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March 30, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. – The South Carolina track and field team completed the first day of competition at the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday. Sophomore Kayla Lampe broke a 15-year-old 10,000-meter school record and five Gamecocks advanced to event finals on the first day of competition. The women’s sprint medley relay team collected a win as well.

Lampe, who set the indoor 5,000-meter run a month ago as she won SEC silver, ran a 34:26.99 in the 10,000-meters to set a new Gamecock record. Lampe broke Tanya Povey’s 1998 time of 34:31.41 to sit atop another South Carolina all-time list. The time earned her a fourth-place finish.

The sprint medley relay quartet of freshmen Alexis Murphy and Ahtyana Johnson, junior Amber Allen and sophomore Erika Rucker picked up the win with a time of 3:57.74.

Junior Chris Royster and sophomore Eric Winfrey ran in the same 100-meter dash heat on Friday, both punching tickets for Saturday’s finals. Royster, who has won the 100 meters the last two weekends, advanced with the second-fastest time of the day at 10.56. Winfrey was fifth fastest at 10.74. The 100-meter dash finals are tomorrow at 12:15 p.m.

South Carolina’s 1-2 punch in the hurdles also advanced to Saturday’s event final. Freshmen Dondre Echols and Jermaine Collier ran in a 110-meter hurdle heat that saw all who finished the race advance to the final. Echols clocked in at 14.27, the second-fastest collegiate time and fourth-fastest overall. Collier earned the last spot in the eight-man final with a time of 14.71. Echols and Collier will race in the event finals at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow.

The Gamecock women will also be represented in hurdle finals tomorrow. Current collegiate-leader senior Kierre Beckles ran a 13.16, the fastest preliminary time of the day. Beckles will run for her third-consecutive outdoor win tomorrow at noon.

Graduate student Chelsea France ran the second-best 3,000-meter steeplechase in school history at 10:42.93. France finished fourth overall in her section.

Freshman Austin Eckenroth earned a second-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-11 (4.85m), his best of the outdoor season.

Competition resumes tomorrow with Dorian Johnson in the triple jump starting the day off for the Gamecocks at 11 a.m.

MEN • RALEIGH RELAYS • FRI. MARCH 29, 2013
100m Dash – Prelims
2. Chris Royster 10.56q (-0.9)
5. Eric Winfrey 10.74q (-0.9)
34. Chris Walker 10.97 (0.2)
400m Dash
26. Chris Maxwell 48.89
50. Nigel Redic 49.69
1,500m Run
11. Robert Razick 3:49.91
56. Alex Sullivan 4:03.10 PR
74. Daniel Novak 4:05.72
110m Hurdles – Prelims
4. Dondre Echols 14.27q (2.0)
8. Jermaine Collier 14.71q (2.0)
Long Jump
9. Dorian Johnson 6.96m // 22-10.00
Pole Vault
Austin Eckenroth 4.85m // 15-11.00
WOMEN • RALEIGH RELAYS • FRI. MARCH 29, 2013
100m Dash – Prelims
13. Alexis Murphy 11.90 (1.5)
19. Vashti Bandy 11.94 (1.5)
21. Ahtyana Johnson 11.96 (2.8) PR
28. Gabrielle Gray 12.02 (2.8)
400m Dash
10. Christal Green 55.43
1,500m Run (Section IV)
Lisa Zimmer 4:39.55 PR
Anna Todd 4:47.10
3,000m Steeplechase (Section I)
4. Chelsea France 10:42.93 PR
5000m Run
19. Mary Fouse 17:19.54 (Section II)
7. Meredith Mill 17:28.28 PR (Section III)
13. Christine Kent 18:06.28PR (Section IV)
23. Penny Boswell 18:16.98 (Section IV)
22. Stephanie Berger 18:23.93 (Section IV)
10,000m Run
4. Kayla Lampe 34:26.99 School Record
100m Hurdles – Prelims
1. Kierre Beckles 13.16q (0.1)
Sprint Medley Relay
1. A. Murphy, A. Johnson, A. Allen, E. Rucker 3:57.47
Long Jump
12. Ceci Kryst 5.60m // 18-04.50 (+0.0)

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