2013 PAC-12 Track and Field Championships

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Written by Andie Hagemann and Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributors
The Trojans concluded the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Loker Stadium today. The men's team finished second with a total of 108 points. Oregon claimed the top spot with 149.5 points. The Women of Troy finished sixth with a total of 81 points. USC had top performers all across the board, but it was Bryshon Nellum who stole the show.

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The action kicked off with a victory in the men's hammer throw by Remy Conatser. Conatser claimed the title with a mark of  67.93m (222-10ft). Conatser's victory marks the third time in four years that a Trojan has won the event. 

Alitta Boyd won the title for the women's triple jump, besting her fourth place finish in the Pac-12 Championships last year. Reggie Wyatt also improved from his performance at last year's conference championships as he took home the title for the 400m hurdles. Wyatt set a PR and a stadium record time of 49.17. 

Sophomore Beejay Lee won the 100m, matching teammate Aaron Brown's time from yesterday's preliminary round running a 10.07. The mark was a PR for Lee and ties for the 3rd all-time 100m mark in USC history. Aaron Brown finished second in both the 100m and the 200m, an event the Trojans swept in dominant fashion. Finishing the meet, the women's 4x400 team took home a title thanks to an impressive final 100m push by Ashley Liverpool. 

Records were set and all-time lists were rearranged but nothing came close to Bryshon Nellum's all-around performance on Sunday. Taking home the title in both the 200m and 400m, Nellum became only the second athlete in Pac-12 history to double in the Championship meet. His time in the 200m, 20.23, and his time in the 400m, 44.76, were both PRs and new stadium records. At the conclusion of the weekend he was named the Male Athlete of the Meet. Nellum said he'd been waiting for this moment for a long time.

"Today was my breakthrough. Everything is going as planned. I've been working on this since I came back from the Olympic Games. My experience there brought me to a whole other level with track and field. Running with the best in the world, I knew I was able to come back and if I worked hard, stayed dedicated, and stayed healthy then I'd be able to perform the way I did today," said the senior. 

In his final home meet as a Trojan, Nellum described his weekend as a lot of fun. In fact, after winning the 400m title and with the 200m still ahead, Nellum laughed as he told reporters that the hard part was over. 

Nellum still has the NCAA Championships on the horizon but his legacy at USC is already being written as one unlike any other. As far as comeback stories go, his journey from injury to Olympian and Pac-12 Champion is one of the best. According to Nellum, Sunday will always stand as one of the greatest days of his athletic career. 

"This is everything to me," said Nellum, "to be able to do this here with a lot of family, friends, and loved ones watching. This is my school and it feels great to finish this way.  Athlete of the Meet, 400m and 200m Champion, setting a stadium record in both, in front of our fans, on Mother's Day? It really can't get any better than that."

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