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Gamecocks Add Two More Wins at Spec Towns Invitational
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Gamecocks Add Two More Wins at Spec Towns Invitational

April 8, 2017

This Weekend’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Location: Athens, Ga.

Venue: Spec Towns Track

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of South Carolina track & field team completed the Spec Towns Invitational on Saturday, and the Gamecocks added two more event victories. Josh Awotunde brought home the discus throw title, while the women’s 4x100m relay lowered their season-best time to collect a victory.

The victories were two of the 11 podium finishes achieved by the Gamecocks on Saturday. Overall, Carolina tallied 17 podium finishes at Georgia.

The highlight of the meet came Friday, when Rougui Sow set a school record in the long jump. Not only did Sow’s mark of 6.72m rank as the best in Carolina history, it’s also the top outdoor long jump performance in the world this season.

First off on Saturday was the 5000m run, with two Gamecocks in the women’s top-three. Mary Reiser placed second in 17:25.13, and Anna Kathryn Stoddard was right on her heels, at 17:33.46.

Men’s shot put is always a strength for the Gamecocks, and Saturday was no different as three Carolina student-athletes placed in the top five. The nation’s leader at the start of the week, Josh Awotunde came in second at 61-11 ¾, and Ben Bonhurst placed third with a throw of 59-2. Eric Favors added a fifth-place result, at 56-10 ¾.

Another Gamecock earned a podium position in the women’s shot put. Freshman Alycia Springs tallied an effort of 48-1 ¾, finishing second at the meet.

Awotunde added to his strong day with a win in the discus throw. His effort of 180-3 ranks 16th in the NCAA East Region this season.

In the triple jump, Funlayo Oluwole recorded her first podium of the season. The sophomore came in third, with a top effort of 38-2 ¾.

Nakita Gray matched a personal best in the triple jump last week in Florida, and she was just a quarter-inch off of that mark on Saturday. The senior entered the week ranked second in the region, and she placed third at Georgia by clearing 5-11 ¼.

The Gamecocks entered the day with the region’s fourth-best men’s 4x100m time, and they grabbed bronze on Saturday. DeVon Lewis, Darrell Singleton Jr., Yohance Thomas and David Winters clocked a time of 40.00.

On the women’s side, Carolina lowered their season-best and won the 4×1 relay. Maiya Dendy, Oluwole, Milan Parks and Rougui Sow shaved .01 of their top 2017 mark with a time of 44.48, which is eighth in the NCAA East Region.

Otis Jones has been strong in the 800m throughout 2017, and that continued on Saturday, The sophomore came in second, at 1:50.48, and he was the top collegiate finisher.

Freshman Jordan Griffin notched the best finish of his young collegiate career in the 400m. The Lexington, S.C., native placed third in a time of 54.13.


Two Gamecocks are midway though the Bulldog Decathlon, which began on Saturday. Markus Leemet stands in sixth, with 3.940 points, and Alexandre Asselin is ninth, with a score of 3,608 points. Leemet set a PR in both the long jump and the shot put, and Asselin matched his personal best in the high jump.


“Josh’s effort was strong today, and Nakita was good again in the high jump. Otis made a good effort late in the day in the 800m, and our women’s 4×1 was really good to hold off North Carolina A&T and win the race. Today was about getting rounds in, and a few more student-athletes got personal bests, which is always exciting. Our team is tired right now, so we’re going to focus on recovery this week, and then get prepared for our home meet, which is always exciting. Our goal is still to get as many people as possible through to Regionals, and hopefully some folks can make that happen next week.”


Asselin and Leemet compete in the final five events of the Bulldog Decathlon Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m. ET. The full Carolina squad is back in action next Saturday, April 15, for the Gamecock Invitational, the second event at Sheila & Morris Cregger Track.

9. Carson Strom 16:12.80
Shot Put
2. Josh Awotunde 18.89m | 61-11 3/4
3. Ben Bonhurst 18.03m | 59-2
5. Eric Favors 17.34m | 56-10 3/4
High Jump
–. Tye Williams NH
1. Josh Awotunde 54.94m | 180-3
7. Ben Bonhurst 47.68m | 156-5
–. Eric Favors NM
4x100m Relay
3. Winters, Titi, Lewis, Singleton 40.00
12. Ty Jaye Robbins 48.33
2. Otis Jones 1:50.48
400m Hurdles
3. Jordan Griffin 54.13
5. Matt Froschauer 56.59
Herschel Walker100m
4. Ncincilili Titi 10.35
7. David Winters 10.54
3. Darrell Singleton Jr. 10.59
10. Yohance Thomas 10.79
15. Yann Randrianasolo 10.95
9. Yohance Thomas 22.00
12. Isaiah Moore 22.51
4x400m Relay
5. Griffin, Robbins, Jones, Froschauer 3:17.13
2. Mary Reiser 17:25.13
3. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 17:33.46
5. Colleen Openshaw 17:54.08
10. Leah Ford 18:47.91
12. Sarah-Sims McGrath 19:02.17
13. Megan Buechler 19:05.68
4. Olivia Hassler 41.26 | 135-4
Shot Put
2. Alycia Springs 14.67m | 48-1 3/4
Triple Jump
3. Funlayo Oluwole 11.65m | 38-2 3/4
High Jump
3. Nakita Gray 1.81m | 5-11 1/4
8. Alycia Springs 42.75m | 140-3
4x100m Relays
1. Sow, Brockington, Taylor, Dendy 44.48
6. Aalayah Sanders 56.15
10. Maddie Beaubien 2:11.84
17. Molly Jackson 2:23.76
400m Hurdles
4. Kara Lyles 1:01.32
5. Maiya Dendy 11.64
7. Makyla Stanley 11.69
5. Allie Mueller 4:35.63
10. Emily Crounse 4:48.34
10. Taranisha Taylor 24.81
4x400m Relay
8. Dendy, Lyles, Beaubien, Jackson 3:53.71
Decathlon 100m
5. Markus Leemet 10.99
12. Alexandre Asselin 11.52
Decathlon Long Jump
5. Markus Leemet 7.21m | 23-8
10. Alexandre Asselin 6.82m | 22-4 1/2
Decathlon Shot Put
3. Markus Leemet 13.94m | 45-9
9. Alexandre Asselin 12.40m | 40-8 1/4
Decathlon High Jump
6. Alexandre Asselin 1.90m | 6-2 3/4
9. Markus Leemet 1.81m | 5-11 1/4
Decathlon 400m
4. Markus Leemet 49.19
9. Alexandre Asselin 51.56
Decathlon Results (5 out of 10 events)
6. Markus Leemet 3,940 points
9. Alexandre Asselin 3,608 points