USC Track Team To Compete At 3 Meets This Week
April 4, 2012
The USC Trojans men's and women's track and field team will be competing at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 6-7, at the BYU/USC/Boise State Tri-Meet in Provo, Utah on April 7 and at the Tiny Lister Classic in Los Angeles on April 6-7. USC has six runners that will be competing at Stanford led by Zsofia Erdelyi in the 10K and the majority of the team will be competing at BYU and CSULA.
BROWN NOW AMONG NCAA's ELITE SPRINTERS - 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. He then won the Invitational 100m dash at the Texas Relays with a wind-aided time of 10.09 (+3.1) on March 31 which currently ranks as the second-fastest time 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 Invite 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. Mance suffered a hamstring injury at the Texas Relays on March 30 and is expected to miss several weeks of action.
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 ALSO LEADING IN TRACK - The USTFCCCA has put together a list of football players competing in track this season and Marqise Lee in the long jump (24-1) and Tony Burnett in the triple jump (49-5.75) have the top marks in their respective jumping events among all divisions of football players. 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. In addition to Lee and Burnett, D.J. Morgan (sprints) and Nickell Robey (jumps) are other football players competing this season. Burnett has already won two triple jump competitions this season and Lee has won the long jump once and placed second twice. Lee actually has a season-best long jump of 24-4.25 (7.42m) on Feb. 25, but that mark does not show on decending order lists because marks do not count until March 1. Robey has a season-best long jump of 23-1.25 (7.04m), which ranks fifth among football players nationally, and the football foursome teamed up to run a 41.05 4x100m relay at the Rossi Relays on Feb. 25.
WYATT CLEARING ALL HURDLES - Junior Reggie Wyatt placed second in the 400m IH at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships with a PR of 49.41 to better his eighth-place standing on USC's all-time list. In just two seasons, Wyatt has established himself as one of the top hurdlers in the country and a valuable member of the USC 4x400m relay team being part of three of the top 10 times all-time by a Trojan quartet, including running the third leg which gave USC the lead at the Trojan Invitational on March 24 when they won with a time of 3:02.24, the second fastest time in USC history. Wyatt opened his 400m IH season by winning at the Ben Brown Invitational with a time of 50.47 and then bettered it with a blazing early-season time of 49.95 to win at the Trojan Invitational on March 24. He has soreness in his hip flexor muscle, but is expected to compete in the 800m race this week at BYU.