USC Heads To Pac-12 T&F Championships In Pullman, Wash.
May 13, 2014
USC's No. 11-ranked women's and No. 15-ranked men's track and field teams will compete at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships hosted by Washington State at the Mooberry Track & Field Complex in Pullman, Washington from May 17-18. The two-day championship actually began last weekend with the multi-events and after one event, the USC women are in first place with 10 points and the USC men are in second place with 11 points.
IUEL WINS HEPTATHLON, FAJOYOMI 2ND IN DECATHLON - Freshman Amalie Iuel won the Pac-12 heptathlon title on the final event when she was victorious in the 800m race with a PR of 2:12.43 to gain 929 points and erase an 86-point deficit heading into the last event. Iuel scored 5,378 points in the win, the first by a Trojan in the event since Nicole Haynes in 1996 and she became the first freshman to win since 2004. She also moved into seventh place on USC's all-time heptathlon list in just her second attempt at the event. Iuel earned USC 10 points in the women's team competition. Senior Viktor Fajoyomi was second and junior Jemal Williams was sixth in the decathlon to earn USC 11 points in the men's team competition. Fajoyomi scored 7,489 points to better his fourth-place standing on USC's all-time decathlon list and Williams also PR'd with a total of 7,034 points.
USC AT THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC men's team has won 10 Pac-12 team titles and finished second last season with 102 points. USC's women's team has captured one team title (1996) and last season placed sixth with 81 points. The last USC men's team title came in 2006, but the Trojans have scored 99 or more points in 14 of the last 17 seasons. The sixth-place finish by the women's team last season was the first time lower than fourth place since capturing the team title in 1996. In fact, the USC women's team has finished fourth or higher in 22 of the 27 seasons of the women's competition. The Women of Troy have scored 99 or more points in 14 of the last 18 meets.
TROJAN TIDBITS AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS - Since the 1960 season, USC's men's team has won 228 event titles, 40 more than the second-place team (UCLA-188). The most events won in a single competition was 11 by USC in 1961. USC's men have won the most titles in 10 of the 21 events. A USC man has won the 100m and 200m dashes 16 times, including seven of the last nine 100m titles and seven of the last 11 200m titles. USC's women's team has won the second-most individual events (88) and has the most wins in five of the 21 events. A USC woman has won the 100m and 200m dashes 11 times. Since the 2000 conference meet, USC has won the women's 4x100m nine times.
RETURNING PAC-12 CHAMPIONS - USC men won five events (100m, 200m, 400m, 400m IH, hammer throw) and the Trojan women won two events (triple jump, 4x400m) at the 2013 Pac-12 T&F Championships. The defending Pac-12 champions on USC's 2014 team are BeeJay Lee (men's 100m), Remington Conatser (men's hammer throw) and the women's 4x400m relay.
SIX TROJANS EARN PAC-12 WEEKLY HONORS IN 2014 - 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).
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-10th, 200m - 6th), Remington Conatser (Hammer - 2nd), Viktor Fajoyomi (Decathlon - 11th, HJ - T-26th), Aleec Harris (110m HH - 2nd), BeeJay Lee (100m - T-25th), Davonte Stewart (200m - 29th) and the 4x100m relay (10th). Women: Lauren Blackburn (100m HH - 9th), Lauren Chambers (Hammer - 16th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus - 6th), Jessica Davis (100m - T-16th, 200m - 8th), Alexis Faulknor (100m - T-25th), Tynia Gaither (200m - T-3rd), Amalie Iuel (Heptathlon - 26th), Vanessa Jones (400 - 17th), Jaide Stepter (400m IH - T-26th), the 4x100m relay (6th) and the 4x400m relay (3rd).
NEXT WEEK - USC's track and field team will train in preparation for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds to be held in Fayetteville, Ark. from May 29-31.