Trojans Post Strong Marks And Times At Mt. SAC
April 20, 2012
WALNUT, CALIF. - The USC track and field team had a solid effort across the board in the second day of action at the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. today (April 20).
Redshirt senior Kristine Busa was the first USC athlete to compete as she took part in the women's javelin throw University/Open. Busa won the second flight and finished third overall with the top collegiate throw of 164-9 (50.22m). It was a season-best for Busa who continues to improve as she looks to return to her All-America form after redshirting the 2011 track season.
Eric Stein got the men's team off by competing in the hammer throw in consecutive days after throwing at the CSULA Twilight Invitational, and the redshirt junior finished with a best mark of 166-8 (50.79m) , good for 28th.
The first Trojans on the track were freshmen Vanessa Jones and Akawkaw Ndipagbor in the women's 400m dash University/Open. Jones won her heat and finished sixth overall with a season-best time of 53.95. Ndipagbor took second in her heat and placed eighth overall with a season-best time of 54.10, putting together a very strong final 100m. Together they set the tone for a good day for the Trojans.
Senior Scott DeYoung was next and he placed fourth in his heat and 28th overall in the men's 400m dash University/Open with a season-best time of 48.29.
Sophomore Loudia Laarman closed fast in the women's 100m dash University/open to place third in her heat and eighth overall with a time of 11.69.
Freshman Melia Cox ran in the fourth heat of the women's 100m HH University/Open and easily won with a time of 13.95. Her time was good for 18th overall. Freshman Allen Williams ran in the men's 110m HH University/Open and placed fourth in his heat and 33rd overall with a time of 15.07 (-1.0w).
Freshman Myles Andrews ran in the fourth heat of the men's 800m University/Open race and he took the early lead and finished sixth and 26th overall with a PR of 1:50.54. Senior James Leckie running an 800m race after setting a PR in the 1500m race last night at the CSULA Twilight Invitational, placed eighth in his heat and 60th overall with a PR of 1:52.46.
Ndipagbor came back to place fourth in her heat and seventh overall in the women's 200m dash University/Open with a wind-aided (+2.1) time of 23.80. Her time was second among the collegiate runners. Laarman also came back to place seventh in her heat and 36th overall with a time of 24.48.
In the women's University/Open hammer throw competition redshirt seniors Marissa Minderler and Jade Niemeyer placed eighth and 11th against some very stiff competition. Minderler had a best throw of 201-7 (61.44m) and Niemeyer a top mark of 195-0 (59.43m). Also redshirt sophomore Lauren Chambers had a best throw of 186-10 (56.96m) to place 18th and redshirt senior Tamara Baumann had a throw of 172-10 (52.67m) to finish 33rd.
Junior Alitta Boyd had a strong showing in the women's University/Open long jump competition placing fourth with the top collegiate jump of 20-2.25 (6.15m). She had a consistent series with only one foul and posting her best jump in her last attempt. Her jump was .01 meters off her season best.
Closing out the day for the Trojans was freshman Alexandra Collatz in the women's University/Open discus throw. She placed 18th with a throw of 167-11 (51.18m).
Tomorrow USC will have athletes competing in the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays and at the Beach Invitational hosted by CSULB at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.