Few But Mighty

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USC men's track and field came in fourth at the NCAA Championships posting back-to-back Top 5 finishes for the first time since 1976-77 despite qualifying only a handful of competitors for the second consecutive season. 

The Trojans racked up the points thanks in large part to seniors Aaron Brown and Aleec Harris who teamed up with BeeJay Lee and Terrence Abram to finish fourth in the 4x100m relay.  Individually, Brown claimed second in the 200m (20.02) and third in the 100m (10.07), while Harris was beaten in the 110m HH by a mere .02 posting 13.18.

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The Women of Troy finished in a tie for 16th at the NCAA Championships as sophomore Tynia Gaither emerged as the breakout star.  She earned All-American status three times over for her eighth place finish in the 100m final, sixth place run in the 200m and runner-up relay with teammates Loudia Laarman, Jessica Davis and Alexis Faulknor in the 4x100m.  The sprinters relay grabbed the second-fastest time in school history of 43.00 (.04 seconds off the school record) and its best finish since 2001.

"I am very proud of this team this weekend," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "We had a great finish to a wonderful meet.  They overcame a lot, worked hard and I think it is setting us up, men and women, for a very, very great year next year and is setting us up for recruiting. Our shield is being recognized and we are going to be able to do some awesome things in the years to come, so Fight On!"

Harris lost a photo finish to Oregon's Devon Allen.

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