USC To Compete At Tiny Lister Classic And UC San Diego Invitational This Weekend

April 23, 2009

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The USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be competing on April 24-25 at the Tiny Lister Invitational at CSULA and at the UC San Diego Invitational in San Diego, Calif.

TROJANS TAKE A 'TINY' TURN FOR TUNE-UP - USC will once again send athletes to the Tiny Lister Invitational hosted by CS Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 25. Included among those expected to run are Nate Anderson, Desmond Hamilton, Joey Hughes, Sean Jackson, Jason Price, Oscar Spurlock, Duane Walker, Erica Alexander, Shalina Clarke, Myra Hasson, Anniya Louis, Dalilah Muhammad, Elizabeth Olear, Judith Onyepunuka, Aareon Payne and Allison Rojewski.

USC TO TAKE FLIGHT AT UC SAN DIEGO INVITATIONAL - USC will be sending a strong contingent of pole vaulters and throwers to the UC San Diego Invitational on April 24-25. Among those expected to compete are Katalin Mate, Marissa Minderler, Eva Orban, Ashley Pyka, Colin Campbell, Mike Curiel, Aaron Dan, Trey Henderson and Brian Wilhelm in the throws and Brysun Stately, Kenisha Strong, Derek Scott and Brandon Estrada in the pole vault.

USC ENJOYS GOOD WEEK AT MT. SAC & LONG BEACH INVITE - The Trojans posted 50 different season-best marks during competition last week at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Long Beach Invitational. Among the top performances were Brysun Stately clearing 13-11 1/4 in the pole vault to better her school record, Kristine Busa throwing the javelin 173-4 1/4 to better her second-place standing on USC's all-time list, Dalilah Muhammad running a 58.47 400m IH to move from eighth to seventh all-time on the USC career-best list, Chanel Fischetti with the eighth-best 3000m SC by a Trojan female (11:24.08) and Katalin Mate improving her eigth-place standing on the USC women's discus list (160-10).

STATELY BREAKS HER SCHOOL POLE VAULT RECORD - Redshirt junior Brysun Stately bettered her school record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-11 1/4 (4.25m) to place fourth (1st among collegians) at the Mt. SAC Relays in the women's invitational pole vault competition. It was the third time this season she had improved her school record in the pole vault. She won the PV with a new record of 13-7 3/4 (4.16m) at the Trojan Invitational on March 21. She then bettered that with a clearance of 13-9 1/4 (4.20m) on March 28. She had to redshirt last season after transferring back to USC from Nebraska. Stately set the USC pole vault record as a freshman in 2006 with a clearance of 13-7 1/4. Following that season, USC's pole vault coach left and Stately transferred to Nebraska where she set their school's standard, too, with pole vault of 14-3 1/4. Once a Trojan, always a Trojan, so Stately decided to return to USC where her heart was and now has a new pole vault coach to work with in Kate Carlson, who joined the Trojans this season. Stately placed eighth at the NCAA Championships as a freshman and third as a sophomore.

AARE0N 'CHAMP' PAYNE RUNS TO VICTORY AT MT. SAC - Trojan freshman Aareon Payne won the women's 200m Olympic Development race and placed third in the women's 100m Olympic Development race at Mt. SAC on April 18, posting season-bests in both events. She won the 200m race with a PR-tying time of 23.65 in come-from-behind fashion, defeating among others former Trojan great Jessica Onyepunuka. Prior to that she place third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.67. Both of those times qualified the Trojan freshman for the NCAA West Regional.

TROJANS TO DUEL WITH BRUINS AT HOME - The third and final home meet for USC this season will be the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 2 at Loker Stadium. The hammer competition will take place at Mt. SAC on Friday, May 1, with the women's competition at 2 p.m. and the men's at 3 p.m. The USC men defeated the Bruins in 2007 and the women won in 2008.

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