Trojans' strong showing in hammer throw gets day off to a good start
Trojans head to Eugene, Ore., home of the 2012 Olympic Trials
Freshman posts 4 season-best marks; Stein places 2nd in hammer at Oxy Invite
Several Trojans to get in extra work at Occidental Invite
Trojan women win fifth straight
THIS YEAR: Senior Blake Shaw returned to form last season and we expect him to make his last season at USC his best. Shaw specializes in the 800m and 1500m and set the USC mile record with a time of 3:59.85 indoors in 2010.
2011: Shaw placed eighth in the men's 1500m Olympic Development Elite race with a PR of 3:43.08 at Mt. SAC on April 15. That time moved him from fourth to third on USC's all-time 1500m list. He won the USC-UCLA Dual Meet 1500m race with a time of 3:47.98, then placed second in the 800m with a PR of 1:48.81. Placed ninth in the 800m race at the Pac-10 Championships and took fifth in the 1500m race with a time of 3:47.43. Had the 11th-fastest time in the 1500m of 3:45.25 at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Eugene, Ore. to advance to the NCAA semifinals. Placed 16th in the semifinals with a time of 3:50.39.
2010: He placed second in the 1500m race at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet with a PR of 3:45.43, good for fourth on USC's all-time 1500m list. Later in the day had a PR of 1:48.93 to finish second in the 800m race. Placed 15th in the 800m race with a time of 1:50.99 at the Pac-10 Championships. He competed at the NCAA Qualifying Rounds in Austin, Texas, but placed seventh in his heat with a time of 1:51.70 and did not advance to the quarterfinals. Placed third in the mile run at the Texas Relays on April 3 with a time of 4:07.41. Became the first Trojan to run a sub-four-minute mile, when finished at 3:59.85 at the Washington Last Chance Indoor Meet on March 6.
2009: Had a season-best 800m time of 1:49.67 in the preliminaries at the NCAA West Regional on May 29 to advance to the finals. Placed fourth the next day with a time of 1:50.24. Advanced to the NCAA Championships, but his time of 1:50.34 in the preliminaries did not advance him to the semifinals. Also placed fourth in the 800m at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 1:50.56. Took third in the 1500m at the Dual Meet with a PR of 3:47.97 and second in the 800m with a time of 1:49.98. His 1500m time was good for ninth on USC's all-time list. Shaw ran in the men's 1500m race at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships and placed eighth with a time of 4:00.27.
HIGH SCHOOL: Shaw prepped at Cypress Falls HS in Houston, Texas where he captured the 2008 Texas state 800m title (1:52.17) and placed fourth in the 1600m (4:13.54)...He won both events in the Texas 5A Regional meet...He finished second in the 800m at the Texas state meet in 2006 and 2007...Shaw ran at the 2008 USA Junior Championships and placed sixth in the 800m racewith a time of 1:50.32...He was on the 2007 World Youth Team...He has PRs of 1:49.41 in the 800m, 3:52 in the 1500m and 48.8 in the 400m...He was a four-sport letterman, including starring as a receiver on the football team.
PERSONAL: Blake was born on April 22, 1990 in Houston, Texas....Likes to watch movies and listen to music...His favorite musician is Drake...He is a Business major at USC.
CAREER BESTS: 800m -- 1:48.81 1500m - 3:43.08 Mile --3:59.85 (school record)