Conatser, Chambers And Fajoyomi Win Events On The First Day Of The Trojan Invitational
March 21, 2014
Remington Conatser won the men's hammer throw with the third-farthest throw ever by a Trojan, Lauren Chambers won the women's hammer throw and Viktor Fajoyomi won the men's long jump during the first day of competition at the Trojan Invitational held at Loker Stadium today (March 21). The exciting final day of action at the Trojan Invitational begins tomorrow (March 22) at 10 a.m. with the meet scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m. with the 4x400m relays.
The first event of the meet was the men's and women's hammer throw competition which took place at CS Los Angeles in the afternoon. The senior Conatser continued his assault on the record books winning today's competition with a PR of 238-8 (72.76m) to move him from fourth to third on USC's all-time list in the event. Conatser entered the day with the best mark in the country and won today by nearly 18 feet over Purdue's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (220-10), and that is the second best throw in the country this season.
Senior Lauren Chambers won the women's hammer throw competition and made it exciting by saving her best throw for last, posting a mark of 198-0 (60.35m) on her final throw to snatch the win from Aoife Hickey of Utah (193-10). Junior Alexandra Collatz placed fourth and established a PR for the third time this season, today with a mark of 185-8 (56.60m). Freshman Tanya Sapa finished 11th with a best throw of 161-1 (49.09m).
The men's and women's long jump began the night's action at Loker Stadium and the Trojans continued their strong showing. Senior Viktor Fajoyomi won the men's competition with a PR of 24-7.00 (7.49m/+0.7w). He had a great series of jumps, leaping over 24 feet four times. Junior Jabre Millon finished 10th with a jump of 21-7.50 (6.59m/+0.0w) and redshirt sophomore Jovonte Slater finished 11th with a best jump of 21-1.25 (6.43m/+0.8w).
2013 USC graduate and All-American Alitta Boyd competed unattached and won the women's long jump competition with a personal best of 21-6.25 (6.56m). Sophomore Alexis Faulknor, a transfer from UCF competing in her first home meet, placed third with a best jump of 19-6.25 (5.95m/-2.0w). That jump moved her into a fourth-place tie on the 2014 NCAA descending order list. Senior Oluwakemi Olonade placed fourth with a PR of 19-5.25 (5.92m/-1.5w) to move to sixth on the NCAA outdoor list, freshman Amalie Iuel took fifth with a jump of 18-10.50 (5.75m/-0.7w) and junior Melia Cox placed ninth with a jump of 18-7.00 (5.66m/+0.0w).
Up next was the women's 3000m steeplechase, the first race of the meet and the only one tonight that featured Trojan runners. Sophomore Jenna Tong placed fifth with a time of 10:53.27 which bettered her fourth-place standing on USC's all-time list and junior Kira Soderstrom placed seventh with a PR of 11:11.73 which bettered her 10th-place standing on USC's all-time list.
The men's javelin competition was the final event of the evening and redshirt senior Jeffrey Churchman proved in his first throw of the night that he was back from two years of battling arm problems, posting a PR of 209-11 (63.99m). That throw moved him into seventh place on USC's all-time list in the javelin throw. He then threw 203-2 in his second throw, 196-5 in this third and then fouled in his fourth toss before calling it a night. Junior Jemal Williams also set a PR with a mark of 141-1 (43.01m) and finished eighth.
The Trojan Invitation continues tomorrow at Loker Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. with the women's pole vault and shot put competitions and the high school girls distance medley relay. The first college race is the women's 4x100m relay at 11 a.m.