USC-UCLA Dual Meet Sunday!
April 29, 2014
USC's No. 12 men's and No. 8 women's track and field teams will travel across town to face rival UCLA in the annual Dual Meet on Sunday, May 4. The meet begins at 9 a.m. with the women's hammer throw and runs until 3 p.m.
DUAL MEET HISTORY - The USC men's team leads UCLA 42-38 all-time in the Dual Meet, while the Trojan women trail 22-8. UCLA swept last year's meet, after the Trojans had two sweeps and four splits in the previous six seasons. USC's loss on the women's side snapped a five-year winning streak. A USC man has won the 100m dash the last 11 seasons and the 200m race 10 of the last 11 seasons. A Trojan woman has won the 100m dash 11 of the last 12 seasons and the last five 200m races at the Dual Meet. USC's women's 4x100m relay has been victorious at the last nine Dual Meets.
BROWN CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE START - Senior Aaron Brown earned All-America honors last season in the 100m and 200m and looks like he is on his way to accomplishing the feat again this season. He opened individually outdoors at the Florida Relays on April 4 set a PR in the 200m with a time of 20.19 (-0.6). That time moved him from eighth to third on USC's all-time 200m dash list and at the time was the second-leading time in the world to Florida's Dedric Dukes who won the race. Brown also posted a time of 10.24 (-0.1) in the 100m dash. He then won the 200m at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 20.26 (+1.6) and placed third in the 100m dash with a time of 10.16 (+0.0). He currently ranks fourth in the 200m and tied for eighth in the 100m among college runners. He also has run the second leg on USC's 4x100m relay team with ranks 10th with a time of 39.60.
WOMEN'S SPRINTERS BECOMING A FORCE - USC has five women's marks in the top 25 in the country in the 100m and 200m dashes, led by Jessica Davis who is T-13th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m. Tynia Gaither is T-22nd in the 100m and T-2nd in the 200m and Alexis Faulknor is T-18th in the 100m. USC has four women who have run under 11.50 in the 100m (Davis - 11.30, Faulknor - 11.38, Gaither - 11.41 and Loudia Laarman - 11.47) and six under 23.60 in the 200m (Gaither - 22.80, Davis - 22.86, Akawkaw Ndipagbor - 23.40, Vanessa Jones - 23.43, Faulknor - 23.57 and Laarman - 23.58). USC has 10 times under 11.50/23.60 this season already, compared to four all of last season.
COLLATZ NAMED PAC-12 FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - All-American junior discus thrower Alexandra Collatz was named Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for April 21-27. Last week Collatz threw the discus at the Triton Invitational and placed seventh (top college thrower) with a mark of 187-4 (57.09), just off her PR. She currently ranks fifth in the discus throw among collegiate women. She began the 2014 season by winning both the hammer throw and discus throw competitions at the Rossi Relays on Feb. 22. She then won the discus throw at the CS Los Angeles Invitational on March 7 with a PR of 187-6 (57.15m) to better her second-place standing on USC's all-time list and close the gap on Kate Hutchinson's school record (189-5). She also placed second in the hammer throw with a PR of 181-5 (55.29). Collatz then bettered her hammer throw PR with a mark of 183-3 (55.85m) in finishing fourth at the Ben Brown Invitational on March 14. Another week, another PR for Collatz in the hammer as she tossed the "ol' ball and chain" 185-8 (56.60m) to place fifth at the Trojan Invitational on March 21.
CONATSER NOT SETTLING FOR SECOND - USC senior hammer thrower Remington Conatser placed second at the 2013 NCAA Championships with a then-PR of 224-1 (68.30m) which was the eighth-farthest throw all-time by a Trojan, but seems to have elevated his game. In his first meet this season, he threw 217-10 to win at the Rossi Relays. His next meet was even more impressive as he PR'd by more than six feet to win at the CS Los Angeles Invitational with a throw of 230-4 (70.21m) to take the collegiate lead and move into fourth-place on USC's all-time list. Apparently he was just warming up as he won the Trojan Invitational hammer throw competition on March 21 with a PR of 238-8 (72.76m) to move into third place on USC's all-time list and seventh on the Pac-12 all-time list. That mark is the current NCAA leader. Conatser did not even learn to throw the hammer until the 2011 season and played water polo and volleyball in high school at Capistrano Valley.
GAITHER AND FAULKNOR MAKING AN IMPACT - Sophomore transfers Tynia Gaither (Georgia) and Alexis Faulknor (UCF) are key additions to the USC women's team. Gaither earned indoor All-America honors this season by taking sixth in the 200m dash at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 23.41. She set her indoor PR with a time of 23.25 in the semifinals. Gaither has outdoor PRs of 11.41 in the 100m and 22.99 in the 200m dash, which she ran at the Florida Relays on April 4 to move into eighth place on USC's all-time list. She then ran a wind-aided 22.80 at Mt. SAC on April 19 which is tied for second in the country. Gaither was a second-team All-American in the 200m dash last season, finishing 12th at the NCAAs. Faulknor has a 100m legal PR of 11.42 and 200m PR of 23.55, as well as a long jump personal best of 21-4.75 (6.52m). She was 14th in the long jump to earn second-team All-America honor last season and was first team as part of UCF's 4x100m relay which placed second and ran the eighth-fastest collegiate time ever of 43.15 in the semifinals. In her freshman season at UCF, she won the Conference-USA's long jump title and was first as part of the 4x100m relay, as well as taking fourth in the 100m and third in the 200m dashes. This past summer she won the long jump title at the Pan American Junior Championships and also won gold as part of USA's 4x100m relay team. Faulknor ran a wind-aided 10.38 in the 100m dash at the Florida relays which ranks tied for 18th in the country and is tied for the 34th-best long jump this season of 20-3.75/6.19m.
USC RANKING AMONG THE BEST -- There are currently 21 NCAA top 25 marks posted by Trojan athletes early this season: Men: Aaron Brown (100m - T-8th, 200m - 4th), Remington Conatser (Hammer - 1st), Viktor Fajoyomi (Decathlon - 12th, HJ - T-23rd), Aleec Harris (110m HH - 1st), BeeJay Lee (100m - T-25th), Davonte Stewart (200m - 21st) and the 4x100m relay (10th). Women: Lauren Blackburn (100m HH - 8th), Lauren Chambers (Hammer - 13th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus - 5th), Jessica Davis (100m - T-13th, 200m - 6th), Alexis Faulknor (100m - T-18th), Tynia Gaither (100m - T-22nd, 200m - T-2nd), Vanessa Jones (400- T-16th), Jaide Stepter (400m IH - 19th), the 4x100m relay (6th) and the 4x400m relay (3rd).
NEXT WEEK - USC's track and field team will train for the Pac-12 Championships being held in Pullman, Wash. on May 17-18. USC is expected to have three athletes competing at the Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships in Pullman on May 10-11 - Amalie Iuel in the heptathlon and Viktor Fajoyomi and Jemal Williams in the decathlon.