Trojans Past And Present Shine At Mt. SAC Relays
April 20, 2013
WALNUT, CALIF. - Current and former Trojans posted impressive performances throughout the final day of action at the 55th Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. today (April 20), beginning with Bryshon Nellum.
The senior Nellum had another good day at Mt. SAC, placing second in the men's 400m Invite Elite Race with a time of 45.65. You know the bar is set high when after an impressive 200m time yesterday (20.49) and then placing second in the men's 400m Invite Elite Race, it seemed slightly ho-hum, yet the reality is that the Olympian Nellum was beaten by Youssef Al- Masrahi of Saudi Arabia who set a PR and ran the second-fastest time in the world this season of 45.18. Nellum's time is actually the second-fastest by a collegian this season...to his first race of the 2013 campaign (45.54).
Next, former Trojan Carol Rodriguez won the women's 400m 0lympic Development race with a time of 52.45. Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican Olympian, is the USC school record-holder in the 200m and 400m dashes and was a six-time All-American at USC.
Current Trojans Ashley Liverpool and Akawkaw Ndipagbor then ran in the women's 400m Olympic Development race and they place second and sixth respectively. The junior Liverpool had a season-best time of 53.53 and the sophomore Ndipagbor ran a time of 54.17.
The Trojans continued their winning ways on the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays when former USC 800m runner Duane Solomon won the men's 800m Invite Elite race with a time of 1:46.03. That time is the fastest in the U.S. this season and thrid-fastest in the world. Solomon placed fourth at the London Olympics in the 800m with the second-fastest time in U.S. history. Solomon ranks second all-time in the 800m race on USC's all-time list.
In the men's 4x100m Relay Invite Elite race former Trojan Ahmad Rashad ran the third leg for HSI International and he opened up a solid lead around the corner and his team cruised to victory with a time of 38.93. Rashad was a two-time All-American at USC and ranks tied for fourth on USC's all-time 100m dash list with a time of 10.10. The women's 4x100m Relay Invite race was next and the Kersee All-Stars featuring former Trojan greats Allyson Felix on leg 2 and Virginia Crawford (Powell) at anchor placed second with the third-fastest time in the world this season of 42.96. Felix is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and Powell a four-time NCAA hurdles champion.
USC sophomore BeeJay Lee was next in the men's 100m Olympic Development race and he placed fourth with a wind-aided season-best time of 10.27. There were only two Division I runners in the two heats comprised mainly of professionals, with Lee claiming the top Division I time.
Junior Lauren Blackburn placed seventh in the women's 100m HH Invite Elite race with a wind-adided season-best time of 13.47. Then sophomore Melia Cox ran in the women's 100m HH Olympic Development race and placed fourth with a college PR of 13.37. Her previous best time at USC was 13.49 set last season. Her time also ties for 27th by a college runner this season, 18th in wind-legal times.
Current USC volunteer hurdles coach, 2003 NCAA champion and three-time All-American Ryan Wilson won the men's 110m HH Invite Elite race with a wind-aided time (+2.7) of 13.23. Placing seventh in the race was former Trojan Logan Taylor with a time of 13.82. Junior Aleec Harris then won the men's 110m HH Olympic Development race with a wind-aided (+3.3) time of 13.55. His time is the seventh-best by a college runner this season and matched his wind-legal PR set while running in junior college.
Junior Reggie Wyatt ran the fastest 400m IH time by a college runner this season of 49.58, but it was not fastest enough to win the men's 400m IH Invite Elite Race as Jeshua Anderson running for Nike ran 49.14, the third-fastest time in the world this season. The only other college runner to go under 50 seconds this season is Jeffery Gibson of Oral Roberts who ran 49.94.
Junior Aaron Brown placed second in the men's 200m dash Invite Elite with a season-best time of 20.58, edged by Jeremy Dodson of the Boulder Track Club (20.49). His time is fifth-fastest by a college runner this season and the third-fastest wind-legal time.
Former Trojan Aareon Payne ran in the women's 200m dash Invite Elite and placed fifth with a time of 23.53. Payne was a three-time All-American and ranks fifth on USC's all-time 200m list.
In the field events for USC today, junior Remy Conatser had a solid series of throws in the men's hammer throw Invite Elite competition to finish ninth. His best throw on the day of 215-5 (65.65m) came in his last attempt. Conatser's mark was the fourth-best among the college throwers.
Also on the field, former Trojan Corey White won the men's javelin Invite Elite competition with a throw of 242-3 (73.83m). The two-time All-American and USC record-holder won the event by seven inches.
In the men's triple jump Invite Elite, former Trojan great and 2003 NCAA Champion Julien Kapek competed taking second place with a best jump of 54-8.25 (16.67m). He and his French teammates have been training at USC the past two weeks.
USC's all-time high jump leader and 2005 and 2006 NCAA champion Jesse Williams place second in the men's high jump Invite Elite competiton with a clearance of 7-7.00 (2.31m). Williams' clearance is second-best in the world this season to today's winner Erik Kynard who broke Williams' meet record in the event.
Junior Jenny Ozorai had a very rare tough day in the women's hammer throw, fouling in all three attmepts of the Invite Elite competition. Also competing in the event were former Trojans Marissa Minderler and Jade Grace (Niemeyer), with the 2012 Pac-12 Champion Minderler placing 10th with a best throw of 197-0 (60.04m) and Grace, who was fifth at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, placing 11th with a mark of 189-5 (57.73m).
The last Trojan to compete in a field event was Alitta Boyd in the women's triple jump Invite Elite. The senior had another good day, placing fifth with a best jump of 43-7.75 (13.30m), just off her PR of 43-8.00 set earlier this season which ranks fifth in the country. Her jump today was second among the collegians to Shanieka Thomas of San Diego State who lept 45-1.50 to move into second place on the 2013 NCAA list.