USC Earns 9 Individual, 2 Relay Berths To Finals At NCAA Track & Field Championships
The USC women's team earned nine individual spots in event finals and both relays advanced to Saturday finals during the second day of the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (June 10) before 5,085 fans. Joy McArthur also placed 20th in the women's hammer throw to earn All-America honorable mention status in the event.
The first day of the Women's NCAA T&F Championships featured finals in five field events and the 10,000m race, as well as 10 track semifinals with the top two in each heat plus the next three fastest times advancing to NCAA finals on Saturday. With six out of 21 events scored, the No. 2-ranked USC women's team has yet to score but will now have 13 scoring opportunities on Friday.
- Joy McArthur got things started for USC in the women's hammer throw. She had a best throw of 209-9 (63.94m) on her final attempt to finish eighth in the first flight and 20th overall. McArthur opened with a mark of 207-5 (63.22m), followed by a foul in the second round. McArthur becomes an All-America honorable mention in the event.
- USC's 4x100m relay team of Jasmine Jones, Angie Annelus, Lanae-Tava Thomas and TeeTee Terry got things started in style on the track for USC by tying its season best with a time of 42.63 to win its semifinal. The quartet's time was fastest among the qualifiers. USC defeated world-leader LSU in its heat and now has a chance to defend its 2019 title in the event.
- Next for the Trojans was the women's 100m hurdles and Anna Cockrell ran a PR of 12.54 (+1.1) to take second in her semifinal and advance second overall to the final. Cockrell moved to No. 8 on the all-time in collegiate list and she bettered her third-place standing on USC's all-time list. Jones was fourth in the first semifinal with a time of 12.94 (-0.5) and finished 10th overall. Mecca McGlaston had a season-best time of 13.01 (+1.1) to finish sixth in her heat and 12th overall. Jones and McGlaston earned second team Al-America honors.
- USC qualified two women to the 100m final. First, Terry won her semifinal with the fastest time of the day of 11.03 (+0.5). Then, Thomas placed third in the final semifinal with a time of 11.35 (-0.5) which was the top non-automatic qualifying time and sixth overall.
- USC had three athletes qualify for the women's 400m final. Nicole Yeargin won the third semifinal with a PR of 50.96 and Bailey Lear was second with a PR of 51.02 to both automatically advance. Those times are fourth and fifth respectively on USC's all-time list and were the top two qualifying times. Kyra Constantine also qualified automatically by taking second in her semifinal with a time of 51.93. Constantine was the athlete bumped from fourth to sixth on USC's all-time list by Yeargin and Lear. Kaelin Roberts, second on USC's all-time 400m list, had a time of 52.39 to finish fifth in her heat and 15th overall. Kimberly Harris had a time of 52.66 to take seventh in her semifinal and finish 20th overall.
- Cockrell then won her women's 400m hurdles semifinal with the fastest time of the day of 56.12 to automatically advance to the final and a chance to defend her 2019 title in the event. Breanna Bernard-Joseph had a time of 60.27 to take seventh in her semifinal and finished 23rd overall. She earned All-America honorable mention honors in the event.
- Annelus took second in the first women's 200m semifinal with a season-best time of 22.70 (+0.9) to automatically advance to the final and a chance to become the second women to win three consecutive titles in the event. Thomas was fifth in the heat with a time of 23.17 (+0.9) and finished 12th overall to earn second-team All-America honors in the event. Terry took second in the second semifinal with a time of 22.76 (+0.4) to automatically advance to the final. Annelus was fifth and Terry sixth among the qualifiers.
- The women's 4x400m relay team of Lear, Yeargin, Harris and Constantine took second in its semifinal heat with a time of 3:28.08 to automatically advance to the final. USC's time was fourth among the qualifiers.
Tomorrow the No.-3 ranked USC men's team will be competing in the final day of the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Trojan men ready for action in finals Friday are: Davonte Burnett (100m, 200m), Brian Herron (4x400m), Jalyn Jackson (TJ), Isaiah Jewett (800m, 4x400m), Tade Ojora (110m H), Nicholas Ramey (4x400m), Cameron Samuel (400m H, 4x400m), Jordan Scott (TJ), Earnest Sears III (HJ).
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