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April 25, 2003

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Notes from Penn Relays

The Gamecocks won the College Men’s Shuttle Hurdles Championship of America as USC’s quartet of Corey Taylor, Fred Townsend, Charles Ryan and Kenneth Ferguson ran an American and World-Record time of 53.94. It eclipsed the previous collegiate record of 54.40 set by the 1981 Tennessee team that featured Willie Gault on the anchor leg and surpassing the world record previously held by a foursome that featured current Carolina Volunteer Assistant Coach Allen Johnson, set in 1999.

Sophomore All-American Lashinda Demus has a strained arm as she was injured on the women’s shuttle hurdle relay that had a hurdle crew error. The heat ran initially at the correct time, but misplaced hurdles on the track by the Penn Relays hurdle crew caused the race to be rerun as numerous teams were unable to finish the race. Demus ran under a misplaced hurdle, which caused her to suffer a strained arm, but still ran in the second running of the heat. “Lashinda has a strained arm but still came through,” said Coach Frye. “We’re just trying to do the best we can. Our women are in the championship of the 4x200m and 4x400m relays. We won the 4x100m and 4x400m relays last year, so we’re doing well. We’re a little beat up but our younger kids are stepping up. They are gaining some valuable experience this weekend.”

The women’s 4x400m relay team is aiming for their fourth straight title at the Penn Relays Saturday. USC’s 4×200 women’s relay team won its heat to advance to Saturday’s championship round.

Qualifying Marks Set at Penn Relays

* – Denotes Qualifying mark previously set earlier in season

110m Hurdles (Men - 14.40)* Kenneth Ferguson        13.86* Corey Taylor                13.92
400m Hurdles (Women - 1:01.50)* Lashinda Demus 56.90* Tiffany Ross 57.72* Shevon Stoddart 59.97* Tawana Watkins 1:00.80
4x100m Relay (Women - 46.20)* South Carolina 45.09
4x400m Relay (Men - 3:11.50; Women - 3:45.50)* South Carolina Women 3:35.69* South Carolina Men 3:06.31
Discus (Women - 45.72m, 150')Keri Groover 48.59m (159'05")
Shot Put (Women - 13.90m, 45' 7.25")* India Odum 14.30m (46' 11")
Long Jump (Men - 7.32m, 24' 0.25"; Women - 5.90m, 19' 4.25")* Chelsea Hammond 6.37m (20' 10.75")* Kemesha Whitmire 6.14m (20' 1.75")* Greig Cryer 7.47m (24' 6.25")