USC Holds Off UCLA on the Track

SC  Davonte Stewart receives baton from Andre De Grasse just ahead of UCLA  Joe Herrera
SC Davonte Stewart receives baton from Andre De Grasse just ahead of UCLA Joe Herrera

LOS ANGELES – In the most storied dual meet in track and field, UCLA ended up on the short end in a classic on Sunday at Loker Stadium. The men were edged by a single point, 82-81, while the women fell, 93-70. It was USC’s first sweep in the series since the 2010 season.

The UCLA men held an 81-77 lead going into the men’s 4x400m relay race, but the team of freshman Ricky Morgan, junior Just’N Thymes, the junior De Grasse and senior Davonte Stewart won with a time of 3:09.89 to secure the five points and give the Trojans the 82-81 win. The Bruins started off fast lead by Andre Chapman on opening leg who also grab few points earlier taking second place in men’s 400m hurdles. Then SC started gaining a lead in third leg before it was just too much for an anchor leg Darnell Roberson to overcome.

UCLA Andre Chapman showing great form in 400m Hurdles
UCLA Andre Chapman showing great form in 400m Hurdles

Bruins showing their strength in the field. Sophomore Zaybree Haury led a UCLA sweep in the javelin with a throw of 154-7. Senior Tatum Souza followed in second at 143-2 while Moniques Van grabbed a point in third at 138-4. The men followed suit in the javelin as senior All-American Derek Eager launched a new season best. Eager won the event with a throw of 226-4 and was followed by senior All-American Marcus Nilsson (195-0) and freshman Robert Prata Jr. (184-9).

De Grasse set the Loker Stadium record when he won the men’s 100m dash with a wind-legal PR of 10.04 (+0.4) which also tied the meet record set by Ato Boldon of UCLA in 1996 and moved him into a second-place tie on USC’s all-time list. De Grasse beat the Loker Stadium record of 10.07 which was set by Aaron Brown on May 11, 2013. BeeJay Lee of SC a senior placed second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.17, while UCLA’s Leon Powell took third with a time of 10.38. Thymes placed fourth in the 100m with a time of 10.41, senior Bryan Mercado was fifth with a PR of 10.51 and freshman Adoree’ Jackson was sixth with a PR of 10.54. De Grasse now has the fastest wind-legal 100m and 200m (20.16) times this season by college runner.

Both teams today had great individual accomplishments for men and women all Sunday afternoon:

USC – Adoree’ Jackson won the men’s long jump with a wind-aided leap of 25-2.00/7.67m (+4.0w)

USC – Marquis Morris won 100m Hurdles with a wind-aided time of  13.80 (+3.5w)

USC – Randall Cunningham won the men’s high jump with a clearance of 7-2.50 (2.20m)

USC – Vanessa Jones won the 400m race with a time of 53.08

UCLA – Torie Owers won the women’s shot put with a mark of 53-7.50

UCLA – Jordan Senko won the men’s 3,000 steeple with a time of 9:17.91

UCLA – Nick Hartle defended his dual meet title in 800m with a time of 1:48.82

UCLA – Bronte Golick won the women’s 5,000m with a time of 17:00.11

Next up for all these great track athletes is Pac-12 Championships being held at Ucla Drake Stadium May 9,10 & 16, 17.


More Photos can be view at Part I  &  Part II