Trojans Have A Strong Second Day At The Mt. SAC Relays

    Nick Ponzio won the men's shot put competition with a PR of 63-2.25 (19.26m). That mark moves him into 8th place on USC's all-time shot put list.
    April 17, 2015

    WALNUT, CALIF. - Nick Ponzio won the men's shot put with the eighth-farthest throw in school history to highlight USC's efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. today (April 17).

    The redshirt freshman Ponzio won an exciting shot put competition on his last attempt with a PR of 63-2.25 (19.26m) to edge Curtis Wideman of Southern Illinois who had taken the lead on his last throw. Ponzio's mark moves him into 8th place on USC's all-time shot put list and he is the first athlete to crack the Trojan top 10 in the event since 2007. His mark currently ranks 14th in the country.

    Junior Tera Novy was the final Trojan to compete on Friday at Mt. SAC. Not content to rest on her laurels of setting the USC women's discus throw record with a mark of 193-10 (59.12m) at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet yesterday, she took on an elite field of throwers in the women's Invitational discus throw competition. The field featured five of the top 10 U.S. throwers including Novy (5th). Novy posted a best mark of 189-1 (57.64m) to place fifth, first among college throwers in the event. Novy had another very strong series with her shortest throw going 179-7 and all of the other five throws surpassing 180 feet.

    USC's day began with freshman Marquis Morris and Allen Williams running in the second heat of the men's College/Open (C/O) 110m HH. Morris finished third with a college PR of 14.06 (+0.4) and fifth overall and Williams placed eighth with a time of 14.75 (+0.4) and 25th overall.

    Junior Katerina Berdousi was next in the women's 1500m C/O races and she placed seventh in the fourth section and 48th overall with a time of 4:34.66. Berdousi had a slight lead with 200m to go, but could not hold off the pack. She ran 4:32.54 a week ago and that result along with today's are her two fastest 1500m times since the 2013 season.



    Sophomore Tanya Sapa placed eighth in the women's C/O shot put with a season-best mark of 48-7.25 (14.81m). For Sapa, she continues her upward trend by improving each meet, this time nearly a two-foot improvement from last weekend.

    Freshman Ricky Morgan ran in the second heat of the men's C/O 400m dash and won it with a time of 47.21, taking the lead in the final 50 meters. His race was re-started as his blocks slipped on the initial start, so a track official put a foot on his blocks to keep it in place. After the nine sections were complete, Morgan finished seventh overall out of 65 runners.

    The women's C/O 100m dash was next with freshman Deanna Hill, sophomore Destinee Brown and freshman Gabriella Cantrell competing. Hill was first and she won the first heat by matching her PR of 11.44 (+1.3) and finished third overall. Cantrell then ran 11.55 (+2.8w) to finish fourth in the second heat and 11th overall. Brown then took the third heat with a big PR of 11.43 (+2.0) and finished second overall.

    Junior Just'N Thymes ran in the second heat of the men's C/O 100m dash and he took third with a wind-aided time of 10.41 (+2.8). Senior Bryan Mercado then took third in the third heat with a wind-aided PR of 10.47 (+2.1w). Once all eight heats were completed, Thymes had finished 11th and Mercado 17th.

    Freshman Robert Ford had a strong 800m race to take third in the first heat and fourth overall with a time of 1:49.67. Senior Myles Andrews was 13th in the first heat and 30th overall with a time of 1:53.95.

    Next to finish competing was junior Alexis Faulknor and freshman Madisen Richards in the women's C/O long jump. Faulknor placed fifth with a season-best jump of 20-3.00/6.17m (+0.9), while Richards was sixth with a leap of 19-11.00/6.07m (+2.2w).

    Freshman Adoree' Jackson then placed seventh in the men's C/O long jump with a season-best jump of 25-00.00/7.62 into a strong -2.8 wind.

    USC had six women finish in the top 13 out of 55 runners in the C/O 200m dash. Freshman Ky Westbrook started things off by placing third in the first heat and third overall with a time of 23.20 (+2.8w). Also in the first heat were senior Vanessa Jones who was fifth and fifth overall with a time of 23.44 (+2.8w), Cantrell was sixth and eighth overall with a time of 23.54 (+2.8w) and senior Akawkaw Ncha-Ndip was eighth and 13th overall with a time of 23.82 (+2.8w). Freshman Kendall Ellis won the second heat and was ninth overall with a slight PR of 23.54 (+0.1) and sophomore Destinee Brown won the third heat and was sixth overall with a time of 23.50 (+4.3w).

    In the men's 200m dash, senior Davonte Stewart was third in the first heat and third overall with a time of 20.85 (+2.1w), Morgan was fifth in the fourth heat and 18th overall as he tied his PR with a time of 21.26 (+2.0) and Mercado was second in the sixth heat and 22nd overall with a PR of 21.35 (+1.4).

    Senior Michael Krone tied for eighth in the men's C/O high jump with a clearance of 6-8.25 (2.09m).

    Some former Trojan athletes in action were Dalilah Muhammad (1st in the 400m IH - 57.15), Tyler Ruiz (6th in the high jump - 6-8.25) and Brysun Stately (T-2nd in the pole vault -13-9.25).