USC Continues Impressive Early Season Run At Cal-Nevada Championships & Stanford Invitational
March 30, 2013
USC continued its early season momentum with some strong performances at the Cal-Nevada Championships in La Jolla, Calif. and at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on March 29-30.
USC opened the Cal-Nevada championships on Friday, March 29 with two big wins in the throws. Junior Remington Conatser won the men's hammer throw competition with a best throw of 210-11 (64.30m). It was the second week in a row that his first throw won the competition, this time by over 25 feet. Senior Beau Falgout placed 15th with a season-best mark of 152-1 (46.36m).
Later, sophomore Alexandra Collatz won the women's discus throw with a PR of 178-6 (54.42m), bettering her second-place standing on USC's all-time list by seven inches. It is also the second-farthest throw this season by a college female. Freshman Tera Novy finished third with a strong throw of 163-7 (49.87m).
Junior Jessica Davis advanced to the 100m finals by winning the prelims with a wind-aided time of 11.71. Redshirt sophomore Charity Bruce placed 19th with a time of 12.45. In the finals on Saturday, March 30, Davis took home the 100m title with a time of 11.58 into a -0.2 wind which currently is the 17th-fastest time in the country.
Junior Loudia Laarman, one week after missing action with hamstring issues, cruised into the 200m finals by running 24.82 on Friday to place seventh among the qualifiers. Bruce finished 30th with a time of 26.49. In the finals on Saturday, Laarman placed third with a season-best time of 24.31.
Redshirt freshman Samantha Ojo ran a 68.03 400m dash on Friday to finish 34th and did not advance to the finals.
Redshirt junior Lauren Chambers won the women's hammer throw competition on Saturday with a best mark of 188-8 (57.52m). Collatz placed fifth with a throw of 172-10 (52.68m) and redshirt senior Ashley Pyka took sixth with a season-best throw of 170-4 (51.92m). Redshirt senior Farren Benjamin placed 17th with a throw of 144-9 (44.13m) and Novy placed 22nd with a mark of 141-5 (43.10m).
The women's 4x100m relay team of Davis, Laarman, sophomore Akawkaw Ndipagbor and junior Jenna Puterbaugh won the sprint relay Saturday with a season-best time of 44.62. That impressive early-season time also established a new stadium record and moves them up to the sixth-fastest women's 400m relay team this season.
Also on Saturday, senior Jennifer Stutland competed in the women's high jump and placed sixth with a season-best clearance of 5-4.25 (1.63m).
At the Stanford Invitational on Friday, sophomore Erica Capellino placed sixth in the Section 5 women's 1500m race with a time of 4:31.92. In the Section 6 race, freshman Katerina Berdousi placed ninth with a season-best time of 4:33.53. Senior Eric Battles took 10th place in the Section 7 men's 1500m race with a time of 3:55.21.
On Saturday, redshirt senior Shelby Buckley ran in the B Section of the women's 1500m and placed second in her heat and 15th overall with a time of 2:13.66.
The star of the day for the Trojans at Stanford was sophomore Myles Andrews who won his heat and placed second overall in the men's 1500m race with a PR of 1:48.95. At the conclusion of the race it was the third-fastest men's 800m race run by a collegian this season.