Trojans Get Final Regular Season Tune-up At Occidental
May 8, 2011
Several Trojans competed at the Occidental Invitational in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday (May 7) to get their final regular season work in, while Shana Woods had to pulled out of the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships held in Tucson, Ariz. after the first day.
Senior Josh Tennefoss won the men's 400m dash at the Oxy Invite with a PR of 47.40, nearly a second faster than his previous best. He won his heat and finished with the best time of the day. Junior Duane Walker placed second in the heat and sixth overall with a time of 47.96 in his first open 400m race of the season. Walker would later double back in the 400m IH, but placed 14th with a time of 55.07.
Also winning was senior David Branch, who took the 800m race with a slight PR of 1:51.32. Junior James Leckie was sixth with a PR of 1:52.63 and senior Andreas Bezamat-Homer was 18th with a time of 1:54.26 in the 800m race.
Other Trojan men competing were senior Brendan Ames in the 110m HH (3rd, 13.63w), freshman Ross McDonald in the pole vault (6th with a PR of 15-11.75/4.87m), senior Taylor Slingsby (7th with a clearance of 15-5.75/4.72m) and redshirt sophomore Eric Stein in the hammer (5th, 173-6/53.88m).
Redshirt sophomore Shelby Buckley, who has battled injuries the past two seasons, was able to compete officially for the first time as a Trojan and placed third in her heat and 12th overall in the women's 800m race with a time of 2:13.76. Despite being boxed in a bit at the 400m mark, she ran a strong final lap to take third in her heat.
Freshman Jessica Davis won her 400m heat with a new college PR of 54.81 and placed seventh overall in the event. Junior Anniya Louis also ran in the 400m dash, her first as a collegian, and placed 18th overall with a time of 57.95
Sophomore jumper Alitta Boyd came in second in her 100m dash heat with a collegiate PR of 12.08. That time was also good for seventh overall.
Sophomore Thea Weiss had a season-best clearance of 11-1.75 (3.40m) in the pole vault to finish sixth, while redshirt junior Tamara Baumann placed sixth (172-0/52.44m), redshirt junior Jade Niemeyer seventh (168-8/51.40m) and redshirt sophomore Farren Benjamin 16th (129-8/39.52m) in the women's hammer throw competition.
The senior Woods stood in ninth place after the first day of action (May 6) in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships hosted by Arizona with 2,928 points, but could not answer the bell in Day 2 due to a hamstring injury. The two-day multi-events competition concluded with Arizona State scoring 23 points to lead the women's competition and UCLA getting 15 and Oregon 11 in the men's battle. With Woods injury and the Trojans not fielding a decathlete, USC is scoreless through one event of the 2011 Pac-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will continue May 13-14 in Tucson