USC has a strong day overall; Ready for final-day action at Mt. SAC
Selma, Kleinsasser, Ozorai and Conatser Shine At Cal State L.A. Invitational
Trojans enjoy a big first day against top-notch competition
Boyd wins twice and Novy and Olonade post school all-time top 10 marks
Trojans host first of three big meets at Loker Stadium this season
THIS YEAR: Junior Jaide Stepter is coming off an outstanding second season as a Trojan in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. She ranks fourth on USC's all-time 400m IH list. Stepter was the 2012 Gatorade Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year in Arizona.
2014: Stepter won the Pac-12 400m IH title with a PR and the fourth-fastest time in school history of 56.99 on May 18. She did not break the 60-second barrier as a freshman, but ran 58.93 in her first outdoor race of the season to win at the Trojan Invitational on March 22. She advanced to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in the 400m IH, but finished 14th with a time of 58.30. Stepter showed during the indoor season that she was primed for a breakout season as she set an indoor PR of 53.98 in the 400m dash to place sixth at the MPSF Indoor Championships and anchored the third-place 4x400m relay team's 3:37.23 effort. She went on to earn indoor All-America honors running the third leg for the relay team which placed sixth with a school-record time of 3:33.20.
2013: Posted a collegiate best of 60.62 in winning the 400m IH at the Ben Brown Invitational on March 9. Set a PR of 14.35 in the 100m HH in finishing fifth at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 27...also took second in the 400m IH at the Dual Meet with a time of 62.13. Placed 13th at the Pac-12 Championships in the 400m IH with a time of 62.04...also placed 20th in the 100m HH with a time of 14.47.
HIGH SCHOOL: Stepter is a 2012 graduate of Canyon del Oro High in Oro Valley, Ariz. She has personal bests of 14.43 in the 100m high hurdles, a state-record time of 42.01 in the 300m intermediate hurldes and 59.54 in the 400m intermediate hurdles. She won three individual state titles (100m HH, 300m IH and long jump) to help lead her team to a second place finish at the 2012 Arizona state meet. She also placed second in the 200m dash with a time of 24.54. Following the season Stepter was named the Arizona Gatorade Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year. As a junior she led Canyon del Oro to the Division II state title by winning the 100m HH (14.62), 300m IH (43.40) and the 200m dash (24.99).
PERSONAL: Jaide was born on Sept. 25, 1994 in Santa Ana, Calif...Her parents are Keith and LaTanya...Her father attended USC and her mother (Sheffield) was a collegiate champion and Olympian in the 400m IH...Lists her favorite actors as Denzel Washington and Will Smith and favorite musician as Musiq Soulchild...Says Allyson Felix is her sports hero because she is a great competitor, carries herself well off the track and is a Nike model....Likes soul food...Is a Communications major at USC and would like to work for Dreamworks animation after graduating.
CAREER BESTS: 100m HH --14.35 400m IH -- 56.99