Trojan sprinter Darwin Cook opened his outdoor track season with a convincing victory in the 100-meter dash Saturday in a nonscoring meet at USC.
Running into a slight headwind, Cook, a senior, won his race in a time of 10.37. He then joined teammates Michael Harris, Terry Ivey and Antonio Manning as USC won the 400-meter relay in a time of 40.09.
Sophomore Manning also won the 200-meter dash in a personal best of 20.92, while Harris won the long jump with a leap of 24-8 3/4. Doug Wicks cleared 17-0 to win the pole vault.
Other standout performers included former NCAA indoor high jump champion Brian Stanton and world-class hurdler Sam Turner, each of whom won their events.
Stanton, formerly of Long Beach City College and the University of Houston, won with a leap of 7-4 1/2. The 1983 indoor champion failed on three attempts at 7-6 1/2.
Cal State Los Angeles alumnus Turner showed his 1984 form as he won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.4.
Ex-Trojans Hank Kraychir and Ken Hays also won their events. Kraychir posted a mark of 61-11 1/2 to win the shot put, while triple-jumper Hays won his specialty at 51-6.
Other winners included Lars Sundin of BYU with a discus throw of 188-5 and Dave Stephens, competing unattached, in the javelin with a throw of 237-7.
Ireland's Declan Hegarty won the hammer throw--held before the meet at West Los Angeles College--with a toss of 223-8.
The meet also saw the debut of the women's triple jump at USC and a Trojan record for the women's shot put.
Yvette Bates won the triple jump with a mark of 40-1, outdistancing her nearest opponent by six inches. Trojan junior Diana Clements set a USC record in the shot put with a throw of 49-5 1/2, breaking the old record by almost four feet.
The USC women took both the 1,600-meter and 400-meter relays by comfortable margins. Donna Curtis, a member of the 1,600-meter relay team, also won the 800-meters in a time of 2:10.60. Robin Simmons of the 400-meter relay team also won the 100-meter dash.
Sabrina Williams won the long jump at 19-7, and Sharon Hatfield won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:03.7.