USC Wins 5 Titles On Final Day Of Husker Invitational
Feb. 8, 2014
Senior Jessica Davis won the women's 200m and was third in the 60m en route to being named female MVP of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. Today (Feb. 8). The Trojans won five different events on the final day, including senior Viktor Fajoyomi in the men's heptathlon, redshirt sophomore Tynia Gaither in the women's 60m dash, senior Aaron Brown in the men's 200m dash with a meet record and the women's 4x400m relay team.
Davis won the women's 200m dash with a PR of 23.42, as USC took first, second, fourth and fifth in the event, with volunteer assistant coach and Olympian Dee Dee Trotter taking third. Redshirt sophomore Gaither was second with a time of 23.46, senior Loudia Laarman was fourth with a big PR of 23.93 and senior Jenna Puterbaugh was fifth with a time of 24.04. Senior hurdler Lauren Blackburn also ran the open 200m dash and placed 16th with a time of 24.64.
USC's women also dominated the 60m dash finals, claiming four of the first six places, led by Gaither who won with a PR of 7.34. That time also ties for 12th on the NCAA list in the event this indoor season. Finishing in second place was sophomore Alexis Faulknor with a PR of 7.37and Davis was third with a time of 7.39. Laarman placed seventh with a PR of 7.46.
Junior BeeJay Lee took third in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.71. Trojan 2014 recruit Andre De Grasse finished second with a time of 6.64.
Brown bounced back from a disappointing 60m dash prelims last night to set a meet record in winning the men's 200m dash with a PR of 20.74. De Grasse took second place with a time of 20.99 and junior Davonte Stewart was third with a time of 21.19. Freshman Alex Rohani ran his first 200m dash as a Trojan and placed 33rd with a time of 22.53.
Fajoyomi won the heptathlon with a total of 5,544 points, 336 more than the second-place finisher and eighth on the NCAA indoor list this season. Fajoyomi began his day by taking fifth in the 60m HH with a time of 8.65 to earn 825 points. He was also fifth in the pole vault with a PR of 14-5.25 (4.40m) to earn another 731 points. Then in the last event, the 1000m run, Fajoyomi took third with a time of 2:42.31. Fajoyomi won both the long jump and high jump in the first day of the competition, which was his first career indoor heptathlon.
Junior Melia Cox took third and Blackburn sixth in the women's 60m HH finals. Cox had a PR of 8.48 and Blackburn had a time of 8.61. Senior Aleec Harris also placed third in the men's 60m HH with a time of 7.76.
Sophomore Jenna Tong finished in 10th place in the women's 1-mile run with a time of 5:09.16. She then came back to take 11th in the women's 3000m run special with a time of 10:14.63,
Senior Herb Dew placed eighth in the men's high jump with a clearance of 6-8.75 (2.05m).
Senior Oluwakemi Olonade placed fourth in the women's triple jump with an indoor PR of 40-9.50 (12.43m). Cox took seventh with a jump of 39-6.50 (12.05m).
Junior Myles Andrews placed seventh in the men's 800m run special race with a time of 1:54.05.