USC Track & Field Competing At Texas Relays This Week
The USC Track & Field team will be competing this week at the 94th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas from March 23-26. There will be a strong national field with many track and field powers competing including: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC and Wisconsin. USC is competing at the Texas Relays for the first time since the 2017 season. The Trojans have no athletes competing during the first day of the Texas Relays.
CAN I WATCH? -- Yes you can. The meet will be streamed live at: https://texassports.com. See the links on the USC T&F schedule page.
TROJAN INVITATIONAL RECAP -- USC won 15 events and posted 13 marks or times which are top 10 in the country this season. Trojans winning events were: Eric Allen Jr. (M-100m), Celera Barnes (W-100m), Breanna Bernard-Joseph (W-400mH), Karlee Freeman (W-DT), Trey Knight (M-HT), Bailey Lear (W-400), Joy McArthur (W-HT), Samirah Moody (W-200m), Tade Orora (M-110m H), Nicholas Ramey (M-400m), Zach Shinnick (M-200m), Jalaysia Smith (100m H), Dallas Wise (M-TJ), W-4x400m, M-4x400m. Both Barnes in the 100m and Knight in the hammer throw posted NCAA-leading marks.
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.
2021 T&F SUCCESS FOR USC -- The USC women's team won the 2021 NCAA Outdoor team tile and the men placed fifth at the championships. Anna Cockrell led the women's team by winning both the women's 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles, only the second female athlete ever to pull off the double at the NCAA Championships. USC had 11 athletes combine to earn 19 first-team All-America honors during the two days of competition. Isaiah Jewett led the men's team by winning USC's first-ever men's 800m title at the NCAA Championships. USC scored 33 points, tying for their ninth-most points since the scoring system changed in 1985. Eight different Trojans earned first-team All-America honors.
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 on March 11-12. 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.
MECCA CLEARS FINAL HURDLE FOR USC - Mecca McGlaston, who ranks eighth on USC's all-time 100m hurdles list and sixth on its 60m indoor hurdles list, completed her track and field eligibility for USC with end of the 2022 indoor season. McGlaston placed fifth in the 60m hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and then helped USC's 4x400m relay team finish fourth with a time of 3:33.03, running the third leg. McGlaston will remain close to the program working in various capacities during the outdoor season.
NEXT MEET: STANFORD INVITATIONAL - USC will next be in action at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 1-2.