White Wins The Javelin At the Pac-10 Track And Field Championships

May 16, 2008

Junior Corey White won the men's javelin throw competition to highlight the Trojans' first-day effort at the 2008 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships today (May 16) at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

White, who ranks second collegiately in the javelin with a throw of 267-10 (81.65m), won the Pac-10 javelin title with a winning mark of 241-8 (73.66m), more than three meters farther than the second-place finisher. Junior Stenn Parton threw the javelin 163-11 (49.96m) to place 12th in the event. White earned the Trojan men 10 points in the team competition and became the first Trojan with the new implement to win the Pac-10 javelin title (since 1986) and USC's first winner in the event since Larry Stuart in 1963..

The day began with the first championship final of the weekend the women's hammer and USC's junior Eva Orban earned a second-place finish despite competing with a sore right knee which almost caused her to miss the competition. Orban threw the hammer 211-8 (64.52m) to gain eight points for USC. She has now finished first once and second twice in the hammer throw at the Pac-10 Championships in her three seasons.

Freshman Zsofia Erdelyi placed fourth in the women's 3000m steeplechase to earn USC's women's team five points with a time of 10:23.46. Senior Laura Meyers finished with a time of 11:16.13, but did not score for the Trojans.

Redshirt senior Michelle Sanford placed fifth in the women's long jump to earn USC four points with a mark of 20-2 (6.12m), .01 meters behind the fourth-place finisher. Sophomore Shana Woods placed 10th in the prelims, the last person not to qualify for the finals rounds with a mark of 19-2 (5.84m).

Derek Scott earned the men's team 1.5 points as he tied for seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-6 3/4 (5.05m). Senior Daniel Corrigan also competed and tied for 15th with a pole vault of 16-0 3/4 (4.90m).

Freshman Kristine Busa placed fifth in the women's javelin finals with a throw of 158-4 (48.27m) to earn USC four team points.

After the first day of competition, the men's team stands in ninth place at the 2008 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships with 11.5 points, while the women's team is in fifth place with 27.0 points (includes Pac-10 Multi-Events results from last weekend). USC's women's team has scored over 100 points in the final day of competition in each of the last two Pac-10 Championships, scoring 107 points on the second day in 2007.

Freshman Sarah Cocco took the track first in the night session for the Trojans in the 1500m race and despite a strong last lap where she ran down three runners in the last 250 meters of her heat, she placed 15th overall with a time of 4:33.89 and just missed out on qualifying for the 12-woman finals. Senior Irek Sekretarski was the 12th and final qualifier in the men's 1500m race with a time of 3:49.30 as a total of 1.45 seconds separated all of the qualifiers for Saturday's finals.

The next event was the sprint hurdles, with two Trojan women and three men advancing to tomorrow's finals. First, sophomores and 2007 Pac-10 Co-Newcomers of the Year Shalina Clarke and Shana Woods advanced, Clarke with the second-fastest time (13.30) and Woods with the sixth-best time (13.79). Senior Lindsay Oman (14.79) and redshirt junior Katie Kirst (15.05) also ran, but did not qualify for the finals. Kirst was lucky to avoid injury when Washington's Falesha Ankton trip in the lane to her right and forced her to slow down right at the finish.

The Trojans impressively qualified three men's hurdlers for the finals as senior Kai Kelley had a time of 13.91, freshman Oscar Spurlock a time of 14.22 and sophomore Sean Adams a season-best time of 14.58. USC's chance for a fourth hurdler in the finals was dashed when one of the race favorites senior Logan Taylor had trouble on one of the hurdles and finished with a time fo 15.12.

USC then qualified sophomore Myra Hasson in the women's 400m race and senior Lionel Larry (46.24, the fastest qualifying time) and sophomore Jason Price (46.95) in the men's 400m dash. Sophomore Elizabeth Olear placed 11th in the women's 400m with a time of 55.28, two spots away from advancing to the finals.

The Trojans then had three female's qualify for tomorrow's 100m finals as senior Carol Rodriguez ran 11.47 to tie for the second-fastest time, senior Jessica Onyepunuka placed fourth with a time of 11.49 and sophomore Judith Onyepunuka placed eighth with a time of 11.87.

Sophomore sensation Ahmad Rashad was the only Trojan to advance to the finals in the men's 100m dash and he had the fastest time on the day of 10.43. But even with finishing first the Trojans couldn't win as Rashad tweaked his hamstring at the end of the race and is doubtful for the finals which would end USC's three-year Pac-10 winning streak in the event. He also was then scratched from the 200m race and will not be able to defend his Pac-10 title in that event. Also running tonight for USC in the 100m race but not qualifying for the finals were junior Desmond Hamilton (10.78) and sophomore Travon Patterson who false started and was disqualified.

Senior Duane Solomon advanced to the finals in the 800m race with a time of 1:49.24, good for second in his heat. Sophomore Nate Anderson placed 13th with a time of 1:50.85 and did not qualify for the nine-man finals.

In the women's 400m IH Clarke and Kirst advanced to the finals with times of 59.44 and 1:00.30 respectively. Redshirt senior Lindsay Oman running her first 400m IH race of the season had a respectable time of 1:03.34 but did not advance to Saturday's finals. Clarke won her heat and had the second-fastest qualifying time, while Kirst took third in her heat and had the fifth-best qualifying time.

Senior Kai Kelley (51.39) and junior Sheldon Evans (52.41) advanced to the men's 400m IH finals by finishing fifth and ninth respectively in the prelims. Adams just missed moving on to the finals with a time of 52.66, good for 11th.

Rodriguez (23.06) and Jessica Onyepunuka (a season-best 23.40) placed one and two in their 200m heat and first and third overall to advance to the finals, but Judith Onyepunuka suffered a cramp in her calf muscle while rounding the turn and went down on the track, but is expected to be alright.

Also competing but not scoring in the men's long jump were Hamilton (10th - 22-9 3/4) and freshmen Terry Prentice (15th- 21-10 3/4) and Elliott Ferrara (16th - 21-8 1/4).

Had 10 individual performances which qualified for tomorrow's finals

In addition to those individuals who qualified today for Saturday's finals, USC will also have freshman Trey Henderson and redshirt juniors Mike Curiel and Brian Wilhelm competing in the men's hammer throw, redshirt sophomores Colin Campbell and Aaron Dan in the men's discus, junior Donovan Lim in the men's high jump, sophomore Ekene Anene and Sanford in the women's triple jump, freshman Lauren Guerrieri and redshirt senior Kate Hutchinson in the women's discus, Anene in the women's high jump, Erdelyi in the women's 5000m, redshirt sophomore Aven Wright in the men's triple jump and the men's and women's 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.

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