March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The South Carolina track and field team competed in two events on the second and final day of the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The women’s team finished in 31st place overall at the event.
After passing on the first bar of the competition at 13-01.50 (4.00m), junior Petra Olsen entered the women’s pole vault competition at 13-05.25 (4.10m). Olsen easily cleared the bar on her first attempt in her NCAA Indoor Championship debut. At her second bar of the competition, Olsen also had an easy first-attempt clearance at 13-09.25 (4.20m).
With the bar set at 13-11.25 (4.25m), Olsen had the chance to set a new personal best and be just half an inch behind Vica Shobe’s school record. The junior was unable to get over the height though and finished in ninth place. The finish will earn her a second-team All-America nod to go with her outdoor honor from last season.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay quartet of sophomores Erika Rucker and Christal Green, senior Kierre Beckles and freshman Tyler Brockington capped the day’s action. The race marked the third time the group had run together this season.
On the leadoff leg, Rucker ran the fourth-fastest split of the 12 teams in the women’s 4×400-meter relay at 51.96, besting her split of 52.37 at the SEC Indoor Championships, which was the fastest overall.
The quartet ran a time of 3:35.49 and finished in 10th place in the event.
The South Carolina track and field team will kickoff the outdoor season next weekend at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami, Fla.
|WOMEN â€¢ FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 â€¢ NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|W 4x400M RELAY|
|Rucker, Green, Beckles, Brockington||3:35.49|
|W POLE VAULT|
|9. Petra Olsen||4.20m // 13-09.25|