Gamecocks Finish Florida Relays with More Strong Performances
April 1, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of South Carolina track & field team wrapped up the 2017 Florida Relays on Saturday, as the Gamecocks posted another collection of strong results. Natasha Dicks led the way individually with a second-place finish in the triple jump, and the women’s shuttle hurdle relay team also grabbed a podium spot.
Over the course of three days in Gainesville, the Gamecocks combined for a dozen top-eight finishes and four podiums.
Ben Bonhurst climbed the nation’s shot put charts with a personal-best effort on Saturday. Bonhurst placed fourth in the shot put invite with a mark of 61-7, fifth-best in Gamecock history and 10th in the nation this season.
In the men’s 4x200m, South Carolina was the top collegiate finisher and placed fifth overall. The quartet of Ryan Bermudez, Matt Froschauer, Jordan Griffin and DeVon Lewis turned in a time of 1:22.48, the fifth-best mark in Carolina history.
Natasha Dicks came up with a season-best in the triple jump, a mark of 43-9. The senior placed second on Saturday, and her effort is the third-best mark in the nation this season.
Carolina got an eighth-place finish in the shot put from Alycia Springs. The freshman tallied a mark of 47-5 Â¼, her second-best effort of the outdoor season.
The highlight of Carolina’s weekend in Florida came Friday, when senior Tyler Brockington won the 4oomH. Her time of 56.35 is the best mark in the nation so far this season.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Curtis Frye
“The men’s 4×200 was the running highlight today, and both the men’s and women’s 4×100 relays had good efforts. Natasha in the triple jump and Ben in the shot put both had performances that will shoot them up the rankings nationally. We had a respectable meet over the course of the last three days. We’ve got to recover from the last two weeks and decide who we take to Georgia this coming week. This is a critical part of the season. I am especially excited to see our multi athletes next week and watch as our team builds on what we accomplished at Florida.”
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks are in Athens, Ga., next week as the 2017 outdoor season rolls along. Carolina competes at the Bulldog Multis April 5-6 and the Spec Towns Invitational April 7-8.
|SATURAY, APRIL 1, 2017 â€¢ FLORIDA RELAYS â€¢ MEN’S RESULTS|
|12. Josh Awotunde||50.19m | 164-8|
|15. Simon Gyllensten||4.77m | 15-7 3/4|
|11. Winters, Singleton, Lewis, Titi||39.71|
|Shot Put Invite|
|4. Ben Bonhurst||18.77m | 61-7|
|11. Eric Favors||17.72m |58-1 3/4|
|5. Bermudez, Froschauer, Griffin, Lewis||1:22.48|
|7. Asselin, Bermudez, Griffin, Kanervo||3:13.93|
|SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 â€¢ FLORIDA RELAYS â€¢ WOMEN’S RESULTS|
|Shuttle Hurdle Relay|
|3. Sow, Oluwole, Taylor, Lyles||55.66|
|10. Sow, Dendy, Brockington, Stanley||44.49|
|8. Alycia Springs||14.46m | 47-5 1/4|
|12. Beaubien, Crounse, Evans, Halprin-Adams||9:13.80|
|2. Natasha Dicks||13.33m | 43-9|
|9. Bellamy, Brockington, Dendy, Sanders||1:34.52|