A number of Trojans took to the track over the weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, hoping to earn the opportunity to compete for Team USA in the impending World Championships and along the way, three from USC won national titles at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ryan Wilson in the 110m high hurdles, Duane Solomone in the 800m and Dalilah Muhammad in the 400m hurdles all won hardware in Sunday’s final events, adding to USC’s already rich track and field legacy.
In addition to the title winners, Trojans Allyson Felix in the women’s 200m dash, Nia Ali in the 100m HH and Jesse Williams in the high jump will represent both USC and Team USA at the World Championships. Trojan sprinter Aaron Brown won the 100m dash at the Canadian Track & Field Championships on Saturday, and will represent his home country at Worlds as well.
Wilson coincidentally works as the volunteer hurdles coach at USC, and this year trained Reggie Wyatt en route to his eventual NCAA title in the 400m hurdles. Wyatt also competed in Des Moines over the weekend, but was disqualified in Friday’s round of competition. Wilson won the 110 HH with a time 13.08, beating four-time U.S. champion David Oliver in thrilling photo finish.
For Solomon, his taking of the title in the 800m snapped a five-year winning streak by Nick Symmonds in the event. Solomon turned on a strong kick at the end of the race to overtake Symmonds, and went on to win with a time of 1:43.27, the ninth-fastest time ever by an American.
Lastly, Muhammed secured her national title in the 100 IH when she pulled away from Georgeanne Moline and strode across the finish line with a time of 58.83. In 2012’s competition, Muhammed did not even make the finals in the 100 IH, so this is surely a major accomplishment for her.
The 2013 World Championships in track and field will be held in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18.