USC Signs Brown, Laarman And Puterbaugh To NLIs

March 23, 2010

The USC track and field team has added Aaron Brown, Loudia Laarman and Jenna Puterbaugh to its recruiting class for the 2010-11 track and field season it was announced today (March 23) by Trojan Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. These three athletes join Lauren Blackburn and Jessica Davis who had already signed National Letters of Intent with USC.

'With the addition of these three outstanding student-athletes we feel we have really addressed our need in the sprints for next season, as well as bringing in three great individuals who will represent the Trojans well,' said Allice.

Brown of Birchmount Park High in Ontario, Canada was the 2009 World Youth 100m silver medalist and is the Canadian Youth 100m record-holder with a time of 10.46. Brown is also the Ontario Junior Indoor 200m record-holder and has an outdoor 200m PR of 21.31. He was the 2009 Youth National Champion in both the 100m and 200m and was named the Canadian Youth Track and Field Athlete of the Year. This indoor season he was the the Canadian Junior 60m and 200m champion and the 2010 Nike Indoor National Champion in the 200m.

Laarman of Winston Churchill High in Lethridge, Alberta, Canada is a three-time Provincial and National Champion for Canada. She is the Alberta Provincial Junior Record-Holder in the 100m with a time of 11.73. and the 60m record-holder with a time of 7.41. She also recently broke the Alberta Junior record in the 50m at the 2010 Knights of Clumbus Indoor Games with a time of 6.48. Laarman had been a key member of the Canadian Youth relay efforts where she won a bronze in the 4x100m relay at the 2007 World Youth Championships, a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, and a gold medal in the 4x100m at the 2009 Canada Summer Games. Individually, she placed fourth in the 100m at the 2008 Commonwealth Games, seventh in the 100m at the 2009 Pan-American Games.

Puterbaugh of Santa Fe High in Solano Beach, Calif. just missed the finals at the California State Meet as a junior in both the 100m and 200m, placing 11th in the 100m and 10th in the 200m. She placed second in both events at the CIF San Diego Section Finals in 2009. Puterbaugh won the California Indoor Invitational 55m title in Fresno, Calif. in February by running 7.02 to defeat the defending California state champion in the 100m, Valexia Droughn of Oxnard, Calf. Puterbaugh grew up playing soccer and didn't start running track until her freshman season and continues to make big improvements each season. Her mother, Michelle, ran track at Kansas.

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