Five Current & Three Former Trojan Athletes Advance To USA T&F Championship Semifinals

    June 22, 2017

    Deanna Hill in the women’s 100m, Kendall Ellis and Cameron Pettigrew in the women’s 400m and Michael Norman and Ricky Morgan Jr. in the men’s 400m all advanced to semifinals tomorrow during the first day of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, Calif. today (June 22). In addition, USC alumni Allyson Felix (100m), BeeJay Lee (100m) and Bryshon Nellum (400m) advanced to semifinals tomorrow.

    • The junior Hill advanced to the women’s 100m semifinal tomorrow by running a PR of 11.17 (+1.4) in the first round. She placed sixth in the first heat and had to await the results of the next three heats, as the top three finishers in each heat plus the next four-fastest times would advance. When the final heat was done, she was 16th overall, grabbing the final advancing position. Allyson Felix (USC, 2008) was in the final heat and also advanced with a time of 11.03 (+0.7).

    • Senior Just’N Thymes ran 10.30 (+1.5) to place sixth in his heat and 27th overall in the men’s 100m dash first round. He did not advance to the semifinals. BeeJay Lee (USC, 2015) was third in the fourth heat and 10th overall in the first round of the 100m dash with a time of 10.05 (+1.2) to advance to tomorrow’s semifinals.



    • The junior Ellis and the senior Pettigrew both advanced to the women’s 400m semifinal tomorrow, qualifying first and 10th. Ellis won the final first-round heat with the fastest time of the day of 50.81 and Pettigrew placed fifth in the same heat with a time of 51.74.

    • The freshman Norman and junior Morgan Jr. both advanced to the men’s 400m semifinal tomorrow, Norman qualifying fourth and Morgan Jr. 15th. Norman was fourth in a fast second heat with a time of 45.01, while Morgan was third in the final heat with a time of 45.47, just .03 seconds off his PR. Bryshon Nellum (USC, 2013) took second in the second heat and overall with a time of 44.85 to advance to also advance to the semifinal.

    • Conor McCullough (USC, 2015) began the day by placing ninth in the men’s hammer throw. He opened with his best throw of 219-1 (66.78m) in the first round and held the eighth and final qualifying spot after two rounds. He had the final throw of the third round and had slid to ninth before his attempt. He fouled in his final attempt to place ninth.