Trojans also entered at the CSULA Twilight Meet
Trojans enjoy a big first day against top-notch competition
Trojans also to compete at the Cal State L.A. Invitational
Vladimir Morozov led men's swimming to a fourth-placed finish at the NCAA Championships and Alexandra Collatz set a new personal record in discus.
Trojans win 5 of 8 events they competed in at Cal-Nevada; Andrews PRs at Stanford
THIS YEAR: Junior Alexandra Collatz is coming off a season in which she earned first-team All-America honors in the discus throw. She ranks second on USC's all-time list in the discus throw with a mark of 181-11 and enters the season less than eight feet off the school discus throw record.
2013: Had an outstanding NCAA Championships, taking fifth in the women's discus throw with a throw of 181-11 (55.46m) to earn USC four points in the team competition. She had the farthest throw ever at the NCAAs by a Trojan female and became the first USC discus thrower to score in the event since 1992. Had a PR of 184-7 (56.27m) at the Triton Invitational on April 24. Finished 11th in the discus at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds with a mark of 172-6 (52.57m). Placed fourth in the discus throw at the Pac-12 Championships with a throw of 179-7 (54.73m)...also took 12th in the hammer throw with a mark of 178-6. Was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the second straight season and named to the Pac-12 All-Academic second team.
2012: Set the USC freshman record in the discus in her first meet as a Trojan on Feb. 25 at the Rossi Relays, throwing 176-5 (53.78m) to place second. That throw moved her into fourth place on USC's all-time discus throw list. Bettered her USC freshman discus record with a winning throw of 177-11 (54.24m) at the BYU/Boise State Invite on April 7. That mark moved her into second place on USC's all-time list, trailing only Kate Hutchinson's school record of 189-5 (57.73m). Won the discus competition at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet with a throw of 172-8 on April 29. Took sixth in her first Pac-12 Championships with a throw of 162-4. Had four fouls, but one of her two fair throws went for 168-4 to get the 12th and final spot at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas and advance to nationals. She took 14th with a throw of 171-7 (52.31m) at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. to earn second team All-America honors. She was one of two freshmen that finished in the top 15 in the women's discus throw at the NCAA Championships in 2012. Also began throwing the hammer and had a season-best mark of 173-4 (52.83m) at the Beach Invitational on March 3. Placed eighth in the women's discus throw at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain on July 15. Collatz had a best throw of 161-8 (49.28m) in her fourth throw, after advancing to the finals with a best mark of 172-5 (52.55m). She was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team.
High School: Collatz from Stockdale HS in Bakersfield, Calif. had the top high school discus throw in the country in 2010 of 180-9 which set a record for a 16-year-old and won the California State Meet with a throw of 170-9. Collatz also placed fifth in the shot with the top mark by a non-senior with a throw of 43-7. She had a best shot put mark of 45-9.50 earlier in the year to win the South Area Meet. She set the national sophomore record in the discus with a throw of 177-0. Collatz was injured early in the 2011 season and only competed in several meets. Collatz entered the season less than 10 feet off the high school record in the discus held by Anna Jelmini. Collatz was unbeaten by prep athletes in 2010, won the California State Championship in the discus and went on to place fourth at the 2010 USTAF Juniors in the event. In 2009 Collatz won a silver medal with a throw of 164-4 (50.09m) in the discus at the IAAF World Youth Championships. Collatz has returned to health and been working with throws coach Dan Lange. Was a high school honor roll student.
Personal: Alexandra was born on May 25, 1993 in Bakersfield, Calif...Likes weightlifting, doodling, singing and fellowship...Lists One Direction and Demi Lovato as her favorite musicians...Her favorite food is anything chocolate...Says her father is her sports hero...Is involved with Athletes in Action, TAS, and Career Athletics at USC...Is a Cognitive Science major with a Business minor...After graduating from USC she would like to raise a Christian family and find a career she is passionate about.
CAREER BESTS: Discus -- 184-7 (56.27m) Shot -- 45-9.50 (13.95m) Hammer: 179-3 (54.65m)