USC Wins 11 Events On the Final Day Of The Trojan Invitational
March 23, 2013
Alitta Boyd was a two-time individual winner, Tera Novy and Oluwakemi Olonade posted school top 10 marks and USC won 11 more events on the final day of the Trojan Invitational held at Loker Stadium today (March 23).
The senior Boyd won both the women's long jump and triple jump competitions in her first outdoor jumps this season, taking the long jump with a leap of 19-10.25 (6.05m) and the triple jump with a mark at 42-10.25 (13.06m). Trojan senior Jennifer Jones was fourth in the long jump (season-best 18-3.0) and sophomore Kiana Henry was seventh 17-5.25 (season-best 5.31m).
Sophomore Oluwakemi Olonade placed third in the triple jump with a PR of 41-7.25 (12.68m). That jump moved her into ninth place on USC's all-time triple jump list, just behind sophomore Melia Cox. Cox finished fifth today with a jump of 40-11.00 (12.47m). Senior Candace Bailey also set a PR by nearly a foot to finish ninth with a jump of 39-4.00 (11.99m).
Sophomore Alexandra Collatz won the women's discus throw with a season-best throw of 176-5 (53.77m), one centimeter farther than her previous 2013 best. Freshman Tera Novy placed second and set a PR by 10 feet with a toss of 166-8 (50.81m). That mark also moved Novy into ninth place on USC's all-time list. Junior Jenny Ozorai took seventh with a throw of 140-7 (42.86m).
Novy won the women's shot put competition in her first attempt this season, beating Alex Porlier-Langlois by an inch and a quarter, finishing with a mark of 45-0.25 (13.72m). Ozorai placed eighth with a shot put of 42-4.75 (12.92m).
In other field events, Malia Cravens finished fifth in the women's high jump with a clearance of 4-11.75 (1.52m). In the men's high jump, junior Herb Dew tied for first with a clearance at 7-0.25 (2.14m) to tie his season best jump. Senior Tyler Ruiz and junior Viktor Fajoyomi tied for third by clearing 6-9.75 (2.08m), freshman Errin Baynes was ninth (6-6.00) and junior Doug Bogie tied for 10th (6-4.00).
In the women's pole vault, junior Thea Weiss and freshman Ariel Hayward both cleared 11-9.75 (3.60m) to tie for sixth, freshman Felicia Horvath cleared a season-high 11-3.75 (3.45m) to tie for 11th and freshman Isabel Lozowski no heighted.
Fajoyomi set a legal PR in winning the men's long jump, leaping out to 23-8.75 (7.23m). Redshirt junior David Selma placed eighth with a best jump of 20-9.75 (6.34m). Sophomore Allen Williams placed third in the men's triple jump with a season-best jump of 47-2.50 (14.39m).
The women's 4x100m relay "A team" already took a bad turn during the week when it was determined that sophomore leadoff runner Loudia Laarman's balky hamstring would keep her out of action at least this weekend if not longer. The Trojans re-shuffled their lineup putting junior Jenna Puterbaugh celebrating her 21st birthday at leadoff, junior Jessica Davis second, sophomore Vanessa Jones (replacing Laarman in the lineup) third and sophomore Akawkaw Ndipagbor at anchor. USC was in a tight battle with winner Texas A&M (43.72), but could not complete the final exchange legally and was disqualified. USC's "B team" which included junior Ashley Liverpool, sophomore Melia Cox and redshirt sophomore Charity Bruce placed third with a time of 46.59.
Sophomore Bryan Mercado, sophomore Davonte Stewart, sophomore BeeJay Lee and junior Aaron Brown placed second in the men's 4x100m relay with a season-best time of 40.07 seconds. Texas A&M won the event with a time of 39.47.
For a second time in the meet, fans wanting to assess Davis' early season form were somewhat disappointed, when there was no clock reading on the first heat of the women's 100m dash. In what appeared to be a very fast race and one which Davis either won or was edged at the line by Ashley Collier of Texas A&M. So just as in the 4x100m race, Davis appeared to run very well, but there was no time to document it. In the timed 100m races, Jenna Puterbaugh placed third with a PR of 11.60 and redshirt sophomore Charity Bruce placed eighth with a time of 12.50.
The men's 100m dash also was shadowed in disappointment as Trojan junior Aaron Brown was called for a debated false start. If it wasn't a false start, Brown looked like he was on his way to a great race. Lee won the second heat and placed fourth overall with a time of 10.53. Mercado finished 11th with a season-best time of 10.92, while freshman Luke Niu finished 15th with a time of 11.80.
