USC At Tiny Lister And UC San Diego Invitational In Final Tune-Up For Dual Meet

April 21, 2010

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Select members of the USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be competing at the Tiny Lister Invitational at CS Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Calif. and at the UC San Diego Invitational in San Diego, Calif on April 23-24. Among those expected to compete at Tiny Lister include 110m hurdlers Oscar Spurlock and Brendan Ames; 400m hurdlers Reggie Wyatt and Duane Walker; pole vaulters Brandon Estrada, Derek Scott, Taylor Slingsby and Brysun Stately; runners Judith Onyepunuka, Aareon Payne, Elizabeth Olear and Myra Hasson; throwers Colin Campbell, Cooper Thompson, Jacob Aronson, Marissa Minderler and Lauren Chambers, jumpers Ekene Anene, Candace Bailey, Tony Burnett and Tyler Ruiz and the women's 4x100m relay team. USC is scheduled to send four throwers to the UC San Diego Invitational: Aaron Dan (Discus), Colin Campbell (Discus), Trey Henderson (Hammer) and Alex Adams (Shot and Discus).

NEXT WEEK - The Trojans' track and field team will be at UCLA for the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet. Last season USC won both the men's and women's competitions for the first time in the meet's history. The Trojan men's team owns a 41-35 record in the all-time series, while the women's team trails 5-21.

DUAL MEET LUNCHEON SET FOR APRIL 27 - The annual Dual Meet Luncheon will be held on April 27 in the Press Room of the J.D. Morgan Center on the campus of UCLA from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Besides a preview of this year's meet, the second class of inductees into the Dual Meet Hall of Fame will be honored. This year's class includes Earl McCullough, Louie Zamperini, Lesley Noll, Brian Krill, Mike Tully, Joanna Hayes, Steve Lewis, Dave Laut and Chelsea Johnson.

LAST WEEK AT MT. SAC RELAYS/LONG BEACH INVITATIONAL - Ahmad Rashad had an amazing 10.08w 100m dash and Joey Hughes a 45.37 time in the 400m race to capture Invitational titles at the Mt. SAC Relays held April 15-17. Also winning events were the 4x400m relay team (Invitational), Shalina Clarke (200m University/Open), Elizabeth Olear (400m Olympic Development), Brendan Ames (110m HH Olympic Develpment), Lauren Chambers (Hammer University/Open) and Derek Scott (Pole Vault University/Open). USC also competed at the Long Beach Invitational and had 16 athletes post season bests.

CHAMBERS NAMED PAC-10 FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - USC freshman Lauren Chambers won the University/Open hammer competititon at Mt. SAC on April 16 with a U.S. Junior record throw of 206-5 (62.93m) and was named Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her achievement.

ROCKET RASHAD WAS LAUNCHED AT MT. SAC - Senior Ahmad Rashad ran a wind-aided 10.08 time in the Invitation 100m dash at Mt. SAC on April 17 to capture the prestigious title. His time was the second fastest in the country this season, but was run with a 2.4 wind reading so does not improve upon his legal PR of 10.10 which he ran in taking second place at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Rashad had run only one other 100m race this season, also winning at the Trojan Invitational with a 10.61 time into a strong headwind. Leading up to the NCAA Championships last season, Rashad won the 100m and 200m dashes at the Pac-10 Championships and the 100m dash at the West Regional with a meet-record time of 10.13.

TROJAN THROWERS LEADING THE WAY - The USC throwers under the direction of coach Dan Lange have put up some strong marks so far this season. For the men's team, Aaron Dan ranks second in the country in the discus (198-5) and Colin Campbell 16th (185-2), Trey Henderson has the ninth-farthest hammer throw (220-0) and Cooper Thompson the 19th-best javelin mark of 226-0. For the women's team, Lauren Chambers has the sixth-best hammer throw (206-5) and Marissa Minderler has the 28th best hammer mark (188-10) and the 30th-best javelin throw of (157-3) and Kristine Busa has the third-best javelin throw (172-7). In addition, Lauren Guerrieri is 40th in the discus (29th, 163-3). Also, the men's team has eight marks in the throws among the top 15 Pac-10 performers and the women's team 10.

NOW HUGHES SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON'T - Sophomore Joey Hughes ran the eighth-fastest 400m time in school history in winning the Mt. SAC Invitational 400m race (which included a 2008 Olympic 400m finalist) on April 17 with a time of 45.37. Hughes' time ranks tied for third best in the country. Last season he placed second in the 400m at the Pac-10s and West Regional and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the event. Hughes also is a key member on both of USC's relay teams, including running on USC's 4x400m relay team which posted the sixth-best time in school history of 3:03.26 on April 3.

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