Three Trojans Head To Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships In Corvallis, Ore.

    May 4, 2017

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    THIS WEEK - Lindsey Lopes, Alexa Harmon-Thomas and Daniel Norwitz will compete in the 2017 Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships in Corvallis, Ore. on May 6-7. It is the first event of the 2017 Pac-12 T&F Championships which the rest of USC’s No. 8-ranked men’s team and the No. 5-ranked women’s team will take part in at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. on May 13-14.

    TOP 30 TROJANS: USC currently has 28 individual times/marks and all four relays which rank among the Top 30 in the country: Men - Brock (T-26th - 100m), Cunningham (T-6th - HJ), Katnik (16th - SP), Morris (T9th - 110m HH), Norman (6th - 400m), Ponzio (15th - SP), Sloan (T-13th - LJ, 4th - TJ), Smallwood (28th - LJ), Sourapas (28th - 200m), Thymes (T-8th - 100m, 3rd - 200m), 4x100m (13th) and 4x400m (19th). Women - Cockrell (7th - 100m HH, 2nd - 400m IH), Ellis (13th - 200m, 2nd - 400m), Hall (10th - 100m HH), Hill (T-8th - 100m, T-5th, 200m), Iuel (4th - 400m, 1st - 400m IH), Jones (T-26th - LJ), Lopes (27th - Heptathlon), Mann (9th - SP), Pettigrew (6th - 400m), Sapa (15th - SP), Smith (25th - 800m), Westbrook (T-24th - 100m), 4x100m (11th) and 4x400m (2nd).

    TROJANS IN THE MULTI-EVENTS -- Lyndsey Lopes will be competing in her second Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships. Last season as a freshman, she placed fifth with a total of 5,277 points. That was her first collegiate heptathlon. This season she competed in the heptathlon at the Jim Klein Combined Events and had a PR of 5,368 points which ranks eighth on USC’s all-time list. This is the first college heptathlon for Harmon-Thomas. She had an indoor pentathlon PR of 3564 points. Daniel Norwitz is competing in his first college decathlon ever and third meet as a Trojan.

    EN FUEGO DUO -- Sophomore Christian Sourapas and freshman Alexander Barnum are running the best races of their careers and providing some much needed depth for the Trojans in the sprints, especially at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 30 with sprinters J.T. Brock and Just’N Thymes sitting out the sprint races. Sourapas, a transfer from Oregon, won the Dual Meet 200m with a PR of 20.63 (+0.9) and took third in the 100m with a PR of 10.37 (+0.9). Barnum took third in the 200m with a PR of 21.06 and took second in the 100m with a PR of 10.32. Barnum now ranks fourth and Sourapas fifth in the 100m dash among conference runners. Also, Sourapas ranks second in the 200m among Pac-12 runners and Barnum ranks ninth.

    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 moved her into ninth on the USC 100m hurdles list. She then ran 12.91 (+1.1) to win at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet and move into fifth on USC’s all-time list.

    NEXT MEET: PAC-12 - May 13-14: USC will be competing at the 2017 Pac-12 T&F Championships hosted by Oregon in Eugene, Ore. on May 13-14.