USC's Young Talent On Display At Trojan Relays Today
March 1, 2009
Five different athletes and two relay teamsposted regional qualifying marks, with March 1 signaling the first day that outdoor marks count towards the NCAA Championship season.
In the women's 100m HH, juniors Ali and Clarke both won their heats and had the best times on the day. Ali won her heat with a time of 13.58 and Clarke took her grouping with a 13.63 time. Both of them posted regional qualifying marks, making them eligible for the NCAA West Regional to be held in Eugene, Ore. on May 29-30.
In the men's 110m HH, sophomore Brendan Ames and Oscar Spurlock posted times of 14.46 and 14.39 respectively. Ames won his heat, while Spurlock placed second in his behind Marcus Pope of Mt. SAC who posted the fastest time of the day at 14.28.
The freshman Muhammad posted a regional-qualifying mark in the 400m IH, winning with a 1:00.63 time. Fellow freshman Duane Walker won his heat and posted the fastest 400m IH time by a male of 53.10.
Sophomore Courtney Clayton won the women's long jump with a PR of 18-8 (5.69m), while sophomore Cara Bickers took fifth with a jump of 17-2 (5.23m) and senior Nicole Anthony ninth with a PR of 16-9 1/4 (5.11m).
USC's all freshman 1600m sprint medley team of Jahmar Rashad, Scott DeYoung, Joey Hughes and Blake Shaw cruised to victory with a time of 3:23.39. Hughes gave the Trojans the lead and then Shaw put it away in his final lap.
The Trojans did well in the pole vault competition, too, as a pair of reshirt juniors Derek Scott and Brandon Estrada (competing unattached), finished first and second respectively. Scott won on misses, but the pair cleared an impressive early season height of 16-6 3/4 (5.05m) which meets the regional qualifying standard. Senior Charles Fasi placed third with a clearance of 15-1 (4.60m).
The USC women's 4x400m relay team of Clarke, Muhammad, Onyepunuka and junior Myra Hasson won with a regional-qualifying time of 3:37.81. On the men's side, the top time of 3:15.09 was posted by USC's 'B' team of Hughes, DeYoung, Walker and junior Jason Price.
Also winning events today for USC at the Trojan Relays were: the USC 'A' team of sophomore Frida Flodstrom, sophomore Allison Rojewski, junior Chanel Fischetti and freshman Anniya Louis in the women's distance medley (12:00.71); the women's 800m sprint medley of Onyepunuka, Hilaire, Hasson and junior Kira Davis-Quarrie (1:48.89); the men's 4x800m relay team of redshirt sophomore Ryan Philyaw, senior Andrew Gausepohl, sophomore Alexander Gorney and senior Irek Sekretarski (7:51.84); and sophomore Zsofia Erdelyi in the 3000m (9:46.95).
Yesterday, the men's and women's hammer competitions were held at Mt. SAC in Walnut, Calif. USC's redshirt sophomore Tamara Baumann won the women's hammer with a new PR of 166-4, while freshman Kathryn Daniels placed second in her first competition with a throw of 152-0. Both of these athletes competed unattached. Freshman Ashley Pyka also competed in her first meet as a Trojan and placed fourth with a throw of 144-0. In the men's competition, redshirt seniors Brian Wilhelm (169-1) and Mike Curiel (169-0) placed fourth and fifth respectively. Freshman Eric Stein came in sixth with a throw of 163-11.
USC opened the season on Feb. 28 at the Rossi Relays in Claremont with the following Trojans winning events: Elizabeth Olear (100m - 11.88), Dalilah Muhammad (400m IH - 1:01.11), Nia Ali (High Jump - 5-7 1/4), Kenisha Strong (T-1st, Pole Vault - PR of 11-5 3/4), Oscar Spurlock (110m HH - meet-record time of 14.09), Brandon Estrada (unattached, Pole Vault - 16-6 3/4) and the men's 4x100m relay team (41.99).
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