COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three members of the Gamecocks track and field team are heading overseas this week for international competition. Dondre Echols and Michael Wamer will participate in the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, and Markus Leemet returns to his hometown of Tallinn, Estonia for the European U23 Championships.
Wamer will open preliminary rounds of the triple jump at noon local time on July 8. Gwangju is 13 hours ahead of Columbia in time, so his competition will begin at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. In his most recent competition, Wamer finished 13th overall at the USATF Senior National meet after returning from injury, and set the program record in the triple jump earlier in the regular season.
Echols will run his first round of the 110-meter hurdles at 9:30 a.m. local time on July 10 (8:30 p.m. EST). He too returned from injury to compete at the USATF national meet, finishing 25th overall in his preliminary race.
Leemet is coming into the U23 championship meet on a high note after earning second-team All-America honors in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor championship. In the meet, he set new personal bests in seven events and posted the second-best point total in program history at 7,549. His competition starts on July 11 with the 100-meter dash at 9:40 a.m. local time (2:40 a.m. EST).
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