USC Track & Field Travels To UCLA For Dual Meet Sunday
The No. 5-ranked USC women's team and the No. 5-ranked Trojan men's team will be competing at annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet to be held at Drake Stadium in Westwood, Calif. on May 2. The first field event, the men's hammer throw, begins at 10 a.m. and the first running event, the women's 3000m steeplechase, begins at noon.
DUAL MEET HISTORY -- The USC men's team has a 44-42 lead all-time in the Dual Meet with UCLA and the women's team has a 14-22 record. The USC women's team has won the last six and 11 of the last 12 meetings with UCLA. USC has swept or split the last six Dual Meets (2-0-4). A USC woman has won the 100m dash in 17 of the last 18 Dual Meets and the Trojan women have won the last 15 4x100m relays. USC's men' have won 16 of the last 17 100m and 200m dashes at the Dual Meet.
TRAVELING TROJANS - Members of USC's 2021 track and field team schedule to make the trip to UCLA are:
Women: Angie Annelus, Breanna Bernard-Joseph, Alyssa Brewer, Anna Cockrell, Kyra Constantine, Jennifer Daly, Jan'Taijah Ford, Karlee Freeman, Kimberly Harris, Jasmine Jones, Bailey Lear, Joy McArthur, Mecca McGlaston, Temi Ojora, Chioma Okonkwo, Abygail Paez, Kaelin Roberts, Jemima Russell, Rae-Anne Serville, Morgan Smalls, TeeTee Terry, Lanae-Tava Thomas, Nicole Yeargin
Men: Alexander Barnum, Nathan Bultman, Davonte Burnett, Jack Carter, Kenan Christon, John Dempsey, George Gleason, Brian Herron, Jalyn Jackson, Isaiah Jewett, Christian Johnson, McKay Johnson, Matthew Katnik, Trey Knight, Dylan Lange, Josh Ligas, Tade Ojora, Nicholas Ramey, Daniel Robinson, Cameron Samuel, Jordan Scott, Earnest Sears III, Darryl Shaw, Brendon Stewart, Sam VanDorpe
TROJANS LEADING THE WAY - Three Trojans enter this week's action with 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 33 times or marks within the top 25 on the NCAA descending order lists: Nathan Bultman (17th - M-HT), Anna Cockrell (1st - W-400mH, 2nd - 100m H), Kyra Constantine (8th - W-400m), Jan'Taijah Ford (21st - W-400m), Brian Herron (17th - M-400m), Isaiah Jewett (3rd - M-800m, T-20th - 400m), McKay Johnson (4th - M-SP), Jasmine Jones (5th - W-100mH), Matthew Katnik (8th - M-SP), Trey Knight (11th - M-HT), Bailey Lear (4th - W-400m), Joy McArthur (16th - W-HT), Mecca McGlaston (20th - W-100m H), Tade Ojora (15th - M-110m H), Temi Ojora (16th - W-TJ), Kaelin Roberts (1st - W-400m, 14th - W-200m), Cameron Samuel (1st - M-400m H), Jordan Scott (2nd - M-TJ), Earnest Sears III (T-5th - HJ), Morgan Smalls (T-9th - W-HJ), TeeTee Terry (2nd - W-100m), Lanae-Tava Thomas (18th - W-200m, T-21st - LJ), Nicole Yeargin (14th - W-400m), W-4x100m (3rd, 14th), M-4x100m (13th), M-4x400m (7th), W-4x400m (8th, 23rd).
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.
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.
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.
OJORA TIMES TWO -- USC has a brother and sister act from London, England in Temi and Tade Ojora on the 2021 track and field team. The 6-0 Omotade "Tade" Ojora is a junior hurdler who took second in the 110m hurdles at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships. He finished tied for 14th at the 2019 NCAA West Regional in the event, narrowly missing out on advancing to the NCAA Championships in the event as a freshman. He also set the USC freshman record in the event with a time of 13.68 in winning the 2019 Dual Meet. He owns a PR of 13.54. Temitope "Temi" Ojora is a freshman jumper on USC's team. She has a PR this season of 43-4.75/13/20m (-0.3) in the women's triple jump, which ranks fifth on USC's all-time list in the event. That jump qualified her for Great Britain's team for the World Junior Championships. Temi also owns a high jump personal best of 5-11.00 (1.80m).
JOHNSON & JOHNSON -- USC brothers McKay and Christian Johnson are having quite an impact on the USC track and field team this season. McKay, a redshirt junior, transfered to USC from California. He already has set his outdoor PR in the shot put with a mark of 65-5.50 (199.95m) which ranks fifth on USC's all-time list. He is a three-time indoor All-American in the shot put. Christian is a redshirt freshman who began his career at Texas, but did not compete. So far this season, he has set his PR in the hammer throw with a mark of 196-9 (59.98m), which ranks 11th among Pac-12 throwers. Their father Zak was a decathlete at USC.
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), Constantine (8th), Nicole Yeargin (14th) and Jan'Taijah Ford (21st).
NEXT MEET: PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS - USC will next be in action when it hosts the 2021 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships from May 14-16.