USC Begins Action At U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
June 21, 2012
EUGENE, ORE. - USC is well represented at the U.S. Track & FIeld Olympic Trials being held in Eugene, Ore. at historic Hayward Field as 21 current and former Trojan students will be competing from June 21-July 1 for a chance to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Redshirt senior Marissa Minderler was the first to compete as she placed 19th in the women's hammer throw competition which featured the top 24 U.S. throwers today (June 21). The hammer throw competition was staged in Portland, Ore. and Minderler landed a throw of 199-7 (60.83m) in her first attempt, but unfortunately fouled in her next two attempts to finish the competition in 19th place. Minderler was in the first flight and 15 of the 36 throws by the 12 athletes were fouls. This season Minderler earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, won her second consecutive Pac-12 hammer throw title and registered the third-farthest throw in school history of 220-11 (67.35m). Three athletes in today's competition broke the previous meet record and two others were within seven inches of the old mark.
Tommorrow will be a big day of action for Trojans as nine athletes are expected to be competing: Nia Ali (100m HH), Virginia (Powell) Crawford (100m HH), Allyson Felix (100m), Joey Hughes (400m), Josh Mance (400m), Bryshon Nellum (400m), Candice (Davis) Price (100m HH), Duane Solomon (800m) and Brysun Stately (pole vault).
In addition to those Trojans, expected to compete at the Olympic Trials will be Brendan Ames (110m HH), Alitta Boyd (triple jump), Noah Bryant (shot put), Dalilah Muhammad (400m IH), Aareon Payne (200m), Ahmad Rashad (100m), Logan Taylor (110m HH), Corey White (javelin throw), Jesse Williams (high jump), Ryan Wilson (110m HH) and Reggie Wyatt (400m IH).