USC Lands In Eugene, Ore. Ready For T&F Championships

    June 6, 2016

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    The USC track and field team will compete at the 2016 NCAA T&F Championships hosted by Oregon at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. from June 8-11. The top 12 athletes in each event from both the East & West Preliminary Rounds have advanced to the championships. USC's No. 7-ranked women's team has 10 athletes entered in 12 NCAA semifinals, while the men's team has four athletes qualified in four event semifinals. At least one Trojan man or woman has won an individual NCAA title in 19 of the last 24 championships. Last season Andre De Grasse won both the men's 100m & 200m dash titles and Conor McCullough won the hammer throw title.

    WHERE TO WATCH THE MEET - The entire 2016 NCAA Track & Field Championships will be televised on one of the ESPN network platforms. The coverage on June 8 will be from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on ESPN2, on June 9 from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on ESPNU and 5:30-8:00 p.m. on ESPN, on June 10 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on ESPN and on June 13 from 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on ESPN. In addition, the entire meet will be available on Watch ESPN. For the second year in a row, the men's and women's meets will be contested on alternate days with the men's semifinals on June 8, the women's semifinals on June 9, the men's finals on June 10 and the women's finals on June 11. 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 116. The Trojan women's team won its only team title in 2001. USC's men's team finished fifth in 2015 and has finished in the top 10 in 16 of the last 21 seasons. USC's men's team has finished in the top five nationally the last three seasons, for the first time since 1975-77. The women's team was seventh last season and has finished in the top 10 in 12 of the last 21 seasons. USC's women scored 34 points last season, its most since scoring 38.5 at the 2006 Championships.

                Most Men's NCAA Outdoor T&F Titles
                1.)    USC        26
                2.)    Arkansas    12
                3.)    UCLA        8
                4.)    Oregon        7
    USC BRINGS 14 ATHLETES TO THE NCAA T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS - Trojans that qualified for the 2016 NCAA T&F Championships and the events in which they are scheduled to compete are: Women: Destinee Brown (4x100m), Kendall Ellis (400m, 4x400m), Alexis Faulknor (LJ, 4x100m), Tynia Gaither (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Deanna Hill (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Amalie Iuel (400m IH, 4x400m), Margaux Jones (LJ), Tera Novy (DT), Cameron Pettigrew (4x400m) and Jaide Stepter (400m IH, 4x400m). Men: Randall Cunningham (HJ), Adoree' Jackson (LJ), Ricky Morgan (400m) and Nick Ponzio (SP).

    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.

    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 ended the regular season ranked in the top 12 in the country: W-Water Polo (No. 1, National Title), W-Beach Volleyball (No. 1, National Title), W- Golf (No. 2, Round of 8), M-Golf (No. 3, NCAA Semifinals), W-Swimming (No. 4, 6th at NCAAs), W-Lacrosse (No. 5, Round of 8), W-Track (No. 6), M-Swimming (No. 9, 13th at NCAAs), M-Tennis (No. 10, Round of 16) and W-Rowing (No. 12, finished 14th at NCAAs). The Trojans currently are in fourth place in the Director's Cup and have scored more points in the spring sememster than any other school.