Strong Throws Get Busy Weekend Off To A Good Start For USC|
April 14, 2016
Senior Tera Novy broke her own school discus throw record at the CSULA Twilight Meet in Los Angeles, Calif. and freshman Nathan Bultman had a PR in the hammer throw at the Mt. SAC Relays held in Walnut, Calif. today (April 14). The Trojans began a busy three days of competing at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., the CSULA Twilight Meet in Los Angeles, and the Mt. SAC Relays held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. (except for the hammer throw which is being held in Walnut).
Novy's first discus throw of the day at the CSULA Twilight Meet went for 200-1 (61.00m) which broke her school record (196-6) by nearly three and a half feet and achieved the Olympic qualifying A standard of 61.00m. She had the early lead in the competition and her second throw went for 196-1 (59.78m). Whitney Ashley, a 2012 graduate of San Diego State and the 2012 NCAA Champion in the discus throw, had a mark of 202-3 (61.65m) in the second round to take the lead. They remained that way until 2008 Minnesota graduate and 2014 USA Outdoor discus throw runner-up Liz Podominick had a throw of 200-2 (61.02m) in her fifth attempt to edge into second. Moments later, however, Novy moved back into second with another PR and new school record of 200-5 (61.10m). The results stayed with Ashley first, Novy second and Podominick third. Finishing fifth was 2015 USC graduate Alexandra Collatz with a best throw of 188-8 (57.52m).
In the men's hammer throw College/Open competition at the Mt. SAC Relays, Bultman continued to post a hammer throw PR in each meet he competes by throwing 191-4 (58.32m) in his first attempt. That mark was the leader until the final round, when the winner posted a throw of 192-6. Redshirt sophomore David Sellens placed eighth in the event with a best mark of 180-1 (54.90m).
Later in the day at Mt. SAC, redshirt junior Erika Peyton placed third in the women's hammer throw College/Open with a best mark of 186-3 (56.77m). Former Trojan Jade Grace, who ranks sixth on USC's all-time hammer throw list, won the event with a throw of 202-1.
Seniors Jenna Tong and Katerina Berdousi closed the action for the Trojans by running in the women's 3000m steeplechase at Mt. SAC. Tong was less than two seconds off her PR with a time of 10:44.58 to finish 23rd, her best time since her career-best time of 10:42.91 on April 5, 2014 which ranks fourth on USC's all-time list. Berdousi set a PR of more than two seconds with a time of 11:07.37 to place 31st. Berdousi moved from 10th to ninth on USC's all-time list in event.
The first Trojan to compete on the day was freshman Lyndsey Lopes in the women's javelin throw at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate hosted by Long Beach State in Long Beach, Calif. Lopes had a best javelin throw of 110-6 (33.69m) to place 16th. The multi-events athlete Lopes was busy as she next tied for fifth in the women's high jump at 5-3.00 (1.60m) and then took 14th in the women's 100m HH with a time of 15.47 (+3.3w).
USC also had athletes competing in the pole vault, 800m and 1500m at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate today. The first of these Trojans was senior Felicia Horvath who tied for seventh in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 12-0.50 (3.67m).
In the women's 800m, freshman Amber Gore was 9th (2:16.68), freshman Rachel Glynn was 10th (2:16.88), freshman Taylor Seamans was 15th (2:22.25) and senior Natasha Strickland was 16th (2:25.00). In the men's 800m races, sophomore Jordon Wallin placed fourth with a time of 1:54.72 and senior William Robinson was 14th with a time of 2:05.18.
Freshman Sophia Racette was the only USC runner to compete in the 1500m races and she placed third in the women's race with a season-best time of 4:49.54.