Track & Field
    USC Has A Big Day On The Track At The U.S. Olympic Trials

    Bryshon Nellum

    June 22, 2012


    The Cardinal and Gold was sprinting all around the track today (June 22) at the U.S. Track & FIeld Olympic Trials being held in Eugene, Ore. at historic Hayward Field before 20,936 fans. USC had eight athletes in action in today's preliminary rounds and all eight advanced to the semifinals, led by three Trojans to the men's 400m dash semifinals and three to the women's 100m HH semifinals.

    In the men's 400m race all three Trojans redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum, sophomore Josh Mance and senior Joey Hughes advanced to tomorrow's semifinals by placing in the top three spots of their heats. Nellum was in the first heat and he placed second with a time of 45.58 to U.S. favorite LaShawn Merritt's 45.36 time to automatically advance. Mance and Hughes ran in the fourth and final heat and they finished 1-2 to advance, Mance winning with a time of 45.38 and Hughes taking second with a time of 45.64. In fact, Mance had the second-fastest qualifying time, Nellum the fourth-fastest and Hughes the sixth-fastest. The 400m seminfinals will be run tomorrow at 5 p.m. with the top four finishers in each heat advancing to the finals on June 24. Nellum will run in the first heat and Mance and Hughes are in the second heat.

    USC also claims three athletes in tomorrow's semifinals and finals of the women's 100m HH as the top three in each heat plus the next six best times advanced. The three Trojans among the 21 semifinalist were Virginia (Powell) Crawford (2003-06), Nia Ali (2008-11) and Candice (Davis) Price (2004-07). Crawford placed second in the fifth heat with a time of 12.89 to place sixth among the qualifiers, while Ali won the third heat with a time of 12.94 followed by Price with a time of 12.98. Ali had the eighth-fastest qualifying time and Price the 12th-fastest.



    Duane Solomon (2005-08) advanced to the men's 800m semifinals tomorrow by taking third in his heat with a time of 1:47.91. His time was 13th overall.

    Allyson Felix won her 100m heat with a time of 11.19 to automatically advance to tomorrow's semifinals. Her time was the fourth-fastest of the qualifiers. The top four from each of the semifinal heats will run in the finals tomorrow, also.

    Brysun Stately (2006, 2009-10) the USC record-holder in the women's pole vault was scheduled to compete today but the event was cancelled today due to the rainy, windy conditions and will be rescheduled.

    Trojans in action tomorrow will be Nia Ali (100m HH semifinals/finals), Alitta Boyd (triple jump prelims), Noah Bryant (shot put prelims), Virginia (Powell) Crawford (100m semifinals/finals), Allyson Felix (100m semifinals/finals), Joey Hughes (400m semifinals), Josh Mance (400m semifinals), Bryshon Nellum (400m semifinals), Candice (Davis) Price (100m HH semifinals/finals), Ahmad Rashad (100m prelims), Duane Solomon (800m semifinals), Corey White (javelin prelims), Jesse Williams (high jump prelims).

    In addition to those Trojans, expected to compete later at the Olympic Trials will be Brendan Ames (110m HH), Dalilah Muhammad (400m IH), Aareon Payne (200m), Logan Taylor (110m HH), Ryan Wilson (110m HH) and Reggie Wyatt (400m IH).