Gamecocks Dominate Weekly Track & Field Awards
Hall named National Athlete of the Week, collects SEC honors with Jonathas
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of South Carolina’s dominant weekend on the track led to several accolades on Tuesday as USTFCCCA and SEC weekly awards were announced. Junior sprinter Quincy Hall was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, while Hall and junior sprinter Wadeline Jonathas earned SEC Runner of the Week laurels.
Hall turned in a 400m time of 44.53 last Saturday at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, which broke a 16-year-old South Carolina school record and tops both the world and NCAA leaderboards in 2019. Later that afternoon, the Kansas City, Mo., native was part of a 4x400m relay run of 3:03.33, the fifth-fastest time in in the nation this season and the No. 5 time in Carolina history.
Hall is the second Gamecock in history to win USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors and the first since former high jump national champion Jeannelle Scheper in 2015.
This is the second time this season Hall has been honored with an SEC weekly award. He was also honored Feb. 6, when he broke Carolina’s indoor 400m record, the first of six school-record performances he’s posted this season.
Jonathas was named SEC Female Runner of the Week after also running a blazing quarter mile on Saturday. The Gonaives, Haiti, native set a personal record with her time of 51.56, which is the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season. The mark ranks seventh in Carolina history and is the fastest 400m effort by a Gamecock since Natasha Hastings ran 49.84 at the 2007 USATF Outdoor Championships.
The Gamecocks have now won seven SEC Athlete of the Week laurels this season. Aliyah Abrams (twice), Arinze Chance, Hall and Yann Randrianasolo were each honored during the 2019 indoor season.
South Carolina returns to Sheila & Morris Cregger Track Saturday for the 2019 USC Outdoor Open. The meet begins at 10 a.m. ET, with Senior Day ceremonies scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.