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SEATTLE, WASH. -Dior Hallwon the women's 60m HH,Andre De Grassethe men's 60m dash and the women's 4x400m relay team won with a meet record time at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor Track & Field Championships being held at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Wash. today (Feb. 28). The USC women's team won their second consecutive MPSF title, while the men's team took second in their inaugural season in the conference.
"We are excited about out performances this weekend," said USC Director of Track & FieldCaryl Smith Gilbert. "Just about everyone on our team stepped up and met our challenge to win, PR or score points. Our coaches prepared the team to compete at a championship level and we had a few more athletes qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. I am always very proud when we do our best. I believe we represented USC extremely well and fought like Trojans until the very end. We will definitely have a solid showing in Fayetteville in two weeks."
The freshman Hall continued to impress and announce her arrival at the collegiate level by capturing the 60m HH crown with a time of 8.11. SeniorMelia Coxtook fourth in the event with a time of 8.34. Together Hall (10) and Cox (5) earned the Trojans 15 points in the team competition.
FreshmanMarquís Morristook third in the men's 60m high hurdles with a time of 7.95 to earn USC six points. SeniorAllen Williamsfinished sixth with a time of 8.11 to earn three more points.
Teammates junior De Grasse and seniorBeeJay Leewere separated by just .005 seconds in the men's 60m dash with De Grasse winning the title at 6.61 (6.602) and Lee taking second with a PR of 6.61 (6.607). The pair teamed up to gain 18 points for the Trojans in the team battle.
The Trojan women finished 3-6 in the 60m race to pick up 18 points in the team competition. Redshirt juniorTynia Gaitherwas third with a PR of 7.23, freshmanDeanna Hillwas fourth with a PR of 7.28, juniorAlexis Faulknorwas fifth with a time of 7.34 and sophomoreDestinee Brownwas sixth with a time of 7.40.
The women's team took control of the meet by amassing 23 points in the 400m race and moving into first place to stay. USC's first four finishers all set PRs with juniorJaide Steptertaking second with a time of 52.89, freshmanKendall Ellisfinishing third with a time of 53.19, seniorVanessa Jonestaking fourth with a time of 53.33 and sophomoreAmalie Iuelfinishing fifth with a time of 53.38. SophomoreCameron Pettigrewfinished 11th with a time of 54.89.
FreshmanRicky Morganfinished second in the men's 400m race with a time of 47.32. Morgan was just .02 seconds out of winning the title.
The 800m races were the final individual running competitions for USC. FreshmanRobert Fordplaced fourth in the men's race with a time of 1;49.32 to earn USC five points in the team competition. SeniorMyles Andrewsplaced 11th in the men's 800m race with a time of 1:50.63 and freshmanDavid Manahantook 20th with a time of 1:54.73. SeniorErica Capellinoand juniorReika Kijimaboth set PRs in the women's 800m race with Capellino finishing 17th with a time of 2:11.54 and Kijima taking 18th with a time of 1:54.55.
JuniorTera Novyhad a PR of 49-11.00 (15.21m) in the women's shot put to place seventh and earn USC two more points. SophomoreTanya Sapahad a best throw of 42-6.75 (12.97m) to finish 16th.
Redshirt freshmanNick Ponzioalso set an indoor PR with a mark of 60-5.25 (18.43m) in the men's shot put competition. He finished sixth and earned the men's team three points.
Senior Michael Krone placed second and freshmanRandall Cunninghamtied for third in the men's high jump competition to gain an additional 13.5 points for USC. Both athletes cleared 7-0.25, Krone tying his PR set in 2011 and Cunningham matching his season best.
Cox came back to take second in the women's triple jump with a best leap of 40-8.75 (12.41m). She earned eight points for her efforts. Williams came back to compete in the men's triple jump and placed 11th with a best jump of 46-4.00 (14.12m).
The women's team already had the meet clinched, but finished things out in style by winning the 4x400m relay with a meet-record time of 3:33.58. USC's relay team in order was Ellis, Iuel, Jones and Stepter.
USC won seven titles during the two-day meet with De Grasse winning the men's 60m, Faulknor winning the women's long jump, Hall winning the women's 60m HH, Hill winning the women's 200m, Lee winning the men's 200m, Conor McCullough winning the men's weight throw and the women's 4x400m relay taking the conference crown.
