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Feb. 19, 2016

BLACKSBURG, VA. – Members of the South Carolina track and field team traveled north Friday for the start of the Virginia Tech Challenge. Though the group competed in just six events total, they would bring home a pair of wins with some important performances.

The men would pick up both wins, one in the pole vault and one in the 60m hurdles. Simon Gyllensten got back on the right track in the vault, clearing his first three bars. The rest of the field would fall back at 15 feet, seven inches, but Gyllensten settled at 17-0 ½ for his final mark. That moved him seven in school history for the event, passing Dale Gerek’s 1989 height of 17 feet.

Isaiah Moore picked up the other win for the night, dominating the competition in the hurdles. He won both rounds of the event and set a new personal best in the final with a time of 7.78 seconds. Jermaine Collier placed third in the final, picking up a season-best time of 7.88.

For the women it would be just the long jump and 60m hurdles on Friday. Funlayo Oluwole finished fifth in the final of the hurdles, followed by Chalese Davis in seventh. In the long jump, Davis placed fourth overall with a top jump of 19 feet and ½ inch.


Tomorrow the team will compete in four events at Virginia Tech, all in the field events (high jump, triple jump, shot put). Back home, Carolina hosts the Gamecock Invitational and is scheduled to compete in 10 events.

February 19, 2016 – Virginia Tech Challenge – Men’s Results –
60m – Prelims
–. David Winters FS
60m Hurdles – Prelims
1. Isaiah Moore 7.90 Q
2. Jermaine Collier 7.97 Q
3. Dondre Echols 8.04 Q
60m Hurdles – Final
1. Isaiah Moore 7.78
3. Jermaine Collier 7.88
Pole Vault
1. Simon Gyllensten 5.20m | 17-0 ¾
14. Alexandre Asselin 4.15m | 13-7 ¼
–. Markus Leemet NH
Long Jump
5. Alexandre Asselin 6.93m | 22-9
10. Markus Leemet 6.57m | 21-6 ¾
February 19, 2016 – Virginia Tech Challenge – Women’s Results –
60m Hurdles – Prelims
4. Funlayo Oluwole 8.48 q
6. Chalese Davis 8.55 q
12. Sarah Graham 8.71
60m Hurdles – Final
5. Funlayo Oluwole 8.53
7. Chalese Davis 8.61
Long Jump
4. Chalese Davis 5.80m | 19-0 ½
–. Sarah Graham NM