Photo Gallery: Women of Troy Carry 400 Field

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USC women's track & field advanced to six event finals on its first day at the NCAA Championships in Eugene led by the 4x400m relay team of Jaide Stepter, Amalie Iuel, Kendall Ellis and Vanessa Jones. The speedy quartet posted the best time of the day, and Stepter and Iuel also qualified for the 400m IH finals.

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In the shorter sprints, USC was carried by its freshmen class. NCAA debutants Dior Hall (100m HH) and Ky Westbrook (100m) made strong introductions on the national stage. Westbrook also joined with freshman Deanna Hill, junior Alexis Faulknor and sophomore Destinee Brown on the 4x100m relay team, advancing out of the semifinals with the sixth fastest time.

No Trojans participated in Thursday's field events as the women's discus featuring Tera Novy and Alexandra Collatz is scheduled for Saturday along with the women's sprinting finals. The men are back on the track today with all eyes on Andre De Grasse as he carries the torch for USC in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m finals.

Follow the action on Twitter or watch the event live on ESPN. Here are the John McGillen photos from Day 2 at historic Hayward Field:

Best in a Decade

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Senior catcher Garrett Stubbs was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, becoming USC baseball's first All-American since Jeff Clement and Ian Kennedy in 2005.

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A decade later, Stubbs is trying to match Clement's feat of winning the Johnny Bench Award (nation's best catcher) and All-American in the same season. The heart and soul of the program affected the team in so many ways this season, including a .346 batting average (second-best on the team) and a team-leading 20 stolen bases. Behind the plate, he intimidated base runners, throwing out 28 of 53 attempted base stealers. 

The performance displayed by this senior in the Trojans' first trip to an NCAA Regional since 2005 is the definition of who Stubbs is as a player. Every single rally seemed to start from the No. 2 hitter's hot bat, leading USC all the way to the NCAA Regional finals before losing a heartbreaker to Virginia. He caught all 38 innings in just three days and finished with a .563 batting average earning him Lake Elsinore MVP honors. 

Stubbs will now exhibit his hard work and dedication in Houston after the Astros selected him with the 229th pick in the eighth round. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year needs a new trophy case for the amount of awards he's racked up this season, but will have to wait until June 25 to find out if he will be named the nation's best catcher at the Johnny Bench Award presentation in Wichita. 


Quarterback U

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

What's the greatest season ever by a USC quarterback? Some could argue that current QB Cody Kessler's 2014 season should be since it was the best ever statistically speaking. He threw 39 touchdowns with only five interceptions for 3,826 yards to give him a 69.7 completion percentage. However, the Trojans have seen some of the greatest QBs of all time run through the tunnel of the Coliseum, including Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. And don't forget about current USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, a two-time national champion like Leinart, or 1988 Heisman Trophy runner-up Rodney Peete.

Kessler finished fifth on the list despite his outstanding 2014 campaign, which gives the redshirt senior something else to work towards in 2015. 

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Train Like a Trojan

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Seven more football camps for high school, elementary school and post-high school players conducted by USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff will be held starting this week on Howard Jones/Brian Kennedy Fields, the on-campus practice fields for the Trojan football team.

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Sark-Spring15-McG.jpgThe Mario Danelo Kicking Academy, established in honor of the late USC record-setting kicker Mario Danelo, is open to all placekickers, punters and snappers who will be seventh graders to high school seniors as of the 2015 fall season. It will be held on June 12 and will be led by noted kicking and long snapping coaches Chris Sailor and Chris Rubio.

The Offensive and Defensive Line Camp, open to all linemen who will be eighth graders through seniors in high school during the 2015 fall season, is set for June 13.

The Skill Positions Camp, open to all quarterbacks/receivers/running backs/tight ends/linebackers/defensive backs who will be eighth graders through seniors in high school during the 2015 fall season, will be held on June 20.

The Junior College/Post Graduate Camp, for players at all positions, is on June 20 and is open to those who have completed their high school playing career (except for NCAA non-qualifiers).

The Rising Stars Camp, open to all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the 2015 fall season who plan on playing at the collegiate level, is available for both overnight and day campers on June 24 and 25.

The "Trojans In Training" Camp--open to all players from third grade through eighth grade as of the 2015 fall season--will be held June 27.

Registration for these camps can be done on-line via or by calling (213) 740-4204 for a registration brochure.

Also, the 7-On-7 Camp, open to all high school teams aiming to develop offensive and defensive passing game skills, will be June 14. High school coaches should contact the USC Football Office at (213) 740-4204 or email Scott Thompson at to enroll their team.

All-Around Greatness

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Divers never want to make a splash, but Haley Ishimatsu made quite an impression during her time at Troy. The two-time NCAA champion, four-time Pac-12 champion and four-time All-American was today named USC's 34th all-time Academic All-American first team selection.

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Ishimatsu, who graduated this year with a 3.73 GPA in sociology and a minor in forensics and criminality, is the Trojans' first diver to win the award and the sixth USC woman to earn first team honors (Katie Haller won it twice). She is the fifth Trojan to make Academic All-American first team in the last three years.

USC men's diver Jordan Gear was named an Academic All-American second team selection. He graduated with a 3.82 GPA in French and cinematic arts critical studies to go along with five appearances as a Pac-12 finalist and one at the NCAA Championships.


White Mamba on DP Show

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USC men's basketball alum Brian Scalabrine was in classic form this morning on the Dan Patrick Show, breaking down his 10-year NBA career, guarding Kobe Bryant and praising Matthew Dellavedova.

Hanging the Cleats, Holding the Whistle

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from professional lacrosse to focus on her duties here. The two-time world champion and 2013 FIL World Cup Team USA captain is a women's lacrosse legend earning five NCAA titles, two as a student-athlete and three as an assistant coach. Adding to her resume, Munday was Lacrosse Magazine's Person of the Year in 2013. 

