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USC’s Trey Knight wins hammer throw title at Pac-12 Track & Field Championships; Three others score




Track & Field | May 14, 2022

Trey Ridder won the men’s hammer throw title with teammates Nikolaos Polychroniou and Christian Johnson become sixth and eighth respectively, Temi Ojora finished third in the women’s long jump and Jalyn Jackson finished fifth in the men’s long jump on the second day of the 2022 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships held today (May 14) at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. In addition, tomorrow 14 Trojan athletes advanced to the final.

  • The day started for the Trojans with the men’s and… Trey RidderNikolaos Polychroniou and Christian Johnson got off to a good start for USC. Knight won the hammer throw title with a PR of 235-7 (71.81m), improving his seventh place on the USC all-time list. Here, he won the event with his first delivery of 231-7, which was better than second place, while also scoring 234-4 and 220-6. He became the 16e Trojan wins men’s hammer throw at conference, with Trojan Nathan Bultman won the title last season. Polychroniou had his four best throws as a collegianus with a best score of 217-11 (66.42m), which put him in sixth place. Johnson reached the final in ninth and improved on his fourth attempt to 210-10 (64.26m) to take eighth place. Together, the Trojan trio earned USC’s men’s team the first 14 points of the match. Knight’s mark also took him from sixth to fourth in the NCAA’s descending order.
  • Temi Ojora third in the women’s long jump with a best jump of 20-1.00/6.12m (+1.7). That jump came on her last try and tied her with the person in third place, but Ojora had the better second best jump. She earned six points in the team competition among the USC women.
  • Jalyn Jackson was fifth in the men’s long jump with a best jump of 24-3.75/7.41 (+0.2). He earned the USC men’s team another four points.
  • Jasmine Jones and Jalaysiya Smith both qualified in time for the women’s 100m hurdles final tomorrow. Jones was third in the first heat and fifth overall with a time of 13.23 (+1.2). Smith was fourth in the second moto and seventh overall with a time of 13.44 (+1.4).
  • Tade Ojora won the men’s 110m hurdles motos and moved up to third overall to tomorrow’s final with a time of 13.95 (+1.4).
  • All three 400 meter ladies of the USC advanced to tomorrow’s final. Jan’Taijah Ford won her heat first and set the fastest qualifying time of the day of 52.38. Bailey Learo then won the second moto with a time of 52.73 and Kimberly Harris finished third in the same heat with a season best time of 53.77 to advance to the final. Lear had the third fastest and Harris the seventh fastest qualifying times.
  • Johnny Blockburger and Nicholas Ramey both automatically advanced to the men’s 400m final tomorrow by finishing 1-2 respectively in the first heat. Blockburger had a time of 46.80 to qualify sixth and Ramey a time of 47.13 to qualify ninth.
  • Both Sam VanDorpe and Bobby Poynter automatically advanced to the men’s 800m final by finishing second in their heats. VanDorpe had a time of 1:49.92 to qualify fifth overall in time and Poynter had the ninth best qualifying time of 1:50.84.
  • Celera Barnes tomorrow advanced to the final of the women’s 100 meters by setting the fastest time of the day, namely 11.16 (+1.3).
  • The Trojans closed the action on Saturday with found BurnettBrendon Stewart and Ashton Allen tomorrow to the final of the 100 meter sprint for men. Burnett won his heat with a time of 10.22 (+1.7) and qualified second in time. Brendon Stewart was second in his heat with a time of 10.29 (+0.9) to advance automatically. His time was fourth overall. Allen had a time of 10.42 (0.9) to finish third in his heat and finish eighth overall.

After two days of competition, the USC men have 18 points and are in sixth place and the women’s team has 10 points and is at 11e Place.

USC will have 23 athletes (12 men, 11 women) tomorrow competing in 27 individual event finals during the final day of the 2022 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships. USC will also have the chance to score in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay for both men and women.

Trojans expected to compete in individual events on Sunday include: Ashton Allen (M-100, M-200m), Celera Barnes (W-100m), Johnny Blockburger (M-200m, M-400m), Breanna Bernard-Joseph (W-400mH), found Burnett (M-100m, M-200m), Jan’Taijah Ford (W-400m), Karlee Freeman (W-DT), Kimberly Harris (W-400m), Jalyn Jackson (M-TJ), Kasaun James (M-200m), Jasmine Jones (W-100mH), Bailey Learo (W-400m), Summer Mosley (W-DT), Tade Ojora (M-110mH), Temi Ojora (W-TJ), Bobby Poynter (M-800m), Nicholas Ramey (M-400m), Earnest Sears III (M-HJ), Maci Simmons (W-400mH), Jalaysiya Smith (W-100mH), Brendon Stewart (M-100m), Sam VanDorpe (M-800m), Dallas Wise (M-HJ, M-TJ).

The action kicks off at 11 a.m. with the women’s discus throw. The event will be available to view on the Pac-12 Now app and on The Pac-12 Network live coverage of the action starts at 1:00 PM




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