March 28, 2003
Automatic Regional Qualifying Marks set at Florida Relays (Standards in Parenthesis)
100m hurdles (14.10)Tiffany Ross 13.35
110m hurdles (14.40)Kenneth Ferguson 13.80Corey Taylor 14.11
400m dash (Men - 47.45, Women - 55.00)Miki Barber 52.43Jonathan Fortenberry 45.99Otis Harris 46.01
400m hurdles (Men - 52.70, Women - 1:01.50)Tiffany Ross 57.84Shevon Stoddart 59.17Tawana Watkins 1:00.13Kenneth Ferguson 49.27 - Personal Best
Pole Vault (Men - 16' 1", Women - 12' 6")Jared Farabee 16'2"
Shot Put (Men - 53' 5.75", Women - 45' 7.25")India Odum 50' 9.5"
4x200m RelayWomen's 4x200m Relay 1:30.73** - Florida Relays Record, Percy Beard Track Record (Former record - 1:33.10)
Quotes/Notes “This was a good pre-meet for the SEC Five-Way next week in Columbia,” said Carolina Head Coach Curtis Frye. “The Florida Relays has a rich and illustrious tradition and we came with some of our best. We’re trying to be fit, we’re trying to be healthy so we can be ready for the SEC Five-Way. We want to show our fans our best against the nation’s best [on April 5th]. We’ve got some great athletes and are still the defending Outdoor National Champions. It will be Miki Barber’s last home meet and as someone who has had incredible success while carrying the Gamecock flag and will continue to have success in the future still carrying the Gamecock flag whether she wears the uniform or not, I truly hope we can have a good, strong home crowd support cheering her on. She is the only female Olympian to make the team as a collegian and she deserves a great send-off for her final home meet.”
The women’s 4x200m relay team won the relay race with a time of 1:30.73 – smashing the Florida Relays and Percy Beard Track records that stood at 1:33.10 before today, set by Clemson in 1999 and equaled by Florida in 2001. The group of Erica Whipple, Miki Barber, Lashinda Demus, and Aleen Bailey also bested their season high mark of 1:33.41, set last week at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays in Columbia, S.C. The school record for the 4x200m relay is 1:30.01.
Kenneth Ferguson set a personal best in the 400m hurdles with a qualifying time of 49.27. He won that race.
South Carolina garnered eight first place finishes and 28 top-10 finishes at the 60th annual Florida Relays in Gainesville. The Garnet and Black set 13 qualifying marks for the NCAA Regional Championships while two athletes, Kenneth Ferguson (400m hurdles) and Antoinette Wilks (heptathlon), set personal best marks.
The women’s 4x200m relay team won the relay race with a time of 1:30.73 – shattering the Florida Relays and Percy Beard Track records that stood at 1:33.10 before today, set by Clemson in 1999 and equaled by Florida in 2001. The group of Erica Whipple, Miki Barber, Lashinda Demus, and Aleen Bailey also bested their season high mark of 1:33.41, set last week at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays in Columbia, S.C.
The men’s 4x200m relay team finished second overall and placed first among collegiate relay teams with a time of 1:22.97. Thomas Lewis, Shamus Singletary, Duan Barrino, and Martin Jackson bested last week’s time of 1:23.85 with the team running without Jonathan Fortenberry or Corey Taylor.