USC wins 21 events sweeps meet
Trojans win men’s tri-meet, women’s quad
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- USC built up a lead in the hammer throw competition yesterday and never looked back winning a total of 21 events to capture the Trojan Tri-Meet (men) and the Trojan Quad-Meet (women) at Loker Stadium today (April 2). The team scores in the men's competition were USC-162, BYU-121.50 and CSUN-83.50 and for the women were USC-178, BYU-144, CSUN-140 and Nevada-125.
Highlighting USC's efforts on the day were junior Aareon Payne's 23.09 winning time in the women's 200m dash which is seventh best all-time by a Trojan female and the top collegiate time entering today's action and the second best mark in the U.S. this track season. Also, freshman Josh Mance had a PR of 45.86 in winning the 400m dash, after entering the day with the collegiate-leading time of 46.18. Freshman Aaron Brown won the men's 100m with a PR of 10.38 and junior Blake Shaw won both the 800m (1:50.47) and the 1500m (3:50.97). Junior Tony Burnett came over after the end of football practice to win the men's triple jump with a PR of 49-9.
Other Trojan women winning events were freshman Jessica Davis (100m), freshman Lauren Blackburn (100m HH), junior Dalilah Muhammad (400m IH), sophomore Alitta Boyd (LJ), junior Marissa Minderler (shot put), the women's 4x100m relay and freshman Jenny Ozorai (hammer on April 1). Other USC men winning were junior Amechi Egbe (200m), senior Brendan Ames (110m HH), sophomore Reggie Wyatt (400m IH), freshman Viktor Fajoyomi (long jump), junior Cooper Thompson (javelin), the men'x 4x100m and 4x400m relays and senior Trey Henderson (hammer on April 1).
The women's competition which was scored 8-deep (9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for first-eighth) with only 2 competitors per team counting began with the long jump won by Boyd with a leap of 18-9.75 (5.73m). Sophomore Jennifer Jones was sixth with a slight PR of 17-2.0 (5.23m), senior Cara Bickers was eighth with a season-best jump of 16-2.25 (4.93m), junior Katherine Chang tied for ninth with a jump of 15-11.50 (4.85m) and Alix Fitch was 11th with a jump of 15-0.75 (4.59m).
Minderler followed by placing second in the javelin with a season-best throw of 153-7 (46.81m). Senior Devon Rennie had a PR of 130-10 (39.89m) to place seventh.
Sophomore Theresa Kurth was one of four etnrants in the women's 3000m steeplechase and she placed third with a time of 12:24.64. Sophomore Jennifer Stutland was USC's only entrant in the women's high jump, but she no heighted.
USC's women's 4x100m relay team of freshman Loudia Laarman, Payne, freshman Jenna Puterbaugh and Davis then won with a season-best time of 44.18. Sophomore Kelly Owens and freshman Jaclyn Walles then competed in the 1500m race with Owen taking third with a season-best time of 4:46.09 and Walles taking fifth with a time of 4:55.51 as both passed runners down the stretch.
Minderler then came back to win the shot put with a mark of 48-3.50 (14.72), while Ozorai placed second with a throw of 43-2.50 (13.17m). Ozorai later placed second in the discus with a throw of 139-6 (42.53m) while sophomore Ashley Pyka took fourth at 119-4 (36.37m). That mean in the two days of competition, Minderler and Ozorai both had a first place and two second-place finishes in the throws.
Blackburn won the 100m hurdles with a season-best time of 13.54 as the Trojans' only runner in the scoring race. In the second heat, junior Kathryn Karkut had a season-best time of 15.98. Blackburn later placed third in the 400m IH with a time of 64.28 and Karkut placed fourth with a time of 66.63. Muhammad won the event, her first 400m IH of the season, with a time of 58.75.
Sophomore Thea Weiss, just cleared for competition, competed in her first official pole vault competition for the Trojans but no heighted, missing twice at 10-2 and then once at 10-8.
Davis won the women's 100m dash with a time of 11.60 followed closely by Laarman at 11.67. The Trojans continued their sprint domincance with Payne's 200m win (23.09-PR), followed closely by Puterbaugh's season-best of 23.74.
In the women's 400m race, sophomore Alexis Brown was sixth with a season-best time of 59.98, while freshman Anna Burger had a season-best time of 60.44 to place seventh. In the second heat, Owen had a time of 60.14, freshman Jackie Dion a season-best time of 60.81 and senior Allison Rojewski a time of 61.14.
Senior Christine Cortez placed seconc in the women's 800m race with a time of 2:11.99 and junior Anniya Louis placed fourth with a season-best time of 2:14.43. Freshman Natalia Williams was seventh with a season-best time of 2:19.68.
Boyd came back to take second in the triple jump with a mark of 39-8.0 (12.09m) in her first triple jump effort of the season. Bickers placed sixth with a season-best jump of 34-8.50 (10.34m), while Chang was seventh with a jump of 34-0.0 (10.36m).
Junior Leah Gaeta was USC's only participant in the women's 3000m race and she finished fourth with a time of 10:31.43.
The final event for the women was the 4x400m relay and USC ran three teams but did not score any points as the "A" team of Muhammad, Payne, Blackburn and Davis with had what looked like a season-best time of 3:39.00 was disqualified for breaking in too early. USC's "C" team of Burger, Louis, Cortez and freshman Francesca Adamski had a time of 4:01.28, while the USC "B" team of Brown, Dion, Williams and sophomore Caroline Lutzky had a time of 4:11.27.
