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100 (11.75 regional qualifying mark)
Carol Rodriguez was third at last year's NCAA meet and is ranked fifth collegiately. She is one of the top 15 returners in the 100, 200 and 400. Jessica Onyepunuka, the 2003 World Youth champ and 6x Arizona state champion (three in 100 and 200) has yet to have national success but in this, her sophomore. Monique Coleman has a Personal Record (PR) this year and would improve upon her Midwest Region appearance. Ashley Lodrey has tons of sprint talent that has made her a 5-time 100 hurdle all-American and third on the all-time Husky list in the open 100 meters.
Last year Carol Rodriguez set the Puerto Rican national record in this event and finished fourth at the NCAA outdoor meet and second indoors. This year she is the fourth fastest collegian. Jessica Onyepunuka was sixth in last year's Pac-10 meet and is ranked second in the conference this year. Donniece Parrish was eighth in the Big 12 indoor last year and qualified for the MW region meet. Marnyka Honeycutt was a Big 12 competitor in the 100 and 200 last year.
Shaunte Thomas was 10th in the 2005 NCAA meet and fourth in last year's Big 12 meet. Myra Hasson was fourth in last year's California State Championships. Kinyatta Leonhardt is a former Division II All-American in the Distance Medley Relay. Last year she ran in the Pac-10 meet. Keshia Baker is a 3-time California State scorer in the 400.
Becca Noble is the defending outdoor NCAA champion and twice has been the runner-up indoors. Morgan Bonds was an NCAA competitor last year and finished fourth in the Big 12 meet. Dani Schuster competed in the NCAA indoor mile and was eighth in the Pac-10 800 last year. Zoe Buckman recently arrived in the US after finishing the Australian season with a third place finish in the national championships.
Becca Noble had a 7-second PR at the Stanford Invite in winning her heat. She has the third fastest collegiate time this year and is the top combo 800/1500 runner in the country. Amy Lia is the defending collegiate champion and has the third fastest pr of all collegians. Amanda Miller became an indoor mile All-American after her ninth-place NCAA finish. Natalia Kovtun was a World Junior competitor last year.
Dana Buchanon PR'd by 41 seconds last year and hopefully will have another good PR to put her on the national scene. She finished 4th at last year's Pac-10 meet but didn't advance beyond the regional meet. Emily Mathis was just off the NCAA regional qualifying mark. A PR of just under two seconds would give her a ticket to Eugene for the West regional meet. Beverly Ramos has moved to second on the Kansas State all-time list with her win at the Jim Click Shootout. Trisha Rasmussen was a pac-10 competitor last year in this event. World Championship competitor Natalia Kovtun is missing from this event.
Last week Keara Sammons moved to sixth all-time for the Ducks in the 10,000 meters. Indoors she ran a provisional qualifying time at this event. Zoe Nelson was ninth in the Pac-10 5K last year after finishing eighth in the 10,000 meters. Liliana Mendez was third in the Big 12's 1500 last year and so far this year is fourth fastest in the conference. Brianna McLeod has been a 2-time Pac-10 competitor in this event and matching her PR would get her into the West regional meet.
100 hurdles (13.92)
Candice Davis finished fourth indoors but was leading the race until she hit a hurdle. She has PR'd already and moved to second all-time on the USC list. Ashley Lodree, a five time All-American, and is looking for her first title. Her top performance at a collegiate championship has been indoors this year indoors (3rd). Shalina Clarke was second at last years US Junior Championships and was the top high school performer last year. Liz Fuller is Washington's top heptathlete and competed in four events in last year's Pac-10 meet.
400 hurdles (60.82)
Talia Stewart finished ninth at the Pac-10 meet after finishing second the year before. Already this year she has a PR that puts her fifth nationally. Kasey Harwood was third on her home track for the Pac-10 meet before she went to the national championships last year. Shalina Clarke was the second fastest high school 300 hurdler last year. Syretta Martin was a Pac-10 competitor in this event last year.
