USC has added transfers All-American thrower Brittany Mann and heptathlete Alexa Harmon-Thomas to the USC track and field roster for the 2017 season it was announced today (Sept. 6). USC previously announced a recruiting class of sprinter Michael Norman, sprinter T.J. Brock, hurdler Anna Cockrell, sprinter Kyra Constantine, long jumper Courtney Corrin, sprinter Zaria Francis, hurdler Mecca McGlaston and sprinter twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson. Redshirt senior Brittany Mann transferred to USC from Oregon with one season of eligibility remaining. She is a four-time All-American and two-time defending Pac-12 champion in the shot put and will be a big addition to the Trojan program in 2017. She is the Ducks’ record-holder in the women’s shot put with a mark of 57-4.75 (17.49m) which she set in placing fifth at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Last season she also won her second consecutive Pac-12 shot put title with a mark of 55-7.00 (16.94m) and placed eighth in the hammer throw with a mark of 180-4 (54.97m). Redshirt sophomore Alexa Harmon-Thomas transferred to USC from Texas with three seasons of eligibility remaining. She did not compete outdoors at Texas, but competed indoors both years at Texas. Harmon-Thomas, the daughter of NFL great Derrick Thomas, graduated from Lawrence Free State High in Lawrence, Kan. in 2014. She won state titles in the 100m HH, 300m IH (state record time of 42.70) and long jump as a junior and in both hurdles again as a senior.
USC’s previously announced a highly acclaimed freshman class of: MEN: Brock, from Chaminade HS in Chatsworth, Calif., won the 2015 and 2016 CIF 100m dash title at the state meet with a time of 10.34 (+1.8) as a junior and 10.43 (+0.4) as a senior. He also has run two 10.20 wind-aided 100m dashes. Brock took second to Norman in the 200m dash at the CIF state meet in 2015 with a time of 21.16. Michael Norman, from Vista Murrieta HS in Murrieta, Calif., led his team to its second consecutive California state title by winning the 200m with a time of 20.42 (+1.4) and the 400m with a time of 45.77. In June he was named the 2016 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete Of The Year, becoming the first two-time winner in track and field. Norman competed in the 200m and 400m at the USA Olympic Trials, reaching the 200m finals and posting a career-best of 20.14 to place fifth. He then went on to represent USA at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland and earned a gold medal in the 200m. WOMEN: Cockrell, from Providence Day HS in Charlotte, N.C., was named the 2015 North Carolina Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year as she won the state 3A title in the 100m with a PR of 11.93, the 100m HH with a time of 13.53 and the 300m IH with a time of 41.31. She also won the 400m IH with the second-fastest high school time in the country in 2015 of 56.67. As a senior she was even better with a time of 55.20 in the 400m IH and 13.17 in the 100m HH, second and sixth respectively in the country. She then went on to win the 400m IH at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships, after taking 11th in the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Constantine, from St. Roch Catholic School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, placed fourth with a personal best of 52.44 in the 400m finals at the 2015 World Youth Championships held in Cali, Colombia. She was the ninth-fastest U20 women’s 400m runner in the world that season and the youngest in the top 10. Fellow Trojan Kendall Ellis was seventh on that list that season with a time of 52.32. Constantine also ran 52.88 in the semifinals at the World Youth Championships. Constantine won both the 200m (24.17) and the 400m (53.65) at the 2015 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) and has a 200m best of 23.90. Corrin, from Harvard-Westlake HS in Studio City, Calif., won the 2015 CIF state long jump title with a leap of 20-10 (+0.6). She also won the state title as a freshman in 2013 and placed second as a sophomore in 2014. Corrin had a best legal jump of 20-11.00 (+2.0) which ranked third among U.S. high schoolers in 2015, then won the long jump at the USATF Junior Championships with a wind-aided mark of 21-6.25/6.56m (+2.5w). Corrin went on to earn the silver medal with a jump of 20-1.50 (6.13m) at the Pan Am Junior Championships. She won nine of 10 meets she competed in last season, including jumping 20 feet or more in the last five and six times overall. She also owns a 300m IH best of 42.41 and finished seventh at the state meet with a time of 42.79. She was named the L.A. Daily News Girls Athlete of the Year three times. Last year her season was cut short due to a toe injury, but she has returned to health and is competing with the USC soccer team this Fall. She was also named the 2016 SoCal Sports Prep Legends Girls Athlete of the Year. Francis, from Rio Mesa HS in Oxnard, Calif., won the 2015 CIF state titles in the 100m with a time of 11.31 and the 200m with a PR of 23.09, which ranked third among high school women. She then finished third in 2016 with a time of 11.55 (+1.4) and fourth in the 200m at 23.71 (+2.9w). McGlaston, from Dublin HS in Dublin, Calif., had a PR and second-fastest 100m HH time by a high schooler in 2015 of 13.18 (+1.4) to take second at the 2015 CIF state meet to current Trojan teammate Jasmyne Graham. Her time of 13.18 was the World Junior leader., the third-fastest in state history and sixth-fastest ever by a high school hurdler. McGlaston won the 2014 CIF state title in the 100m HH with a time of 13.54. Last season, she cautiously came back from a quadriceps injury and had a best 100m HH time of 13.85 and finished 10th at the CIF Championships. Kayla Richardson, of Walnut High in Walnut, Calif., has wind-aided PRs of 11.65 in the 100m and 23.45 in the 200m dashes. Richardson ran 11.74 to qualify for the 2015 CIF 100m finals with the fourth-fastest time and also had the third-fastest 200m qualifying time of 23.85, but did not run in the finals as she left to compete in the Southeast Asian Games for the Philippines. She finished as the runner-up in the 200m with a time of 23.67 at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. She was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She also won the 2015 CIF Southern Section 100m and 200m titles and posted a 400m PR of 56.53. As a sophomore, Richardson posted a long jump best of 20-2.25 (6.15m) to take second in the girls’ high school final at the 2014 Penn Relays. Last year she placed 10th in the 200m at the CIF Championships with a time of 24.32 Kyla Richardson has been battling several injuries the past several seasons, but as a freshman ran 11.93 in the 100m. She did run a wind-aided 100m time of 11.83 at the 2015 Mt. SAC Relays in her first race back from injury.