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    Brown and Blackburn Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
    USC men's sprinter Aaron Brown came up huge in the Pac-12 Championships.
    USC men's sprinter Aaron Brown came up huge in the Pac-12 Championships.

    May 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES – USC men’s track & field senior Aaron Brown and women's track & field senior Kaitlyn Christian and senior Lauren Blackburn were named USC's Student-Athlete's of the Week for the week of May 12-18.

    USC CREDIT UNION MEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
    USC senior sprinter Aaron Brown stepped up in a huge way for USC over the weekend at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in Pullman, Wash. Brown got his historic day started for USC by running a leg in the men’s 4x100m relay where USC picked up the victory. The senior star from Toronto teamed up with junior BeeJay Lee, senior Aleec Harris, and junior Davonte Stewart, and the four Trojans recorded their season-best time of 39.43 to win and earn 10 points. The time ranks seventh in the country and is USC's fastest men's 4x100m relay time since 2005 when they ran 38.89 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

    With the first win of the day under his belt, Brown shifted his focus to his individual races. Despite initially getting off to a slow start in the 100m, Brown sped into another gear and blazed to a victory with a time of 10.31 (-1.0).  Brown also won the Pac-12 100m title in 2012 and Lee won it in 2013. In fact, a USC athlete has won the event eight of the last 10 seasons. With already two victories on the day, Brown had one more opportunity to try and help score in his final Pac-12 Championships event of his USC career and that was the 200m. The 2012 Canadian Olympian showed no signs of slowing down, and he won his third title of the day with a time of 20.26 (-2.1) to earn 10 points. With his impressive performance, the senior sprinter was honored with the Men's Athlete of the Meet award. Led by Brown and other impressive performances, the USC men’s team finished in second place at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.

    The Other USC men’s student-athlete nominated this week was Roberto Quiroz (tennis) for delivering the clincher in USC’s victory over No. 9 seed Texas in the 2014 NCAA Championships.

    USC CREDIT UNION WOMEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
    USC women's tennis senior sprinter Lauren Blackburn scored big points for USC over the weekend in the 100m HH at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in Pullman, Wash. Despite the second and third-place finishers setting PRs in the 100m HH, Blackburn managed to hang on and win the event with a season wind-legal best of 13.08 (+0.4), which also broke the Moobery Track record. After placing second, third, and fifth in her first three years in the Pac-12 Championships, Blackburn went out in style with the huge victory for USC. Thanks in part to Blackburn’s performance, the USC women’s track & field team finished in second place at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.

    The Other USC women’s student-athlete nominated this week was Alexandra Collatz (track & field) for winning the discus throw on her last throw for USC at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Robby Kolanz. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Sarah Bergstrom, Nikki Borchard, Lily Campbell, Constance Hiller, Carlene Jones, Robby Kolanz, Alec Koondel, Aubrey Kragen, Taiu Kunimoto, Janessa Mendence, Tera Novy, and Max Schwartz.