August 12, 2013 |
Quincy Watts, who won two gold medals in the 1992 Olympics, is returning to USC as a member of the track and field coaching staff, the school announced Monday. Watts will be a sprints coach after working the last two years as distance coach at Cal State Northridge. “He was a great athlete here at USC and fits in well with our desire to add to the unparalleled legacy of the Trojan track and field program," Caryl Smith Gilbert, USC's director of track and field, said in a statement.
July 14, 2013 |
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.
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July 13, 2013 |
Johnnye Valien was waiting her turn in the long jump event at a West L.A. College track meet last week when she realized nobody was using the nearby high jump pit. This is an athlete who cannot help herself. She sees a challenge and she's compelled to attack it, as if she has no idea she is about to turn 88. On her way over to the high jump area, the South Los Angeles resident passed the pole vault pit. And that stopped her cold, her eyes lit by competitive desire. I know what you're thinking: Is a vault, by someone in her 80s, physically possible?
June 19, 2013 |
Brigetta Barett is accustomed to hitting high notes, athletically and artistically. Barrett, who won a silver medal in the women's high jump at the London Olympics last summer and is a six-time NCAA champion, sang the national anthem before winning her most recent NCAA title for the University of Arizona. She brings the world's second-best high jump mark this year into the U.S. track and field championships, which will take place this weekend at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
June 17, 2013 |
Caryl Smith Gilbert, a former UCLA All-American, has been hired as USC's director of track and field, the school announced. Smith Gilbert, 44, coached Central Florida's women's track and cross-country programs the last six seasons. She succeeds Ron Allice, who announced his retirement after the NCAA championships. Central Florida's women's team finished fifth in both the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. “I know we can win championships at USC and we will be a powerhouse program for both men and women,” Smith Gilbert said in a statement.
June 7, 2013 |
USC athletes are making a run at titles at the NCAA track and field championships at Eugene, Ore. On Friday afternoon, USC's Bryshon Nellum competes in the 400-meter final, Aaron Brown in the 100 and Reggie Wyatt in the 400 hurdles. Nellum and Brown also qualified for Saturday's 200-meter final. Alitta Boyd and Melia Cox compete Friday in the final of the women's triple jump. USC's Remington Conaster earned eight points Friday and helped position the men's team for a possible shot at a team title by finishing second in the hammer with a mark of 224 feet 1 inch.