USC Set To Host UCLA In Annual T&F Dual Meet

    April 27, 2017

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    The USC men’s (No. 7) and women’s (No. 5) track and field teams will host the No. 18 UCLA men and UCLA women’s teams in the annual Dual Meet at Loker Stadium on April 30 beginning at 11 a.m. with field events and noon with running events. The hammer throw competition will begin at 1 p.m. at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif. on April 29. The meet will be televised live from 1-3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. USC will be wearing throwback uniforms, donning Cardinal tops and White shorts.

    DUAL MEET HISTORY -- USC’s men lead 43-40 and the Trojan women trail 22-11 in the all-time Dual Meet series. USC’s women have won eight of the last nine meetings with the Bruins, including the last three. USC’s men are 4-6 in the last 10 Dual Meets, last winning in 2015. A USC male athlete has won the 100m dash 14 straight Dual Meets and the 200m dash 13 of 14 years. A USC female athlete has won the 100m dash 13 of the last 14 Dual Meets and the 200m in 10 of 11 seasons. USC women have won the 4x100m relay 12 consecutive times. In the 2016 season, USC’s women won 97-66, while the men fell 60-103.

    TOP 25 TROJANS: USC currently has 25 individual times/marks and all four relays which rank among the Top 25 in the country: Men - Brock (T-21st - 100m), Cunningham (T-3rd - HJ), Katnik (18th - SP), Morgan (T-25th - 400m), Morris (8th - 110m HH), Ponzio (15th - SP), Sloan (12th - LJ, 3rd - TJ), Smallwood (25th - LJ), Thymes (6th - 100m, 3rd - 200m), 4x100m (12th) and 4x400m (16th). Women - Cockrell (17th - 100m HH, 2nd - 400m IH), Ellis (12th - 200m, 2nd - 400m), Hall (T-11th - 100m HH), Hill (T-9th - 100m, T-3rd, 200m), Iuel (3rd - 400m, 1st - 400m IH), Jones (T-17th - LJ), Mann (9th - SP), Pettigrew (6th - 400m), Sapa (13th - SP), Westbrook (T-23rd - 100m), 4x100m (10th) and 4x400m (2nd).

    ELLIS ON MID-SEASON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST -- USC junior Kendall Ellis was one of 10 athletes named to the mid-season watch list for the women’s Bowerman Award given out annually to the top NCAA track and field athlete of the year, it was announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on April 19. Ellis won the 400-meter dash at the Battle on the Bayou on April 8 with a meet-record time of 50.98. Her time is second on the NCAA list this season and second on USC’s all-time list in the event. Ellis anchored USC’s 4x400m relay team which set a school record with a time of 2:26.27 at the Texas Relays on April 1. At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, Ellis broke her USC indoor 400m record with a time of 51.07 to take second, just .007 seconds behind the winner. She also anchored USC’s collegiate record-setting 4x400m relay which clocked 3:27.03 to capture the title.

    IUEL BREAKS HER NORWEGIAN RECORD -- Amalie Iuel opened up her 2017 hurdling campaign with a PR of 55.38 to win the Battle of the Bayou on April 8. That time is the collegiate leader, third all-time by a Trojan and broke her Norway national record (55.79) set last year.

    COCKRELL HURDLES INTO USC TOP 10 LISTS -- It didn’t take long for freshman hurdler Anna Cockrell to break into USC’s top 10 lists. In her first collegiate 400m hurdles race at LSU on April 8, she took second to teammate Amalie Iuel (55.38) with a time of 55.51. That is the second-fastest time in the country currently and fourth-fastest all-time by a Trojan. It also set the USC freshman record, topping the previous record of 56.49 set by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad in 2009. Cockrell also placed third in the 100m hurdles at the meet with a time of 13.18 (+0.3) which moves her into ninth on the USC 100m hurdles list.

    WOMEN’S 4X400M RELAY BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD - USC’s 4x400m relay team of Cameron Pettigrew, Amalie Iuel, Deanna Hill and Kendall Ellis won at the Texas Relays on April 1 with a school-record time of 3:26.27. The quartet broke the record set by Ellis, Iuel, Pettigrew and Jaide Stepter of 3:26.73 set at the 2016 NCAA West Regional. USC lost the All-American Stepter to graduation, but the Trojans showed during the indoor season that they are more than ready to compete at the highest lever. Pettigrew, Iuel, Hill and Ellis teamed to set the collegiate indoor record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:27.03 to win the 2017 NCAA Indoor title.

    USC’S RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS - USC has six 2016 first-team All-Americans returning including Destinee Brown (2nd in the 4x400m), Randall Cunningham (NCAA champion in the HJ), Kendall Ellis (8th in 4x400m), Deanna Hill (6th in 100m, 7th in 200m, 2nd in 4x100m and 8th in 4x400m), Amalie Iuel (8th in 4x400m), Ricky Morgan Jr. (7th in the 400m). In addition, 2015 NCAA All-Americans Dior Hall (100m hurdles), Just’N Thymes (4x100m) & Ky Westbrook (100m, 4x100m) return from missing last season due to injuries.

    NEXT MEET: PAC-12 MULTI-EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS - May 6-7: The USC-UCLA Dual Meet is essentially the end of the regular season. The next meet for USC will be the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. on May 6-7. USC is expected to enter Lyndsey Lopes and Alexa Harmon-Thomas in the heptathlon. The entire team will be back in action at the 2017 Pac-12 T&F Championships hosted by Oregon in Eugene, Ore. on May 13-14.