Trojans Shine At Three Different Meets This Weekend
April 8, 2012
Alexandra Collatz bettered her school freshman discus throw record, Joey Hughes ran a sub-46 400m race and Aareon Payne and Marissa Minderler both won two events to highlight USC's efforts this weekend at the Stanford Invitational (April 6-7), BYU/USC/Boise St. Tri-Meet (April 7) and the Tiny Lister Invitational (April 6-7).
Collatz won the women's discus throw at BYU in Provo, Utah with a winning mark of 177-11 (54.24m). That throw bettered her previous season-best of 176-5 (53.78m) which had set the USC freshman record in the event on Feb. 25. It also moved her into second place on the all-time USC women's discus throw list, trailing only Kate Hutchinson's school record of 189-5 (57.73m). Collatz currently has the ninth-farthest throw this season among collegiate women.
Redshirt senior Minderler won the women's hammer throw at BYU with a toss of 203-8 (62.08m). Right behind her in second place was redshirt sophomore Lauren Chambers with a season-best throw of 195-8 (59.64m). Redshirt senior Jade Niemeyer was fifth with a throw of 181-7, redshirt senior Tamara Baumann sixth (177-3), redshirt junior Ashley Pyka seventh (175-9) and Collatz eighth (170-6). Minderler also won the women's shot put competition with a mark of 48-4.75 (14.75m), with Niemeyer taking third with a throw of 43-11.25 (13.39m). Minderler was not done yet, though, as she also placed third in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 146-8 (44.70m). Redshirt senior Kristine Busa took second place in the javelin competition with a throw of 156-5 (47.68m).
The senior Payne also won two events at BYU, winning the women's 100m with a time of 11.60 and the 200m dash with a wind-aided time of 23.69. Sophomore Loudia Laarman placed second in the 100m with a time of 11.73 and third in the 200m dash with a time of 24.55w. Other Trojans winning events at BYU were sophomore Lauren Blackburn with a season-best 13.54 in the 100m HH, freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor in the 400m matching a season-best time of 54.41, senior Dalilah Muhammad in the 400m IH with a time of 59.12 (won by 2.5 seconds), the women's 4x100m relay with a time of 45.79 and junior Reggie Wyatt in the 800m with a time of 1:51.92.
The senior Hughes led the way for the Trojans at the Tiny Lister Classic hosted by Cal State Los Angeles as he won the 400m dash with a season-best time of 45.99. Going into the weekend that time would have been second in the country to teammate Josh Mance (45.65), but three athletes at the LSU Invitational this week went 45.79 or better, leaving Mance third and Hughes fifth.
Redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum also had an impressive time in winning the men's 200m dash with a time of 20.76. Hughes and Nellum were the only Trojans to win an event at the Tiny Lister Classic, but reshirt junior Farren Benjamin had a PR in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 140-7 (42.85m), redshirt junior Tony Martinez had a PR of 8:44.16 in the men's 3000m race as did redshirt Greg Woodburn with a time of 9:01.02 and freshman Steven Cherry PR'd with a clearance of 13-9.75 (4.21m) in the men's pole vault.
The Trojans only had a few athletes competing at the Stanford Relays in Palo Alto, Calif. On April 6, redshirt junior Shelby Buckley posted a time of 4:36.33 and freshman Erica Capellino a time of 4:37.49 in the women's 1500m race, while senior Blake Shaw had a time of 3:53.59 in the men's 1500m race. Senior Zsofia Erdelyi was not feeling well and did not finish the women's 10000m race. On Saturday, freshman Myles Andrews a time of 1:52.02 to place second in his heat and 23rd overall in the 800m race.