Three More Trojans Earn Pac-12 T&F Athlete Of The Week Honors|
April 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Andre De Grasse, Conor McCullough and Tera Novy all garnered Pac-12 Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for the week of April 13-19 after their big efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet, it was announced by the conference today (April 20). A USC track and field athlete has won 11 of the 20 Pac-12 athlete of the week awards given out this outdoor season, with De Grasse and McCullough winning twice and Novy a conference-leading three times.
De Grasse was named the Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week as he won the men's Invitational 100m, 200m and was part of the winning 4x100m relay at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18. He won an amazing men's Invitational 100m dash with a wind-aided personal-best time of 9.87 (+4.0w). De Grasse's 100m time is tied for the world lead this season for a race run under any condition.
De Grasse then came back to win the men's Invitational 200m race with a wind-legal PR of 20.16 (+0.3). That time tied Aaron Brown's Canadian record and third-place standing on the Trojans' all-time 200m dash list. He now has the top world-leading, wind-legal 200m time.
De Grasse began the day by running the second leg of USC's winning 4x100m relay which posted a time of 38.98. The HSI/Nike team of Tyson Gay, Gil Roberts, Remontay McClain and Yousef Masrahi placed second with a time of 39.14. USC became the first collegiate relay team to win the Mt. SAC Invitational 4x100m relay race since Mississippi State won in 2002 and became just the second college team in the last 29 years. USC last won the event at Mt. SAC when it was the 4x100-yard relay back in 1973.
McCullough was named the Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Week as he won the men's Invitational Hammer Throw competition at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18. McCullough won with a best throw of 241-9 (73.70m), the third-farthest throw in USC history, third-farthest by a U.S. male this year and currently 16th in the world. The redshirt senior had a very strong series, improving as he went and systematically moving up the USC all-time list. With his second throw of 237-6 (72.39m), McCullough moved from fifth to fourth on the USC list, then with his fifth throw of 239-11 (73.13m) he moved into third on the list and bettered it with his final throw of 241-9.
Novy was named the Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week after she won the women's discus throw competition at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet in Los Angeles on April 16 with a PR and new USC school record of 193-10 (59.12m). Novy beat Kate Hutchinson's mark of 189-5 (57.73m) set during the 2006 season. Novy surpassed her previous best of 186-0 set at the Trojan Invitational on March 21 by nearly eight feet. Novy had four throws in her series over 180 feet. That mark moved Novy into second on the NCAA descending order list and is the fifth-farthest by a U.S. women's thrower this outdoor season.
Novy also competed in the women's Invitational Discus Throw at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17 and placed fifth with a best mark of 189-1 (57.64m), tops among the college throwers.