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USC Track & Field To Host Annual Trojan Invitational This Weekend

Mar 17, 2022

The USC Track & Field teams will host the annual Trojan Invitational on March 18 and 19. The hammer throw and discus throw will be contested on Friday, March 18 at the South Bay Throws Facility beginning at noon, while the majority  of the meet will be at Loker Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. The Trojan Invitational will feature USC's highly-decorated track and field athletes along with teams from BYU, CS Fullerton, Long Beach State and Utah.

CAN I WATCH? -- Yes you can. The meet will be streamed live at: https://pac-12.com/live/usc-2.

INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP -- The USC women's team placed 15th and the men's team 18th at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Birmingham, Ala. on March 11-12,  Scoring for the Trojans and earning NCAA Indoor First-Team All-America honors were:  

Women - Jan'Taijah Ford (400m, 4x400m), Kimberly Harris (4x40m), Jasmine Jones (60m H), Bailey Lear (4x400m), Mecca McGlaston (60m H, 4x400m)

Men - Johnnie Blockburger (4x400m), Davonte Burnett (60m), Kasaun James (60m), Nicholas Ramey (4x400m), Zach Shinnick (4x400m), Brendon Stewart (4x400m)

BURNETT WINS USC'S FIRST-EVER 60M TITLE -- Senior Davonte Burnett won the men's NCAA 60m title by running a PR and USC school record of 6.50.  He actually won it twice.  There was an error in the timing the first time they ran the 60m final, so they did it again and Burnett demonstrated it was no fluke by winning it again.  Brendon Stewart placed sixth in the final with a time of 6.64 and Kasaun James did not start..  Burnett's time eclipsed the previous school record of 6.55 held by Olympian Aaron Brown and current teammate James.

HOME TRACK DEBUTS  -- Among the Trojans expected to compete for the first time at Loker Stadim are: 

Women: Celera Barnes, Janiah Brown, Isabelle Cairns, Annabel Doherty, Gigi Maccagnini,Samirah Moody, Giovanna Pisaono, Maci Simmons, Ritika Singh, Jalaysiya Smith, Dallas Wise. 

Men: Johnnie Blockburger, Morgan Fierro, Curtis Johnson III, Gavin Schurr,

BURNETT & WATTS EARN USTFCCCA WEST REGION HONORS --  USC Director  of Track & Field and cross country Quincy Watts was named the 2022 West Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while Trojan senior sprinter Davonte Burnett was the USTFCCCA West Region Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, it was announced on March 17.  Watts guided USC's men to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Meet last week. Three Trojans qualified for the NCAA finals in the 60 meters, including champion Burnett, and there were six USC All-American first teamers (and two second team). His 4x400-meter relay ran the second fastest indoor time in USC history (3:04.86) and the quartet placed eighth at the NCAAs. He also had athletes ranked in the national Top 25 in the high jump, 400 meters, 200 meters and weight throws heading into the NCAA meet.Last week, Burnett captured the NCAA 60-meter title in a school-record time of 6.50 after running a 6.58 in the semis. Earlier this indoor season, he broke the Arkansas Qualifier meet record with a then-personal best time of 6.60 in the 60. He also clocked a personal-best of 20.97 in the 200 meters at the Arkansas Qualifier and ran a leg on USC's season-best 4x400-meter relay, which posted a 3:04.86.

CROSS COUNTRY EARNS USTFCCCA ACADEMIC HONORS -- The USC women's cross country team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in the fall.  The team sports a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.40. 

ALL-STAR COACHING STAFF - Olympic gold medalist Quincy Watts has put together an impressive coaching staff that looks like an all-star roster. Well decorated throws coach Dan Lange is one of the top assistants in the country and is joined on staff by Jebreh Harris (distances and cross country), Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes (hurdles), Olympic silver and bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter (sprints) and Tyree Price (jumps and multi-events.  In addition, volunteer coaches Rai Benjamin and Michael Norman are Olympic gold medalists.

NEXT MEET: TEXAS RELAYS - USC will next be in action at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas from March 23-26.