Track & Field
    Martinez Anchors Black's Victory At Challenge Relays

    Tony Martinez eases up before the finish line for the winning Black team at the 2011 USC Challenge Relays.

    Dec. 5, 2011

    The Black Team anchored by distance runner Tony Martinez cruised to the team title at the annual Challenge Relays held at Loker Stadium today (Dec. 5) to signify the end of the fall training session.

    In a USC track and field tradition, the squad is divided into four equal teams of runners (14 today) which compete in a relay format, with each athlete running 400m.

    There was a large crowd on hand to support the teams including USC athletic director Pat Haden who started the race and several former Trojans currently competing professionally, including Carol Rodriguez, Lionel Larry, Ahmad Rashad, Trey Henderson, Corey White and Duane Solomon.

    The Trojan male with the fastest time on the day was sophomore Josh Mance who was clocked with a time of 46.8 for the winning Black team. The top time for a female on the winning Black team was sophomore Jenna Puterbaugh with a time of 55.2.

    The fastest overall female time on the day belonged to freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor who ran an impressive fall leg of 53.8. The best time among male athletes not on the winning team went to Reggie Wyatt and Bryshon Nellum who were both logged in with a 47.5 time.



    The winning Black team (coached by Tina Fernandes and Kate Carlson) in order was: Blake Shaw, Adrian Rafiee, Malea Malik, Scott DeYoung, Aareon Payne, Puterbaugh, Karan Kanchan, Mance, Joseph Laetsch, Charity Bruce, Jennifer Jones, Tessa Granowski, Samantha Ojo and Martinez.