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Jan. 22, 2010


BLACKBURG, Va. – Four provisional qualifying marks led the South Carolina track and field programs in the first day of competition at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.

Competing at Virginia Tech for the second consecutive week, Gamecock sprinters Shayla Mahan and Lakya Brookins both hit provisional qualifying marks in the 60m dash, while two new Gamecocks earned marks for the men’s team in hurdler Booker Nunley and field athlete Michael Zajac.

In the women’s 60m, Brookins won the event at 7.29 with Mahan taking fourth at 7.49 – however her top time of the day was a 7.43 run in the preliminary round. Nunley took a win for the Gamecocks in the 60m hurdles by crossing the line at 7.86, tying his collegiate best in the event and earning his first provisional mark of the season. Zajac also earned his first qualifying mark of the season by tossing the 35-lb weight 66-7 (20.29m) to take fourth in the weight throw.

Competing in the first day of competition included many freshmen members of the 12th-ranked men’s team, including Lincoln Carr who placed sixth in the triple jump at 49-03.75 (15.03m), tying the same mark he hit in his collegiate opener last weekend. Classmate Tony Brown placed 12th in the event at 44-11.50 (13.70m).

In the mile run, Robert Razick claimed 28th at 4:26.74, while Chris Maxwell took 12th in the 300m dash at 35.93.

For the seventh-ranked women’s team, Gabrielle Glenn also made the 60m dash finals with Brookins and Mahan as the junior All-American took fifth overall at 7.56. Freshman Breanna Hubbard ran a 7.81 in the event.

Sophomore Kelsey McCorkle claimed fourth in the 300m dash at 39.33 while Laura Pramstaller finished the mile run at 5:26.19.

Junior Janica Austin and freshman Ceci Kryst both competed in the 60m hurdles as Austin placed 11th at 8.83 and Kryst placed 25th at 9.55. Kryst also competed in the triple jump, successfully jumping 37-01.75 (11.32) to place 13th overall.

In the women’s weight throw, freshman Breanna Radford led the Gamecocks with a toss of 45-9 (13.94m), followed by Stacee Roberts at 44-11 (13.69m).

South Carolina returns to action Saturday in the final day of competition at the Hokie Invitational.

W-60m Pre (Auto: 7.26, Prov: 7.44)
1. Shayla Mahan 7.43q PRO
2. Lakya Brookins 7.43q PRO
6. Gabrielle Glenn 7.56q
22. Breanna Hubbard 7.81
32. Asia Delaney 8.16
W-60m Final (Auto: 7.26, Prov: 7.44)
1. Lakya Brookins 7.29 PRO
4. Shayla Mahan 7.49
5. Gabrielle Glenn 7.56
4. Kelsey McCorkle 39.33
21. Asia Delaney 42.25
27. Kettiany Clarke 1:41.69
W-Mile Run (Auto: 4:37.00, Prov: 4:47.00)
27. Laura Pramstaller 5:26.19
W-60m Hurdles Pre (Auto: 8.14, Prov: 8.43)
11. Janica Austin 8.83
25. Ceci Kryst 9.55
W-Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30m, Prov: 12.65m)
13. Ceci Kryst 37-01.75 (11.32m)
W-Weight Throw (Auto: 21.00m, Prov: 18.75m)
18. Breanna Radford 45-09.00 (13.94m)
19. Stacee Roberts 44-11.00 (13.69m)
27. Katie Vuckovich 41-03.75 (12.59m)
12. Chris Maxwell 35.93
M-Mile Run (Auto: 3:59.00, Prov: 4:03.50)
28. Robert Razick 4:26.74
M-60m Hurdles Pre (Auto: 7.70, Prov: 7.91)
2. Booker Nunley 8.07q
24. Scott Pierce 8.96
M-60m Hurdles Final (Auto: 7.70, Prov: 7.91)
1. Booker Nunley 7.86 PRO
M-Triple Jump (Auto: 16.15m, Prov: 15.45m)
6. Lincoln Carr 49-03.75 (15.03m)
12. Antonio Brown 44-11.50 (13.70m)
13. Aaron Searles 44-11.00 (13.69m)
M-Weight Throw (Auto: 21.50m, Prov: 19.50m)
4. Michael Zajac 66-07.00 (20.29m) PRO
12. Jeff Merkt 55-07.50 (16.95m)
19. Louis Day 48-05.25 (14.76m)