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South Carolina Opens Tiger Paw Invitational on Friday
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South Carolina Opens Tiger Paw Invitational on Friday

Feb. 10, 2017

Friday’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Location: Clemson, S.C.

Venue: Clemson Indoor Track Facility

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.

Several other Gamecocks placed in the top-five of their respective events, with Isaiah Moore, Taranisha Taylor and Ncincilili Titi each logging a fourth-place result.

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 ¼, 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 ½.

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.


“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.”


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.

Pole Vault
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
60mH Prelims
2. Isaiah Moore 7.82
9. Matt Froschauer 8.29
12. Alexandre Asselin 8.69
Long Jump
3. Yann Randrianasolo 7.47m | 24-6 1/4
13. Alexandre Asselin 6.60m | 21-8
Mile Run
19. Clay Cavanaugh 4:45.88
60m Prelims
4. Ncincilili Titi 6.76
20. DeVon Lewis 6.98
Weight Throw
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
60mH Finals
4. Isaiah Moore 7.80
60m Finals
4. Ncincilili Titi 6.76
8. Carson Strom 15:24.14
Heptathlon 60m
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
Weight Throw
14. Kierstin Williams 16.46m | 54-0
15. Alycia Springs 15.75m | 5108 1/4
60mH Prelims
2. Taranisha Taylor 8.25
8. Rougui Sow 8.43
10. Milan Parks 8.60
14. Funlayo Oluwole 8.77
Mile Run
13. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 5:06.23
18. Emily Crounse 5:15.65
23. Morgan Lee 5:21.16
Long Jump
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
60m Prelims
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
60mH Finals
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
Pentathlon 60mH
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
Pentathlon 800m
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