USC Splits Annual Dual Meet With UCLA
April 29, 2012
The USC women won 89-74 and the men lost 93-70 to earn a split at the annual USC-UCLA Dual meet held at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles today (April 29). The women's track and field team ran its winning streak in the Dual Meet to five seasons, aided in large part by several meet records by redshirt senior Zsofia Erdelyi, but she was just one of many to step up and compete in several events or post personal bests on the day. The men now lead the all-time series 42-37, while the women trail 21-8.
The first running event of the day was the women's 5000m race and Erdelyi set a meet record by winning the event for the fourth season, this time breaking her Dual Meet record (16:41) with a time of 16:32.59 to earn five points. Erdelyi took the lead for good with about 1000m left in the race when she passed UCLA's Katja Goldring and pulled away for the easy victory. UCLA took second and third in the event to maintain a 19-17 lead after four events. Also running the 5000m race for USC were freshman Erin Robinson (6th, 18:36.12), redshirt freshman Katie DeYoung (8th, 19:37.47) and freshman Austin Lundin (9th, 19:45.42).
Erdelyi then clinched the meet for the women by doubling back to win the 1500m race in the second to last event of the day. Erdelyi and freshman Erica Capellino took over the race with one lap to go and cruised in first and second with times of 4:31.93 and 4:32.25 respectively. For Erdelyi, it was her fourth 1500m/5000m double sweep in the Dual Meet, also a meet record.
The UCLA women's team opened the day with a victory and five points in the women's hammer throw as Ida Storm won the event by edging sophomore Jenny Ozorai (3 points) by eight inches, 210-6 (64.16m) to 209-10 (63.96m). Storm's best throw came in her fifth attempt and Ozorai in her final throw. Redshirt senior Jade Niemeyer placed third to earn the Trojans a point with a throw of 195-2 (59.49m). USC also took fourth-seventh in the event as redshirt senior Marissa Minderler took fourth (192-4), redshirt sophomore Lauren Chambers fifth (186-9), redshirt senior Tamara Baumann sixth (172-6) and redshirt junior Ashley Pyka seventh (167-1). Redshirt junior Farren Benjamin also made the finals and placed ninth with a PR of 141-9 (43.21m).
The Bruins then out-numbered sophomore Thea Weiss 11-1 in the women's pole vault, but she didn't go down without a fight, finishing eighth with a career-best clearance of 11-6.50 (3.52m). The Bruins ended up sweeping the event to jump out to an early 14-4 lead after two events, before Erdelyi picked up her first five points in the 5K race.
The women's javelin throw was the next event to finish and Trojans Minderler and redshirt senior Kristine Busa went 1-2 to leave the competition at 15-12 UCLA after three events. Minderler won the event with a best throw of 152-1 (46.35m), while Busa took second with a throw of 151-1 (46.05m). A USC female has now won this event in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
The Bruins then swept the women's 3000m steeplechase, but USC's freshman Kira Soderstrom, the only Trojan competing, placed fourth with a time of 11:26.21. It was Soderstrom's first steeplechase and she moved into ninth place on the USC all-time list in the event.
Junior Alitta Boyd took third in the women's long jump with a best leap of 19-7.00 (5.97m) to earn the Trojans a point. Junior Jennifer Jones was fifth with a jump of 18-2.25 (5.54m) and freshman Kiana Henry was seventh with a season-best jump of 17-3.50 (5.27m). After six events USC trailed 36-18.
The women's 4x100m relay team of sophomore Loudia Laarman, senior Aareon Payne, freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor and sophomore Jessica Davis was next and they won with a season-best time of 43.95. They earned five points and cut the Bruins lead to 36-23 and started the women's team on their comeback.
USC's women's 100m HH team of sophomore Lauren Blackburn, senior Dalilah Muhammad and freshman Melia Cox then made it a sweep for the Trojans to gain nine points and cut the deficit in the meet to 36-32. Blackburn won with a season-best time of 13.40, Muhammad placed second with a PR of 13.47 and Cox took third by just edging out the Bruins' top runner with a season-best time of 13.78.
USC's women then swept the shot put competition to take a 41-36 lead. Minderler won her second event of the day with a mark of 48-11.50 (14.92m), followed by Ozorai in second with a throw of 44-5.50 (13.55m) and Niemeyer in third with a mark of 43-3.00 (13.18m).
USC's women earned three points when Ndipagbor placed second in the 400m race with a time of 54.53. Vanessa Jones was fifth with a time of 55.10, freshman Malea Malik was seventh with a time of 60.45, freshman Tessa Granowski was eighth with a time of 62.01 and junior Alexis Brown was ninth with a time of 63.90.
The Trojans then put together another sweep in the women's 100m dash as Payne won with a season-best time of 11.53, while Davis and Laarman tied for second with a time of 11.66. Redshirt freshman Charity Bruce placed sixth with a time of 12.39.
