Erdelyi, White, Busa And Clarke Shine At Trojan Invitational

March 22, 2008

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Zsofia Erdelyi bettering her school freshman record, Corey White and Kristine Busa setting new personal bests and establishing the second farthest throws all-time in the javelin by a Trojan and Shalina Clarke setting a new PR in the 100m high hurdles highlighted the action at the Trojan Invitational today (March 22) held at Loker Stadium in Los Angeles.

Erdelyi bettered her school freshman record in winning the women's 3000m race today with a time of 9:33.29. Erdelyi won by nearly 13 seconds over the next closest finisher and her time also bettered her fourth-place standing on USC's all-time women's 3000m list. She had run 9:37.90 at the Trojan Relays on March 1.

The redshirt junior White continues to make history with each throw he makes, winning the javelin competition today with a new PR of 241-8 (73.66). The mark is second all-time by a Trojan, trailing only Nils Fearnley's mark of 244-8 set in 1995 and is the top collegiate mark this season.

Busa, a freshman, won the women's javelin competition with a new PR of 169-7 (51.70m). That mark is also the best collegiate mark this season and is the second best mark in school history, trailing only Inga Stasiulionyte who had a throw of 186-10 in 2002.

The sophomore Clarke blazed to a win in the women's 100m high hurdles with a time of 13.13, moving her into third place all-time on the USC sprint hurdles list, trailing only NCAA all-time leader Virginia Powell (12.48) and Candice Davis (12.90). Later, Clarke came in second and junior Katie Kirst sixth with season-best times of 1:00.30 and 1:01.75 in the women's 400m IH. Clarke was edged by Lorraine King of Washington State by .01 second.

Trojan senior hurdler Kai Kelley was a three-time winner on the day, winning the 110m HH, 400m IH and running the anchor on USC's winning 4x400m relay team. Kelley won the men's 110m HH race with a season-best and second-leading 2008 collegiate time of 13.85. He was followed closely by senior teammate Logan Taylor who placed second with a time of 13.87. Sophomore Sean Adams won the second hurdles heat and placed seventh overall with a time of 14.70. Kelley then came back to win the 400m IH with a season-best time of 51.22, the second-best collegiate mark this season. Junior Sheldon Evans won the second heat and was fifth overall with a season-best time of 52.89. Adams placed 6th with a PR of 53.26. Finally, Kelley ran the final leg for USC's 4x400m relay team (along with Jason Price, Matthew Palmer and Nate Anderson) that won with a season-best time of 3:09.38.

The women's 4x400m relay team also won today with a season-best and regional-qualifying time of 3:38.83. Senior Carol Rodriguez led off with the top split of 52.9, followed by sophomore Elizabeth Olear, senior Jessica Onyepunuka and sophomore Myra Hassan.

Onyepunuka was a three-time champion on the day, also winning the 100m and 200m dashes. She won the women's 100m with a time of 11.62 which is a regional qualifying mark. She then won the 200m with a season best of 23.62, a regional qualifying mark and fastest collegiate time this season.

Rodriguez cruised to victory in the women's 400m dash with a collegiate-leading time of 52.74. Hassan placed third with a time of 54.89 and Olear placed second in the second heat with a time of 55.81, good for sixth overall.

Also with top marks on the women's side were:

Sophomore Shana Woods won the second 100m hurdles heat with a season-best time of 14.12 and placed third overall. Senior Lindsay Oman placed third in the third heat with a season-best time in the 100m HH of 14.75. Woods and senior Michelle Sanford finished first and second respectively in the women's long jump. Woods leaped 19-7 ½ and Sanford jumped 19-6. Oman placed second in the women's high jump with a PR of 5-7 (1.70m) and sophomore Ekene Anene tied for sixth at 5-3. Anene then placed second in the triple jump with a PR of 41-4 ½ which is the sixth-longest triple jump in USC history.

Senior Chun Mei Nickles placed ninth in the women's pole vault with a season-best clearance of 12-1 ½ (3.70m).

Eva Orban continued her strong junior season by winning the women's hammer competition held on March 21 with a winning throw of 228-3, nearly 27 feet farther than the second-place finisher. Orban set the school record with a throw of 230-3 last week at the Northridge Invitational, and now has the top four female marks in USC history. She also has the second, fourth, seventh and ninth farthest marks all-time in her native Hungary.

Freshman Sarah Cocco took second place in the women's 1500m race with a time of 4:31.29, being edged by Roxanne Sellick of Fresno State who ran a personal best of 4:30.08. Sophomore Jennifer Wells won her heat and placed 15th overall with a season-best time of 4:49.09. Sophomore Jasmine Leija won the third heat with a come-from-behind effort and placed 21st overall with a time of 4:59.29.

Other top marks on the men's side included:

Senior Duane Solomon won the men's 1500m race with a new PR of 3:50.58 Freshman David Branch won the second heat by sprinting to the lead in the final 200m to finish with a new PR of 3:57.37, good for 10th overall.

Sophomore Jason Price had a time of 48.11 to place second in his 400m heat and second overall. Freshman Josh Tennefoss ran a season-best 50.72 in the men's 400m to finish in 14th place.

Solomon and sophomore Nate Anderson finished 1-2 in the men's 800m, with Solomon running a nation-best 1:47.99, while Anderson ran a PR of 1:50.27. Both marks are regional qualifiers.

Junior Desmond Hamilton won the men's long jump with a jump of 24-6 ¼ (7.47m), while freshman Terry Prentice finished third with a mark of 23-4 ¾ (7.13m). Freshman Elliott Ferrara placed ninth with a season-best jump of 21-9.

Sophomore Derek Scott won the men's pole vault at a height of 17-2 ¾, a new PR. It was also a regional qualifying standard.

Freshman Trey Henderson placed fourth in the men's hammer competition held on March 21 with a distance of 194-6. Only two-feet three inches separated the top four finishers. Redshirt junior Mike Curiel placed eighth with a new PR of 188-11.

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