USC Hurdlers Highlight Trojan Invitational

March 20, 2010

The hurdlers highlighted USC's effort at the 2010 Trojan Invitational held at Loker Stadium by winning all four races and now have the top U.S. and collegiate marks in all four events. Also as part of the meet, the L.A. City High School Relay Championships were held.

The meet started on Friday with the men's and women's hammer competitions held at Mt. SAC in Walnut Calif.Trey Henderson got the meet started in style by winning the men's hammer competition with a throw of 219-9 (66.97m) for a new PR and the eighth-farthest throw in school history. Eric Stein also PR'd for USC with a mark of 164-2 (50.03m). Not to be out done, Tamara Baumann set a PR in the women's competition with a mark of 182-6 (55.63m) to finish fourth. Marissa Minderler had a throw of 175-5 (53.46m) and Kathryn Daniels a PR of 159-0 (48.47m).

On Saturday it was the Trojan hurdlers that took center stage. First it was Shalina Clarke who won the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 13.69. She was sanctioned with a false start in the first heat, but that was contested and she was able to run in the final heat and posted the top mark. She already has the top U.S. time this year of 13.41 set last week.

Next was Oscar Spurlock in the men's 110 high hurdles and he won with a season-best time of 13.83. His time is currently the fastest time in the world. Brendan Ames had the fourth-best time on the day of 14.22, his best as a Trojan. Putchong Dispanurat took 13th in the event with a time of 15.96. Former Trojan Logan Taylor ran unattached and placed second with a time of 13.95.

Dalilah Muhammad won the women's 400m intermediate hurdles by a full second over Texas' Angele Cooper, winning with a time of 58.50. Her time was the fifth-fastest in the world and top U.S. mark this season.

Also posting the top U.S. mark and seventh in the world this season was Reggie Wyatt in the men's 400m IH with a time of 50.91, 1.35 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. USC's only other competitor in the race was Putchong Dispanurat who had a season-best time of 58.10. The race potentially was going to feature two-time NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson of Washington State, but he elected to run in the 800m race earlier in the day (5th place). USC's Walker, who advanced to the NCAA Championships in the event last season as a freshman, was a scratch due to his injury in the 400m race earlier in the day.

The first race of the day was the women's 3000m and was Zsofia Erdelyi's first race of the season and she cruised to victory with a new PR of 9:27.96 to move from fourth place to third place on USC's all-time leaders list, passing Iryna Vashchuk (9:31.14). Erdelyi won the race by over 30 seconds and lapped some of the field, posting the 10th-fastest time in the world early in the track season. USC's Theresa Kurth placed 11th with a time of 10:44.92 and Bridget Helgerson took 16th place with a time of 10:57.44.

The women's 4x100m relay was next on the track and the team of Judith Onyepunuka, Clarke, Muhammad and Aareon Payne won with a time of 45.16, tying the Trojans' season-best mark.

The men's 4x100m relay team of Amechi Egbe, Ahmad Rashad, Terence Abram and Jahmar Rashad won with a time of 41.01 in the Trojans' first effort of the season in the event. Rashad keyed the victory with a blistering second leg which gave USC a big lead. USC's 'C team' of Anotnio Burnett, Gabe Meyers, Tyler Ruiz and Elliott Ferrara placed ninth with a time of 43.18 and USC's 'B team' of Jason Price, Sean Jackson, Devin Forte' and Spurlock placed 10th with a time of 43.19.

Trojan Christine Cortez placed second in the women's 1500m race with a new PR of 4:28.12, nearly catching the winner Betzy Jimenez of Texas down the strech who had a time of 4:27.83. Finishing with the 13th-best time was Christy Ambrosini with a time of 4:42.17. Katherine Ellis had the 21st-best time of 4:50.61.

Blake Shaw, who ran USC's first sub-4-minute mile during the indoor season, placed second in the men's 1500m race with a PR of 1:47.49. His time moved him from ninth to seventh place on USC's all-time list. Santa Barbara's Scott Smith won the race with a time of 3:46.09. John Carley also ran in the race and finished fourth with a PR of 3:54.26. David Branch placed ninth with a time of 4:00.18, Tim Kessler placed 11th with a PR of 4:01.22, James Leckie took 25th with a time of 4:06.87, Tony Martinez 26th with a PR of 4:07.27, Kris Washington 31st with a time of 4:08.50, Matt Huntington 32nd with a time of 4:10.67 and Jeff Brown 36th with a time of 4:31.46.

