USC looks sharp in final tune-up before hosting next week's dual meet against UCLA
Selma, Kleinsasser, Ozorai and Conatser Shine At Cal State L.A. Invitational
Trojans enjoy a big first day against top-notch competition
Trojans also to compete at the Cal State L.A. Invitational
Boyd wins twice and Novy and Olonade post school all-time top 10 marks
THIS YEAR: Junior Melia Cox is a dual threat for the Trojans in the 100m HH and the triple jump. She ranks just outside the USC all-time top 10 in the hurdles and has the fifth-farthest triple jump by a Trojan all-time of 43-3.25.
2013: Had a wind-aided PR of 43-4.50 (13.22m) in the triple jump to place 11th at the NCAA Championships and earn second-team All-America honors in the event. Ran the second leg in the NCAA finals of the 4x100m relay race and the Trojans finished seventh with a time of 44.48 to earn first-team All-America honors. Also placed 23rd in the 100m HH at the NCAA Championships to earn honorable mention All-America honors. Competed in three events at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas and qualified in all, running 13.40 in the 100m HH, triple jumping 42-6.75 (12.97m) and running on the 4x100m relay which took fifth with a time of 44.38. Was seventh at the Pac-12 Championships in the 100m HH with a time of 13.64 and was second in the triple jump with a mark of 42-6. Finished second at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet in the 100m HH (13.40) and triple jump (43-1.75) and fourth in the long jump (18-5). Ran the anchor leg for the 4x100m relay team at the Dual Meet which won with a season-best time of 43.86.
2012: Cox won the women's triple jump with a PR of 41-8.50 (12.71m) at the Trojan Invitational on March 24...that jump moved her into eighth place on the USC female all-time triple jump list. She placed third in both the 100m HH (13.78) and triple jump (40-6.25) at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 29. Placed seventh in the 100m HH in a tight battle at the Pac-12 Championships with a season-best time of 13.49...finished 10th in the triple jump with a best leap of 40-7.75. Finished in 18th place in the triple jump with jump of 41-3.75 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas.
High School: Cox helped lead her Long Beach Poly HS team to the state title as she won the 300m IH and placed second in the 100m HH at the California State Meet. Won the California Masters Meet and CIF Southern Section 100m and 300m hurdles titles. She has a best time of 13.34 in the 100m HH and 40.94 in the 300m hurdles. Cox also placed third at the state meet in the triple jump and has a best jump of 41-2.75. Cox finished fourth at the U.S. Junior Championships in the 100m HH with a time of 13.64 and won the Nike Nationals and broke her meet record in the 100m HH with a time of 13.71.
Personal: Melia was born on Nov. 23, 1993 in Long Beach, Calif...She was an honor roll student all four years at Long Beach Poly...She has been involved in clean-up projects in the Long Beach community...Is undecided upon a major at USC...Lists her favorite movies as The Proposal and Stepbrother and favorite musicians as Chris Brown and Drake...Likes to shop in her spare time.
CAREER BESTS: 100m HH -- 13.34 Triple Jump -- 43-3.25 (43-4.50w)