McCullough Sets USC Weight Throw Record At Frank Sevigne Invitational|
Feb. 6, 2015
Conor McCullough won the men's weight throw with a meet and school record, Jaide Stepter won the women's 400m dash and eight Trojans advanced to tomorrow's finals during the first day of competition at the 40th Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track in Lincoln, Neb. today (Feb. 6). The top-notch competition includes teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 among others.
"We had some solid performances today in Nebraska," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "Of course, Conor threw an outstanding new school record and put himself in good position on the NCAA list. There were some great marks and a few PRs in the 60m and 60m HH. This is our first meet this year on a banked track and for most of the freshmen their first time ever running on a banked track. We had consistent marks and quite a few qualifiers for tomorrow's finals. I am pleased with the energy and progress of our team today."
The redshirt senior McCullough won the men's weight throw with a school record on his second throw of 74-7.00 (22.73m) which also set the meet record, breaking the old mark which had stood since 2007. McCullough won the event by nearly three feet and three of his six throws would have won the event. McCullough improved to three-for-three in his career in weight throw competitions, winning twice in the 2012 season. His mark today puts him in third place in the country.
Freshman Dior Hall advances to tomorrow's women's 60m HH final by running a season-best 8.22 today to win her heat and post the fastest qualifying time. That time places her eighth on the NCAA descending order list entering today's action. Sophomore Amalie Iuel ran her first 60m HH race of the season and had a time of 8.87 to finish 22nd. Freshman Marquis Morris placed 12th in the men's 60m HH with a season-best time of 8.06 and senior Allen Williams took 14th place with a time of 8.15.
The USC women dominated the 60 dash prelims with four Trojans winning their heats and all five Trojans finishing among the top six qualifiers. Junior Alexis Faulknor won her heat and was the top qualifier with a time of 7.38. Freshman Gabriella Cantrell won her heat with a season-best time of 7.40 which was the second-best qualifying time. Freshman Ky Westbrook was second in Cantrell's heat with a time of 7.41 which was the top non-automatic time to advance to the finals. Redshirt junior Tynia Gaither won her heat with a time of 7.45, the third-best automatic qualifying time and sophomore Destinee Brown won her heat with a time of 7.47, fourth among the automatic qualifiers.
Senior BeeJay Lee won his 60m heat with a time of 6.70 which was the top time to advance to tomorrow's finals. Junior Andre De Grasse won his heat with a time of 6.75, which was the third-fastest qualifying time. Junior Just'N Thymes ran his first race for USC and had a time of 6.87 which was good for 17th.
USC's women also cleaned up in the 400m final as junior Jaide Stepter won with a time of 54.05, senior Vanessa Jones was third with a time of 54.66, Iuel was fourth with a time of 54.72, freshman Kendall Ellis was fifth with a time of 55.00 and sophomore Cameron Pettigrew was 12th with a time of 56.60.
Freshman Ricky Morgan continued his strong indoor showing by taking second among 52 runners in the men's 400m dash with a time of 47.33.
Freshman Adoree' Jackson placed seventh in the men's long jump with a best leap of 23-8.00 (7.21m). He entered the finals in sixth, but fouled in all three of his attempts and slipped to seventh. Freshman Dominic Smallwood placed 16th with a jump of 22-2.50 (6.77m).
The Trojans will be back in action tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. PT with the men's shot put competition.