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Jan. 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina looks to build off of its solid start this weekend as the program sends squads to the Cherry & Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., as well as the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.

Cherry & Silver Invitational
Date: Fri., Jan. 23- Sat., Jan. 24
Time: Friday – 6 p.m. | Saturday – 12 p.m.
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Facility: Albuquerque Convention Center
Live Results:
Meet Schedule: Final Meet Schedule Get Acrobat Reader
Participating Teams: Adams State, Arizona, Arkansas (only women), Cal State Dominquez, Cal State Fullerton, California, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida A&M, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Incarnate Word, New Mexico, New Mexico Junior College, New Mexico State, New Mexico Military Institute, Portland State, San Diego State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tec de Monterrey, Texas, Tulane, UC-Colorado Springs. Southern California, Utah, Utah State, UTEP, Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M

Hokie Invitational
Date: Fri., Jan. 23- Sat., Jan. 24
Time: Friday – 5 p.m. | Saturday – 11 a.m.
Location: Blacksburg, Va.
Facility: Rector Fieldhouse
Live Results:
Meet Schedule: Meet Schedule Get Acrobat Reader
Participating Teams: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, George Mason, James Madison, Liberty, Maryland, Norfolk St., NC State, Pittsburgh, Radford, South Carolina, UNC-Greensboro, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

In New Mexico, South Carolina faces its toughest test of the young season at the Cherry & Silver Invite. Contested at the site of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, the event plays host to six ranked men’s teams (No. 7 Florida State, No. 13 Georgia, No. 15 Texas, No. 17 Arizona, No. 20 Stanford, No. 22 UTEP) and five ranked women’s teams, including the No. 11 Gamecocks (No. 1 Texas, No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 19 Florida State).

The Albuquerque Convention Center sits at 4,958 feet above sea level and will host the first Division I NCAA Championship at statistical altitude March 14-15.

At the Hokie Invitational, the Gamecocks face the No. 19 men’s team in Virginia Tech and the No. 21 Maryland women’s squad. South Carolina traveled to Rector Fieldhouse just last weekend for the Virginia Tech Invitational and brought home four wins and 31 top-five finishes.

Gamecocks in the Top 25
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
Eric Winfrey 60m 6.74 25th 9th
Jermaine Collier 60mH 7.80 7th 2nd
Dondre Echols 60mH 7.90 18th 6th
Collier, Winfrey, Walker, Royster 4x400m 3:11.51 18th 6th
Athlete Event Time/Mark Division 1 SEC
Holmes, Rucker, Haith, Bellamy 4x400m 3:39.95 7th 3rd
Jeannelle Scheper High Jump 1.90m // 6-02.75 1st 1st
Petra Olsen Pole Vault 4.15m // 13-07.25 7th 2nd
Natasha Dicks Triple Jump 12.56m // 41-02.50 13th 5th

Women Start Season at No. 11 in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Division I National Team Computer Rankings was released Monday with the South Carolina women’s track and field squad at No. 11. The spot is the women’s highest preseason and overall ranking since 2010 when the Gamecocks entered the season at No. 7. The 2010 squad went on to finish 19th at the NCAA Indoor Championships. A nation-leading eight SEC teams are featured in the rankings, with all eight representatives landing in the top 15.

Up Next
Next weekend, the Gamecocks travel to Winston Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden Invitational at the JDL Fast Track.