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South Carolina Wins Four Events Friday at Penn Relays
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South Carolina Wins Four Events Friday at Penn Relays

Randrianasolo earns historic victory; Gamecocks collect two wagon wheels

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The University of South Carolina track & field team earned four victories on Friday at the 125th Penn Relays, finding a new level as the annual Carnival extravaganza kicked into high gear. Quincy Hall and Yann Randrianasolo collected individual titles, and the Gamecocks won Championship of America Invitational crowns in the women’s 4x200m and shuttle hurdle relays.

Through two days at Franklin Field, the Gamecocks own five victories in the City of Brotherly Love. Redshirt freshman Carisma Holland opened South Carolina’s scoring account Thursday with a win in the women’s college shot put.

Randrianasolo’s victory was historic, as he became just the seventh men’s long jumper in history to win three Penn Relays championship titles and the first to accomplish the feat since 1958. The senior is also just the second Gamecock to win three individual championship events at Franklin Field, joining Jason Richardson, who won the men’s 110m hurdles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Randrianasolo battled rain on Friday to tally a winning jump of 7.65m (25-1 ¼).

“Penn Relays is a great atmosphere, so winning every time I came is special,” Randrianasolo said. “People come (to Penn Relays) from everywhere, so there’s big energy, even if it’s raining. It means a lot to me.”

The Gamecocks won their first Championship of America Invitational relay final of the weekend in the women’s 4x200m, where Stephanie Davis, Amecia Pennamon, Wadeline Jonathas and Aliyah Abrams controlled the opening heat with a time of 1:32.78. That was the lone sub-1:33 time of the day and earned the team’s fifth 4×2 victory at Penn Relays. It was Carolina’s first victory in the event since 2017.

Carolina added a second wagon wheel in the women’s shuttle hurdle relay. Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon, Milan Parks, Jordan Fields and Caitlyn Little led from the outset of their heat, posting a time of 56.22 that withstood Duke’s second-heat effort of 56.66. The shuttle hurdles title is Carolina’s fourth on the women’s side and first since 2007.

The two Championship of America Invitational relay titles are the 22nd and 23rd in South Carolina history. The Gamecocks now own 17 wagon wheels from women’s events. This is the first time head coach Curtis Frye’s team has won multiple Championship of America titles at one Penn Relays since 2007, when the Gamecocks brought home the shuttle hurdles, 4×2 and 4×4 crowns on the women’s side.

Hall opened the day with the 400m hurdles, and he led wire-to-wire to score the early-morning victory. His time of 50.23 ranks first in the NCAA East Regional, sixth nationally and ninth all-time in the Gamecock record book.

Carolina’s first Championship of America final of the week was in the women’s 4x100m relay, where Davis, Makyla Stanley, Pennamon and Jonathas were on the track. The group posted a time of 44.52, finishing second behind Houston’s 44.11.

The Gamecocks also took second in the men’s shuttle hurdle relay Championship of America Invitational. Noah Walker, Hall, Kaden Briggs and Isaiah Moore finished in 57.49, with Moore’s final leg nearly catching Navy, who ran 56.96.

In prelims of the men’s 4x100m relay, the Gamecocks finished 18th to qualify for the college final. Randrianasolo, Darrell Singleton Jr., Evan Miller and Lavonte Valentine ran 41.40 and will go for the college flight title Saturday at 1:28 p.m.

The Gamecocks qualified for the Championship of America Invitational in the men’s 4x400m relay. Arinze Chance, Walker, Jeremiah Talbert and Ty Jaye Robbins ran the prelim, posting the fourth-best qualifying time, 3:07.98. Carolina competes for the title Saturday at 2:45 pm.

Individually, Moore was the top qualifier in the men’s 110m hurdles. Running into a headwind, he posted a time of 13.85. He’ll go for the Penn Relays crown Saturday at 3:20 p.m.

Moore is joined in the individual hurdle finals by Little, who qualified seventh in the women’s 100mH. Her run, which was also into a headwind, was timed at 13.81. Little’s final is scheduled for Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

Out at the throws complex, Eric Favors competed in the shot put championship on Friday afternoon and finished fourth. The redshirt junior’s last throw was his best one, and it was measured at 17.96m (58-11).


“Our 4×2 women all did a good job, and I’m so proud of them. We won that event in 2017, and to come back and redeem it, I’m quite proud of them.”

“That was a good, solid run by our shuttle hurdle relay. Obviously, we’re proud of them. They’re working really hard, and as we say, putting smiles on each other’s faces.”

“Quincy ran early, at nine o’clock this morning, and he still ran tonight at nine o’clock. He had a long day. It started at six o’clock this morning, and it shows his character and his will to be successful and carry the team. All of our 400-meter hurdle guys ran well this morning.”

“That’s got to be thrilling for Yann, and I’m so proud of him. He and Coach Dee managed it. The weather was tough today, and he came through after leading off the 4×1. He did a good job and got us on the stand.”- Head Coach Curtis Frye



The 125th Penn Relays come to a close Saturday at Franklin Field. Carolina’s day begins at 10 a.m. ET, and the Gamecocks will compete for Championship of America titles in both 4x400m relays, with the women running at 2:13 p.m. and the men at 2:45 p.m. Both finals fall in the NBCSN television window from 12:30-3 pm.

College Discus
24. Isaiah Davenport 42.64m | 139-10
College Pole Vault
6. Bryce Simpson 4.70m | 15-5
Shot Put Championship
4. Eric Favors 17.96m | 58-11
Long Jump Championship
1. Yann Randrianasolo 7.65m | 25-1 1/4
400m Hurdles
1. Quincy Hall 50.23
4. Rivaldo Leacock 51.88
6. Noah Walker 52.16
4x100m Relay Prelims
18. Randrianasolo, Singleton, Miller, Valentine 41.40
4x200m Relay Championship of America
5. Talbert, Sessom, Fuller, Wilson 1:24.86
Shuttle Hurdle Relay Championship of America
2. Walker, Hall, Briggs, Moore 57.49
100m Prelims
11. Lavonte Valentine 10.67 (+0.4)
110m Hurdles Prelims
1. Isaiah Moore 13.85 (-0.1)
4x400m Relay Prelims
4. Chance, Walker, Talbert, Robbins 3:07.98
Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America
5. Miller, Chance, Hall, O. Jones 3:22.96
4x100m Relay Championship of America
2. Davis, Stanley, Abrams, Jonathas 44.52
4x200m Relay Championship of America
1. Davis, Pennamon, Jonathas, Abrams 1:32.78
Shuttle Hurdle Relay Championship of America
1. Coquillaud-Salomon, Parks, Fields, Little 56.22
100m Hurdles Prelims
7. Caitlyn Little 13.81 (-0.1)
–. Milan Parks DNF