USC Heads To NCAA Track & Field Championships In Oregon

    Melia Cox is qualified in the triple jump and the 100m HH at the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Cox is one of three Trojans qualified in two individual events, joining Tynia Gaither (women's 100m and 200m) and Aaron Brown (men's 100m and 200m).

    June 6, 2014

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    USC's No. 13-ranked men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the 2014 NCAA Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. from June 11-14. USC has four men who will compete in five events plus the 4x100m relay, while the Trojans have seven women who will compete in nine events, plus both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. In all, USC is sending six men and 12 women to the NCAA Championships. At least one Trojan man or woman has won an individual NCAA title in 18 of the last 22 championships.

    WHERE TO WATCH THE MEET - The 2014 NCAA Track & Field Championships will be televised on ESPNU on June 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m. and June 14 beginning at 2 p.m. In addition, ESPN3 (online) will carry the meet beginning at 3:55 p.m. on June 11 and June 12.

    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 10. USC won a record 9-straight titles from 1935-43. USC also has the most individual men's titles with 113. The Trojan women's team won its only team title in 2001. USC's men's team finished fifth in 2013 and has finished in the top 10 in 14 of the last 19 seasons. The women's team tied for 21st last season, but has finished in the top 10 in 11 of the last 19 seasons. USC has also had at least one individual win an NCAA title in 18 of the last 22 seasons.

    			Most Men's NCAA Outdoor T&F Titles
    		 	1.)	USC		26
    			2.)	Arkansas	10
    			3.)	UCLA		  8
    			4.)	UTEP		  6
    IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE... - USC's men's team has just four athletes qualified in five events plus a relay team for the NCAA Championships, but four of the qualifiers finished in the top seven in the preliminary rounds. Last season, USC had five male athletes advance to the NCAA Championships and finished fifth overall with 42 points. USC placed third in 1992 with a six-man team and won the NCAA title in 1943 with a four-man squad. In 1943, USC wasn't going to send a team, its ranks having been thinned by World War II. At the last minute, however, coach Dean Cromwell, who didn't even make the trip, sent a token group of four men to Chicago for the Championships. The four men - sprinter jack Trout and Cliff Bourland, long jumper Edsel Curry and javelin thrower Doug Miller - scored 46 points to earn USC the title.

    HARRIS & BROWN ON THE RADAR FOR THE BOWERMAN AWARD - Senior hurdler Aleec Harris has been added to the final 10-man Bowerman Award Watch List, while senior sprinter Aaron Brown is also receiving votes for the award presented annually since 2009 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation, it was announced by the organization on June 4. Harris hurdled onto the Bowerman list and into the national spotlight after running a wind-legal 13.18 (+1.8) in the 110m HH at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on May 31. Harris' time is the second-fastest time ever by a college male athlete, trailing only Renaldo Nehemiah's NCAA record of 13.00 set in 1979. Harris also broke his USC school record, the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds record and the Pac-12 record of 13.22 set by Greg Foster in 1978. Harris won the Pac-12 hurdles title with a time of 13.35 on May 18. Brown, the Pac-12 100m and 200m dash champion, gained votes this week after running 10.12 (+0.8) in the 100m dash and 20.16 (+0.5) in the 200m race. Brown's 200m time set the Canadian national record in the event, breaking the old mark of 20.17 set in 1991. Following the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 11-14, the Bowerman Award semifinalists will be announced on June 23.

    TRAVELING TROJANS - USC will have 18 athletes (6 men, 12 women) who will travel to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Track & Field Championships. The men traveling and their events are: Terence Abram (4x100m), Aaron Brown (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Viktor Fajoyomi (decathlon), Aleec Harris (110m HH, 4x100m), BeeJay Lee (100m, 4x100m) and Bryan Mercado (4x100m-alt.). Women representing USC at the NCAA Championships will be: Alexandra Collatz (discus), Melia Cox (100m HH, triple jump), Jessica Davis (100m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Alexis Faulknor (4x100m), Tynia Gaither (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Amalie Iuel (400m IH), Vanessa Jones (400m, 4x400m), Loudia Laarman (4x100m), Ashley Liverpool (4x400m), Akawkaw Ndipagbor (4x400m), Kemi Olonade (triple jump) and Jaide Stepter (4x400m-alt.).