USC To Dedicate Colich Track & Field Center Friday
2020 Olympians Michael Norman (gold medalist), Anna Cockrell and Isaiah Jewett, Hall of Fame head coach Ron Allice as well as former athletes and members of the 2021 NCAA championship team will be on hand as the USC track and field program will officially be dedicating the Colich Track and Field Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.
USC president Carol L Folt, athletic director Mike Bohn, benefactor John Colich, building architect Joe Antunovich, Trojan head coach and former Olympic gold medalist Quincy Watts, Jewett and current 800m runner Jemima Russell all will be spearking as part of the dedication ceremony.
The Colich Track and Field Center is the new home of USC's 2021 women's NCAA champions and the 26-time men's champion programs. The USC women's program has captured two of the last three NCAA outdoor titles, finishing second the other season, while the men's team has finished in the top five in five of the last eight seasons. The 26 NCAA outdoor titles won by the USC men's program are more than double any other NCAA Division I track and field program and the most by any USC sports team.
Cockrell reached the Olympic finals for USA in the women's 400m hurdles, after become the second woman to win both the NCAA 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles titles at the championships to lead USC to the 2021 women's team title. Norman earned a gold medal as part of USA's 4x400m relay team, after finishing fifth in the men's 400m final. Jewett was tripped up in his 800m semifinal heat, but drew great praise for his sportsmanship of helping the runner who tripped him to his feat and finishing the race together. Earlier in the year, Jewett set the USC 800m record and won the 2021 NCAA men's 800m title, the first Trojan ever to win the event.
At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony there will be a reception, followed by an opportunity for those in attendance to tour the Colich Track and Field Center.
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