USC Women Win 3rd-Straight Pac-12 Track & Field Title, Men Place Second
The USC women's track and field team won its third consecutive team title, the men's team took second with its most points since 2010 and TeeTee Terry and Davonte Burnett secured Athlete of the Meet status during the final day of the 2021 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships being hosted by USC at Loker Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. today (May 16). The Trojans combined to win 14 titles, set two stadium records, one school record and one USC freshman record on the final day of the Championships.
The USC women's team scored 162.5 points to defeat runner-up Oregon by 11.5 points. The women's team began the day in 10th place with 14 points and trailed the leaders Oregon and Arizona State by 44 points. The Trojan men started the day in fourth place with 36 points and scored 101 points to finish with 137, second only to Oregon's 185.
""Today is an exciting day, to win the Pac-12 Championship and be second on the men's side at Loker Stadium with our new building, is quite historic in my opinion," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "There were so many great performances, with 14 Pac-12 Titles, including school records and repeat winners. Both Twanisha ("Tee Tee" Terry) and Anna (Cockrell) won their third consecutive individual titles and going back-to-back-to-back is hard to do. It signals that we're more than just a team, but a viable program that can compete for Pac-12 titles and National Championships every year."
- Burnett earned the Men's Athlete of the Meet by accounting for 22.5 points and it began by running the first leg for USC's winning men's 4x100m relay. The team of Burnett, Brendon Stewart, Kenan Christon and Eric Allen Jr. won with a time of 39.65 to account for 10 points in the team competition. It was USC's 17th win in the event, the most of any conference school.
- Burnett won his next event by taking the men's 100m dash with a PR of 10.05 (+1.4) which ties him for fifth on USC's all-time list and ties him for ninth on the Pac-12 all-time list. Alexander Barnum finished eighth in the event with a time of 10.52 (+1.4). Together they earned USC's men 11 more points. USC won the event for the 20th time, tops among conference schools.
- Burnett notched his final 10 points by winning the men's 200m with PR of 20.55 (+0.2). He became USC's first 100m-200m dual winner since Andre DeGrasse accomplished the feat in 2015. USC also upped its Pac-12 leading win total in the event to 21, the most by any team in any event. Michael Norman in 2018 was the last Trojan winner of the 200m dash.
- Terry was the co-Women's Athlete of the Meet as she accounted for 22 points and it started as anchor for the women's 4x100m relay team which took second with a time of 42.99 to earn eight points. USC ran a team of Nicole Yeargin, Angie Annelus, Lanae-Tava Thomas and Terry.
- Terry then won the women's 100m dash with a Loker Stadium record time of 11.10 (+1.1). It was Terry's third consecutive Pac-12 100m sprint title and she became the first to record three straight since USC's Virginia (Powell) Crawford won it from 2004-06.Thomas took third in the 100m with a time of 11.36 (+1.1) and together the pair earned USC's women 16 points and the comeback was now in full force.
- Terry picked up her last 10 points by winning the women's 200m title with a PR of 22.72 (+1.4) which bettered her ninth-place standing on USC's all-time list. The Trojans would earn 28 points in the event as Annelus was second with a season-best time of 22.86, Thomas was third by tying her season-best time of 23.03 and Yeargin was fifth with a PR of 23.18.
- Anna Cockrell began the day by being named the 2021 Pac-12 Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year, then began the meet by singing the National Anthem along with fellow hurdler Jasmine Jones…then she got down to business. First, she won the women's 100m hurdles by tying her season-best time of 12.79 (+0.0). It was a Trojan sweep earning 24 points as Jones was second by tying her season-best time of 12.89 (+0.0) and Mecca McGlaston was third with a time of 13.23 (+0.0).
- Cockrell later would win her third consecutive Pac-12 women's 400m hurdles title with a PR, NCAA-leading and USC-record time of 54.77. Her time also ranks seventh all-time on the Pac-12 list. The last person to win three consecutive Pac-12 400m hurdles titles was USC's Jaide Stepter from 2014-16. Breanna Bernard-Joseph finished seventh with a time of 58.80 and along with Cockrell earned USC 12 points.
