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Jan. 25, 2008


LIBERTY, Va. – South Carolina track and field junior Curt McGill stands in first place in the heptathlon after the first day of action at the On Track Open, held at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center on the campus of Liberty University. McGill tallied 2999 points through the first four events to take a 95 point lead before Saturday’s final three events.

Fellow Gamecock Scott Pierce is also participating and is in fourth place with 2712 points heading into Saturday.

“After the first day we are first and fourth so we’re happy about those places,” assistant head coach Delethea Quarles said. “Curtis is right around where he was last year at the SEC indoors. Scott is coming off redshirt last year and had three personal bests. The 6-4 ¼ in the high jump was a good PR (personal record) for him. We look forward to tomorrow and hope they can continue doing well.”

McGill (Spartanburg, S.C.) was first in long jump with a distance of 22-7 and was also first in shot put with a throw of 44-9. His 7.28 time in the 60-meter dash was third and his 6-3 ¼ in the high jump was good for fourth as he leads Dan Newell of Liberty by 95 points overall. Pierce (Columbia, S.C.) tied for first in high jump with his PR of 6-4 ¼ while finishing second in long jump at 21-7 ½. He placed fourth in shot put at 34-7 ½ and fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.46.

Tomorrow’s final three events in the heptathlon will be the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m. Also in action tomorrow will be redshirt junior Jason Cook. Cook’s day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the weight throw, and he will also participate in the shot put.

Men’s Heptathlon Day One Scores
1) Curt McGill, South Carolina – 2,999
2) Daniel Newell, Liberty – 2,904
3) Logan Brelsford, Unattached – 2,740
4) Scott Pierce, South Carolina – 2,712
5) Dominique Riggins, Unattached – 2,369
6) Kyle Lingafelt, Unattached – 2,047
7) Michael Keenan, Washington & Lee – 1,571
DNF – Hilaire Gibbs, Mid Atlantic Elite & Matt Tarr, Liberty