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Speed is Coming

USC's track & field season may be over, but the Trojans are getting faster and faster every day. On Tuesday, incoming freshman sprinter Michael Norman, the country's fastest 200m and 400m prep athlete, received his second consecutive National Gatorade Player of the Year honor, becoming just the 12th person in the history of the award to repeat and the first in men's track & field. 

This spring, Norman raced to state titles and records in four events and took home the national title in the 200m with a blazing time of 20.15, the third-fastest time in prep history and the sixth-fastest by any American this year. His season-best 45.51 in the 400m ranks first in the nation among high schoolers, while his season-best 10.27 in the 100m (not considered one of his main events) ranks second. He is the only prep men's sprinter ever to be ranked in the all-time Top 10 of both the 200m and the 400m. 

Norman, who will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend, is headed to USC this fall where he will look to follow in the footsteps of former Trojan sprinting greats like Bryshon Nellum and Quincy Watts, the latter of whom will be coaching Norman soon. 

"Having him as not only a coach but as a mentor is huge for me. He's going to get me to the right place as a track athlete," Norman told USA Today. "Coach Caryl is also so great. I don't know what it is, but she always gets me so fired up to run. It feels like family there."

Norman joins the family officially as a student-athete this fall. Be sure to follow @USC_Track_Field for updates on Norman and the entire track & field team this upcoming season. 


Fastest Man in College

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The high praise continues for USC junior Andre De Grasse after the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named him the 2015 Men's Track Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. De Grasse now joins Olympic silver medalist Bryshon Nellum as the second Trojan in three seasons to win the award.

This honor comes on the heels of De Grasse's truly remarkable performance at the NCAA Championships, where he swept the 100m and 200m dashes. He started by besting a powerful field in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 9.75 (+2.7w), which is the second-fastest any condition time by a collegiate runner ever. He followed that by winning the 200m in 19.58 (+2.4w), setting the collegiate any condition record. It is the first time a Trojan won both the 100m and 200m dashes at the NCAA Championships since Clancy Edwards in 1978, and the first time a collegiate runner has swept the two events since 2007 (Walter Dix). These two events came after De Grasse had already run the second leg of USC's 4x100m relay that finished fourth with a time of 38.75, the second-fastest time in school history. 

This is not the first recognition the junior has received this season as he was also named the Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Year after he set the Pac-12 Championship meet record in the 100m with a time of 9.97. 

Photo Gallery: Right on Track

USC track & field put on an exhibition of athleticism at the Trojan Invitational this past weekend, capturing 16 events over two days. Football star Adoree' Jackson, aptly named sprinter Just'N Thymes and senior BeeJay Lee paced the men with multiple event victories, while Alexis Faulknor led the Women of Troy.

Click here for the recap.

Click here for the Rapid Reaction with Adoree' Jackson and Just'N Thymes.

Click here for the Rapid Reaction with head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert.

Here are the John McGillen photos from an awesome display on Cromwell Field:

#USCBHM: Quincy Watts

When Quincy Watts arrived at USC, he was a 100- and 200-meter sprinter with electrifying talent. By the time he left, he was ready to become the greatest 400-meter runner in the world.

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Watts is now an assistant coach at USC working with the next generation of talented runners.


#USCBHM: Inger Miller

USC track & field legends Lennox and Inger Miller were the first father-daughter duo to both earn Olympic medals.

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Lennox Miller was a two-time Olympic medalist for Jamaica, and then coached his daughter Inger to four Olympic medals representing the United States of America.


#USCBHM: Caryl Smith Gilbert

In her second season as USC's Director of Track & Field, Caryl Smith Gilbert is proving that women can coach men at a high level.

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Smith Gilbert recognizes the differences between coaching men and women, but she focuses on the common thread of respect, demanding excellence from all her student-athletes.


Track and Field Early Signings

Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert signed another talented group of six athletes to NLIs in the class of 2015 early signing period.

The group includes Nathan Bultman, one of the most gifted all-around throwers in the country who was ranked nationally as a junior in the shot put, discus and hammer, as well as Mikaela Smith (pictured) who ranks second in the U.S. among returning 800m runners.

