Payne Wins 200m & Stately Betters School PV Record At Mt. SAC Relays

April 18, 2009

Complete Results From Mt. SAC

WALNUT, CALIF. - Aereon Payne won the 200m and placed third in the 100m and Brysun Stately bettered her school pole vault record to lead USC's track and field team today (April 18) at the Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.

The redshirt junior Stately elevated her school record in the pole vault for the third time this season, clearing 13-11 1/4 (4.25m) to finish in fourth place (first among collegians) in the women's pole vault Invitational. Stately, who entered the season with the USC record of 13-7 1/4, first broke her record with a pole vault of 13-7 3/4 on March 21, then cleared 13-9 1/4 on March 28 and then raised the school standard to 13-11 1/4 today. At least this time Stately waited a few weeks to set a new school record. Her career best is 14-3 1/4 (4.35m) set in 2007 while she competed for Nebraska. That is the height at which she bowed out of the competition today.

Payne, a freshman, ran a season-best and regional qualifying time of 11.67 to place third in the women's 100m Olympic Development race. She wasn't done, however, as nearly three hours later she came-from-behind to win the women's 200m Olympic Development race with a PR-tying and season-best time of 23.65. Fellow freshman Erica Alexander placed ninth with a season-best time of 24.98. Former Trojan Jessica Onyepunuka was also in the race and placed third with a time of 24.00.

Freshman Dalilah Muhammad placed second in the women's 400m intermediate hurdles Olympic Development race with a new season-best time of 58.47. Muhammad moved from eighth (59.01 on March 21) to seventh place on USC's all-time 400m IH list. Fellow freshman Duane Walker ran in the men's 400m IH Olympic Development race and placed fifth with a PR of 52.45.

Trey Henderson began the day for the Trojans in the men's hammer, but his throw of 193-8 (59.05m) did not place him in the top 10. The fact that he even competed at all was impressive, as he had an alergic reaction to something and had to go to the hospital the night before. The sophomore fouled on his first two throws and then posted a legal throw and just missed advancing to the final round.

Sophomore Marissa Minderler was next in the women's hammer throw Olympic Development and she placed ninth with a mark of 165-9 (50.52m).

The men's 110m high hurdles Invitational had a strong Trojan flavor as the winner was former Trojan Ryan Wilson with a time of 13.45 (4th best performance in the world this season), followed by former Trojan Kai Kelley at 13.68, with fourth place going to Oscar Spurlock with a time of 13.96. The Trojan sophomore was the top finisher among current collegians in the event. Sophomore Brendan Ames ran in the men's Olympic Development 110m HH race and tripped over the final hurdle, falling and hurting his shoulder, but he got up to finish with a time of 17.80.

Junior Shalina Clarke placed third in the women's 100m high hurdles Invitational with a season-best time of 13.31. Her time was also the best among the collegiate runners in the event.

Another winning race with a Trojan flavor was the women's 4x100m Invitational won by the World Class Elite team led off by former USC NCAA Champion hurdler Virginia Powell and anchored by Trojan Olympian Allyson Felix. They won the race with a time of 43.98.

Senior Eva Orban shook off a slow start to post a season-best hammer throw of 226-7 (68.98m) to take third place in the women's hammer throw Invitational. Orban, the defending NCAA Champion, was the top collegiate thrower in the competition and owns the top college mark this season. Sultana Frizell of Canada won the event with a new Canadian record of 235-0 (71.64m).

Trojan quarter-milers freshman Joey Hughes and junior Jason Price ran in the men's 400m Olympic Development race with Hughes taking second with a time of 46.89 and Price placing eighth with a time of 48.45. Hughes posted the top mark among college runners in the race and Price had a season-best time.

Junior Myra Hasson took second in the women's 400m Olympic Development race with a time of 54.77.

Other notable performances by former Trojan athletes were Duane Solomon winning the men's 800m Invitational with a time of 1:46.85, Lionel Larry winning the men's 200m Invitational with a time of 20.37 (top mark in the U.S. this season) and Carol Rodriguez taking sixth in the women's 100m Invitational and fourth in the 200m.

USC also had many athletes competing at the Long Beach Invitational today at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif, but as of this posting the results were not available. For results at the Long Beach Invitational, please check out the following site:

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