Track & Field
    Nellum Posts NCAA-Leading 400m; Stewart & Brown Go 1-2 in 200m At Mt. SAC

    Freshman Davonte Stewart (above) and sophomore Aaron Brown finish 1-2 in the men's 200m Olympic Development race at Mt. SAC on Saturday.

    April 21, 2012

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    WALNUT, CALIF. - Bryshon Nellum's collegiate-leading time in the 400m race and Davonte Stewart and Aaron Brown's first and second-place finish in the men's 200m dash Olympic Development race highlighted USC's efforts on the final day (April 21) of the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. USC was well represented by current and former athletes in the meet which featured many Olympians and provided great competition for the Trojans. The day was not without a negative, though, as Joey Hughes suffered an injury to his left hamstring in the first race of the day. Additionally, USC had several athletes competing today at the Beach Invitational hosted by CSULB at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

    The first race of the day caused Trojan fans to experiece both extreme highs and lows in emotion as in one lap they experienced the joy and excitement of seeing the ultimate "Comeback Kid," redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum take over the collegiate lead and move into USC's all-time top 10 in the 400m dash, while also experiencing the agony and disappointment of seeing senior co-caption Joey Hughes sustain a left hamstring injury and go down on the track just 100m into the race. Nellum battled with former Olympic 400m finalists Martyn Rooney (44.92) and Jeremy Wariner (44.96) the whole way and finished with a PR of 45.18 to finish third in the 400m Invite Elilte race and take over the collegiate lead in the 400m. Nellum's time also moved him into ninth place on USC's all-time list in the event, a list where Hughes ranks sixth with a best of 45.05. Nellum's previous best in the 400m race was 45.38 set as a high school senior before all of the leg injuries and surgeries. Hughes will be evaluated this week to determine the extent of his injury.

    Freshman Jessica Davis opened up her 100m season and placed eighth with a time of 11.54 in the women's 100m dash Invite Elite race. Davis was the only collegiate runner included in the race won by Olympian Lauryn Williams with a time of 11.17.

    Sophomore Lauren Blackburn placed eighth in the women's Olympic Development 100m HH race, easing up to finish with a time of 14.04. Former Trojan Shalina Clarke won the race with a time of 12.81.

    Davis came back to run her first 200m race of the season and posted a time of 23.98 to finish in eighth place in the women's 200m dash Invite Elite race. The only other collegiate runner in the race was teammate and senior Aareon Payne who placed fifth with a season-best time of 23.20. The winner was Leslie Cole with a time of 22.63, the second-fastest 200m dash in the world this season.

    USC's men took the stage next in the 200m dash Olympic Development race and freshman Davonte Stewart and sophomore Aaron Brown finished 1-2. Stewart won the race with a time of 20.72 and Brown, who stumbled just before the finish, came in second and posted a PR of 20.76. Both runners had a faster time that defending conference 200m champion James Alaka of Washington who ran 20.92 in the men's 200m dash Invite Elite race five minutes earlier.

    Sophomore Jenny Ozorai was one of two collegiate athletes to compete in the women' hammer throw Ivite Elite and she was the top colllegiate finisher and 12th overall with a best mark of 211-10 (64.58m).

    Among the former Trojans competing today were Clarke in the women's 100m hurdles Olympic Development race (1st, 12.81), Trey Henderson in the men's hammer throw Invite Elite (7th, 221-7), Candice Price (Davis) in the women's 100m hurdles Invite Elite (took lead at mid-point of race, but then clipped a hurdle and fell, 18.00), Eva Orban in the women hammer throw Invite Elite (8th, 218-11), Carol Rodriguez in the women's 400m dash Olympic Development Elite race (2nd, 53.10) and in the 200m dash Olympic Development Elite race (5th, 23.98), Duane Solomon in the men's 800m run Invite Elilte race (1st, 1:46.03), Brysun Stately in the women's pole vault Invite Elite (12th, 13-1.50), Logan Taylor in the men's 110m hurdles Invite Elite race (6th, 13.60), Corey White in the men's javelin Invite Elite (no mark) and Ryan Wilson in the men's 110m Hurdles Invite Elite race (3rd, 13.36). Also a host of former Trojans competed in the relays with Allyson Felix' blazing final leg to lead the Kersey All-Stars to a come-from-beind victory in the women's 4x100m Inivte Elite race.

    USC also had many athletes competing at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif. today, highlighed by senior Duane Walker's second-place finish in the men's 400m IH with a time of 51.92.

    Trojan women competing at the Beach Invitational were: redshirt junior Candace Bailey in the high jump (38th, 5-1.25) and triple jump (19th, 36-5), redshirt junior Shelby Buckley in the 800m race (24th, 2:12.55), freshman Erica Capellino in the 800m race (25th, PR of 2:12.58), sophomore Katie DeYoung in the 5000m Section B (12th, 19:25.20), junior Jennifer Jones in the long jump (11th, tied PR of 18-5), freshman Austin Lundin in the 5000m Section B (11th, PR of 19:19.60), junior Kelly Owen in the 800m race (65th, season-best 2:17.72), freshman Erin Robinson in the 5000m Section B (4th, PR of 18:28.70), freshman Kira Soderstrom in the 1500m race (62nd, 4:45.81) and Thea Weiss in the pole vault (10-10.75).

    Other USC men competing at the Beach Invitational were: sophomore Doug Bogie in the high jump (no height), senior Scott DeYoung in the 400m (14th, 48.56), junior Joseph Laetsch in the 400m (49th, 50.15), sophomore Brett Linkletter in the long jump (40th, 21-8.75), junior Tyler Ruiz in the high jump (T-14th, 6-5.00), redshirt sophomore David Selma in the long jump (28th, 22-8.50), junior Barry Wilkins in the 400m (63rd, 51.18), freshman Jemal Williams in the 100m dash (81st, 11.94), long jump (53rd, 18-6), shot put (41st, 29-3.75) and high jump (no height) and junior Michael Zuletta in the 400m (83rd, 56.21).