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Leemet, Titi Lead Gamecocks at Tiger Paw Invitational
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Leemet, Titi Lead Gamecocks at Tiger Paw Invitational

Feb. 11, 2017

This Weekend’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

Location: Clemson, S.C.

Venue: Clemson Indoor Track Facility

CLEMSON, S.C. — A blazing 200m effort by Ncincilili Titi and a heptathlon victory from Markus Leemet highlighted a big day for the University of South Carolina track & field team as they completed the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday. Titi and Leemet posted two of the six podium finishes achieved by Gamecocks Saturday at the Clemson Indoor Track Facility.

Leemet dominated the field in the heptathlon. He won five of the seven events over the two-day competition to finish with 5,341 points. Titi finished second in the 200m and set a new PR with a run of 20.67 that shoots the junior sky-high on both the Carolina record books and the national leaderboard.

Overall, for the weekend, Carolina tallied 10 podium results and 25 finishes inside of the top eight.

Leemet opened the day by collecting Carolina’s lone event victory of the week. He was the top finisher in the heptathlon’s 60mH and pole vault competitions and won the event with 5,341 points, 1,144 points clear of the field.

Freshman Alycia Springs set another PR in the shot put. Her throw of 49-3 was good for fifth place at Clemson and is the 10th-best effort in Gamecock history.

Three Gamecocks finished in the top-six of the women’s 600m. Maddie Beaubien led the Gamecock contingent, placing third in 1:33.01. Maya Evans was fifth in 1:35.69 and Kelsey Larkin finished one spot behind her in 1:41.30.

After setting a PR in the 800m last week at The Armory, Otis Jones went even lower on Saturday. His time of 1:49.67 is a new collegiate personal best and the fourth-best mark in Carolina history. He finished eighth on Saturday.

Freshman Hailey Sweatman, who won the Clemson Invitational pole vault competition in January in her debut event, returned to the Upstate on Saturday and placed eighth. Her mark of 12-5 ½ was just a half-inch off of a PR.

Titi finished second in the 200m, trailing only defending NCAA champion and 2016 Olympian Christian Coleman from Tennessee. The Carolina junior raised his game to a new level on Saturday; his time of 20.67 is a new PR, the third-best time in Gamecock history and the fourth-best mark in the nation this season.

Mary Reiser competed in the 3000m on Saturday and came in fourth place. Her time of 10:06.36 was less than a second shy of her personal best in the event.

Throughout the indoor campaign, Tye Williams has been one of Carolina’s most consistent performers. That continued on Saturday, as the junior finished fourth in the high jump. His best attempt was 6-10 ¾.

Natasha Dicks also continued her strong 2017 season and finished second in the triple jump. She notched a mark of 42-4 ¼.

Three Gamecocks finished in the top-five of the men’s shot put. Josh Awotunde came in second with a throw of 60-3, and just one spot back of him was Ben Bonhurst, at a season-best 60-2. Eric Favors placed fifth, with an effort of 58-1 ¼.


Both Awotunde and Dicks have finished inside of the top three every time they have competed this season.


“This was another great day for our team. Titi had an awesome run today, and it keeps him in the hunt for some big things. He’s still in the top-five in the nation, and we think he can go even lower when he’s in a heat with faster runners. Otis was great, logging a personal best in the 800m, our shot put guys did well as a group and Natasha had another second-place finish. Markus performed well today; you have to compete to your potential no matter what the competition is like, and he did that. He needs to add 100 points or so to make nationals, and we think he can do that. We were here in Clemson a month ago, and in the time since then we’ve had a busy schedule. It’s been a tough road, but we’ve progressed a great deal. Our kids have done excellent things to this point, so we’re going to take this week to rest up, heal up and get ready for the postseason.”


Clemson finishes the indoor regular season at the Tiger Tuneup, set for Friday, Feb. 17 in Clemson. After that, it’s on to the SEC Indoor Championship, scheduled for Feb. 24-25 in Nashville, Tenn.

8. Otis Jones 1:49.67
34. Michael Elwood 2:01.21
36. Darryl Dunham 2:01.98
37. Jussi Kanervo 2:02.26
High Jump
4. Tye Williams 2.10m | 6-10 3/4
Shot Put
2. Josh Awotunde 18.36m | 60-3
3. Ben Bonhurst 18.34m | 60-2
5. Eric Favors 17.71m | 58-1 1/4
18. Alexandre Asselin 11.10m | 36-5
2. Ncincilili Titi 20.67
11. Ryan Bermudez 21.55
12. David Winters 21.60
26. DeVon Lewis 22.25
38. Matt Froschauer 23.18
4x400m Relay
12. Griffin, Jones, Kanervo, Asselin 3:20.23
Heptathlon 60mH
1. Markus Leemet 8.51
Heptathlon Pole Vault
1. Markus Leemet 4.20m | 13-9 1/4
Heptathlon 1000m
2. Markus Leemet 2:53.44
Heptathlon Overall Results
1. Markus Leemet 5,341 points
Shot Put
5. Alycia Springs 15.01m | 49-3
Pole Vault
8. Hailey Sweatman 3.80m | 12-5 1/2
13. Adele Blalock 3.50m | 11-5 3/4
3. Maddie Beaubien 1:33.01
5. Maya Evans 1:35.69
6. Kelsey Larkin 1:41.30
16. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 2:17.25
21. Emily Crounse 2:19.21
13. Tyler Brockington 23.82
40. Maiya Dendy 24.95
48. Aalayah Faulcon 25.74
Triple Jump
2. Natasha Dicks 12.91m | 42-4 1/4
23. Funlayo Oluwole 11.42m | 36-5 3/4
4. Mary Reiser 10:06.36
4x400m Relay
14. Evans, Beaubien, Lyles, Larkin 3:56.85