Several Trojans Have A Big Day At The Aztec Invitational
March 28, 2014
Senior Viktor Fajoyomi won the decathlon, freshman Amalie Iuel placed second in the heptathlon, sophomore Jenna Tong won the 3000m steeplechase and junior Melia Cox won the women's triple jump to highlight USC's efforts at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif. today (March 28).
The native of Hungary Fajoyomi had a PR of 7,439 to win the decathlon and move from fifth to fourth on USC's all-time list in the event. Iuel, from Norway, finished second in her first heptathlon with a two-day total of 4,877 points, Tong bettered her fourth-place standing on USC's all-time 3000m SC list with a winning time of 10:52.51 and Cox jumped 40-3.50/12.28m to win the triple jump.
Fajoyomi entered the day in first place and remained their all day, while teammate Jemal Williams began the day in sixth place and moved up to finish fourth. In the first event of the final day of the decathlon, Fajoyomi placed second in the 110m HH with a time of 14.87 (+0.3) to earn 865 points and the junior Williams ran 15.80 (+0.6) to place fourth and earn 755 points.
Fajoyomi then had a personal best in the discus throw of 126-3/38.49m to place second and earn 634 points. Williams had a throw of 118-3/36.05m to place third and earn 585 points. In the pole vault, Williams placed second with a clearance of 14-5.25/4.40m to earn 731 points and Fajoyomi finished sixth with a PR of 13-9.25/4.20m to earn 673 points.
Fajoyomi then had a personal-best javelin throw 165-8/50.51m to win the event and gain 596 points. Williams placed seventh with a throw of 127-4/38.82m to earn 425 points.
The final event was the 1500m race and Williams placed second with a time of 4:31.77 to earn 733 points and Fajoyomi was fourth with a time of 4:36.39 to pick up his final 703 points. Williams scored a personal-best 6,769 points in the two days of action to finish fourth overall.
Iuel began her day by placing fourth in the women's long jump with a leap of 17-0.50/5.19m (-0.9) to earn 612 points. All three of her jumps were into a strong headwind with the -0.9 wind being the best wind condition she had. This result dropped her from second to third in the competition, just nine points out of second place.
The javelin throw was next and she had a best mark of 85-4/26.01m to finish seventh in that event. She scored 401 points in the javelin throw and dropped into fourth place, but only 73 points out of second.
Iuel finished the competition by winning the 800m race with a time of 2:18.45. Her efforts earned her 845 points and vaulted her back into a second-place finish. Her total of 4,877 points would have placed eighth and scored at the 2013 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships.
Tong entered the season in fourth place on USC's all-time steeplechase list and improved her standing by six seconds last week and then lowered it another second today with her time of 10:52.51. She is now less than three seconds out of third place on USC's all-time 3000m SC list. Junior Kira Soderstrom, who ranks 10th on USC's all-time list, placed third today with a time of 11:13.62.
Cox claimed the triple jump title by nearly two and a half feet. Her first jump of the day was for 40-2.75/12.26m which turned out to be good enough for the win, but she later jumped 40-3.50/12.28m to wrap it up. Junior Samantha Ojo placed fifth in the triple jump with a best leap of 35-6.75/10.84m.
Other USC females competing today in San Diego were Katerina Berdousi (800m - 2:17.73, 9th and 1500m - 4:45.02, 16th), Charity Bruce (100m - 12.37, 9th and 200m - 25.90, 10th), Malia Cravens (HJ - 5-3.75, 3rd), Lindsay Enright (800m - 2:17.06, 7th and 1500m - 4:48.62, 21st), Lauren Grego (800m - 2:23.75, 18th and 1500m - 5:01.24, 28th), Felicia Horvath (PV - No Height), Cameron Pettigrew (200m - 25.15, 2nd), Alyssa Reardon (800m - 2:30.21, 26th, 1500m - 5:12.60, 48th), Natasha Strickland (800m - 2:17.87, 10th and 1500m - 4:57.95, 26th) and Thea Weiss (PV - 12-1.50, 2nd).
Other Trojan men in action were Terence Abram (200m - 22.30, 9th), Myles Andrews (800m - 1:52.30, 2nd), Josh Galen (800m - 2:01.14, 26th and 1500m - 4:26.41, 34th), Bryan Jordan (1500m - 3:53.61, 7th), Armon Owens (200m - 22.83, 21st), Chase Peterson (400m IH - 54.27, 6th), Will Robinson (800m - 2:07.85, 33rd and 1500m - 4:34.67, 38th), Alex Rohani (800m - 2:00.64, 22nd) and Andreas Spanos (1500m - 4:10.37, 13th).