USC Track & Field Heads To Oregon For NCAA Championships
June 1, 2013
THIS WEEK - The No. 7 USC men's and No. 19 USC women's track and field teams will be competing in the 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. from June 5-8. The Trojans have 16 athletes making the trip (5 men, 11 women) to Oregon on Sunday, June 2 with two days to practice on the track and prepare for the meet.
WHERE TO WATCH THE MEET - The 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships will be either televised or streamed live all four days of the meet. On June 6 beginning at 3:50 p.m. PT, ESPN3 will broadcast live. ESPNU will carry the meet on June 7 beginning at 4:30 PT and on June 8 starting at 2 p.m. PT. until the conclusing of the day's activities. The Pac-12 will stream all the action live on June 5 and will stream all of the meet not on ESPN the other three days at: Click Here
USC AT THE NCAA T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC men's track and field team has won 26 NCAA outdoor titles, more than double the next-best program Arkansas, which has won 10. USC won a record 9-straight titles from 1935-43 and captured its last in 1976. USC also has the most individual men's titles with 111. The Trojan women's team won its only team title in 2001. USC's men's team tied for 11th place in 2012, but has finished in the top 10 in 13 of the 18 seasons with Ron Allice leading the Trojans. The women's team tied for 24th last season, but has finished in the top 10 in 11 of the last 18 seasons. USC has also had at least one individual win an NCAA title in 17 of the last 21 seasons.
Most NCAA T&F Team Titles 1.) USC 26 2.) Arkansas 10 3.) UCLA 8 4.) UTEP 6
QUALIFIED TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - USC will have 16 athletes (5 men, 11 women) who are declared individually or as part of a relay team at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.: Men - Aaron Brown (100m & 200m), Bryshon Nellum (200m & 400m), Aleec Harris (110m HH), Reggie Wyatt (400m IH) and Remington Conatser (Hammer Throw). Women - Akawkaw Ndipagbor (200m, 4x400m), Lauren Blackburn (100m HH), Melia Cox (100m HH, Triple Jump & 4x100m), Alitta Boyd (Triple Jump & Long Jump), Alexandra Collatz (Discus Throw), Jenny Ozorai (Hammer Throw), Loudia Laarman (4x100m), Vanessa Jones (4x100m & 4x400m), Ashley Liverpool (4x400m), Jenna Puterbaugh (4x100m & 4x400m) and Jessica Davis (4x100m-alt. & 4x400m-alt.)
IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE... - USC's men's team has just five athletes qualified in seven events for the NCAA Championships, but all five entered the preliminary rounds ranked in the top nine in the country. It is not out of the realm of possibilities to win with such a small squad. USC placed third in 1992 with a six-man team and won the NCAA title in 1943 with a four-man squad. In 1943, USC wasn't going to send a team, its ranks having been thinned by World War II. At the last minute, however, coach Dean Cromwell, who didn't even make the trip, sent a token group of four men to Chicago for the Championships. The four men - sprinter jack Trout (2nd-100y, 2nd-220y) and Cliff Bourland (3rd-220y, 1st-440y), long jumper Edsel Curry (2nd-LJ) and javelin thrower Doug Miller (3rd-Javelin) - scored 46 points to earn USC the team title.
YOUTHFUL TROJANS - Only three of the 16 USC athletes going to Oregon for the NCAA Championships are seniors. Also, out of the 29 current team members which have posted top 10 marks all-time by a Trojan, only five of those athletes are graduating.
NELLUM ON FINAL BOWERMAN LIST - USC redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum is one of the 10 finalists for the Bowerman Award given to the top collegiate male track and field athlete as voted on by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Nellum only helped his cause at the Pac-12 Championships where he was named Male Track Athlete of the Meet. Nellum took home the 200m and 400m titles at the Pac-12 T&F Championships with PRs and Loker Stadium records and his 400m time ranks third in the world this year. Nellum won the 200m with a time of 20.23 to move into third place on USC's all-time list, seventh on the Pac-12 all-time list and second in the country this season. He also won the 400m with a time of 44.76 to break the 33-year-old stadium record and set the collegiate-leading standard. Nellum was only the second Pac-12 male athlete to win both the 200m and 400m races in the same season at the conference meet. Nellum was 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.