Small Group Of Trojans To Compete At The Triton Invitational This Weekend

    Redshirt junior Erika Peyton has consistently been throwing the hammer 180-190 feet. She entered the season with one career throw over 167 feet.
    April 20, 2016

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    The No. 3-ranked USC women's team and the No. 15-ranked men's team will compete at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. on April 22-23. Trojans expected to compete this weekend are throwers Nathan Bultman, Matthew Katnik, Tera Novy, Erika Peyton, Nick Ponzio, Tanya Sapa and David Sellens, distance runners Katerina Berdousi, Mitchell Cameron, Rebekah Ent, Rachel Glynn, Amber Gore, Nicolaus Jakowec, Sophia Racette, Madison Ricks, William Robinson, Trent Rule, Taylor Seamans, Natasha Strickland, Jenna Tong and Jordon Wallin, and jumper Madisen Richards.

    USC HAS BIG WEEKEND AROUND THE SOUTHLAND - USC had a big weekend at four meets around the Southland from April 14-16. At the Mt. SAC Relays: USC athletes winning Invite events on April 16 were Kendall Ellis (400m), Ricky Morgan (400m) and Jaide Stepter (400m IH). Ellis had a PR of 51.82 to move from 8th to 5th on USC's all-time list and to 3rd among collegians this season. Stepter, who leads the country in the 400m (50.91), won the 400m IH with a season-best time of 55.90, 2nd among collegians this season. Morgan won the 400m with a time of 46.43. Other top results included Margaux Jones taking 2nd in the Invite LJ with a wind-aided PR of 21-2.75/6.47m (+3.4w), 3rd in the country. She also had a legal outdoor PR of 20-9.75/6.34m (+1.4) which moved her into 7th on USC's all-time LJ list. Adoree' Jackson took 4th in the men's Invite LJ by matching his season best with a jump of 25-8.00/7.82m (+1.9). Robert Ford placed 3rd in the Invite 800m race with a PR of 1:47.54. On April 15, Dominic Smallwood was 3rd in the College/Open TJ with a wind-aided PR of 50-8.25/15.45 and Jackson was 9th in the C/O 100m with a wind-aided PR of 10.35. On April 15 at the Beach Invitational: Nathan Bultman had a hammer throw PR of 192-1 (58.54). On April 14 at the CSULA Twilight Meet: Tera Novy was 2nd in the discus throw with a new PR, school record and NCAA-leading mark of 200-5 (16.10m). On April 14 at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate: Multi-eventer Lyndsey Lopes had a javelin throw of 110-6 and a HJ of 5-3, Felicia Horvath tied for 7th in the pole vault at 12-0.50 and Sophia Racette was 3rd in the 1500m with a season-best time of 4:49.54.

    NOVY BREAKS HER SCHOOL DISCUS THROW RECORD - USC standout senior discus thrower Tera Novy is in her final season of competing for the Trojans and it looks like she plans on making it special. She broke her school record with a NCAA-leading winning toss of 196-6 (59.90) at the California Collegiate on April 2. Then she bettered it with a throw of 200-5 (61.10m) at the CSULA Twilight Meet on April 14. She also had throws of 196-1 and 200-1 (61.00m) at that meet. The 61-meter mark met the Olympic A standard. She currently leads the NCAA by more than five feet and has four throws farther than the best throw by the second-leading collegian. Last season Novy set the school discus throw record with a mark of 193-11 (59.12m) at the CSULA Twilight Meet on April 16, breaking the mark of 189-5 by Kate Hutchinson which had stood since 2006. Novy took fourth at the 2015 NCAAs in the discus throw with a mark of 191-3 (58.31m). Novy also took second in the discus throw and sixth in the shot put at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships.

    WESTBROOK AND THYMES TO REDSHIRT 2016 SEASON - All-American sprinters sophomore Ky Westbrook and senior Just'N Thymes have decided to redshirt the 2016 season. Both athletes have dealt with leg injuries beginning in the indoor season and have not competed outdoors at all in 2016. Westbrook finished up the 2015 season by running a wind-aided 11.11 to place fourth in the 100m dash at the NCAA Championships, the third-fastest any condition time ever run by a Trojan in the NCAA finals. Westbrook set a legal PR of 11.17 (+1.8) at the NCAA semis to move into sixth on USC's all-time list. She also earned All-America honors in the 4x100m relay which placed third with a time of 43.27. Thymes had a solid first season at USC after transfering from Riverside City College, posting best of 10.37 in the 100m and a PR of 20.46 in the 200m. He also finished third at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 20.75, making it a 1-2-3 finish by the Trojans in the event. He earned All-America honors as part of the 4x100m relay which ran 38.75, the second-fastest time in USC history. Thymes has a 100m PR of 10.18 set while at Riverside.

