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Jan. 29, 2013

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South Carolina posted 10 wins and 39 total top-5 performances this weekend in Blacksburg, Va., at the Hokie Invitational. In the first two major events of the year, the Auburn Invitational and the Hokie Invitational, the Gamecock youth has made an impact. At the Auburn Invitational on Jan.19, of 12 individual top-5 finishes, five came from underclassmen. On day one in Blacksburg, of 18 individual top-5 performances, 11 of them were attributed to underclassmen. The second day at the Hokie Invite saw seven underclassmen finish in the top-5 out of the 16 individual finishes in the upper echelon.

The Gamecocks travel to New York City to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Check on Thursday for a full preview.

Gamecocks in the Top 20
This season, the top 16 marks/times for each individual event qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. For the relay events, the top 12 teams will qualify for the championships.

Athlete Event Time/Mark Division 1 SEC
Damiere Byrd 60m 6.66 7th 4th
Jarrod Hutchen Long Jump 25’2 // 7.67m 7th 4th
Clayton Gravesande 400m 47.26 15th 5th
Gravesande, Byrd, Carter Collier 4x400m 3:10.97 15th 5th
Athlete Event Time/Mark Division 1 SEC
Jeannelle Scheper High Jump 6’2 // 1.88m 5th 2nd
Petra Olsen Pole Vault 13’7 1/4 // 4.15m 11th 3rd
Kierre Beckles 60mH 8.27 16th 3rd
Rucker, Rodriques, Brockington, Allen 4x400m 3:37.69 9th 5th

Women’s Squad Ranked
The South Carolina women’s team dropped one spot to No. 21 in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Championship Rankings. The Gamecocks, one of seven SEC squads in the rankings, were number 20 in last week’s rankings.

The next round of computer rankings will be released Feb. 5.

USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Rankings (Jan. 29, 2013)
1. Clemson
2. Kansas
3. Oregon
4. Arkansas
5. LSU
6. Texas A&M
7. Florida
8. Washington
9. UCF
10. Iowa State
11. Georgia
12. California
13. Arizona
14. Texas
15. Dartmouth
16. Stanford
17. Indiana State
18. Baylor
19. Florida State
20. Arizona State
21. South Carolina
22. Michigan State
23. San Diego State
24. Auburn
25. Connecticut