4x100 relay (45.70)
USC has three quarters of the members from the 2006 school record team. With the new high-level sprint recruits, the team has a chance to improve on its record and third place finish. Kansas State was third in the Big 12 meet last year and has a chance to improve on last year's school record and make the NCAA meet. This year and last year have been the fastest years since 2000. Washington has good experienced relay members that should improve on last year's best time and challenge the regional qualifying time.
4x400 relay (3:42.00)
USC has the fifth fastest collegiate time this year. Kansas State has experienced relay competitors and a very good anchor runner. Oregon is running its fastest times in 10 years and Washington has to replace its anchor runner and Pac-10 scorer from last year.
High Jump (5-8 ¾)
Kaylene Wagner is the number 3 returning high jumper and multiple All-American. Marianne Schlachter was the Big 12 triple jump champion last year. Lindsay Todd was a Pac-10 and MPSF indoor competitor last year. Eniko Eros was 12th in last year's European junior championship.
Pole Vault (12-5 ½)
Emily Enders is sixth best among returning collegians and participated at the NCAA meet last year and is a 3 time Pac-10 scorer. Stevie Marshalek is ninth among returnees and is a NCAA competitor. Kelley DiVesta was a NCAA finalist last year and seventh in the Pac-10 meet. Eniko Eros is the top incoming freshman in the country and twice has been third in the Hungarian National championships.
Long Jump (19-7)
Michelle Sanford was the 2004 Pac-10 Long Jump Champion and returned last year from her 2005 injury. Liz Fuller competed in four events at last year's Pac-10 meet. Daria Pavlov competed in the long jump at the Pac-10 meet last year. Thomaida Polydorou has been a big 12 scorer in the triple jump. 2006 NCAA fourth placer Candice Mills is missing from the event.
Triple Jump (40-5)
Michelle Sanford finished second in the Pac-10 meet last year and in 2004 and is the No. 9 collegiate returner. Marianne Schlachter was the Big 12 champ last year and a NCAA competitor who has a chance to score this year. Thomaida Polydorou was seventh in the Big 12 meet last year. Daria Pavlov could get a top-4 position in three events at this meet.
Shot Put (46-11)
As a freshman, Sheree Ellis was 10th in the Pac 10 meet. Lindsay Grigoriev finished eighth in the 2005 Big 12 indoor shot and redshirted last year. Jenny Glodowski was 13th in the Big 12 meet last year. Hammer All-American Britney Henry is helping the Ducks score some points by helping with an event she rarely competes in. Freshman High School All-American Whitney Hooks is missing from the event. Missing also from this event is Kate Hutchinson who was second at the Pac-10 meet last year and was the West Region champ.
Lindsay Grigoriev finished second in the 2004 Big 12 and US Junior discus. Volleyball player Janine Sandell has a regional qualifying mark after joining the track team for the first time. Ashleigh Rogers was a Big 12 competitor last year. Lucy Cridland PR'd by 19 feet last year and competed in the Pac-10 meet.
Eva Orban finished second at the NCAA meet last year as a freshman, joining a long line of great Hammer throwers from USC. Britney Henry is one of the top Americans throwers nationally and was sixth at the NCAA meet last year. Julia Rozenfeld is a 3-time NCAA competitor for USC. Laci Heller was eighth in the 2005 NCAA meet and is the defending Big 12 champ.
Rachel Yurkovich is the top returning collegian and the fifth best collegian of all-time. Ashley McCrea
PR'd by eight feet this year after finishing fifth in last year's Pac-10 meet. Ashley Reider was sixth in last year's big 12 meet. Kaisa Keranen pr'd by 21 feet earlier this year to get her first regional qualifier.
There will by many top events in the women's events. Oregon is expected to win by 22 points over Washington and Kansas State.
The sprinters and hurdlers from USC will produce some top collegiate marks for this year. The women's 800 has a few NCAA competitors to face the defending collegiate champion.
The hammer throw could have four NCAA finalists. The Javelin exhibits the newly minted school record holder and a potential Olympian in Rachel Yurkovich.
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