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Feb. 24, 2017

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Friday’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Venue: Vanderbilt Multipurpose Complex

NASHVILLE — Three Gamecocks posted scoring efforts on Friday as the University of South Carolina track & field team opened the 2017 SEC Indoor Championships. Rougui Sow, Alycia Springs and Tye Williams each tallied points at the first postseason event of 2017, and three more Gamecocks advanced out of prelims to compete for a conference title on Saturday.

Through one day of competition, the South Carolina women’s team is in eighth place, with seven points, while the men are tied for ninth at 2.5 points.

Arkansas leads the women’s standings with 48.5 points, and Georgia tops the men’s field with 30 points. The competition is far from over, with 12 women’s events and 13 men’s events still to come.

Williams officially put the first points of the weekend on the board for the Gamecocks by tying for sixth in the high jump. The junior cleared 6-10 ¼ to earn 2.5 points for Carolina. It is the second consecutive season he has placed in the top-eight at the SEC Indoor meet.

Springs made her SEC Championships debut on Friday and left quite a first impression. The freshman went over 50 feet for the first time in her career, placing sixth in the shot put to earn three Gamecock points. Her official mark was 50-5 ¼.

Sow saved her best performance of the night for her last jump. She matched a collegiate best of 20-11 ¼ on her sixth long jump attempt and nabbed four points with a fifth-place result. Her mark still ranks 10th in the nation so far this season, and she is the first Gamecock to score in the long jump at SEC Indoors since 2010.

Two Gamecocks punched their ticket to Saturday’s finals in the 60mH. On the women’s side, Taranisha Taylor grabbed the eighth and final spot with a run of 8.31. Isaiah Moore took the eighth seed for the men, with a mark of 7.88.

Briana Haith booked passage to Saturday’s 400m final. The senior ran a season-best time of 53.83 in the fifth heat and watched as her time held up through the next six flights. She will go for an individual SEC Indoor title for the third time tomorrow after finishing fifth in the 400m in 2015 and third last season.

Yann Randrianasolo set a new long jump collegiate best on his third attempt, a mark of 24-10 that ranks fifth in Gamecock program history. He placed ninth overall in the competition, just one spot outside of the points.

One of the highlights of the day for the Gamecocks came in the final event of the pentathlon, the 800m. Kara Lyles won the fifth and final event with a PR time of 2:15.65 and set a pentathlon personal best of 3,564 points, which ranks eighth in school history. Jordan Fields finished 72 points ahead of Lyles; she also set an 800m PR and just missed a new personal record in the overall event.

In the mile run, Anna Kathryn Stoddard made a dent in the Carolina record book. The freshman knocked over six seconds off her personal best with a time of 5:00.15. That mark is now 10th-best in Carolina history.


Markus Leemet is in great position to score for the Gamecocks after four of seven events in the heptathlon. The senior is in sixth place after one day, with 3,094 points. He set a PR in both the long jump and the shot put on Friday.


“Our women did a good job. Alycia competed quite well. For a freshman, in her first time at SECs, to get up there and get three points for the team is great. She came in (seeded) ninth and got sixth. That’s great. I think Rougui was surprised by the (jumping) group. Her first couple of jumps were behind the board, but she handled the competition quite well and worked her way back up to the fifth spot. This gives us a shot to exceed our projected score coming in.

“Yann did a good job, but the league is tough. To go out and jump right at 25 feet and to finish ninth is great. He put up a good effort. So did Tye. We’ve got Isaiah going in the hurdles tomorrow and our throwers who can put some points on the board. If those guys come through tomorrow, it gives us a good shot for a strong finish.”


The Gamecocks continue the SEC Indoor Championships Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Field events start at 11 a.m. CT, and track finals get rolling at 2 p.m. CT.


High Jump
6. Tye Williams 2.09m | 6-10 1/4
Weight Throw
15. Clarence Gallop 19.02m | 62-5
60mH Prelims
8. Isaiah Moore 7.88
15. Matt Froschauer 8.40
Long Jump
9. Yann Randrianasolo 7.57m | 24-10
60m Prelims
14. David Winters 6.77
17. Ncincilili Titi 6.85
25. DeVon Lewis 7.04
400m Prelims
24. Ryan Bermudez 47.53
35. Ty Jaye Robbins 48.78
38. Jordan Griffin 49.41
800m Prelims
19. Otis Jones 1:53.66
200m Prelims
12. Ncincilili Titi 21.17
19. Ryan Bermudez 21.50
Heptathlon 60m
8. Markus Leemet 7.07
15. Alexandre Asselin 7.35
Heptathlon Long Jump
6. Markus Leemet 7.09m | 23-3 1/4
8. Alexandre Asselin 6.98m | 22-10 3/4
Heptathlon Shot Put
6. Markus Leemet 14.05m | 46-1 1/4
11. Alexandre Asselin 12.76m | 41-10 1/2
Heptathlon High Jump
10. Markus Leemet 1.85m | 6-0 3/4
16. Alexandre Asselin NH
Heptathlon Overall Results (4 of 7 events)
6. Markus Leemet 3,094 points
16. Alexandre Asselin 2,224 points
Pole Vault
17. Hailey Sweatman 3.85m | 12-7 1/2
60mH Prelims
8. Taranisha Taylor 8.31
16. Milan Parks 8.47
18. Funlayo Oluwole 8.62
60m Prelims
26. Makyla Stanley 7.55
30. Maiya Dendy 7.63
Long Jump
5. Rougui Sow 6.38m | 20-11 1/4
18. Makyla Stanley 5.82m | 19-1 1/4
25. Milan Parks 4.80m | 15-9
Mile Run Prelims
20. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 5:00.15
Shot Put
6. Alycia Springs 15.37m | 50-5 1/4
400m Prelims
8. Briana Haith 53.83
16. Aliyah Abrams 54.39
32. Maya Evans 56.26
37. Aalayah Faulcon 56.87
800m Prelims
19. Maddie Beaubien 2:14.24
200m Prelims
17. Tyler Brockington 23.97
28. Maiya Dendy 24.40
Pentathlon 60mH
12. Jordan Fields 8.94
15. Kara Lyles 9.32
Pentathlon High Jump
13. Jordan Fields 1.57m | 5-1 3/4
15. Kara Lyles 1.51m | 4-11 1/2
Pentathlon Shot Put
10. Kara Lyles 10.88m | 35-8 1/2
14. Jordan Fields 9.36m | 30-8 1/2
Pentathlon Long Jump
14. Jordan Fields 5.34m | 17-6 1/4
15. Kara Lyles 5.21m | 17-1 1/4
Pentathlon 800m
1. Kara Lyles 2:15.65
4. Jordan Fields 2:16.58
Pentathlon Overall Results
12. Jordan Fields 3,636 points
15. Kara Lyles 3,564 points