May 14, 2016
May 14, 2016
Senior Jaide Stepter was named the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year it was announced by the conference today (May 14). The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Stepter graduated with a degree in Communications and a minor in Animation and Digital Arts this week and will compete at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in the 400m IH and as part of USC’s 4x400m relay this weekend. Stepter had a 4.0 GPA in the Fall and carried a 3.84 GPA into her final semester.
Stepter, the reigning two-time Pac-12 400m IH champion, has a best 400m IH this season of 55.90 which ranks seventh among college athletes. She also has a personal best in the event of 55.83 which ranks third on USC’s all-time list. Stepter also set the USC outdoor 400m record this season with a time of 50.91 which ranks third in the country. During the indoor season, Stepter set the USC indoor 400m record with a time of 52.22 to finish sixth at the NCAA Championships.
Stepter has also been a key member on USC’s All-America 4x400m relay which has run 3:29.73 which is currently fifth among college teams. Last season, the USC 4x400m relay team set the school indoor and outdoor records and finished second at the NCAA Championships.