Mann Takes 3rd In Shot Put, 8 Trojans Advance To Finals At NCAA T&F Championships|
June 8, 2017
Brittany Mann placed third in the women's shot put and eight Trojans advanced to event finals on Saturday during the second day of the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (June 8). Mann scored six points for the Trojans in the team competition.
Brittany Mann became a four-time shot put All-American by finishing third today with a PR-tying mark of 57-4.75 (17.49m). That was the same mark she posted in finishing fifth at the 2016 NCAA Championships before she transferred to USC. Mann also was fifth in the shot put in 2015 and seventh in 2014. Mann had a very strong series, opening with 54-1, followed by 56-8.75 and 55-5.50 to enter the finals in fourth. She had dropped to fifth by her fourth throw which was not an improvement of 56-4. By the time she took her fifth attempt, she had fallen to sixth place but responded with a shot put of 57-2.75 (17.44m) to move back into fourth. Then in her final attempt she threw 57-4.75 to vault into third place, tie her PR and improve her second-place standing on USC's all-time list, less than three inches behind school record-holder Karen Freberg. Mann became the first Trojans to score in the event since Freberg placed seventh in 2006. Mann's finish in the shot put was the highest by a Trojan since Cynthia Ademiluyi also placed third in 2001. Tanya Sapa also competed in the shot put and placed 13th with a best mark of 54-0.50 (16.47m).
Dior Hall and Anna Cockrell got the day started in style for the Trojans, both advancing to the Saturday final in the 100m hurdles. Hall was first and she took second in her heat and finished sixth among the qualifiers with a season wind-legal best of 13.02 (-0.8). Cockrell took second in her heat and fourth overall among the qualifiers with a PR of 12.89 (+0.2). That time moved her from fifth to fourth on USC's all-time 100m hurdles list.
Ky Westbrook then advanced to the women's 100m final by taking second in the last semifinal heat with a time of 11.39 (-1.6). Deanna Hill was in the first heat and she placed third with a time of 11.39 (-1.4) and ended up 10th overall. Hill (11.382) actually had a slightly faster time than Westbrook (11.388), but by finishing third in her heat she would have had to qualify on time and the final non-automatic qualifier was 11.29.
Cameron Pettigrew and Kendall Ellis then both advanced to the women's 400m final. Pettigrew took third in her semifinal with a time of 52.05 and would have to await the final race as she occupied the final non-automatic qualifying spot on time. Ellis then won the final 400m semifinal with a time of 51.80 to automatically advance and the third-place finisher in her heat had a time of 53.25, which meant that Pettigrew had safely advanced.
Cockrell and Amalie Iuel then advanced to the women's 400m hurdles finals, finishing second and third respectively among the qualifiers. Iuel ran in the second semifinal and placed second with a time of 55.84. Cockrell won the last semifinal heat with a time of 55.64.
Hill left nothing to chance in the women's 200m semifinals, as she took second in her heat with a time of 22.83 to automatically advance to Saturday's final.
The final event of the day for the Trojans was the women's 4x400m relay and USC ran a team of Pettigrew, Iuel, Kyra Constantine and Ellis. They led wire-to-wire and finished with a time of 3:27.64, fourth on USC's all-time list in the event. USC had the fastest qualifying time by nearly two seconds. The splits were 52.1 for Pettigrew, 51.4 for Iuel, 52.3 for Constantine and 51.8 for Ellis.
Tomorrow the USC men will be competing on the final day of the men's championships. Competing for the Trojans will be: Marquis Morris in the 100m hurdles final, Michael Norman in the 400m final and Eric Sloan in the triple jump.