USC Track & Field To Compete At Beach Invitational This Weekend
The No. 2-ranked USC women's team and the No. 4-ranked Trojan men's team will be competing at the 26th Annual Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. on April 16 and 17.
TRAVELING TROJANS - Members of USC's 2021 track and field team schedule to make the trip to Long Beach, Calif. are:
Women: Angie Annelus, Breanna Bernard-Joseph, Anna Cockrell, Kyra Constantine, Jennifer Daly, Jan'Taijah Ford, Karlee Freeman, Kimberyly Harris, Jasmine Jones, Bailey Lear, Joy McArthur, Mecca McGlaston, Temi Ojora, Chioma Okonkwo, Abygail Paez, Kaelin Roberts, Rae-Anne Serville, Morgan Smalls, TeeTee Terry, Lanae-Tava Thomas, Nicole Yeargin
Men: Ashton Allen, Eric Allen Jr., Alexander Barnum, Nathan Bultman, Davonte Burnett, Jack Carter, Kenan Christon, Earvin da Silva, John Dempsey, Brian Herron, Jalyn Jackson, Isaiah Jewett, Christian Johnson, McKay Johnson, Matthew Katnik, Trey Knight, Dylan Lange, Tade Ojora, Nicholas Ramey, Daniel Robinson, Cameron Samuel, Earnest Sears III, Zach Shinnick, Brendon Stewart
TROJANS LEADING THE WAY - Three Trojans enter this week's action with three NCAA leading mark or times: Anna Cockrell (W-400m H, 55.65), Kaelin Roberts (W-400m, 51.23) and Cameron Samuel (M-400m H, 49.67) . Also, the Trojans currently have 30 times or marks within the top 20 on the NCAA descending order lists: Nathan Bultman (15th - M-HT), Anna Cockrell (1st - W-400mH, 3rd - 100m H), Kyra Constantine (14th - W-400m), Jan'Taijah Ford (20th - W-400m), Isaiah Jewett (3rd - M-800m, 18th - 400m), McKay Johnson (9th - M-SP), Jasmine Jones (4th - W-100mH), Matthew Katnik (6th - M-SP), Trey Knight (16th - M-HT), Bailey Lear (4th - W-400m), Tade Ojora (T-12th - M-110m H), Temi Ojora (15th - W-TJ), Kaelin Roberts (1st - W-400m, 11th - W-200m), Cameron Samuel (1st - M-400m H), Jordan Scott (2nd - M-TJ), Earnest Sears III (T-4th - HJ), Morgan Smalls (T-7th - HJ), TeeTee Terry (2nd - W-100m), Lanae-Tava Thomas (13th - W-200m, T-19th - LJ), Nicole Yeargin (T-12th - W-400m), W-4x100m (3rd, 10th), M-4x100m (11th), M-4x400m (7th), W-4x400m (6th, 19th).
THIS COULD BE A SPECIAL SEASON FOR ROBERTS -- Kaelin Roberts won the 2021 NCAA indoor women's 400m title with an indoor PR of 50.84 on March 13. Roberts also won the 2019 NCAA title with her previous personal best of 51.50. She then opened up the 2021 outdoor season with a PR and NCAA-leading time of 51.23 which bettered her fourth-place standing on USC's all-time 400m list.
DAN LANGE, THE ALL-AMERICAN COACH -- Dan Lange is in his 32nd season as USC throws coach and is one of the nation's most respected teachers, having guided his athletes to All-American honors 69 times. He also has coached Trojan throwers to 12 school records and 28 individual Pac-12 titles. If you want to measure his impact on the Trojan throws program, you have to go no farther than the USC top 10 lists as all but one of the top 10 male and female hammer throwers in school history have been coached by Lange and all but one of the USC record-holders in the men's and women's hammer, discus, javelin and shot put have been coached by Lange. For 21 consecutive seasons (1993-2013) he guided at least one Trojan hammer thrower to All-America honors and he has coached at least one Trojan thrower to All-America honors in 30 of his first 31 seasons. Currently, four members of his throws group rank inside the top 20 of events this season.
TERRY WAS FLYING IN FAYETTEVILLE -- TeeTee Terry ran the fastest times of her career in the women's 60m and 200m at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships and took home a second-place finish in the 60m final with a time of 7.14 and fourth in the 200m final with a PR of 22.75. Terry's 200m time moved her to second on USC's all-indoor list. Terry's time of 7.09 in the semifinal was a PR and tied Angela Williams school record. Terry actually stumbled in the 60m final or she might have set the school and NCAA record in the event. Terry then opened her 2021 outdoor season with an NCAA-leading time of 11.08 (+2.0), which now is second by 0.01 seconds. At the last NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2019, Terry placed third in the 100m dash with a school-record time ot 10.98 (+1.6).
ANNELUS EYES A THREE-PEAT - USC sprinter Angie Annelus is the two-time defending NCAA women's 200m champion and looks to become the second person ever to win the event three times, joining Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU. Annelus won the 2018 200m title with a time of 22.76 (-2.3) to help lead the Trojans to the team title and then set the USC record in the 200m with a winning time of 22.16 (+1.3) in the 2019 final. Annelus is expected to make her 2021 season debut this weekend.
SCOTT EYES USC TRIPLE JUMP RECORD - In just three meets, graduate transfer Jordan Scott has already landed the third-farthest triple jump in USC history of 55-7.75/16.96 (+0.9). Scott now trails only Allen Simms who set the record of 56-4 (17.17m) on April 28, 2003 and Julien Kapek who jumped 56-2 (17.12m) on June14, 2003 to win the NCAA title. Scott's legal PR is 56-0.50/17.08m, but he has a wind-aided PR of 57-0/17.37m so he figures to be nipping at the heals of the record at every meet this season.
QUITE A GROUP - USC's women's 400m runners are one of the more loaded event groups for the Trojans. Currently, Kyra Constantine (3rd - 51.22), Kaelin Roberts (4th - 51.23) and Bailey Lear (7th - 51.57) all rank in USC's all-time outdoor top 10 in the event. So far this outdoor season, USC has five women's 400m runners ranking in the top 20 nationally: Roberts (1st), Lear (4th), Nicole Yeargin (T-12th), Constantine (14th) and Jan'Taijah Ford (20th).
NEXT MEET: USC-UCLA DUAL MEET - USC will next be in action at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet in Westwood, Calif. on May 2.