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Feb. 16, 2008

CLEMSON, S.C. – Three throwers on the South Carolina men’s track team set new personal bests Friday in the first day of competition at the Tiger Classic. Members of the USC men’s and women’s track programs are competing in the two-day invitational that concludes Saturday.

Carolina’s trio of Jason Cook, David Zaycek and Michael Zajac all set personal bests in the shot put Friday led by Jason Cook’s 58-0 ½ distance to win the event. Zaycek came in second at a distance of 53-5 ¾. Zajac also placed in the top five with a throw of 49-3 ¾.

Two women’s pole vaulters set season bests after Carolina’s trio of Sallie Gurganus, Vica Shobe and Liza Todd finished 1-2-3 in the event. Gurganus took home the championship at 12-5 ½ with Shobe and Todd both clearing 11-11 ¾. The marks were season bests for Gurganus and Shobe. It is the second time this season the three finished first, second and third – the last time occurring at the UNC Classic on January 19.

Nick Lytle qualified for the finals in the men’s 60-meter dash after placing ninth at 6.99 in the prelims.

Aimee Kodat threw 41-10 ¾ in the women’s shot put to place sixth in the prelims and seventh in the finals. The mark is a career-high for the redshirt freshman.

Women’s DMR – Friday 5:20
8. Chain, Brown, Bristol, Evens 12:37.02

Men’s 60m Hurdles – Friday 5:40
22. Curt McGill 8.60

Men’s 60m Dash – Friday 6:20
9. Nick Lytle 6.99q
38. Mike Lindsay 7.35

Women’s 5K – Friday 7:45
9. Callie Rabun 18:33.75

Women’s Shot Put – Friday 5pm
6. Aimee Kodat 41-10 ¾ ; 7. Finals

Women’s Pole Vault – Friday 5pm
1. Sallie Gurganus 12-5 ½
2. Vica Shobe 11-11 ¾
3. Liza Todd 11-11 ¾

Men’s Long Jump – Friday 5pm
12. Curt McGill 22-0 ¼

Men’s Shot Put – Friday 7:40
1. Jason Cook 58-0 ½
2. David Zaycek 53-5 ¾
5. Michael Zajac 49-3 ¾