Track & Field
    USC T&F Readies For Big Weekend At Three Meets

    April 13, 2011

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    The USC men's and women's track and field team will be competing this week at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. from April 14-16. Also, several members of the team will compete at the Long Beach Invitational at Cerritos College in Cerritos, Calif. on April 16 and at the CS Los Angeles Twilight Open in Los Angeles on April 14.

    USC HAS 21 TOP 20 MARKS - USC has 19 athletes that have posted a combined 21 marks this season which rank in the top 20 nationally. The men have 10 top 20 marks (Nellum-200m, Hughes-400m, Mance-400m, Shaw-1500m, Spurlock-110m HH, Ames-110m HH, Wyatt-400m IH, Henderson-hammer, Thompson-javelin and the 4x400m relay) and the women have 11 (Davis-100m, Payne-200m, Wright-5000m, Erdelyi-10000m, Ali-100m HH, Blackburn-100m HH, Boyd-triple jump, Muhammad-400m IH, Minderler-hammer, Ozorai-hammer and 4x100m relay).

    DUAL MEET LUNCHEON ANNOUNCED - USC will host the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet Luncheon and introduce the 2011 Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday, April 26 at noon in the Varsity Lounge at Heritage Hall on the USC campus.

    ALI MOVES TO 3RD ON USC'S ALL-TIME HURDLES LIST - Redshirt senior Nia Ali posted a wind-legal 13.00 time in the preliminaries of the 100m HH at the Texas Relays on April 8 to move into third place on USC's all-time list in the event. She then was even faster in the finals with a wind-aided time of 12.74 (3.6 wind) to finish second, 12.734 to 12.732. Ali also ranks 8th all-time at USC in the HJ (5-10.75) and 2nd in the heptathlon (5,824).

    4x400m RELAY POSTS USC'S 4TH-FASTEST TIME EVER - Junior Joey Hughes, freshman Josh Mance, junior Duane Walker and sophomore Reggie Wyatt ran a 3:02.87 4x400m relay race at the Texas Relays on April 9 to place fourth in the event and fourth all-time by a Trojan quartet. Texas A&M, Baylor, LSU and USC, the top 4 finishers in the race are now the top 4 ranking teams in the country.

    USC'S SPURLOCK & AMES WILL BE A HURDLE FOR OTHERS - Seniors Oscar Spurlock and Brendan Ames will be providing a real hurdle for anyone seeking the NCAA men's 110m hurdles title this season. The pair currently ranks third and fourth nationally, with Spurlock posting a 13.39w time and Ames a 13.42w result at the Texas Relays on April 9. Ames was a 2011 NCAA Indoor All-American in the hurdles in February. Spurlock placed fourth at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships to earn All-America honors.

    PROVIDING PAYNE INSTEAD OF FEELING IT - Junior sprinter Aareon Payne who struggled with hamstring injuries her sophomore season, came out of the blocks strong at the Trojan Invitational with a legal PR of 23.44 in winning the 200m dash and running an 11.70 100m dash. Then at the Trojan Quad-Meet on April 2 she won the 200m with a PR of 23.09 which is the 7th-fastest time ever by a USC female. As a freshman, Payne proved to be one of the top sprinters on the West coast, scoring at the Pac-10 Championships in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. In 2010 she reached the Pac-10 200m finals, but had to withdraw from the finals due to injury, but managed to run a leg in USC's second-place 4x100m relay effort.

    FRESHMAN INFLUENCE - Freshman Jessica Davis is off to a fast start on her USC career...literally. He has run an 11.21w in the 100m and a 23.58w in the 200m dashes, both ranking in the top 25 in the country. Her 100m time currently ranks ninth in the country and tops among freshman. In fact, there are only four freshman in the top 25 list of the 100m and teammate Loudia Laarman is one of them, 25th with a time of 11.47w. The pair has also teammed with fellow frosh Jenna Puterbaugh and junior Aareon Payne to run a 44.08 in the 4x100m relay which is currently the seventh-fastest team time.

    A MANCE AMONG BOYS - Freshman Josh Mance won in his first collegiate 400m race for USC at the Trojan Invitational with a time of 46.18. He then bettered that with a PR of 45.86 in winning the Trojan Tri-Meet 400m race on April 2. His high school best was 45.90 which won him the California state title and was the fastest by a high schooler in 2010. Mance went on to run the leadoff leg for the U.S.'s 4x400m relay team which won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

    NEXT WEEK - The Trojans' throwers will compete at Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif. while the rest of the team trains through.