Stepter, Gaither and Brown Lead USC During The First Day At The Cherry & Silver Indoor Invite
Jan. 25, 2014
Jaide Stepter in the women's 400m, Tynia Gaither in the women's 200m and Aaron Brown in the men's 200m dash all posted the top collegiate time at the Cherry and Silver Indoor Meet in Albuquerque, N.M. today (Jan. 24). These three Trojans led a strong first-day effort by the Trojans at the meet which concludes tomorrow.
Stepter posted a PR of 55.19 in the women's 400m dash which was the top collegiate time in the meet. She cut more than a second off her season-opening time last week (56.30) in Washington. Amalie Iuel-Hammild won her heat and placed 10th overall with a time of 56.62, nearly a second better than last week (57.59). Cameron Pettigrew took 11th overall with a time of 56.89. She ran 57.40 in the 400m dash last week. The star of the meet so far is USC volunteer assistant coach Dee Dee Trotter who won the 400m with a world-leading time of 51.82.
Trotter also won the 200m dash with the third-fastest time in the world so far of 23.38. Tynia Gaither was second overall in the 200m dash with a time of 23.41 which currently ranks fourth in the world. Jessica Davis won her heat and was third overall with a PR of 23.53 which is tied for the sixth-fastest time during the early indoor season. Jenna Puterbaugh also set a PR with a time of 23.65 to finish fourth with the 11th-fastest time in the world. Loudia Laarman also set an indoor PR with a time of 24.32 to finish ninth, while Charity Bruce placed 75th with a time of 26.50.
The last USC female to compete today was Alexis Faulknor who took eighth in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-4.75 (5.91m).
Brown had the fastest collegiate male time in the men's 200m dash and was third overall with a time of 20.95, that despite his blocks slipping and the race not being restarted BeeJay Lee was 18th overall with a time of 21.93 and Bryan Mercado was 39th with a time of 22.39.
Viktor Fajoyomi made his indoor season debut and took ninth in the men's high jump, clearing 6-8.75 (2.05m) and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 23-11.75 (7.31m).
The Trojans will be in action tomorrow in the late morning beginning with the men's 60m high hurdles.