USC Post Several Marks Among The Best In The World This Year At Trojan Invitational

March 24, 2007

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The USC men's 4x400m relay team posted the fastest time in the world this year, senior Candice Davis turned in this world's third-fastest 100m high hurdles in 2007 as well as a personal record, senior Noah Bryant tied the third-best mark in the world this year in the shot put and junior Duane Solomon turned in the fastest 800m time in the NCAA this year to highlight the 2007 Trojan Invitational on Saturday (March 24) at USC's Loker Stadium.

The 4x400m relay team of Nate Anderson, Ahmad Rashad, Solomon and Lionel Larry ran 3:05:88, edging Texas A&M for the win.

Davis entered the meet with a personal best of 13.07 in the 100m high hurdles, but ran an impressive early-season 12.94 that made her the fastest collegiate and second-fastest American this year.

Bryant entered the invitational with an outdoor PR in the shot put of 64-6 ½ and toppled that with a 65-8 ¼ effort. Teammate Brian Wilhelm also posted a PR with a 56-00 ½.

Solomon won the 800m in 1:47.96, well under the previous NCAA best this year, 1:49.44. It also wasn't far off his PR of 1:47.45.

For the third consecutive week, senior Adam Midles set a career-best in the hammer throw, this time with a 226-6 feet (69.03) throw on Friday. The toss moved him from sixth to fourth on USC's all-time list, ahead of John Wolitarsky. Bryant finished third (191-06 feet, 58.36m) while Wilhelm rounded out the top finishers at fourth with a PR of 189-04 (57.72m).

In the discus, redshirt freshman Aaron Dan finished second with an impressive PR of 189-06, improving from his previous best of 182-11 ¼.

In Friday's women's hammer, Trojan sophomore Eva Orban established a season-best with a winning throw of 213-3 while teammate Julia Rozenfeld took second (198-2), just off her season best.

USC's Kai Kelley won the men's 110m high hurdles (13.99) while teammate Logan Taylor finished second (14.17). Kelley later went on to win the 400m IH in 51.51, an event in which he owns the nation's top times in 51.19.

Troy's Shalina Clarke (1:00.58) and Talia Stewart (1:00.92) went 1-2 with PRs in the women's 400m IH while teammate Katie Kirst (1:02.13) finished fourth.

Larry won the men's 400m with a 45.75 while Myra Hassan was second in the women's 400m in 54.04.

USC's Carol Rodriguez won the 200m dash in fine fashion in 23.41. Earlier, Rodriguez (11.44), Jessica Onyepunuka (11.60) and Davis (11.64) finished 2-3-4 in the women's 100m dash. Rodriguez owned the nation's fastest time (11.39) entering the meet, but Texas A&M's Simone Facey bettered the mark with a winning time of 11.38 out of lane 4.

Rashad, a freshman, turned in a 20.91into a wind reading of 1.9 mph out of the second heat to set a PR in the 200m dash for the win.

In the women's long jump, Trojans Shana Woods (20-01.00, 6.12m) and Michelle Sanford (20-00.50, 6.11m) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Texas A&M edged USC's quartet of Onyepunuka, Davis, Elizabeth Olear and Rodriguez in the women's 4x100m relay, 43.87 to 44.10.

USC alum Jesse Williams, competing individually, set a PR and the top mark in the world this year in the high jump with a leap of 7-7 ¾ in his final attempt at that height. Williams won the NCAA high jump titles in 2005 and 2006 as well as the indoor title in 2005.

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