Just when it appeared that the Trojans might be pulling away, UCLA responded by sweeping the women's high jump competition to get the nine points right back. USC's only jumper in the competition was redshirt junior Candace Bailey and she took fifth with a clearance of 5-1.00 (1.56m).
UCLA also swept the women's 800m race to earn nine points, but redshirt junior Shelby Buckley placed fourth with a season-best time of 2:11.41. Senior Anniya Louis also had a season-best time of 2:13.77 to place sixth, junior Kelly Owen had a time of 2:18.28 to place seventh, sophomore Jackie Dion had a PR of 2:21.95 to place eighth and sophomore Natalia Williams had a time of 2:24.14 to finish ninth.
USC's women took back control of the meet starting with Muhammad's impressive win over defending Pac-10 champion and NCAA runner-up Turquoise Thompson in the women's 400m IH. Muhammad ran a really strong and smart race to pass Thompson down the stretch and finish with a season-best time of 56.72. Muhammad's time currently moves her up to sixth on the NCAA descending order list in the event. Blackburn also ran the hurldes double and placed fourth with a time of 64.22.
Freshman Alexandra Collatz then cruised to her first Dual Meet discus title with a winning throw of 172-9 (52.65m), nearly 20 feet farther than the next closest competitior, teammate Ozorai who placed second with a throw of 152-11 (46.61). Minderler competed in her fourth event and placed fifth with a throw of 136-5 (41.57m) and Pyka took sixth with a throw of 120-10 (36.82m).
USC then pulled off another sweep, this time in the 200m dash which put them in a good position for the team win as the triple jump was simultaneously falling the Trojans' way. Payne won her second individual event with a season-best time of 23.22 in the 200m dash, followed by Davis at 23.86 and Laarman at 24.19. Sophomore Jenna Puterbaugh, just getting back into action, placed fifth with a time of 24.41.
Boyd won the women's triple jump for the third straight season, this time with a winning leap of 41-5.75 (12.64m), her best wind-legal jump this season. Cox took third with a best jump of 40-6.25 (12.35m), while freshman Oluwakem Olonade took fourth with a jump of 40-3.50 (12.28m) and Bailey placed fifth with a PR of 38-3.25 (11.66m). That result gave the Trojans 81 points and just one away from victory which Erdelyi and Capellino took care of in the 1500m race.
The final event for the women was the 4x400m race and UCLA won with a time of 3:38.87, edging USC's time of 3:41.03. USC ran Ndipagbor, Vanessa Jones, Payne and Muhammad in the race.
The men's team was facing an uphill battle going into the meet due to some pre-existing injuries and hung in there until the Bruins clinched it by sweeping the 5000m race in the second-to-last running event.
Unfortunately for the Trojans there weren't enough contestants in the men's hammer throw to implement the standard rule that you must have a clean throw in the first three attempts to make it to the final round, so all throwers would get six throws. UCLA's Alec Faldermeyer fouled on his first three attempts, but instead of being done for the day, he moved into second on his fourth throw of 197-4. USC freshman Daniel Szabo had a throw of 199-1 (60.69) in his second throw to take the lead and since he was coming back from injury he passed on his next two throws. Once Faldermeyer landed a clean mark, Szabo took his fifth throw and improved his first place standing with a throw of 202-3 (61.65m). Faldermeyer then launched a throw of 210-7 to take the lead with the final throw of the fifth round. Szabo's last throw was an improvement to 205-6 (62.63m), but he could not overtake the leader, finishing in second to earn three points. Redshirt junior Eric Stein earned the final point by taking third with a season-best throw of 172-0 (52.42m). Redshirt sophomore Beau Falgout placed sixth with a throw of 138-10 (42.31m).
USC then took second and third in the men's high jump competition to pick up four points and push the score to 10-8 UCLA after two events. Sophomore Viktor Fajoyomi competed in his first high jump competition of the season and placed second with a clearance of 6-8.75 (2.05m). The winner UCLA's Taylor Hobson cleared a season-best 6-10.75 in his first attempt and when Fajoyomi missed on his first attempt, he had the bar moved up since even if he cleared it at 6-10.75 he would still place second. However, he missed twice at the next height of 7-0.50 (2.15m) to finish second. Junior Tyler Ruiz took third with a clearance of 6-6.75 (2.00m) and sophomore Doug Bogie was fourth with a clearance of 6-4.75 (1.95m).
Redshirt junior Abe Markowitz came from football and in one week was able to capture third in the men's shot put competiton with a mark of 51-11.00 (15.82m) and earn USC a point.
Fajoyomi then tried his luck in the javelin throw for the first time in his USC career and he placed fourth with a best throw of 159-11 (48.75m). The Bruins swept the event to take a 27-9 lead in the overall competition. Also competing for USC was freshman Jemal Williams and he placed fifth with a season-best throw of 125-3 (38.19m).
