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Feb. 17, 2008

CLEMSON, S.C. – South Carolina set six new personal bests Saturday and freshman Michael Zajac won the men’s weight throw in day two action at the Tiger Classic in Clemson, S.C.

Matt Shuler and Kevin Brinkley both set new PRs in the men’s pole vault, clearing 15-7 to place second and fourth, respectively. Much like the women’s pole vaulters on Friday, the two men have continued to progress throughout the season with clearances that were six inches higher than their previous bests set earlier in the season.

Two women’s high jumpers also reach new personal bests Saturday. Kayla Blake led in clearing 5-8 in the women’s high jump. Blake placed third with her highest jump since the Tom Jones Memorial Classic last month. Staley Foster placed seventh at 5-4 ¼, besting her one-week old best set at The Armory.

After finishing 1-2-5 Friday in the men’s shot put, Carolina’s trio of throwers improved to a 1-2-4 finish in the weight throw. Michael Zajac, continuing a strong freshman campaign, won the event after throwing 60-1 ¾ in the prelims. David Zaycek finished second in the prelims at 56-2 ¾ before setting a new PR with a throw of 56-11 in the finals. Jason Cook, Friday’s shot put winner, cleared 55-1 in the finals to take fourth.

Ashley Evens ran USC’s best time this season in the 800m, She placed 22nd at 2:24.08 with Laura Pramstaller and Kelsey Bristol following right behind. Scott Pierce became Carolina’s first competitor this season in the men’s high jump and placed second at a height of 6-3 ½.

The Gamecocks return to action this weekend when they host the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia. Schedule of events can be found at

Men’s Pole Vault – Saturday 10am
2. Matt Shuler 15-7 pr
4. Kevin Brinkley 15-7 pr

Women’s High Jump – Saturday 10am
3. Kayla Blake 5-8 pr
7. Staley Foster 5-4 ¼ pr

Men’s Triple Jump – Saturday 10am
11. Aaron Searles 43-7 ¼

Women’s Mile Run – Saturday 11:20
13. Rebecca Chain 5:17.38

Men’s 400m Dash – Saturday 12:05
40. Michael Varner 52.68

Women’s 400m Dash – Saturday 12:35
44. Nikeshia Brown 1:02.35

Women’s 800m – Saturday 1:40
22. Ashley Evens 2:24.08
30. Laura Pramstaller 2:25.83
34. Kelsey Bristol 2:26.47

Men’s 200m Dash
41. Mike Lindsay 24.14

Men’s Weight Throw – Saturday 1:20
1. Michael Zajac 60-1 ¾ ; 1.
2. David Zaycek 56-2 ¾ 2. 56-11 pr
4. Jason Cook 54-7 ½ ; 4. 55-1

Men’s High Jump – Saturday 1pm
2. Scott Pierce 6-3 ½

Men’s 4x400m Relay – Saturday 3:40
29. Brinkley, Lindsay, Pierce, Varner 3:36.50

Women’s 4x400m Relay – Saturday 4:20
34. Brown, Evens, Bristol, Parker 4:25.04

Women’s 3K
19. Lisa McKinney 10:53.79