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NCAA Track & Field Championships

USC's Men Finish 5th and Women 7th at NCAA Track And Field Championships.

From the USC Website

USC had a good showing at the NCAA Track & Field Championships that were held up at Sacramento State June 6th through 9th. USC senior Noah Bryant on the shot put competition becoming the first Trojan to win the event since 1962.

The USC men's team placed fifth and the women's team seventh, with both squads scoring 27 points. USC is the only university to have both the men's and women's team place in the top 10 in each of the last three seasons. There were 149 women's teams and 145 men's team represented at the championships.

"We battled through some injuries here, as a lot of teams do, but still managed to get both the men's and women's teams to finish in the top 10," said USC's Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. "That is no small feat and I'm proud of the way our entire team competed."

Bryant had a winning shot put of 65-9 (20.04m) to double as both the 2007 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion. He also was just one of three collegiate male athletes to complete the indoor-outdoor sweep in an event in 2007. Bryant set the school shot put record earlier this season with a mark of 67-5 1/2 (20.56m).

"It wasn't a great performace mark-wise, but it was good that I was able to come back after someone took the lead and then regain it," said said the four-time All-American Bryant. "Everyone threw better in the fifth and sixth rounds, so it was nerve-racking to see if the mark would hold up."

SC is the only school to have both the Men's and Women's teams place in the top 10 each of the last three years.

Here are the top 10 scores for the Men's and Women's Brackets:

Men's Team:

Place   School          

1       Florida State  
2       LSU            
3       Auburn          
4       Tennessee      
5       USC            
6       North Carolina  
7       Wisconsin      
7       Louisville      
9       UCLA            
10     Oregon          
10     Stanford        

Women's Team:

Place      School         

    1         Arizona State   
    2         LSU             
    3         Michigan        
    4         Texas A&M    
    5         UCLA        
    6         Texas        
    7         USC                
    8         California        
    9         Georgia        
    10       Stanford        
    10       Texas Tech    

The men's team might have finished higher had the 4 X 100 relay team finished their race but that was no to be with Jamere Holland pulling a hamstring in the opening leg of the heat.

USC's Lionel Larry took 2nd in the 400 meters when, he was edged at the tape by Florida State's Ricardo Chambers. FSU's Walter Dix had a great meet winning the 100, 200 and 400 meter relay becoming the first to that since 1969.

[...] He eased to victory in the 200 in 20.32 seconds, well off the collegiate record and world-leading 19.69 he ran two weeks ago at the East Regional.

"It's something I've been working toward since my freshman year," Dix said. "Now that goal's out of the way I still have the 100-meter record to get."

Florida State picked up another 10 points in the 400 when Ricardo Chambers leaned into the tape to edge Lionel Larry of USC by .02 seconds.

Tough break Larry. Dix is an absolute stud.

Congrats to Coach Allice and the Track program for a fine showing.