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April 19, 2014

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina captured nine wins and posted the top collegiate finisher in nine other events at the USC Outdoor Open, the Gamecocks’ final home meet of the 2014 season.

The Gamecocks took a break from the competition this afternoon to honor seniors James Adams, Drew Ricci, Chris Royster, Walker Selby, Joshua Suttmeier, Vashti Bandy, Penny Boswell, Sanura Eley-O’Reilly, Kelly Fischer, Liz Locke, Tylar Mangan, Petra Olsen and Kaysee Sullivan. The team also presented head coach Curtis Frye with a pair of bronzed spikes to commemorate his induction into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame (USTFCCCA) in December.

Boswell opened the day on the track for the Gamecocks with a 5000-meter run win, clocking in at 18:31.27 after leading the whole race. In one of the first field events of the day, Selby captured his first win of the 2014 outdoor season in the men’s hammer throw. His toss of 168’3″ (51.28m) led a 1-2 finish with Seay.

A squad of sophomore Tyler Brockington, junior Tamera Harris, Bandy and sophomore Ahtyana Johnson took the first women’s relay of the day, finishing the 4×100-meter in 45.57.

In the high hurdles, the Gamecocks posted the top collegiate finisher in each event. On the men’s side, South Carolina finished 2-3 with sophomores Jermaine Collier and Dondre Echols finishing at 14.29 and 14.35, respectively. The Gamecocks took the 3-4-5 spots in the women’s event with sophomore Chalese Davis (14.05), freshman Mollie Williams (14.33) and sophomore Tyler Brockington (14.37). The group finished behind alums Kierre Beckles and Tiffany Ross Williams.

In the 100-meter dash, Ahtyana Johnson collected her second win of the year at the distance, clocking in at 12.15. At the distance for the men, sophomore Brandon Sanders was the top collegiate finisher, coming in second overall with a time of 10.83.

Junior Chris Walker notched his first win of the year, taking the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 22.04 while sophomore Aalayah Faulcon was the top collegiate finisher, at the distance in the women’s race with at time of 25.40.

Sophomore Alexis Murphy won her second-straight long jump event, taking today’s competition with a leap of 19’5 ¼” (5.92m). Freshman Natasha Dicks was the top collegiate finisher in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 40′ 7″ (12.37m).

South Carolina junior Megan Wall won the women’s pole vault to capture her second win of the outdoor season, clearing 12′ 1 ½” (3.70m) to best the field.

Other top collegiate finishers of the day, included Alex Sullivan, who posted a personal best time of 1:55.10 in the 800-meter run and Leveshia McClain in the 400-meter hurdles. South Carolina had the top collegiate finishers in the men’s and women’s 400-meter dashes with junior Eric Winfrey and freshman Briana Haith.

Sophomore Olivia Hassler set a new season best in the women’s javelin throw, hitting a mark of 132′ (40.24m) to take her first win of the season.

In the final event of the day, the South Carolina 4×400-meter relay team of freshman David Yang, Ricci, along with juniors Kevin Keating and Daniel Novak claimed the last win of the meet.

The Gamecocks travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the 120th running of The Penn Relay Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania at historic Franklin Field. The met is set for April 24-26.

Men’s 100m Dash

2. Brandon Sanders 10.83 (-0.1)
Men’s 200m Dash
1. Chris Walker 22.04 NWI
Men’s 400m Dash
2. Eric Winfrey 47.90
5. Nigel Redic 48.95
6. Ryan Bermudez 49.01
10. Drew Ricci 50.44
11. David Yang 50.65
Men’s 800m Dash
2. Alex Sullivan 1:55.10 Personal Record
3. Kevin Keating 1:55.50
4. Daniel Novak 1:56.80
Men’s 1,500m Run
3. Sango Asante 4:11.53
Men’s 5,000m Run
5. Guy McCarter 16:23.23
Men’s 4x100m Relay
Sanders, Royster, Echols, Winfrey DQ
Men’s 4x400m Relay
1. Yang, Ricci, Keating, Novak 3:30.60
Men’s 110m Hurdles
2. Jermaine Collier 14.29
3. Dondre Echols 14.35
Men’s High Jump
4. Jesse Wideman 1.80m // 5-10.75
Men’s Pole Vault
Richard Fish NH
Men’s Long Jump
4. James Adams 6.70m // 21-11.75 NWI Collegiate Best
Men’s Hammer Throw
1. Walker Selby 51.28m // 168-03
2. Andrew Seay 50.08m // 164-04
Women’s 100m Dash
1. Ahtyana Johnson 12.15 (-3.4)
3. Vashti Bandy 12.40 (-3.4)
7. Alexis Murphy 12.74 (-3.4)
Women’s 200m Dash
3. Aalayah Faulcon 25.20 (-0.4)
10. Mollie Williams 27.40 (+0.5)
Women’s 400m Dash
2. Briana Haith 54.66
3. Marisa Bellamy 55.43
4. Maya Evans 56.55
Women’s 800m Dash
3. Anna Todd 2:13.20
5. Ashley Miller 2:15.20
8. Kaleigh Higgins 2:20.70
Women’s 1,500m Run
2. Martha McCoy 4:52.54
3. Meri Heneage 4:56.06
4. Sarah Falta 4:59.82 Personal Record
12. Melanie Ng 5:14.20
Women’s 5,000m Run
1. Penny Boswell 18:31.27
5. Brittany Day 19:24.87
13. Sarah Pellegrini 20:22.46
Women’s 4x100m Relay
1. Brockington, Harris, Bandy, Johnson 45.57
2. Davis, Faulcon, Murphy, Williams 47.69
Women’s 100m Hurdles
3. Chalese Davis 14.05 (-1.3)
4. Mollie Williams 14.33 (-1.3)
5. Tyler Brockington 14.37 (-1.3)
7. Jemekia Wilson 15.16 (+0.0)
Women’s 400m Hurdles
2. Leveshia McClain 1:03.70
Women’s High Jump
3. Jemekia Wilson 1.55m // 5-01.00
4. Nancy Caroline Cann 1.50m // 4-11.00
Women’s Pole Vault
1. Megan Wall 3.70m // 12-01.50
Kelly Fischer NH
Tylar Mangan NH
Women’s Long Jump
1. Alexis Murphy 5.92m // 19-05.25 NWI
Women’s Triple Jump
2. Natasha Dicks 12.37m // 40-07.00 NWI
4. Mykera Glymph-Dantzler 10.54m // 34-07.00
Women’s Shot Put
5. Jemekia Wilson 10.03m // 32-11.00
Kaysee Sullivan FOUL
Women’s Discus Throw
2. Kaysee Sullivan 41.84m // 137-03
Women’s Javelin Throw
1. Olivia Hassler 40.24m // 132-00 Season Best
5. Jemekia Wilson 31.60m // 103-08