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Gamecocks Begin Vanderbilt Invitational with More Strong Efforts
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Gamecocks Begin Vanderbilt Invitational with More Strong Efforts

Jan. 20, 2017

Friday’s Gamecock Event Winner


Meet Info

Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Venue: Vanderbilt Multipurpose Complex

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of South Carolina opened their journey at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Friday evening with junior Ncincilili Titi setting the tone for another successful weekend. Titi captured the men’s 200m dash, with four additional Gamecocks finishing on the podium in their respective events at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.

Titi was victorious in the 200 last weekend at Clemson, and he repeated the feat against even stronger competition on Friday. The junior entered the weekend ranked sixth in the nation in the event and is sure to maintain his momentum after yet another first-place result.

Friday also continued the climb up the program records list for several Gamecocks. Juniors Tye Williams and Rougui Sow achieved new top-10 marks, as did sophomore Makyla Stanley.

Williams provided one of the night’s early highlights with his effort in the high jump. The junior’s mark of 7-1 ¾ was good for second place and a new personal best. Additionally, the mark ranks third in school history and is the 11th-best performance in the nation so far this season.

Carolina also got a podium finish from Briana Haith in the 200m. The senior won her heat with a time of 24.38 and finished second overall. Teammate Maiya Dendy also won her heat, and she clocked in fourth overall with a time of 24.62.

A newcomer to the roster this season, Sow made her Carolina debut on Friday night and immediately left her mark on the Gamecock record books. Her long jump mark of 20-7 ¼ stands fourth in program history and was good for second in the competition on Friday. She finished tops among collegiate entrants, and her mark ranks ninth in the country this season. Stanley was right on her heels, finishing fifth; her leap of 19-10 ¼ is eighth-best in Carolina history. Last but not least, senior Natasha Dicks finished seventh.

Titi put the Gamecocks in the winner’s circle for the first time this week when he triumphed in the 200m dash. The junior won the first heat of the evening, then watched as 11 subsequent heats were unable to match his time of 21.26.

Carolina’s last top-three finish came in the men’s weight throw. Clarence Gallop’s throw of 61-9 ¾ was good for third overall, and second among collegiate competitors.


Several additional Gamecocks topped existing personal records on Friday night, including Jordan Fields in the high jump, Kierstin Williams and Alycia Springs in the weight throw and Armand Woodley in the pole vault. With the majority of the meet scheduled for Saturday, more records are sure to be achieved before the Gamecocks leave Nashville.


“The kids keep doing a good job. I am really, really happy with what Tye did; his high jump effort was tremendous, and I think he’s capable of even more. We’re going to get something special out of him. Titi just missed a facility record, but he ran well to get another win. Rougui was great in her debut, and Makyla was also very special. We had season bests all over the place, our throwers were really good and Briana added a strong 200m run. I am especially proud of Clarence for doing so well in his first competition after surgery, and both Kierstin and Alycia set personal bests in the weight throw. After we did so well today, I am excited about tomorrow. We are facing some great teams, but I expect us to do well.”


“I felt like we improved off an already strong performance from last weekend. I am elated with our performances, including several personal bests. Makyla Stanley’s PR was great, and Rougui did very well, especially considering it was her debut. Jordan and Tye also had great days. I feel like Tye grew up today. The pieces are falling into place for us to have a great season, and I am really excited. I feel like we are really on track.”


“Coming into tonight, I felt really good. The coaches and I worked really hard this week, and after I had a solid week at Clemson my confidence was really high. Once I cleared the bar, I felt a great sense of relief to clear seven feet for the first time in competition, and I’m excited to go even higher in the future.”


The Gamecocks are back at it tomorrow for the final day of the Vanderbilt Invitational. Action resumes at 9:45 a.m. CT, with the first Gamecock in action at 10:30 a.m. CT.

High Jump
2. Tye Williams 2.18m | 7-1 3/4
20. Alexandre Asselin 1.85m | 6-0 3/4
21. Markus Leemet 1.85m | 6-0 3/4
Pole Vault
7. Simon Gyllensten 4.90m | 16-0 3/4
10. Armand Woodley 4.75m | 15-7
Weight Throw
3. Clarence Gallop 18.84m | 61-10
17. Eric Favors 14.43m | 47-4 1/2
1. Ncincilili Titi 21.26
33. DeVon Lewis 22.84
38. Yohance Thomas 22.99
High Jump
6. Jordan Fields 1.66m | 5-5 1/4
Weight Throw
12. Kierstin Williams 16.84m | 55-3 1/4
13. Alycia Springs 16.77m | 55-0 1/2
Long Jump
2. Rougui Sow 6.28m | 20-7 1/4
5. Makyla Stanley 6.05m | 19-10 1/4
7. Natasha Dicks 5.95m | 19-6 1/4
13. Jordan Fields 5.72m | 18-9 1/4
20. Milan Parks 5.55m | 18-2 1/2
30. Kara Lyles 4.91m | 16-1 1/2
2. Briana Haith 24.38
4. Maiya Dendy 24.62
14. Mary Reiser 18:41.53