USC Splits Annual Dual Meet With UCLA
May 1, 2011
Nia Ali, Alitta Boyd, Christine Cortez, Jessica Davis, Marissa Minderler, Jenny Ozorai and Aareon Payne each had part in two victories to lead the USC women's team to a 95-68 win vs. UCLA, while Viktor Fajoyomi, Bryshon Nellum and Reggie Wyatt all had part of two event wins as the men's team fell 89-74 to the Bruins in the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet held at Loker Stadium today (May 1).
The women's team clinched it's fourth consecutive Dual Meet win in the 16th event when the junior Payne and freshmen Davis and Jenna Puterbaugh swept the women's 200m dash to give USC nine points in the event and 85 overall with only 82 needed to win. USC actually finished 1-4 in the event with Payne running 23.14, Davis 23.25, Puterbaugh 23.85 and freshman Loudia Laarman 24.08.
The Trojan men hung in the competition due to some strong performances, but were eliminated in the meet's second to last event (18th) when the Bruins took first and second in the men's 5000m race open an 89-69 advantage. Senior John Carley placed third for USC with a time of 14:59.15, marking the first time USC had scored a point in the Dual Meet 5K race since 2002.
Davis and Payne switched their order in the women's 100m dash with Davis taking first with a wind-legal PR of 11.24 which moved her into a seventh-place tie on USC's all-time list in the 100 dash with seven-time All-American Carol Rodriguez. It was the 10th consecutive Dual Meet women's 100m dash won by a Trojan. Payne had a legal PR of 11.45 to finish second and Laarman ran an 11.67 time to make it another USC 9-0 sprint sweep. Payne and Davis talso eamed up with Laarman and Puterbaugh to win the women's 4x100m race and earn five more points with a time of 43.96 to make it two firsts and a second for both Payne and Davis.
Ali, a redshirt senior, competed in the high jump for the first time this season and won the event just off her PR (1.80m) with a clearance at 5-10.50 (1.79m). Her victory was the first by a Trojan female in the event since 2003. She had the competition won at that point and didn't continue, moving over to the track to win the women's 100m HH with a time of 12.97. Placing second in the 100m hurdles was freshman Lauren Blackburn with a new PR of 13.22 which moved her from 10th to eighth on USC's all-time list. Ali ranks second all-time with a best of 12.89 earlier this season. Ali and Blackburn earned USC eight points in the event. Junior Kathryn Karkut also ran in the 100m HH and had a time of 16.10. In addition to Ali's five points for first place in the high jump, USC junior Dalilah Muhammad placed fourth in the event with a clearance of 5-7.00 (1.70) and sophomore Jennifer Stutland fifth, also with a clearance of 5-7.00.
The sophomore Boyd first won the women's long jump with a season-best leap of 19-11.00 (6.07m) to earn USC five points and redshirt senior Shana Woods took second with a jump of 19-6.75 (5.96m) to earn three points. Also competing for USC in the long jump were senior Cara Bickers (5th, season-best 17-8.00), sophomore Jennifer Jones (6th, 17-7.00) and senior Courtney Clayton (8th, 17-1.50). Boyd then made it a daily double when she came back to win the women's triple jump with a mark of 40-7.50 (12.38m) to earn five more points for USC. Also competing but not scoring in the triple jump were junior Katherine Chang (4th, 34-6.25) and Bickers (5th, 34-2.25).
The senior Cortez had two impressive wins for USC, first in the 800m and then in the 1500m. In the women's 800m race she ran a season-best time of 2:10.24 to edge out UCLA's Paisley Pettway. Trojan junior Anniya Louis took third to earn USC a total of six points in the event with a time of 2:12.61, just off her season best. Senior Allison Rojewski placed fifth with a PR of 2:13.44 and freshman Natalia Williams placed seventh with a time of 2:23.80. Cortez later won the women's 1500m race to earn five points by passing UCLA's Allie Lopez in the final stretch. Cortez was the only Trojan entered in the event, while UCLA had seven women competing.
Minderler scored 11 points in the Dual Meet this year after scoring 14 last season, beginning with her third-place finish in the hammer throw on Saturday. Today the redshirt junior won the women's shot put with a mark of 48-10.00 (14.88m) and the javelin with a throw of 140-7 (42.84m). She also threw the discus and placed fifth in the discus with a season-best throw of 128-8 (39.21m).
The freshman Ozorai was the USC women's team's final two-time winner and accounted for 13 team points as she won the hammer throw on Saturday with a mark of 212-3 (third all-time by a USC female), then won the discus today with a season-best throw of 153-4 (46.75m) and took second in the shot put with a season-best mark of 45-6.50 (13.88m).