- Cameron Samuel won the men's 400m hurdles title for the second consecutive time by tying his PR of 49.09. He earned USC 10 points and achieved the Olympic qualifying standard in the event.
- The USC women's team took its first lead when it amassed 30 points in the women's 400m final, led by Kyra Constantine's win with a PR of 51.16. That time bettered her fourth-place standing on USC's all-time list. It was USC's fourth consecutive win in the event. Yeargin was third with a PR of 51.39 which ties her for fifth on USC's all-time list, Bailey Lear was fourth at 51.67, Jan'Taijah Ford was fifth with a season-best time of 52.19, Rae-Anne Serville was sixth with a time of 53.39 and Kimberly Harris was seventh with a time of 53.46.
- Isaiah Jewett repeated as Pac-12 men's 800m champion by winning with a PR and Loker Stadium record-time of 1:45.16. His time bettered his NCAA-leading time and moved him to second on USC's all-time list. It was also just 0.04 seconds off the meet record of 1:45.12 set by Joaquim Cruz in 1984. He became the first Trojan to win the event in back-to-back Pac-12 meets. Sam VanDorpe finished fifth in the event with a time of 1:49.12 and he teamed with Jewett to earn the men's team 14 points.
- The men's 4x400m relay team of Nicholas Ramey, Brian Herron, Samuel and Jewett won with a time of 3:05.29 to earn the last 10 points on the track.
- The USC women's 4x400m relay team of Lear, Yeargin, Ford and Constantine made it eight consecutive wins in the event by taking the title with a time of 3:30.41. The win was also USC's 12th in the event, more than any school and it closed out the meet in style for the Trojans.
- Morgan Smalls won the women's high jump with a collegiate-best clearance of 6-0.00 (1.83m). That moved her from tied for 10th to tied for sixth on USC's all-time list. She became USC's second woman to win the event, joining Lyndsey Lopes (2018). Temi Ojora tied for sixth in the event with a clearance of 5-7 (1.70m). The pair earned USC 11.5 points.
- Jordan Scott won the men's triple jump with a best leap of 54-5.50/16,60m (-1.3). The win was USC's 16th in the event, tying it with UCLA for most wins in the event. Jalyn Jackson was fifth with a jump of 51-0.25/15.55 (+0.0) and Darryl Shaw was sixth with a jump of 50-1.25/15.27m (-0.6) and together the Trojans earned 17 points. Shaw's jump was his best since 2017 at the NCAA East Prelims.
- Temi Ojora placed second in the women's triple jump and in the process set the USC freshman record with a leap of 44-6.75/1358m (+0.0) which came in her final attempt. Ojora broke the previous freshman record of 44-6.25/13.57m set by Wendy Brown in 1985. Ojora also moved from fifth to third on the USC women's all-time triple jump list. Smalls, the person who broke Brown's freshman long jump record yesterday, finished eighth in the triple jump with a best jump of 42-1.50/12.84m (+0.0). The pair teamed up to earn nine points for the Trojan women.
- Also in running events, Tade Ojora placed third in the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 13.74 (+1.1), while Herron was second in the men's 400m dash with a PR of 45.77 and Ramey was fourth with a season-best time of 46.49. The duo earned USC's men 13 more points.
- The day began with the men's discus throw. McKay Johnson reached the final tied for ninth and improved with a best throw of 173-52.74m, but he finished the day in ninth. Matthew Katnik finished 15th with a best throw of `58-0 (48.16m) and Christian Johnson had three fouls.
- Karlee Freeman did not land a legal throw in the women's discus throw competition.
Final Team Scoring:
Men: 1.) Oregon – 185, 2.) USC – 137, 3.) Washington – 114, 4.) Arizona State – 72, 5.) Arizona – 67, 6.) Washington State – 61.5, 7.) Stanford – 59, 8.) UCLA – 46.5, 9.) Colorado – 42, 10.) California – 31.
Women: 1.) USC – 162.5, 2.) Oregon – 151, 3.) Arizona State – 77 and Washington – 77, 5.) Colorado – 74.5, 6.) UCLA – 70, 7.) Stanford 64, 8.) 51.5, 9.) California – 48, 10.) Oregon State – 21, 11.) Washington State – 16.5, 12.) Utah – 6.