NCAA Track Day 1: Mance Emerges

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The USC men's track and field team's chances of winning an NCAA Championship were dependent on the 400m trio of Josh Mance, Bryshon Nellum and Joey Hughes, but in a stacked national field, only Mance was able to qualify for the finals thanks to a personal record 44.83 (fourth-fastest ever by a Trojan).

kristine-busa.jpgHughes and Nellum finished 10th and 12th respectively, but without multiple runners scoring in USC's best race, the Trojans will be desperate to find points from less likely sources.  However, Mance ran the second fastest time of the qualifying races and the trio will compete together in the 4x400m relay.

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USC will also need Aaron Brown to bounce back from an unlucky break in the 100m.  The Trojans top sprinter was caught on his heels trying to avoid a false start when the gun went off and ran a pedestrian (by his standards) 10.26 to finish 16th overall.  He will get a shot at redemption in the 200m Thursday.

The women's team had a less tumultuous opening day in Des Moines.  Javelin thrower Kristine Busa (pictured) finished 8th overall to earn All-American honors, while the 4x100m relay team cruised to the finals behind a season-best time of 43.94.

Mance (left) and Nellum (right) lead a star-studded 4x400m relay team.
Nellum-Mance-4x400-AP.jpg(Photo by Eric Gay/AP)

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