Track & Field
    USC Set For Action At Texas Relays
    Jade Niemeyer
    Jade Niemeyer

    March 28, 2012

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    The USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be competing at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin, Texas from March 28-31 and at the Titan Twilight Open in Fullerton, Calif. on March 30.

    BROWN ESTABLISHES HIMSELF AS ONE OF TOP SPRINTERS IN WEST - Sophomore Aaron Brown won the 100m dash at the Trojan Invitational on March 24 with a PR of 10.25, just .02 seconds outside of USC's all-time top 10. His time currently ranks fifth in the country. Brown had a strong first season at USC, despite battling through a nagging hamstring injury. He won his 100m semifinals heat at the Pac-10 Championships, but reaggravated a hamstring injury suffered on May 1. He tried to run in the 200m semifinals, but had to pull out of the rest of the championships. He recovered enough to compete at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the 100m dash with a time of 10.42. He ran 10.55 in the semifinals to finish 20th at the NCAAs.

    A MANCE AMONG BOYS - Sophomore Josh Mance won the 400m race at the Trojan Invitational on March 24 with a NCAA-leading time of 45.65. Later in the day, he ran anchor for USC's winning 4x400m relay team which ran 3:02.24, the second-fastest time in school history. Mance won his first collegiate 400m race at the Trojan Invitational on March 19, 2011 with a time of 46.18 and never slowed down, taking fourth at the Pac-10 Championships and sixth at the NCAA Championships in the event. He set the USC freshman record in the 400m dash in the semifinals with a time of 45.29, breaking the previous record of 45.37 set by Bill Green at the 1980 NCAA Championships. Mance also ran the leadoff led for the U.S. Junior track and field 4x400m relay team which took the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Fla. on July 24.

    MEN'S RELAY TEAM EYES 3-MINUTE MARK - A definite strength of the USC men's team is its quarter-milers who team up to form quite a formidable 4x400m relay team. Five different runners (Joey Hughes, Bryshon Nellum, Josh Mance, Reggie Wyatt and Duane Walker) have teamed up to post parts of 3 of the top 10 1600m relay times in USC history. Nellum, Hughes, Wyatt and Mance posted a time of 3:02.24 on March 24, the second fastest 4x400m relay in USC history and a new Loker Stadium record. They now trail only the NCAA champion team of Travis Hannah, Curtis Conway, Martin Cannady and Quincy Watts which set the school record with a time of 3:00.58 on June 6, 1992 in Austin, Texas. In addition, Scott DeYoung and Josh Tennefoss provide capable depth to this unit.

    FOOTBALL AND TRACK GO HAND AND HAND - USC has a long tradition of football stars adding to the Trojans' great track and field heritage with crossover stars like NCAA champions Earl McCullouch, O.J. Simpson, Edesel Garrison and Kevin Young and this season USC has had several football players competing including D.J. Morgan, Marqise Lee, Nickell Robey and Tony Burnett. Burnett has already won two triple jump competitions with a best jump of 49-6.25 (15.08m) at the Beach Invitational on March 3 and Lee has placed second in two long jump competitions with a season-best of 24-4.25 (7.42m) on Feb. 25 at the Rossi Relays, then won the Trojan Invitational on March 24 with a leap of 23-11.50. Robey has a season-best long jump of 23-0.00 (7.01m) and football foursome teamed up to run a 41.05 4x100m relay at the Rossi Relays on Feb. 25.

    ERDELYI COMPLETES PERFECT RECORD AT HOME - USC redshirt senior Zsofia Erdelyi won the women's 3000m race with a time of 9:36.21 at the Trojan Invitational on March 23 to finish her career undefeated at Loker Stadium. Erdelyi has competed in the 1500, 3000m SC, the 3000m, the 5000m and 10000m races for the Trojans, but most of her races at home have been 3K victories. She is 8-0 lifetime on Cromwell Field at Loker Stadium with six victories in the 3000m race.

    SZABO ANNOUNCES HIS ARRIVAL - USC freshman Daniel Szabo threw his way into the USC all-time top 10 in the hammer in his first meet with a mark of 220-2 (67.10m) at the Trojan Invitational on March 23. That mark ranks eighth all-time by a Trojan and is currently the second-best throw by a collegian this season. Szabo placed fifth in the hammer at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada and has a PR of 232-6 (70.86m) set at the 2011 European U23 Championships.

    COX LEAPS INTO TROJAN TOP 10 - Freshman Melia Cox won the women's triple jump competition at the Trojan Invitational on March 24 with a jump of 41-8.50 (12.71m), the eighth farthest triple jump in school history. That was unfortunate for fellow freshman teammate Oluwakemi Olonade who stood in 10th place with a jump of 40-9.50 (12.43m) and dropped out of the top 10, but the pair figures to assault the top 10 list throughout their careers. Cox also placed third in the women's 100m HH at the Trojan Invitational with a season-best time of 13.94. Cox helped lead Long Beach Poly High to the state team title last season as she won the 300m IH, placed second in the 100m HH and third in the triple jump. She was fourth in the 100m HH with a time of 13.64 at the 2011 U.S. Juniors.