Trojans Ready For NCAA T&F Championships In Eugene, Ore.|
June 5, 2017
THIS WEEK - The USC track and field team will compete at the 2017 NCAA T&F Championships hosted by Oregon at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. from June 7-10. The top 12 athletes in each event from both the East & West Preliminary Rounds have advanced to the championships. USC’s No. 4-ranked women’s team has nine individual athletes entered in 11 NCAA semifinals plus the 4x400m relay team, while the No. 14 men’s team has seven individual athletes qualified in eight event semifinals plus both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. At least one Trojan man or woman has won an individual NCAA title in 20 of the last 25 championships. Last season Randall Cunningham won the men’s high jump.
WHERE TO WATCH THE MEET - The entire 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships will be televised on one of the ESPN network platforms. The coverage on June 7 will begin at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN3, 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU and 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2; on June 8 beginning at 10:30 a.m. on ESPN3 and at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2; on June 9 beginning at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN; and on June 10 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN3 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. All times are PT. For the third year in a row, the men’s and women’s meets will be contested on alternate days with the men’s semifinals on June 7, the women’s semifinals on June 8, the men’s finals on June 9 and the women’s finals on June 10. All field events are completed the day they start.
USC AT THE NCAA T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC men’s track and field team has won 26 NCAA outdoor titles, more than double the next-best program Arkansas, which has won 12. USC won a record 9-straight titles from 1935-43. USC also has the most individual men’s titles with 117. The Trojan women’s team won its only team title in 2001. USC’s injury-depleted men’s team finished 12th in 2016 and has finished in the top 10 in 16 of the last 22 seasons. USC’s men’s team finished in the top five nationally the previous three seasons, for the first time since 1975-77. The women’s team tied for ninth last season with 28 points and has finished in the top 10 in 13 of the last 22 seasons. USC’s women have scored 77 points in the first three seasons with Caryl Smith Gilbert as the Director of Track & Field, its most points in a three-year stretch since scoring a total of 86.5 points from 2006-08.
USC BRINGS 22 ATHLETES TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS -- USC is traveling 22 athletes (12 men and 10 women) to the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Men: Alex Barnum (4x100m), T.J. Brock (4x100m), Robert Ford (800m), Matthew Katnik (SP), Ricky Morgan Jr. (400m, 4x400m), Marquis Morris (110m HH, relays), Michael Norman (400m, 4x400m), Nick Ponzio (SP), Alex Rohani (4x400m), Eric Sloan (LJ, TJ), Christian Sourapas (4x100m) and Just’N Thymes (relays). Women: Anna Cockrell (100m HH, 400m IH, 4x400m), Kyra Constantine (4x400m), Kendall Ellis (400m, 4x400m), Dior Hall (100m HH), Deanna Hill (100m, 200m, 4x400m), Amalie Iuel (400m IH, 4x400m), Brittany Mann (SP), Cameron Pettigrew (400m, 4x400m), Tanya Sapa (SP) and Ky Westbrook (100m).
WOMEN AND MEN FINISH SECOND AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC women’s team scored 135 points and the men’s team scored 115.5 points to both finish second at the Pac-12 T&F Championships in Eugene, Ore. on May 13-14. Leading the way and winning titles for the Trojans were Kendall Ellis with a meet record in the W-400m, Michael Norman in the M-400m, Eric Sloan in the TJ, the men’s 4x400m relay and the women’s 4x400m relay with a meet record. Finishing second in events were Anna Cockrell (100m HH, 400m IH), Robert Ford (800m), Deanna Hill (W-200m), Nick Ponzio (M-SP), Dominic Smallwood (M-TJ).
SMITH GILBERT INDUCTED INTO HER HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME -- USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert was inducted into her George Washington high school Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Denver, Colo. on May 31. GWHS is also the same high school that current USC All-American hurdler Dior Hall competed for in track.
SPRING SPORT SUCCESS - Beach Volleyball won its second consecutive NCAA title. Other spring sports and their finish or current status: M-Golf (Won Regional, NCAA quarterfinalist), W-Golf (NCAA semifinalist), M-Tennis (L in NCAA Round of 16), W-Tennis (L in NCAA 1st round), W-Water Polo (L in NCAA semis), W-Lacrosse (L in NCAA quarterfinals). The latest standings in the Director’s Cup (prior to M/W Tennis, Golf & Lacrosse) has USC’s athletic department ranked No. 5.