USC travels to Iowa, prepares for NCAAs

first_img1976 and 2001.These are two very important years to the USC track and field team. They mark the years when the men’s and women’s teams, respectively, last won an NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.Cremé of the crop · Junior captain Joey Hughes (far right) has developed into one of the top 400m runners in the country, and his time of 45.15 sec ranks seventh all-time in USC history. This week, he will be competing in the 400m race and the 4x400m race. – Summer Trojan file photo Entering this year’s competition, the men’s team ranks No. 6 in the nation and the women’s team comes in at No. 7.Both teams are primed to make some noise at the NCAAs as USC will look to use its 19 qualifying athletes to conquer 15 different events throughout the course of the competition.With the events taking place at historic Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, the team hopes for the best in continuing its legacy.Yes, a legacy.Even though it has been quite some time since the USC men’s and women’s teams, took home the national title, that doesn’t mean the Trojans haven’t seen overall success.The men’s team has won the most NCAA outdoor titles — 26 in total — which is more than double the next-best program in Arkansas.As for the women’s team, its only title was in 2001. Regardless, USC as a whole has constantly appeared in the top-10 at the NCAA championships.Junior captain Joey Hughes expressed his optimism, especially in terms of the men’s team, for this year’s competition.“I have confidence in our team,” Hughes said. “I feel like we will do excellent. We have a strong group of guys and we will do good overall for the men’s side.”One of the fastest 400-meter runners in the country, Hughes will be a big asset to the team at the NCAA championships. He will also participate in the 4×400-meter relay with junior Duane Walker, sophomore Reggie Wyatt and freshman Josh Mance — one of the fastest relay teams in the country.The young USC team, which heads to Des Moines with only four seniors, has done a few things to prepare for competition.“One thing that we did versus the other teams is that we got here a few days earlier,” Hughes said. “We will be used to the time zone, we won’t feel like we just flew in and feel uncomfortable. And we had lighter practices before this so we wouldn’t be tired.”Even though they are scarce in number, two of four USC’s seniors will be a force to reckon with.Seniors Oscar Spurlock and Brendan Ames are ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles.As for the team’s biggest strength, the junior captain named three key areas, in addition to hurdles, where the Trojans excel.“Our strength is in the hurdles, 400 and the throws,” Hughes said. “We have two strong hurdlers, runners and throwers who qualified.”The competition begins today with the women’s 4×100-meter relay at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.last_img read more

UCL Wrap: PSG Thrash Bayern As Chelsea Shock Atletico

first_imgFrench giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) showed the strength of their new team following a very impressive 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash at the Parc des Princes.The hosts took an early lead through Brazilian defender Daniel Alves after he was teed up by the most expensive player in world football, Neymar. Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani added a second goal in the first half before the aforementioned Neymar wrapped up the win with a close range finish in the second half.In another huge UCL clash played on Wednesday night, substitute Michy Batshuayi scored a late goal to hand Chelsea a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in what was their first European game at the stadium they now call home (Estadio Metropolitano).Atletico took a first half lead courtesy Antoine Griezmann’s penalty after David Luiz was penalised but the English champions produced an excellent second half display to overturn the result. New summer signing Alvaro Morata equalised for the Blues before Batshuayi’s late show.Another English side in Manchester United also recorded an away victory after a 4-1 win at CSKA Moscow. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku continued his fine goal scoring form with two goals to take his tally for the season to 10 goals. Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the other goals for the Red Devils before Constantin Kuchaev scored a consolation goal for the home side.UCL Wednesday Results:Group A:CSKA Moscow 1-4 Manchester UnitedBasel 5-0 BenficaGroup B:PSG 2-0 Bayern MunichAnderletch 0-3 CelticGroup C:Atletico Madrid 1-2 ChelseaQarabag 1-2 AS RomaGroup D:Juventus 2-0 OlympiacosSporting Lisbon 0-1 BarcelonaRelatedMiddlesbrough FC vs Manchester UnitedJune 30, 2017Similar postUCL Review: Former Champions United, Juventus Secure Last 16 SpotsDecember 6, 2017In “Europe”Guillermo OchoaJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more