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March 29, 2011

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By Miquel Jacobs
Media Relations Assistant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior sprinter Shayla Mahan has been named the SEC Runner Athlete of the Week after running the top wind-legal time in the world in the 100-meter dash, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Mahan ran the fastest wind-legal time in the nation in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.20 (+1.5) to win the Weems Baskin Invitational. The time was a personal best for the All-American and moves her to No. 5 in the South Carolina record books. Her time is the top wind-legal time in the world and the No.2 time in the world overall (including runs that would not qualify due to wind). She also ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay team that ran 44.88, the 16th-fastest time in the country and third-fastest in the SEC.

She is the fourth Gamecock to be honored by the SEC this year and the second of the two-week old outdoor season. During the indoor season, Sanura Eley-O’Reilly was named SEC Freshman of the Week once, and Lakya Brookins was named SEC Runner of the Week twice. Last week, Jeannelle Scheper earned SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors to open the outdoor season.

South Carolina travels to the Pepsi Florida Relays this weekend in Gainesville, Fla.