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Aug 16, 2013

MOSCOW – Gamecock Kierre Beckles ran in the second IAAF World Championships of her career on Friday at Luzhniki Stadium. Entering the competition as the national champion in her home country of Barbados, Beckles turned in a time of 13.47 (-0.4) to finish 31st overall in the first round of the event.

Team USA’s women’s 4×400-meter relay team advanced to tomorrow’s finals. Former Gamecock Natasha Hastings, who finished fifth in the 400-meter dash finals, did not run today, but could be a factor in the finals as she is a member of the relay pool.

South Carolina head coach Curtis Frye saw his men’s sprint and hurdle group push all three Team USA runners to the semifinals of the 200-meter dash, with Curtis Mitchell posting a new personal best and the fastest qualifying time of 19.97 to advance to the finals. In the final event of the day, Team USA’s 4×400-meter relay won the gold by more than a second with a world-leading time of 2:58.71.