May 10, 2016
USC T&F Heads To Pac-12 Championships in Seattle, Wash.
The USC track and field teams will compete at the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships hosted by Washington at Husky Track in Seattle, Wash. on May 14-15. The meet will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by the Pac-12 Network, airing on May 22 at 9 a.m.
USC AT THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS – The USC men’s team has won 10 Pac-12 team titles and finished second each of the last three seasons. USC’s women’s team has captured one team title (1996) and has finished second the last two seasons. The last USC men’s team title came in 2006, but the Trojans have scored 99 or more points in 16 of the last 19 seasons, including 121 last year. The USC women’s team has finished fourth or higher in 24 of the 29 seasons of the women’s competition and has scored 99 or more points in 16 of the last 20 meets. The USC women’s team scored 182 points last season, the most-ever by a team not to capture the conference crown (Oregon won 185-182).
TROJAN TIDBITS AT THE PAC-12s – Since 1960, USC’s men’s team has won 239 event titles, 48 more than the next team (UCLA-191). The most events won in a single meet was 11 by USC in 1961. USC’s men have won the most titles in 10 of the 21 events. A USC man has won the 100m and 200m dashes 18 times, including nine of the last 11 100m titles and nine of the last 13 200m titles. USC’s women’s team has won the second-most individual events (102) and has the most wins in five of the 21 events. A USC woman has won the 100m dash 11 times and the 200m race 12 times. USC has won the women’s 4x100m relay 11 times since 2000 & 14 times overall, including with a meet-record time of 43.10 in 2015.
RETURNING PAC-12 CHAMPIONS – The Trojans combined to win 13 event titles (6 by the men and 7 by the women), more than any other school at the 2015 Pac-12 T&F Championships. Returning Trojans who are competing and are defending individual Pac-12 champions are Alexis Faulknor (W-LJ), Tynia Gaither (W-200m), Adoree’ Jackson (M-LJ) and Jaide Stepter (W-400m IH).
IUEL WINS, LOPES 5TH AT PAC-12 MULTIS – Junior Amalie Iuel won the 2016 heptathlon and freshman Lyndsey Lopes placed fifth at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships on May 7-8 in Seattle, Wash. Iuel’s seven-event total of 6,011 points was a PR of 212 points and won the competition by 431 points over Arizona’s Alyssa Thompson. Iuel moved from third to second on USC’s all-time heptathlon list and she is now just 68 points behind the school record of 6,079 set by Wendy Brown in 1988. Iuel also moved into seventh place on the all-time Pac-12 heptathlon list. Iuel also won the conference heptathlon title in 2014 and finished third in 2015. Lopes’ total of 5,277 points was a PR of 208 points and was tops among the freshmen. Her first collegiate heptathlon was just 101 points behind Iuel’s total of 5,378 as a freshman in 2014 which won the conference title. Iuel had a PR in the high jump of 6-0.50 (1.84m) which moved her into an 4th-place tie on USC’s all-time list and into an 8th-place tie nationally. She then ran to victory in the 800m race by setting a PR of 2:06.34 to win the final event by nearly seven and one-half seconds. Her time moved her into 10th place on USC’s all-time 800m list, the first Trojan woman to crack the school’s 800m top 10 since 2005. Iuel and Lopes had a strong two days, both setting a personal best in the heptathlon with Iuel setting four PRs in the seven events and Lopes setting two PRs.
TOP 30 TROJANS – During the regular season, USC had 17 athletes and relays which posted 22 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, T-8th-HJ, 2nd – Hep.), Jones (11th – LJ), Novy (3rd – DT), Sapa (T-14th – SP), Stepter (3rd – 400m, 7th – 400m IH), 4x100m (10th) and 4x400m (5th). Men: Cunningham (4th – HJ), Ford (27th – 800m), Jackson (18th – LJ), Katnik (24th – SP), Morgan (9th – 400m), Ponzio (9th – SP), Sloan (T-19th – 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).
UP NEXT – The USC track and field team will compete at the 2016 West Preliminary Rounds hosted by Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. from May 26-28.