USC Closes Out An Impressive Weekend Of Action At Indoor Meets

    Sophomore Tynia Gaither sets an indoor 200m PR with a winning time of 23.31 at the Tyson Invitational.

    Feb. 15, 2014

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    Aaron Brown won the 60m race and Aleec Harris was victorious the 60m hurdles race with school records at the Don Kirby Indoor Meet in Albuquerque, N.M. today and Tynia Gaither won the women's 200m race leading five Trojans with PRs in the event and the women's 4x400m relay team set a school record to highlight USC's efforts at the at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. today (Feb. 15).

    Brown won the Section A 60m dash with a personal-best time of 6.55 which bettered his school record, ties for the top collegiate time this season and ties for fourth on the U.S. indoor list this season. The senior Brown advanced to the finals with a time of 6.63 in the prelims. He set the world-leading 200m time with a 20.53 race yesterday.

    Junior Bryan Mercado was fourth in the Section B 60m finals with a PR of 6.81, after running 6.87 in the prelims. Redshirt sophomore Jovonte Slater took second in the Section C finals with a PR of 6.86, after advancing to the finals with a time of 6.89 in the prelims.

    First the senior Harris advanced to the Section A 60m HH finals with a PR and school-record time of 7.66, then he bettered both in winning the event with a new best of 7.60. He had strong competition in his race including 2013 Pac-12 outdoor runner-up Jonathan Cabral of Oregon. Junior Allen Williams also had a personal best in placing fifth in the Section B finals with a time of 8.00, while senior Viktor Fajoyomi also set a PR in taking third in the Section C finals with a time of 8.25. The winner of the Section C finals had a time of 8.245, second was 8.249 and Fajoyomi, in third, had a time of 8.250.

    At the Tyson Indoor Invitational, the sophomore Gaither won the women's 200m dash with a PR of 23.31, as USC posted four of the nine best times. Senior Jessica Davis won her heat and was second overall with a PR of 23.34, junior Akawkaw Ndipagbor won her heat and was fifth overall with a PR of 23.51 and senior Loudia Laarman was second in her heat and ninth overall with a PR of 23.77. Redshirt junior Charity Bruce also PR'd with a time of 26.02 and finished 74th. Gaither moved into fifth and Davis into sixth on the 2014 college indoor best marks list this season.

    Also, junior Melia Cox placed sixth and senior Oluwakemi Olonade ninth in the women's triple jump championship. Cox had a best jump of 40-11.00 (12.47m) and Olonade a top leap of 40-6.00 (12.34m).

    The women's 4x400m relay team of Ndipagbor, junior Vanessa Jones, senior Ashley Liverpool and sophomore Jaide Stepter closed out the meet in style for the Trojans by winning its heat and placing fourth overall with a school-record time of 3:34.51. The splits were 53.92 for Ndipagbor, 52.98 for Jones, 53.35 for Liverpool and 54.06 for Stepter. USC edged out perennial power LSU in the fifth heat.

    The USC women's team showing in the two days is more impressive when you take into account that they were stranded at the airport on their travels to Arkansas and didn't arrive until after midnight the day before the meet.