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Oct. 29, 2012

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the University of South Carolina Women’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field title that they secured in Baton Rouge, La., on June 1, 2002. The NCAA Championship was the school’s first-ever team title in any sport for the Gamecocks. Thirteen members of the squad combined to earn 128 All-American honors over the course of their collegiate careers.

In the weeks leading up to the All-Sports Reunion, will feature members of the 2002 NCAA Championship team.

Mikisha Lewis Freeman
Class of 2002, Psychology

Birthplace: Washington, DC
Current Home: Indian Head, Md.

Currently… works in the Washington, D.C., Superior Court system as a probation officer. Before going to Washington, D.C., she worked as a probation officer in South Carolina and was named South Carolina Agent of the Year in 2008, both regionally and statewide. Married Aryhel Freeman, a former football player at South Carolina. They have three children, ages four, six and eight.

Athletic Accomplishments:
As a Gamecock:

  • Injuries limited her career by forcing her to redshirt her freshman year and to sit out her junior season.

After South Carolina:

  • A torn quadriceps prevented her from running competitively

NCAA Memories
Event(s) competed in at the NCAA’s:

  • Alternate for the relays

NCAA Championships Memory: Running in the 4x100m event when I tore my quadriceps and ultimately ended my career

South Carolina Memories
Favorite SC memory: Just being around my teammates, we always had a lot of fun together on and off the track.

Why did you choose SC: My sister and I both went to South Carolina to run track, and when we think about it, we can’t exactly point out one thing. We liked the academics at South Carolina and really enjoyed the track atmosphere.

What are you most looking forward to coming back to Columbia? Being around the teammates again

Then | Now
Hobbies Now: Talking on the phone, shopping | Exercise, taking care of her three children
Biggest Influence: Parents | Parents
Favorite Movie: The Green Mile, Titanic | Avatar
Greatest Athletic Thrill: The last 100m of the 400m | The last 100m of the 400m

The members of the 2002 NCAA Championship team will be honored in Columbia, S.C., on Nov. 9 and 10 as a part of the All-Sports Reunion.