USC Opens The Season Strong At The Rossi Relays
Feb. 22, 2014
USC posted the top college performance in six events at the 18th annual Rossi Relays in Claremont, Calif. and Aaron Brown and Aleec Harris had the top collegiate times at the Alex Wilson Indoor Meet in South Bend, Ind. today (Feb. 22).
The Trojans had a strong season opener at the Rossi Relays led by sophomore Alexandra Collatz's wins in the women's discus and hammer throws, senior Remington Conatser's win in the men's hammer throw, freshman Tanya Sapa competing unattached and winning the women's shot put, and junior Bryan Mercado in men's 100m and senior Herb Dew in the men's high jump posting the top collegiate result in their events.
Collatz won the women's hammer throw with a mark of 171-9 (52.34m), just ahead of senior Lauren Chambers who took second with a throw of 170-8 (52.02m) and Sapa who placed fourth with a throw of 163-11 (49.96m). Collatz also won the discus throw with a strong opening mark of 175-8 (53.55m). Again she was followed by a teammate as sophomore Tera Novy took second with a throw of 158-2 (48.22m). Sapa won the shot put with a best mark of 43-5.75 (13.25m).
Conatser won the men's hammer competition at the Rossi Relays for the second consecutive season as a Trojan, this time with a big throw of 217-10 (66.39m). His winning throw was 20 feet farther than his winning mark last season.
Mercado set a PR with a time of 10.61 in the men's 100m dash which was the top time run by a college athlete today. Redshirt sophomore Jovonte Slater was third with a time of 10.69.
Dew had the top college leap in the men's high jump with a clearance of 6-11.75 (2.13m). Senior Doug Bogie tied for fifth with a jump of 6-2.00 (1.88m).
Other women's results from the Rossi Relays include redshirt junior Charity Bruce placing third in the 100m dash (12.19w), junior Kira Soderstrom placing ninth in the 3000m race (10:35.28), sophomore Felicia Horvath tying for third in the pole vault (10-11.75), junior Samantha Ojo taking fourth in the triple jump (37-6.50), redshirt sophomore Julia Tseng taking 23rd in the javelin throw (80-10), 4x800m relay taking third and the distance medley placing fourth.
The men's team had some strong results including junior Allen Williams placing second in the 110m HH with a wind-aided PR of 14.49, junior Jemal Williams placing sixth in the 100m HH with a wind-aided PR of 15.36, redshirt sophomore Bryan Jordan placing seventh in the 3000m race (8:40.89), Jemal Williams tying for third in the pole vault with a PR of 14-11.50 (4.56m) and finishing 18th in the long jump with a PR of 20-9.25 (6.33m), Slater taking seventh in the long jump with a leap of 22-0.75 (6.72m), Allen Williams finishing ninth in the long jump (21-11.50), the USC "B" 4x400m relay placing third (3:19.62), the USC "A" relay placing 14th (3:25.85), the 4x800 meter relay placing third (8:04.57), the USC "B" distance medley taking eighth (10:25.13) and the USC "A" distance medley finishing 12th (10:27.53).
At the Alex Wilson Indoor meet in Indiana, senior Aaron Brown won the 60m dash with a time of 6.62, after running 6.65 in the prelims. Junior BeeJay Lee took second in the finals with a time of 6.68, after taking second in the prelims with a time of 6.74.
Senior Aleec Harris had the fastest time in the prelims of the 60m HH of 7.71 and then finished second in the finals with the top collegiate time of 7.64. Former NCAA champion Andrew Riley running for Puma won with a time of 7.62.
Junior Davonte Stewart ran in the men's 200m dash, but was disqualified.