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Gamecocks Finish Florida Relays with More Strong Performances
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Gamecocks Finish Florida Relays with More Strong Performances

April 1, 2017

This Weekend’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Location: Gainesville Fla.

Venue: Percy Beard Track

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.

The Gamecocks earned a podium finish in the women’s shuttle hurdle relay. Rougui Sow, Funlayo Oluwole, Taranisha Taylor and Kara Lyles turned in a time of 55.66 to finish in third place.

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 ¼, 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.


“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.”


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.

Discus Invite
12. Josh Awotunde 50.19m | 164-8
Pole Vault
15. Simon Gyllensten 4.77m | 15-7 3/4
4x100m Relay
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
4x200m Relay
5. Bermudez, Froschauer, Griffin, Lewis 1:22.48
4x400m Relay
7. Asselin, Bermudez, Griffin, Kanervo 3:13.93
Shuttle Hurdle Relay
3. Sow, Oluwole, Taylor, Lyles 55.66
4x100m Relay
10. Sow, Dendy, Brockington, Stanley 44.49
Shot Put
8. Alycia Springs 14.46m | 47-5 1/4
12. Beaubien, Crounse, Evans, Halprin-Adams 9:13.80
Triple Jump
2. Natasha Dicks 13.33m | 43-9
4x200m Relay
9. Bellamy, Brockington, Dendy, Sanders 1:34.52