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UCLA USC track meet Photo by Jason Douglas Lewis

USC’s Nia Ali (left), UCLA’s Lindsay Rowe (middle) and USC’s Lauren Blackburn (right) are nearly even going over the third hurdle of the women’s 100-meter hurdles, but Ali pulled away to win (12.97) and Blackburn came in second (13.22). Photo by Jason Lewis


UCLA’s Randall Carroll takes the baton from teammate Maxwell Dyce and edges out USC’s Aaron Brown by 0.03 in the men’s 4x100 meter relay.  UCLA’s winning time was 39.94. Photo by Jason Lewis


By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
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Usually in a rivalry one side knocks off their enemy, but when UCLA traveled across town to battle USC in the annual dual meet this past weekend, both teams left with bragging rights.  

UCLA’s men edged out USC’s 89-74, while USC’s women ran away with the meet against UCLA, winning 95-68.   

Both schools had impressive performances from the men and the women.
USC opened the meet by running away with the women’s 4x100 meter relay with a winning time of 43.96.  UCLA finished the race with a time of 45.59.  

On the men’s side of the 4x100, it was a close race throughout, and it came down to the wire, with UCLA winning by .03 of a second.  UCLA won the race with a time of 39.94.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, USC took the top two places.  Senior Nia Ali, who won the high jump earlier in the meet, ran a winning time of 12.97.  She has the second fastest time in USC history with a 12.89, which she ran earlier this year.  Freshman Lauren Blackburn came in second place in the race with a 13.22, which is the eighth fastest time in USC history.  

USC also took the top two places in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.  Senior Oscar Spurlock had a winning time of 13.47 and senior Brendan Ames took second with a 13.88.

UCLA seniors Ashlea McLaughlin and Joy Eaton battled each other in the women’s 400-meter dash.  McLaughlin won the race with a winning time of 53.42, while Eaton took second with a 53.42.  

In the men’s 400-meter dash, junior Bryshon Nellum showed that he is back on track after his season ended in 2009 when he was shot in his leg.  Nellum ran away from the field, winning the event with a 46.88.  

After dominating the women’s 4x100 relay, it was no surprise that USC came up big in the women’s 100-meter dash, as freshman Jessica Davis, junior Aareon Payne, and freshman Loudia Laarman took the top three places.  Davis won with a time of 11.24, Payne came in second with an 11.45, and Laarman came in third with an 11.67.  

In the men’s 100-meter dash, USC freshman Aaron Brown edged out UCLA sophomores Maxwell Dyce and Randall Carroll.  Brown ran a winning time of 10.47, while Dyce ran a 10.50 and Carroll a 10.52.   

In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, UCLA sophomore Turquoise Thompson blew away the field, winning with a time of 55.88.  That time is second in the nation this year, and sixth all time in UCLA history.  

USC sophomore Reggie Wyatt also won big in the 400-meter hurdles.  He had a winning time of 50.38.

Just like in the women’s 100-meter dash, USC took the top places in the 200-meter dash. This time they took the top four spots.  Payne won the race with a 23.14, Davis came in second with a 23.25, freshman Jenna Puterbaugh came in third with a 23.85, and Laarman in fourth with a 24.08.

In the men’s 200-meter dash, UCLA’s Dyce, who took second place in the 100-meter dash, won the race with a time of 20.79.

The 4x400 meter relays concluded the meet, but by then UCLA’s men and USC’s women had already clinched their victories.

UCLA’s women’s team won their relay race by about 150 meters, clocking in with a time of 3:39.79.  The men’s race was much closer and it came down to the final 100 meters of the anchor leg.  USC was able to win the race with a time of 3:14.77.  UCLA finished with a 3:16.40.  

 

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