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USC Track & Field Announces Early Signings

Jan 21, 2021

The USC track and field program's early recruiting period class consists of sprinter Kenondra Davis, hurdler/sprinter Jalaysi'ya Smith, sprinter Makhaila Mills and middle-distance runner GiGi Maccagnini, it was announced by Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert today (Jan. 21).  

"We are very excited about the student-athletes we were able to bring in during the early signing period," said Smith Gilbert.  "These four athletes are among the best in their events at the high school level, and also fit perfectly with specific needs we have to round out our roster.  We are so pleased that they are joining the Trojan Family."  

Kenondra Davis

Davis is from Trimble Tech HS in Fort Worth, Texas and was named the No. 14 overall recruit by Mile Split.  She has been named a two-time High School All-American and is a five-time District champion, four-time Area champion,three-time Regional champion, two-time State champion.  She also is a three-time UIL Academic All-State honoree.  Davis was the 2019 Prefontaine High School 100m champion and took second place in the 100m at the Brooks PR Invitational with a wind-legal time of 11.36 for a new best and a top 10 national time.  Her time of 11.64 in the 100m was first among high schoolers in 2020.  Davis' time of 23.38 in the 200m ranked No. 18 on the U.S. list and both her 100m and 200m times rank her within Texas' top 15 all-time marks.  

Jalaysi'ya Smith 

Smith is from DeSoto HS in DeSoto, Texas and is ranked the No 15 overall recruit by Mile Split, after being named the second-fastest 100m hurdler in the Class of 2021.  She has bests of 13.42 in the 100m hurdles, 42.14 in the 300m hurdles and 11.77 in the 100m dash.  She took second with her 100m hurdles PR at the UIL Class 6A Championships to rank U.S. No. 6 and Texas' No. 7 all-time effort.  Smith won the 60m hurdles at the 2020 Texas A&M High School Indoor Classic, won the 100m hurdles at the 2020 Lancaster Meet of Champions and was third in the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.67.  She also won the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.46 at the 2020 DeSoto Nike Invitational.

Makhaila Mills

Mills, from Creekside HS in St. John's, Fla., won the 2019 FHSAA state 100m title at 11.66 and was second in the 200m with a time of 23.91.  Mills has PRs of 11.56 in the 100m and 23.88 in the 200m.  Her 100m time of 11.75 in 2020 ranked fifth among all high school runners.  Mills also posted a time of 7.33 in the 60m which ranked third-fastest in the country in 2020.  

GiGi Maccagnini

Maccagnini is from Caulfield Grammar School in South Melbourne, Australia.  She has bests of 2:05.71 in the 800m, 4:22.75 in the 1500m and 55.67 in the 400m.  Maccagnini was the 2019 U18 Oceanian Championships Gold Medalist in the 800m.