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Gamecocks Start Weekend at Razorback Invitational
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Gamecocks Start Weekend at Razorback Invitational

Jan. 27, 2017

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Friday’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Location: Fayetteville, Ark.

Venue: Randal Tyson Track Center

Men’s Score: 11 points (9th place)

Women’s Score: 5 points (11th place)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina track & field program opened the 2017 Razorback Invitational on Friday night, and several Gamecocks stood tall against one of the toughest fields in the sport. Ncincilili Titi, Rougui Sow, Tye Williams and Yann Randrianasolo each turned in a scoring performance for Carolina at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

After one day of competition, the Gamecock men are in ninth place with 11 points, and the Carolina women are 11th with five points. Texas A&M tops the men’s standings, at 46 points, and Georgia paces the women’s field, with 52. Only seven of the 17 events have been completed on the women’s side, and the men finished six events on Friday.

The meet continues to serve as a postseason preview for the Gamecocks, who are ranked 19th in the USTFCCCA men’s poll and 24th in the women’s poll. Counting Carolina, the field in Fayetteville features 18 nationally-ranked teams.

Titi provided one of the highlights of the night for Carolina with a new PR of 20.78 in the 200m. Running alongside reigning NCAA champion Christian Coleman from Tennessee, Titi placed second in his heat and fourth overall. The time ranks sixth in the nation this season and was good for the Carolina men’s team’s first five points in the meet’s team standings. It’s also the third-fastest time in program history.

After making her collegiate debut last week, Sow turned in another strong performance on Friday. The France national team member’s long jump mark of 20-5 ¼ was good for fourth place and accounted for the first five Carolina points on the women’s side this week.

Williams crossed the 7-foot plateau for the first time last week at Vanderbilt, and while he couldn’t duplicate the feat on Friday, he still turned in a valuable performance for the Gamecocks. The junior finished fifth in the high jump and scored four points with a mark of 6-11.

Randrianasolo made his collegiate debut on Friday and earned the final two points of the night for the Gamecock men. In his first meet as a Gamecock, he hit 24-3 ¾ in the long jump and finished in seventh position.

Carolina student-athletes took their first swing at multi events on Friday. Jordan Fields broke three existing collegiate personal bests to finish ninth in the pentathlon with 3,667 points, while Kara Lyles set a pair of personal bests to finish 10th, at 3,413. On the men’s side, Markus Leemet stands sixth in the heptathlon with 3,040 points. Three of the seven events remain.


Senior Clarence Gallop just missed scoring for the Gamecocks in the weight throw. His effort of 60-7 ¼ was good for ninth place, just four inches shy of a scoring position.


“We had some great performances tonight. Titi had a great run and took advantage of a fast heat. He led for 150 meters, and this is the first time he’s performed against that kind of competition. He managed his race quite well. Rougui had a great jump in her first effort. She’s still getting accustomed to her environment but did really well against some of the best competition in the country. Yann got seventh in his first event, and he’s got something to build on. Our heptathlon athletes did really well to finish ninth and 10th in a meet that included the top four women in the country and some Olympians. This is a world-class track meet. We’ve got several of our best events coming tomorrow, and I expect us to compete. With shot put, hurdles, the 400 and the triple jump on the schedule, we’ve got chances to score points tomorrow with kids that have been through the process. If you can score anything at all in this meet, you’ve got a chance to do the same thing at the national meet next month.”


The Gamecocks will finish the Razorback Invitational on Saturday. Events begin at 11:15 a.m. ET, and SEC Network will televise a portion of Saturday’s action beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

Weight Throw
9. Clarence Gallop 18.47m | 60-7 1/4
Long Jump
7. Yann Randrianasolo 7.41m | 24-3 3/4
High Jump
5. Tye Williams 2.11m | 6-11
4. Ncincilili Titi 20.78
Heptathlon 60m
5. Markus Leemet 7.05
Heptathlon Long Jump
8. Markus Leemet 6.83m | 22-5
Heptathlon Shot Put
6. Markus Leemet 13.17m | 43-2 1/2
Heptathlon High Jump
2. Markus Leemet 1.91m | 6-3 1/4
Heptathlon Overall Results (After 4 of 7 Events)
6. Markus Leemet 3,040 points
Weight Throw
18. Kierstin Williams 15.77m | 51-9
Long Jump
4. Rougui Sow 6.23m | 20-5 1/4
16. Makyla Stanley 5.70m | 18-8 1/2
21. Milan Parks 5.21m | 17-1 1/4
16. Briana Haith 24.03
25. Maiya Dendy 24.44
Pentathlon 60mH
8. Jordan Fields 8.93
12. Kara Lyles 9.28
Pentathlon High Jump
6. Jordan Fields 1.67m | 5-5 3/4
13. Kara Lyles 1.49m | 4-10 1/2
Pentathlon Shot Put
7. Kara Lyles 11.02m | 36-2
11. Jordan Fields 8.83m | 28-11 3/4
Pentathlon Long Jump
9. Jordan Fields 5.32mm | 17-5 1/2
10. Kara Lyles 4.90m | 16-1
Pentathlon 800m
2. Kara Lyles 2:20.02
3. Jordan Fields 2:20.03
Pentathlon Overall Results
9. Jordan Fields 3,667
10. Kara Lyles 3,413