USC, UCLA athletes continue competing at NCAA Track and Field Championships


The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships continued on Friday, with several USC and UCLA athletes competing in their respective event finals in Austin, Texas.

UCLA’s Dotun Ogundeji placed fourth in the men’s discus final, reaching 198 feet on his best attempt, while freshman Sean Lee recorded a personal best of 7 feet, 3 inches in the high jump to place sixth, 1¼ inches shy of the winner.

For USC, Earnest Sears finished tied for 12th in the high jump with a high of 7-1¾ inches, and Cameron Samuel placed sixth in the 400-meter hurdles final with a time of 49.83 seconds, earning first-team All-American honors.

UCLA’s Robert Brandt finished ninth in the men’s 5,000 final with a time of 14:10.19. And the Bruins’ Christina Chenault kicked off the heptathlon, in 19th out of 24 competitors after four events. Chenault’s best result came in the shot put, where she finished 11th with a distance of 38-11.

The championships conclude on Saturday, when Chenault will wrap up the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin and 800 and teammate Alyssa Wilson will participate in the discus final. Long Beach State’s Bria Palmer will compete in the women’s high jump final.

But the defending national champion USC women will have the busiest schedule, with eight women competing in event finals. The Trojans qualified both of their relay teams to the finals, with the 4×100 and 4×400 teams finishing with the top qualifying times, 42.53 and 3:28.31, respectively.

In the individual competitions, the Trojans will have two participants in the 100 (Angie Annelus and Twanisha Terry), 100 hurdles (Chanel Brissett and Anna Cockrell) and 200 (Annelus and Lanae-Tava Thomas). Cockrell will also compete in the 400 hurdles and Kyra Constantine will participate in the 400.