Track & Field
    Trojans Finish Second Day Of Action At The Texas Relays

    Marissa Minderler placed fifth in the women's javelin throw at the Texas Relays today.

    March 30, 2012

    USC began the day with the women's 4x100m relay team advancing to Saturday's final and ended the day with Alexandra Collatz placing second in the women's discus throw and the men's sprint medley team placing second to highlight the action at the 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas today (March 30).

    The women's 4x100m relay team of sophomore Loudia Laarman, senior Aareon Payne, freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor and sophomore Jessica Davis got the day started for the Trojans and placed second in its University/College prelims heat with a time of 45.36 to advance to Saturday's final. Their result was the eighth-best qualifying time on the day.

    Things did not go so well for the women's hurdlers in the University/College 100m HH race as freshman Melia Cox had a time of 13.95 to place 27th and sophomore Lauren Blackburn did not finish after hitting a hurdle. The top nine performers advance to the finals in each event.

    Laarman then came back to place fifth in her heat of the University/College 100m dash and 24th overall with a time of 11.72. Freshman Davonte Stewart continued his strong early season running by posting a time of 10.57 to win his heat in the University prelims and place 19th overall. Junior Terence Abram also competed and finished 58th with a time of 11.17.



    Next on the track for USC was the women's 4x400m relay team of sophomore Jenna Puterbaugh, freshman Vanessa Jones, Payne and Ndipagbor and they won the first heat of the women's 1600m relay with a time of 3:37.70 and seemed to be in good shape to advance to Saturday's final. There were seven heats of the race, however, and at the end of the event the Trojans finished 11th, with just .59 seconds separating the 8-11th place teams.

    The men's sprint relay team of sophomore Aaron Brown, freshman Davonte Stewart, sophomore Josh Mance and freshman Myles Andrews took second in the 1600m Sprint Medley Invitational University race with an impressive time of 3:17.61, .14 seconds behind Baylor's winning team which featured three seniors. Brown and Stewart ran 200m legs, Mance a 400m and Andrews an 800m leg.

    Redshirt seniors Marissa Minderler and Kristine Busa were the first Trojans to participate in the a field event when they competed in the women's Section A University/College javelin throw. Minderler placed fifth with a mark of 156-9 (47.77m), just six inches off her PR. Busa had a best throw on the day of 148-6 (45.27m) to finish eighth. Senior Cooper Thompson then finished 10th in the men's University/College javelin throw with a mark of 213-10 (65.19m). Florida sophomore Stipe Zunic won the event with the top throw this season by a collegian of 255-6.

    Senior Tony Burnett placed seventh in the Section B University/College men's triple jump with a best leap of 48-6.25 (14.79m). Freshman Oluwakemi Olonade also placed seventh in the Section B University/College women's triple jump with a best leap of 39-7.00 (12.06m).

    Junior Tyler Ruiz placed 14th in the Section B University/College men's high jump with a clearance of 6-6.75 (2.00m).

    Junior Alitta Boyd just missed out on reaching the finals in the Section A University/College women's long jump competition and finished 10th with a season-best leap of 41-6.00 (12.65m). The top nine advanced to the finals and the ninth-place finisher in the prelims out-jumped Boyd by .01 meters.

    The last field event of the day for USC was the Section A University/College women's discus competition and freshman Alexandra Collatz placed second with a throw of 173-5 (52.87m). Collatz was the only underclassman in the top eight finishers of the event.