SEATTLE –The California Golden Bears track and field team concluded the MPSF Indoor Championships on Saturday at Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle with the men’s team finishing eighth with 53 points and the women placing 11th with 30 points. The men’s team was bolstered early on by scoring performances by juniorThomas Joycein the mile (4:01.56), who placed fifth, freshmanAshtyn Davisin the 60-meter hurdles final (8.14) with a seventh place finish and sophomoreKhalfani Muhammadin the 60-meter dash (6.87), who finished sixth. Later in the afternoon, juniorJonte Grantset a new PR in the triple jump with a leap of 51-2.25 (15.60m) to grab a second place finish and eight points, while sophomoreEugene Hamilton IIIPR’ed in the 800-meters (1:49.82) to grab a seventh place finish. Junior jumperNoel Frazieralso claimed seventh place in the high jump, clearing a height of 6-10.25 (J2.09m). On the women’s side, it was redshirt seniorChioma Amaechiwho recorded a season-best mark of 49-11.75 (15.23m) in the shot put to seize sixth place and three team points. SophomoreKiare Tanneralso showed well in the triple jump, earning six points for her third place finish, with a leap of 40-6.00 (12.34m). FreshmanBethan Knightsplaced fourth in the 3000-meters, and was just shy of her own freshman school record with a time of 9:18.44 and her teammate, juniorKelsey Santistebanwas seventh with a time of 9:21.43 to combine for seven points.
"I thought there were a number of highlights at this meet," director of track and field Tony Sandoval said on Saturday from Dempsey. "We came close on a lot of events where we could have scored. It was tough to follow the high energy from yesterday and I think we might have been a little flat when we got going today, but we did come on later as the meet went on. We have a lot of young people that learned a lot today and we are going to build on that. We saw a lot of good chemistry and that is pleasing to all of us."
Joyce was able to secure four points for the Golden Bears in their quest to repeat as MPSF champions with his mile performance of 4:01.56. Fellow juniorLeland LaterPR’ed in his section of the mile with a time of 4:05.28 for the Bears, falling just short of scoring with a ninth place effort.
Muhammad clocked a time of 6.87 in the 60-meter dash, slightly behind his PR time (6.78) Friday in the prelims, but was still able to register three points for the Bears with a sixth place finish. In the hurdles, Davis, who enrolled in January, ran a time of 8.14 and grabbed another two points as he placed seventh.
Hamilton III won his section of the men’s 800-meters in exciting fashion, coming from behind late to set a new lifetime best in the event, with a time of 1:49.82, earning the Bears two points. FreshmanEllis Newtonalso won his section, setting a new PR with a time of 1:51.79, improving on his previous best of 1:52.67 set at the Husky Classic on Feb. 14.
Grant beat his previous best of 50-10.75 with a leap of 51-2.25 (15.60m) in the triple jump to capture second place and eight key points for Cal.
Knights fell just two hundredths of a second shy of her school freshman record on Saturday, placing fourth and earning five points for the women’s team. Junior teammateKelsey Santistebanalso scored for Cal, clocking a time of 9:21.43 for seventh place, grabbing two more points.
Several other Golden Bears PR’ed on Saturday, including redshirt juniorChris Walden(7:55.90), Joyce (8:09.61) and sophomoreYohaness Estifanos(8:24.02) in the 3000-meters, juniorJonte Turner(50.18) in the men’s 400-meters, the aforementioned Later in the men’s mile and 3000-meters (8:09.81), freshmanNatalie Herbergin the women’s 800-meters (2:14.37), juniorMariel Mendozain the women’s mile (4:57.33) and 3000-meters 9:42.93), juniorChristine Canningin the women’s high jump, clearing a height of 5-5.25, freshmenGinika Iwuchukwu(47-10.50) andDestiny Parker(45-0.50) in the women’s shot put and freshmanPeter Simon(54-0.50) in the men’s shot put.
The Bears will open their outdoor season next Saturday with the California Outdoor Opener at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. Fans are encouraged to head toCalBears.comand follow@Cal_Trackfor the latest news and updates on the team.
SEATTLE – Darian Brooks set a Stanford indoor
record in the triple jump to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation track
and field championship title Saturday.
Brooks, the reigning Pac-12 champion, reached 52-2 ¾ on
his fourth jump to win by a foot and break Stanford’s 2006 mark of 51-10 ½ by
Solomon Welch. Brooks’ effort highlighted performances by Stanford’s men, who
finished sixth with 61.5 points. Brooks now owns both the indoor and outdoor
Jessica Tonn captured the mile in 4:40.03 to become
Stanford’s first MPSF champion in that event since Lauren Centrowitz in 2009.
