South Carolina Wins Seven Times to Close Spec Towns Invitational
Singleton moves into NCAA top-10 with incredible 100m run
ATHENS, Ga. — The final day of the 2019 Spec Towns Invitational was a good one for the University of South Carolina track & field team, as the Gamecocks posted seven event victories. Combined with their two Friday wins, the Gamecocks claimed nine events this weekend at Spec Towns Track.
Aliyah Abrams (women’s 400m), Otis Jones (men’s 800m), Isaiah Moore (men’s 110mH), Darrell Singleton Jr. (Men’s 100m), Makyla Stanley (women’s 100m), the women’s 4x100m relay and the men’s 4x400m relay all brought home wins Saturday in Athens. Friday’s Carolina winners were Quincy Hall (men’s 400mH) and Yann Randrianasolo (men’s long jump).
Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day came from Singleton, who laid down a massive personal record in the men’s 100m dash. The junior crossed the line in a wind-legal 10.23, obliterating his previous best of 10.41. That’s the ninth-best 100m run in South Carolina history and also the ninth-best mark in the NCAA this season.
Carolina’s first victory of the day came in the women’s 4x100m relay. Stephanie Davis, Wadeline Jonathas, Milan Parks and Amecia Pennamon got out early and posted a mark of 43.97.
Next in the winner’s circle was Moore, who posted his best time of the season in the 110m hurdles. The redshirt senior continued to move up the NCAA leaderboard, with his time of 13.58 ranking fifth nationally this season.
Abrams was the lone member of Carolina’s NCAA title-winning 4x400m relay to run the quarter mile on Saturday, and she dominated the field for a victory. Her time of 52.30 is just .02 off her season-best mark, which was seventh-best in the NCAA at the start of the week.
Stanley picked up her third win of the outdoor season with a victory in the women’s 100m. Her time of 11.59 was just .01 seconds ahead of Ole Miss freshman Brandee Presley in a photo finish.
Jones came home from Athens with his second victory of the season in the men’s 800m. The 2019 indoor All-American continued his quest for an outdoor NCAA Championships berth with a time of 1:51.97.
Carolina’s final victory of the meet came in the men’s mile relay. Jordan Sessom, Jeremiah Talbert, Jones and Arinze Chance won by over five seconds with a run of 3:09.95.
The Gamecocks opened the day with a pair of podium finishes in the 5000m. In the women’s race, Morgan Lee came in third with a time of 18:02.31. On the men’s side, Carson Strom was third after running 15:06.27.
Eric Favors had the best day of his season to date in the men’s shot put. The redshirt junior finished third overall, second among collegians, with a throw of 18.49m (60-8), which ranks 22nd in the NCAA this season.
Carolina finished second in the men’s 4x100m, just missing a season-best time. Evan Miller, Ronald Fuller, Singleton and Yohance Thomas completed the circuit in 40.47.
Individually, Chance took home second place in the men’s 400m. The senior’s time of 46.70 ranks 28th in the NCAA this year.
In the women’s 800m, Allie Mueller finished third. One week after rising up Carolina’s 1500m records list, the senior nearly did the same in the 800 with her time of 2:11.91.
In the women’s edition of the Gwen Torrence 200m, Davis was out fast and turned in a new personal best. The sophomore finished second in the event, and her time of 23.42 ranks 21st in the nation this season.
The Carolina women ended the day with a bronze-medal finish in the 4x400m relay. Tatyana Mills, Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon, Macie Kavanaugh and Jordan Fields stopped the clock in 3:48.62.
FROM THE COACH
“Darrell had a great day. He’s been coming along really well in practice, and he’s been more consistent. I’m not surprised he got a big result. He’s been great in the weight room, great in training, and he put it together at the meet today. I’ve been seeing these signs from him for the past couple of weeks, and I’m happy for him.
“Isaiah is another one with a great run today. He carried over his momentum from last week, and he won today against a really good field. Our men’s 4x400m also had another good run. We’re trying to develop some depth in that event, and today was a big step toward that.
“Aliyah ran almost by herself today, and that was a big breakthrough time for her without a lot of runners pushing her. And Makyla was fantastic today; she beat some really good runners, including some All-Americans. I’d also like to commend our 5K runners this morning for putting up some of the best runs of their careers, and our men in the discus did well.
“Overall, this was a great weekend. We’re training hard, and I’m excited about next week’s meet, where we get to retire the jerseys of Miki Barber and Terrence Trammell.”- Head Coach Curtis Frye
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina is back home Saturday, April 13, for the Gamecock Invitational. The meet starts at 9 a.m. ET at Sheila & Morris Cregger Track, and a special jersey retirement ceremony for Carolina legends Miki Barber and Terrence Trammell will be held at 2 p.m. ET.
|SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 • SPEC TOWNS INVITATIONAL • MEN’S RESULTS|
|3. Eric Favors||18.49m | 60-8|
|4. Ben Bonhurst||17.29m | 56-8 3/4|
|5. Isaiah Davenport||49.16m | 161-3|
|6. Malik Paul||48.24m | 158-3|
|5. Yann Randrianasolo||14.21m | 46-7 1/2|
|3. Carson Strom||15:06.27|
|2. Miller, Fuller, Singleton, Thomas||40.47|
|1. Isaiah Moore||13.58 (+1.5)|
|2. Arinze Chance||46.70|
|7. Jordan Sessom||48.11|
|9. Jeremiah Talbert||48.35|
|1. Darrell Singleton Jr.||10.23 (+0.3)|
|4. Evan Miller||10.60 (-0.6)|
|12. Yohance Thomas||10.99 (-1.0)|
|1. Otis Jones||1:51.97|
|5. Blake Newcomb||1:54.67|
|8. Sean Petersen||1:55.42|
|1. Sessom, Talbert, O. Jones, Chance||3:09.95|
|6. Fladd, Newcomb, Petersen, Leacock||3:26.71|
|SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 • SPEC TOWNS INVITATIONAL • WOMEN’S RESULTS|
|5. Jordan Fields||1.75m | 5-8 3/4|
|–. Dymier Jeffery||NH|
|3. Morgan Lee||18:02.31|
|4. Sarah-Sims McGrath||18:08.11|
|6. Kelsey Larkin||18:32.70|
|7. Brooke Wilson||18:33.32|
|1. Davis, Jonathas, Parks, Pennamon||43.97|
|4. Milan Parks||13.86 (-0.5)|
|6. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon||14.24 (-0.5)|
|–. Caitlyn Little||DNF|
|1. Aliyah Abrams||52.30|
|4. Tatyana Mills||55.70|
|7. Jhari Williams||57.17|
|1. Makyla Stanley||11.59 (+0.6)|
|5. Milan Parks||11.73 (+1.1)|
|3. Allie Mueller||2:11.91|
|5. Sierra Biber||2:12.45|
|Gwen Torrence 200m|
|2. Stephanie Davis||23.42 (+0.8)|
|6. Amecia Pennamon||24.19 (+0.8)|
|3. Mills, Coquillaud-Salomon, Kavanaugh, Fields||3:48.62|