Observe and discipline prep for NCAA championships

Bailey Lear is ranked sixth on USC’s all-time out of doors 400m listing and was part of the second-fastest 4x400m relay in class historical past. (Picture courtesy of USC Athletics)

Thirty-two athletes from USC monitor and discipline will journey to Fayetteville, Ark. this week for the 2022 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

Athletes with high 12 instances or marks of their respective occasions will earn a berth to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. in June.

“The staff’s vitality has been nice all 12 months once we journey,” Head Coach Quincy Watts stated. “It is good to see they know chill out, they usually know convey a way of calm earlier than the storm.”

USC used the final day of the Pac-12 Observe & Discipline Championships to climb the standings, as each the boys’s and ladies’s groups benefitted from clutch performances to every end within the high 5.

“Although clearly we did not win, … we received individuals to step up somewhere else that we did not assume was attainable,” stated senior sprinter Bailey Lear in an interview with the Each day Trojan.

USC’s males’s staff completed third general after sophomore Johnnie Blockburger gained a person title within the males’s 400m on the championship’s remaining day. The win was Blockburger’s second of his profession within the Pac-12 Championship, posting a season-best time of 45.19.

Blockburger’s record-breaking day continued within the 4×100 relay, when, together with junior Nicholas Ramey, senior Eric Allen Jr. and graduate scholar Kasaun James, the staff gained the occasion with a time of 38.60. USC’s earlier document for the occasion, 38.69, was set in 1980.

On the ultimate day of the championships, sophomore Jasmine Jones gained the 100-meter hurdles and junior Jan’Taijah Ford gained the ladies’s 400 meter, serving to the ladies’s staff vault from eleventh to fourth place.

“It is nothing new to us due to the best way that we’re made,” Watts stated. “We at all times go into the final day down a variety of factors, however we have at all times ran extraordinarily effectively on day two.”

Ford’s victory was the fifth consecutive girls’s 400m Pac-12 title for USC.

The 400 is at all times dominant for us,” Lear stated. “Normally colleges name us ‘400 Meter [University]’as a result of we’re so highly effective within the 400.”

USC will look to hold their momentum to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, the place the competitors is certain to warmth up. With 48 individuals competing in particular person occasions, there will likely be loads of alternatives for USC athletes to advance previous the NCAA preliminary spherical.

Within the girls’s 100m race, graduate scholar Celera Barnes leads all athletes with a time of 10.82, incomes her the primary seed within the race. Simply behind Barnes on the seventh seed is freshman Samirah Moody.

“These younger women have labored extraordinarily arduous, particularly Celera Barnes. I am searching for a breakout for her,” Watts stated.

Moody, who began with the staff in January, additionally garnered excessive reward from her coach.

“Samirah is only a phenomenal freshman,” Watts stated. “She’s off to an amazing begin and simply searching for her now to seek out her legs de ella and achieve some expertise.”

For each the 4x100m and 4x400m relay preliminaries, USC is seeded fifth with UCLA simply behind in sixth. The stress will likely be excessive because the Trojans look to proceed their profitable season.

“We do not even name it regionals as a result of it is like the primary a part of nationals,” Lear stated.

Lear will be a part of Ford within the 400m sprint preliminary spherical. Each athletes are seeded within the high 15.

Blockburger is the No. 2 seed within the males’s 400m sprint preliminary spherical. With a time over a half second shorter than the occasion’s No. 1 seed, Texas senior Jonathan Jones, Blockburger might need to beat his personal season-best time with a purpose to win the occasion.

The NCAA Preliminary Spherical will start Might 25 on the College of Arkansas campus and will likely be livestreamed on the NCAA web site.

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