All six athletes attend high school in California and compete in a range of events from the 100m to long jump. Along with Bultman and Smith, the group features Margaux Jones, Jasmyne Graham, Eric Sloan and Myles Valentine.

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T&F: 13 Earn Pac-12 All-Academic

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Sophomore Jaide Stepter (pictured) and senior Thea Weiss headline the list of 13 USC student-athletes named to the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field All-Academic team. Stepter, a first-team selection for the first time, is the 2014 Pac-12 400m hurdles champion and boasts a 3.86 GPA. Weiss is a first-teamer for the third consecutive season with a cumulative GPA of 3.95 in a double major of Neuroscience and English. The senior ranks sixth all-time in pole vault with a clearance of 12-4.50.

The Trojans had one selection to the All-Academic Second Team in senior high jumper Doug Bogie. An impressive ten Trojans made the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention list including: Errin Baynes, Charity Bruce, Alexandra Collatz, Lauren Grego, Felicia Horvath, BeeJay Lee, Ashley Liverpool, Will Robinson, Kira Soderstrom and Jenna Tong.

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Stevens Academic Center Spotlight: BeeJay Lee

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond and pool, they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a little better in our student-athlete spotlight. 

DSC_8231.jpgName: BeeJay Lee
Year: Junior
Sport: Track & Field (100m, 200m)
Major: Communications
GPA: 3.07

Sarah Bergstrom (SB): Transferring from New Mexico and coming to USC last year, was it hard to adjust? Did it feel different academically being here?

BeeJay Lee (BL): Yeah it felt much different. I'm from California so I was used to the California education system. New Mexico was kind of a breeze for me. So going from high school to New Mexico to then coming here, it was really difficult to adjust. 

SB: What were some of the things you did to help yourself adjust to the pace here?

BL: I just made sure that I took to a lot of tutoring and study hall sessions. I learned to take much better notes here. I just narrowed my focus down to school and track. 

SB: At both New Mexico and USC what have you found to be most important when it comes to balancing school and track?

BL: It really is time management. You've got to balance out your athletic life, academic life and at the same time you still want to have a social life too. Just prioritizing the three is really what's most important, rather than abusing one of them.

SB: I see that you're a Communications major. When your track career is done what do you hope to do with the degree that you get from USC?

BL: I've always known that I was good at talking with people and being personable. So I've always wanted to be a coach. With my degree from USC I want to go into marketing or advertising. Selling products to different people or working with companies to help their growth.

SB: What does it mean to you to know that you will get your degree from USC?

BL: I think it is really important. That is one of the key reasons that I came back home and went here. My coach at New Mexico knew how I felt about being far away from home and offered me to go to many other schools. But I chose USC because I wanted to come back home, but more importantly because having a degree from USC speaks volumes for you. It weighs so much to have a degree from USC in the real world. I feel like that was the most beneficial part of coming back. 

SB: In terms of that Trojan Family network, have you already had experiences as an athlete where you've realized how strong that is and will be when you are done here?

BL: I feel like when I first got here I was welcomed by my teammates, different coaches, professors, academic staff and many different people. Just in a year, so many people have embraced me and made me feel like I'm a part of the Trojan Family. It's a lifelong bond and that's something that starts while you're at school. 

SB: What does it mean to you to get to be a USC student-athlete?

BL: I think it's something that is kind of unmatched. One, because you're in such a great location. Two, the tradition and history of the school. Our track team specifically has the most NCAA championships among any other school in the nation. We have also produced the most Olympians. It kind of speaks for itself. I think being a USC athlete is really important. I'm very honored because I'm representing more than just myself as an athlete, I represent a great tradition. 

Stevens Academic Center Spotlight: Jenna Puterbaugh

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond, and pool, they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a little better in our scholar-athlete spotlight.

Name: Jenna Puterbaugh
Year: Senior
Sport: Track and Field (Sprinter)
Major: Psychology

Sarah Bergstrom (SB): Why did you decide to come to USC?

Jenna Puterbaugh (JP): Originally I was just going to follow wherever a scholarship took me. I really didn't want to have to pay for school so that was my goal. I was looking at smaller schools before, but then I ran at a meet and met the USC coach and it just hit me. I don't know what it was but I called my coach (who had run track here) and I asked what it would take for me to get a scholarship to USC. That Monday's practice was way harder, but I knew it was what I signed up for. It was such a God thing, USC ended up calling and everything worked out. It was perfect. 

SB: What has it been like to run track for USC?

JP: It's been kind of crazy because we've had some changes while I've been here. But it's been awesome, I can't complain at all. I've gotten to train with some really legendary people. Now I feel like it's all come to a head and we are really reaching our peak. We have so much talent on this team and we've kind of changed the dynamic this year. I'm excited to see what this season's like. 

SB: What is different about this season for you?

JP: From the beginning, in the offseason, the coaches did an awesome job of establishing a foundation for us. Our preseason workouts were literally the hardest things I've ever done in my life, things that I never would have thought I was capable of. But that really bonded us as a team because none of us thought we could do it and none of us could have done it without each other. We are all able to recognize each other as teammates now. In track that can be a hard thing because it's so individual at times. We have such a strong chemistry now. Also, there are really high standards and we're excited about that. It's challenging us and bringing out the best in us.

SB: How has it been running for a new coach? What have you learned from Caryl Smith Gilbert?

JP: I told her in the beginning of the semester that I'd be in her office a lot because I'm trying to squeeze three years into one. (laughs) I'm the kind of person who works really well with coaches who are in my face, and that's her. She's not mean, she just tells everything straight. She's going to tell you what you're capable of and what you need to do to get there. Everything she teaches us is bigger than track. That is so impactful to me because I've already learned so much in both track and life in such a short time. 

SB: You've struggled with injuries in the past couple of seasons, does this season have some special meaning or feel like a clean slate?

JP: It's super exciting. Last year I was feeling pretty defeated. Every year I've encountered some sort of injury. I was trying to be everything for the team that I could be which ultimately injured me and meant that I hurt my team. But I've learned from it. Learned my limits and learned to take responsibility for that. This year is different. 

Star-Studded Staff

After adding Quincy Watts to the USC track and field coaching staff already this month, new head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert has doubled down by adding two-time Olympic gold medalist Dee Dee Trotter as well as retaining World Championships silver medalist Ryan Wilson as volunteer assistants to go along with new assistant coach Loreal Smith.

"Dee Dee and Ryan have experience that is almost unmatched by any coach in the country," said Smith. "They have been at the highest level competitively and academically and have done it more than once. It says a lot about a person's character as coaches and athletes to be able to make more than one Olympic or World Championship team. This undoubtedly is one of the best staffs in the country and we feel we have covered all avenues to make the experience special for the USC student-athletes."

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Trotter (pictured) took home a bronze medal in the 400m from London 2012, and she has a pair of Olympic golds running on the United States' 4x400m relay team.  She is also the founder of "Test Me I'm Clean," a charity that focuses on fighting the abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.

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Welcome Home Q

USC track and field is bringing back two-time Olympic gold medalist Quincy Watts as the new sprints coach under Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert.  Watts starred at the 1992 Games in Barcelona winning the 400m in a then Olympic and still USC record time of 43.50 in addition to a world record in the 1600m relay.

"We are delighted to be able to add former Trojan great and Olympian Quincy Watts to the USC track and field staff as a sprints coach," said Smith Gilbert. "He was a great athlete here at USC and fits in well with our desire to add to the unparalleled legacy of the Trojan track and field program. Quincy is a really good person and did a great job as a coach at CS Northridge and I look forward to working with him."

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How good was Quincy Watts?  Watch him run...

A Track Enthusiast

Ambrose-George.jpgGeorge Bartlett Ambrose, a former USC sports information director and track manager, died at the age of 89 Sunday in Torrance.  Ambrose received USC's Heritage Award for lifelong contributions to the Trojan track and field program in 2005.

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During his term as sports information director from 1963-67, he helped guide the Heisman winning campaign for Mike Garrett.  After leaving Troy, he remained involved and supportive of USC track and field to the day he died.

Freeman to Run Cross Country

New USC Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert has named David Freeman the head of women's cross country and the distance running coach.  Freeman (pictured), a 2008 Olympian, spent the last two years as an assistant at TCU.

"I'm excited to add David to our staff," said Smith Gilbert. "He has Olympic-caliber experience and has worked his way up through the ranks as a coach. He will coach the middle distances and cross country. He is a great recruiter and can recruit the entire country as well as internationally. He will fit in nicely with the philosophy we have of `building the whole person'."

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Gilbert also tabbed Berry Shumpert to coach the jumpers, and Mary Angell is the new director of operations for the track and field program. 


Three Trojans Become USA Track Champions


The 2013 USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa wrapped up on Sunday with three former Trojans winning national titles and six former Trojans earning spots on the U.S. team for the World Championships later this summer.  Ryan Wilson, the 2003 NCAA Champion in the 110 HH, won his first U.S. Championship, beating four-time U.S. champion David Oliver. Duane Solomon took down five-time U.S. champion Nick Symmonds in the 800m and Dalilah Muhammad ran to victory in the 400m IH for two more Trojan U.S. titles.

For a full recap of the USA Track and Field Championships, click here.

Allyson Felix, who finished second in the women's 200m, Nia Ali, a third place finisher in the 100m HH, and Jesse Williams, the reigning high jump champion, will also represent the United States at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18. Current Trojan Aaron Brown won the men's 100m title at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships over the weekend to earn a spot at the World Championships as well.

The 2013 110m HH NCAA Champion Reggie Wyatt was disqualified after running a top-eight time in the semifinals, when it was ruled that he trailed the first two hurdles in the race. Fellow 2013 NCAA Champion Bryshon Nellum was injured heading into the Championships and failed to advance out of 400m preliminaries. Rounding out the group of recently graduated Trojans, Alitta Boyd finished eighth in the women's triple jump. Among current Trojans, Alexandra Collatz finished 12th in the women's discus and Remington Conatser took 10th in the men's hammer throw.

Another Nod For Nellum

USC senior Bryshon Nellum, who was just named the 2013 National Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, received another post-season honor on Thursday when he was named 2013 Pac-12 Male Track Athlete of the Year.  

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After winning a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, Nellum became only the second person in conference history to double as champion in both the 200m and 400m in the same season. At the Pac-12 Championships in May he was named Male Track Athlete of the Meet and has now captured the title for the entirety of his senior season which included a 400m national title and a third place finish in the 200m last weekend in the NCAA Track and Field Championships.



NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day One

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The first day of the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships wrapped up this evening as the sun set behind historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Trojans, who only had five athletes compete today in addition to the women's 4x100 team, started off the four day meet in successful fashion. 

Junior hammer thrower Jenny Ozorai kicked off the day scoring five points for the Trojan women by finishing fourth in the nation for the second consecutive year with a mark of 66.29m (217-06). Ozorai struggled to reach a top mark early in the event but was able to find her rhythm in the finals flight.  

"I knew that I could do better after that first throw. I was just waiting for a breakthrough, and it finally came," said Ozorai.

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Senior Alitta Boyd finished 11th overall in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 6.26m (20-6.5). Boyd will compete in the triple jump on Thursday. 

The USC women's 4x100 team (Loudia Laarman, Jessica Davis, Jenna Puterbaugh, Vanessa Jones) placed third in their heat with a time of 44.57 and narrowly edged out TCU for the eighth spot in Friday's final. 

After day one, the small but talented group of Trojan men are still on track to make the big impact for which they've been hoping. Bryshon Nellum, Aaron Brown, and Reggie Wyatt all qualified for the finals in their respective events. Wyatt finished first in his heat and first overall in the 400m hurdles semifinal in a time of 49.23. Nellum finished first in his 400m heat and third overall in the semifinal with a time of 45.42. Aaron Brown finished second in his 100m heat and fourth overall with a time of 10.05, a PR and an outright claim over the third spot on the all-time USC 100m list. Both Nellum and Brown will race in the 200m semifinal on Thursday. 

