Davis Wins 200m Title At MPSF Indoor Championships
Feb. 28, 2014
The USC women's track team had a very strong first day (Feb. 28) at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor Track & Field Championships led by Jessica Davis who won the 200m dash title and posted the top 60m dash time to advance to the finals tomorrow in Seattle, Wash.
Competing for the first time in the MPSF Championships, the Trojans scored 25 points on the first day to sit tied for sixth place going into tomorrow's championship finals. Arizona leads with 31 points, as six points separate the top seven teams.
The senior Davis took the 200m title with a time of 23.51 to earn the Trojans 10 points in the team competition. Right behind her was teammate redshirt sophomore Tynia Gaither who placed second with a time of 23.86 and earned eight points. Senior Loudia Laarman finished seventh with a time of 24.29 to earn USC two more points. Sophomore Alexis Faulknor tried to fight through flu-like symptoms all day which diminished her results, and she finished 46th in the 200m dash with a time of 26.70.
Davis set a PR in the women's 60m dash prelims and had the top qualifying time of 7.31 to advance to tomorrow's finals. Gaither won her heat and was fourth overall with a time of 7.38. Laarman took second in her heat with a PR of 7.41 which was seventh among the qualifiers. Faulknor placed 12th with a time of 7.51.
Faulknor was limited to just three long jump attempts due to her health, but she did leap 18-7.25 (5.67m) to finish fourth and earn the Trojans five more team points. The winning jump of 19-8.25 was a distance that Faulknor had surpassed in each of her previous two meets while at full-strength.
USC hurdlers senior Lauren Blackburn and junior Melia Cox also posted the top two qualifying times in the women's 60m HH. Blackburn led the way with a time of 8.28 and Cox was second with a PR of 8.44. They too will compete in the finals tomorrow.