In the women's 400m race, Elizabeth Olear had the top Trojan time and fourth-best overall of 54.88. She was followed by Myra Hasson at 11th (56.15), Alexis Brown at 44th (62.16), Jazzmin Owens at 47th (64.70) and Caroline Lutzky at 51st (66.81).

The men's 400m race was marred by an injury to Trojan All-American Duane Walker, who went down on the back stretch with a left quadricep injury. USC's Joey Hughes cruised to victory in the event with a time of 45.99, just off his PR of 45.93. Jason Price had the third-fastest time of 48.27. Other Trojans and their finish and times were: Scott DeYoung (6th, 48.40-PR), Sean Jackson (10th, 49.56-PR), Dijon Morrisette (17th, 50.64), James Laetsch (23rd, 52.03-SB) and Tyler Ellis (25th, 52.91-SB).

Judith Onyepunka won the women's 100m dash with a time of 11.88 in her first race of the season. Aareon Payne was scratched from the race with a slight right hamstring strain. Also running for USC were Ekene Anene with a time of 12.47 and Kira Davis-Quarrie with a time of 12.70.

Ahmad Rashad, who placed second at the 2009 NCAA Championships in the 100m race with a time of 10.10, won the men's 100m dash today with a time of 10.61 into a 1.5 headwind. Ameche Egbe won his heat and placed third overall with a time of 10.76. Also running for USC and posting season-best times were Farzad Bozorgzad (11.12), Tony Burnett (11.14), Jay Porterfield (11.25) and Gabe Meyers (11.32).

Christine Cortez became a two-time winner when she took the women's 800m race with a time of 2:11.46 by racing from third place to first down the stretch. Allison Rojewski placed seventh with a time of 2:15.70.

Blake Shaw won the men's 800m race, passing twice on the inside in the final lap of his heat, to finish with a time of 1:50.27. Nate Anderson came in fourth in that heat and overall with a time of 1:52.71. Andreas Bezamat-Homer won his heat and finished seventh overall with a season-best time of 1:53.34, while Barry Wilkins was 11th with a season-best time of 1:53:71, Aaron Adkins 13th with a PR of 1:54.68, Miles Brewington 18th with a PR of 1:55.76, James Leckie was 24th with a season-best time of 1:57.90, Ryan Thomas 27th with a season-best time of 1:58.13, Kris Washington 32nd with a time of 2:01.7 and Crispin Collins 42nd with a time of 2:13.53.

USC had five runners in the women's 200m race with Onyepunuka posting the Trojans' top time, finishing fourth with a time of 24.21. Aso running for USC were Clarke (5th, 24.29), Davis-Quarrie (41st, 26.27), Alexis Brown (49th, 27.14) and Jazzmin Owens (53rd, 27.81).

USC had six runners in the men's 200m race with Ames as the Trojan's top finisher at 21.94, good for sixth. Also running for USC were Jackson (14th, 22.09), Price (18th, 22.33), Abram (T-21st, 22.55), Spurlock (28th, 22.76) and Morrisette (29th, 22.83).

Tony Martinez set a PR in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:59.07, good for seventh place. Michael Conoscenti placed 17 with a PR of 9:44.27.

The final running events for USC were the 4x400m races and the Trojans won both the women's and men's competitions. The women's team of Olear, Clarke, Muhammad and Hasson won with a season-best time of 3:41.27.

For the men, the USC 'A team' of Bryshon Nellum, Hughes, Price and Wyatt won with a season-best time of 3:09.89. The Trojan 'B team' which included Scott DeYoung, Aaron Adkins and Nate Anderson placed second with a time of 3:12.50.

The field events began with the women's javelin 'A section.' Kristine Busa was literally inched out in the event and finished second with a throw of 172-7 (52.61m) which was the top collegiate mark this season, until Washington State's Marissa Tschida followed moments later with the winning throw of 172-8 (52.63m). Tschida finished sixth and Busa eighth at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Devon Rennie won the women's javelin 'B section' with a big PR throw of 130-4 (39.74m). Her previous best was 115-7 set two weeks ago.