Davis finally was able to run a race that was timed and it confirmed what it appeared, she was running well. Davis won the 200m race with a season-best 23.41, faster than any 200m race she ran in 2012. Right behind her with another PR on her birthday was Puterbaugh with a time of 23.48. Bruce also finished 17th with a time of 26.82 and senior Caroline Lutzky finished 20th with a time of 28.18.
In the men's 200m race Stewart placed second with a strong early season time of 21.04, second to Texas A&M's Ameer Webb who had the fastest time by a collegian this season of 20.71. Mercado was 13th with a time of 22.19 and Niu placed 17th with a time of 24.03.
Liverpool won the first heat and posted the top collegiate time on the day in the women's 400m race with a time of 53.38, running down Natalie Stewart of BYU and teammate Ndipagbor down the stretch. Ndipagbor was third among college runners with a time of 53.69, while Vanessa Jones who ran in the second heat had the fourth-best college time of 53.77. Speaking of the second heat, it was won by Olympian and former Texas A&M runner Jessica Beard with a world-leading time of 51.55, followed by Trojan great and Puerto Rican Olympian Carol Rodriguez with a time of 52.85. USC's also had senior Alexis Brown (18th, 60.96), Lutzky (19th, with a PR of 64.66) and redshirt freshman Samantha Ojo (20th, 65.21).
Senior Joseph Laetsch was the only Trojan to run in the men's 400m race and in his first effort of the season he placed 13th with a time of 52.09. Senior Shelby Buckley placed sixth in the women's 800m race with a season-best time of 2:12.57. Junior Jackie Dion finished 13th in the 800m race with a time of 2:24.78.
Sophomore Myles Andrews finished third in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:51.34. It was his first 800m race of the season. Also running for USC were freshman Kyle Iverson (8th, 1:54.80), senior Kristopher Washington (11th, 1:55.57), senior Ryan Thomas (12th, 1:57.10), freshman Surafael Yared (13th, PR of 1:58.77), senior Aaron Adkins (14th, 2:00.11), redshirt junior Spencer Remick (15th, 2:02.55) and freshman Will Robinson (16th, 2:08.00).
Sophomore Erica Capellino took second place in the women's 1500m race with a season-best time of 4:29.98. Freshman Natasha Strickland placed eighth with a PR of 4:34.76, shaving seven seconds off her previous best.
In the men's 1500m race, redshirt senior Eric Battles just missed a PR in finishing fourth (third among collegians) with at time of 3:50.55. Battles, who transferred to USC from Fresno State for his final season of eligibility, has a PR of 3:50.05. Cox won the women's 100m HH with a season-best time of 13.66, while freshman Jaide Stepter tied for fifth with a season-best time of 14.45. Henry placed 16th with a season-best time of 15.43.
The men's 110m HH race was also won by USC as junior Aleec Harris took the title with a season-best time of 13.91. He now has won five consecutive 110m HH races this season. Allen Williams finished 10th with a time of 15.15 and Jemal Williams took 13th with a time of 16.07.
In the intermediate hurdles, Stepter placed third in the women's event with a time of 60.75 while redshirt senior Kathryn Karkut finished 13th with a time of 67.69. Senior Reggie Wyatt ran the 400m IH for the first time this season and won with a collegiate-leading time of 50.51. Junior Greg Starkey placed eighth with a PR of 54.80.
USC's women's 4x400m relay "A team" of Ndipagbor, Jones, Puterbaugh and Liverpool placed second to Texas A&M with a season-best time of 3:37.97. A&M won win a 2013 collegiate best time of 3:35.92. USC's "B team" of Stepter, Davis, Brown and Bailey placed eighth with a time of 3:55.35.
The men's team broke out a new relay team of Wyatt, Andrews, Stewart and Brown and it was an interesting race with the Trojans appearing to finish second between two Texas A&M teams. After the race, however, USC and the Texas A&M "B team" were disqualified for a violation late in the race. Wyatt had a strong first leg for the Trojans handing off with a slight lead and Brown finished strong to bring USC back from third to second with a time of 3:11.69 which would have been a season best had their not been disqualified.
On Friday in the first day of the meet, USC junior Remy Conatser won the men's hammer competition with the 10th-farthest throw in school history (219-4), Ozorai won the women's hammer throw competition (204-0) and freshman Katerina Berdousi ran the eighth-fastest women's 3000m race in USC history and finished sixth.