USC Racks Up The Wins On The Final Day Of The Mt. SAC Relays|
April 16, 2016
Sophomores Kendall Ellis and Ricky Morgan Jr. and senior Jaide Stepter led a group of Trojans past, present and future winning events on the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays being held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. today (April 16).
The sophomore Ellis won the women's Invite 400m dash with a PR of 51.82. Ellis moved from eighth to fifth on USC's all-time list in the event, and currently ranks third in the country, with her teammate Stepter having the fastest time of 50.91. The strong field included former Trojan All-Americans Carol Rodriguez (7th, 53.14) and Vanessa Jones (12th, 54.20).
Morgan, another sophomore, won the men's Invite 400m race with a time of 46.43. He won the first heat and the second heat's winner was second at 46.53.
The senior Stepter won the women's Invite 400m IH race with a slight season-best time of 55.90. Right behind her in second place was junior Amalie Iuel with a season-best time of 56.37. Those times are the second and fifth-fastest run by collegians this season heading into this weekend's action.
Freshman Margaux Jones placed second in the women's Invite long jump competition with a wind-aided PR of 21-2.75/6.47m (+3.4w). That jump moves her into third place on the NCAA descending order list entering action this week. She also had a legal outdoor PR of 20-9.75/6.34m (+1.4) which moved her into seventh on USC's all-time long jump list. Sophomore Madisen Richards, in her first meet of the season, placed fifth with a best jump of 19-0.00/5.79m (+3.6w).
Sophomore Adoree' Jackson took fourth in the men's Invite long jump competition by matching his season best with a jump of 25-8.00/7.82m (+1.9).
Sophomore Randall Cunningham tied for fourth in the men's Invite high jump competition with a clearance of 6-11.75 (2.13m). He went out at 7-1.75 (2.18m), just grazing the bar and knocking it off on his final attempt. As it turned out, only three jumpers cleared that height and USC record-holder and Olympian Jesse Williams won the event with a clearance of 7-3.75 (2.23m).
Junior Tanya Sapa placed eighth in the women's shot put Invite with a best mark of 51-3.75 (15.64m). That throw came in her second attempt and then she had four fouls.
Sophomore Robert Ford won his heat and finished third overall in the men's Invite 800m race with an outdoor PR of 1:47.54. He now is just .27 seconds outside of USC's all-time top 10 in the event. The man who sits second on that list, former Trojan All-American Duane Solomon, won today's race with a time of 1:45.47.
Freshman Jasmyne Graham was seventh in her heat and 15th overall in the women's Invite 100m HH race with a time of 13.28 (+2.9w). Former Trojan All-Americans Melia Cox was seventh at 13.03 and Candice Price was 11th at 13.10.
Sophomore Nick Ponzio placed fourth in the men's Invite shot put competition with a season-best mark of 63-5.00 (19.33m). He was the top collegian in the event and went into the finals leading with a best mark of 62-7.75 (19.09m). Freshman Mathew Katnik was fifth with a best mark of 60-8.50 (18.50m) and freshman Nathan Bultman was seventh with a best throw of 56-6.75 (17.24m).
Sophomore Deanna Hill placed third in the second heat and sixth overall in the women's Invite 200m dash with a time of 22.94 (+1.2), her second consecutive week of running sub-23. Senior Tynia Gaither was fourth in the same heat and eighth overall with a time of 23.18 (+1.2) in the 200m race.
Among the other former Trojans competing were Ginnie Crawford (4x100m), Andre De Grasse (2nd in 4x100m and 2nd in 100m - 10.04w), Allyson Felix (4x100m, 1st in 4x400m), BeeJay Lee (2nd in 4x100m, 4th in 100m - 10.08w and 3rd in 200m - 20.23) and Bryshon Nellum (7th in 200m - 20.48).
Also next season's freshman Trojans had a big day. Michael Norman won the high school boys Invite 100m dash with a time of 10.27 (-1.2) for the second-fastest time ever by a California high school male athlete. Right after that, Zaria Francis won the high school girls Invite 100m dash with a national-leading time of 11.50 (-1.2).