Iuel & Williams To Compete At Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships

    Amalie Iuel holds up her 2014 Pac-12 heptathlon award.
    May 7, 2015

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    Sophomore Amalie Iuel will attempt to defend her conference heptathlon title and senior Jemal Williams will compete in the decathlon at the 2015 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by UCLA on May 9-10. The majority of USC's No. 2-ranked women's and No. 4-ranked men's team will train through in preparation for the Pac-12 Championships on May 16-17 at UCLA.

    TROJANS IN THE MULTI-EVENTS - Amalie Iuel won the 2014 Pac-12 heptathlon with a two-day score of 5,378 points to become the first Trojan woman to win the event since Nicole Haynes in 1996 and her point total moved her into seventh place on USC's all-time list. Iuel was also the first freshman to win the conference heptathlon since Jackie Johnson of ASU in 2004. Iuel won the 800m race with a PR of 2:12.43 to win the event by more than two and a half seconds and gain 929 points to grab the title. She has not competed in a heptathlon this season and just two in her career. Jemal Williams took sixth in the decathlon with a total of 7,034 points at the 2014 Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships. He scored 6,871 points at the Cal-Nevada Championships on April 16-17 this season.

    USC PRs:100m HH	      SP	HJ	200m	LJ	      JV	800m
    Iuel:	  13.98 	31-0.0	5-7.00	24.43 	18-10.50	110-5	2:12.43

    USC PRs: 100m LJ SP HJ 400m 110m HH PV DT JV 1500m Williams: 11.33 20-9.25 41-6.50 6-4.75 50.35 14.95 15-0.00 138-1 147-6 4:28.68

    DE GRASSE SETS LOKER STADIUM RECORD - Junior sprinter Andre De Grasse from Markham, Ontario, Canada broke the Loker Stadium 100m dash record by running 10.04 (+0.4) to win at the Dual Meet on May 3. That time was a wind-legal PR, tied for second on USC's all-time list and tied the Dual Meet record set by Ato Boldon in 1996, the same year he earned a bronze medal in the event at the Olympics. De Grasse tied Lennox Miller (1968) for second on USC's list, just .02 seconds behind the school record of 10.02 set by James Sanford in 1980. The previous Loker Stadium record of 10.07 was co-held by Aaron Brown and current teammate BeeJay Lee. The junior also took second in the 200m dash with a time of 20.74 (+1.8) and ran the second leg for the winning 4x100m relay which ran 39.42. To help USC grab the team title, De Grasse ran the third leg for USC's 4x400m relay team which won with a time of 3:09.89 to earn the meet's final five points to secure an 82-81 Trojan victory. He has had many big days this season, including at Mt. SAC on April 18, winning the Invitational 100m, 200m and being part of the winning 4x100m relay. In the 100m he defeated a field of professionals with a wind-aided PR of 9.87 (+4.0w), tying for this season's world-leading any conditions time. He then won the 200m with a PR of 20.16 (+0.3) which tied Aaron Brown's Canadian record and third-place standing on USC's all-time list. De Grasse, BeeJay Lee, Just'N Thymes and Bryan Mercado won the 4x100m relay with a time of 38.98 and became the first college team to win the Mt. SAC Invitational 4x100m since 2002 and only the second in the last 29 years. During the indoor season, he posted a best of 6.60 in the 60m and placed second in the 200m at the NCAA Championships with a USC and Canadian indoor record of 20.26, both marks formerly held by Brown.

    McCULLOUGH ADDED TO THE BOWERMAN WATCH LIST - USC redshirt senior Conor McCullough was added to the Bowerman Men's Watch List on May 6 for the prestigious award at the top college track and field athlete in the country. He won the hammer throw at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 2 with a college-best throw of 248-11 (75.88m) to move into second on USC's all-time list and seventh on the NCAA's all-time list. That mark is tied for the top American throw this season and tied for seventh in the world. The last college athlete to throw farther was Andras Haklits' of Georgia who had a mark of 257-11 on May 4, 2002. McCullough returned to action in the indoor season, but now will take aim at an NCAA title in the men's hammer throw. In his first collegiate outdoor meet since 2012, he threw 233-7 (71.21m) to win and had four throws over 231. His second meet was the Mt. SAC Relays and he won the Invitational with a best throw of 241-9 (73.70m), the third-farthest throw in USC history. He had a very strong series, improving as he went and systematically moving up the USC all-time list. With his second throw of 237-6 (72.39m), McCullough moved from fifth to fourth on the USC list, then with his fifth throw of 239-11 (73.13m) he moved into third on the list and bettered it with his final throw of 241-9. McCullough began his career at Princeton in 2010 and won the NCAA East Region hammer throw competition in 2012, but did not compete at the NCAA's that season. McCullough enrolled at USC last year and was not able to compete, but was granted a sixth year of eligibility for this season. McCullough competed indoors this season and placed second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 80-3.75 (24.48m), but had not competed collegiately outdoors since winning the NCAA East Region hammer throw title on April 24, 2012. He has won his last 11 collegiate hammer throw competitions and 12 of 14 overall since he began at Princeton in 2010. McCullough has a personal-best of 253-3 (77.20m) which he threw at the at the Edmonton International Track Classic in Edmonton, Canada on July 6, 2014.

