Ndipagbor Wins 200m Race As USC Has Strong Day At Mt. SAC Relays
April 18, 2014
Akawkaw Ndipagbor won the women's 200m University/Open (U/O) race as the Trojans had four of the top nine finishers in the event to highlight USC's efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. today (April 18).
The women's team had great results in the 200m U/O race with five of its six runners setting personal bests. The junior Ndipagbor won the first heat and the event outright with a wind-aided collegiate best time of 23.40 (+2.8w), just edging Antoinette Goodman of North Dakota State (23.395-24.00) who ran in the second heat. Sophomore Alexis Faulknor took fourth in the first heat and ninth overall with a time of 23.72. Junior Vanessa Jones placed second in the second heat and third overall with a PR of 23.43 (+0.0) and senior Loudia Laarman took third in the heat and sixth overall with a PR of 23.58 (+0.0). Senior hurdler Lauren Blackburn placed second in her heat with a PR of 24.20 (+1.2) and junior hurdler/jumper Melia Cox was second in her heat with a wind-aided PR of 24.60 (+2.2). They finished 27th and 45th overall.
In the men's 200m dash, redshirt sophomore Jovonte Slater won his heat and finished 22nd overall with a collegiate legal best of 21.35 (+1.3). Freshman Alex Rohani was fifth in the fourth heat and 39th overall with a time of 21.65 (+0.4), while junior Bryan Mercado was sixth in the same heat and 41st overall with a time of 21.72 (+0.4).
Senior Victory Fajoyomi and junior Allen Williams got things started for USC around 10:05 a.m. in the University/Open 110m HH. Fajoyomi was fifth in his heat and 34th overall with a time of 14.75 (+0.9) and Williams was sixth in his heat and 35th overall with a time of 14.78 (+1.7). Up next was freshman Amalie Iuel in the women's U/O 100m HH and she took eighth in her heat and 50th overall with a time of 14.64 (+0.0).
Next USC had five women running in the 1500m U/O race. Sophomore Katerina Berdousi placed ninth in the 9th section and 109th overall with a time of 4:43.70 and sophomore Jenna Tong was 11th in the same heat and 115th overall with a time of 4:44.87. Senior Lindsay Enright was fourth in the 10th section and 116th overall with a time of 4:45.02 and junior Kira Soderstrom was fifth in the same section and 117th overall with a season-best time of 4:45.18. Both runners were knocked off stride with about 200m to go when a runner tripped and went down on the track, forcing them to stop and sidestep the fallen runner. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Grego was seventh in the final heat and 135th overall with a PR of 4:51.54.
The men's 1500m U/O race was next and redshirt sophomore Bryan Jordan placed sixth in his heat and 36th overall with a personal-best time of 3:50.87. Redshirt sophomore Josh Galen and sophomore Will Robinson also PR'd in the final 1500m race and finished 13th and 17th respectively in their heat. Galen had a time of 4:10.05 to place 113th and Robinson a time of 4:28.85 to finish 118th.
Jones won her heat of the women's 400m U/O race and finished second overall with a time of 52.98. Former USC All-American hurdler Dalilah Muhammad ran in the same heat and placed sixth with a time of 54.69. Freshman Cameron Pettigrew ran in the fifth heat and finished third with a time of 55.47. That matched her season-best time and was 32nd overall on the day.