May 5, 2016
Heptathlon is first of 21 events at the Pac-12 T&F Championships in Seattle, Wash.
Heptathletes Amalie Iuel and Lyndsey Lopes will compete at the 2016 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by Washington in Seattle, Wash. on May 7-8 while the rest of the No. 5-ranked USC women’s team and the No. 23-ranked men’s team will train in preparation for the 2016 Pac-12 Championships next weekend (May 14-15) in Seattle. The multi-events for the women will run from 12:45-5:00 p.m on May 7 and 12:45-3:30 p.m. on May 8 at Husky Track.
TROJANS IN THE MULTI-EVENTS – Junior Amalie Iuel will be competing in her third Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships. She won the 2014 Pac-12 heptathlon with a two-day score of 5,378 points to become the first Trojan woman to win the event since Nicole Haynes in 1996 and her point total moved her into seventh place on USC’s all-time list. Iuel was also the first freshman to win the conference heptathlon since Jackie Johnson of ASU in 2004. It was just her second heptathlon and her third was at the 2015 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships where she placed third with 5,610 points which moved her to fourth on USC’s all-time list in the event. Iuel competed in one heptathlon this season, scoring 5,799 points to place fifth at the Sam Adams Combined Events. Iuel now ranks third on USC’s all-time list and 10th in the country this season. Freshman Lyndsey Lopes will be competing in her first heptathlon as a Trojan. She has a high school best of 5,069 points in placing sixth at the 2015 USATF Junior Championships. The following are Iuel’s and Lopes’ PRs in the seven events.
Lopes PRs: 100m HH – 14.08, SP – 33-7.25, HJ – 5-6.00, 200m – 24.52, LJ – 18-2.00, JV – 117-5, 800m – 2:19.69
TROJANS EARN A SPLIT AT USC-UCLA DUAL MEET – The USC track and field team combined to win 21 of 38 events at the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet hosted by the Bruins in Westwood, Calif. on May 1. USC’s women won 97-66 to make it eight wins in the last nine seasons, while the Trojan men fell 60-103. USC women winning events were Katerina Berdousi (5000m), Rebekah Ent (1500m), Tynia Gaither (100m & 200m), Jasmyne Graham (100m HH), Amalie Iuel (HJ), Tera Novy (DT), Tanya Sapa (SP), Mikaela Smith (800m), Jaide Stepter (400m & 400m IH) and both relays. Victors in the men’s competition were Nathan Bultman (HT), Adoree’ Jackson (100m & LJ), Diego Lopez (JT), Ricky Morgan (200m & 400m) and both relays. Gaither’s 100m-200m double featured PRs of 11.21 and 22.74 which moved her to 8th and 5th respectively on USC’s all-time lists. Jackson’s 100m win made it the 14th consecutive season a Trojan male had won the Dual Meet 100m dash.
TOP 30 TROJANS – During the regular season, USC had 17 athletes and relays which posted 21 top 30 marks in the country. Women: Ellis (8th – 400m), Gaither (T-12th – 100m, 9th – 200m), Hill (19th – 100m, T-6th – 200m), Iuel (9th – 400m IH, 10th – Hep.), Jones (11th – LJ), Novy (2nd – DT), Sapa (13th – SP), Stepter (3rd – 400m, 7th – 400m IH), 4x100m (10th) and 4x400m (5th). Men: Cunningham (3rd – HJ), Ford (27th – 800m), Jackson (16th – LJ), Katnik (21st – SP), Morgan (9th – 400m), Ponzio (9th – SP), Sloan (17th – LJ).
PAC-12 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS: March 29 – Adoree’ Jackson (Men’s Field), Ricky Morgan Jr. (Men’s Track), Jaide Stepter (Women’s Track), April 5 – Tera Novy (Women’s Field), April 19 – Tera Novy (Women’s Field).
JACKSON TOPS IN IMPACT – The USTFCCCA keeps tabs of football players competing in track and field and Trojan Adoree’ Jackson among Division I football players ranks first in the 100m (10.35w), second in the 200m (21.08) and first in the long jump (25-8/7.82m).
NEXT WEEK: – The USC track and field team will compete at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships hosted by Washington in Seattle, Wash. on May 14-15. Both the men’s and women’s teams have finished second in each of the past two seasons at the conference meet. The multi-events championships this weekend will be one of 21 scored events in the team competition.