USC's Men's & Women's T&F Teams Take Second At Pac-12 Championships|
May 15, 2017
Kendall Ellis won the women's 400m race with a school and meet-record time, Michael Norman won the men's 400m race with a personal best time, Eric Sloan won the men's triple jump with the final leap of the competition and both the men's and women's 4x400m relays won titles, the women with a meet record, during the final day of the 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (May 14). Both the USC men's and women's team took second place, with the men scoring 115.50 points and the women 135 points. The announced crowd was 6,778.
"The Trojans fought hard this weekend until the very and closed out the meet with two Pac-12 conference championship victories in the 4x4 relays," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "On the women's side we actually scored more points than we had predicted as a team, but we just did not have the numbers to outscore Oregon in the distance and field events. We had several outstanding performances and we scored over 100 points today in the field events and on the track, but it just wasn't enough to beat Oregon at home. On the men's side we came up short and a little under what we predicted in the sprints because we decided not to push Just'N Thymes and give him more time to prepare for NCAA's in a couple of weeks. We lost points in the hurdles when Morris (Marquis) went down. We performed very well in the field events and the 400's on the men's side this weekend and we look great headed to NCAA's. Our team is young with only one senior, so this was another great experience and the freshmen showed up big time and helped us out. I am super excited about what these kids did this weekend. They make me proud to wear Cardinal and Gold."
The Trojans began the day with the men's discus throw competition with Nick Ponzio and Matthew Katnik competing. Ponzio had fouls in all three throws, despite the discus throws themselves being some of the best of the first flight. Katnik fouled on his first attempt, but then landed a throw of 158-9 (48.66m) to move into third in the first flight of the men's discus. He did not improve in his second throw and then fouled, so stood in third after the first flight. After the second flight was complete, Katnik had dropped out of the final round and finished 11th overall.
Tanya Sapa opened up with a throw of 171-0 (52.13m) and then improved to 174-10 (53.29m) in the women's hammer throw. She fouled on her third attempt and finished the first flight in second place. Brittany Mann was in the second flight and had a best throw of 185-1 (56.42m) to enter the finals in fifth. After the second flight was concluded, Sapa had qualified as the ninth competitor, grabbing the last spot in the finals. . Neither competitor improved in the final three rounds and Mann finished sixth to earn three points and Sapa placed ninth.
Eric Sloan started slow, then landed three of the top four jumps in the men's triple jump to claim the Pac-12 title, but not without drama. Seemingly cruising to the title, his teammate Dominic Smallwood landed a wind-aided PR of 51-8.50/15.76m (+2.8w) in his final attempt to take the lead over Sloan by an inch and a quarter, improving by a foot and a quarter on his final attempt to move from third to first. Sloan then answered with his best jump of the day of 52-6.00/16.00m (+1.9) to claim the title, USC's first triple jump title since Aven Wright won in 2010 and 15th overall. Together Sloan and Smallwood earned USC 18 points in the team competition. Jadon Joyner had a best jump of 44-2.50/13.47 (+3.4w) to finish 10th.
USC began the running portion of the meet with the men's 4x100m relay and the team of Marquis Morris, Alexander Barnum, Christian Sourapas and T.J. Brock took second with a time of 39.42. They earned eight points in the team competition.
The women's 4x100m relay team of Dior Hall, Ky Westbrook, Destinee Brown and Deanna Hill was next and it also took second with a season-best and 8th-fastest time ever by a Trojan quartet of 43.38. They also earned eight team points.
Marquis Morris tripped over the third hurdle and went down to the track in the men's 110m hurdles final, but got up to finish (26.96) and earn USC a point in the team competition. Morris was the 2015 Pac-12 Champion in the event.
The women's 100m hurdles had a better result as Anna Cockrell was second at 13.06 (+0.5), Dior Hall third at 13.09 (+0.5), Mecca McGlaston 5th with a season-best of 13.46 (+0.5) and Lyndsey Lopes was sixth with a PR of 13.82. They teamed up to earn USC 21 team points.
Michael Norman had a PR and 10th-fastest time in school history of 45.15 to win the Pac-12 men's 400m title as a freshman. He edged out Oregon's Marcus Chambers who was the two-time defending champion in the event. Ricky Morgan Jr. had a season-best time of 45.85 to take third and combine with Norman to score 16 points. Norman became USC's 16th champion in the event, more than any other school, and its first since Bryshon Nellum in 2013.
