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Watts is now an assistant coach at USC working with the next generation of talented runners.
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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.
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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.
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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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.
"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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"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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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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.).
"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."
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."
The USC-UCLA Dual Meet is this Saturday (April 27) starting at 11 a.m. PT at Loker Track Stadium on campus.
The 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.