USC Hurdler Aleec Harris Sets Pac-12 Record At West Regionals

aleecUSC senior Aleec Harris set a Pac-12 and West Regionals record today in the 110-meter hurdles at Fayetteville, Ark. Harris’ time of 13.18 broke the long-standing conference record of premier UCLA hurlder Greg Foster (13.22 in 1978). Harris now has the top time in the U.S. and No. 2 time in the world for this year.

In the 200 meters, Aaron Brown ran the fifth-fastest time in the world this year (20.16). Tynia Gaither set a PR in the 200 meters (22.88).

On the downside, this will be the first time since 1992 that a Trojan man or woman will not score at the NCAA Championshis in the hammer throw. Here is who qualified for the NCAA championships according to USC:

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Marqise Lee Back At Coliseum

BORTLESFormer USC wide receiver Marqise Lee (left) is back at the Coliseum today with a select group of 40 NFL Rookies  invited to the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event. Also pictured are quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

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USC Saturday Buzz

BALLMERUSC president Max Nikias welcomed Steve Ballmer’s bid to buy the Clippers on his Instagram account. Remember my prediction about Ballmer joining the USC board of trustees.

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Rough Day For Adoree Jackson

Serra star Adoree Jackson failed to get an injunction to compete in the long jump at the CIF Masters Meet but still had the 4×400 relay to qualify for the state meet. But Serra dropped the baton and stumbled right before Jackson’s leg and the relay team finished eighth out of nine teams.

That means Jackson is not going to the state meet, something few would believe two weeks ago. Jackson was so disappointed he laid face down on the field after the race.

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USC Track At West Regionals

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USC had nine athletes and three relay teams advance to the final day of the West Regionals at the University of Arkansas. Sprinters Aaron Brown and BeeJay Lee made the finals in the 100m, while Jessica Davis and Tynia Gaither made it to the women’s 100 final.

Vanessa Jones made the 400-meter final while Amalie Iuel made the 400m IH, Alexandra Collatz the discus along with Oluwakemi Olonade and Melia Cox in the triple jump. The entire group will make the NCAA finals June 11-14.

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Adoree Jackson Update

Adoree Jackson’s initial bid to land an injunction failed this morning because the case was filed in the wrong court. The case was transferred and Jackson will still seek the injunction to participate in tonight’s CIF Masters Meet.

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Another Potential Center

Incoming freshman Viane Talamaivao worked at center during Thursday’s players-only workout. That means another potential center behind Max Tuerk. Toa Lobendahn moved to guard but could still play the spot. Someone needs to back up Tuerk that is able to demonstrate they can handle the shotgun snap, which nearly everyone struggled doing at times during the spring.

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USC Morning Buzz: Adoree Jackson Seeks Injunction For CIF Track Meet

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Serra High School long jumper Adoree Jackson, who owned the top mark in the nation this year, will attempt to obtain an injunction today to compete in the CIF Masters Meet tonight at Cerritos College.

Jackson was disqualified from the CIF prelims after several schools complained he watched cellphone video of his long jumps with his coach during the meet, which is considered a rules violation.

The rule states: “The use of electronic communication devices is permitted during meets in unrestricted areas and coaches’ boxes; however, they may not be used for any review of a referee’s decision or to communicate with an athlete during a race or trial.”

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