As a head coach, Munday uses her experience on the national team to inspire and train the next generation of lacrosse players. In just three years of the program's existence, she has coached USC to its first NCAA tournament berth and a 14-6 record this season, losing only one conference game. She's coached 15 All-MPSF selections at USC, including 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johansen and 2015 MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael. Munday's retirement will allow her to fully focus on the Trojans as they strive to capture the program's first NCAA championship. 


Photo Gallery: Men's Track's Blazing Start

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USC men's track and field needed only one event to crown a national champion at the NCAA Championships in Eugene. Conor McCullough set the tone for the Trojans by not only winning the hammer title, becoming the third male Trojan ever to do so, but doing it in dominant fashion, besting the field by 17-feet 7-inches with his personal best throw of 252-4 (76.91m).

"It's been a long journey," said McCullough. "I've had a lot of support from the staff at USC, Coach Caryl (Smith Gilbert) and Coach Dan (Lange); and I'm glad it worked out. This was definitely the goal. You never know what's going to happen."

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From there, the runners and jumpers sprung into action. The amazing Adoree' Jackson followed up his Freshman All-American football season by garnering All-American status in the long jump, launching himself 25-11.50/7.91m (+1.9) to finish fifth overall. He now sits eighth on USC's all-time list and is the first football letterman to earn track All-America honors in an individual event since Sultan McCullough in 2000 and the first to do it in a field event since long jumper Luther Hayes in 1961.

While the sprinters have to wait until Friday's finals to collect their points, Pac-12 champion Andre De Grasse set the stage for another memorable meet. He won his 200m semifinal heat in 20.09 and qualified easily in the 100m dash in 9.98. De Grasse also joined BeeJay Lee, Just N' Thymes and Bryan Mercado on the 4x100m relay, recording the fifth best time as a team to advance to the final.

Bookending the strong start, freshman shot putter Nick Ponzio collected another point for the team by finishing eighth with a PR of 64-1 (19.53m) in his final throw. The All-American is the first Trojan to score in the event since Noah Bryant won the title in 2007.

The Women of Troy hit the track today. Follow @usc_track_field for updates or watch live on ESPNU.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Day 1 at historic Hayward Field:

MLB Draft Finale

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Six more USC baseball players were selected on the final day of the 2015 MLB Draft, adding on to the two that were selected on Tuesday. These eight picks are the most USC players drafted since 1998.

Junior LHP Kyle Twomey heard his name first on Wednesday in the 13th round when the Chicago Cubs selected him, followed by junior RHP Brent Wheatley in the 17th round by the Oakland Athletics. Those two juniors were followed by senior second baseman Dante Flores in the 18th round by the Chicago White Sox and OF Bobby Stahel in the 20th round by the Colorado Rockies. Finishing off the day for USC, junior RHP Kyle Davis was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round and shortstop Angelo La Bruna was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round.

LHP Kyle Twomey returned as the go-to Saturday starter for USC during his junior campaign despite serving as a relief pitcher for most of his sophomore season. He led the team with a 2.88 ERA and pitched more innings (93.2) than any other starter, finishing with an 8-2 record in 16 starts. This dominant performance earned the junior All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors. 

Senior second baseman Dante Flores, along with catcher Garrett Stubbs, who was drafted yesterday in the eighth round by the Houston Astros, truly turned this USC baseball program around. Flores finished his career as a four-year starter batting .304, the third highest on the team behind Stahel and Stubbs. This effort earned him honorable mention honors for the All-Pac-12 team like Twomey.

RHP Brent Wheatley started off as the Friday starter for USC in his junior season but found greater success coming out of the bullpen when the Trojans really needed his arm. Wheatley finished the year with a 4.50 ERA in 70 innings pitched with a 4-4 record appearing in 17 games and starting nine. 

RHP Kyle Davis did the complete opposite rotation of Wheatley, starting out as a relief pitcher for the Trojans but then closed out the last four Fridays of his junior campaign as the starting pitcher. The start of the season was plagued with injury, but Davis finished strong with a 3-3 record in 20 games (five starts).  He posted a 4.05 ERA in 53.1 innings, but his most notable performance came at the end of the season against Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Regional in which he had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning.

Redshirt junior OF Bobby Stahel skyrocketed in terms of production value during his redshirt junior season leading the team in batting average (.376) and RBIs (33). His .376 batting average also ranked him 26th nationally. Stahel was also a human highlight reel in left field for the Trojans demonstrating his athleticism to make unbelievable, diving catches, most notably the one against UC Santa Barbara that landed him the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays. Topping off his impressive 2015 season, Stahel is a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award which goes to the nation's best breakout player, and he was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and the ABCA All-West Region First Team. 

Redshirt senior Angelo La Bruna capped off one of the Trojans' best drafts after being selected in the 33rd round. The Duke University transfer started 22 games for the Trojans and appeared in 39, tallying only six errors all season. La Bruna was just as good in the classroom as he was on the field earning him Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honors at the end of this year. 


NCAA Career in Sports Forum

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USC women's lacrosse junior midfielder Drew Jackson was one of six student-athletes representing the Pac-12 at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum last weekend in Indianapolis.

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"I enjoyed meeting other student-athletes from athletic programs across the nation, and hearing about their career goals," said Jackson. "Some inspired me and helped shape my own plans. The networking experience was invaluable. The opportunity to meet athletic directors and other representatives from collegiate athletic departments, having an open dialogue with NCAA president Mark Emmert, and the chance to speak with staff from professional teams was an incredible experience. I think the forum would benefit many student-athletes who aspire to a career in athletics."