In the men's javelin, Cooper Thompson in his first event as a Trojan had the top collegiate mark on the day with a throw of 205-6 (62.64m). Jacob Aronson placed seventh with a throw of 173-1 (52.75m). Former Trojan great Corey White competed unattached and has a throw of 258-6.

Ben Brown won the men's javelin 'B section' with a throw of 169-7 (51.69m) in just his second meet of throwing the javelin. He has spent his first three seasons concentrating on the jumps and threw 137-11 in his first meet on Feb. 27. Billy Buffington had a throw of 136-10 (41.70m) to place seventh.

Alitta Boyd won the women's long jump 'A section' with a jump of 19-8.25 (6.00m). She was the 2009 national junior champion in the long jump and 2008 and 2009 national junior champion in the triple jump.

In the women's long jump 'B section' Cara Bickers placed 10th with a jump of 16-8 (5.08m), Courtney Clayton took 12th with a leap of 16-7.25 (5.06m), Jennifer Jones 19th with a jump of 16-0.5 (4.89m) and Alycia Carrillo placed 24th with a jump of 14-5.75 (4.41m). Clayton suffered a left quadricep strain in the event.

In the men's long jump 'A section' Tony Burnett placed second with a jump of 22-11.25 (6.99m), Tyler Ruiz placed third with a jump of 22-1 (6.73m) and Brendan Ames took eighth with a jump of 17-3.25 (5.26m).

In the men's long jump 'B section' Gabe Meyers was USC's top finisher with a mark of 21-0.5 (6.41m) to finish third. Ben Brown took ninth with a jump of 19-11 (6.07m) into a -1.6 wind.

Muhammad tied for sixth in the women's high jump 'A section' with a clearance of 5-7 (1.65m) and Anene tied for 12th with a jump of 5-3 (1.60m).

In the women's high jump 'B section' Jennifer Stutland tied for second with a clearance of 5-1 (1.55m) and Candace Bailey took 10th with a jump of 4-11 (1.50m).

In the men's high jump 'A section' Tyler Ruiz placed fourth with a clearance of 6-6.75 (2.00m).

In the women's triple jump 'B section,' Bailey placed fourth with a leap of 36-11.5 (11.26m) and Bickers took 11th with a jump of 34-1.5 (10.40m). Anene fouled in her attempts in the women's triple jump 'A section' and Boyd was scratched from the event.

Aven Wright took second and Burnett third in the men's triple jump 'A section'. Wright jumped 51-2.75 (15.61m) and Burnett went 49-0.25 (14.94m).

In the men's triple jump 'B section' Brown jumped 44-4.75 (13.53m) to place third.

Brysun Stately competed in the women's 'A section' pole vault, but no heighted as she passed up until 4.05m but missed on all three attempts.

Brandon Estrada came in second, Derek Scott third and Taylor Slingsby fourth in the men's pole vault with clearances of 17-1 (5.21m), 16-1.25 (4.91m) and 15-7 (4.75m) respectively.

Alex Adams competed in the men's shot put 'A section' and placed fifth with a mark of 53-3.5 (16.24m). Abe Markowitz was USC's only competitor in the men's shot put 'B section' and placed second with a PR of 51-7 (15.72m).

Lauren Guerrieri set a new personal best in the discus with a throw of 158-8 (48.37m) to place third in the women's discus 'A section' competition.

Aaron Dan again cleared the 190-foot mark to win the men's discus 'A section' with a throw of 190-5 (58.04m). Colin Campbell placed third with a season-best throw of 181-0 (55.18m) and Alex Adams came in 10th with a throw of 154-10 (47.20m).

In the high school championships, the winning teams were: Girl's Distance Medley (San Pedro), Boy's Distance Medley (San Pedro), Girl's 4x100m (Birmingham), Boy's 4x100m (Crenshaw), Girl's 1600m Sprint Medley (Taft), Girl's 1600m Sprint Medley (Taft), Girl's 4x400m Relay (Birmingham), Boy's 4x400m Relay (Dorsey).

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