last season, setting the USC record in the 200m and 400m, as well as being part of the Women of Troy's record-setting 4x100m relay team. Another Trojan record-setter returning is sophomore Eva Orban, who established the USC, Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional hammer throw record in 2006.

Among the returning All-Americans on the men's side are Noah Bryant (shot), DaSean Cunningham (4x400m relay), Kai Kelley (4x400m relay), Lionel Larry (400m, 4x400m relay), Adam Midles (hammer) and Duane Solomon (800m).

It promises to be another exciting year on the track for USC and fans can get their first glimpse of the new and returning Trojans at home on March 3 when the Trojan Relays will be held at Loker Stadium.

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