Four Trojans Named To The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

    July 28, 2016

    Margaux Jones, Erika Peyton, Nick Ponzio and Jaide Stepter were named to the 2016 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team today (July 28). To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have competed in any round of the NCAA Championships and maintained a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

    Jones had an outstanding freshman season for the Trojans setting the USC indoor long jump record in her third meet, winning the MPSF indoor long jump title, taking third at the Pac-12 Championships and ninth at the NCAA Championships to earn second-team All-America honors. Her best legal jump of 20-10.75 (6.37m) earned her a third-place finish at the USA Junior Championships and moved her into sixth on USC’s all-time women’s long jump list. Jones is majoring in Art History and is minoring in Natural Sciences with a 3.38 GPA.

    Hammer thrower Peyton finished her redshirt junior season with a best throw of 190-7 (58.10m) which took third at the Trojan Invitational and was the top throw by a Trojan in 2016. Peyton finished sixth in the hammer throw at the Pac-12 Championships and advanced in the event to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. Peyton graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and had a 3.70 GPA.

    The sophomore Ponzio finished 12th in the shot put at the 2016 NCAA Championships to earn second-team All-America honors. During the season he won both the shot put and discus throw at the Pepsi Invitational and the California Collegiate and placed fourth in the shot put at the Pac-12 Championships. He is majoring in Social Sciences and Psychology with a 3.64 GPA.

    The senior co-captain Stepter won her third consecutive Pac-12 400m IH title and then went on to earn All-America status in the event for the second-straight year at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Stepter also ran on USC’s school record-setting 4x400m relay team, which also earned All-America honors. Stepter also set the school 400m record and then tied the school 400m IH record while placing seventh at the USA Olympic Trials. She was named the 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year and graduated with a 3.85 GPA in Communications, with a minor in Animation and Digital Arts.