USC Places Third At NCAA T&F Championships; Earn 13 All-American Honors|
June 11, 2017
Anna Cockrell and Amalie Iuel took second and third respectively in the 400m hurdles, Kendall Ellis placed third in the 400m dash and the 4x400m relay team took finished second with a school record while breaking the previous collegiate record during the final day of the women's team competition at the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. before 12,992 fans today (June 10). USC finished with 43 points to place third in the team competition and Trojan women earned 13 first-team All-America honors during the two days.
USC's 43 points were its most since scoring 57 in 2002 and it was the team's highest finish since placing second in 2006. USC has finished third or higher seven times. In the first four seasons with Caryl Smith Gilbert as the USC Director of Track & Field, USC's women have scored 120 points at the NCAA Championships, its most in a four-season stretch since scoring 158 from 2001-04.
Dior Hall and Anna Cockrell got the day started for the Trojans when they placed seventh and eighth respectively in the 100m hurdles. Hall had a season-best time of 12.82 (+1.6) to become a two-time All-American in the event as she placed third as a freshman in 2015. Cockrell had a slow start and still finished with a good time of 12.91 (+1.6), but it was a loaded field and she placed eighth. Together Hall and Cockrell earned the Trojans three points in the team competition. USC now has 11 All-Americans in the event in the last 16 seasons. The last time USC had two women reach the final was in 2005 when Virginia Powell was first and Candice Davis was seventh.
Ky Westbrook then placed eighth in the women's 100m final with a wind-legal season-best time of 11.29 (+0.3) to earn USC another point. Westbrook finished fourth in the event in 2015 and USC has now had a finalist in four consecutive seasons in the 100m dash. Westbrook becomes the 20th Trojan to earn All-America status in the 100m dash.
Kendall Ellis then placed third with a time of 51.06 and Cameron Pettigrew seventh with a time of 52.52 in the women's 400m final. The pair scored eight points for the Trojans in the team competition. They became USC's first outdoor 400m All-Americans since Carol Rodriguez in 2008. Ellis' time of 51.06 is the fastest time ever run by a Trojan woman in the NCAA 400m final.
Anna Cockrell then placed second and Amalie Iuel third in the women's 400m hurdles final to gain the Trojans 14 key points. Cockrell had a season-best time of 55.36 to move from fourth to third on USC's all-time list in the event. She also became the second freshman All-American for USC in the event, joining 2016 Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad who accomplished the feat in 2009. Iuel had a time of 55.82 to finish third and become a two-time All-American in the event, as she placed seventh in 2015. USC has had eight All-Americans in the event during the last nine seasons.
Deanna Hill then took sixth in the women's 200m final with a time of 23.00 (+1.1) to earn the Trojans three more points. Hill was seventh in the event last season it becomes the 17th time a Trojan scored in the event at the NCAA Championships.
Going into the final event, USC was in sixth place and would need to finish in the top three and beat Florida to finish at least tied for third in the team competition. USC's team of Pettigrew, Iuel, Hill and Ellis placed second with a school record and second-fastest time ever by a collegiate quartet of 3:23.35. Oregon won the race by .22 seconds to set the collegiate record and clinch the team competition. Pettigrew was credited with a 51.4 split, Iuel 51.09 split, Hill 51.23 and Ellis 49.63. By virtue of its second-place finish in the event and the eight points it earned, USC had secured third place in the team competition. The previous collegiate record of 3:23.75 was set by Texas in 2004 and the previous NCAA meet record was 3:24.21 set by Texas in 2014. USC also placed second in the 4x400m relay in 2015 and has scored in the event in four consecutive NCAA Championships.
USC began the day tied for 14th with six points and by the time they competed for the first time, they were tied for 20th in the team standings with nine of the 21 events scored. Trojans earning All-America honors were: Anna Cockrell (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Kendall Ellis (400m, 4x400m relay), Dior Hall (100m hurdles), Deanna Hill (200m, 4x400m relay), Amalie Iuel (400m hurdles, 4x400m relay), Brittany Mann (shot put), Cameron Pettigrew (400m, 4x400m relay) and Ky Westbrook (100m).