USC To Compete At Mt. SAC, CSULB and CSULA This Week
April 17, 2012
2012 USC TRACK AND FIELD - The No. 11 ranked USC men's and No. 4 ranked Trojan women's track and field team will be competing at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. from April 19-21, at the Beach Invitational hosted by CSULB at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. on April 21 and at the CSULA Twilight Open at Cal State Los Angeles on April 19.
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.
HUGHES POISED FOR SPECIAL SENIOR SEASON - Senior captain Joey Hughes has had a spectacular first three seasons at USC, but there is plenty more for him to accomplish. Already he ranks sixth all-time by a Trojan male in the 400m dash with a time of 45.05 and has been part of the second, fifth and eighth fastest 4x400m relay teams in USC history. Last season he earned All-America honors in the 400m dash, placing fifth with a time of 45.64. He remains one of USC's busiest athletes, often competing in the 400m, 200m, 4x400m and 4x100m races. At the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, Hughes took second place in both the 200m and 400m dashes, anchored the winning 4x400m relay which posted the then-10th-fastest time in USC history and ran the second leg for the sixth-place 4x100m relay team. His best 400m this season is 45.99 which currently ranks eighth nationally.
DAVIS EXPLODES ONTO THE SPRINTING SCENE IN 2011 - Sophomore Jessica Davis had an outstanding freshman season for the Women of Troy, winning the 2011 Pac-10 200m dash and 4x100m relay titles, earning All-America honors in both events and setting the USC freshman record in the 200m race. Davis originally set the freshman record with a time of 22.98 in winning the Olympic Development race at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16 which broke the record of 23.22 set by Olympian and four-time NCAA 100m dash champion Angela Williams. She broke her own record in winning the 200m dash title at the Pac-10s on May 14 with a time of 22.84 which ranks sixth on USC's all-time list. Davis placed eighth in the 200m at the NCAA Championships with a time of 23.04 and ran the anchor leg for the 4x100m relay which placed third with a time of 43.42, the fourth-fastest time in USC history. Davis also set a PR of 11.19 in the 100m dash in placing second at the Pac-10 Championships which also ranks sixth on USC's all-time list. After the season Davis placed third in the 200m dash at the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Fla. on July 24 with a time of 22.97, just .001 second behind second-place finisher Kai Selvon of Trinidad and Tobago. Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas won the 200m race with a meet-record time of 22.70. Davis has been nursing a sore hamstring, but is expected to compete for the first time this season in the 100m & 200m races at Mt. SAC.
FAJOYOMI LOOKS TO LEAP INTO USC TOP 10 - Sophomore Viktor Fajoyomi from Hungary showed his potential last season, never more than at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 1 when he won the high jump with a season-best clearance of 7-0.25 (2.14m) and the long jump with a wind-aided PR of 24-4.50 (7.43m) and took second in the triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 50-1.75 (15.28m). At the Pac-10 Championships he placed seventh in the TJ (49-6.50), ninth in the HJ (6-11.00) and 17th in the LJ (22-8.50). He did not advance out of the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, finishing 25th in the HJ (6-7) and 17th in the TJ (wind-aided PR of 50-6.25). Fajoyomi enters the season less than an inch outside of the USC all-time top 10 in the high jump. He has been resting a sore hamstring but is expected to compete at Mt. SAC this weekend.
MINDERLER CONTINUES TO DO IT ALLMarissa Minderler continues to be an invaluable member of the USC team as she has posted all-time top 10 marks at USC in the hammer, javelin and shot put. She has already improved her fourth-place standing on USC's all-time hammer list with a mark of 212-8 (64.83m) which ranks fourth nationally at the Ben Brown Invitational on March 9 and she won the hammer throw with a mark of 210-5 at the Trojan Invitational on March 23. Minderler won the 2011 Pac-10 hammer throw title with a then-PR of 210-3 (64.09m). She also scored for USC at the 2011 Pac-10s in the javelin with a throw of 144-7 (6th) and in the shot put with a mark of 48-2 (8th). Minderler ended her 2011 season by placing 14th in the hammer at the NCAA Championships to earn second-team All-America honors with a throw of 199-10 (60.90m) and then took 12th at the USA Championships with a throw of 204-2 (62.23m). Minderler ranks sixth all-time by a Trojan in the shot put with a mark of 50-2.75 (15.31m) and fifth in the javelin with a throw of 157-3 (47.92m). This season her best in the shot is 49-1 and in the javelin is 156-9.
DUAL MEET ON DECK - USC's track and field team will be at UCLA in the annunal Dual Meet to be held on April 29 at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. The USC women have defeated UCLA four consecutive seasons, while the Trojan men have won three of the last five meets against the Bruins. The meet will be streamed live on foxsportswest.com.