Trojans Enjoy Outdoor Opener At Rossi Relays|
Feb. 28, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Alexandra Collatz won the women's discus and hammer throw competitions, Bryan Mercado the men's 100m dash and Dominic Smallwood the men's long jump as the Trojans opened the outdoor track and field season at the Rossi Relays in Claremont, Calif. today (Feb. 28).
The senior Collatz won the discus throw competition with a best mark of 175-11 (53.62m). She also won the hammer throw with a strong season-opening throw of 183-7 (55.96m). That throw was nearly 12 feet farther than she opened her 2014 season. Redshirt sophomore Erika Peyton had fouls in her three attempts.
Mercado, a senior, won the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.72. Right behind him in second place was redshirt junior Jovonte Slater with a time of 10.79.
Freshman Dominic Smallwood won the men's long jump with a leap of 23-2.00/7.06m (+0.7) and again Slater grabbed second with a jump of 22-5.00/6.83m (+2.3w). Senior Jabre Millon placed fifth with a jump of 21-0.50/6.41m (+0.6).
USC's distance runners went 5-8 in the women's 3000m race and teamed together to take second in the distance medley. Senior Kira Soderstrom had a PR of 9:59.69 to finish fifth in the 3000m race, with junior Katerina Berdousi finishing sixth (10:13.45), freshman Amber Bragdon placing seventh (10:29.89) and junior Jenna Tong taking eighth (10:33.58). The quartet then ran 12:06.51 in the distance medley to finish second.
Redshirt junior Bryan Jordan placed third in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:38.85. Running in their first races for USC were sophomore Clayton Rule (18th - 9:00.73) and freshman Gabriel Morin (48th - 9:39.01).
Redshirt freshman David Sellens also competed for the first time as a Trojan and placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 152-0 (46.32m) and 13th in the discus throw with a best mark of 129-1 (39.35m). Senior Jemal Williams also throw the discus and placed 15th with a mark of 119-6 (36.42m).
Redshirt junior Malia Cravens placed third in the women's high jump with a clearance of 5-1.75 (1.57m).
Sophomore Mike Rozvar also made his Trojan debut today and placed second in the men's pole vault with a clearance at 13-11.25 (4.25m).