Tonn remained undefeated against collegiate competition this season in any
event, and became a double MPSF champion, following her leadoff effort on the
Cardinal’s winning distance medley relay Friday.
The Cardinal women, who placed fifth with 52 points, also
got runner-up finishes from sophomore Vanessa Fraser in the 3,000 meters. Fraser
moved up the field throughout the race, taking the lead on the final lap before
Arizona’s Elvin Kibet made a decisive move on the backstretch. Fraser ran
9:16.94 to set a personal best by eight seconds.
In his multi-events competition as a collegian, Stanford
freshman Harrison Williams finished a close second in the seven-event
heptathlon. Williams scored 5,539 points, only to fall four shy of Oregon’s
Mitch Modin. Williams, the 2014 U.S. junior national decathlon champion, made a
strong effort in the final event, the 1,000, but it wasn’t quite enough. Still,
the total is the second-highest in Stanford history.
Fifth-year senior Erik Olson may have booked a ticket to
the NCAA Championships by running 7:51.26 to finish second in the 3,000. The top
16 national marks in each event through this weekend earn passage to the NCAA’s
March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
In the mile, Thomas Coyle ran 3:59.32 to become the
14th in Stanford history, indoors or outdoors, to run a sub-4. Coyle
finished third in the race and became the second Cardinal sophomore this season
break four minutes, following Sean McGorty.
In all, eight Cardinal set personal bests Saturday,
including freshman Gaby Gayles, who was seventh in the 400 in 54.31 – just
behind teammate Kristyn Williams at 54.30. Gayles moved to No. 5 on Stanford’s
all-time indoor list and No. 3 among freshmen, including indoors and
Final team scores – 1, Oregon 95; 2, USC 88.50; 3, Arizona
State 70; 4, UCLA 65.50; 5, BYU 64.50; 6, Stanford 61.50; 7, Washington 54.50;
8, California 53; 9, Arizona 37; 10, Washington State 24.50; 11, Colorado 24;
12, Long Beach State 21; 13, Portland 3; 14, Cal State Northridge
Heptathlon – 1, Mitch Modin (Oregon) 5,543 points; 2,
Harrison Williams (Stanford) 5,539 (No. 2 Stanford all-time indoors). Williams
results: PV – 15-9; 60H – 8.40; 1,000 – 2:40.57.
Final team scores – 1, USC 111; 2, Oregon 89; 3, Arizona
State 69.33; 4, UCLA 62; 5, Stanford 52; 6, Washington 51; 7, Arizona 48.50; 8,
Washington State 36; 9, Colorado 31; 10, BYU 30.33; 11, California 30; 12, Long
Beach State 13; Cal State Northridge 9; 14, Hawaii 8.33; 15, Portland 6; 16
(tie), Utah and Oregon State, 5; 18, Cal State Fullerton 2.50.
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Here is the story about the old record in the triple jump.
Solomon Welch Sets School Record In Triple Jump Stanford opens outdoor season on Sunday
March 4, 2006 Seattle, Wa -Solomon Welchset a school record in the triple jump to highlight Stanford's participation at the Washington Last Chance Indoor Meet on Saturday at the University of Washington.
Welch jumped 51-10 1/2 (15.81m) to easily his previous school record of 50-5 1/2 (15.68m) at the Washington Invitational earlier this year. Welch won the event and met the NCAA provisional standard. TeammateFeranmi Okanlamifinished second and jumped a career-best 51-7 1/4 (15.73m) which also is second-best in school history. Okanlami easily bested his previous effort of 50-0 3/4 (15.26m) at the MPSF Championship earlier this season. Lauren JespersenandJoaquin Chapamet the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the mile with respective times of 4:03.51 and 4:04.33.
Stanford opens its outdoor season on Sunday at Cobb Track & Angell Field. The meet begins at 1:30 p.m. Men's Results (Stanford results only) Mile: 4.Lauren Jespersen(S) 4:03.15; 6.Joaquin Chapa(S) 4:04.33 1500 meters: 5.Joaquin Chapa(S) 3:45.79; 6.Lauren Jespersen(S) 3:46.66
Triple Jump: 1.Solomon Welch(S) 51-10 1/2 (15.81m); 2. Fernanmi Okanlami (S) 51-7 1/4 (15.73m)
Women's Results (Stanford results only) Pole Vault: 4. Anna McFarlane (S) 12-11 3/4 (3.96m)