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Randrianasolo Wins Bronze to Start NCAA Outdoor Championships
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Randrianasolo Wins Bronze to Start NCAA Outdoor Championships

Three Gamecock entries advance to track finals on opening day in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Yann Randrianasolo finished his collegiate career on the NCAA Outdoor Championships podium, and the University of South Carolina saw three more student-athletes qualify for finals on the opening day of the 2019 national meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Randrianasolo placed third in the long jump, the best effort by a Gamecock in 15 years, while Quincy Hall, Isaiah Moore and the men’s 4x400m relay advanced to the national championship in their events.

Led by Randrianasolo, the Gamecocks scored six points on Wednesday, which is good for 16th place.

Three of Carolina’s four men’s track entries qualified for finals on Wednesday. Hall will run for a national title in the 400m hurdles, Moore qualified in the 110m hurdles, and the men’s 4x400m relay advanced to the top eight to close the evening.

Randrianasolo got off to a great start, jumping 7.86m (25-9 ½) on his first attempt and a new personal best, 8.08m (26-6 ¼) on his second effort. After easily qualifying for finals, the senior laid down the best jump of his collegiate career on his fifth attempt, measuring 8.12m (26-7 ¾). That’s the second-best jump in South Carolina history, and it was good for third place and six points on Wednesday night.

Randrianasolo ends his career as just the third Gamecock in history to score outdoors in the NCAA Championships men’s long jump. Tony Allmond placed second in the event in both 2003 and 2004, and Greig Cryer came in eighth in 2006.

Moore got the day started on the right foot, winning his semifinal heat of the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.44. That was the fourth-best time overall on Wednesday and also the fourth-best mark of Moore’s illustrious collegiate career. A two-time NCAA scorer, he’ll run his final race as a Gamecock on Friday at 9:12 p.m. ET with an NCAA title on the line.

Hall was challenged throughout his 400m hurdles semifinal heat, as Texas Tech’s Norman Grimes pushed him stride-for-stride until the Carolina junior turned on the jets down the stretch. Hall’s time of 49.01 was the best mark of the day and the second-best effort of his career. His NCAA championship run is scheduled for Friday at 9:57 p.m. ET.

The Gamecocks were on fire in the 4x400m relay, as Arinze Chance, Ty Jaye Robbins, Hall and Otis Jones stopped the clock in 3:02.68, the second-best mark in school history. Carolina originally finished third in its heat, behind Western Kentucky and Baylor, before WKU was disqualified, which boosted the Gamecocks into an automatic qualifying position. The 4×4 final will cap off the men’s competition on Friday at 10:51 p.m. ET.

Jones ran his final 800m as a Gamecock and ended his individual career with an All-America finish. The Sumter, S.C., native finished his race in 1:49.57 to place 15th overall and grab second-team laurels. He’s Carolina’s first All-American in the event since 2002.

In his first NCAA Championships appearance, Eric Favors finished 18th in the shot put. The redshirt junior’s best attempt was his first, which checked in at 18.57m (60-11 ¼).


“Today was awesome. Our kids competed. They feel very strongly about representing the university. They have families and other people that they stand on the shoulders of.”

“Today, Isaiah had his best start of the year, and the middle of the race, he got a little relaxed. He understands that. With that good time, we see so much more in Isaiah’s run. We look forward to him having a great effort in the finals.”

“Quincy really set up his race nicely, then he relaxed and ran off the last hurdle. He let people back in the race, then ran home for the best time at the meet, his second-best time of the year. We’re looking forward to him coming back and doing a good job.”- Head Coach Curtis Frye



The 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships continue on Thursday as the women’s competition gets underway. Aliyah Abrams and Wadeline Jonathas will run in the semifinals of the 400m at 9:30 p.m. ET and lead the Gamecocks in the 4x400m relay at 11:18 p.m. ET. Both events will be televised live on ESPN2.

Long Jump
3. Yann Randrianasolo 8.12m | 26-7 3/4
Shot Put
18. Eric Favors 18.57m | 60-11 1/4
110mH Semifinals
4. Isaiah Moore 13.44Q (+2.0)
800m Semifinals
15. Otis Jones 1:49.67
400mH Semifinals
1. Quincy Hall 49.01Q
4x400m Semifinals
5. Chance, O. Jones, Hall, Robbins 3:02.68Q