Trojans To Compete At RJ/JJK Invite And Sun Angel Classic

April 8, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - The USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be competing at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in Westwood, Calif. from April 9-11 and at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona on April 10 & 11.

RJ/JJK INVITATIONAL - USC will be sending heptathletes Nia Ali and Shana Woods as well as throwers Aaron Dan, Marissa Minderler, Ashley Pyka and Brian Wilhelm to compete at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational held at UCLA on April 9-11. It will be the first multi-event competition of the season for both Ali and Woods. Also expected to compete at the RJ/JJK Invitational are throwers Aaron Dan, Marissa Minderler, Ashley Pyka and Brian Wilhelm and Zara Lukens in the 10000m.

SUN ANGEL CLASSIC - USC is sending 10 athletes for the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State on April 10-11. Expected to compete are Erica Alexander, Brendan Ames, Shalina Clarke, Myra Hasson, Elizabeth Olear, Jessica Onyepunuka, Aareon Payne, Oscar Spurlock and Duane Walker.

TEXAS RELAYS & POMONA-PITZER RECAP - Corey White won the men' javelin at the Texas Relays with a school-record throw of 272-2, Kristine Busa placed third in the women's javelin with a throw of 164-8, Brandon Estrada came in fourth in the men's pole vault with a PR of 17-4 1/2, Nia Ali (13.32) and Shalina Clarke (13.55) came in 4th and 7th respectively in the women's 100m hurdles and Oscar Spurlock came in 4th in the men's 110m HH with a PR of 13.72w. At Pomona, Shea Wickland won the women's 5000m race with a time of 17:34.99, the seventh-best time ever by a Trojan female. Also, Kenisha Strong won the women's pole vault with a PR of 12-1 1/2, Katalin Mate was 4th in the women's discus (157-9) and Marissa Minderler 4th in the women's hammer throw (173-3).

WHITE SPEARS USC AND PAC-10 (SORT OF) JAVELIN RECORD - Corey White threw the javelin 272-2 (82.97m) to win the competition at the Texas Relays on April 4. What is known is that he broke his USC record of 267-10 which was set on April 10, 2008. What isn't known is if he broke the Pac-10 javelin record of 268-7 set in 1998 by Esko Mikkola of Arizona. The problem is, almost simultaneously, Oregon's Cyrus Hostetler had a throw of 272-10 to establish a new Pac-10 record, so it is not clear if White actually held the conference all-time record for a moment. White had a throw of 258-4 in his first meet of the season to win the Trojan Invitational. He enjoyed a phenomenal first season as a Trojan in 2008, winning the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional titles in the javelin and placing second at the NCAA Championships. His second-place finish in the javelin at the NCAA Championships to Chris Hill of Georgia by two feet was his only loss of the collegiate season.

WOODS AND ALI CAN DO IT ALL - When you go to a track meet to watch the Trojans, you might find juniors Shana Woods and Nia Ali entered in pretty much any event. Woods ranks third on USC's all-time heptathlon list and Ali was on pace to challenge the school record at the Pac-10s last season before being injured. Both athletes have the potential to score for the Trojans at the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon. Woods also ranks seventh all-time for a Trojan female in the long jump (20-8) and Ali ranks fourth in the 100m HH (13.14) and tied for 10th in the high jump (5-8 3/4).

NEXT WEEK - The Trojans' track and field team will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. from April 15-18 and at the Long Beach Invitational on April 18.

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