USC Has A Big First Day At The MPSF Indoor T&F Championships|
Feb. 27, 2015
SEATTLE, WASH. - Conor McCullough won the weight throw with a meet record toss, Deanna Hill won the women's 200m, BeeJay Lee the men's 200m and Alexis Faulknor the women's long jump to highlight USC's efforts on the first day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor Track & Field Championships being held at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Wash. today (Feb. 27). USC also had five women and two men advance to the 60m dash finals and two women and men advance to the 60m hurdles finals tomorrow. After the first day of action the USC men have 24 points, good for sixth, while the women's team has 35 points, good for third.
The senior McCullough had a winning throw of 77-5.25 (23.60m) in the men's weight throw competition to establish a PR, and set the meet record and track record. The previous meet record was 71-7.25 which had stood since 1999. The previous track record was 76-5.50 set in 2008. McCullough moved to third on the NCAA descending order list in the event and earned USC 10 points in the team competition.
Hill won the women's 200m dash with a time of 23.51 to earn 10 points for the Trojans. Fellow freshman Gabriella Cantrell took second with a time of 23.81 to earn eight points and sophomore Destinee Brown placed third with a time of 23.99 to earn USC six more points. The Trojan trio were the only runners to go sub-24.00 seconds in the race.
The senior Lee took the men's 200m race with a time of 21.01, .01 seconds off his PR. Junior Just'N Thymes placed fifth with a time of 21.50 (21.496), .005 seconds out of fourth place. Together Lee (10) and Thymes (4) earned USC 14 points in the team competition.
The last event for USC on the day was the women's long jump and it was worth the wait as the junior Faulknor won the event with a PR of 20-5.25 (6.23m). She earned the Trojans 10 points and freshman Madisen Richards a point by taking eighth with a season-best leap of 18-10.25 (5.75m).
The Trojans' day began with freshman Dior Hall running 8.26 to win her heat and finish second overall in the women's 60m HH preliminary rounds. Senior Melia Cox won her heat with a time of 8.35 and was the fourth qualifier for tomorrow's final.
In the men's 60m HH preliminary rounds, senior Allen Williams was second in his heat and fourth overall with a season-best time of 8.02 to advance to tomorrow's finals. Freshman Marquís Morris won his heat with a time of 8.04 to advance to the finals in fifth.
The women's team dominated the 60m dash preliminary rounds with all six Trojans winning their heats, five advancing to tomorrow's final. Freshman Ky Westbook led the way by tying the meet record time of 7.23 to finish first among the qualifiers. Hill was fourth with a PR of 7.33, Brown was fifth with a PR of 7.37, redshirt junior Tynia Gaither was sixth with a time of 7.38 and Faulknor was eighth with a time of 7.41. The freshman Cantrell finished ninth with a time of 7.41.
Lee also had the top qualifying time in the men's 60m dash preliminary rounds of 6.63 which tied his personal best. Junior Andre De Grasse was second in his heat and third overall with a time of 6.68. The pair advanced to tomorrow's final.
Freshman Adoree' Jackson placed 11th in the men's long jump competition with a jump of 22-9.25 (6.94m). He fouled in his first two attempts and needed to jump 23-0.50 (7.02m) in his third attempt to advance to the finals.