Senior Devon Rennie was the other Trojan female to score in a throwing event as she placed second in the javelin to earn three points with a PR of 132-11 (40.52m). Other USC females in throwing events today and their results were: redshirt junior Jade Niemeyer in the javelin (5th, 110-5), shot put (4th, PR of 41-8.75) and discus (6th, season-best 115-7), Woods in the javelin (season-best 120-10) and redshirt sophomore Ashley Pyke in the discus (4th, 131-7).
Freshman Viktor Fajoyomi had an especially strong meet for the men winning the high jump with a season-best clearance of 7-0.25 (2.14m) and the men's long jump with a wind-aided PR leap of 24-4.50 (7.43m) and finishing second in the triple jump with a wind-aided PR of 50-1/75 (15.28m). Fajoyomi's high jump win earned USC five points and made it 12 wins in the last 13 seasons for USC in the event. Sophomore Tyler Ruiz placed second in the high jump to earn three more points with a clearance at 6-11.00. Freshman Douglas Bogie placed fifth in the event with a season-best jump of 6-6.00 (1.98m). Fajoyomi was the only Trojan in the triple jump, but in the long jump USC also had senior Brendan Ames (5th, 23-3.50), Ruiz (T-6th, 22-3.00), junior Antonio Burnett (T-6th, 22-3.00), senior Elliot Ferrara (8th, 22-0.25) and freshman Brent Linkletter (9th, 21-8.75).
Redshirt juniorBryshon Nellum running on his birthday won the men's 400m dash with a time of 46.88 and ran the leadoff leg on USC's winning 4x400m relay team which had a pedestrian time of 3:14.77. Senior Josh Tennefoss placed third in the 400m with a PR of 48.30, while junior Scott DeYoung was fourth (48.51), sophomore Joseph Laetsch was fifth (49.97), junior Dijon Morrisette sixth (50.20) and freshman Karan Kanchan eighth (51.02).
Sophomore Reggie Wyatt was also a two-time winner by anchoring the 4x400m relay and winning the men's 400m intermediate hurdles with a time of 50.38. Junior Duane Walker placed fourth in the 400m IH hurdles with a time of 53.71 and senior Addison McCaleb fifth with a PR of 57.78.
The day on the track began with the women's 5000m race, normally one of two races that Trojan senior standout Zsofia Erdelyi wins at the Dual Meet having won both the 5K and the 1500m races her first three seasons at USC. Erdelyi had to miss the meet due to having a cyst removed from her stomach earlier in the week and just getting out of the hospital yesterday. The USC women's team showed that they wouldn't let that get them down as senior Ariel Wright, who has been battling her own injuries all season, ran for the first time in over a month and took second place and earned three points with a time of 17:21.56. USC 10000m senior runners Dina Kitayama (PR of 18:24.90) and Zara Lukens (19:18.33) placed sidth and seventh respectively.
The women's 3000m SC was next and the Trojans did not score but freshman Jaclyn Walles in her first steeplechase for USC ran 11:37.47 to place fourth, less than a second outside the USC top 10 in the event. Sophomore Theresa Kurth took fifth with a PR of 11:48.36.
Sophomore Thea Weiss was the only Trojan to compete in the women's pole vault and she no heighted, so after the hammer, 5K, 3000m SC, pole vault, javlin, 4x100m and high jump, the first seven events on the women's side, USC trailed 32-27. Ali's victory in the 100m HH put USC ahead for good as USC gained eight points in both the hurdles and shot to take a 43-34 lead.
Next was the women's 400m race, a strength for the Bruins, and USC gained one point as Puterbaugh placed third with a time of 55.10. Sophomore Alexis Brown also placed fifth with a time of 60.19, freshman Jackie Dion sixth with a time of 62.32 and sophomore Caroline Lutzky seventh with a time of 67.70. After that event USC's lead was just 44-42, but that was followed by eight points in the long jump, nine in the 100m dah, six in the 800m and five in the discus to open it up to 72-50.
The women's 400m IH put USC on the brink of victory as Muhammad placed second to earn three points with a season-best time of 56.98 and Blackburn third with a season-best 60.18. Karkut also posted a time of 67.67 to place fifth. After the 200m sweep clinched the meet with 85 total points, USC picked up five points in the triple jump and 1500m races.
USC's 4x400m relay team of Davis, Payne, Puterbaugh and Muhammad had a time of 4:04.81 and fell to the Bruins for the final winning margin of 95-68.
