South Carolina Opens Tiger Paw Invitational on Friday
Feb. 10, 2017
CLEMSON, S.C. — The University of South Carolina track & field team moved one step closer to the indoor postseason as they turned in another set of strong performances at the Tiger Paw Invitational. Juniors Aliyah Abrams and Rougui Sow climbed higher on the national leaderboards at the Clemson Indoor Track Facility, while Jordan Fields, Kara Lyles and Yann Randrianasolo finished on the podium.
Abrams set a new season-best in the 400m, while Sow hit a PR in the long jump. Both student-athletes entered the week within striking distance of a bid to the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships and strengthened their postseason hopes on Friday.
The first event of the day to finish was the pentathlon, with Fields placing second at 3,643 points and Lyles coming in third at 3,281 points. Fields won three of the five events in a very close competition, with Lyles coming in victorious in the 800m as both Gamecocks set a PR in the final event.
After winning at The Armory last week with a new personal record of 8.25, Taylor matched the time Friday to advance to the 60mH finals along with Sow. Taylor ran an 8.28 in the finals to finish fourth, while Sow came in eighth.
In the men’s 60mH, Moore continued his run of good form. The nation’s 10th-ranked competitor in the event coming into the weekend, Moore finished fourth in a run of 7.80.
Randrianasolo was the top collegiate finisher last week at The Armory, and he grabbed another podium spot in the long jump on Friday. His best leap, at 24-6 Â¼, was good for third place.
In the women’s long jump, two Gamecocks finished with top-8 results. Sow placed second, with a new PR of 20-9. That mark is the 13th-best in the nation this season and ranks fourth in Carolina history. Makyla Stanley added an eighth-place finish with a mark of 19-5 Â½.
Abrams ran a new season-best in the 400m, a time of 53.39. That time was good for fifth place on Friday and is now 15th-best in the NCAA Division I ranks.
Titi notched a new PR in 60m prelims, clocking a 6.76 to advance to finals. He matched that time in the evening session and finished in fourth position.
In the last event of the night for the Gamecocks, Carson Strom added a strong finish in the 5000m. His time of 15:24.14 was a new personal best and good for eighth place on Friday.
Through four of seven events, Markus Leemet has a big lead in the heptathlon. Leemet’s score of 3,080 is 312 points ahead of the field. The senior won the 60m, long jump and shot put, including new personal bests in the last two events.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Curtis Frye
“I am happy with how we ran today. Rougui found some great success in the long jump, and Makyla also did well to make finals. Isaiah, Taranisha and Titi had good runs. I’m also very pleased with Carson Strom and his effort in the 5000m. It’s been a long time since we had someone go under 15:30. Ryan Bermudez also had a great day to finish just off an indoor PR. We have lots of good events tomorrow, and we’re looking for personal bests. I am happy with the effort.”
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks continue the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday with the second and final day of competition. The meet resumes at 9 a.m. ET.
|FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017 â€¢ TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL â€¢ MEN’S RESULTS|
|9. Armand Woodley||4.65m | 15-3|
|14. Alexandre Asselin||4.20m | 13-9 1/4|
|15. Chris Cochran||4.20m | 13-9 1/4|
|2. Isaiah Moore||7.82|
|9. Matt Froschauer||8.29|
|12. Alexandre Asselin||8.69|
|3. Yann Randrianasolo||7.47m | 24-6 1/4|
|13. Alexandre Asselin||6.60m | 21-8|
|19. Clay Cavanaugh||4:45.88|
|4. Ncincilili Titi||6.76|
|20. DeVon Lewis||6.98|
|10. Clarence Gallop||18.41m | 60-5|
|12. Eric Favors||16.15m | 53-0|
|11. Ryan Bermudez||47.49|
|35. Jordan Griffin||49.93|
|39. Darryl Dunham||50.59|
|4. Isaiah Moore||7.80|
|4. Ncincilili Titi||6.76|
|8. Carson Strom||15:24.14|
|1. Markus Leemet||7.10|
|Heptathlon Long Jump|
|1. Markus Leemet||6.87m | 22-6 1/2|
|Heptathlon Shot Put|
|1. Markus Leemet||13.98m | 45-10 1/2|
|Heptathlon High Jump|
|3. Markus Leemet||1.91m | 6-3 1/4|
|Heptathlon Overall Results (After 4 of 7 Events)|
|1. Markus Leemet||3,080 points|
|FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017 â€¢ TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL â€¢ WOMEN’S RESULTS|
|14. Kierstin Williams||16.46m | 54-0|
|15. Alycia Springs||15.75m | 5108 1/4|
|2. Taranisha Taylor||8.25|
|8. Rougui Sow||8.43|
|10. Milan Parks||8.60|
|14. Funlayo Oluwole||8.77|
|13. Anna Kathryn Stoddard||5:06.23|
|18. Emily Crounse||5:15.65|
|23. Morgan Lee||5:21.16|
|2. Rougui Sow||6.32m | 20-9|
|8. Makyla Stanley||5.93m | 19-5 1/2|
|11. Natasha Dicks||5.85m | 19-2 1/2|
|15. Milan Parks||5.60m | 18-4 1/2|
|13. Makyla Stanley||7.51|
|31. Maiya Dendy||7.86|
|5. Aliyah Abrams||53.39|
|13. Briana Haith||55.50|
|27. Aalayah Faulcon||58.28|
|4. Taranisha Taylor||8.28|
|8. Rougui Sow||8.53|
|12. Colleen Openshaw||18:23.44|
|16. Sarah-Sims McGrath||19:06.49|
|17. Leah Ford||19:13.87|
|18. Megan Buechler||19:16.33|
|19. Morgan Adams||20:11.53|
|1. Jordan Fields||9.06|
|3. Kara Lyles||10.08|
|Pentathlon High Jump|
|1. Jordan Fields||1.64m | 5-4 1/2|
|3. Kara Lyles||1.49m | 4-10 1/2|
|Pentathlon Shot Put|
|2. Kara Lyles||10.30m | 33-9 1/2|
|3. Jordan Fields||8.29m | 27-2 1/2|
|Pentathlon Long Jump|
|1. Jordan Fields||5.56m | 18-3|
|2. Kara Lyles||5.13m | 16-10|
|1. Kara Lyles||2:19.53|
|2. Jordan Fields||2:19.64|
|Pentathlon Overall Results|
|2. Jordan Fields||3,643 points|
|3. Kara Lyles||3,281 points|