March 25, 2004
The South Carolina track and field teams travel to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in this weekend’s Florida Relays. It will be the second outdoor meet for the Gamecocks in 2004 and their first road outdoor meet of the season.
USC opened the outdoor season last weekend in Columbia with a dominating performance at the Weems Baskin Relays. Over the two day of competition, Carolina racked up 20 event victories and 11 NCAA automatic qualifying marks. Among the standouts were Tony Allmond, who won the long jump with an automatic mark in his leap of 26’0″, Lashinda Demus, who posted victories in the 100m hurdles and 800m with automatic times in each, and Precious Akins who won both the shot put with automatic mark, took first in the hammer throw, and was the top collegian in the discus with an automatic mark. For his long jump victory, Allmond earned SEC Field Athlete of the Week.
Carolina is becoming quite familiar with the University of Florida’s campus this season. The Gamecocks competed in two meets in Gainesville during the indoor season and sent a number of athletes to Florida’s last chance meet. This weekend’s Florida Relays is the first of two outdoor meets in Gainesville with the May 28-29 NCAA East Regional being the other.
A complete schedule of events and updated results from this weekend’s meet are available at Florida’s athletics website, www.gatorzone.com The meet lasts four days, running from March 24-27 with USC athletes scheduled to compete on Friday and Saturday.