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June 20, 2008

Columbus, Ohio – Three South Carolina freshmen sprinters qualified for the Junior World Championships at the USA Junior Championship in Columbus, Ohio. The three include: Antonio Sales (100m, 4x100m relay), Shayla Mahan (4x100m relay) and Gabrielle Glenn (4x100m relay). The top two individuals in the finals qualify for the Junior World Championships from July 8-13, 2008 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

“They are thrilled. I think the biggest thing is for Gabby to get in – it’s huge for her. Shayla made it last year, but she didn’t go. I am really proud of all of them. Up here at this meet in Ohio I have had more comments on our team sandbagging in Iowa and then people seeing our team up for shake-outs early,” said USC head coach Curtis Frye. “I am proud of the way they are conducting themselves. They are really on point and it’s really showing up in their performance.”

The following will run the semi-finals of the 200m on Saturday: Sales, Glenn, Mahan and Lamar Markett. In addition, Aaron Anderson and Porche Byrd will run in the 400m semi-finals.

Sales ran a personal-best twice in the semi-finals (10.38) and the finals (10.33), finishing as the runner-up. He will move on to run the 100m at the Junior World Championships. Sales will also be in the 4x100m relay pool.

Shayla Mahan qualified for the finals of the 100m to advance to the finals (11.69) as did Gabrielle Glenn (11.85). Both ran into a head wind of -2.3. Mahan finished third in the finals at 11.39 and Glenn was fifth at 11.56. Mahan and Glenn will both be in the 4x100m relay pool.

Johnny Dutch advanced to Saturday’s finals of the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.05.

Lamar Markett finished 10th overall in the 100m at 10.68.