Track & Field
    USC Hosts UCLA Sunday In Annual Dual Meet

    Tynia Gaither won the 100m, 200m and ran on the winning 4x100m relay as the USC women's team won at UCLA last season.
    April 28, 2015

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    The No. 1 ranked USC women's team and the No. 4 ranked USC men's team will host the UCLA Bruins in the annual Dual Meet at Loker Stadium on May 3 from 2-6 p.m. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network from 4-6 p.m. on May 3. The hammer throw competition will be held at CSULA on May 2 at 2 p.m. Since USC hosts the Dual Meet every other year, the 50th anniversary teams honored will be from 1964 and 1965 and the 25th anniversary teams to be honored will be from the 1989 and 1990 seasons. USC's 20 seniors will also be saluted during the day's festivities.

    DUAL MEET HISTORY - The USC men's team leads UCLA 42-39 all-time in the Dual Meet, while the Trojan women trail 22-9. The teams split last year with the USC women winning and the UCLA men winning. The USC women's team has won six of the last seven Dual Meets, while the Bruin men have won four consecutive years. A USC male has won the 100m dash the last 12 seasons and the 200m race 11 of the last 12 seasons. A Trojan woman has won the 100m dash 12 of the last 13 seasons and the last six 200m races at the Dual Meet. USC's women's 4x100m relay has been victorious at the last 10 Dual Meets.

    DE GRASSE DAZZLES AT MT. SAC RELAYS - Junior sprinter Andre De Grasse from Markham, Ontario, Canada put on a show at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18, winning the Invitational 100m, 200m and being part of the winning 4x100m relay. In the 100m he defeated a field of professionals with a wind-aided PR of 9.87 (+4.0w), tying for this season's world-leading any conditions time. He then won the 200m with a PR of 20.16 (+0.3) which tied Aaron Brown's Canadian record and third-place standing on USC's all-time list. De Grasse, BeeJay Lee, Just'N Thymes and Bryan Mercado won the 4x100m relay with a time of 38.98 and became the first college team to win the Mt. SAC Invitational 4x100m since 2002 and only the second in the last 29 years. De Grasse came to USC from Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. as a five-time NJCAA Champion and with big shoes to fill with the graduation of All-American sprinter Aaron Brown, also from Canada, 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 PRs at the time. 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.

    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 and tied for sixth and seventh in the world 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.

    USC RANKING AMONG THE BEST - There are currently 34 NCAA top 30 marks posted by Trojan athletes this outdoor season: Men (11): Randall Cunningham (HJ - T-4th), Andre De Grasse (100m - 1st, 200m - 1st), Adoree' Jackson (LJ - T-19th), BeeJay Lee (100m - 3rd, 200m - 2nd), Conor McCullough (HT - 2nd), Nick Ponzio (Shot - 17th), Just'N Thymes (200m - T-5th) and the 4x100m relay (3rd, 17th). Women (23): Gabriella Cantrell (200m - 24th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus - 4th), Destinee Brown (100m - T-17th), Melia Cox (100m HH - T-19th), Kendall Ellis (400m - 20th), Alexis Faulknor (100m - T-5th, LJ - 27th), Tynia Gaither (100m - 10th, 200m - 7th), Dior Hall (100m HH - 5th), Deanna Hill (100m -T-19th, 200m - 3rd), Amalie Iuel (400m IH - 3rd), Vanessa Jones (400m - 22nd), Tera Novy (Discus - 2nd), Jenny Ozorai (Hammer - 24th), Jaide Stepter (400m IH - 2nd), Ky Westbrook (100m - 4th, 200m - 16th), the 4x100m relay (5th, T-10th) and the 4x400m relay (10th, 17th).

    TOP 10 TROJANS - USC currently has nine teams ranked in the top 10 in the country: W-Track (1), Sand Volleyball (1), W-Golf (1), W-Tennis (2), W-Water Polo (3), M-Track (4), M-Tennis (8), M-Volleyball (8), W-Rowing (10).

    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 in his opener at the Trojan Invitational on March 21. Spring football ended on April 11, so Jackson will be able to focus on track the rest of the semester. In his second competition on April 17 at the Mt. SAC Relays, Jackson jumped 25-0.00/7.62m (-2.8) to place eighth. That jump currently ranks 19th among college jumpers.

    SCHOOL FRESHMAN RECORD HOLDERS - Kendall Ellis set the USC women's 400m freshman record with a time of 53.01 on April 11, then bettered it with a time of 52.96 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18, the same day Dior Hall set the USC freshman 100m HH record with a time of 12.89. They join senior teammate Alexandra Collatz who set the freshman discus throw record in 2012 (177-11) as current Trojans who hold USC outdoor freshman records. During the 2015 indoor season three USC freshman records were set: Hall in the 60m HH (8.01), Ricky Morgan in the 400m (47.14) and Robert Ford in the 800m (1:49.21).

    NOVY SETS SCHOOL DISCUS THROW RECORD - USC junior discus thrower Tera Novy cracked into USC's all-time top 10 early in her freshman season and has steadily moved up the charts, finally claiming the top spot with a winning throw of 193-10 (59.12m) at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet on April 16. That mark currently ranks second among college throwers and fifth among U.S. women. She had a then-PR of 186-0 (56.69m) to win at the Trojan Invitational on March 20 to better her then third-place standing on USC's all-time top 10 list. The next day she placed second in the shot put with a PR of 50-0.50 (15.25m) which moved her into seventh on USC's all-time shot put list. Novy entered the season with a college best in the discus throw of 179-2 (54.60m) which she had in placing fourth at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. Novy has also won the discus throw competition at the California Collegiate on April 4 (182-10) and at the Jim Click Shootout (184-10). Novy competed indoors this season in the shot put and had an indoor PR of 49-11.00 (15.21m) to place seventh at the MPSF Championships on March 28.

    NEXT WEEK - The Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships will be held May 9-10 at UCLA. USC is expected to have Amalie Iuel entered in the heptathlon and Jemal Williams competing in the decathlon. Iuel won the Pac-12 title heptathlon last season as a freshman and Williams was sixth in the decathlon. This will be Iuel's first heptathlon since winning the conference title and her third ever.