USC Men No. 8 And Women No. 23 In First USTFCCCA T&F Poll|
March 19, 2013
The USC men's team is ranked No. 8 and the women's team No. 23 in the first edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released today (March 19).
USC's men's team features five former first or second-team All-Americans in Aaron Brown (100m, 200m), Bryshon Nellum (400m, 4x400m) Daniel Szabo (hmmer), Cooper Thompson (javelin) and Reggie Wyatt (400m IH, 4x400m). USC's men's team also has added several strong transfers in BeeJay Lee (sprints), Remington Conatser (hammer), Eric Battles (800m), Herb Dew (high jump) and Eric Kleinsasser (distances), as well as freshmen Errin Byanes (high jump) and Kyle Iverson (800m).
The women's team features eight first or second-team All-Americans in Lauren Blackburn (100m hurdles), Alexandra Collatz (discus), Jessica Davis (100m. 200m, 4x100m), transfer Ashley Liverpool (400m), Loudia Laarman (4x100m), Akawkaw Ndipagbor (4x100m), Jenny Ozorai (hammer) and Jenna Puterbaugh (4x100m). USC has also brought in a strong freshman female group which included Katerina Berdousi (distances), Ariel Hayward (pole vault), Felicia Horvath (pole vault), Tera Novy (throws), Jaide Stepter (hurdles) and Jenna Tong (distances).
The Trojans will be in action this weekend when they host the 2013 Trojan Invitational which will also feature ranked teams from Texas A&M and Washington, as well as track powers BYU, Michigan and Washington State. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22 with the hammer throw competition at West L.A. College, followed by a night session at Loker Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. with the javelin throw. A distance carnival of the 3000m and 5000m races will be held beginning at 6:45 p.m.