USC Kicks Off Track Season With Strong Showing At Claremont

Feb. 25, 2007

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The USC track and field team began the season yesterday (Feb. 24) at the Rossi Relays hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif. and posted a strong opening effort.

Among the highlights for USC were the women's 4x400m relay team setting a new stadium record with a time of 3:38.81, the men's 4x800m relay team shattering the meet record by 3.5 seconds with a time of 7:38.72, junior Kai Kelley setting a meet record with a time of 52.21 in the 400 intermediate hurdles and career bests by sophomore Katie Kirst in the 400m IH (62.75), sophomore Donovan Lim in the high jump (6-8), senior Inman Breaux in the long jump (21-11 1/2), senior Noah Bryant in the hammer (213-1), sophomore Mike Curiel in the hammer (168-5) and sophomore Brian Wilhelm in the hammer (167-3).

'It was a great day, a perfect setting and a chance to get a meet in early even though the marks don't count towards the NCAAs until March,' said Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. 'We will start to see what type of team we have when we split the team and compete at Arizona and Las Vegas (March 17) and at our big meet (Trojan Invitational) on March 24.'

Among the performances coach Allice mentioned was senior Candice Davis' time of 13.17 in the 100m hurdles, junior Carol Rodriguez' splits on the Trojan 4x100m and 4x400m relays, Kirst's 400m IH race, the men's hammer results which USC took the top five places, freshman Nate Anderson's relay splits of 1:53.2 and 46.3, Lim's high jump and freshman Jamere Holland's s;lits in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

USC will be home on Saturday, March 3 when they host the Trojan Relays at Loker Stadium.

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