USC Has Strong Day At Mt. SAC Relays & Beach Invitational|
April 15, 2016
Amalie Iuel was second in the women's long jump, Dominic Smallwood was third in the men's triple jump and nine different athletes posted PRs to highlight USC's efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays being held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. today (April 15). Also, USC had six throwers compete at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. today.
The Trojans began the day with a bunch of personal bests in the men's and women's 1500m races. Redshirt sophomore Rebekah Ent was the first with a PR of 4:27.72 to place 22nd in the women's race. Senior Katerina Berdousi was just off her season best with a time of 4:31.88 to finish 33rd. All three men's 1500m runners had PRs as sophomore Jordan Wallin had a time of 3:56.44 to place 39th, sophomore Mitchell Cameron had a time of 4:01.72 to finish 48th and freshman Trent Rule had a time of 4:02.26 to place 49th.
Junior Cameron Pettigrew was seventh in her heat and 13th overall in the women's College/Open 400m race with a season-best time of 54.58. Redshirt freshman Zyaire Clemes was not as fortunate as he ran in the first section on the men's College/Open 400m race and was near the lead at the 250m mark when he pulled up and limped off the track with an apparent leg injury.
The junior Iuel finished second in the women's College/Open long jump competition with a best leap of 19-8.25/6.00m (+3.8w). Freshman Jasmyne Graham was sixth in the event with a best jump of 18-10.00/5.74m (-1.2). The sophomore Smallwood placed 10th in the men's College/Open long jump competition with a best leap of 23-2.50/7.07m (+0.7).
Smallwood then came back to compete in the men's College/Open triple jump competition. He placed third in the event with a wind-aided PR of 50-8.25/15.45m (+4.8w). He also had a wind-aided jump of 50-3.25/15.32m (+3.6w).
In the women's College/Open 100m dash, senior Tynia Gaither placed third with a time of 11.29 (+3.9w), sophomore Deanna Hill was fifth with a time of 11.36 (+3.9w), junior Destinee Brown was 20th with a time of 11.61 (+3.9w) and sophomore Gabriella Cantrell was 25th with a time of 11.70 (+3.7w). Gaither and Hill had the top two collegiate times in the event and former Trojan All-American Jessica Davis won the event with a time of 11.26 (+3.9w).
Sophomore Adoree' Jackson won his section and placed ninth overall in the men's College/Open 100m dash with a wind-aided PR of 10.35 (+3.6w).
Freshman Mikaela Smith was sixth in the first heat and sixth overall in the women's College/Open 800m race with a time of 2:09.19. Ent came back and had a season-best time of 2:13.37 to take 10th in her 800m heat and 38th overall, while freshman Rachel Glynn was 14th in her heat and 51st overall with a time of 2:19.78 and senior Natasha Strickland was ninth in her heat and 53rd overall with a time of 2:22.75.
Sophomore Kendall Ellis had a PR of 23.32 (+1.1) to finish fourth in her heat and fifth overall in the women's College/Open 200m races. Also in the 200m race was Cantrell who took 16th with a time of 23.73 (+1.1) and Pettigrew who had a wind-aided PR of 23.96 (+3.4w) to place 23rd, second in her heat.
Late at night, freshman Nicolaus Jakowec ran in the men's College/Open A section 5000m race and finished 61st with a season-best time of 14:47.76.
In the throws at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., freshman Nathan Bultman continued his streak of setting a new personal best each time he competes in the hammer throw. Yesterday he threw 191-4 at the Mt. SAC Relays and today he threw 192-1 (58.53m) to place 14th. Redshirt sophomore David Sellens had a best mark of 172-7 (52.60m) to place 38th in the hammer throw. In the women's hammer throw, redshirt junior Erika Peyton finished 15th with a best mark of 184-4 (56.19m) and junior Tanya Sapa had a season-best throw of 175-6 (53.50m) to finish 27th.