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May 28, 2003

NCAA Regional Notes in PDF Format
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Women’s 2003 Outdoor Meet By Meet Results in PDF Format
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Men’s 2003 Outdoor Meet By Meet Results in PDF Format
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South Carolina begins the quest to defend its women’s national championship in the first of two NCAA meets in 2003. The Gamecocks travel to Fairfax, Va., for the NCAA East Regional Championships hosted by George Mason University. Competition begins Friday, May 30, and continues through Saturday, May 31, as qualifiers for the NCAA Championships in Sacramento are determined. USC will see two familiar SEC foes among the field as Florida and Georgia are also included in the region’s schools.

The Gamecocks racked up 12 personal records and three school records while totaling five titles during the SEC Outdoor Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. USC’s women placed fourth in the meet while the men’s team finished in a tie for sixth place.

Erica Whipple became the second USC female athlete in as many years to win the SEC’s Commisioner’s Trophy, awarded to the highest scoring male and female athletes of the meet. The sophomore earned 21.5 points over the weekend and won the 200m dash title, her first SEC crown. On consecutive days, she twice set school records in the 100m dash on her way to a runner-up finish in the event with a time of 11.15.

Both Otis Harris and Kenneth Ferguson established school records on their way to SEC championships. Harris ran a time of 45.28, besting his own school record, to win his first SEC title in the 400m dash. Ferguson set a school mark by running a time of 48.79 to capture his first SEC crown in the 400m hurdles. He also placed second in the 110m hurdles.

The duo of Harris and Ferguson along with teammates Otukile Lekote and Adrian Durant comprised the SEC Champion men’s 4×400 relay team.

Tiffany Ross successfully defended her 2002 400m hurdles title by posting a season-best time of 57.13 to finish first and take the 2003 event title.

Schedules, tickets, results and other information about the NCAA East Regional can be accessed through George Mason University’s athletics website