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Feb. 7, 2013

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Tyson Invitational • Fayetteville, Ark. Live Results | Schedule Get Acrobat Reader

Tiger Paw Invitational • Clemson, S.C.
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Husky Classic • Seattle, Wash.
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The Gamecocks split into three squads this weekend to compete in meets in Arkansas, Clemson and Seattle. The first competition begins at 1 p.m. ET at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., with running and field events in the early session. At the Tiger Paw Invitational, competition starts on Friday at 2 p.m. ET with field events and the 60-meter prelims. Freshman Kayla Lampe will run in Seattle at the Husky Classic on Friday night after setting a new 5,000-meter school record last weekend at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

Women’s Squad Ranked
The South Carolina women’s team climbed a spot to No. 20 in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Championship Rankings. The Gamecocks, one of seven SEC squads in the rankings, were number 21 in last week’s rankings. The next round of computer rankings will be released Feb. 12.

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

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.

Last time out – The Armory Collegiate Invitational

Athlete Event Time/Mark Division 1 SEC
Damiere Byrd 60m 6.66 9th 4th
Jarrod Hutchen Long Jump 25’2 // 7.67m 9th 6th
Dondre Echols 60mH 7.85 18th 4th
Gravesande, Byrd, Carter Collier 4x400m 3:10.97 19th 5th
Athlete Event Time/Mark Division 1 SEC
Erika Rucker 400m 52.93 3rd 3rd
Jeannelle Scheper High Jump 6’2 // 1.88m 5th 2nd
Petra Olsen Pole Vault 13’7 1/4 // 4.15m 12th 3rd
Kierre Beckles 60mH 8.27 18th 3rd
Kayla Lampe 5,000m 16:39.15 20th 2nd
Rucker, Rodriques, Brockington, Allen 4x400m 3:37.69 9th 5th

South Carolina traveled to the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York this week and brought home four wins. The No. 21 Gamecock women finished fourth overall in a field that included the top seven teams in the rankings. Freshman Kayla Lampe captured fourth place in the championship section of the 5,000-meters with a time of 16:39.15, breaking a 20-year old school record. The time is the second best in the SEC and 20th best of the collegiate season. Sophomore Erika Rucker claimed her second win of the season in the 400-meters, winning the championship group with her top time of the year at 52.93. The time ranks her third in the country this season. Both the men’s and the women’s 4×200-meter teams were victorious in their races. The men won with a time of 1:25.81 and the women ran 1:38.07, both of the times are the third fastest recorded this year. Redshirt junior Dorian Johnson captured the win in the college group of the men’s triple jump with a leap of 49’4 ¼ (15.04m). Senior Breanna Radford set a personal best in the shot put for the third time this season, placing fourth in the championship group with a throw of 52’6 ½ (16.01m). The mark puts Radford into fifth place in all-time in South Carolina history and moves her into the 26th spot in the collegiate ranks. Junior Jeannelle Scheper placed second in the women’s high jump and currently sits at fifth in country. Senior Kierre Beckles and sophomore Chalese Davis advanced to the 60-meter hurdle final. The two placed fifth and 10th, respectively. Freshman Dondre Echols ran a collegiate best in the 60-meter hurdle final at 7.85 to take fourth in the championship division. Sophomores Damiere Byrd and Kendall Kee advanced to the 60-meter dash finals on the first day of competition. Byrd took sixth while Kee took eighth. This week, the Gamecocks split up, sending squads to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C., and the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash.