Jan. 17, 2015
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Gamecocks secured two more wins on the final day of the Virginia Tech Invite. Clayton Gravesande would win on the men’s side in the 400m, while Nakita Gray took home the high jump title for the women. Carolina won four events total for the weekend.
The field event athletes continued to impress on the women’s side, with two more Gamecocks writing their names in the record book. Alexis Murphy would set a new personal best for the second straight weekend, reaching 6.15 meters in the long jump and finished second overall.
She passed Tacita Bass for the sixth-longest jump in indoor history and now owns three of the top ten jumps all-time. The mark ranks sixth-best in the country so far in 2015.
Nakita Gray would follow with the third-highest jump in program history, reaching 1.77 meters to win the event. Sarah Graham would go for 1.73 meters to take third in the event.
In the distance events, the women saw a packed leaderboard in the 5000 race, with freshman Monica York edging out classmates Hannah Giangaspro and Regina Schreiber. The trio would finish second, third, and fourth, respectively.
For the men, Gravesande’s time of 47.46 would earn him the win in the 400m, with Ryan Bermudez coming in fourth at 48.89 seconds. Gravesande’s finish is the ninth-fastest in the nation so far this season. He also ran in the 4×400 meter relay, teaming with Bermudez, Jermaine Collier and Jussi Kanervo to take second overall with a time of 3:11.49, seventh-fastest in the nation.
Kevin Keating followed up his win at Clemson last weekend with a second-place finish in the 800 meters, with Alex Sullivan coming just behind him in fourth.
In the sprints, Ncincilili Titi wrapped up his first weekend of competition with the team with a fourth-place finish in the 200m, coming just 0.24 seconds from cracking the program’s top 10 times in the event. That time currently ranks in the top 30 in the nation.
Next up for Carolina will be the Rod McCravy Memorial, a two-day meet hosted by Kentucky. It begins next Friday.
|Women â€¢ Jan. 17, 2015 â€¢ Virginia Tech Invite|
|3. Aalayah Faulcon||56.19|
|9. Tamera Harris||58.22|
|3. Anna Todd||2:18.43|
|6. Allie Sprague||2:22.97|
|5. Gabrielle Gray||24.62|
|25. Nakita Gray||26.36|
|2. Monica York||18:30.62|
|3. Hannah Giangaspro||18:33.96|
|4. Regina Schreiber||18:46.42|
|Women’s 4x400m Relay|
|2. Gray, Faulcon, Morrison, Rucker||3:42.68|
|Women’s Pole Vault|
|5. Megan Wall||3.78m/12′ 4.75″|
|Women’s Long Jump|
|2. Alexis Murphy||6.15m/20′ 2.25″|
|9. Natasha Dicks||5.63m/18′ 5.75″|
|Women’s High Jump|
|1. Nakita Gray||1.77m/5′ 9.75″|
|3. Sarah Graham||1.73m/5′ 8″|
|Women’s Shot Put|
|13. Sarah Graham||10.12m/33′ 2.50″|
|Men â€¢ Jan. 17, 2015 â€¢ Virginia Tech Invite|
|1. Clayton Gravesande||47.46|
|4. Ryan Bermudez||48.89|
|13. Greg Chiles||50.62|
|2. Kevin Keating||1:54.22|
|4. Alex Sullivan||1:55.02|
|12. Nigel Redic||2:00.90|
|4. Ncincilili Titi||21.58|
|13. Eric Winfrey||22.27|
|Men’s 4x400m Relay|
|2. Collier, Gravesande, Kanervo, Bermudez||3:11.49|
|4. Chiles, Echols, Winfrey, Titi||3:15.77|
|Men’s High Jump|
|5. Tyjon Williams||1.99m/6′ 6.25″|
|Men’s Shot Put|
|3. Josh Awotunde||16.91m/55′ 5.75″|
|12. Markus Leemet||12.31m/40′ 4.75″|
|Men’s Long Jump|
|10. Markus Leemet||6.71m/22′ 0.25″|
|13. Tyjon Williams||6.39m/20′ 11.75″|
|16. Wayne Dawkins||6.08m/19′ 11.5″|
|Men’s Pole Vault|
|8. Richard Fish||4.46m/14′ 7.5″|