Trojans Start Season Off In Style At Rossi Relays; Win 13 events
Feb. 23, 2013
The USC track and field team kicked off the 2013 season in impressive fashion by taking the title in 13 events, highlighted by freshman Ariel Hayward's win and Trojan top 10-mark in the pole vault at the 17th Rossi Relays held in Claremont, Calif. today (Feb. 23).
Hayward made her collegiate debut a memorable one as she won the women's pole vault competition with a PR of 12-1.50 (3.70m). That clearance ties her for sixth on the USC all-time list in the women's pole vault. Junior Thea Weiss tied for second in the event with a PR of 11-7.75 (3.55m) and senior Katherine Chang in her first-even pole vault competition tied for 10th with a clearance of 10-2.0 (3.10m).
USC also went 1-2 in five other women's events. Sophomore Melia Cox won (41-1.50) and junior Oluwakemi Olonade (40-0.75) placed second in the triple jump, sophomore Alexandra Collatz won (impressive early season mark of 176-4) and freshman Tera Novy was second (143-4) in the discus throw, junior Jenna Puterbaugh won (11.79) and sophomore Vanessa Jones was second (11.93) in the 100m dash and USC went 1-2 in the distance medley (11:57.71 and 12:08.57) and 4x400m relay (3:43.56 and 3:48.88).
The USC men won six different events on the day, highlighted by the 1-2-3 finish in the men's high jump. Junior Herb Dew in his Trojan debut won the high jump with a clearance just outside the USC top 10 of 7-0.25 (2.14m). Finishing second was senior Tyler Ruiz (6-9.75) and third went to junior Doug Bogie (6-6.0). Bogie tied his PR and both Bogie and Ruiz had a better clearance than they had during the 2012 season.
Junior Remington Conatser, in his first meet as a Trojan, won the men's hammer throw with a mark of 197-1 (60.08). Certainly a good mark, but even better when you consider he was using an 18-pound hammer instead of the standard 16-pound implement.
Junior Aleec Harris also won his first race as a Trojan, winning the men's 110m HH with a wind-aided time of 14.21. His time was faster than any Trojan ran during the 2012 season. Junior Viktor Fajoyomi, training for the decathlon, ran in his first hurdles race at USC and posted a time of 15.01 to finish third.
Junior David Selma won the men's long jump with a leap of 22-9.25 (6.94m) which was better than he jumped in 2012 and the men's 4x100m (40.66) and the 4x400m relays (3:14.06) both won.