The NCAA West Region Championships began on Thursday at the University of Texas, and seven of USC’s track stars qualified to move on to Day 2 of the competition.
USC’s sprinters had a rather productive outing in the qualifying rounds, finishing in the Top 3 of best times in more than one event.
Reggie Wyatt got the ball rolling for the Trojans, finishing his heat in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.96, good enough for third overall. Next, Aaron Brown torched the other runners in his heat of 100m-dash, finishing with a winning time of 10.11 seconds and putting him in second place overall in this event. Finally, Bryshon Nellum also won his heat of his signature event, the open 400m, with a time of 46.14. Going into Day 2, he is tied for first with Arkansas’s Akheem Gauntlett.
Then in the women’s 100-meter dash, Loudia Laarman and Akawkaw “Coco” Ndipagbor finished with times of 11.61 and 11.54 respectively, also good enough to advance to the next round. Beejay Lee also competed in the men’s 100m, and finished with a time of 10.50, thought it was not enough to move on to the next round.
Nellum, Brown, Lee and Ndipagbor will compete again on Friday in the prelims for the 200m dash, and a number of other Trojans will begin their first shot at making the finals as well.
For a complete list at Thursday’s Preliminary Round results, click here.