USC women’s track-and-field, which won the national title 2 of the past 3 years, only had one athlete score points at the NCAA championships today.
The Trojans finished tied for 30th in the team standings as Jasmine Jones’ second-place finish was worth all 8 points.
Now ordinarily, I might criticize such a showing, but there were mitigating circumstances. With COVID-19 eligibility rules that allowed athletes an extra year, USC brought all its seniors back for a second season last year and took advantage of that to win an NCAA title.
The downside is that a huge number of athletes graduated a year ago, leaving the cupboard pretty bare this year, which helps explain the poor showing at the NCAA’s.
The USC men’s finished 12th overall and have finished in the top 12 for 14 of the past 16 years.
The men’s highlight was winning the 4×100 relay.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
The irony here is USC won with Johnnie Blockburger running the anchor leg. Former USC track coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert fired Blockburger’s father as an assistant coach a few years ago but luckily for the Trojans, Blockburger transferred from Arizona to USC after Smith-Gilbert left.