USC Posts Six School Top 10 Marks At Florida Relays|
April 3, 2015
USC posted six school all-time top 10 marks and Trojan athletes registered 15 personal bests during the first day of the 71st Annual Florida Relays held at James G. Pressly Stadium on the Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, Fla. today (April 3).
Freshman Dior Hall got things started for the Trojans running in the first heat of the women's 100m HH. Her heat included just one other collegiate hurdler and the other seven athletes were professionals. Hall placed third in the heat with a slightly wind-aided time of 13.00 (2.1w) or she would have cracked USC's all-time top 10 in the event. Still, in her first collegiate 100m HH race she placed third overall with her time of 13.00. Senior Melia Cox took fourth in the third heat and 20th overall with a time of 13.61 (-0.6), while sophomore Amalie Iuel was second in the eighth heat of the women's 100m HH and 39th overall with a slight PR of 13.98 (-0.3).
Senior Allen Williams took third in the eighth heat of the men's 110m HH and 52nd overall with a time of 14.74 (-0.6). 2014 USC graduate Aleec Harris won the men's race, beating a star-studded field in the first heat, with a time of 13.23. That time is currently the fastest run by a U.S. athlete this outdoor season.
USC's had six women running in the 100m dash and all finished in the top 16, with five setting personal bests. Junior Alexis Faulknor won the second heat and finished fourth overall with a PR of 11.32 (-0.3), just 0.1 second out of the Trojan top 10. Right behind Faulknor in the heat and fifth overall was redshirt junior Tynia Gaither with a PR of 11.36. Faulknor's time is the best by a collegian entering this weekend and Gaither's time is third best. Freshman Deanna Hill won the third heat in the women's 100m dash with a PR of 11.44 (-0.7) to place eighth overall. Taking second in the third heat and ninth overall was freshman Ky Westbrook with a time of 11.49. Freshman Gabriella Cantrell placed second in the fourth heat and 11th overall with a wind-legal PR of 11.53 (-1.2), while sophomore Destinee Brown won the sixth heat and placed 16th overall with a PR of 11.61 (-1.3).
As impressive as the women's 100m dash results were, the men's 100m race may have been even better. Senior BeeJay Lee won the third heat with a time of 10.09 (+0.3) to place second overall. His time was his fastest since running the fourth-fastest men's 100m dash in USC history of 10.07 in winning the 2013 Pac-12 title in the event. Right behind Lee in second place in the third heat and third overall was junior Andre De Grasse with a wind-legal PR of 10.11 (+0.3). De Grasse's time moved him into eighth place on USC's all-time top 10 list for the 100m dash. Lee and De Grasse now have the two fastest legal 100m dash times by collegians this season. Junior Just'N Thymes placed third in the fourth heat and 15th overall with a time of 10.43 (+0.1), while senior Bryan Mercado was second in the sixth heat and 29th overall with a time of 10.71 (+0.0) and redshirt junior Jovonte Slater was ninth in the sixth heat with a time of 10.97 (+0.0) to finish 65th overall.
In the women's 400m races, senior Vanessa Jones was sixth in the third heat and 12th overall with a strong opening time of 53.01. Freshman Kendall Ellis ran in the fourth heat and took second with a season-best time of 53.11, good for 13th overall. Sophomore Cameron Pettigrew placed third in the seventh heat with a time of 54.81 which was good for 49th overall.
Freshman Ricky Morgan placed fourth in the fifth heat of the men's 400m dash with a time of 46.91 and senior Davonte Stewart won the eighth heat with a time of 47.92. Morgan finished 22nd overall, while Stewart was 38th in the men's 400m dash.
Junior Jaide Stepter won the second heat of the women's 400m IH with a PR of 55.83 and Iuel took second in the heat with a PR of 55.92 to place second and third overall in the event. Stepter moved from fifth to third on USC's all-time 400m IH list and Iuel jumped over Dalilah Muhammad to remain fourth on USC's all-time list. Kentucky senior Kendra Harrison, the 2014 NCAA 400m IH runner-up, won the first heat with a collegiate-leading time of 54.94 which puts Stepter and Iuel second and third respectively on the NCAA descending order list.
Gaither won the third heat of the women's 200m dash with a time of 22.98 (+0.1) to place fourth overall. Westbrook was sixth in that heat and 26th overall with a time of 23.90. Hill won the fourth heat with a PR of 22.88 (+1.6) to finish second overall, first among collegiate runners. Her time also moved her into an eighth-place tie with Gaither on USC's all-time 200m list. Cantrell also ran in the fourth heat and took fourth with a PR of 23.34. She finished 14th overall in the 200m dash. Currently, Hill ranks first, Gaither third and Cantrell seventh on the NCAA descending order list in the 200m dash.
The men again were not be out-done as De Grasse won the third heat of the men's 200m dash with a PR of 20.20 (+1.6) and Lee was second in the heat with a PR of 20.27, to finish first and second overall. De Grasse moved into fourth and Lee into sixth on USC's all-time men's 200m dash list. Thymes took second in the fourth heat with a PR of 20.46 (-0.1) to finish sixth overall. He currently ranks fifth on the NCAA descending order list, with De Grasse and Lee claiming the top two spots.
The Trojans ended the day with Faulknor and freshman Madisen Richards competing in the women's long jump. Richards won the first flight with a PR of 20-1.75/6.14m (-0.3) which gave her the lead all the way until the final round when Bre'yana Wash of Louisville edged her with a jump of 20-2.50/6.16m, Faulknor had a best jump of 19-5.25/5.92m (+0.1) to finish in ninth place.
USC has athletes competing in the high jump, triple jump and a variety of relays tomorrow in the final day of the Florida Relays.