USC To Host Pac-12 Track & Field Championships This Weekend
May 8, 2013
The Trojans are hosting the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Cromwell Field/Katherine B. Loker Stadium on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 with action beginning a 11 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Both the women's hammer throw competiton which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the men's hammer throw competition which begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday will take place at Cal State Los Angeles. The USC men's team is ranked No. 8 and the women's team No. 21 nationally and three Pac-12 men's teams are ranked in the top 15 and seven conference women's teams are ranked in the top 25.
HOSTING THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - USC is hosting the 2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, the first time hosting the conference meet since 2003. Fans can purchase tickets by going to gettrojantix.com/track. The Pac-12 Championships schedule is listed on the USC track schedule page at USCTrojans.com on the date of the event. USC has hosted five times since 1960, winning three of those meets and taking fourth and fifth once.
USC AT THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC men's team has won 10 Pac-12 team titles and finished seventh last season with 74 points. USC's women's team has captured one team title (1996) and last season placed fourth with 91 points. The last USC men's team title came in 2006, but the Trojans have scored 99 or more points in 13 of the last 16 seasons. The women's team has finished no lower than fourth since winning the title in 1996 and in 22 of 26 seasons of the women's competition. The Women of Troy have scored 99 or more points in 14 of the last 17 meets.
MULTI-EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTESTED LAST WEEKEND - ASU's Keia Pinnick won the heptathlon and Oregon's Dakotah Keys the decathlon at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by USC on May 4-5. Following the two days of action, the current team point scoring on the women's side is: Colorado (12), UCLA (11), ASU (10), Cal (5) and Arizona (1). The scoring for the men's competition currently stands at: UCLA (11), Oregon (10), Washington (8), USC (4), WSU (3), Arizona (1) and Colorado (1).
NELLUM ADDED TO THE BOWERMAN WATCH LIST - USC redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum has recently been added to the Bowerman watch list for consideration as the top collegiate male track and field athlete. The Bowerman is awarded each year to the top male collegiate athlete and to the top female collegiate athlete in the sport of NCAA track & field as voted on by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Nellum has recently added the 200m race to his repetroire and currently has the second-fastest time in the country of 20.37 set on April 27 vs. UCLA. He already has the sixth-fastest 400m time of 45.54 and is a key leg on USC's 4x400m relay team. Nellum was also named the Pac-12 Male Track Athlete of the Week for April 22-28, as he won the 200m, 400m and ran on the winning 4x400m relay at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 27.
BROWN WON'T SLOW DOWN - Junior Aaron Brown, in his first official races of the season, won the 100m dash at the Florida Relays on April 5 with a wind-aided time of 10.15 (+2.1) and placing second in the 200m dash with a time of 20.64. His 100m time is the seventh-fastest by a collegian in 2013, and would have been a PR (10.18) if not for the slight wind overage. For his efforts he was named Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week for April 1-7. Brown had the then-fastest collegiate time in the 200m Invite/Elite race at Mt. SAC on April 20 with a season-best time of 20.58 which now the 10th-fastest in the country, seventh-fastest wind-legal time. Brown had a strong sophomore season at USC which culminated with him earning a spot on the Canadian Olympic team and taking ninth place in the men's 200m dash at the London Olympics. It was in the Olympic semifinals on Aug. 8, 2012 that he established his 200m PR of 20.42 which moved him into eighth place on USC's all-time list (now 9th). Last season Brown set his wind-legal 100m PR of 10.18 in winning the Pac-12 title to move into seventh place on USC's all-time list. He also took second in the 200m dash at the conference meet with a time of 20.55. Brown also posted an amazing 100m winning wind-aided time of 10.09 at the Texas Relays.
USC RANKING AMONG THE BEST -- There are currently 15 top 25 marks posted by Trojan athletes this season: Men: Aaron Brown (100m - 7th, 200m - 10th), BeeJay Lee (100m- 16th), Bryshon Nellum (200m - 2nd, 400m - 6th), Myles Andrews (800m - 21st), Aleec Harris (110m HH - 7th), Reggie Wyatt (400m IH - 2nd) and Remington Conatser (Hammer Throw - 7th). Women: Alitta Boyd (Triple Jump - 8th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus Throw - 14th), Melia Cox (Triple Jump - 10th), Jenny Ozorai (Hammer Throw - 6th), 4x100m (9th) and 4x400m (21st).
NEXT MEET - USC will be competing at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds hosted by Texas in Austin, Texas from May 23-25.