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May 17, 2014


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sarah Graham won high jump silver and the Gamecocks took three of nine spots in tomorrow’s 110-meter hurdle finals on the third day of action at the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships at the University of Kentucky.

After clearing the No. 3 height in school history in the heptathlon on Thursday, Graham moved through the first three heights of today’s women’s high jump competition without a miss. She was unable to clear a would-be lifetime best at 5’11 ½”, but her clean start proved the difference. Graham, who entered the weekend as the No. 12 seed, clinched a silver medal.

With her seventh-place finish in the heptathlon yesterday, Graham has scored 10 points for the Gamecocks at this weekend’s championships.

It’s the second-straight SEC Outdoor Championships that a Gamecock has won silver in the high jump after school record holder Jeannelle Scheper’s runner-up finish in 2013. South Carolina has scored in the high jump at six-straight conference outdoor meets.

Alexis Murphy posted the best jump of her career on her first attempt in the women’s long jump, leaping 19’9 ¾” (6.04m). The mark advanced her to the event finals where she broke the 20-foot barrier with a mark 20’1/4″ (6.10m), a new personal record. Ultimately, she finished seventh to score. The effort moved her into sixth all-time in Gamecock history.

School record holder Petra Olsen also captured a seventh-place finish in the pole vault. Olsen cleared 13’1 ½” (4.00m) to collect points for the Gamecocks.

Led by the No. 6 time in school history from Jermaine Collier, three Gamecocks moved on to tomorrow’s 110-meter hurdle final. Collier’s lifetime best 13.65 in the third heat earned an automatic spot in the final and was fourth-best overall.

Echols posted a collegiate best 13.82 in his heat to qualify on time. Kanervo finished in the top-two of his heat with a time of 14.09 to earn an automatic bid.

The trio also advanced to the 60-meter hurdle finals at the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships.

Collier qualified for the 400-meter hurdle finals yesterday as well. The sophomore also advanced to both the intermediate and high hurdle finals at last year’s SEC Championships. He is the only athlete to qualify for both this year.

After today’s action, the women are in a eighth with 13.5 points while the men are tied for 10th with five points.

Competition concludes at the University of Kentucky tomorrow, with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running at 2 p.m. In addition to relay action, the Gamecocks have seven athletes in finals.

Men’s 100m Dash – Prelims
13. Chris Royster 10.58 (+0.8)
14. Kendall Kee 10.62 (+0.5)
20. Brandon Sanders 10.80 (+2.1) Collegiate Best
22. Chris Walker 10.94 (+0.5)
Men’s 400m Dash – Prelims
13. Eric Winfrey 47.47
21. Ryan Bermudez 48.08 Personal Record
Men’s 1,500m Run – Prelims
23. Alex Sullivan 4:07.29
Men’s 110m Hurdles – Prelims
4. Jermaine Collier 13.65 (+1.8) Q Personal Record
6. Dondre Echols 13.82 (+0.9) q Collegiate Best
10. Jussi Kanervo 14.09 (+2.4) Q
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
16. Sango Asante 9:37.32
Men’s Long Jump
17. Alexandre Asselin 6.87m // 22-06.50
Men’s Discus
19. Walker Selby 44.53m // 146-01 Collegiate Best
Women’s 100m Dash – Prelims
15. Ahtyana Johnson 11.62 (+1.4)
22. Alexis Murphy 11.81 (+1.3)
23. Vashti Bandy 11.84 (+1.3)
Women’s 400m Dash – Prelims
11. Briana Haith 53.72 Personal Record
14. Precious Holmes 54.13
16. Marisa Bellamy 54.97
17. Aalayah Faulcon 55.37 Collegiate Best
Women’s 1,500m Run – Prelims
23. Anna Todd 4:36.85
30. Martha McCoy 4:47.62
Women’s 100m Hurdles – Prelims
11. Chalese Davis 13.48 (+0.7)
14. Mollie Williams 13.78 (+0.4) Collegiate Best
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
16. Sarah Falta 12:09.23
Women’s High Jump
2. Sarah Graham 1.77m // 5-09.75
Women’s Pole Vault
7. Petra Olsen 4.00m // 13-01.50
14. Megan Wall 3.85m // 12-07.50
Tylar Mangan NH
Women’s Long Jump
7. Alexis Murphy 6.10m // 20-00.25 (+0.7) Personal Record
17. Chalese Davis 5.72m // 18-09.25 (+1.7)
Women’s Javelin
14. Olivia Hassler 41.12m // 134-11 Season Best
Women’s Shot Put
Kaysee Sullivan FOUL