Track & Field | March 17, 2023
USC’s pentathlete Allie Jones was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Joanna Hayes was named the Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in the West Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 16.
Jones, a graduate transfer from Stanford, was the runner-up in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a PR of 4,440 points. Her point total was the second most in USC indoor history and she became the second Trojan to score in the event at the NCAA Championships. During the course of the season, the Santa Barbara, Calif. native PR’d in each of the five pentathlon events. At Nationals, Jones had PRs of 5-8.75 (1.74m) in the high jump which ranks third on the Trojans’ all-time list, 20-4.25 (6.20m) to win the pentathlon long jump which moved her to ninth on USC’s all-time list and 2:15.09 in the 800m race. During the regular season she also set PRs in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.17 which ranks ninth on USC’s all-time list and 40-7.75 (12.39m) in the shot put.
Hayes, in her fourth year as an assistant coach at USC, coached senior Tade Ojora and sophomore Johnny Brackins Jr. to the NCAA Championships in the 60m hurdles, with Ojora ranking No. 1 and Brackins Jr. No. 3 during the regular season. Ojora set the USC 60m hurdles record with an NCAA-leading time of 7.53 and Brackins Jr.’s 7.60 time was third in the country and tied for second on USC’s all-time list.
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