USC Splits Annual Dual Meet With UCLA, Win 21 of 38 Events

    Senior Tynia Gaither won the 100m and 200m dashes today with PRs and moved up the Trojan all-time top 10 list in both events.
    May 1, 2016

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    LOS ANGELES -- The USC track and field team posted 21 victories to earn a split in the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet hosted by the Bruins in Westwood, Calif. today (May 1). The women's team won 13 of 19 events and outscored the Bruins 97-66, while the men's team won eight events and fell 103-60. The USC men's team leads the all-time series with the Bruins 43-40, while the USC women have won eight of the last nine meetings, but trail all-time 22-11.

    "I'm proud of the team today, I loved the way they finished the meet," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "We came in as underdogs on both sides and we came out on top for the women. We had great performances on the men's side and the women really stepped up and came through. We knew that UCLA has a very good team and we were going to have to give our best, but the way we stuck together and came through event by event was extraordinary. I'm looking forward to taking this momentum to the conference championship and the national championship over the next few weeks. Everyone left the meet healthy which is very important and one of my goals personally considering how the season has gone. I believe we are over that hump, will get through finals and graduation this week and move on to Seattle."

    The day started with the women's hammer throw and redshirt junior Erika Peyton placed second with a best mark of 183-0 (55.79m), improving in each of her last three throws. Junior Tanya Sapa finished fifth in the event with a best mark of 159-4 (48.58m). Peyton earned USC three points in the team competition.

    The men's hammer throw was next and freshman Nathan Bultman won with a personal best and sophomore David Sellens took second to earned the Trojans an early 8-1 lead in the team competition. Bultman had a PR of 192-7 (58.71m) in his second throw which turned out to be the winning toss. Sellens had locked up second by his final throw but he still had his best mark of 176-11 (53.92m) in the final round.

    The next event to finish was the women's shot put and it was won by Sapa with a PR of 55-7.75 (16.96m). She posted that mark in her second attempt and it moved her from fifth to fourth on USC's all-time list. Senior Tera Novy also had a PR of 53-0 (16.15m) in her final attempt to finish fourth in the highly contested event, as just .15 meters separated second-fourth. Novy also had set a PR with a throw of 51-6.25 (15.70m) in the fourth round. Novy improved her sixth-place standing on USC's all-time list. USC earned five points in the event.

    USC did not score any points in the women's javelin throw competition, but both Trojans had PRs. Freshman Lyndsey Lopes finished fourth in the javelin throw with a best mark of 117-5 (35.80m) and freshman KC Sullivan placed sixth with a throw of 100-6 (30.63m).

    The next event to finish was the women's long jump and senior Alexis Faulknor took second and freshman Margaux Jones was third to earn USC four more points. Faulknor, competing in her first long jump competition of the season, had her best jump in the final round of 20-3.75/6.19m (-1.0) to move from third to second, dropping Jones to third, who had a best jump of 20-2.50/6.16m (-1.0). Also competing for the Trojans were freshman Jasmyne Graham (6th, 19-5.50/5.93/-2.1) and sophomore Madisen Richards (7th, 18-11.25/5.77).

    The second event of the day for the men's team was the javelin throw and senior Diego Lopez won with a best mark of 195-1 (59.47m). That mark was a PR for Lopez and earned USC five more points and an early 13-5 lead in the team competition.

    The women's 3000m steeplechase was the first running event of the day. Senior Jenna Tong was the only Trojan in the event and she placed third with a time of 10:46.13. She earned USC one point in the event and after five scored events, the Trojans trailed 32-13. USC did not run an athlete in the men's 3000m steeplechase, so the Bruins won the event 9-0.

    The women's pole vault finished next and senior Felcia Horvath taking third with a clearance of 12-1.50 (3.70m). She earned the Trojans one point and the Bruin lead was now 40-14 after six events.

    Junior Amalie Iuel won the women's high competition with a clearance of 5-8.75 (1.75m) which tied her outdoor PR. Iuel cleared that bar in her final attempt at that height to secure the win. Lopes finished fifth in the event with a season-best clearance of 5-4.50 (1.64m) and sophomore Jordan Winters took sixth with a clearance of 5-0.50 (1.54m). Iuel gained the Trojans five team points.

    In a very strong shot put competition featuring four of the top 16 throwers in the country, sophomore Nick Ponzio placed third with a best mark of 63-3.50 (19.29m). Freshman Matthew Katnik placed fourth with a best throw of 61-4.00 (18.69m) and Bultman placed fifth with a best mark of 59-3.50 (18.07m).

    Sophomore Adoree' Jackson then won the men's long jump with a best leap of 25-4.75/7.74m (+0.0) to earn five points. Sophomore Dominic Smallwood took third and earned another point with a jump of 23-2.75/7.08 (-1.7). After five events, USC trailed 20-25.

    Things then got rolling for the women's team as the 4x100m relay team of junior Destinee Brown, sophomore Deanna Hill, sophomore Gabriella Cantrell and senior Tynia Gaither won with a season-best time of 43.75, ninth all-time by a Trojan quartet. USC won the 4x100m relay for the 12th consecutive time at the Dual Meet. With the five points, USC had cut the Bruins' lead to 24-44.

    The men's team ran a 4x100m relay featuring three football players and they also won with a season-best time by the Trojans of 39.89 to earn five points. USC's team was freshman Dominic Davis, sophomore Ricky Morgan, freshman Ronald Jones and Jackson.

    Next were the 1500m races. Sophomore Rebekah Ent won the women's race with a time of 4:34.01 and senior Katerina Berdousi was second with a time of 4:35.97 to earn USC eight points. Freshman Madison Ricks placed fourth with a time of 4:50.58. The women had cut the lead to 32-45 after nine events.

