USC Track & Field Opens Indoor Season At McCravy Invitational Friday|
Jan. 18, 2017
The USC Track & Field program will open the 2017 indoor season at the Rod McCravy Invitational in Lexington, Ky. on Jan. 20-21. USC’s No. 4-ranked women’s team and No. 6-ranked men’s team will be well represented as 36 Trojans are scheduled to compete in the season opener.
Trojan women expected to make the trip are: Seniors: Destinee Brown, Lorea Ibarzabal, Amalie Iuel, Brittany Mann, Cameron Pettigrew and Tanya Sapa; Juniors: Kendall Ellis, Deanna Hill and Madisen Richards; Sophomores: Amber Gore, Jasmyne Graham, Dior Hall, Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Margaux Jones, Lyndsey Lopes, Mikaela Smith and Ky Westbrook; Freshmen: Chloe Berry, Kyra Constantine, Anna Cockrell, Courtney Corrin and Kennedy Gillian.
The USC men’s team will be represented by: Senior: Just’N Thymes; Juniors: Randall Cunningham, Robert Ford, Ricky Morgan Jr., Nick Ponzio, David Sellens, Eric Sloan and Dominic Smallwood; Sophomores: Nathan Bultman, Zyaire Clemes, Nicolaus Jakowek, Matthew Katnik, Marquis Morris and Trent Rule.
This weekend begins what should be and outstanding track and field season for the Trojans. Not only does USC return much of its scoring from the women’s team which placed ninth and the men’s team which placed 12th during the outdoor season and 10th and 27th during the indoor season, but it has added an outstanding freshman class. Heading the list is 2016 National Gatorade T&F Athlete of the Year and preseason Bowerman watch list member Michael Norman. USC has also added 2016 California sprint champion T.J. Brock, 2016 Pan-Am Games 400m hurdles champion Anna Cockrell and former California state champions Courtney Corrin in the long jump and Zaria Francis in the 100m dash. In addition, the Trojans have returned to health 2015 Pac-12 110m hurdles champion Marquis Morris and All-American sprinter Just'N Thymes, 2015 Pac-12 Champion and All-American 100m hurdles champion Dior Hall and All-American sprinter Ky Westbrook. The women's team has also added All-American thrower Brittany Mann.
The indoor season runs through the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas on March 10-11 and the outdoor season begins with the Trojan Invitational on March 17-18 at Loker Stadium. USC will be in action nearly every weekend until the outdoor campaign ends at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 7-10, but right after that will be the USA Juniors and USA Senior Championships between June 22-25 and the IAAF World Championships to be held in London, England from Aug. 4-13. So the track season begins this weekend and it won’t slow down anytime soon. What an exciting time of the year and the question begins this weekend, “Who can make it from Kentucky all the way to London this track and field season?"