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NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day One

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The first day of the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships wrapped up this evening as the sun set behind historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Trojans, who only had five athletes compete today in addition to the women's 4x100 team, started off the four day meet in successful fashion. 

Junior hammer thrower Jenny Ozorai kicked off the day scoring five points for the Trojan women by finishing fourth in the nation for the second consecutive year with a mark of 66.29m (217-06). Ozorai struggled to reach a top mark early in the event but was able to find her rhythm in the finals flight.  

"I knew that I could do better after that first throw. I was just waiting for a breakthrough, and it finally came," said Ozorai.

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Senior Alitta Boyd finished 11th overall in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 6.26m (20-6.5). Boyd will compete in the triple jump on Thursday. 

The USC women's 4x100 team (Loudia Laarman, Jessica Davis, Jenna Puterbaugh, Vanessa Jones) placed third in their heat with a time of 44.57 and narrowly edged out TCU for the eighth spot in Friday's final. 

After day one, the small but talented group of Trojan men are still on track to make the big impact for which they've been hoping. Bryshon Nellum, Aaron Brown, and Reggie Wyatt all qualified for the finals in their respective events. Wyatt finished first in his heat and first overall in the 400m hurdles semifinal in a time of 49.23. Nellum finished first in his 400m heat and third overall in the semifinal with a time of 45.42. Aaron Brown finished second in his 100m heat and fourth overall with a time of 10.05, a PR and an outright claim over the third spot on the all-time USC 100m list. Both Nellum and Brown will race in the 200m semifinal on Thursday. 

Thursday's action begins at 1:30 p.m. as Remington Conatser aims to score points for the Trojan men in the hammer throw. For USC Track and Field NCAA updates follow @USC_Track_Field or watch live at  http://pac12.me/NCAATF13.

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