Conatser And Ozorai Win Hammer Throw Competitions At Trojan Invitational|
March 22, 2013
Remington Conatser won the men's hammer throw and broke into USC's all-time top 10 in the event and Jenny Ozorai won the women's hammer throw competition to highlight the action on the first day of the Trojan Invitational held today (March 22). The hammer throw competition was held at West L.A. College with USC capturing both the men's and women's titles, before returning back to campus for the rest of the meet being held at Loker Stadium.
Conatser's first throw of the competition was a winner, a PR and the 10th -farthest throw in USC history of 219-4 (66.85). Conatser entered the season with a best of 217-5 (66.26m) which is the national junior college/community college record. Senior Beau Falgout placed ninth with a best mark of 147-2 (43.45m).
The junior Ozorai won the women's competition with a best throw of 204-0 (62.17m) in her first meet of the season. Last season, Orozai posted the second-farthest throw in USC history of 223-4 and went on to place fourth at the 2012 NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. Redshirt junior Lauren Chambers made it a 1-2 finish for the Trojans as she placed second with a best throw of 189-5 (57.74m). Redshirt senior Ashley Pyka competed for the first time this season and finished ninth with a throw of 164-0 (50.00m), sophomore Alexandra Collatz was 10th with a throw of 160-2, redshirt senior Farren Benjamin was 14th with a throw of 147-0 (44.82m) and freshman Tera Novy placed 15th with a PR of 145-3 (44.27m).
Freshman Katerina Berdousi finished sixth in the women's 3000m race with a time of 9:45.42 to move into eighth place on USC's all-time 3000m list. It was Berdousi's first 3K race of the season and the time was eight seconds off her PR of 9:37.56 set at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Fellow freshman Jenna Tong also had a solid race of 10:18.36 to finish 10th.
Senior Eric Kleinsasser placed second in the men's 5000m race with a time of 14:56.45, just over two seconds behind the winner Ryan Miller of Texas A&M. The two runners were tight the whole way, with Miller pulling away slightly over the final 200m.
The final event for the day was the men's javelin throw and USC's Cooper Thompson placed fourth in his first meet in roughly a year, after redshirting last season with an elbow injury. Thompson had a best throw of 211-10 (64.58m). The competition featured some of the better throwers in the conference, with Joe Zimmerman of Washington winning with a mark of 238-00. Redshirt junior Jeffrey Churchman, who ended his 2012 season by having elbow surgery, placed ninth with a throw of 192-5 (58.65m). USC decathletes junior Viktor Fajoyomi (146-0) and sophomore Jemal Williams (119-6) placed 12th and 13th respectively.
The Trojan Invitational will continue tomorrow at Loker Stadium beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the High School Girls Distance Medley. The first collegiate race begins at 9:05 p.m. - the women's 3000m steeplechase. The first field events begin at 10 a.m. and the meet is scheduled to conclude at 3:30 p.m. after the men's 4x400m race.