The Bruin men then went uncontested in the men's steeplechase to take a 36-9 lead after five completed events.
The men's long jump competition was broken up by the 4x100m race, but ultimately USC's sophomore Nickell Robey and freshman Marqise Lee took second and third respectively to earn the Trojans four points. Robey jumped a season-best 23-11.50 (7.30m), while Lee had a best jump of 23-8.75 (7.23m). Ruiz placed fifth with a season-best leap of 23-1.25 (7.04m), senior Tony Burnett was seventh with a season-best 22-7.25 (6.89m), sophomore Brett Linkletter was ninth with a jump of 21-4.75 (6.52m) and Fajoyomi was 10th with a best jump of 20-10.50 (6.36m).
The men's 4x100m relay was next and the team of Robey, freshman Davonte Stewart, Lee and sophomore Aaron Brown had trouble on the first hand-off and finished second with a time of 40.87. They were impressive as far as the running went and it may bode well for the future of the team. The Bruins now led 46-13.
Senior Blake Shaw ran a gutsy race against the Bruins in the 1500m, moving into third with two laps to go, to second with one lap to go and then taking the lead with 100m to go and holding on for victory with a time of 3:50.99. Shaw was actually pushed from behind by UCLA's Alec Govi with about 25 meters to go, but he maintained his balance for the win, while Govi was disqualified. Redshirt junior Greg Woodburn took fifth with a PR of 4:13.62. After this event, the Trojans trailed 46-18.
Freshman Allen Williams then took second in the men's 110m HH with a time of 14.76 to earn three points. Sophomore Greg Starkey placed fourth with a season-best time of 15.43 and freshman Jemal Williams placed fifth with a season-best time of 15.58. USC now trailed 52-21.
The USC men did not score in the men's discus to fall behind 61-21. Markowitz did come back to throw the discus for USC and he placed fourth with a best mark of 144-10 (44.14m).
Redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum entered this week with the top time in the men's 400m dash in the country of 45.18 and he cruised to victory today with a time of 46.08. Junior 400m hurdler Reggie Wyatt ran his first 400m race of the season and took second with a time of 47.50 to team with Nellum to earn the Trojans eight points. Senior Scott DeYoung placed sixth with a time of 48.65 and junior Joseph Laetsch took ninth with a time of 50.23.
The sprints continued to end up with the Trojans earning eight points as Brown and Stewart came back to take first and second in the 100m dash. Brown won with a time of 10.33 and Stewart placed second with a season-best time of 10.54. Junior Terence Abram was fourth with a season-best time of 10.81 and freshman Bryan Mercado was fifth with a season-best time of 10.97.
A little later the Trojans also went 1-2 in the men's 200m dash as Brown won with a wind-aided time of 20.53 and Stewart was second with a time of 20.74w. Mercado also ran in the race and placed fifth with a time of 22.35w.
Keeping with the theme, USC also went 1-2 in the men's 800m race with 400m runner Josh Mance winning with a PR of 1:51.16. Just behind him in second was freshman Myles Andrews with a time of 1:51.74. Also running for USC in the 800m race were senior James Leckie (5th, 1:52.57) and Shaw (6th, 1:52.81). In the first heat which did not count in the scoring, junior Ryan Thomas ran a season-best 1:55.28, junior Aaron Adkins (1:58.97), redshirt junior Tim Kessler (2:04.45) and junior Crispin Collins (2:14.44).
Wyatt had to come from behind to win the men's 400m IH and he did so with a time of 51.39. Junior Duane Walker took third place with a time of 52.10. Starkey placed fifth with a time of 56.58.
UCLA then swept the pole vault competition to take an 81-51 lead and needed one more point to clinch the competition. USC's vaulters had a good day, though, as sophomore Kevin Schwindt had a PR of 14-11.00 (4.55m) to place sixth, freshman Steven Cherry had a PR of 13-11.25 (4.25m) to finish seventh and senior Matthew McCormick had a PR of 13-11.25 (4.25m) to place eighth. Jemal Williams had a clearance of 12-11.50 (3.95m) to finish ninth and freshman Jeffrey Zia no heighted.
UCLA then clinched the men's competition in the 5000m race, but redshirt junior Tony Martinez placed fifth with a PR of 15:26.13. Shaw also started the race to give Martinez company as the only other Trojan, but pulled out near the halfway mark having already run the 800m and 1500m races.
USC had a strong showing in the men's triple jump as Allen Williams won with a PR of 47-11.00 (14.60m) and Burnett took third with a jump of 47-5.75 (14.47m). Ruiz took fourth with a jump of 47-2.50 (14.39m) and Fajoyomi was fifth with a jump of 46-8.75 (14.24m).
The Trojans closed out the meet by cruising to victory in the men's 4x400m relay with a time of 3:10.85. They ran a team of DeYoung, Wyatt, Walker and Nellum.