All-American Faulknor Transfers To USC
Aug 27, 2013
Two-time gold medal winner at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships and All-America sprinter Alexis Faulknor has transferred to USC from UCF, announced Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert today (Aug. 27). Faulknor will begin her sophomore season at USC and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning this season.
Faulknor won the long jump with a leap of 20-5.75 (6.24m) on Aug. 24 and then came back to capture another gold running the third leg for USA's winning 4x100m relay team (43.97) on Aug. 25 at the Pan American Junior Championships held in Medellin, Colombia.
During her freshman campaign at UCF, Faulknor earned first team All-America honors in the 4x100m relay as the Knights took second at the 2013 NCAA Championships with a time of 43.36. She also finished 14th in the 100m dash with a time of 11.37w to earn second team All-America honors. UCF's 4x100m relay team set a school record with a time of 43.15 in the semifinals at the NCAA Championships which is the eighth-fastest clocking all-time by a collegiate women's quartet.
The Los Angeles native Faulknor earned Conference-USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships Freshman of the Meet, was the C-USA outdoor long jump and 4x100m relay champion, took third in the 200m final and fourth in the 100m dash. During her freshman season she established PRs of 7.43 in the 60m dash, 11.42 (legal) in the 100m, 23.55 in the 200m and 21-4.75 (6.52m) in the long jump. Her long jump mark would rank fourth on USC's all-time long jump list.
Faulknor graduated from Serra High in 2012 and that season helped lead her team to its first state championship in school history, capturing the long jump and 4x100m titles and taking a silver medal in the 100m and 200m dashes. She set the Serra record in the 100m, 200m and long jump and was named the Daily Breeze 2012 Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Faulknor's father Chris ran for Jamaica in the 1988 Olympics on the 4x100m relay team and her mother Ann (formerly Foster) won the NCAA Division II triple jump title four consecutive seasons while at Abilene Christian.