USC T&F Has A Successful Weekend Of Qualifying

    June 26, 2016

    Tynia Gaither won the 100m and 200m at the Bahamas Senior Nationals this weekend and incoming freshmen Anna Cockrell and Michael Norman Jr. made the USA Junior team at the USA Junior Championships which concluded today (June 26) in Clovis, Calif. Cockrell and Norman earned a spot on the USA team which will compete at the IAAF World U20 Championships to be held July 19-24 in Poland.

    Gaither won the 100m dash at the Bahamas Senior Nationals with a time of 11.33 (-0.1) on June 24, after reaching the finals by running the top qualifier of 11.56 (-0.2) in the preliminary round earlier in the day. The senior All-American then came back to capture the Bahamas 200m title with a time of 23.00 (-0.6) on June 25. Gaither earned the right to represent the Bahamas at the 2016 Olympics in both events and will run with her national 4x100m relay team in the British Virgin Isles in early July to try and gain a qualifying time in that event.

    The incoming freshman Cockrell took second in the women’s 400m IH at the USA Juniors on June 25 with a time of 55.89 to make Team USA in that event for the IAAF World U20 Championships. She had run 57.05 in the prelims on June 24 to advance to the finals. She just missed out on making the team in the 100m HH also as she had a time of 13.21 (+0.3) in the finals to place third on June 25. Earlier in the day Cockrell had run 13.17 (+1.2) to advance to the finals. Jasmyne Graham, who just completed her freshman season at USC, placed fifth in the 100m HH finals with a time of 13.25 (+0.3). She had run a season-best 13.21 (+1.2) in the prelims to advance to the finals.

    Norman Jr. blazed to victory in the 200m dash with a PR of 20.15, .02 seconds off the American Junior record set in 1985. Norman won the event by .62 seconds to earn his way on the USA Juniors team. Norman’s time is also tied for the sixth-fastest in the U.S. this year and faster than the winning time at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Norman clocked 20.54 to win his heat and post the fastest qualifier on Saturday.



    Lyndsey Lopes, who just completed her freshman season at USC, took second in the women’s heptathlon with a total of 5,171 points. Although she finished second, she did not meet the standard of 5,300 points for the IAAF World U20 Championships. She had a best of 5,277 at the Pac-12 Championships this season. She opened the action today in the heptathlon with a long jump PR of 18-4.50/5.60m (+1.9) to place fourth and earn 729 points. She dropped into second place by one point. The next event was the javelin throw and after fouls in her first two attempts, she landed a fair throw of 100-9 (30.71m) to place eighth in the event and earn 490 points. The final event was the 800m race and she posted a time of 2:27.78 good for eighth and 721 points.

    Lopes finished the first day of competition (June 25) with the lead and 3,231 points. She opened with a wind-aided PR of 14.03 (+2.4w) in the 100m HH to take third in the event and earn 974 points. She then tied for sixth in the heptathlon high jump with a clearance of 5-5.75 (1.67m) to earn 818 points. Then she took second in the heptathlon shot put with a best mark of 34-10.25 (10.62m) to earn 570 points. She ended the first day by running 25.20 to tie for fourth in the 200m dash to earn another 869 points. She went into today with a 24-point lead.

    Just missing out on making the USA team was rising sophomore long jumper Margaux Jones. Jones had a legal PR of 20-10.50/6.36 (+0.3) in the prelims to take a lead heading into the finals and move from seventh into a sixth-place tie on USC’s all-time women’s long jump list. She dropped to third after fouling in the fourth round while two jumpers passed her. Jones improved to 20-10.75/6.37 (+1.2) in her fifth jump and moved into sixth place all alone on USC’s all-time long jump list, but could not catch the leaders and finished third

    Mikaela Smith, who will be entering her sophomore season at USC in September, took fourth in the women’s 800m final on June 25 with a time of 2:05.39, just .06 seconds off her PR. Smith advanced to the finals by running 2:07.54 on June 24 to win her prelims heat and advanced to the finals with the fourth-fastest time.

    Nathan Bultman had a strong and busy first season at USC and finished it up by competing in the hammer throw, shot put and discus throw at the USA Juniors. Bultman began by taking fourth in the junior hammer throw with a mark of 202-5 (61.71m) on June 24. The next day he placed fifth in the shot put with a top mark of 63-11.00 (19.48m), which came in his last attempt. Finally on June 26, Bultman took 14th in the discus throw with a best toss of 165-11 (50.57m).

    Also on June 24, soon-to-be senior Amalie Iuel won the 400m race at the 2016 Norwegian Grand Prix at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway with an outdoor PR and Norwegian U23 record of 52.85. That time also moved her into 10th place on USC’s all-time women’s 400m list. Iuel had to post a qualifying time in the 400m so that she could run on Norway’s 4x400m relay team at the 2016 European Championships and then hopefully at the Olympic Games.