Trojans Excel At Three Meets Around The Southland|
April 16, 2015
Tera Novy set the USC women's discus record and Alexandra Collatz also surpassed the previous school record in finishing 1-2 at the CSULA Twilight Meet, Jemal Williams placed second in the decathlon at the California Invitational and Kira Soderstrom ran the third-fastest steeplechase in USC history at the Mt. SAC Relays to kickoff a busy weekend for the Trojans' track and field team today (April 16).
The junior Novy won the women's discus throw competition at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet in Los Angeles with a PR and new USC school record of 193-11 (59.12m) in her first attempt. Novy beat Kate Hutchinson's mark of 189-5 (57.73m) set during the 2006 season. Novy surpassed her previous best of 186-0 set at the Trojan Invitational on March 21 by nearly eight feet. Novy had four throws in her series over 180 feet. The senior Collatz also surpassed the previous school with a PR of 189-8 (57.82m) in her fifth attempt, more than two feet better than her previous career best set last season and nearly seven feet farther than her previous best 2015 throw. Novy and Collatz now rank second and third respectively among collegiate women's discus throwers.
Collatz began her day by taking fifth in the women's hammer throw with a season-best mark of 184-10 (56.35m). That throw came in her second attempt and she finished the day with four throws over 54.00m. Redshirt sophomore Erika Peyton finished 22nd with a best throw of 155-2 (47.29m) in her third and final attempt. Former USC thrower Jade Grace (Niemeyer) won the event with a throw of 203-0 (61.88m).
The senior multi-events athlete Williams used a strong second day to surge from eighth to finish second in the decathlon at the California Invitational in Azusa, Calif. to finish with a two-day total of 6,871 points. His season-opening total was just 163 points off his PR of 7,034 set in placing sixth at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships and more than 100 points better than he opened up in the decathlon last season.
Williams began the day by placing second in the 110m HH with a time of 15.06 (+2.1w) to earn 842 points. He then threw the discus 127-6 feet (38.87m) to place second in that event and earn 642 points. After the first two events he moved into third place in the overall competition.
The pole vault was next and Williams cleared 14-9.00 (4.50m) to finish fourth in the event and earn 760 points. He then tossed the javelin 143-4 (43.69m) to finish 10th in that event and earn 496 more points.
Williams entered the final event, the 1500m race, in third place, just 18 points out of second. Williams won the 1500m race with a time of 4:34.25, just edging the Section B decathlon winner Jack Eckert of Iowa (7,094 points). Williams earned 717 points in the final event to vault him into second place with 6,871 points.
Soderstrom placed fourth in the women's "Section C" of the 3000m steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. with a PR of 10:34.18. The senior cut over 13 seconds off her previous best time and moved from fourth to third on USC's all-time list in the event. Junior Jenna Tong, who dropped into fourth on USC's all-time list, placed 14th in the women's "Section B" of the steeplechase at Mt. SAC with a season-best time of 11:07.75.