Trojans Erdelyi, Minderler, Szabo & Thompson Post Wins At Trojan Invitational
March 23, 2012
USC opened up action in the 2012 Trojan Invitational by dominating the hammer throw competition with Marissa Minderler and Daniel Szabo posting the top collegiate throws, Zsofia Erdelyi starting the track portion of the event by winning the women's 3000m race and Cooper Thompson ending the evening by capturing the men's javelin throw to highlight the results today (March 23). If the first day of action is any indication of what to expect at the completion of Trojan Invitational tomorrow at Loker Stadium, then track fans are in for a special treat.
The redshirt senior Minderler got the meet off in style by posting the best collegiate women's hammer mark of 210-5 (64.13m). Sophomore Jenny Ozorai was second with a throw of 206-2 (62.84m), followed by redshirt senior Jade Niemeyer in third with a mark of 197-0 (60.05m) and redshirt sophomore Lauren Chambers in fourth with a throw of 187-4 (57.09m). Also competing for USC today in the women's hammer throw competition held at West L.A. College were redshirt senior Tamara Baumann who placed eighth with a throw of 173-1 (52.77m), redshirt junior Ashley Pyka who placed ninth with a throw of 171-9 (52.34m), redshirt sophomore Stephanie Hoffer who placed 12th with a throw of 134-5 (40.97m) and redshirt junior Farren Benjamin who placed 13th with a throw of 133-4 (40.64). Freshman Alexandra Collatz fouled on all three throws. Trojan alumnus Eva Orban competed unattached and had the farthest throw in the competition of 225-3 (68.66m).
Freshman Daniel Szabo had the top male collegiate throw in the hammer throw competition with a winning mark of 220-2 (67.10m). In just his first collegiate meet, Szabo's mark moved him into eighth place on USC's all-time hammer throw list. Fifth on that same list is Trojan alumnus Trey Henderson, who had the farthest throw of 227-0 (69.18m) while competing unattached today. Redshirt junior Eric Stein finished sixth among collegiate throwers with a mark of 166-8 (50.81m), while sophomore Beau Falgout took seventh with a throw of 154-0 (46.93m), a PR by over six feet.
The action then shifted back to campus with the 3000m and 5000m races and the javelin throw competitions contested at Loker Stadium on Cromwell Field. The women's 3000m race was first and redshirt senior Zsofia Erdelyi took the lead at the end of the first lap and cruised to victory with a time of 9:36.21. Freshman Erin Robinson placed eighth among official runners with a time of 10:39.99, while fellow freshman Shannon Byrne was scheduled to use the meet as training and pulled out after a mile.
Freshman Austin Lundin ran next in the women's 5000m race, but was also using it as training and pulled out after completing the first mile of the race. Oregon freshman Molly Grabill won the race with a time of 16:40.08.
The men's 5000m race had six unattached runners competing, with Texas A&M's junior Henry Lelei winning with a collegiate-leading time of 13:50.03. Running for USC were redshirt junior Tony Martinez who had a time of 15:35.18, sixth among official runners and redshirt junior Greg Woodburn who had a time of 16:07.62 to finish seventh among official entrants.
Redshirt senior Kristine Busa who sat out the 2011 season following knee surgery returned to action tonight to place third in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 160-11 (49.04m). The event winner was Allyson Wardell-Anderson of BYU with a throw of 167-11 (51.19m).
Senior Cooper Thompson won the men's javelin throw competition with a strong season opening mark of 235-2 (71.69m). That throw was just under four feet less than his best throw last season. Thompson has a PR of 253-3 which ranks second all-time by a Trojan. Finishing seventh was USC redshirt sophomore Jeffrey Churchman with a throw of 203-3 (61.96m), less than three feet off his PR.
The Trojan Invitational featuring USC, Texas A&M, Oregon, Michigan, BYU, Washington and Washington State continues tomorrow at Loker Stadium beginning at 9:30 a.m. with high school relays and at 10 a.m. for the field events. The first collegiate race is the women's 4x100m relay which begins at 11 a.m.