Ellis And Ali Earn Spots On World Championship Team At USA T&F Championships|
June 24, 2017
Kendall Ellis broke her school 400m record for the second consecutive day while qualifying to represent USA at the 2017 World Championships and Anna Cockrell advanced to the women's 400m hurdles final to highlight USC's efforts during the third day of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, Calif. today (June 24). In addition, current Trojans advancing to event semifinals were Marquis Morris in the men's 110m hurdles and Deanna Hill in the women's 200m dash. Alumni Aleec Harris (110m hurdles) and Allyson Felix (200m) advanced to event semifinals, Dalilah Muhammad (400m hurdles) and Jaide Stepter (400m hurdles) advanced to event finals and Nia Ali made team USA in the 100m hurdles.
At the USA Junior Track & Field Championships also in Sacramento, incoming freshman Zachary Shinnick won the men's 400m to make the USA team for the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru from July 21-23. Shinnick ran 45.20 in the final today.
Ellis made the USA team for the World Championships in London, England (Aug. 4-13) by taking third in the women's 400m final with a time of 50.00. Ellis' time broke her school record of 50.24 set yesterday in the semifinals. It was the fourth time this season that Ellis has lowered USC's record in the event, bettering Jaide Stepter's previous school best of 50.91. Said Ellis after the race, "I feel good. I am just honored in the Lord the God, so excited i am getting the opportunity to represent my country on the world stage. I knew I was in the field with extremely talented women. So I knew it was going to be a competitive race from start to finish. I just wanted to be able to maintain contact and didn't get caught. I knew if I can keep up with Quanera (Hayes) in Lane 7 that I would be able to finish strong."
Anna Cockrell took fourth in her women's 400m hurdles semifinal with a time of 55.44 to automatically advance to the final tomorrow. Joining her will be alumni Dalilah Muhammad (USC, 2012) who ran 53.95 and Jaide Stepter (USC, 2016) who ran 56.26 to make it three Trojans in the final. Muhammad was the gold medalist in the event at the 2016 Olympics.
Nia Ali (USC, 2013) placed second in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 12.68 (-1.7) to make USA's hurdles team for the 2017 World Championships. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist advanced to the finals by placing second in the women's 100m hurdles semifinals with a time of 12.52 (+0.9).
Marquis Morris advanced to tomorrow's 110m hurdles semifinals by placing fourth in his first-round heat and 10th overall with a time of 13.73 (-0.3). Also advancing and winning the same heat with a time of 13.47 was Aleec Harris (USC, 2014). He had the second-fastest time among the qualifiers.
Just'N Thymes placed 19th in the men's 200m dash by running 20.86 (+0.2) to place fifth in his heat. The top 16 runners advanced to the semifinal tomorrow.
Deanna Hill automatically advanced to the women's 200m semifinal tomorrow by taking second in her first-round heat with a time of 23.07 (-1.5). Allyson Felix (USC, 2008) won the heat with a time of 22.95, which was ninth overall. Hill's time was 13th among the qualifiers.
Brittany Mann placed 15th in the women's shot put with a best mark of 52-6.00 (16.00m).