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Gamecocks Post Eight Wins at Orange & Purple Elite
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Gamecocks Post Eight Wins at Orange & Purple Elite

Carolina sweeps mile relay victories in first meet of 2019

Indoor Meet #1 – Orange & Purple Elite

CLEMSON, S.C. — The University of South Carolina track & field team earned eight event victories on Friday in its first meet of 2019, the Orange & Purple Elite. The Gamecocks brought home two field titles, four individual track wins and two relay triumphs at the Clemson Indoor Track Facility.

Individually, six Gamecocks were victorious on Friday: Aliyah Abrams (women’s 400m), Arinze Chance (men’s 300m), Otis Jones (men’s 600m), Macie Kavanaugh (women’s 600m), Yann Randrianasolo (men’s long jump) and Armand Woodley (men’s pole vault), and Carolina’s 4x400m relay team crossed the line first on both the women’s and men’s sides. Carolina featured 18 student-athletes making their Gamecock debuts, with Kavanaugh leading the debutantes by earning a victory in her first collegiate race. Newcomers Jeremiah Talbert and Wadeline Jonathas were part of the winning mile relay squads.

Including the eight victories, the Gamecocks featured 17 podium finishes.

Carolina’s first victory of the 2019 calendar year came from Randrianasolo in the men’s long jump. The senior All-American grabbed the lead with his first attempt, 7.58m, and he reached 7.74m (25-4 ¾) on his fourth jump of the day. That is Randrianasolo’s best season-opening attempt in his three seasons as a Gamecock and also the top mark in the nation so far this season.

Woodley was victorious in an all-Gamecock edition of the men’s pole vault. Competing exclusively against his Carolina teammates, Woodley cleared 4.60m (15-1) to start his senior season with a win.

The Gamecocks were victorious on both sides of the 600m. In the women’s race, Kavanaugh took the win in her first-career collegiate competition, posting a time of 1:36.11 to triumph by .07 seconds.

The men’s 600m was equally tight. Jones, a FloTrack Preseason All-American, trailed for much of the race but closed hard on the final lap, winning the event in 1:18.77. His margin of victory was .06 seconds.

Three-time All-American Abrams was out to make a statement in her first run of 2019, and the redshirt junior accomplished that mission with a winning time of 52.87 in the 400m. That time is the fastest in the NCAA so far this season, and Jonathas wasn’t far behind; the nine-time NCAA Division III national champion finished second with a run of 53.00 in her Carolina debut.

Chance opened his season by running the 300m on Friday, and the senior dominated, winning the race in 33.00. The victory is Chance’s first-career individual win as a Gamecock.

The Gamecocks earned their final two wins of the day in the 4x400m relay. On the women’s side, Stephanie Davis, Jonathas, Tatyana Mills and Abrams turned in a time of 3:34.43, the top time in the NCAA so far this season.

Carolina wrapped up the day with a victory in the men’s mile relay. Jones, Ty Jaye Robbins, Talbert and Chance turned in a time of 3:11.23 to top Florida State by more than two seconds. The time ranks third in the nation this year.


• Though she finished off the podium, sophomore hurdler Caitlyn Little made the program’s first entry of the season into Carolina’s all-time top-10 record book. Her 60m hurdles mark of 8.28 is a new personal best and ranks seventh in Gamecock history.


“It was a good day. It took us a little time to get rolling, but once we did, we had a good one. Arinze was great in the 300, our ladies had good efforts in the 400, and all of our newcomers got a great introduction to college track. I was impressed with Caitlyn in the 60m hurdles. She’s a very talented runner, and I’ve been expecting her to start hitting those kind of numbers soon. It was a fine opener for her, and I expect more from her in the future, especially next week with the home crowd cheering her on. Aliyah’s 400 was her best opener ever, and Wadeline’s time was also fantastic. If they can improve those times like I expect them to do, they’ll get to the national meet. Otis ran a good time, and that should set him up for the rest of the season. I am very confident he’ll run a new personal best this season. Macie really did well in the 600, in her first college race, and that should give her lots of confidence for the season. The competition today was fantastic, and our kids responded to the pressure. This kind of environment should really prepare us for the rest of the season.”- Head Coach Curtis Frye


The Gamecocks officially open the remodeled Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex next weekend with the running of the Gamecock Inaugural. The meet will take place Jan. 18-19 in Columbia.

High Jump
2. Kobe Franklin 2.01m | 6-7
Weight Throw
2. Malik Paul 17.89m | 58-8 1/2
4. Isaiah Davenport 15.39m | 50-6
Long Jump
1. Yann Randrianasolo 7.74m | 25-4 3/4
8. Benjamin Womble 6.14m | 20-1 3/4
Pole Vault
1. Armand Woodley 4.60m | 15-1
–. Bryce Simpson NH
–. Seth Rabinowitz NH
–. Timothy McEvoy NH
Shot Put
2. Eric Favors 17.92m | 58-9 1/2
60m Hurdles Prelims
7. Kaden Briggs 8.52q
15. Sean Petersen 2:33.60
24. David Olds 2:36.05
60m Prelims
11. Darrell Singleton Jr. 6.89
12. Ronald Fuller 6.91
15. Carlos Wilson 6.95
17. Parker Howard 7.23
1. Otis Jones 1:18.77
6. Blake Newcomb 1:22.07
8. Ian Fladd 1:22.72
60m Hurdles Final
6. Kaden Briggs 8.47
2. Jeremiah Talbert 48.92
3. Jordan Sessom 48.95
4. Noah Walker 49.01
1. Arinze Chance 33.00
4. Carlos Wilson 21.78
5. Darrell Singleton Jr. 21.82
10. Ronald Fuller 22.30
4x400m Relay
1. O. Jones, Robbins, Talbert, Chance 3:11.23
8. Sessom, Walker, Newcomb, Petersen 3:21.12
Pole Vault
–. Adele Blalock NH
Long Jump
5. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon 5.60m | 18-4 1/2
7. Makyla Stanley 5.49m | 18-0 1/4
Weight Throw
4. KD Young 16.73m | 54-10 3/4
6. Amanda Murphy 15.69m | 51-5 3/4
8. Nina Gambacorta 15.41m | 50-6 3/4
Shot Put
3. Alycia Springs 14.98m | 49-1 3/4
4. KD Young 14.55m | 47-9
5. Carisma Holland 14.53m | 47-8
High Jump
2. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon 1.70m | 5-7
3. Dymier Jeffery 1.70m | 5-7
60m Hurdles Prelims
7. Caitlyn Little 8.44Q
9. Milan Parks 8.51
13. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon 8.81
Mile Run
16. Brooke Wilson 5:09.36
60m Prelims
5. Makyla Stanley 7.60Q
10. Amecia Pennamon 7.82
7. Maryah Nasir 3:01.87
10. Kelsey Larkin 3:08.64
1. Macie Kavanaugh 1:36.11
4. Briana Reckling 1:36.68
7. Sierra Biber 1:37.68
60m Hurdles Final
4. Caitlyn Little 8.28
60m Final
5. Makyla Stanley 7.66
1. Aliyah Abrams 52.87
2. Wadeline Jonathas 53.00
7. Amecia Pennamon 24.65
4x400m Relay
1. Davis, Jonathas, Mills, Abrams 3:34.43
–. Dendy, Kavanaugh, Reckling, Biber DNF