Gamecock Legends Take Part in USATF Championships
June 25, 2018
2018 USATF Outdoor Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa — Two University of South Carolina alumni were in action over the weekend at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships. Recent graduate Josh Awotunde and sprint legend Miki Barber each competed at the annual national championship event.
Awotunde had the most success at Drake Stadium, finishing seventh in the shot put. The 2018 SEC champion and NCAA silver medalist threw 20.14m (66-1) on his best attempt of the day, but he put together a strong series top-to-bottom, including throws of 19.95m and 20.13m. Awotunde was one of nine 2018 collegians in the field and the only one to advance to finals.
Barber was making her 18th appearance at the USTAF Championships, and she competed in the 100m dash. A five-time NCAA Champion and 11-time SEC champion as a Gamecock, Barber finished seventh in her heat with a mark of 11.70.
The national championship was the second of the summer for the Gamecocks, as three athletes competed at the USATF Junior Championships earlier in June. KD Young led the trio with a fourth-place finish in the shot put, while Caitlyn Little (110mH) and Stephanie Davis (400m) also earned top-10 results.
Carolina also had a contingent competing abroad over the weekend. Yann Randrianasolo set a new PR at the Albi National Music Jump Meeting in France, winning the men’s long jump with a mark of 8.01m (26-3 ½). That mark puts Randrianasolo at the top of the French national leaderboard this season.
Rougui Sow was also victorious in Albi, winning the women’s long jump with a mark of 6.41m (21-0 ½). Both Randrianasolo and Sow are gearing up for the Elite French Championships, to be held July 6-8.
|JUNE 21-24, 2018 • 2018 USATF OUTDOOR NATIONALS • MEN’S RESULTS|
7. Josh Awotunde 20.14m | 66-1
JUNE 21-24, 2018 • 2018 USATF OUTDOOR NATIONALS • WOMEN’S RESULTS
23. Miki Barber 11.70