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Gamecocks Finish Strong Week at Razorback Invitational
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Gamecocks Finish Strong Week at Razorback Invitational

Jan. 28, 2017

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This Week’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Location: Fayetteville, Ark.

Venue: Randal Tyson Track Center

Men’s Finish: 9th (34 points)

Women’s Finish: 9th (28 points)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The last day of the 2017 Razorback Invitational brought more success for the University of South Carolina track & field program. Guided by podium finishes from individuals Josh Awotunde, Natasha Dicks and Isaiah Moore and a breakout performance from the women’s 4x400m relay team, Carolina finished ninth in both the men’s and women’s standings at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

The Gamecock men finished with 34 points, and the women ended the meet with 28. Host Arkansas took the men’s team title, with 99.5 points, and the women’s championship went to LSU with 84.33 points.

Awotunde placed second in the shot put, while Dicks earned a third-place result in the triple jump and Moore took third in the 60mH. Aliyah Abrams, Eric Favors, Precious Holmes, Markus Leemet, Taranisha Taylor and Michael Wamer also earned top-eight finishes for Carolina, and the women’s 4×4 squad took second place in the 4x400m Invitational with one of the fastest times in the NCAA this season.

Carolina’s first highlight of the day came in the 400m, with Holmes and Abrams both scoring. Holmes was one of the fastest runners in the early heats, stopping the clock in 54.17 to eventually finish eighth. Abrams placed fourth in the fastest heat of the Invitational portion of the event, coming in fifth overall with a time of 53.68.

Soon the Carolina shot put crew was hard at work for the men’s squad. Awotunde continued his run of podium finishes by placing second in the event, with a throw of 60-10. Favors was right behind him; the nation’s top freshman in the event set a new PR with a mark of 59-7 ½ to post a fourth-place result.

After winning his heat in the prelims of the men’s 60mH, Moore was on to the finals. The junior recovered from a tough start and finished third, with a time of 7.83, and he earned six points for the Gamecocks.

Just minutes later, Taylor was on the track for the women’s 60mH final. The senior finished in 8.40, earning four points with a fifth-place result.

Wamer has been one of Carolina’s breakout performers this season, setting new personal bests and ranking in the top-10 nationally in the triple jump. The senior continued his strong season with a sixth-place finish in Fayetteville; his mark of 49-11 earned three points.

Leemet began the day listed sixth in the heptathlon and was in range of another scoring chance. The senior set a new personal record in the 60mH, at 8.34, and that propelled him to an eighth-place result. His final tally was 5,274 points.

Right as Leemet was finishing the heptathlon, Dicks was putting the finishing touches on another good day in the triple jump. The All-American set another season best, at 42-11, and scored six points with a third-place result.

The Gamecock women finished the day running in the fastest heat of the 4x400m relay. Abrams, Holmes, Tyler Brockington and Briana Haith combined to post a time of 3:32.77 and finish second overall.


The Carolina women’s 4×4 relay team improved all the way up to third in the country with their time. They finished just behind Southern Cal, whose time of 3:30.66 is tops in the nation.


“We’re excited to post the third-best women’s 4×4 relay time in the nation; one of our goals this season was to qualify for nationals and give that group a chance to win a national championship. Those student-athletes are getting healthier, and I think they still have a lot of improvement they can make. Southern Cal had a great run today, but I think we have what it takes to catch them. Really, all of our kids stepped up today in every event. A top-eight finish in any event is outstanding in this meet. What you finish in this meet can easily be where you finish at the NCAA Championship. Eric really stepped up, with a new PR in the shot put. Josh’s mark was down a little bit but he didn’t taper for this meet, so we expect him to do great things in the future. Natasha had some huge jumps that were close fouls, and she was still able to finish third. We want her to stay aggressive, and it’s only a matter of time before she posts another big one. Aliyah, Precious, Briana and Tyler all had sensational performances, and Taranisha Taylor had a big-time effort to make finals in the hurdles. We need more like that from her in the future. Rougui Sow also showed a big improvement this week, and while she didn’t score in the hurdles, we think she can be a factor there if she keeps improving. Overall, we’re going to take it one week at a time; we will get a day of rest tomorrow and then get ready for New York City and a big weekend at The Armory.”


The Gamecocks are in New York City next week for the Armory Invitational. The premier indoor event will be held Feb. 3-4 at The Armory, one of the nation’s most revered track facilities.

25. Ryan Bermudez 48.52
33. Jordan Griffin 49.85
Shot Put
2. Josh Awotunde 18.54m | 60-10
4. Eric Favors 18.17m | 59-7 1/2
60mH Prelims
2. Isaiah Moore 8.00
10. Matt Froschauer 8.34
60m Prelims
12. Ncincilili Titi 6.84
22. DeVon Lewis 7.02
27. Yann Randrianasolo 7.16
Triple Jump
6. Michael Wamer 15.21m | 49-11
25. Otis Jones 1:54.91
60mH Finals
3. Isaiah Moore 7.83
4x400m Relay
4. Titi, Bermudez, Jones, Griffin 3:13.89
Heptathlon 60mH
6. Markus Leemet 8.34
Heptathlon Pole Vault
10. Markus Leemet 4.15m | 13-7 1/4
Heptathlon 1000m
11. Markus Leemet 2:58.69
Heptathlon Overall Results
8. Markus Leemet 5,274 points
5. Aliyah Abrams 53.68
8. Precious Holmes 54.17
26. Marisa Bellamy 56.27
37. Aalayah Faulcon 58.57
60mH Prelims
5. Taranisha Taylor 8.37
10. Rougui Sow 8.44
12. Milan Parks 8.58
15. Funlayo Oluwole 8.74
60m Prelims
18. Makyla Stanley 7.61
20. Maiya Dendy 7.64
Triple Jump
3. Natasha Dicks 13.08m | 42-11
16. Funlayo Oluwole 11.23m | 36-10 1/4
28. Maya Evans 2:19.36
60mH Finals
5. Taranisha Taylor 8.40
4x400m Relay Invitational
2. Abrams, Holmes, Brockington, Haith 3:32.77
4x400m Relay
6. Bellamy, Dendy, Evans, Faulcon 3:46.74