Track & Field
    USC Impresses At Trojan Invitational
    Freshman Josh Mance appeared to be in mid-season form while running and winning his first 400m race as a Trojan with a time of 46.18.
    Freshman Josh Mance appeared to be in mid-season form while running and winning his first 400m race as a Trojan with a time of 46.18.

    March 19, 2011

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    LOS ANGELES - The USC track and field team provided USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice with an impressive showing on his birthday with USC winning 15 different events at the 2011 Trojan Invitational held at Loker Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 19, with the hammer throw contested on March 18 at Mt. SAC in Walnut, Calif. The meet featured teams from Augsburg, Cal Poly Pomona, CS Bakersfield, CS Dominguez, CS Fullerton, CS Los Angeles, Fresno State, Washington State, Williams and UC Santa Barbara, assorted USC alumni and as a special guest, the Nippon Sports Science University team from Japan. In addition, USC hosted the L.A. City Section Relays as is always part of the Trojan Invitational.

    Among the Trojans posting the best collegiate time or mark in events were Jessica Davis (100m), Aareon Payne (200m), Zsofia Erdelyi (3000m), Lauren Blackburn (100m HH), Alitta Boyd (long jump), women's 4x100m, men's 4x100m, Brendan Ames (110m HH), Josh Mance (400m), Reggie Wyatt (400m IH), men's 4x400m, Anthony Burnett (triple jump), Cooper Thompson (javelin), in addition to Marissa Minderler and Trey Henderson winning the hammer throw competitions yesterday at Mt. SAC.

    The freshman Davis won the 100m dash with a PR of 11.49, the second-fastest collegiate time entering the early season weekend. Former Trojan great Virgina Crawford (Powell) was second with a time of 11.60, while fellow freshman Loudia Laarman posted a PR of 11.63. Junior Aareon Payne was fourth with a time of 11.70 (better than her 2010 best), freshman Jenna Puterbaugh was fifth with a time of 11.91 and sophomore Alita Boyd was seventh with a time of 12.20.

    Payne led a Trojan sweep of the top four spots in the 200m dash with a time of 23.44, while Davis was second with a time of 23.58, Puterbaugh was third with a time of 24.21 and Laarman fourth with a time of 24.37.

    Senior Zsofia Erdelyi won the women's 3000m race with a time of 9:42.95, more than 32 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Junior Leah Gaeta placed eighth with a time of 10:24.45 and sophomore Theresa Kurth was 13th with a time of 11:04.23.

    Freshman Lauren Blackburn had the best collegiate time and a season-best of 13.59 in the women's 100m HH. Alumnus Candice Davis had the best time on the day of 13.39. Junior Kathryn Karkut was 16th with a time of 16.05.

    The women's 4x100m relay team of Laarman, Payne, Puterbaugh and Davis won with a season-best time of 44.19 over a second faster than the alumni team. It is also the fastest collegiate time run so far this season.

    The sophomore Boyd won the long jump with a leap of 19-9.50 (6.03m) on her second jump which was nearly a foot and a half better than the field. Sophomore Jennifer Jones was eighth with a jump of 17-1.50 (5.22m), senior Cara Bickers 14th with a jump of 15-8.25 (4.78m), Karkut 15th with a jump of 15-7.75 (4.77m) and freshman Alix Fitch was 16th with a season-best jump of 15-5.50 (4.71m).

    Freshman Josh Mance won the men's 400m dash with a time of 46.18, the top collegiate time posted this season. Alumnus Lionel Larry was second with a time of 46.94 and junior Joey Hughes was third with a first-heat winning-time of 47.18. Senior Josh Tennefoss placed eighth with a time of 49.10, junior Scott DeYoung was 10th with a time of 49.22, sophomore Joseph Laetsch was 16th with a PR of 50.41, junior Dijon Morrisette was 22nd with a time of 51.05 and sophomore Michael Zuletta was 24th with a time of 55.24.

    Senior Brendan Ames won the men's 110m HH with a PR of 13.66, the second-fastest time in the country this season. Later in the day Ames would place fifth in the 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 10.74. Oscar Spurlock placed second in the 110m HH with a time of 14.20.

    Sophomore Reggie Wyatt cruised to victory in the men's 400m IH with a time of 50.53, the second-best collegiate time this season. Junior Duane Walker won his heat with a time of 54.31, while senior Addison McCaleb placed 15th overall with a time of 60.56.

    Junior Tony Burnett won the men's triple jump with a PR of 49-0.75 (14.95m), a half inch farther than his previous personal best. He also placed third in the long jump with a jump of 22-7.25 (6.89m).

    Junior Cooper Thompson had a good first meet of the season by winning the men's javelin with a throw of 231-6 (70.57m), more than 17 feet farther than the next best collegiate thrower. Trojan alumnus Corey White edged Thompson on his final throw. Junior Jacob Aronson placed seventh with a throw of 178-5 (54.39m) and sophomore Jeffrey Churchman was eighth with a throw of 177-11 (54.22m).

    Among Trojans placing second were senior Ariel Wright in the women's 1500m (4:32.88), freshman Aaron Brown in the men's 200m (21.28), junior Blake Shaw in the men's 800m (1:51.66), senior David Branch in the 1500m (3:54.40), fresman Adrian Rafiee in the men's 3000m (8:42.76), freshman Viktor Fajoyomi in the men's long jump (23-5.50)

    The Taft girls team won the 4x100m (49.85), the 4x400m (4:08.19) and 1600m Sprint Medley (4:18.83), with the San Pedro girls winning the Distance Medley (13:05.52). The Crenshaw boy's team won the 4x100m (43.44), while Dorsey won the boy's 4x400m (3:23.19 and 1600m Sprint Medley (3:39.35) and Birmingham boys won the Distance Medley (10:39.83).

    On March 18 at Mt. SAC the hammer competition was held with USC's Marissa Minderler winning the women's hammer throw with a mark of 205-4, good for fifth on USC's all-time list, while Trey Henderson won the men's event with a throw of 223-4.