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Gamecocks Celebrate Senior Day, Win 14 Events at USC Outdoor Open
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Gamecocks Celebrate Senior Day, Win 14 Events at USC Outdoor Open

Carolina closes 2019 home schedule, makes final preparations for 2019 championship season

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina track & field team celebrated its seniors and built momentum for the postseason on Saturday as it closed the 2019 home schedule with the USC Outdoor Open. Carolina earned 14 event victories at Sheila & Morris Cregger Track in the season’s final competition in Columbia.

In addition to the action on the track and in the field, South Carolina celebrated its 23 graduating student-athletes on Saturday. Aliyah Abrams, Ben Bonhurst, Arinze Chance, Breanna Cole, Nick Couchell, Maiya Dendy, Eric Favors, Otis Jones, Lissa Labiche, Tatyana Mills, Isaiah Moore, Allie Mueller, Colleen Openshaw, Milan Parks, Yann Randrianasolo, Ty Jaye Robbins, Bryce Simpson, Makyla Stanley, Carson Strom, Yohance Thomas, Benjamin Thoms, Simone Wark and Armand Woodley competed at Cregger Track for the final time Saturday as were honored for their achievements on and off the track as Gamecocks.

Saturday’s Gamecock winners included Adele Blalock (women’s pole vault), Isaiah Davenport (men’s discus) Stephanie Davis (women’s 400m), Jordan Fields (women’s high jump), Carisma Holland (women’s discus and shot put), Amanda Murphy (women’s hammer throw), Maryah Nasir (women’s 800m), Stanley (women’s long jump), Heather Stone (women’s 3000m), Strom (men’s 3000m), both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays and the women’s 4x400m relay.

The Gamecocks won both sections of the 3000m to start the day. In the women’s race, Stone led wire-to-wire, posting the fifth-best time in Carolina history, 9:49.83. Openshaw finished second in her final race at Cregger Track, and Morgan Lee came in third.

In the men’s 3K, Strom trailed until the final lap, when he turned on the jets for the victory. The senior ran 8:53.08 in his final Cregger Track appearance.

In the women’s 4x100m relay, it was all Carolina right from the gun. Stephanie Davis, Stanley, Amecia Pennamon and Parks posted a time of 44.67, battling chilly conditions for the win. On the men’s side of the 4×1, Randrianasolo, Evan Miller, Ronald Fuller and Carlos Wilson ran a season-best 40.33 for the victory.

Carolina’s first field win of the day came from Murphy. The redshirt sophomore won the women’s hammer throw for the second week in a row at Cregger Track; her top attempt measured in at 53.31m (174-11).

Davis battled windy and chilly conditions to win the 400m. It was her first individual victory of the season, and her time was 54.55.

Stanley was in second place when she walked to the runway for her final career long jump attempt at Cregger Track. The senior came up clutch, with a mark of 5.89m (19-4) to surpass Hampton’s Jaelan Leonard for the win. The victory is Stanley’s fourth of the outdoor season.

Blalock kept the field success going with her first-career outdoor win in the pole vault. It was her second win overall this year, and she cleared 3.70m (12-1 ½).

Nasir was locked in a tight battle with teammate Sierra Biber and was able to edge her fellow Gamecock for her first-career win. Nasir’s time was 2:14.26, and Biber came in second at 2:14.66.

Fields earned her second Cregger Track victory of the season in the women’s high jump, and Dymier Jeffery came in second. Fields cleared 1.70m, and Jeffery went over 1.65m to grab the top two spots.

Holland continued Carolina’s field event dominance with the best discus performance of her career. Her winning throw of 48.01m (157-6) is the 10th-best mark in Carolina history, and Nina Gambacorta took silver with a throw of 40.30m.

The Seneca, S.C., native wasn’t satisfied with her discus effort. Holland recorded another career best in the shot put, moving up to ninth in Gamecock history with a throw of 15.68m (51-5 ½). That ranks 26th in the NCAA East Region this season.

Carolina’s final track victory came in the 4x400m relay. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon, Macie Kavanaugh, Jhari Williams and Simone Wark held off a late charge by Shaw University to win with a time of 3:49.50.

The last win of the day came from Davenport, who earned his first-career collegiate win in the discus. The freshman’s best throw measured in at 49.84m (163-6), a big personal best on his fourth attempt.


• Mueller finished second in the women’s 1500m and ran the fifth-best time in school history, 4:29.74


“Our seniors are proud of their institution. They’re glad to be Gamecocks and to have (the last) two weeks where they get to have experiences at home. My heart goes out to kids who make that commitment.”

