USC Opening Eyes In The Early Going After Strong CS Los Angeles Invitational
March 9, 2014
USC won six events and had the top collegiate finisher in seven other events to highlight a big weekend at the CS Los Angeles Invitational on March 7-8 in Los Angeles.
Leading the way was the throwers as Remington Conatser won the men's hammer throw, Alexandra won the women's discus throw, Tanya Sapa won the women's shot put and Lauren Chambers the women's hammer throw. Also, Allen Williams won the men's triple jump and Herb Dew won the men's high jump competitions.
When the senior Conatser opened up with a throw of 21-7-10 at the Claremont Relays two weeks ago, it seemed like an amazing early-season throw, but that was nothing compared to what he had in store at the CS Los Angeles Invitational. Conatser won with a PR of 230-4 (70.21m) to take the collegiate lead and move into fourth place on USC's all-time list in the event. It was more than a six-foot PR for Conatser, who placed second at the 2013 NCAA Championships with his previous best mark.
The junior Collatz also seems to be in mid-season form winning the women's discus throw with a PR of 187-6 (57.15m) to better her second-place standing on USC's all-time list. She now is within two feet of Kate Hutchinson's school record of 189-5. Collatz's throw is also the second-farthest by a collegian in the early season. Sophomore Tera Novy also set a PR in placing second with a throw of 168-8 (51.42m). That throw moved her from ninth to sixth on USC's all-time list in the event.
Freshman Tanya Sapa won the women's shot put competition in her first collegiate competition in the event with a throw of 46-00.00 (14.03m). That shot put already has her less than two feet out of USC's top 10 in the event and it currently ranks fifth on the NCAA descending order list.
The senior Chambers won the hammer throw competition with the Trojans taking the top three spots. Chamber's winning throw was for 195-2 (59.50m), which ranks second on the NCAA list entering competition this week. Collatz placed second with a PR of 181-5 (55.29) and Sapa took third with a PR of 172-11 (52.72m).
Williams, a junior, won the men's triple jump with a leap of 47-8.50 (14.54m). Junior Jabre Millon took ninth in the event with a triple jump of 44-8.75 (13.63m).
Senior Herb Dew won the men's high jump with a clearance of 6-9.75 (2.08m). Senior Doug Bogie placed fifth with a jump of 6-2.00 (1.88m).
The Trojans who had the top collegiate finish in an event were junior Davonte Stewart in the men's 200m, redshirt sophomore Bryan Jordan in the men's 1500m, freshman Alex Rohani in the men's 400m, junior Myles Andrews in the men's 800m, Allen Williams in the 110m HH, senior Greg Starkey in the 400m IH and senior Lindsay Enright in the women's 800m.
Stewart was second in the 200m dash with a time of 20.96, while junior Bryan Mercado was fifth with a PR of 21.48, Rohani was sixth with a PR of 21.48 and redshirt sophomore Jovonte Slater was seventh with a time of 21.51.
Jordan was second in the men's 1500m and the top collegiate runner with a time of 3:56.30. Andrews took 12th with a time of 4:03.68. Andrews was also third in the men's 800m with the top collegiate time of 1:54.51. Sophomore Kyle Iverson was eighth in the 800m race with a time of 1:56.74 and sophomore Will Robinson was 45th with a time of 2:10.58. Jordan also took fifth in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:36.36.
Rohani opened up his outdoor 400m season with a time of 47.88 which was fourth overall, but tops among the college runners. Junior Jemal Williams took 11th in the race with a PR of 50.35.
Starkey finished third in the men's 400m IH with the top collegiate time of 54.64. Freshman Chase Peterson placed seventh with a time of 56.18.
Enright finished fourth in the women's 800m with a top collegiate time of 2:22.10. Sophomore Natasha Strickland was ninth with a time of 2:27.96 and sophomore Alyssa Reardon was 13th with a time of 2:29.63. Enright also took fifth in the 1500m race with a time of 4:46.89 and Strickland placed 19th with a time of 5:06.74.
Other men competing at the CS Los Angeles Invitational and their results were: Fajoyomi third in the long jump (23-8.75/7.23m) and 36th in the 100m dash (PR of 11.31); Slater fourth in the long jump (23-2.50/7.07m) and third in the 100m (10.62) and Jemal Williams tied for ninth in the pole vault (14-5.50/4.40m). The men's team also had a 4x400m relay team place second with a time of 3:14.98 and another place 16th with a time of 3:39.83.
Other women competing at the meet and their results were: redshirt junior Charity Bruce placed sixth in the 100m dash (12.13), junior Kira Soderstrom ninth in the 3000m race (10:15.19,, 20 seconds faster than two weeks ago), junior Samantha Ojo second in the triple jump (37-2.25/11.33m), redshirt senior Thea Weiss second in the pole vault (12-00.00/3.66m) and sophomore Felicia Horvath third in the pole vault (12-00.00/3.66m). The USC women's team also had a 4x400m relay team place ninth with a time of 4:22.99.