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: Freshman Jaide Stepter is a well decorated high school hurdler who will be asked to help fill the void left by All-American hurdler Dalilah Muhammad. Stepter was the 2012 Gatorade Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year in Arizona.
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 --14.43 400m IH -- 59.54