Spurlock Ties USC Hurdles Record; Ali, Davis, Payne & Ozorai Post Top 10 Marks
April 16, 2011
Oscar Spurlock tied the school 110m HH record and Nia Ali, Aareon Payne, Jessica Davis and Jenny Ozorai carved out new homes on USC's all-time lists to highlight the final day of action at the Mt. SAC Relays today (April 16) at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Current, future and former Trojan athletes put on quite a show throughout the day.
"This was our best day of the season," said USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. "This was better than the Texas Relays. There were Trojans doing great things all day today, including our alumni."
The redshirt senior Ali hurdled from fourth to second on USC's all-time 100m hurdles list by placing second in the women's 100m Hurdles Invite Elite race with a time of 12.89. Fittingly Ali finished second today to former USC athlete Ginnie Crawford (Powell) (12.86) and now trails only Crawford who is the USC and NCAA record-holder with a time of 12.48. Ali's time of 12.89 is the current collegiate leader.
Not to be outdone, Spurlock followed by tying the USC school record in the 110m HH with a time of 13.33 to win the men's 110m Hurdles Olympic Development Elite race. Spurlock moved up from seventh on USC's all-time list to tie school leader and Olympic silver medalist Mark Crear who posted a 13.33 time in 1992. Senior Brendan Ames was also in the race, but he pulled up near the end as he hit a hurdle wrong, but did not suffer any injury.
The junior Payne blazed to victory running down the field in the women's 200m Dash Invite Elite race with a time of 22.83 which moved her from seventh to fifth on USC's all-time list, just ahead of Olympian Torri Edwards (22.84). The USC record-holder in the event Carol Rodriguez (22.23) was in the race with Payne and placed fourth with a time of 23.34.
Freshman Davis came next in the women's 200m Dash Olympic Development Elite race and won with a big PR of 22.98. Since Payne moved out of seventh place on the list, it took Davis about 3 minutes to fill it with her time, slotting in just behind Torri Edwards who had slipped to sixth. Davis' time also established a new USC freshman women's record in the 200m dash, eclipsing the old record of 23.22 set by Olympian and four-time NCAA champion in the 100m dash Angela Williams.
In the women's Hammer Throw Invite Elite competition, the freshman Ozorai for the second straight day posted a new season best, this time 209-0 (63.71m) to move from fifth to fourth on USC's all-time list. Ozorai placed 11th in the event with redshirt senior Marissa Minderler coming in 15th with a throw of 193-3 (58.90m). USC school record holder Eva Orban placed fourth in the event with a mark of 225-3.
Freshman Aaron Brown got things started on the day for the Trojans by placing sixth in the men's 100m Dash Olympic Development Elite race with a time of 10.62 into a -1.1 wind.
Davis was also in the women's 100m Dash Olympic Development Elite race and she placed second with a legal PR of 11.40. She ran an 11.21 wind-aided time on April 9 at the Texas Relays.
Junior Joey Hughes than took second place in the men's 400m Dash Invite Elite race with a season-best time of 45.46. Freshman Josh Mance followed by winning the men's 400m Dash Olympic Development Elite race with a PR of 45.74, just .37 seconds off the USC freshman record.
The women's 4x100m relay team then placed fifth in the women's 4x100m Relay Invite Elite race with a season-best time of 43.95. The team of freshman Loudia Laarman, Payne, freshman Jenna Puterbaugh and Davis posted a time just .25 seconds off USC's all-time top 10 list.
Junior Dalilah Muhammad placed third in the women's 400m Hurdlers Invite Elite race with a season-best time of 57.21, more than a second and a half faster than she had run this season.
After a long delay with the runners on the track and then a false start, sophomore Reggie Wyatt took third in the men's 400m Hurdles Invite Elite race with a season-best time of 50.00. Texas Tech's Bryce Brown ran down the field in the stretch to finish with a collegiate-leading time of 49.25.
The men's 4x400m relay team of Mance, Wyatt, junior Duane Walker and Hughes were last on the track for USC and won the men's 4x400m Relay Invite Elite race with a time of 3:03.55. The unofficial splits were 46.1 for Mance, 45.9 for Wyatt, 46.6 for Walker and 44.9 for Hughes.
In the field, senior Trey Henderson placed sixth in the men's Hammer Throw Invite Elite competition with a mark of 216-9 (66.08m). That was the top mark by a collegiate thrower in the event.
Several of USC's recruits for the 2012 track season were in action today also with Melia Cox of Long Beach Poly winning the girls 100m HH Invitational and teaming with Akawkaw Ndipagbor on the winning girl's 4x100m Relay Invitational and Ndipagbor winning the girls 200m Invitational. Vanessa Jones of Etiwanda took second in the girls 200m Seeded race and Myles Andrews ran strong on Long Beach Poly's relays, including the winning boy's 1600m Sprint Medley Invitational. Both the Long Beach Poly teams won the high school team titles.
Among the former Trojan greats in action were Ahmad Rashad (100m), Ginnie Crawford (100m, 100m HH), Elizabeth Olear (400m), Candice Davis (100m HH). Ryan Wilson (110m HH), Carol Rodriguez (200m), Brysun Stately (pole vault), Brandon Estrada (pole vault), Aaron Dan (discus), Noah Bryant (shot put), Jesse Williams (high jump) and Eva Orban (hammer).
Highlights from that group included Crawford's third-place finish in the women's 100m Dash Invite Elite with a time of 11.36 and winning the 100m HH Invite Elite race with a time of 12.86, Rashad running a 10.35 100m dash and the first leg of winning HSI's 4x100m relay team which ran 38.91, Noah Bryant who won the Shot Put Invite Elite competition with a mark 67-6.25 (20.58m), Brandon Estrada finishing fourth in the pole vault clearing 18-1.25 and Jesse Williams who set a meet and stadium record in winning the high jump with a world-leading mark of 7-8.00 (2.34m).