Trojans Win Two Events On First Day Of Trojan Invitational|
March 20, 2015
Jenny Ozorai won the women's hammer throw, Tera Novy the women's discus throw and Kira Soderstrom ran the fourth-fastest women's 3000m steeplechase in USC history during the first day of action at the Trojan Invitational today (March 20). The two-day meet continues tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. at Loker Stadium.
The redshirt senior Ozorai won the women's hammer throw competition held at Cal State Los Angeles in dramatic fashion with her winning mark of 199-4 (60.75m) coming in her final attempt to edge Jillian Weir of Oregon who had a best of 196-4. Those two marks are the leading throws in the early outdoor season. Ozorai's throw was a season-best after missing all of the 2014 season following back surgery. Senior Alexandra Collatz placed third in the event with a best mark of 183-0 (55.77m), while redshirt sophomore Erika Peyton placed 10th with a best throw of 149-6 (45.57m).
Novy, a junior, had a very strong day in the discus throw competition and won with a PR of 186-0 (56.69m). That throw bettered her third-place standing on USC's all-time list and all three of her clean throws topped her previous best collegiate mark of 179-2. Novy's other two legal throws went for 180-9 and 184-4. Placing second in the competition today and ranking second on USC's all-time discus throw list was Collatz with a season-best mark of 182-10 (55.73m). Novy and Collatz currently rank first and third on the NCAA list in the early season.
In the men's hammer throw competition, redshirt freshman David Sellens placed ninth with a PR of 164-2 (50.04m). He also had two other throws over his previous PR. Redshirt freshman Nick Ponzio fouled in his three attempts today. Trojan alumnus Remington Conatser won the event with a throw of 227-11 (69.48m).
In the only running event of the night held at Loker Stadium on the USC campus, senior Kira Soderstrom placed second in the women's 3000m SC with a personal-best of 10:47.62. That was a PR by nearly nine seconds for Soderstrom and the top three finishers in the race currently have the three-fastest times among NCAA women's athletes. Junior Jenna Tong placed fifth with a time of 11:38.05.