USC To Host Annual Trojan Invitational Track Meet Saturday

March 16, 2010

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2010 USC TRACK AND FIELD - The USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be hosting the Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium on March 20 beginning at 9:00 a.m. There are 714 entered athletes and 31 schools which will be represented at the meet from as far away as Hawaii (UH) and New York (LIU), as well as the national power Texas women's team and Washington State. The meet also features the L.A. City High School Relay Championships. The hammer competition will take place at Mt. SAC in Walnut, Calif. on Friday beginning at 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK AT NORTHRIDGE - The Trojans captured 15 events at the Northridge Invitational held March 12-13 in Northridge, Calif. Aaron Dan won the discus with a PR of 198-5 (60.48m) which is the seventh-best throw ever by a Trojan, Reggie Wyatt ran his first 400m and won (51.29), Jacob Aronson won the javelin with a throw of 186-11 and Bryshon Nellum ran the first leg for the winning 4x400m relay team, his first race in over two years. Women winning individual events were Marissa Minderler (hammer), Aareon Payne (100m), Dalilah Muhammad (400m IH), Christine Cortez (1500m) and Christine Busa (javelin).

INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - Brandon Estrada tied for seventh to earn All-America honors and Blake Shaw just missed out of reaching the finals in the one-mile race at the NCAA Indoor Championships held in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 12-13. Estrada cleared 17-6.5 (5.35m) to tie for the fourth-highest clearance, but fell to a seventh-place tie due to misses. In the one-mile race the top four in each heat, plus the two next fastest times advanced to the finals in the one-mile race and Shaw placed fifth in his heat with a time of 4:05.75, .03 seconds out of fourth. In fact, the top five runners in the race were separated by .22 seconds, but their strategic race was slower than the first heat, so the two next best times came from heat one.

EARLY SEASON HURDLES SHOWDOWN - Two-time defending NCAA Champion in the 400m intermediate hurdles Jeshua Anderson of Washington State is scheduled to run in the event at the Trojan Invitational, as are Trojans Reggie Wyatt and Duane Walker. The Trojans have a strong history in the 400m IH with Felix Sanchez and Rex Cawley being an Olympic champions and Sanchez, Cawley and Tom Andrews all claiming NCAA titles in the event. Last season while learning the event, Walker had a season-best time of 50.78 and placed fifth at the Pac-10 Championships in the 400m IH. Reggie Wyatt ran his first collegiate 400m IH last week and won with a time of 51.29. He has a PR of 49.7 in the 400m IH and set the all-time high school 300m IH record with a time of 35.02. Whose record did he break...Jeshua Anderson who ran 35.28 as a high schooler.

NEXT WEEK - The Trojans' track and field team will compete at the Stanford Relays in Palo Alto, Calif. and at the Cal-Nevada Championships in Westwood, Calif.

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