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Jan. 26, 2002

Competing in the SEC Six-Way in Gainesville, Fla., the USC women finished second, while the USC men finished third with the two teams combining to win six events and pick up two NCAA automatic times and six NCAA provisional times.

SEC Athelte of the Week Demetria Washington won the 400m with a time of 53.52. The women went 1-4 in the 400m with teammate Lashinda Demus (54.14), Tacita Bass (54.89) and Shevon Stoddart (55.08) coming across 2-3-4. Demus and Bass’ times were NCAA provisional times.

Washington later placed second to teammate Aleen Bailey in the 200m with Bailey running a 23.70 and Washington finishing at 23.92 – both are NCAA automatic times.

Bailey also won the 55m dash at 6.88. On the men’s side Otis Harris and John Fortenberry went 1-2 in the 400m with Harris coming across at 47.48 – an NCAA provisional time – and Fortenberry crossing at 47.88.

Otukile Lekote continued to lower his times in the 800m, winning the event at 1:48.85 – bettering his NCAA provisional time.

Demus was second in the 55m hurdles at 8.03 and Stoddart was third at 8.06. Chelsea Hammond was second in the high jump at 5′ 8 while the women’s 4x400m relay won the race at 3:38.32, not improving on its NCAA provisional mark.

USC’s men’s 4x400m relay was second at 3:12.21. Andre Totton was second in the 55m dash at 6.33.