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USC track and field enjoyed the fresh air Friday and Saturday as it began the outdoor season by hosting the Trojan Invitational.  The only home meet of the season was a success as the Trojans won 15 events and posted six NCAA-leading marks.

Click here for the recap.

"We had a nice day here at Loker Stadium," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "The meet went as well as could be expected. We had some great performances, starting with Remy Conatser in the hammer throw yesterday, going all the way to today in the 4x400m races. I thought the competition was great. Everyone had a wonderful time. It was a nice light atmosphere. I want to thank everybody for coming out to help."

Conatser started the festivities Friday by winning the hammer throw with the third farthest throw in school history (PR of 238-8 [72.76m]).  The women "Throjans" shined as well with Lauren Chambers stealing the hammer competition on her final try, and Alexandra Collatz won the discus (182-1 [55.49m]).

During Saturday's sprints, the Women of Troy went 1-2-3 in the 100m dash starting with senior Jessica Davis who ran 11.42 (+1.0), which was her fastest legal time since 2011. Senior Lauren Blackburn won the 100m HH, while senior Ashley Liverpool (pictured) took the 400m.  Sophomore Tynia Gaither took the 200m in an NCAA-leading time of 23.40 (+1.2), while sophomore Jaide Stepter grabbed the 400m IH race in 58.39, a PR and a top 10 all-time USC mark. 

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On the men's side, the 4x100m relay team will be a force to be reckoned with come NCAA Championships.  Aleec Harris, Aaron Brown, BeeJay Lee and Davonte Stewart breezed to a victory in 39.89, the second best NCAA mark posted this season.  Stewart also won the 200m in a season-best 20.80 (+0.9).

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