The USC 4×400-meter relay team, whose dramatic come-from-behind victory last weekend gave the Trojans the NCAA women’s track and field championship, participated in the ceremonial first pitch ceremony before Wednesday evening’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Texas Rangers interleague game at Dodger Stadium.
Running in the same order as they did Saturday, and wearing Dodger jerseys with their names and 01, 02, 03 and 04, Kyra Constantine ran to first base and handed the ball to Anna Cockrell who ran to second, handing the ball to Deanna Hill.
Hill ran to third, handing the ball to Kendall Ellis, who ran home, handing the ball to Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp.
USC entered the final leg of the relay in third place, but there was a bobble on the exchange between Hill and Ellis and the Trojans found themselves nearly two seconds behind Purdue. Ellis made an early pass on the inside but didn’t really close the gap until the stretch run, finally edging Jahneya Mitchell of Purdue in the final meter for a victory by .07 of a second.
The Trojans’ time of three minutes, 27.06 seconds was the fourth-fastest in school history.
USC was in fourth after the first two legs, run by Constantine and Cockrell.
The 10 points the Trojans received for the victory in the relay gave them 53 for the meet, one more than runner-up Georgia.