    JONES JUMPS INTO USC TOP 10 - It was obvious freshman Margaux Jones would have an immediate impact for the 2016 Trojans if the indoor season is any indication. In her second indoor meet Jones jumped 20-3.00 (6.17m) to set the USC freshman record and then in her next meet, the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 5, she set the school indoor record with a jump of 21-0.50 (6.41m). She closed out her indoor season by winning the MPSF long jump title with a leap of 20-10.00 (6.35m). Jones had a high school PR of 20-5.50 (6.23m) which ranked fourth in the country as a high school junior. She had a 2015 best jump of 20-4.25 (6.20m) to take second at the 2015 CIF State Meet, which ranked seventh among high school jumpers. Jones opened up her outdoor season with an PR of 20-6.50/6.26m (+1.2) to win at the Pepsi Invitational on April 9. He then bettered that and placed second in the Invite long jump competition at Mt. SAC on April 16 with a wind-aided jump of 21-2.75/6.47m (3.4w) which ranks third in the country. She also had a legal outdoor PR of 20-9.75/6.34m (+1.4) which moved her to seventh on USC's all-time list.

    ELLIS BUILDING OFF STRONG FIRST SEASON - Sophomore Kendall Ellis had an impressive freshman season for Troy, setting the USC freshman indoor and outdoor 400m records, placing fifth at the Pac-12 Championships in the 400m, reaching the NCAA semifinals in the event and earning All-America honors with the 4x400m relay which also set USC indoor and outdoor records. She originally set the USC freshman 400m record with a time of 53.10 at the Jim Click Shootout on April 11, besting Malika Edmonson's record of 53.02 set in 1998. Ellis kept improving her record until running a then-PR of 52.32 to win the 400m title at the USATF Junior Championships on June 27. She went on to place third in the 400m at the Pan-Am Juniors on July 31 with a time of 52.81. This season she has been even better. Ellis opened up in the 400m this season at the C&G Challenge with a time of 52.45 to take second. She then won the 400m Invite race at Mt. SAC on April 16 with a PR of 51.82. That time moved her from eighth to fifth on USC's all-time list and ranks third in the country this season. She also set a 200m PR at Mt. SAC on April 15 with a time of 23.32 (+1.1) which ranks 38th in the country.

    STRONG IN THE SHOT - When Nick Ponzio took third in the shot put at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships, he became the first Trojan to score in the event at the conference meet since 2010. Ponzio went on to set the USC freshman record of 64-1 (19.43m) and move into sixth on USC's all-time list, while placing eighth at the NCAA Championships. He was the first Trojan to score at nationals since Noah Bryant won the shot put title in 2007. Ponzio opened 2016 with a mark of 62-3.00 (18.97) at the C&G Challenge on March 26, then improved to 62-8.75 (19.12) to win at the California Collegiate on April 2 and to 63-5 (19.33m) for 4th at Mt. SAC, good for 8th in the country. He also won at the Pepsi Invitational on April 9 with a mark of 62-1.25. The Trojans look like they appear ready to stay on the national scene in the event with the addition of freshmen Matthew Katnik and Nathan Bultman. Katnik won every meet he was in as a senior, including winning the California State Meet with a throw of 72-0. He had a best in the high school shot of 72-3 (22.02m) which ranks 10th on the all-time high school shot put list. He opened up his collegiate career with a winning throw of 61-7.75 (18.79m) to win at the Trojan Invitational on March 19 is already less than a foot outside the USC all-time top 10 list in the event and ranks 16th in the country. Bultman was second to Katnik at the California State Meet last season and had a high school best of 64-5. He opened up his collegiate career in the shot put with a mark of 58-7.25 (17.86m) to take second at the Trojan Invitational and then improved to 59-1.25 (18.01m) at the C&G Challenge on March 26 and to 59-11.25 (18.27) at the Pepsi Invitational on April 9.

    TOP 25 TROJANS - In the early season, USC has 18 athletes and relays which have posted 23 top 25 marks in the country. Women: Ellis (3rd - 400m), Gaither (T-13th - 100m, 10th - 200m), Graham (21st - 100m HH), Hill (T-13th - 100m, T-4th - 200m), Iuel (6th - 400m IH, 10th - Hep.), Jones (3rd - LJ), Novy (1st - DT), Sapa (25th - SP), Stepter (24th - 200m, 1st - 400m, 2nd - 400m IH), 4x100m (8th) and 4x400m (4th). Men: Cunningham (3rd - HJ), Ford (15th - 800m), Jackson (12th - LJ), Katnik (16th - SP), Morgan (3rd - 400m), Ponzio (8th - SP), Sloan (13th - LJ).

    PAC-12 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS - March 29 - Adoree' Jackson (Men's Field), Ricky Morgan Jr. (Men's Track), Jaide Stepter (Women's Track), April 5 - Tera Novy (Women's Field), April 19 - Tera Novy (Women's Field).

    NEXT WEEK - USC will face rival UCLA in the annual Dual Meet being held in Westwood, Calif. on May 1.