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April 26, 2002

Philadelphia, PA – USC’s track and field teams once again proved today they are among the nation’s finest when it won three relay titles at the most prestigious collegiate relays of the year – Penn Relays. The Gamecocks also qualified two additional relays for tomorrow’s finals.

“It was a fantastic day for the Gamecocks,” said USC Head Coach Curtis Frye. “Winning these three relays is just incredible. The same teams we beat here today will be at the NCAA Championships.”

USC’s women won the 4x100m relay for the first time in school history with a season best time of 44.03 – defeating the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams in LSU and Florida. The relay was made up of Mechelle Lewis, Demetria Washington, Lisa Barber and Aleen Bailey.

The men won the sprint medley relay – winning the school’s first men’s title in school history. The relay posted a time of 3:16.25. The relay was made up of Thomas Lewis, James Law, Jon Fortenberry and Otukile Lekote.

“I have been running here four years and this was just a great run,” said Law. “We put it all out there this year and it feels good.”

Earlier in the day, the women won the shuttle hurdle relay with a school record time of 53.96. The relay was made up of Tiffany Ross, Antoinette Wilks, Lashinda Demus and Shevon Stoddart.

The men’s 4x100m relay qualified for tomorrow’s consolation finals with a time of 41.14.

Both the men’s and the women’s 4x200m relays made tomorrow’s finals. The men ran a 1:24.31 to win their heat, while the women ran the fastest time of the day at 1:34.78.

In individual races, Tiffany Ross ran a 13.45 to qualify for tomorrow’s finals in the 100m hurdles.


The women started the day off with a bang, winning the 4x100m relay.