Multi-Talented Freshman

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USC freshman Amalie Iuel emerged from obscurity to win the Pac-12 heptathlon championship and get the Women of Troy out to a lead at the conference meet in Pullman.  The Norwegian is the first Trojan to win the heptathlon since 1996 (Nicole Haynes) and the first freshman since 2004 (ASU's Jackie Johnson).

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Iuel was not considered a favorite going into the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships, but she put herself in position to win going into the final event and then stormed to victory in the 800m.  She finished with 5,378 points, which is the seventh highest total in school history.

The men are also well positioned going into this weekend's Pac-12 Championships in Pullman as Viktor Fajoyomi finished second in the decathlon and Jemal Williams placed sixth.  The Trojans combined to score 11 points putting USC second with 20 events to go.

"The Trojan multi-event athletes had a phenomenal showing this weekend at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships," stated USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "Amalie has had an amazing freshman campaign and is only just beginning to tap into her talent as a multis athlete and hurdler."

"I am extremely excited and proud of Viktor for his second place finish. He and Jemal had multiple PRs during the competition even with unfavorable winds and cold temperatures. It's always nice to see a senior have a great final conference meet," she continued. "These performances have put us in position to go into Pullman and finish the job next week."

Here is Iuel on winning the Pac-12 title:

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This is great! Congratulations!

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