Trojans Win 12 Events; Cox leaps into top 10
Muhammad wins both hurdles races; Mance wins 400m, Nellum 200m
Mance and Ndipagbor post fastest times
THIS YEAR: Redshirt junior Adrian Rafiee returns as the Trojans' top steeplechase runner. He has the eighth-fastest 3000m steeplechase time in USC history.
2012: Had a season-best 3000m steeplechase time of 9:35.84 at the Trojan Invitational on March 24. Suffered an ankle sprain which hampered him during the final half of the season.
2011: Posted the eighth-fastest time by a USC men's steeplechase of 9:16.31 in placing fourth at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 1. Placed 13th in the event at the Pac-10 Championships on May 14 with a time of 9:35.83. Running in his first 3000m SC for the Trojans at the Long Beach Invitational on April 16, finished in 11th place with a time of 9:16.40 to crack in to the USC top 10 in the event. In fact, he was just the third Trojan in the last 22 years to break into the USC top 10 in the event and since he knocked John Peate (10th at 9:20.79 in 2007) off the list, there are only two runners since 1990 that are currently in the USC top 10 in the steeplechase.
BEFORE USC: Attended San Francisco during the 2009-10 school year, but did not compete in track and field.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Patrick Henry High in San Diego, Calif. where he was a CIF San Diego Section two-time 3200m runner-up. Also was a two-time California state meet qualifier. He was a four-time San Diego Eastern League Champion, three-times in the 3200m race and once in cross country.
PERSONAL: Adrian was born on November 18, 1990...Says his hobbies are finance, business and soccer...His favorite foods are lasagne and barbeque ribs...Lists his favorite movies as Wall Street, Social Network and Anger Management...Lists Adam Sandler as his favorite actor and Everyone as his favorite musician...Likes listening to any type of music that will pump him up while running...Says Muhammad Alis is his sports hero because he he competed with class and confidence...Would like to travel to South America...Is active in the community and was honored with a San Diego Union Tribune Academic Athletic Achievment Award....Is an Economics/Business major at USC and would like to start an investment fund after graduation.
CAREER BESTS: 3000m SC -- 9:16.31 3000m -- 8:41.09