Lots of USC news on this Wednesday:
As Director of Track and Field Ron Allice prepares his team for the Northridge Relays this weekend, distance runner Blake Shaw and pole vaulter Brandon Estrada are in Fayetteville, Ark. for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Shaw, who is coached by famed distance runner Laszlo Tabori, ran a mile in 3:59.85 on Saturday, becoming the first Trojan in history to go under four minutes. Tabori, of course, was the third person in the world to ever record an under four-minute mile time, in May of 1955. Shaw will run the mile again in Arkansas, but a top finish might not be in the cards — even with his record-breaking time Saturday, he still finished only fifth in the race.
Making his debut for USC this weekend is famed sprinter Bryshon Nellum, who hasn't run an official race since March 1, 2008. Nellum, named the Gatorade boys' track and field athlete of the year during his senior year of high school in 2007, strained his hamstring in that race and sat out the rest of the season. Then, that Halloween, Nellum was shot in the left thigh and right hamstring at a Halloween party just off-campus.
More awards announced today: USC point guard Ashley Corral and guard Briana Gilbreath earned All-Pac-10 honors, announced today in a vote of the conference's 10 head coaches. Corral leads the Women of Troy with 15.1 points and five assists per game; Gilbreath is second behind Corral with 12.8 points and leads in rebounds with 5.9 per game. To wrap up other honors, forward Christina Marinacci was Honorable Mention All-Freshman, and center Kari LaPlante was Honorable Mention All-Defensive.
Link roll: USCRipsIt reports that Jordan Cameron and Simione Vehikite have made position changes, O.J. Mayo said he never got paid "during, before or after" his time at USC on the Dan Patrick show, and former Trojan Keary Colbert will coach tight ends as an offensive graduate assistant, and the Pac-10 Tournament starts at the Staples Center.