USC Wins Five Throwing Events At California Collegiate

    Conor McCullough won the hammer throw competition with a toss of 233-7 to move into 5th on USC's all-time list
    April 4, 2015

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    Conor McCullough won the men's hammer throw and Tera Novy the women's discus and shot put competitions to lead the Trojans at the California Collegiate Invitational hosted by UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. and Myles Andrews ran his best 800m time since 2013 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. today (April 4).

    The senior McCullough opened up his season and made his first hammer throws as a Trojan in impressive fashion, winning the competition with a best throw of 233-7 (71.21m). McCullough moved into fifth place on USC's all-time hammer throw list and into the NCAA lead. McCullough had four throws over 231 feet and entering this weekend only four throwers had surpassed 220 feet. Redshirt sophomore David Sellens took fourth in the competition with a best mark of 153-3 (46.72m).

    The day began for the Trojans in San Diego with redshirt senior Jenny Ozorai winning the women's hammer throw with a mark of 190-10 (58.16m). Redshirt sophomore Erika Peyton placed second with a personal best of 179-3 (54.65m), while sophomore Tanya Sapa was sixth with a throw of 155-1 (47.28m). Senior Alexandra Collatz did not register a legal throw.

    The men's shot put was next and redshirt freshman Nick Ponzio won with a PR of 61-0.75 (18.61m). Ponzio just set his previous PR of 60-0.75 at the Trojan Invitational on March 21.

    The junior Novy won the women's discus throw competition with a best mark of 182-10 (55.74). Right behind her in second place was Collatz with a best throw of 176-5 (53.77m).

    Novy came back to win a very close women's shot put competition with a mark of 45-4.25 (13.82m). Sapa tied for second right behind her with a throw of 45-3.50 (13.80m).

    Ponzio also placed third and McCullough took fourth in the men's discus throw competition. Ponzio had his best throw of 169-3 (51.59m) in his final attempt. McCullough had a top throw of 164-5 (50.12) in his first discus competition collegiately since 2012.

    Junior Diego Lopez took fifth place in the men's javelin throw with a mark of 162-4 (49.47m).

    At the Stanford Invitational, senior Myles Andrews was fifth in the first section and overall in the men's 800m with a time of 1:49.15. That time was his best since setting his PR of 1:48.95 at the 2013 Stanford Invitational. Freshman Robert Ford was second in the third heat and eighth overall with a time of 1:49.62.

    In the women's 800m races, junior Reika Kijima was fourth in the seventh section with a time of 2:12.07 and senior Erica Capellino was fifth in the same section with a time of 2:13.38. Kijima finished 36th overall, while Capellino was 44th.