Three Trojans Head To Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships In Pullman, Wash.
May 8, 2014
The 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships hosted by Washington State begin this week with the Multi-Events Championships this weekend (May 10-11) at the Mooberry Track & Field Complex in Pullman, Washington. USC has entered decathletes Viktor Fajoyomi and Jemal Williams and heptathlete Amalie Iuel in this week's competition. The rest of USC's No. 14-ranked men's and No. 10-ranked women's track and field teams will compete at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships on May 17-18 in Pullman.
TROJANS IN THE MULTI-EVENTS - Senior Viktor Fajoyomi placed fifth in the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships last season with a two-day PR of 7,299 points. He became the first Trojan men's athlete to score in the event since 2003 (Shelton Davis, 3rd). Junior Jemal Williams placed 10th with a PR of 6,646 points. Fajoyomi bettered his PR with a total of 7,439 points at the 2014 Aztec Invitational on March 27-28 to move into fourth place on USC's all-time list, while Williams had a PR of 6,769. The freshman Amalie Iuel also competed at the Aztec Invitational, the first heptathlon of her career, and scored 4,877 points, 11th all-time by a Trojan woman.
BROWN NAMED PAC-12 MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Senior Aaron Brown was named Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week (April 28-May 4) for wins in the 100m (10.18), 200m (20.46) and 4x100m (39.76) at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 4. He was the sixth Trojan to win Pac-12 T&F weekly honors this season, joining Remington Conatser and Jessica Davis (March 17-23), Viktor Fajoyomi (March 24-30), Aleec Harris (April 14-20) and Alexandra Collatz (April 21-27).
THE MULTI-TALENTED FAJOYOMI - Senior Viktor Fajoyomi opened his second season as a decathlete by winning at the Aztec Invitational on March 27-28 with a PR of 7,439 points to move into fourth place on USC's all-time list. For his efforts, he was named the Pac-12 Male Field Athlete of the Week for the period of March 24-30. His point total was 440 more points than the second-place finisher. He had an outstanding first season as a decathlete in 2013, taking fifth at the Pac-12 Championships in the event with 7,299 points. That point total moved him into fifth on USC's all-time decathlon list and he became the first Trojan to break into the top 10 since the 2003 season. Fajoyomi also placed fourth in the long jump at the Pac-12s with a wind-aided jump of 24-4.25 (7.42m). During the 2013 season, Fajoyomi set PRs in almost every event: 100m HH (15.01), discus (115-4), pole vault (12-9.50), 1500m (4:29.80), 100m (11.33), long jump (24-3.50), shot put (41-5.25) and 400m (49.83). Already this season he has bettered his 100m (11.28), 110m HH (14.66), pole vault (13-9.75), discus throw (126-3), long jump (24-7.00/7.49m) and javelin throw (165-8). Fajoyomi also won the high jump title at the Florida Relays on April 5 with his collegiate PR of 7-1.00/2.16m which moves him into a ninth-place tie on USC's all-time list. He currently ranks 13th in the decathlon and tied for 26th in the high jump among college athletes (with among others his brother David who jumps for Fordham).
USC RANKING AMONG THE BEST -- There are currently 21 NCAA top 30 marks posted by Trojan athletes early this season: Men: Aaron Brown (100m - T-8th, 200m - 5th), Remington Conatser (Hammer - 1st), Viktor Fajoyomi (Decathlon - 13th, HJ - T-26th), Aleec Harris (110m HH - 2nd), BeeJay Lee (100m - T-23rd), Davonte Stewart (200m - 26th) and the 4x100m relay (10th). Women: Lauren Blackburn (100m HH - 8th), Lauren Chambers (Hammer - 14th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus - 5th), Jessica Davis (100m - T-16th, 200m - 8th), Alexis Faulknor (100m - T-23rd), Tynia Gaither (100m - T-28th, 200m - T-3rd), Vanessa Jones (400- 16th), Jaide Stepter (400m IH - T-24th), the 4x100m relay (6th) and the 4x400m relay (3rd).
NEXT WEEK - USC's track and field team will compete at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships hosted by Washington State in Pullman, Wash.