Sloan In LJ & Ponzio In SP Finish 6th At NCAA T&F Championships|
June 7, 2017
Eric Sloan placed sixth in the long jump and Nick Ponzio sixth in the shot put, while Michael Norman in the 400m and Marquis Morris in the 110m hurdles advanced to event finals on Friday during the first day of the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (June 7). USC’s men earned six points in the team competition and are currently tied for 14th heading to the men’s finals on Friday. The women’s team will begin competition tomorrow.
• USC opened the day’s action with the men’s 4x100m relay team of Marquis Morris, Alexander Barnum, Just’N Thymes and T.J. Brock in the third heat. They would need to finish in the top two of its heat or have a qualifying time of under at least 38.79 which would be a big season’s best. The Trojans placed third in their heat and 10th overall with a season-best time of 39.05 which moved them to 10th on USC’s all-time list. Last season two teams advanced to the men’s 4x100m final with slower times than USC’s quartet ran today and two teams in the 2016 final ran 39.40 or higher.
• Marquis Morris was next in the men’s 110m hurdles, running in the second heat. He placed second in his heat with a wind-aided PR of 13.49 (+2.5w) to automatically advance to Friday’s final. After all three heats were concluded, his time was seventh among the qualifiers, as the top eight all ran 13.50 or less. Four of the qualifiers ran between 13.47 and 13.50, with only one runner breaking 13.40 (13.39).
• Up next for the Trojans on the track were Ricky Morgan Jr. and Michael Norman in the men’s 400m semifinals. Morgan ran in the first heat and had a time of 45.92 to place fifth. His time ended up 17th overall. Norman took second in his heat and fifth overall with a PR of 44.97 to automatically advance to Friday’s final. His time also moved him to seventh on USC’s all-time 400m list.
• Sloan then placed sixth in the men’s long jump with a best jump of 25-1.25/7.65m (+0.9) which earned USC its first three points in the team competition and earned him All-America status. His first jump was his best which put him in second following the first round of jumpers. His second jump was 24-7.25/7.50m (-1.1) and he was in fourth place following the first two rounds of jumpers. He again jumped 24-7.50/7.50m (-1.8) in the third round and advanced to the finals in fifth with three jumps remaining. Sloan then passed on his final three attempts to make sure his hamstring was good for the triple jump competition on Friday. USC has scored in the long jump the last three seasons, as Adoree Jackson placed fifth in 2015 and 2016.
• Nick Ponzio placed sixth in the men’s shot put to become a two-time All-American in the event, as he placed eighth in 2015. He is the only Trojan to score in the event since Noah Bryant won the title in 2007. Ponzio advanced to the finals with a season-best throw of 64-1 (19.53m) which tied his PR and placed him in fifth with three throws remaining. He did not improve in the finals with marks of 61-5.50 (18.73m), a foul and 63-0.25 (19.21m). He earned USC three points in the team competition. Matthew Katnik finished 16th in the men’s shot put with a best mark of 61-1.50 (18.63m) which he achieved in his first attempt. He had two more fouls, but protested the foul on his second attempt. He was originally allowed one more attempt before the finals, but then the protest of his jump was not overturned and he remained 16th.
• Robert Ford was in the final men’s 800m semifinal and he placed seventh with a time of 1:50.42. His time was good for 23rd overall.
• The men’s 4x400m relay team of Morgan, Alex Rohani, Thymes and Norman was the last Trojans to compete on the first day of the meet. The Trojans finished sixth in their heat and 13th overall with a time of 3:05.80.
Tomorrow the USC women will be in action. Competing for the Trojans will be: Anna Cockrell (100m HH, 400m IH), Kendall Ellis (400m), Dior Hall (100m HH), Deanna Hill (100m, 200m), Amalie Iuel (400m IH), Brittany Mann (SP), Cameron Pettigrew (400m), Tanya Sapa (SP), Ky Westbrook (100m) and the 4x400m relay.