    FAULKNOR SPRINTS INTO TROJAN TOP 10 - Junior Alexis Faulknor won the 100m dash with a PR of 11.30 (+0.8) to win at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 3 and move into 10th on USC's all-time top 10. She also had her best long jump as a Trojan that same day, winning with a leap of 20-5.75/6.24m (+1.9) which currently ranked tied for 24th in the country. The three-time All-American got her 2015 outdoor season off strongly by running a 23.53 (+0.1) 200m dash and winning the long jump with a leap of 19-7.50/5.98m (-1.2) at the Trojan Invitational on March 21. She also ran the third leg for the 4x100m relay team which ran 43.41 which ranks fifth on USC's all-time list. Faulknor placed fourth in the 100m dash at the Florida Relays on April 3 with a then-PR of 11.32 (-0.3). She then ran a wind-aided PR of 11.22 (+2.8w) to place eighth at the Mt. SAC Relays...that time is tied for sixth in the country. She also ran the third leg on the 4x100m relay which ran 43.38 to better its fifth-place standing on USC's all-time list. In 2014 she place fourth in the 100m (11.53), ninth in the 200m (23.94), first in the 4x100m (43.21) and third in the long jump (20-4.50/6.21m) at the Pac-12 Championships. She finished 13th in both the 100m and long jump at the NCAA West Preliminary rounds, one spot outside of advancing to the NCAA Championships. Faulknor did run a leg on USC's 4x100m relay team with took second to earn All-America honors with a time of 43.00, second all-time by a Trojan quartet. Faulknor also has a wind-aided long jump best of 21-6.25/6.56m (+2.7w) in winning the Conference USA title in 2013 as a freshman...She also had a wind-legal PR of 21-4.75/6.52m (+0.3) in that same competition. During the 2015 indoor season, Faulknor won the long jump title at the MPSF Championships with a jump of 20-5.25 (6.23m) and placed fifth in the 60m dash with a time of 7.34. She had an indoor PR of 7.27 at the McCravy Memorial Invitational on Jan. 24.

    USC RANKING AMONG THE BEST - There are currently 36 NCAA top 30 marks posted by Trojan athletes this outdoor season: Men (13): Randall Cunningham (HJ - T-4th), Andre De Grasse (100m - 1st, 200m - 1st), Adoree' Jackson (LJ - T-17th), BeeJay Lee (100m - 3rd, 200m - T-4th), Conor McCullough (HT - 1st), D.J. Morgan (110m HH - 28th), Marquis Morris (110m HH - 23rd), Nick Ponzio (Shot - 20th), Just'N Thymes (200m - T-7th) and the 4x100m relay (3rd, 22nd). Women (23): Gabriella Cantrell (200m - 28th), Alexandra Collatz (Discus - 4th), Destinee Brown (100m - T-25th), Melia Cox (100m HH - T-21st), Kendall Ellis (400m - 23rd), Alexis Faulknor (100m - T-6th, LJ - 24th), Tynia Gaither (100m - 15th, 200m - 9th), Dior Hall (100m HH - 5th), Deanna Hill (100m - 28th, 200m - 4th), Amalie Iuel (400m IH - 3rd), Vanessa Jones (400m - 25th), Tera Novy (Discus - 2nd), Jenny Ozorai (Hammer - 27th), Jaide Stepter (400m IH - 2nd), Ky Westbrook (100m - 5th, 200m - 19th), the 4x100m relay (5th, T-10th) and the 4x400m relay (10th, 18th).

    TOP 10 TROJANS - USC currently has eight teams ranked in the top 10 in the country: Sand Volleyball (1, NCAA Champions), W-Golf (1), W-Track (2), W-Tennis (2), W-Water Polo (4), M-Track (4), M-Tennis (7), M-Volleyball (8).

    NEXT WEEK - The Pac-12 Championships will be held May 16-17 at UCLA. USC took 2nd in both the men's & women's team competitions at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships.