USC T&F Heads To 2016 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds In Kansas

    May 23, 2016

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    The USC track and field team will compete at the 2016 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds hosted by Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. from May 26-28. There will be 48 athletes in each event, with the top 12 after the Preliminary Rounds in each region moving on to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 8-11.

    USC BRINGS 23 ATHLETES TO WEST PRELIMINARY ROUNDS - Trojans that qualified and declared for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds and the events in which they are scheduled to compete are: Women: Destinee Brown (100m, 4x100m), Kendall Ellis (400m, 4x400m), Alexis Faulknor (LJ, 4x100m), Tynia Gaither (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Jasmyne Graham (100m HH), Deanna Hill (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Amalie Iuel (400m IH, HJ, 4x400m), Margaux Jones (LJ), Tera Novy (DT), Cameron Pettigrew (400m, 4x400m), Erika Peyton (HT), Tanya Sapa (SP), Mikaela Smith (800m), Jaide Stepter (400m IH, 4x400m). Men: Nathan Bultman (DT, HT, SP), Zyaire Clemes (400m), Randall Cunningham (HJ), Robert Ford (800m), Adoree’ Jackson (LJ), Matthew Katnik (SP), Ricky Morgan (400m), Nick Ponzio (SP), Dominic Smallwood (LJ, TJ).

    WOMEN FINISH 2ND, MEN 5TH AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC women’s team placed second with 111.50 points and the men’s team placed fifth with 75 points at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships held in Seattle, Wash. on May 14-15. Jaide Stepter won her third consecutive 400m IH title and anchored USC’s winning 4x400m relay team, Adoree’ Jackson won his second consecutive long jump title and Amalie Iuel won the heptathlon for the second time. Others with second-place finishes were Randall Cunningham (HJ), Kendall Ellis (W-400m), Jackson (M-100m), Ricky Morgan (M-400m), Tera Novy (W-DT), the women’s 4x100m relay and the men’s 4x100m relay.

    IUEL NAMED PAC-12 WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Junior Amalie Iuel was named the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Women’s Field Athlete of the Year on May 18. The multi-talented Iuel won the 2016 Pac-12 heptathlon title as she scored a PR of 6,011 points, winning the event by 431 points. She set personal bests in four events, and moved from third to second on USC’s all-time list, only 68 points behind the school record of 6,079 set by Wendy Brown in 1988. The native of Norway also moved into seventh place on the all-time Pac-12 heptathlon list. Iuel placed fifth in the high jump and reached the 400m IH finals before pulling out of the Pac-12 Championships (May 14-15) with a sprained right elbow sustained in practice the day before the meet. Iuel had the best heptathlon, the best high jump and was on the top 4x400m relay team in the Pac-12 this season and ranked in the top 10 in eight different events. Iuel had best this season of 23.41 in the 200m, 2:06.34 in the 800m, 13.69 in the 100m HH, 56.37 in the 400m IH, 19-9.75 in the long jump, 6-0.50 in the high jump, 6,011 in the heptathlon and ran on the 4x400m relay which clocked 3:29.73. While recovering from her elbow injury, Iuel will focus on the high jump, 400m IH and 4x400m relay moving forward this season. She ranks tied for eighth in the country in the high jump and 11th in the 400m IH. Iuel actually qualified for six events at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

    TOP 30 TROJANS - During the regular season, USC had 18 athletes and relays which posted 23 top 35 marks in the country. Women: Ellis (12th - 400m), Gaither (T-15th - 100m, 13th - 200m), Hill (21st - 100m, T-11th - 200m), Iuel (11th - 400m IH, T-8th-HJ, 3rd - Hep.), Jones (T-15th - LJ), Novy (3rd - DT), Sapa (T-17th - SP), Smith (35th - 800m), Stepter (4th - 400m, 4th - 400m IH), 4x100m (9th) and 4x400m (7th). Men: Cunningham (T-5th - HJ), Ford (31st - 800m), Jackson (21st - LJ), Katnik (27th - SP), Morgan (12th - 400m), Ponzio (12th - SP), Sloan (T-24th - LJ).

    SPRING SPORT SUCCESS - USC’s women’s beach volleyball and women’s water polo teams have already claimed NCAA titles and 10 of USC’s 14 spring sports ranked in the top 12 in the country: W-Water Polo (No. 1), W-Beach Volleyball (No. 1), W- Golf (No. 2), M-Golf (No. 3), W-Swimming (No. 4), W-Lacrosse (No. 5), W-Track (No. 6), M-Swimming (No. 9), M-Tennis (No. 11) and W-Rowing (No. 12).

    UP NEXT - The USC track and field team will compete at the 2016 NCAA Track & Field Championships hosted by Oregon in Eugene, Ore. June 8-11.