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April 27, 2002

Philadelphia, PA – Finishing its most successful Penn Relays ever, winning four relays, the Gamecock track and field team won its third straight women’s 4x400m relay Penn Relays title. The relays set a Saturday record with 50,827 in attendance today.

The Gamecocks won four Penn Relays titles over the weekend: the women’s 4x100m relay, the women’s shuttle hurdle relay, the women’s 4x400m relay and the men’s sprint medley title. They also won the women’s long jump and the women’s 400m hurdles.

“This was another fantastic day for us, with the exception of the men’s 4x400m relay,” said USC Head Coach Curtis Frye. “But this was a good weekend for us. We need to get a few people healthy, Erica Whipple, Corey Taylor and a few others, for the SEC Championships. But we had a lot of great performances this weekend.”

The women’s 4x400m relay of Tacita Bass, Demetria Washington, Lisa Barber and Lashinda Demus ran a time of 3:28.12 to win its third straight Penn Relays title. “We wanted this title today,” said Lisa Barber. “It was important for us not only to prepare for SECs and NCAAs, but also because we wanted this title to finish our careers.”

Tiffany Ross was third in the 100m hurdles with a season best time of 13.41 – an NCAA provisional mark.

The women’s 4x200m relay was third with a time of 1:33.73. The team was made up of Mechelle Lewis, Lisa Barber, Demetria Washington and Aleen Bailey.

The men’s 4x200m relay was fourth with a time of 1:24.63. The relay was made up of Duan Barriano, Shamus Singletary, Martin Jackson and Gerald Pressley. Earlier in the day the men’s 4x100m relay was second at 41.45 in the consolation round.


In the USA vs. the World Relays, former Gamecock Terrence Trammell shined as he ran the third leg of the USA’s winning 4x200m relay, handing off to Maurice Greene. The team finished with a time of 1:20.69.

Earlier in the day, Trammell handed off to Greene in the 4x100m relay as their team finished second at 38.75.

USC graduate Charmaine Howell ran a leg of the Jamaica’s 4x400m relay that finished third to both of the USA’s relays.

USC Volunteer Coach Melissa Morrison won the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.93.