McCullough Wins Hammer Throw & Moves To 7th On NCAA All-Time List|
May 2, 2015
USC senior Conor McCullough had an amazing series of throws including the second-farthest mark in school history which moved him into seventh place on the all-time collegiate list in winning the men's hammer throw competition to kickoff the 2015 USC-UCLA Dual Meet held at Cal State Los Angeles today (May 2). Senior Jenny Ozorai was second in the women's hammer throw, so after one event the Trojan men lead 6-3 and the women trail 5-4. The remaining 18 events of the Dual Meet will be held at USC's Loker Stadium tomorrow from 2-6 p.m.
McCullough's best throw on the day was 248-11 (75.88m) which is the current NCAA and American leader. It also moves him into seventh place on the all-time collegiate list and is the farthest throw by a collegian since Andras Haklits' of Georgia threw 257-11 on May 4, 2002. McCullough's first attempt went for 245-2 (74.75m) which moved him from third to second on USC's all-time list. He then threw 243-8, the 248-11 to better his second-place standing on USC's all-time list, 247-4, 248-6 and finally 241-9. Only his final throw was shorter than the previous collegiate-leading mark of 243-0. McCullough earned USC five points by winning the event. UCLA's Alec Faldermeyer earned UCLA three points with a strong series of throws and a best mark of 218-4 (66.54m). USC redshirt freshman David Sellens took third with a PR of 165-3 (50.36m) to earn the final point in the competition. UCLA's Derek Eager also competed and had a best throw of 141-0 (42.97m).
Ozorai placed second in the women's hammer throw with a best mark of 197-11 (60.34m) to earn USC three points. Senior Alexandra Collatz had a PR of 189-11 (57.89m) to capture third and earn the Trojans one more point. UCLA's Ida Storm won the event and earned five points with a best throw of 210-0 (64.02m). USC sophomore Tanya Sapa had a strong series and placed fourth with a season-best mark of 181-5 and redshirt sophomore Erika Peyton was fifth with a best throw of 160-10 (49.02m).
A large and vocal crowd of teammates, staff, family and friends surrounded the throwers, including former USC top 10 throwers Remy Conatser (fourth on USC's all-time men's hammer list), Adam Midles (sixth on USC's all-time men' hammer list) and Jaide Grace (sixth on USC's all-time women's hammer list). The Pac-12 Network was also in attendance and will include the results in their broadcast tomorrow which airs live from 4-6 p.m.