USC and UCLA were even after the first leg of the 4×400-meter relay race, but USC took the lead on the final straight away of the race, as they won both relay races that day. Photo by Jason Lewis
USC did not have much of a challenge from UCLA in the women’s 4×400 meter relay race. USC also won the 4×100-meter relay race. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
UCLA’s mens and womens teams defeated USC at the yearly track meet between the rival schools, but when it came to the sprints, USC was a few steps ahead.
USC’s Bryshon Nellum (Long Beach Poly High School), who ran on the U.S. Olympic team at the London Games, won the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.26, and he doubled up by winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.37.
After winning both of those races, Nellum ran the first leg on USC’s 4×400-meter relay team, which also won.
In the 100-meter dash, USC’s Aaron Brown won with a time of 10.24, and he led USC’s 4×100-meter relay team to a victory.
On the women’s side, UCLA’s Turquoise Thompson (Gardena Serra High School) put in some work by winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.31, and then 30 minutes later she won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.58.
The feat is even more remarkable considering that Thompson suffers from sickle cell anemia, but that is not stopping her from chasing her dream of making it to the Olympics.
USC women’s team won both relay races.