Two Trojans qualify for championships
A pair of Trojans is headed for the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend after posting qualifying marks last Saturday at the UW Last Chance Meet in Seattle.
Junior hurdler Shalina Clarke and junior high jumper Manjula Wijesekara will represent USC at the Indoor Championships. Clarke won her heat in 8.41 seconds in prelims before running 8.58 seconds in the finals to finish fourth. Wijesekara placed second in the high jump with a mark of 7-2 1/4.
Sophomore Oscar Spurlock won the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 7.92 seconds but missed qualifying for the Indoor Championships by .01 seconds.
Redshirt juniors Derek Scott and Brysun Stately also failed to qualify in the pole vault. Scott tied for seventh with a mark of 16-6 while Stately, hampered by a slight injury, did not clear the bar in any of her attempts.
A number of Trojans also took part in the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton last Saturday. USC athletes finished first in 10 separate events at the Invitational.
Senior hammer Eva Orban crushed the field in her first event since winning the 2008 NCAA Championship. Her mark of 221-4 was more than 30 feet farther than any of her competitors.
Junior Myra Hasson also coasted to victory in her event, winning the 400-meter in 54.21 seconds.
Redshirt freshman Shea Wickland’s had a memorable debut for the Trojans. Running the 10,000-meter for the first time in her career, Wickland etched her name into the history books with a winning time of 36:16.00. That mark ranks third all-time among USC women.
USC also enjoyed success on the men’s side. A quartet of USC throwers met the NCAA regional qualifying standard this weekend for the men. Sophomore Trey Henderson won the men’s hammer and set a personal record of 210-4. Redshirt junior Colin Campbell also set a PR in winning the discus event. He threw 184-2.
Redshirt seniors Brian Wilhelm and Mike Curiel will join their teammates at the NCAA Regionals after placing third and fourth, respectively, in the hammer. Willhelm narrowly edged Curiel 193-4 to 192-7.
The 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 13 and 14 in College Station, Tex.
USC will also compete next weekend at the Northridge Invitational.
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