Thursday's action begins at 1:30 p.m. as Remington Conatser aims to score points for the Trojan men in the hammer throw. For USC Track and Field NCAA updates follow @USC_Track_Field or watch live at

2013 PAC-12 Track and Field Championships

Written by Andie Hagemann and Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributors
The Trojans concluded the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Loker Stadium today. The men's team finished second with a total of 108 points. Oregon claimed the top spot with 149.5 points. The Women of Troy finished sixth with a total of 81 points. USC had top performers all across the board, but it was Bryshon Nellum who stole the show.

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The action kicked off with a victory in the men's hammer throw by Remy Conatser. Conatser claimed the title with a mark of  67.93m (222-10ft). Conatser's victory marks the third time in four years that a Trojan has won the event. 

Alitta Boyd won the title for the women's triple jump, besting her fourth place finish in the Pac-12 Championships last year. Reggie Wyatt also improved from his performance at last year's conference championships as he took home the title for the 400m hurdles. Wyatt set a PR and a stadium record time of 49.17. 

Sophomore Beejay Lee won the 100m, matching teammate Aaron Brown's time from yesterday's preliminary round running a 10.07. The mark was a PR for Lee and ties for the 3rd all-time 100m mark in USC history. Aaron Brown finished second in both the 100m and the 200m, an event the Trojans swept in dominant fashion. Finishing the meet, the women's 4x400 team took home a title thanks to an impressive final 100m push by Ashley Liverpool. 

Records were set and all-time lists were rearranged but nothing came close to Bryshon Nellum's all-around performance on Sunday. Taking home the title in both the 200m and 400m, Nellum became only the second athlete in Pac-12 history to double in the Championship meet. His time in the 200m, 20.23, and his time in the 400m, 44.76, were both PRs and new stadium records. At the conclusion of the weekend he was named the Male Athlete of the Meet. Nellum said he'd been waiting for this moment for a long time.

"Today was my breakthrough. Everything is going as planned. I've been working on this since I came back from the Olympic Games. My experience there brought me to a whole other level with track and field. Running with the best in the world, I knew I was able to come back and if I worked hard, stayed dedicated, and stayed healthy then I'd be able to perform the way I did today," said the senior. 

In his final home meet as a Trojan, Nellum described his weekend as a lot of fun. In fact, after winning the 400m title and with the 200m still ahead, Nellum laughed as he told reporters that the hard part was over. 

Nellum still has the NCAA Championships on the horizon but his legacy at USC is already being written as one unlike any other. As far as comeback stories go, his journey from injury to Olympian and Pac-12 Champion is one of the best. According to Nellum, Sunday will always stand as one of the greatest days of his athletic career. 

"This is everything to me," said Nellum, "to be able to do this here with a lot of family, friends, and loved ones watching. This is my school and it feels great to finish this way.  Athlete of the Meet, 400m and 200m Champion, setting a stadium record in both, in front of our fans, on Mother's Day? It really can't get any better than that."

Ready, Set, Rivalry

Co-written by Sarah Bergstrom and Andie Hagemann, USC blog contributors

The USC-UCLA Dual Meet is a tradition rich in history. Like the other programs at USC, the rivalry match-up with the Bruins is a date that is circled on the calendar every year. Emotions run high as athletes who have competed against each other for years, both in college and elsewhere, look to defend their side of LA. After splitting the meet last season, USC is looking to take down their crosstown rival at Loker Stadium on Saturday (starting at 11 a.m.).

Brown at Texas RelaysKL.jpg"We've battled each other and have traditionally at the NCAA, conference, and Dual Meet levels," said Ron Allice, Director of Track and Field. "There have been periods of history, in the early years, that USC absolutely dominated, and then UCLA's track program really started to flourish and things changed. It has kind of alternated back and forth. Things started to change because of Title IX. Men's scholarships dropped from 30 all the way down to 12. The women's scholarships went from zero to 18."

This year, the USC men's team is ranked No. 9 and the women's team is ranked No. 23. Both UCLA men's and women's teams are ranked No. 13.

"They are favored this year on both the men's and women's sides," Allice said. "You can be a certain type of team. You can be a Dual Meet team, conference team, or an NCAA team. The setting we have here at USC, a private school with high tuition and the inability to give partial scholarships, hurts us because our depth and balance is not what it used to be.  I'm not making any excuses, that is just the way it is."

