Trojans Continue Strong Start To The 2013 Track & Field Season
March 2, 2013
The USC track and field team continued its strong start to the 2013 season capturing 11 events at the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State in Cerritos, Calif. on March 1-2.
The hammer throw was the only event on March 1 and the Trojans won both the men's and women's competitions with ease. Junior Remy Conatser made it two wins in two tries as a Trojan, taking first with a throw of 198-6 (64.09m) with an 8K hammer. Conatser beat the second-place finisher by nearly six meters. Junior Lauren Chambers won the women's competition with a throw of 190-5 (58.04m), nearly a meter and a half over the second place finisher.
The other Trojan male to win an event at the Beach Classic was junior Aleec Harris in the 110m HH with a time of 14.00. He too won last week, dropping his time this week .21 seconds.
Junior David Selma took fifth in the long jump with a PR of 23.2 (7.06m).
Freshman Ariel Hayward again starred for the women's team. Last week she won the women's pole vault at the Rossi Relays and moved into a sixth-place tie on USC's all-time list. This week she won again and took sole possession of sixth on USC's all-time pole vault list with a PR of 12-2.75 (3.73m). Fellow freshman Felicia Horvath tied for fourth with a clearance at 11-3 (3.43m).
Other USC female highlights include senior Candace Bailey setting a PR in winning the women's triple jump with a leap of 38-4.50 (11.70m), sophomore Alexandra Collatz winning the discus throw with a mark of 176-3 (53.73m) and freshman Tera Novy taking second with a PR of 156-6 (47.70m), sophomore Melia Cox winning the women's 100m HH (13.82), freshman Jaide Stepter winning the 400m IH (62.74), junior Jenna Puterbaugh winning the 200m (23.70, just off PR) and taking second in the 100m (11.96), sophomore Vanessa Jones winning the 400m (55.15) and freshman Jenna Tong winning the 5000m (18:29.57).