Kendall Ellis then won the women's 400m race with a PR, school-record and meet-record time of 50.66. Cameron Pettigrew took third in the 400m with a PR of 51.61 which moved her from eighth to fifth on USC's all-time list and Kyra Constantine placed sixth with a season-best time of 52.92. The trio earned USC 19 points in the team competition. Ellis becomes the third Trojan woman to win the event, joining Gervaise McCraw in 1987 and Vanessa Jones in 2015.
T.J. Brock was USC's top finisher in the men's 100m dash finals, taking fourth with a time of 10.37 (+2.2w). Alexander Barnum placed sixth with a time of 10.43 and Christian Sourapas seventh with a time of 10.48. Just'N Thymes was a pre-race scratch. They earned USC 10 points.
Deanna Hill was USC's top finisher in the women's 100m dash final, taking fourth with a time of 11.18 (+1.4) which tied her legal PR. Ky Westbrook placed sixth with a time of 11.60, Zaria Francis seventh with a time of 11.65 and Destinee Brown eighth with a time of 11.78. They earned the Trojans 11 points in the team competition.
Robert Ford took second in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:49.41. He earned the Trojans eight points.
Mikaela Smith finished eighth in the women's 800m race with a time of 2:12.67. She earned the Trojans a point in the team competition.
Amalie Iuel tied for third in the women's high jump with a clearance of 5-7.75/1.72m. She cleared that and her opening height of 5-5.75 in her first attempt, but missed all three attempts at 5-9.25/1.76m. She earned USC five points in the team competition and immediately after missing, ran over to the women's 400m hurdles race which was next on the track.
Anna Cockrell had a time of 55.54 to take second in the 400m hurdles, Iuel a time of 56.07 to place third and Mecca McGlaston a time of 62.80 to finish eighth. Together they teamed up to earn USC 15 points.
Brittany Mann placed sixth in the women's discus throw with a best mark of 158-7 (48.35m). Tanya Sapa had three fouls in her flight and did not advance to the finals. Mann earned the Trojans three more team points.
Christian Sourapas came back to place third in the men's 200m final with a wind-aided PR of 20.52 (+2.8w) and Ricky Morgan Jr. came back to place fourth with a windy PR of 20.76 (+2.8w). The pair earned USC 11 team points.
Deanna Hill had a PR of 22.41 (+1.5) to place second in the women's 200m final. That time also moved her from fourth to third on USC's all-time list in the event. Kendall Ellis took fourth in the 200m with a time of 22.80 (+1.5) and Cameron Pettigrew was seventh with a time of 23.42 (+1.5). The Trojan trio earned USC 15 team points.
Trent Rule had a season-best time of 15:02.94 to place 23rd in the men's 5000m race.
The men's 4x400m relay team of Ricky Morgan Jr., Marquis Morris, Alex Rohani and Michael Norman won a Pac-12 title with a time of 3:07.67 to earn the USC men's team its final 10 points and secure the second-place finish. It was USC's 15th conference title in the event, the most of any Pac-12 school, and its first since the 2011 season.
USC closed out the championships with another meet record as the women's 4x400m relay team of Cameron Pettigrew, Amalie Iuel, Anna Cockrell and Kendall Ellis stormed around the track in a time of 3:29.52 to defeat Oregon by more than two-and-a-half seconds and win the event for the fifth consecutive season. The Trojans also broke Oregon's Pac-12 Championship record of 3:29.63 set in 2011. USC's time was the seventh-fastest in school history by a women's 4x400m relay team and earned the Trojans their final 10 points.
Women's Final Scores: 1.) Oregon - 189, 2.) USC -- 135, 3.) Colorado -- 78, 4.) Washington -- 72, 5.) UCLA -- 63, 6.) Arizona State -- 58.50, 7.) Stanford -- 47, 8.) Arizona -- 46, 9.) California and Washington State 45, 11.) Oregon State -- 21.50, 12.) Utah -- 16.
Men's Final Scores: 1.) Oregon -- 175, 2.) USC -- 115.50, 3.) UCLA -- 101, 4.) Colorado -- 73, 5.) California -- 72, 6.) Washington State -- 68.50, 7.) Washington -- 61, 8.) Arizona State -- 51, 9.) Arizona -- 50, 10.) Stanford -- 49.