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Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor

It was a banner occasion for the USC track and field team this past weekend in Eugene, OR at the USA Track and Field Championships and USA Junior Track and Field Championships.

Two current Trojan athletes (freshmen Jessica Davis and Josh Mance) earned spots on the U.S. Junior National Team, and two accomplished alums (Jesse Williams and Allyson Felix) etched their names on the U.S. Senior National Team roster.

Felix and Williams will compete with the Senior Team at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea from Aug. 27-Sept. 4, while Davis (pictured below) and Mance will compete with the Junior Team at the IAFF Junior World Championships from July 6-10 in Lille, France.  


Here's how the U.S. Championships broke down for the Cardinal and Gold:

Jessica Davis- With a time of 22.93, Davis placed second in the 200m dash (set the USC female freshman 200 m record in 2011 with a time of 22.84) and claimed her spot on the Junior Team. She will also represent the national team as a pool runner in the 4x100m relay after finishing third in the 100m dash event this weekend with a time of 11.40.

Josh Mance- The freshman from Pomona, CA punched his ticket to France with an impressive first place time of 45.85 in the Junior 400m dash. In 2011, Mance set the USC freshman record in the event with a time of 45.29.

Allyson Felix- The three-time Olympic medalist (Gold- 4x400m relay in 2008 and Silver- 200m in 2004 and 2008) was in typical form this weekend. Although not her primary event, Felix dominated the competition in the 400m with a time of 50.40. With the win, the former-Trojan became the first woman to capture the U.S. title in the 100m, 200m and 400m races.

Jesse Williams- The 2005 NCAA Indoor Champion secured his spot on the Senior Team with a top-notch performance that not only won the men's high jump competition but set a high mark for the world this season. Williams cleared the bar with an astonishing 7-9.25 jump.

Other current and former Trojans to compete at Hayward Field this weekend included: 2011 NCAA Champion Nia Ali (women's 100m HH), Virginia Powell (women's 100m HH), Candice Davis (women's 100m HH), Reggie Wyatt (men's 400m IH), Brendan Ames (men's 110m HH), Ryan Wilson (men's 110m HH), Logan Taylor (men's 110m HH), Joey Hughes (men's 400m race), Cooper Thompson (men's javelin), Corey White (men's javelin), Noah Bryant (men's shot put), Allen Simms (men's triple jump), Duane Solomon (men's 800m race) and Lionel Larry (men's 400m dash).

(Photo via LA Times)

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