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May 11, 2017


Thursday’s Top Performers


Meet Info

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Location: Columbia, S.C.

Venue: Sheila & Morris Cregger Track

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Thursday was a day to celebrate for the University of South Carolina track & field program, as the Gamecocks hosted the opening day of the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sheila & Morris Cregger Track was filled to capacity, and Carolina gave the home crowd a show, with several strong performances on the first of the meet’s three days.

Senior Clarence Gallop led the way for the Gamecocks, scoring the first points of the meet for Carolina in the hammer throw. Tyler Brockington (400mH) and Ncincilili Titi (200m) qualified for finals in their primary events, while decathletes Alexandre Asselin and Markus Leemet put themselves in position to earn significant points midway through their competition.

After three events on the men’s side, the Gamecocks occupy a tie for ninth place, with three points. The Carolina women have yet to officially score a point, though only two of 21 women’s events have been completed.

Gallop was the first Gamecock to put points on the board, as he finished sixth in the meet’s first final, the hammer throw. The senior posted a top effort of 215-7; it’s the second time the Providence, R.I., native has scored at SECs after he placed fifth in the same event in 2015.

Titi entered the 200m prelims with the nation’s fastest time, 20.14, and he coasted to victory in heat one to book his spot in Saturday’s conference final. The junior clocked in at 20.29, the fourth-fastest time of the day.

Brockington spent two weeks at the top of the national leaderboard in the 400mH, and the senior was back in action Thursday in her featured event. The nine-time All-American used a late surge to win the third and final heat for an automatic spot in Saturday’s final. Her time of 57.28 was the fifth-best of the prelims session.

The Gamecocks got off to a great start in the decathlon, which completed five of ten events on Thursday. Leemet set PRs in the 100m, shot put and 400m and sits in third overall, with 4,114 points. Asselin upped his high jump PR to 6-6 ¼ and stands in sixth position, with 3,820 points. After each achieving one-day personal bests, the decathletes take on the final five events on Friday.


“I am really proud of Clarence. He spoke to the team last night about putting your best foot forward, and being a senior, how time goes quickly. He makes us extremely proud. The decathletes started out with personal bests, and it just got us off to a tremendous start. Alex had all of those high jump PRs, and that was great. Now they’re in the best position they’ve ever been in, with the highest scores they’ve ever had after the first day. Titi ran the third-fastest time he’s ever run in his life. I hope we’ve got a big crowd Saturday to support him, and Tyler won her heat. We’re proud of her being a senior and leading us into the finals.”


The SEC Championships continue Friday at Cregger Track, including 10 conference titles up for grabs. The action starts at 11 a.m. ET.

6. Clarence Gallop 65.71m | 215-7
16. Jordan Raper 52.67m | 172-9
800m Prelims
12. Otis Jones 1:51.95
200m Prelims
4. Ncincilili Titi 20.29Q
15. David Winters 20.73
32. Yohance Thomas 21.90
400mH Prelims
12. Jordan Griffin 53.33
Decathlon 100m
3. Markus Leemet 10.75
10. Alexandre Asselin 11.29
Decathlon Long Jump
4. Markus Leemet 7.16m | 23-6
5. Alexandre Asselin 6.93m | 22-9
Decathlon Shot Put
3. Markus Leemet 14.18m | 46-6 1/4
7. Alexandre Asselin 12.84m | 42-1 1/2
Decathlon High Jump
2. Alexandre Asselin 1.99m | 6-6 1/4
8. Markus Leemet 1.90m | 6-2 3/4
Decathlon 400m
3. Markus Leemet 48.36
7. Alexandre Asselin 50.86
Decathlon Overall (5 of 10 Events)
3. Markus Leemet 4,114 points
6. Alexandre Asselin 3,820 points
14. Kierstin Williams 53.12m | 174-3
800m Prelims
22. Maddie Beaubien 2:18.24
200m Prelims
31. Maiya Dendy 23.90
400mH Prelims
5. Tyler Brockington 57.28Q
11. Kara Lyles 1:00.29
21. Mary Reiser 37.05.77