Though the Bruins are favored, the Trojans are not out of the race yet. In the past, some meets have come down to the performances of non-scholarship athletes. "People do things they don't normally do," said Allice. "There has been a history of people who weren't even supposed to be in the picture making a difference. Someone scores a point in an event they've never done before and we end up winning the meet by one. That's the beauty of the sport, you never know."

Allice thinks the marquee events on the men's side will be the 100m, 200m, 400m and intermediate hurdles. Bryshon Nellum and Aaron Brown (pictured by Kirby Lee), two of this season's biggest stories for the Trojans, will be featured in these events. Nellum currently has the third fastest 200m and 400m collegiate time in the country, while Brown has the fastest 200m and seventh fastest 100m time. 

On the women's side, Allice says all the events should be incredibly competitive as the higher number of scholarships allows for a more balanced array of talent in different events. 

"We will dominate certain areas and they will dominate certain areas," Allice said. "And in the events where we are both competitive, those events will determine who wins the meet."

Because of the storied rivalry between USC and UCLA, the Dual Meet attracts fans that do not necessarily follow track and field regularly. "There are a lot of people who attend the Dual Meet that normally will not attend meets throughout the course of the year just because of the rivalry," Allice said. "We will get a lot of football-based fans because Marqise Lee is going to jump. If a football player is going to put a pair of shorts and a singlet on and show that he can do something else that will attract a crowd."

With pride and PR's on their minds, the Trojans will take to the track at 11 a.m. at Loker Stadium on Saturday April 27.

Stronger People, Stronger Athletes

By Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contibutor

The USC-UCLA Dual Meet is this Saturday (April 27) starting at 11 a.m. PT at Loker Track Stadium on campus.

The throwing events included in the sport of track and field are all about strength. When someone pictures a typical hammer thrower, an image of a giant, intimidating and physically strong, comes to mind. Without a doubt, it takes incredible physical strength to power a heavy, metal object through the air for hundreds of feet. However, it's not often that people notice or applaud the mental strength that is also required for these athletes to be successful on the field. 

Ozorai-Hammer-NCAA.jpgThe USC women's throwing squad has a storied history and has continued to be incredibly successful this season. Their dominance has been across multiple events but most notably in the hammer throw where USC has had 12 female athletes score at the NCAA Championships in the past 14 seasons. These women have assuredly been strong, but head throwing coach Dan Lange has learned that good marks always begin with great character. 

"I think we are successful because we go out and get the right girls. We emphasize personal development first with the theory that better, stronger people make better, stronger athletes. We've also gotten leadership from some of the better athletes to create a cohesive environment of success," says Lange. 

All but one of the top ten male and female hammer throwers in the school's history have been coached by Lange and all but one of the record-holders in men's and women's hammer, discus, javelin and shot put have been coached by Lange as well. This legacy has included international throwers, Olympic throwers, and throwers of all shapes and sizes, but one constant has been the establishment of individual character and strength within his athletes. 

Jenny Ozorai fits this description to a T. A two-time All American from Hungary, Ozorai followed in the footsteps of former Trojan greats like Eva Orban, Balazs Kiss, and Julianna Tudja by coming to USC to compete in the hammer throw. Lange says the continued success of recruiting in Eastern Europe can be attributed to the positive reports Hungarian athletes have sent home after coming to school at USC.

According to Lange, the Trojans have had an athlete from Hungary on the squad every year since 1992. Ozorai's success as a Trojan began immediately as she finished sixth and fourth in the hammer throw in her freshman and sophomore seasons at the NCAA Championships, respectively. She also finished 3rd and 2nd at the Pac-12 Championships in those seasons and is second all-time on the female throwers list with a throw of 223-4.

This year, the junior started her season winning the Trojan Invitational with a throw of 204-0. She later won the Cal State LA Invitational with a season best throw of 209-5 (63.84m) winning for the second time in two meets. Her goal is to chase down the top spot on the USC all-time hammer throw list, beat her current collegiate PR of 223-4, and place in the Top 3 at NCAAs.