“Expectations are high. The kids like making each other smile. They reach in and go for the gusto. Carisma wanted to move herself into the SEC top 10, so that she feels like she’s got a shot to score at the conference meet, and that was big. Heather wanted to leave a mark this year in the top 10, and she did. Our kids keep fighting for top-10 marks.”- Head Coach Curtis Frye



It’s championship season for the Gamecocks beginning next week at the 125th Penn Relays. Carolina’s annual trip to Philadelphia will be held April 25-27 at historic Franklin Field.

Long Jump
5. Tyler Jones 6.68m | 21-11
13. Benjamin Womble 6.10m | 20-0 1/4
Hammer Throw
2. Malik Paul 54.39m | 178-5
8. Isaiah Davenport 48.17m | 158-0
Pole Vault
3. Timothy McEvoy 4.65m | 15-3
5. Seth Rabinowitz 4.50m | 14-9
–. Armand Woodley NH
–. Bryce Simpson NH
–. Nick Couchell NH
High Jump
4. Kobe Franklin 1.98m | 6-6
Shot Put
2. Eric Favors 17.45m | 57-3
1. Isaiah Davenport 49.84m | 163-6
2. Malik Paul 49.26m | 161-7
6. Benjamin Womble 38.12m | 125-0
1. Carson Strom 8:53.08
4. Benjamin Thoms 9:01.83
12. Mason Joiner 9:13.52
14. Austin Story 9:19.18
4x100m Relay
1. Randrianasolo, Miller, Fuller, Wilson 40.33
4. Talbert, Sessom, Thomas, Howard 41.07
2. Arinze Chance 46.78
4. Jordan Sessom 47.82
5. Jeremiah Talbert 47.83
13. Austin Story 4:14.23
3. Evan Miller 10.56 (+1.9)
6. Ronald Fuller 10.66 (+1.7)
9. Yann Randrianasolo 10.78 (0.0)
16. Yohance Thomas 10.92 (+1.2)
20. Carlos Wilson 11.02 (0.0)
25. Parker Howard 11.12 (+1.2)
2. Otis Jones 1:50.07
5. Blake Newcomb 1:54.67
8. Sean Petersen 1:57.53
12. Ian Fladd 2:00.12
13. Carlos Wilson 21.81 (-0.2)
19. Yohance Thomas 22.19 (+0.6)
4x400m Relay
3. Sessom, Talbert, O. Jones, Walker 3:15.78
6. Fladd, Newcomb, Petersen, Story 3:28.58
Hammer Throw
1. Amanda Murphy 53.31m | 174-11
–. Nina Gambacorta F
Long Jump
1. Makyla Stanley 5.89m | 19-4
Pole Vault
1. Adele Blalock 3.70m | 12-1 1/2
4. Sam Silber 3.10m | 10-2
–. Pressley Perry NH
–. Brianna Stamps NH
–. Hailey Sweatman NH
High Jump
1. Jordan Fields 1.70m | 5-7
2. Dymier Jeffery 1.65m | 5-5
1. Carisma Holland 48.01m | 157-6
2. Nina Gambacorta 40.30m | 132-2
Shot Put
1. Carisma Holland 15.68m | 51-5 1/2
1. Heather Stone 9:49.83
2. Colleen Openshaw 10:28.27
3. Morgan Lee 10:30.75
4. Sarah-Sims McGrath 10:34.43
5. Kelsey Larkin 10:36.00
7. Sarah Riser 10:51.26
9. Morgan Adams 11:01.13
12. Rachel Hensler 11:29.82
–. Leah Ford DNF
4x100m Relay
1. Davis, Stanley, Pennamon, Parks 44.67
2. Allie Mueller 4:29.74
3. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 4:35.66
11. Brooke Wilson 4:57.46
100m Hurdles Prelims
3. Milan Parks 13.62Q (+0.2)
8. Jordan Fields 14.55q (+0.2)
1. Stephanie Davis 54.55
4. Tatyana Mills 56.55
7. Jhari Williams 57.55
100m Hurdles Final
4. Milan Parks 13.79 (+1.2)
1. Maryah Nasir 2:14.26
2. Sierra Biber 2:14.66
4. Macie Kavanaugh 2:18.91
7. Breanna Cole 2:22.75
9. Caitlin Conway 2:23.70
400m Hurdles
6. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon 1:01.49
7. Simone Wark 1:02.22
2. Amecia Pennamon 24.27 (+0.1)
11. Maiya Dendy 24.95 (+0.1)
4x400m Relay
1. Coquillaud-Salomon, Kavanaugh, Williams, Wark 3:49.50