Gamecocks Finish Penn Relays with Two More Championships
Carolina closes with three Championship of America relay victories for the first time since 2007
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The University of South Carolina track & field team wrapped up its best Penn Relays in over a decade on Saturday as the 125th running of the annual Carnival came to a close. The Gamecocks dominated the field to win the women’s 4x400m relay, their third Championship of America title this week, and senior Isaiah Moore joined elite company with a victory in the men’s 110m hurdles.
South Carolina was never challenged on the way to its seventh women’s 4×4 Championship of America Invitational crown and its first since 2007. Stephanie Davis, Aliyah Abrams, Tatyana Mills and Wadeline Jonathas won by over three seconds with their time of 3:32.33.
The Championship of America title is the third of the weekend for head coach Curtis Frye’s crew, marking the fourth time overall and the first time since 2007 that Carolina has won three wagon wheels. The Gamecocks now own 24 total Championship of America titles, including 18 on the women’s side, which ranks fourth in Penn Relays history.
Moore won South Carolina’s fourth and final individual title of the meet with his win in the 110mH. The senior trailed through four hurdles but battled back to post a winning time of 13.79. Moore joins Olympic medal winners Terrence Trammell (1999, 2000) and Jason Richardson (2006, 2008, 2009) as the only Gamecocks to win the event.
Overall, Carolina finished the week with seven victories in Philadelphia, including Championship of America titles in the women’s 4x200m, 4x400m and shuttle hurdle relays. Individual victories came from Quincy Hall (men’s 400m hurdles), Carisma Holland (women’s college shot put), Moore and Yann Randrianasolo (men’s long jump championship). Randrianasolo’s win on Friday was especially notable as he became the first men’s long jumper since 1958 to win three Penn Relays championship titles.
Carolina opened Saturday’s action in the field events, with Jordan Fields competing in the women’s high jump championship. The redshirt sophomore finished sixth, clearing 1.70m (5-7).
Competing in his first Penn Relays, Malik Paul had a career day in the discus. Paul set a new personal best on his first attempt and ended with another high watermark, throwing 54.14m (177-7) on his last attempt. That throw was good for 10th on the all-time Carolina list, and Paul finished eighth in the championship flight. He’s now ranked 23rd on the NCAA East Regional leaderboard.
Armand Woodley took part in his final Penn Relays on Saturday, and he came in second place. A college division pole vault champion two seasons ago, Woodley competed in the championship flight as a senior and cleared 5.20m (17-0 ¾) in windy conditions.
One day after his historic three-peat in the long jump, Randrianasolo was on the runway for the triple jump championship. He finished eighth, jumping 13.95m (45-9 ¼).
Caitlyn Little anchored Carolina’s winning shuttle hurdle relay on Friday and took part in the 100mH final on Saturday. The sophomore ran 14.13 and came in ninth.
FROM THE COACH
“Our 4x400m relay deserves it. They work really hard. Coach Karim is working really hard with that group, and they’ve got great attitudes. They love making each other smile. That’s the mission we’ve got – do it for your teammates, and do it for the University of South Carolina.”
“It was encouraging to have Isaiah follow through and get an individual title. We’ve had a lot of individual titles here, and I’m excited about that. Those things lead us toward the NCAA and conference meets and the things we’ll have in the next few weeks.”- Head Coach Curtis Frye
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks begin the postseason in two weeks with the 2019 SEC Championships. Arkansas hosts the meet, which will be held May 9-11 in Fayetteville, Ark.
|SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 • 125th PENN RELAYS • MEN’S RESULTS|
|8. Malik Paul||54.14m | 177-7|
|Pole Vault Championship|
|2. Armand Woodley||5.20m | 17-0 3/4|
|Triple Jump Championship|
|8. Yann Randrianasolo||13.95m | 45-9 1/4|
|College 4x100m Relay|
|–. Valentine, Wilson, Fuller, Miller||DNF|
|4x400m Relay Championship of America|
|–. Chance, Talbert, O. Jones, Robbins||DNF|
|110m Hurdles Championship|
|1. Isaiah Moore||13.79 (-0.4)|
|SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 • 125th PENN RELAYS • WOMEN’S RESULTS|
|High Jump Championship|
|6. Jordan Fields||1.70m | 5-7|
|4x400m Relay Championship of America|
|1. Davis, Abrams, Mills, Jonathas||3:32.33|
|100m Hurdles Championship|
|9. Caitlyn Little||14.13 (+2.6)|