USC's Women's Relay Sets Collegiate Record To Close Out NCAA Indoor Championships|
March 11, 2017
USC's women won the 4x400m relay with a collegiate record time, Kendall Ellis broke her school record in taking second in the 400m and Deanna Hill broke her school record in taking third in the 200m race to highlight the Trojans' efforts during the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas today (March 11). The USC women's team took fourth place with 35 points and the men's team finished 21st with 11 points. The USC men's team held several key members out of the indoor championships to ensure their heath for the outdoor season and the women notched its highest finish since Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert took over the program for the 2014 season. The Trojans earned 10 All-America honors during the two-day championship meet.
"Wow! What an incredible feeling to have a team fight with such courage the way we did today," said Smith Gilbert. "Our performances just kept coming non-stop today and we knew we had a chance to get a trophy. Coach Watts did an excellent job preparing Kendall Ellis for this season and leading into the championship. Deanna Hill ran a great tactical race just the way we planned it and her time was outstanding. Just'N Thymes ran a personal best indoor faster than his outdoor PB! That's impressive. Plus, it was just exciting to watch him race injury free. I was super pleased with Anna Cockrell who continues to show up at high level meets and compete at her best every time. To be 4th as a freshman at the national championship is a pretty big deal. Brittany Mann PR'd yesterday to get us started and Coach Dan (Lange) has done an outstanding job of having her ready when necessary. The highlight of the meet has to be the women's 4x4 collegiate record performance because of the level of toughness the team showed on all 4 legs. We have talked about courage, doing our best and winning this season and how important it is to fight for the USC Shield. This weekend...I think we did that...!"
USC's women's 4x400m relay team of Cameron Pettigrew, Amalie Iuel, Deanna Hill and Kendall Ellis won the title with a collegiate record time of 3:27.03. Pettigrew was credited with a 52.75 leg, Iuel a split of 51.65, Hill 51.46 and Ellis an anchor leg time of 51.18. Hill took the lead on the third leg and Ellis held off the Oregon anchor. USC's time broke the school record by 1.79 seconds. USC's relay team earned 10 points in the team competition.
Earlier in the day Ellis nearly claimed the 400m title, storming from behind to finish second with a PR and breaking her school record with a time of 51.07. Ellis was just .007 seconds (51.068) behind the winner Shakima Wimbley (51.061). Ellis earned eight points for the Trojans.
Hill also broke her own school 200m record with a time of 22.54 to take third in the women's 200m final. She earned six points for the Trojans.
Just'N Thymes had a PR and bettered his second-place standing on USC's all-time list with a time of 20.36 to take third in the men's 200m final. He earned USC's men six points.
Anna Cockrell placed fourth in the women's 60m hurdles final with a time of 7.99, just .01 second off her USC freshman record set in the semifinals yesterday. Cockrell earned five points for the Trojans.
Randall Cunningham earned USC's men five points by placing fourth in the men's high jump. He cleared 6-10.75 (2.10m), 7-0.50 (2.15m) and 7-2.50 (2.20m) in his first attempt, but needed all three jumps to clear 7-3.75 (2.23m) before going out at 7-5.00 (2.26m).
The men's 4x400m relay team of Ricky Morgan Jr., Just'N Thymes, Zyaire Clemes and Marquis Morris closed out the meet by placing ninth with a time of 3:06.08. USC finished .02 seconds out of eighth and All-America status.
Trojan women earning All-America honors were: Anna Cockrell (60m Hurdles), Kendall Ellis (400m, 4x400m), Deanna Hill (200m, 4x400m), Amalie Iuel (4x400m), Brittany Mann (Shot Put), Cameron Pettigrew (4x400m).
USC will open the 2017 outdoor season this week when it hosts the Trojan Invitational on March 17-18.