USC Hopes To Keep Clicking In Arizona|
April 9, 2015
The USC track and field team will compete at the Jim Click Shootout hosted by Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. on April 11. The Trojans are scheduled to send a contingent of roughly 40 athletes to the meet.
TROJANS EARN PAC-12 HONORS - USC made it a clean sweep of the Pac-12 Athlete of the Week Awards for the week of March 30-April 5 as Conor McCullough was named Men's Field, Andre De Grasse Men's Track, Tera Novy Women's Field and Deanna Hill Women's Track athletes of the week. McCullough won the hammer throw at the California Collegiate with a mark of 233-7 (71.21m), the top throw in the country and fifth all-time by a Trojan. De Grasse won the 200m with a PR of 20.20 and was third in the 100m with a legal PR of 10.11 at the Florida Relays, moving into fourth and eighth respectively on the USC all-time lists. He also ran a leg on the 4x100m relay (38.97) which ranks eighth all-time on the Trojans' list. Hill had the top collegiate time at the Florida Relays in the 200m with a PR and NCAA-leading time of 22.88. That time moves her into an eighth-place tie on USC's all-time list. She also ran a PR of 11.44 in the 100m, which ranks 10th in the country and ran a leg on USC's winning 4x100m relay (43.85). Novy won both the discus throw (182-10) and the shot put (45-4.25) at the California Collegiate.
CANADIAN CANNON II - Junior sprinter Andre De Grasse from Markham, Ontario, Canada comes to USC from Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. as a five-time NJCAA Champion. He arrived at USC with big shoes to fill with the graduation of All-American sprinter Aaron Brown, also from Canada, who ranks third on USC's all-time 100m and 200m lists, but has proved to be up for the challenge. In his first outdoor individual races at the Florida Relays on April 3, De Grasse ran the eighth-fastest 100m (10.11) and fourth-fastest 200m (20.20) times in USC history, both legal PRs. He also ran on the 4x100m relay which ran the eighth-fastest time in school history of 38.97. During the indoor season, he posted a best of 6.60 in the 60m and placed second in the 200m at the NCAA Championships with a USC and Canadian indoor record of 20.26, both marks formerly held by Brown (20.53). De Grasse ran a 9.96 (+5.0w) 100m dash to win the 2013 NJCAA title.
LEE PROVIDES TROJANS A STRONG 1-2 PUNCH IN THE SPRINTS - Senior BeeJay Lee returns for his final season as the anchor of the Trojan sprint corps. Lee ranks tied for fourth all-time on USC's 100m list with a time of 10.07 (+1.6) which he ran in winning the 2013 Pac-12 title in the event and opned up with a 10.09 (+0.3) as the top collegian at the Florida Relays on April 3. In 2014, Lee placed third in the conference meet with a time of 10.45 (-1.0). Lee advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championships in the 100m dash and placed 22nd with a time of 10.38 (+0.6). Lee won the 200m with a then-PR of 20.51 at the Trojan Invitational on March 21, then ran 20.27 (+1.6) to take second at the Florida Relays and move into sixth on USC's all-time list. He currently is second the country in the 200m and third in the 100m. Lee set indoor PRs this season of 6.61 in the 60m and 21.00 in the 200m and took 13th at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m dash with a time of 6.69.
STEPTER & IUEL POSE QUITE A HURDLE FOR THE OPPOSITION - Junior Jaide Stepter and sophomore Amalie Iuel currently rank second and third respectively among college 400m hurdlers with times of 55.83 and 55.92 run at the Florida Relays on April 3. Those times also place Stepter third and Iuel fourth on USC's all-time list and they are less than one second off the school record of 54.95 run by Natasha Danvers in 2000.
REMEMBER ME? - USC redshirt senior Conor McCullough returned to action in the indoor season, but now will take aim at an NCAA title in the men's hammer throw. In his first collegiate meet since 2012, he threw an NCAA-leading 233-7 (71.21m) to win and had four throws over 231, while only eight athletes have even thrown 220 or more feet and none over 229 feet. McCullough began his career at Princeton in 2010 and won the NCAA East Region hammer throw competition in 2012, but did not compete at the NCAA's that season. McCullough enrolled at USC last year and was not able to compete, but was granted a sixth year of eligibility for this season. McCullough competed indoors this season and placed second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 80-3.75 (24.48m), but had not competed collegiately outdoors since winning the NCAA East Region hammer throw title on April 24, 2012. He has won his last nine collegiate hammer throw competitions and 10 of 12 overall since he began at Princeton in 2010. McCullough has a college-best throw of 242-10 (74.01) set on April 6, 2012. McCullough has a personal-best of 253-3 (77.20m) which he threw at the at the Edmonton International Track Classic in Edmonton, Canada on July 6, 2014.
ACTION JACKSON - USC freshman Adoree' Jackson not only is a starting cornerback on the football team, but also a force in the long jump for the track and field team. Jackson has a personal best of 25-5.25 (7.25m) in the long jump set at the Chandler Rotary Elite Session last year, the second-farthest jump by a high school athlete in 2014. Jackson won the 2012 CIF State long jump title with a leap of 25-0.50. He also has a best 200m time of 21.59. Jackson had an indoor best of 24-7.75 (7.51m) at the McCravy Memorial Invitational on Jan. 23 and jumped 24-4.25 (7.42m) to win the long jump at the Trojan Invitational on March 21, which currently ranks tied for 29th in the country.
USC RANKING AMONG THE BEST - There are currently 43 NCAA top 30 marks posted by Trojan athletes early in the outdoor season: Men (16): Myles Andrews (800m - 26th), Randall Cunningham (HJ - T-3rd), Andre De Grasse (100m - 5th, 200m - 1st), Robert Ford (800m - 28th), Adoree' Jackson (LJ - T-29th), BeeJay Lee (100m - 3rd, 200m - 2nd), Conor McCullough (HT - 1st), Ricky Morgan (400m - 25th), Nick Ponzio (Shot - 22nd), Just'N Thymes (100m - T-23rd, 200m - 5th) and the 4x100m relay (3rd, 11th, 19th). Women (27): Destinee Brown (100m - T24th), Gabriella Cantrell (100m - 17th, 200m - 9th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus - 5th), Melia Cox (100m HH - T-23rd), Kendall Ellis (200m - 22nd, 400m - 10th), Alexis Faulknor (100m - 2nd, 200m - 21st), Tynia Gaither (100m - 4th, 200m - 4th), Dior Hall (100m HH - 5th), Deanna Hill (100m -10th, 200m - 1st), Amalie Iuel (400m IH - 3rd), Vanessa Jones (400m - 9th), Tera Novy (Discus - 3rd), Jenny Ozorai (Hammer - 18th), Madisen Richards (LJ - 16th), Jaide Stepter (200m - 18th, 400m IH - 2nd), Ky Westbrook (100m - 15th), the 4x100m relay (2nd, 15th, 16th, 18th) and the 4x400m relay (8th).
UP NEXT - USC's track and field team will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. from April 16-18.