USC Qualifies 2 For USA Junior Team, 2 For USA Senior Team At USA T&F Championships|
June 26, 2011
The USC track and field program was well represented at the USA Track and Field Championships and at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships held June 23-26 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. with current Trojans Jessica Davis and Josh Mance making the U.S. Junior team and former Trojans Jesse Williams and Allyson Felix earning spots on the U.S. Senior team. The IAAF World Championships will be held Aug. 27-Sept. 4 in Daegu, Korea while the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships will be held from July 22-24 in Miramar, Fla.
Davis, a freshman, made the U.S. Junior team in the 200m dash and as a pool runner for the 4x100m relay team as the top two in each event made the U.S. Junior team and the top six in the 100m and 400m dashes make the relay pool. Davis placed third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.40 and second in the 200m race with a time of 22.93. Davis set the USC freshman female 200m dash record earlier this season with a time of 22.84. Incoming freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor placed third in the event and just missed making the team with the best high school-aged time of 23.35, a PR for her.
The freshman Mance won the Junior 400m dash with a time of 45.85 to make the U.S. Junior team which will compete in France. Earlier in the year Mance set the USC freshman record with a time of 45.29 in the 400m dash.
The former Trojan Williams had one of the most impressive performances of the competition winning the men's high jump with a clearance at 7-9.25, the leading mark in the world this season. Felix continued to prove she is one of the top runners in U.S. history by winning the women's 400m title with a time of 50.40, making her the first athlete ever to have captured a U.S. title in the 100m, 200m and 400m races.
2011 NCAA Champion Nia Ali advanced to the women's 100m HH finals and placed fifth with a time of 12.86. She won her preliminary heat with a time of 12.73 and had a time of 12.76 to finish seventh in the semifinals. Ali was forced to change her block start in the finals which seemed to affect her rythym and she clipped the fifth hurdle. Former Trojan Virginia Powell also advanced to the finals in the event and placed fourth with a time of 12.76. Powell finished second to Ali in her preliminary heat with a time of 12.82 and then ran the second-fastest semi-final time of 12.47. Former USC hurdler Candice Davis posted a time of 13.45 in the 100m HH prelminary round.
Sophomore Reggie Wyatt advanced to the U.S. Senior finals in the 400m IH and finished seventh with a time of 51.39. Wyatt ran a 50.26 in the prelims and a 50.42 in the semifinals to advance. Another hurdler, senior Brendan Ames, placed 21st in the men's 110m HH with a time of 13.63 in the preliminary round. Former Trojan Ryan Wilson advanced to the semifinals of the 110m HH with a time of 13.52 (13.43 in the prelims) and former Trojan Logan Taylor had a time of 13.81 in the preliminaries.
Junior Joey Hughes advanced in the men's 400m competition to the semifinals, placing ninth with a time of 45.62, the first person missing the cut to the finals. Sadly, the final qualifier, Kerron Clement, did not start in the finals. Hughes also ran a 46.02 to advance out of the preliminary rounds.
Junior Cooper Thompson placed 23rd in the men's javelin with a best throw of 208-5 and did not advance to the finals. Former Trojan Corey White placed fifth in the javelin finals with a best throw of 248-0.
Redshirt junior Marissa Minderler competed in the women's hammer throw and placed 12th with a best throw of 204-2.
Other former Trojans competing at the U.S. Senior Championships were Noah Bryant in the men's shot put who placed sixth with a mark of 68-3, Allen Simms placed 14th in the men's triple jump (52-7.50), Duane Solomon 18th in the men's 800m race (1:48.80) and Lionel Larry was 26th in the men's 400m dash (47.29).
Other incoming USC freshmen competing at the Junior Championships were Jovante Slater who placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 24-5.75, Melia Cox who placed fourth in the women's hurdles with a time of 13.64 (13.58 in the semis) and Myles Andrews who placed fourth in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:51.35 (1:52.11 in the semis). Ndipagbor also advanced to the women's 400m finals with a time of 54.34, but did not start in the finals as both she and Cox were competing in the Nike Nationals which were going on simultaneously. Ndipagbor won and defended her 400m crown at the Nike Nationals with a winning time of 54.40, while Cox won the 100m HH and broke her meet record with a time of 13.71. Together they helped lead the Long Beach Poly women's team to a second place finish. Slater also won the men's long jump with a leap of 23-1.75 to help lead Vista Murrieta to a second place finish in the men's competition.