North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens leaving Southern Cal after stellar freshman year

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 12:17 AM

North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens, who earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year track honors this spring, announced Wednesday that he’s transferring from Southern Cal.

Owens, who revealed his decision on Facebook, didn’t say where he would transfer.

“I want to thank the University of Southern California, USC track and field, and the Trojan family for welcoming me and allowing me to excel as a freshman,” Owens wrote. “I know the friends and connections I have made will last a lifetime.

“Through thoughtful consideration I have decided to transfer schools,” he added. “I am in the process of selecting a university where I can continue to pursue my academic and athletic passions.”

Owens grabbed headlines in April when he broke the coveted 8,000-point decathlon mark in the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University. His 8,130-point total ranked third all-time internationally by an under-20 athlete using senior implements (taller hurdles, heavier shot and discus), according to

He was a five-time state champion hurdler in high school.

Chris Harlan is a TribLive reporter covering sports. He joined the Trib in 2009 after seven years as a reporter at the Beaver County Times. He can be reached at


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