The men's competition began with the long jump and Fajoyomi won with a leap of 23-0.0 (7.01m) and sophomore Tyler Ruiz placed second with a PR of 22-6.50 (6.87m). Freshmen Brent Linkletter (20-11.25) and Collin Boehnlein (18-6.0) also competed.
In the men's 3000m steeplechase, senior Michael Conoscenti placed third with a season-best time of 10:45.30 and sophomore Brandon Wolfe took fourth with a time of 10:55.52.
Thompson won for the second time in two starts in the javelin with a throw of 224-8 (68.48), while sophomore Jeffrey Churchman was third with a throw of 174-4 (53.14m).
The USC men's 4x100m relay team of Egbe, Brown, sophomore Terence Abram and junior Joey Hughes posted a season-best time of 40.85 despite being the only team to finish the race. BYU did not enter a team and CSUN's foursome pushed USC until the exchange between the second and third runners where they dropped the baton.
Shaw began his journey as a two-time winner on the day by taking the 1500m race by running wire-to-wire with a time of 3:50.97. Senior David Branch took third with a PR of 3:52.03, senior John Carley fourth with a PR of 3:52.71, junior Matt Huntington was eighth with a time of 4:10.22 and freshman Vince Jouvin was 10th with a season-best time of 4:40.10. Shaw then won the 800m rance with a time of 1:50.47, catching BYU's James heiner down the stretch. Sophomore Kris Washington was fourth with a time of 1:54.03 and Branch seveinth with a time of 1:56.72. In the second non-scoring heat, senior Miles Brewington was second with a PR of 1:53.91, junior James Leckie third with a PR of 1:53.95, sophomore Spencer Remick was fourth with a PR of 1:54.21, sophomore Barry Wilkins was fifth a season-best time of 1:54.54, sophomore Ryan Thomas was sixth with a PR of 1:55.63 and junior Crispin Collins was eighth with a time of 2:11.04.
Ames and senior Oscar Spurlock went 1-2 in the men's 110m HH with Ames posting a time of 13.80 and Spurlock clocking 13.93. USC later won the 400m IH with Wyatt taking the event by easing in with a time of 51.60 and junior Duane Walker closing hard in second with a season-best time of 52.52. Senior Addison McCaleb ran in the second heat and had a season-best time of 58.14.
One of the most exciting races of the day was Mance capturing the 400m dash with a time a PR of 45.86, while Hughes took second with a time of 46.04. Mance had entered the day with the top time in the country of 46.18, so both Trojans came in under that time. Senior Josh Tennefoss took third in the event with a season-best time of 48.62, while junior Scott DeYoung was tied for fourth with a time of 49.07. Competing in the second heat were sophomore Joseph Laetsch (50.76), junior Dijon Morrisette (50.78), freshman Karan Kanchan (51.43) and sophomore Michael Zuletta (54.96).
The men's 100m dash was next and Brown gave the crowd another reason to cheer as he dominated the field with a PR of 10.38. Egbe was second with a PR of 10.63, Abram was fourth with a time of 10.84, senior Sean Jackson was seventh with a time of 11.02 and sophomore Jay Porterfield was eighth with a PR of 11.13. Egbe came back to win the men's 200m dash with a season-best time of 21.78, while Jackson took third with a time of 22.42. In the second heat which was all Trojans, Tennefoss had a time of 22.16, Abram a season-best time of 22.29, Porterfield a PR of 22.98, Kanchan a time of 23.04 and Laetsch a time of 23.05.
Fajoyomi then took second in the men's high jump on misses, tied for the top height cleared of 6-9.75 (2.08m), which was a season best for him. Ruiz took fourth with a clearance of 6-6.0 (1.98m) and freshman Doug Bogie was seventh with a jump of 6-4.0 (1.93m). Fajoyomi may have been tired out by the time the triple jump came around as he pass twice and then fouled. Burnett showed no signs of being tired after two and a half hours of football practice as he won the triple jump with a PR of 49-9.0 (15.16m).
USC's senior Taylor Slingsby placed fifth in the men's pole vault with a season-best clearance of 15-7.75 (4.77m), while freshman Ross McDonald took eighth with a season-best clearance of 14-8.0 (4.47m).
Redshirt freshman Adrian Rafiee took second in the 3000m race with a season-best time of 8:41.09. Junior Rick Davey came in fourth in the 3000m race with a time of 9:04.60, while senior Sammy Goldenberg was eighth with a time of 11:50.16 and redshirt sophomore Greg Woodburn did not finish the race.
USC ran two teams in the 4x400m race, though the "B" team of Hughes and Laetsch just ran the first two legs before pulling off the track. USC's "A" team of Wyatt, Mance, Walker and DeYoung took first with a time of 3:11.59.
The USC men's team did not have an athlete entered in the shot put or the discus.
In yesterday's hammer throw action held at Mt. SAC in Walnut, Calif., Henderson won the men's competition with a PR and the fifth-farthest throw in school history of 227-10 (69.45m) and the top collegiate mark this season and Ozorai won the women's competition with a season-best throw of 203-10 (62.12m).