Trojans Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Track & Field Honors|
April 6, 2015
USC swept Pac-12 Athlete of the Week Honors (March 30-April 5) as Andre Grasse was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Deanna Hill the Women's Track Athlete of the Week, Conor McCullough the men's Field Athlete of the Week and Tera Novy the Women's Field Athlete of the Week it was announced by the conference today (April 6). A USC track and field athlete has won seven of the eight conference honors in the two weeks it has competed this season.
De Grasse had a big weekend at the Florida Relays, placing his name in USC's all-time top 10 in three events. The junior won the men's 200m with a PR of 20.20 (+1.6) which is the fastest time in the country this season and fourth on USC's all-time list in the event. He also took third in the men's 100m dash with a PR of 10.11 (+0.3) which moves him into eighth place on USC's all-time 100m dash list. It is also the second-fastest wind-legal time in the country behind teammate BeeJay Lee's 10.09. De Grasse also ran the second leg on USC's third-place 4x100m relay team (1st among college teams) with a time of 38.97. That time moves the quartet into eighth place on USC's all-time list and is the school's fastest since the 2005 season. The Ontario, Canada native also ran a leg on the 4x200m relay team which appeared to have won, but was disqualified for an apparent exchange zone violation.
The freshman Hill was the top college runner and second overall in the 200m dash at the Florida Relays with a personal best of 22.88 (+1.6). That time is the best in the country by a college runner this season and ties her for eighth on USC's all-time list. Hill, from Orlando, Fla., also set a PR in the 100-meter dash of 11.44 (-0.7) to finish eighth, fifth among college runners. That time currently ranks 10th on the NCAA list. Hill ran the leadoff leg for the winning 4x100-meter relay which won the Walter Welsch Award with a time of 43.85, and a leg on the winning 4x200-meter relay which went 1:31.41 to beat all teams and finish .42 seconds off the school record. USC's time was more than three seconds faster than the next collegiate team and 1.67 seconds faster than the top professional team.
McCullough, a senior from Canoga Park, Calif., competed outdoors for the first time since 2012 and won the men's hammer throw and placed fourth in the men's discus throw. He won the hammer throw with a mark of 233-7 (71.21m) to move into fifth on USC's all-time list. That throw is the tops in the country this year. In fact, he had four throws over 231 in the competition, while no other collegiate thrower has topped 230 feet this season and only eight have gone over 220 feet. McCullough's discus throw of 164-5 (50.12m) was just his seventh competition in the event, first since 2012.
The junior Novy won the discus throw and shot put competitions at the California Collegiate Meet in San Diego, Calif. and earned Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks. Novy, who ranks third in the country in the discus throw already, was very consistent making five throws over 175-9, with only the second-place finisher topping that mark. A discus throw of 175-9 currently ranks 14th in the country, so she had five throws above that mark in this one competition, with a winning throw of 182-10. Novy also showed consistency in the shot with four throws over 44-5.50, with a winning mark of 45-4.25 (13.82m), just three-quarters of an inch farther than the next two throwers.