USC Heads To Pac-10 Championships in Eugene, Ore.

May 13, 2009

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The USC men's and women's track and field team will be competing this week at the Pac-10 Championships being hosted by Oregon in Eugene, Ore. on May 16-17. The USC women's team earned 10 points last week at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships and currently stand in second place in the race for the 2009 Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Championship. The men's team had no participants in the Multi-Events and are currently tied for seventh place in the hunt for the men's 2009 Pac-10 team title. The Pac-10 Championships will be taped and aired by FSN Prime Ticket on May 21 at 8 p.m. The two-hour show will also be repeated several times on FSN and FSN Prime Ticket during May and June.

ALI & WOODS AT THE PAC-10 MULTI-EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS - USC juniors Nia Ali and Shana Woods finished third and fifth respectively at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships on May 9-10 in Eugene, Ore. to earn the Trojans 10 points. Ali had a PR of 5,681 points, the third-highest total ever by a Trojan. Woods scored a season-best 5,490 points to finish fifth, after capturing third last season.

OCCIDENTAL RECAP - USC had a few athletes compete at the Occidental Invitational on May 9 in Eagle Rock, Calif. Senior Charles Fasi had a PR in the pole vault of 16-2 3/4 (4.95m) and freshman Anniya Louis had a season-best 800m time of 2:10.15, just off the regional qualifying standard.

TROJANS AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC men's team finished 7th and the women's team 3rd at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships hosted by Arizona State. In the last 12 years, USC's and Oregon's men's teams have won the most titles at four. Oregon has won 3 of the last 4 with the other going to USC in 2006, the last time the meet was held in Eugene, Ore. The 7th-place finish by the men's team was its worst since finishing 9th in 1991. Since 1996 when the USC women captured the Pac-10 title, they have finished no lower than in fourth place.

RETURNING SCORERS FROM THE 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP - Returning Trojan females who scored at the 2008 Pac-10 Meet are: Myra Hasson in the 400m (7th) and 4x400m (4th), Zsofia Erdelyi in the 5000m (7th) and 3000m SC (4th), Shalina Clarke in the 100m HH (3rd), 400m IH (1st), 4x400m (4th) and 4x100m (1st), Shana Woods in the 100m HH (8th) and heptathlon (3rd), Judith Onyepunuka in the 4x100m (1st), Elizabeth Olear in the 4x400m (4th), Akene Anene in the triple jump (6th), Eva Orban in the hammer (2nd) and Kristine Busa in the javelin (5th). Returning Trojan males who scored at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships are: Jason Price in the 400m (6th), 4x400m (3rd) and 4x100m (4th), Oscar Spurlock in the 110m HH (6th), Matthew Palmer in the 4x100m (4th), Ahmad Rashad in the 4x100m (4th), Nate Anderson in the 4x400m (3rd), Derek Scott in the pole vault (T-7th), Aven Wright in the triple jump (6th), Aaron Dan in the discus (5th) and Corey White in the javelin (1st).

TRACKTOWN HAS BEEN KIND - The Trojans have performed well at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Ore. as the men's team won the 2000 and 2006 Pac-10 crowns and the 2005 and 2007 NCAA West Regional titles here. Also, the USC women's team won its only NCAA track and field championship in 2001 in Eugene.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL ON DECK - The Trojans' track and field team will be competing at the NCAA West Regional Championships on May 29-30 also in Eugene, Ore. USC has 19 men and 15 women who have already earned a berth at the regional. The USC men placed second at the 2008 NCAA West Regional, after having won it the three previous seasons. The USC women placed third at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. In the six years of regional competition the USC men's team has finished no lower than third place (2003), while the women's lowest finish was sixth (2003). To qualify for the NCAA Championships, athletes have to finish in the top five (top 3 in relays) in each of the NCAA Regionals or be in a group of 5-8 other athletes chosen from a pool of the next best seven finishers in each event from the four regionals.

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