USC T&F Has Strong Day At Three Different Meets Around The Country
April 10, 2011
USC's men's 4x400m relay team's fourth-fastest time in school history at the 84th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas highlighted the track and field team's efforts on Saturday (April 9) as they also competed at the Spec Towns National Invitational in Athens, Ga. and at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif.
The men's 4x400m relay team of junior Joey Hughes, freshman Josh Mance, junior Duane Walker and sophomore Reggie Wyatt placed fourth in the C. Price Junior University open to close out the Texas Relays with a time of 3:02.87 which ranks fourth all-time by a Trojan quartet. Texas A&M won the race with a time of 3:00.45.
Davis also ran in the women's 100m Invitational and took fifth with a season-best wind-aided time of 11.21 (2.4 wind). There were two heats and she won her's with a 2.4 wind, while the first heat was aided by a 3.2 win.
The hurdlers also had big days for the Trojans as redshirt senior Nia Ali placed second in the 100m HH by .002 as she posted a wind-aided time of 12.74 (3.6 wind), falling 12.734 to 12.732. Freshman Lauren Blackburn finished ninth in the race with a season-best wind-aided time of 13.23.
USC's men's 110m high-hurdlers senior Oscar Spurlock and Brendan Ames finished third and fourth respectively. Spurlock had a season-best winded-aided time of 13.39 (3.5 wind), while Ames had a season-best wind-aided time of 13.42.
Junior Dalilah Muhammad took sixth in the women's 400m IH with a time of 58.95. She missed out on fifth place by .003 seconds. Wyatt finished fifth in the men's 400m IH with a time of 51.90, the top underclassman time. His qualifying time of 50.03 on Thursday would have won today's event.
Sophomore Alitta Boyd competed in the women's triple jump and tied for seventh with a season-best wind-aided mark of 42-10.75 (13.07m). She also had a legal mark of 42-5.50 (12.98m) which betters her sixth-place standing on USC's all-time list. Freshman Viktor Fajoyomi competed in the men's high jump, but no-heighted at 2.05m.
In final-day action at At the Spec Towns National Invitational hosted by Georgia in Athens, Ga., redshirt junior Marissa Minderler placed third in the javelin with a throw of 149-5, senior Devon Rennie placed 11th with a throw of 120-11 and redshirt senior Shana Woods in her first competitive throws of the season took 12th with a throw of 112-5. Woods also competed in the high jump for the first time this season and matched her career-best clearance of 5-5.75 (1.67m) to finish fifth.
Among the highlights for USC at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif. were top 10 finishes by senior Josh Tennefoss who won the men's 400m dash with a PR of 48.36, sophomore Jennifer Stutland tying for third in the women's high jump with a season-best clearance of 5-3, junior Anniya Louis taking sixth with a time of 2:15.19 and senior Allison Rojewski seventh with a season-best time of 2:15.83 in the women's 800m race, senior Sean Jackson taking 10th in the men's 100m dash with a season-best 11.01, sophomore Spencer Remick placing seventh in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:54.83, sophomore Tyler Ruiz placing fifth in the men's high jump with a clearance of 6-8 (2.03m), senior Taylor Slingsby tying for second n the pole vault with a season-best clearance of 15-9.00 (4.80m) and freshman Ross McDonald clearing a season-best 14-9.00 (4.50m) to tie for eighth in the pole vault and Ruiz tying for 10th in the mens' long jump at 21-6.25 (6.56m).