Trojans Have A Strong Day At The Beach Invitational|
April 18, 2015
NORWALK, CALIF. - Junior Katerina Berdousi ran the eighth-fastest women's 5000m race in school history to highlight USC's efforts at the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State in Norwalk, Calif. today (April 18).
Berdousi, who has mostly competed in the 800m and 1500m races since arriving at USC, stepped up her distance to the 5000m race and ran the eighth-fastest time in school history of 17:26.47 to place 16th, sixth among college runners. What makes it so special for Berdousi is that her mother is in town from Greece, so maybe you can chalk it up to some home cooking.
Senior Erica Capellino got things rolling by running a season-best 4:31.22 to place 14th in the women's 1500m. It was her best 1500m race since the 2013 season. Freshman Amber Bragdon took 87th with a time of 4:53.27 and junior Alyssa Reardon had a PR of 5:05.91 to finish 112th.
Senior Myles Andrews won his men's 1500m heat and placed 15th overall with a time of 3:52.60, just .06 seconds off his PR set earlier this season. Freshman Robert Ford was fifth in the fourth heat and 34th overall in his first collegiate 1500m race with a time of 3:56.37.
Freshman Marquis Morris, a day off running his collegiate PR of 14.06, runs 14.23 (+2.6w) to finish third in the men's 110m HH. Senior D.J. Morgan, in his first collegiate race since the 2012 West Regional, wins the second heat and is fourth overall with a time of 14.26 (+2.5w). There were 43 men's hurdlers competing today.
Sophomore Cameron Pettigrew won her heat and was second out of 90 competitors overall in the women's 400 dash with a PR of 54.45.
Redshirt junior Jovonte Slater ran a wind-aided 100m dash of 10.74 (+2.4w) to finish 27th overall. He then competed in the men's long jump and had a season-best leap of 22-11.25/6.99m (+1.0) to finish 11th. Freshman Dominic Smallwood also jumped 22-11.25/6.99m (+3.0w) to finish 12th in the event and senior Jabre Millon jumped 21-0.50/6.41m (+3.0w) to finish 42nd. Millon also placed 24th in the triple jump with a wind-aided season best of 44-8.75/13.63m (+2.2w), while Smallwood only landed one legal jump of 43-0.25/13.11m (+1.6) to finish 33rd.
Junior Reika Kijima set a PR in the women's 800m race by running 2:10.93 for finish second in the sixth heat and 16th overall in the competition. Freshman Emma Kao had a PR of 2:15.12 to win the 10th heat (56th overall), junior Natasha Strickland was eighth in the seventh heat with a season-best time of 2:15.55 (60th overall) and Capellino had a time of 2:16.55 to finish ninth in the sixth heat (72nd overall).
In the men's 800m race, freshman David Manahan was ninth in the seventh heat and 92nd overall with a time of 1:58.65, while junior William Robinson was eighth in the 12th heat and 107th overall with a time of 2:05.74.
Morris came back to run in the men's 400m IH and placed 32nd with a time of 56.03. Also taking 32nd (tied) was junior Felicia Horvath in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 11-6.50 (3.52m). Sophomore Mikey Rozvar cleared 14-0.50 (4.28m) in the men's pole vault to finish 28th.
Sophomore Clayton Rule ran his first 5000m race for USC and had a time of 15:29.40 to finish 28th. His time was 29 seconds faster than any USC male ran the 5000m race in last season.
The women's team also ran a 4x400m relay team of Capellino, Kao, Kijima and Pettigrew and they placed eighth with a time of 3:56.25.