The action on the track for the men began with the men's 3000m SC and redshirt freshman Adrian Rafiee placed third with a slight PR of 9:16.31 to earn USC's first points in the event since 2005. Senior Michael Conoscenti also ran in the race and placed seventh with a time of 10:53.45.
The Trojans men knew it was going to be hard to win the meet this season, but many felt if they could upset the favored Bruins in the 4x100m relay they might have a shot. The Trojan quartet of junior Amechi Egbe, junior Joey Hughes, sophomore Terence Abram and freshman Aaron Brown ran a season-best time of 39.97, but the Bruins held off for the win with a time of 39.94. So after the first three events of the hammer, 3000m SC and the 4x100m relay USC trailed 16-7.
Next up was junior Blake Shaw in the men's 1500m race and he came from behind to win and earn five points with a time of 3:47.98. Senior David Branch picked up a point with a third-place finish with a PR of 3:50.35. Junior Matthew Huntington also ran and placed fifth with a time of 4:11.53.
Junior Cooper Thompson then won the men's javelin with a throw of 226-8 (69.10m) to earn five points and sophomore Jeffrey Churchman came in second to gain three points with a big PR of 206-1 (62.81m). Churchman's throw is just two inches outside the USC top 10 and was a PR by more than 23 feet.
USC then picked up eight more points in the men's 110m HH as senior Oscar Spurlock won with a time of 13.47w and Ames placed second with a time of 13.88w. McCaleb also ran in the event and placed fourth with a time of 15.80.
After Nellum's win in the 400m race, Brown won the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.47 to earn five more points. Egbe took fourth with a time of 10.67, while sophomore Jay Porterfield was sixth wth a time of 11.43 and sophomore Andrew Gibbs seventh with a time of 11.82. Brown's five points gave USC a 40-28 lead after eight events.
The Bruins swept the shot put to pick up nine points, but redshirt sophomore Eric Stein (38-9.50) and redshirt freshman Beau Falgout (36-0.75) gave it a whirl to finish fourth and fifth respectively in USC's first attempt at the shot put this season.
Shaw then came back to place second in the men's 800m race, nearly running down UCLA All-American Cory Primm and finishing with a PR of 1:48.81. Also competing for USC in the 800m race were senior Miles Brewington (5th, PR of 1:52.91), sophomore Spencer Remick (6th, PR of 1:53.71), junior James Leckie (7th, 1:54.06), senior Andreas Bezamat-Homer (8th, 1:54.18), sophomore Barry Wilkins (9th, 1:54.56) and sophomore Ryan Thomas (10th, 1:54.88).
Following these results and the five points earned in the long jump, eight in the high jump and five in the 400m IH, USC owned a 61-52 lead after 13 events.
Things turned for the Trojan men in the 200m race as only Hughes scored, taking second to earn three points with a time of 21.13. A Trojan had won the men's 200m dash the eight previous Dual Meets. Freshman Josh Mance was fourth with a time of 21.20 and Egbe seventh with a time of 22.24. The bigger concern was for the 100m winner Brown who went down to the track with a leg injury halfway through the race. There was a second section of the men's 200m race of all Trojans with Abram running a season-best 22.05, Tennefoss 22.07, sophomore Joseph Laetsch a season-best 22.90, redshirt freshman Karan Kanchan a season-best 23.01, Porterfield 23.25 and sophomore Michael Zuletta 24.00.
Senior Taylor Slingsby set a PR in the men's pole vault with a clearance at 16-2.75 (4.95m) to earn the Trojans a point, while freshman Ross McDonald had a season-best pole vault of 14-9.00 (4.50m). After this event UCLA had taken a 66-65 lead and after the Trojans had no one entered in the discus throw, USC trailed 75-65. Fajoyomi's second place finish in the triple jump made it 81-68 UCLA heading to the 5000m race.
UCLA clinched the meet in the 5K race despite Carley's third-place finish and lead 89-69 with just the 4x400m relay left. Also running for USC in the 5000m race were senior Ted Price (4th, 15:01.26) and junior Rick Davey (12th, 16:21.57).
USC picked up its final five points when Nellum, Hughes, Mance and Wyatt won the 4x400m relay to end the meet.
The split in the Dual Meet snapped a two-year run of sweeping the meet for the Trojans. Currently USC's women's team is ranked No. 5 and the men's team No. 8 in the country. The next major meet for USC will be the Pac-10 Championships which will be held May 13-14 in Tucson, Ariz.