    Sophomore Mitchell Cameron finished fifth in the men's 1500m race with a time of 4:10.29 and freshman Garrett Mack was sixth with a time of 4:31.32.

    Graham then won the women's 100m HH with a time of 13.38 (+0.3) to earn five points and Iuel was right behind her in second for three more points with a PR of 13.69 (+0.3). Lopes also ran a PR of 14.08 (+0.3) to finish fourth. USC now trailed just 40-36.

    Sophomore Marquis Morris who has been dealing with a quadriceps injury ran his first 110m HH race of the season. He placed second with a time of 14.98 (+0.8) to earn the men's team three points.

    The women's team then swept the 400m race to earn nine points and take the team lead for the first time all day and for good at 49-46. Senior Jaide Stepter won the 400m with a time of 51.82, sophomore Kendall Ellis was second at 52.75 and junior Cameron Pettigrew was third at 53.78.

    Morgan was the only Trojan in the men's 400m race and he won the event with a time of 46.32. He earned USC five points and USC trailed 33-44 at that juncture. Morgan made it 10 consecutive Dual Meet 400m victories for the men's team.

    USC's women started to pull away with the 100m race as Gaither won with a PR of 11.21 (+0.1) which moved her to eighth on USC's all-time list. Hill took second with a time of 11.35 (+0.1), combining for eight points in the event. Brown had a season-best time of 11.59 (+0.1) to finish fourth and Faulknor a time of 11.79 (+0.1) to finish sixth.

    Jackson then won the men's 100m dash with a wind-legal PR of 10.38 (+0.0) to earn five points and close the gap to 10 points at 38-48, .but that would be as close as USC's men would get on the day. Davis had a time of 10.74 to finish fourth and sophomore Jadon Joyner a time of 10.85 to place sixth. It was the 14th straight time a Trojan male had won the Dual Meet 100m dash.

    Freshman Mikaela Smith won the women's 800m with a PR of 2:06.66, which is just .08 seconds outside of USC's top 10. Ent was the next Trojan at 2:12.07, a season best and good for fifth. Also running the 800m for USC were freshman Taylor Seamans (6th, 2:15.41), freshman Amber Gore (7th, 2:16.14), freshman Rachel Glynn (8th, 2:16.51) and senior Natasha Strickland (10th, 2:25.59). USC opened up a 62-51 lead in the team competition.

    Sophomore Robert Ford took second in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:49.36 and sophomore Jordon Wallin placed fourth with a time of 1:53.00. Also, sophomore Mitchell Cameron was eighth with a PR of 1:58.71 and senior William Robinson was ninth with a time of 2:03.37.

    The women's discus throw competition finished up next with USC gaining five points as Novy won with a mark of 189-9 (57.83m). Sapa also had a throw of 141-5 (43.11m) to place fourth and Peyton a mark of 120-5 (36.70m) to finish fifth. USC now led 67-55 after 14 scored events.

    The men's high jump finished next and sophomore Randall Cunningham placed second with a clearance at 7-0.50 (2.15m) to earn USC three points. USC's men did not have anyone entered in the men's pole vault or the 400m IH, so those were Bruin 9-0 sweeps putting them on the brink of victory at 44-78.

    The USC women's team also reached the brink of victory following a 1-2 finish in the women's 400m IH by Stepter and Iuel. Stepter won with a time of 56.47 and Iuel was second at 57.31. USC earned eight points and now led 75-56.

    The Trojan women then clinched the meet victory with a sweep in the 200m race. Gaither won with a PR of 22.74 (+1.0) which moved her from tied for fifth to fifth all alone on USC's all-time list. Hill, who is fourth on that list, took second with a time of 22.86 and Ellis was third with a time of 23.57. Cantrell was fifth in the 200m with a time of 24.04 (+1.0) and Faulknor was sixth at 24.05 (+1.0). USC now led 84-56 with 82 points needed for victory.

    The men's team then staved off elimination with an impressive sweep in the 200m. Morgan won with a PR of 20.88 (+1.7), Jackson was second with a PR of 21.08 (+1.7) and Joyner was third with a PR of 21.63. Davis finished fifth with a time of 22.65 (+1.7). USC now trailed 53-78.

    The women's triple jump results came in and the Bruins won all nine point as the Trojans pulled Iuel and Richards after one jump attempt.

    The women then built upon their lead in the women's 5000m race as Berdousi won with a time of 17:46.15 and Tong placed second with a PR of 18:01.05. Freshman Sophia Racette took fifth with a time of 18:55.35. USC's women led 92-66 with just the 4x400m relay remaining.

    The UCLA men's team wrapped up the team competition with a sweep in the 5000m race to take a 53-87 lead. Freshman Nicolaus Jakowec finished fourth with a time of 14:53.70 and freshman Trent Rule was fifth at 15:18.21.

    The final men's field results to come in were the triple jump and discus throw. Smallwood placed third in the triple jump with a best mark of 49-6.25/15.09m (-1.8) to earn a point and Bultman was third in the discus throw with a toss of 166-4 (50.71m) to earn another point. Ponzio was fourth in the discus throw with a mark of 164-5 (50.11m) and Katnik was fifth at 144-9 (44.11m).

    USC's women's 4x400m relay team of Pettigrew, Ellis, Smith and Iuel won their final event with a time of 3:36.70 to finish off the 97-66 victory.

    The men's 4x400m relay team also closed out the meet with a win as Morgan, Ford, redshirt freshman Zyaire Clemes and Joyner ran a time of 3:13.23. The final score on the men's side was 60-103.

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