Chambers Sets the U.S. Junior Record In The Hammer At Mt. SAC Relays
April 16, 2010
WALNUT, CALIF. - Lauren Chambers set the U.S. Junior Record in the hammer and Shalina Clarke and Elizabeth Olear finished 1-2 in the women's 200m dash to lead the USC track and field team in the first full day of action at the 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays being held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
The freshman Chambers established a new U.S. Junior hammer throw record in winning the women's University/Open hammer throw competition with a mark of 206-5 (62.93m). Chambers actually broke the record twice as her first throw was 203-7 (62.05), but before her implement was returned by the officials who had wisked it off to verify that it was legal, she broke the mark again with her back-up implement in her third throw. That implement was also cleared, but Chambers had fouls in her final three efforts on the day. Her mark also moves her from sixth to fourth on USC's all-time list in the hammer.
Redshirt sophomore Marissa Minderler won her flight in the hammer and placed eighth overall with a mark of 188-2 (57.37). Fellow redshirt sophomore Tamara Baumann placed 11th with a PR of 183-3 (55.85m). That mark is the 12th best all-time by a Trojan. Mindlerler already ranks ninth all-time at USC with a PR of 188-10. Minderler also competed today in the shot put and placed sixth with a mark of 47-4.25 (14.43m).
The senior Clarke had a season-best time of 23.80w to win the women's 200m University/Open race and fellow senior teammate Olear placed second in her first 200m race of the season with a time of 23.96. Not far behind them was senior Judith Onyepunuka with a season-best time of 24.15w to place eighth. Junior Sean Jackson was the only Trojan to compete in the men's 200m University/Open race and he placed 31st with a season-best time of 22.06.
Junior Christine Cortez got the day's action started with a 13th-place finish in a field of 88 runners in the women's 1500m University/Open race with a time of 4:30.83. Cortez was in 10th place in her heat with under 500 meters left, but made her move and was just held off down the stretch by the second place finisher.
Next up on the track was the 100m dash and senior Kira Davis-Quarrie placed 37th in the women's University/Open race with a time of 12.70 and sophomore Amechi Egbe placed 13th with a time of 10.79, sophomore Jahmar Rashad 23rd with a time of 10.91, freshman Terence Abram 31st with a time of 11.01 and Jackson 39th with a time of 11.13 in the men's University/Open race.
In the women's 400m University/Open race, redshirt freshman Elan Hilaire placed 31st with a season-best time of 57.87, freshman Alexis Brown finished 40th with a time 61.40, freshman Jazzmin Owens finished 41st with a time of 63.86 and freshman Caroline Lutzky placed 42nd with a time of 67.88. Sophomore Scott DeYoung led Troy's men's 400m runners in the University/Open race with a PR of 47.81 to place eighth. Sophomore Dijon Morrisette had a time of 50.79 to place 38th.
In the men's University/Open 800m race, freshman Kristopher Washington placed 56th with a time of 1:56.01, junior Andreas Bezamat-Homer 69th with a time of 1:57.87 and freshman Aaron Adkins 74th with a time of 1:58.42.
Junior John Carley ran in the men's 1500m University/Open race and placed 40th with a time of 14:58.19. More than 12 hours after the first Trojan competed on the track freshman Kathleen Moloney and senior Bridget Helgerson ran in the women's University/Open 5000m 'Section C' race which began at 11:05 p.m. Moloney placed ninth with a time of 17:29.99 and Helgerson came in 31st with a time of 18:07.11.
Freshman Alitta Boyd placed third in the women's University/Open triple jump with mark of 40-11 (12.47m). Sophomore Tony Burnett placed sixth in the men's University/Open triple jump competition with a jump of 48-5.25 (14.76m). Burnett also competed in the University/Open long jump competition and placed 11th with a jump of 22-11.75 (7.00m).
Redshirt senior Derek Scott won the men's pole vault University Open 'Section A' with a season-best clearance of 17-0.75 (5.20m), while junior Taylor Slingsby had a PR of 16-0.75 (4.90m) to place second in 'Section C.'
Redshirt sophomore Lauren Guerrieri finished 16th in the women's University/Open discus with a mark of 146-3 (44.57m), while junior Kristine Busa placed fifth in the women's javelin with a throw of 166-2 (50.65m).
Sophomore Alex Adams placed 11th in the men's University/Open discus competition with a season-best mark of 160-6 (48.92m) and 14th in the men's shot put with a mark of 52-0 (15.85m).
Also, sophomore Eric Stein placed 20th in the University/Open men's hammer with a throw of 167-2 (50.96m), while sophomores Cooper Thompson placed eighth (205-4, 62.60m) and Jacob Aronson 17th (179-4, 54.67m) respectively in the men's javelin University/Open competition.
On Thursday night, juniors Dina Kitayama and Zara Lukens got things started for the Trojans' track team by running in the women's 10000m University/Open race and placing 26th and 30th respectively. Kitayama finished with a new PR of 37:22.76, three seconds better than her previous best and improving her sixth-place standing on USC's all-time list. Lukens finished with a time of 37:48.44.