Davis And Harris Win Titles To Lead USC At Cherry And Silver Invite|
Jan. 25, 2014
Jessica Davis won the women's 60m dash and Aleec Harris the men's 60m HH and the Trojans set 10 personal bests in the final day of action at the Cherry and Silver Indoor Invitational held in Albuquerque, N.M. today (Jan. 25).
"It was a good weekend for us as we made some improvements, but we need to continue to improve and we didn't handle the pressure in all areas like we should have," said USC's Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "It was a good teaching opportunity as we faced lots of adversity, some we handled well, some we didn't. It was a good opportunity to come to this meet as it is where the national championship will be held in March."
Davis won the women's 60m dash title with a PR of 7.36 in the final. She ran a time of 7.42 in the prelims to place second behind teammate Tynia Gaither who had a PR of 7.36, but Gaither was held out of the finals for precautionary reasons due to slight tightness in her leg. Alexis Faulknor took third place with a PR of 7.39 and Loudia Laarman placed fifth with a PR of 7.47. Jenna Puterbaugh set a PR with a time of 7.56 in the prelims, but missed the finals by .01 seconds. Charity Bruce was 43rd in the prelims with a time of 8.08.
Harris continued his hot start to the indoor season by winning the men's 60m HH with a PR of 7.74 which tied the track record by a collegiate hurdler. It is also tied for the 13th-fastest time in the world so far. Earlier in the day he was second in the prelims with a then-PR of 7.77. Allen Williams placed seventh with a time of 8.16, the same time he posted in the prelims. Viktor Fajoyomi placed 12th in the prelims with a time of 8.46.
In the women's 60m hurldes, Lauren Blackburn finished third with a time of 8.39 and Melia Cox was eighth with a time of 8.71. Blackburn set a PR with a time of 8.34 in the prelims and Cox had a time of 8.56 in the first round.
Oluwakemi Olonade competed in the women's triple jump and placed 16th with a best jump of 39-1.25 (11.92m), while the women's 4x400m team of Jaide Stepter, Jones, Puterbaugh and Amalie Iuel-Hammild took eighth with a time of 3:48.62. The relay team had a little trouble on one of the exchanges and basically came to a brief stop.
Aaron Brown placed third in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.61 and BeeJay Lee took sixth with a time of 6.67. There was a false start in the race, but the gun did not go off until they had run nearly 40 meters, forcing the runners to re-focus for their finals run. Brown had the best time in the prelims of 6.63 and Lee was seventh with a time of 6.71. Bryan Mercado placed 16th with a time of 6.90.
Williams had three fouls in the men's triple jump and did not place.
"Overall we are excited about training the next two weeks, watch some film and get better heading to Nebraska," added Smith Gilbert.