Trojans At Texas Relays And Mangrum Invitational This Week

March 30, 2010

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2010 USC TRACK AND FIELD - The USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be competing at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas from March 31-April 3 and at the Mangrum Invitational in San Marcos, Calif. on April 3.

LAST WEEK AT STANFORD AND UCLA - Zsofia Erdelyi bettered her school record in the 10000m and Blake Shaw moved up USC's all-time 1500m list to lead the Trojans at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on March 26-27. Erdelyi dropped 21 seconds off her previous best with a time of 33:18.75, while Shaw knocked nearly two seconds off his 1500m time to move from seventh to sixth on USC's all-time list. Lauren Chambers and Trey Henderson won hammer throw titles to lead USC at the Cal-Nevada Championships hosted by UCLA in Westwood, Calif. on March 27-28. Chambers won the women's hammer competition with a throw of 192-6 (58.68m), while Henderson won the men's hammer competition with a throw of 209-4 (63.80m). Marissa Minderler placed second in the women's shot put with a huge PR of more than four feet with a throw of 48-6.75 (14.80m). That mark moves Minderler into ninth place on USC's all-time top 10 in the event.

EARLY SEASON SUCCESS - The USC men's team currently has nine NCAA top 10 marks early in the season with six top five marks: Joey Hughes (3rd-400m, 45.99), Blake Shaw (3rd-1500m, 3:45.66), Reggie Wyatt (5th-400m IH, 50.91), Aven Wright (2nd-TJ, 51-2.75), Aaron Dan (2nd-Discus, 198-5) and Trey Henderon (3rd-Hammer, 219-9). The women's team entering this week has six NCAA top 10 marks, with four in the top five: Zsofia Erdelyi (1st-3000m, 9:27.96, 4th-10000m, 33:18.75), Lauren Chambers (3rd-Hammer, 201-2) and Kristine Busa (2nd-Javelin, 172-7).

MINDERLER HAS A SHOT - Marissa Minderler PR'd by over four feet to a mark of 48-6.75 (14.80m) at the Cal-Nevada Championships on March 28. That moved her into ninth place on USC's all-time list.

HENDERSON'S SINGULAR FOCUS PAYING OFF - Junior Trey Henderson no longer is a two-sport athlete at USC, dropping his football commitment to focus on track and field and the results have been impressive. On March 19 at the Trojan Invitational, he won the hammer competition with a throw of 219-9 (66.97m) which was a new PR and the eighth-farthest throw ever by a Trojan. That mark is also the third-leading collegiate mark this season. He has won the hammer throw competition at the Ben Brown Invitational, Trojan Invitational and Cal-Nevada Championships this season.

NEXT WEEK - The Trojans' track and field team will compete at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif. on April 10.

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