Brockington Paces Gamecocks at Florida Relays
March 31, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tyler Brockington led the University of South Carolina track & field program to an outstanding day at the Florida Relays, which continued Friday at Percy Beard Track. Brockington’s victory in the 400mH set the tone as the Gamecocks finished the day with seven top-eight finishes.
In addition to securing a slew of high finishes at one of the nation’s top outdoor events, the Gamecocks also achieved several performances with historical ramifications. Five different Carolina student-athletes set new collegiate PRs that also left a mark on the program’s top-10 record book on Friday.
Already the nation’s leader in the 400mH through two weeks of the outdoor season, Brockington set Gainesville ablaze with a time of 56.35 on Friday. That mark is a new PR and for the moment keeps the redshirt senior at the top of the leaderboard in the NCAA.
Brockington was joined on the podium by teammate Rougui Sow. The Le Havre, France, native was the first Gamecock to finish in the top-three on Friday when she placed second in the long jump invite. The Indoor All-American was the top collegiate finisher, with a mark of 20-9.
Ncincilili Titi laid the hammer down in the first men’s race of the day to get Carolina off and rolling. The junior posted a 100m time of 10.21, a new PR and the sixth-fastest time in school history. Titi placed eighth overall and second among collegiate entrants on Friday; his time leads the NCAA East Region and ranks fourth nationally so far this season.
The momentum from Titi’s effort carried over into the 110mH, where Isaiah Moore turned in a time of 13.73. The junior placed fifth overall and fourth among collegians in Gainesville, and his time is fifth-best in the nation so far this season.
In the men’s high jump invite, Tye Williams continued his strong season with a fourth-place result. Williams cleared 6-9 on Friday afternoon.
Clarence Gallop set another new PR on Friday in the hammer throw invite. Gallop’s mark of 219-1 ranks third in Carolina history and is the fifth-best mark in the East Region this season.
Senior Nakita Gray matched her collegiate PR and came in fourth in the high jump invite. The Fort Washington, Md., native cleared 5-11 Â½, second-best both in Carolina history and the NCAA East Region.
Freshman Hailey Sweatman competed outdoors for the third time collegiately and found new heights on Friday. Her effort of 12-7 Â½ ranks eighth on Carolina’s all-time leaderboard.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Curtis Frye
“Titi had a great run today. He’s got great top-end speed right now and got us off to a great start. Tyler finished with a big PR, and I am very proud of her. She led from the gun, and that’s two victories in a row. She’s off to a great start this season and should be in the top-three nationally again this week. Isaiah got out of the blocks slowly but recovered really well, and Nakita had a great day. Rougui was the top collegiate finisher in her event, and Clarence threw another PR, which was great. Tomorrow is a big day. We’ve got several relays going, and I’m excited to see Josh in the discus. I expect us to do more good things tomorrow.”
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Florida Relays conclude Saturday in Gainesville. The first Gamecock in action is Josh Awotunde, who starts at 11 a.m. ET in the discus invite, and SEC Network+ coverage begins at 2:35 p.m. ET.
|FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017 – FLORIDA RELAYS – MEN’S RESULTS|
|38. Carson Strom||15:11.59|
|8. Ncincilili Titi||10.21|
|18. David Winters||10.36|
|29. Darrell Singleton Jr.||10.51|
|5. Isaiah Moore||13.73|
|55. Matt Froschauer||15.28|
|High Jump Invite|
|4. Tye Williams||2.06m | 6-9|
|13. Ryan Bermudez||47.26|
|30. Ty Jaye Robbins||48.20|
|19. Otis Jones||1:49.62|
|38. Jordan Griffin||55.13|
|6. Clarence Gallop||66.79m | 219-1|
|9. Bermudez, Jones, Robbins, Griffin||3:12.19q|
|9. Yann Randrianasolo||7.14m | 23-5 1/4|
|FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017 – FLORIDA RELAYS – WOMEN’S RESULTS|
|20. Mary Reiser||17:36.34|
|37. Colleen Openshaw||18:11.27|
|–. Alycia Springs||NM|
|42. Funlayo Oluwole||13.87|
|–. Taranisha Taylor||DNF|
|Long Jump Invite|
|2. Rougui Sow||6.32m | 20-9|
|21. Marisa Bellamy||54.77|
|25. Aalayah Sanders||55.06|
|32. Precious Holmes||55.75|
|29. Maddie Beaubien||2:12.76|
|11. Hailey Sweatman||3.85m | 12-7 1/2|
|1. Tyler Brockington||56.35|
|11. Kara Lyles||59.75|
|High Jump Invite|
|4. Nakita Gray||1.82m | 5-11 1/2|
|17. Olivia Hassler||39.29m | 128-11|
|37. Allie Mueller||4:38.44|
|40. Anna Kathryn Stoddard||4:39.67|