Trojans Post Strong Effort At Ben Brown Invitational
March 15, 2014
The USC track and field team got a final tune-up before hosting the Trojan Invitational next week by competing at the Ben Brown Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. on March 14-15. Leading the way for the Trojans were Jovonte Slater who won the men's 100m dash, Amalie Iuel who won the women's 400m IH and Lauren Chambers who took second in the women's hammer throw with the top collegiate mark.
The redshirt sophomore Slater won the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.75, while junior Bryan Mercado placed fourth with a time of 10.90 and Terence Abram, competing unattached, ran 10.97 to finish seventh. The trio also ran in the 200m race with Slater posting his collegiate-best of 21.26 to place fifth, Mercado placing 11th with a time of 21.89 and Abrams finishing 15th with a time of 22.03.
The freshman Iuel won her first collegiate women's 400m IH race with a PR of 60.96. That time is better than any other collegiate female had run in the first two weeks of the outdoor season.
The redshirt senior Chambers had the top throw by a collegiate hammer thrower and finished second overall with a mark of 201-6 (61.43m). It was her farthest throw since her freshman campaign when she launched a throw of 206-5 which ranks seventh on USC's all-time list. It also ranks as the second-farthest throw by a college athlete early in the outdoor season. Junior Alexandra Collatz once again bettered her PR in the event with a throw of 183-3 (55.85m) to finish fourth. Freshman Tanya Sapa placed eighth with a throw of 168-11 (51.49m). Sophomore Tera Novy did not land a legal mark.
Other men's results at the Ben Brown Invitational included: Junior Myles Andrews in the 400m (11th, 49.40) and 1500m (11th, PR of 3:57.14), redshirt freshman Josh Galen in the 800m (30th, 1:59.39) and 1500m (41st, 4:16.91), freshman Chase Peterson in the 400m IH (17th, PR of 55.81), sophomore Will Robinson in the 400m (60th, 55.83) and 800m (73rd, 2:12.16), sophomore Andreas Spanos in the 400m (31st, 51.63) and 800m (16th, 1:56.33) and a 4x400m relay of Peterson, freshman Alex Rohani, senior Greg Starkey and junior Davonte Stewart which placed third with a time of 3:18.40.
Other USC women competing at the Ben Brown Invitational included: Redshirt junior Charity Bruce in the 100m (7th, 12.24) and 200m (14th, 25.31), freshman Cameron Pettigrew in the 200m (8th, 24.97) and 400m (2nd, 1st among collegians with a time of 55.47), sophomore Alyssa Reardon in the 400m (49th, 69.28) and 800m (30th, 2:32.18), junior Kira Soderstrom in the 800m (15th, 1st in heat, 2:19.94) and 1500m (15th, 4:48.40), sophomore Natasha Strickland in the 400m (33rd, 62.97) and 800m (15th, 2:22.97), sophomore Jenna Tong in the 800m (7th, 1st in her heat, 2:19.39) and 1500m (7th, 4:43.60) and a 4x400m relay of Iuel, Pettigrew, senior Lindsay Enright and Reardon which placed seventh with a time of 4:03.70.