THIS YEAR: Senior Jessica Onyepunuka is a key member for the USC women's sprint corps and is expected to have an outstanding senior campaign.
2007: Posted the 8th-fastest 100m (11.31 at Mt. SAC on April 15) and the 10th-fastest 200m (23.26 at the NCAA West Regional on May 25) in USC history. Also, was part of USC's 4x100m relay team that ran two of the top nine times in school history last season. Placed second to teammate Carol Rodriguez in the 100m and 200m dashes at both the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championships. Had a 7th-place finish in the 100m at the NCAA Championships held in Sacramento, Calif. on June 8 with a time of 11.46. Was part of the 4x100m relay team which placed 3rd with a time of 43.69 on June 8.
2006: Had a strong sophomore season...Placed fifth in the 100m (11.46), sixth in the 200m (23.90) and was part of USC's winning 4x100m relay team at the Pac-10 Championships...Also ran the final leg in USC's third-place 4x400m relay team...She then finished fifth in the 100m (11.33), eighth in the 200m (23.96) and first in the 4x100m (43.59) with a meet record at the NCAA West Regional...Ran the second leg for USC's 4x100m relay team which set a school record and finish third at the NCAAs with a time of 42.96
2005: Onyepunuka's best time in the 100m dash was a wind-aided 11.43 on April 30 in the UCLA Dual Meet to finish third and complete a USC sweep along with teammates Virginia Powell and Alexis Weatherspoon...Was part of USC's 4x100m relay team that took first in the meet...Ran the second leg in USC's 4x100m relay team that won the NCAA West Regional with a time of 44.03.
HIGH SCHOOL: Onyepunuka prepped at Peoria (Ariz.) High, where she was a Prep All-American and six-time state champion, sweeping the 100m and 200m at the state championships three-straight times (sophomore through senior seasons)...She holds the Arizona prep record in the 100m and 200m and was on the state record-breaking 400m relay...In 2003, she won the 100m at the World Youth Games in a meet-record 11.31--the second-fastest mark by a prep female that year...She also earned all-state honors for two years in volleyball and was her team's MVP...She was a member of the National Honor Society...Amazingly, she was class president as a freshman, sophomore and junior, then was student body president at Peoria High as a senior.
PERSONAL: Jessica was born on May 3, 1986 in Phoenix, Ariz....Her parents, Sabestine and Elizabeth, were each members of the Nigerian national track and field teams in the early 1980s...Is joined on the track team by her sister, Judith...She is majoring in Political Science at USC.
CAREER BESTS: 100m -- 11.31; 200m -- 23.26