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Stone, Johnson, Lead the Way at Carolina Challenge
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Stone, Johnson, Lead the Way at Carolina Challenge

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina track and field team hosted a number of Power 5 programs at the Carolina Challenge at the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex on Saturday. Ten facility records were shattered during one of the most high-quality meets the Gamecocks have ever hosted at the three-year old facility. 

“What really stood out today was just the quality of this track meet. This was a world class meet,” head coach Curtis Frye said. “Some of our kids got introduced to what world class looks like and some of them can see they can fit into that category. Our team had some great performances today, we had [Christian Lewis] go 25 feet in the long jump today and he’s just a freshman. He said he was going to do that, and he did it. I loved the courage Hayden Cobbe showed in the 800m, coming through at 51 seconds, I like that. Then Alysia Johnson runs a 23.7 split on the way to a 400m PR; showing the courage to go out and put herself in the position to put down a fast time is just great.”

The Gamecocks saw four individuals either move up or improve their all-time program top-10 marks during the meet. Heather Stone’s 9:51.88 performance in the 3000m moved her the No. 6 on the list, breaking her previous indoor PR by about four seconds. Freshman Christian Lewis improved his PR by nearly six inches during the men’s long jump to finish in third, pushing his sixth-best leap in school history slightly up the all-time top-list. KD Young’s mark of 17.79m in the weight throw cemented her spot at No. 10 on the Gamecocks’ indoor list while Destinee Rocker’s second-place 60m hurdles time of 8.19 separated herself from teammate Caitlyn Little at the No. 6 spot in school history. 

“I felt really good today, I think coming out for my first race of the season and coming out with that time is good, seeing improvement year in and year out,” Stone said. “I’m really excited for the season ahead and just get back to racing – I’m really thankful for that. In a couple of weeks I’ll do a 5K, and we’ll see where I am with that before working up to the 10,000m for outdoor SECs.”

Carolina’s women’s 400m squad proved why it is still one of the deepest groups in the country with a 4x400m relay time of 3:36.19, winning the event over the likes of Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn. Led off by returning All-American Knowledge Omovoh, the freshman group of Alysia Johnson, Rachel Glenn and Ashton Lindley combined to post the eighth-fastest time in the country. The Gamecocks are sure to still have more room to improve with three more meets remaining on the schedule and the likes of Stephanie Davis, the 2020 SEC 400m indoor runner-up, to still make her mark on the relay this season. 

Individually the Gamecocks 400m crew finished second, third and fifth, respectively. Johnson was the first Carolina 400m runner to cross the finish like in a PR of 54.00 while Omovoh’s PR of 54.36 and Lindley’s PR of 54.74 helped the Gamecocks dominate the event overall. On the men’s side it was sophomore EJ Richardson who posted a top-five time of 47.55 while William Spencer Jr. improved his season-best time to 47.58 to finish in sixth. 

Hayden Cobbe sprinted his way out to an early lead in the 800m before finishing in 3rd in a season-best time of 1:52.80 while KD Young (Women’s Shot Put), Jackson Marseille (Men’s High Jump), Glenn (Women’s High Jump) and Malik Paul (Men’s Weight Throw) all finished in the top three of their respective events. 

Carolina will experience its first road test of the 2021 track and field season when they travel to Clemson, S.C., for the Bob Pollack Meet on Jan. 29-30. The two-day meet will be the first of the season for the Gamecocks before the team returns home on Feb. 5-6 for the South Carolina Invitational. 

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Gatlin Lawson 10th. 6.99
Evan Miller FS
Gatlin Lawson 15th. 22.09
Bailey Rogers 10th. 21.74
Evan Miller 5th. 21.14
Jordan Sessom 16th. 22.11
Rivaldo Leacock 7th. 48.41
Bricen Nguyen 17th. 51.28
Jackson Junkins 8th. 48.61
EJ Richardson 5th. 47.55
Doval Simmonds DQ
William Spencer Jr. 6th. 47.58
Hayden Cobbe 3rd. 1:52.80 (PR)
Ian Fladd 16th. 1:56.65
Blake Newcomb 4th. 1:53.77
Kyle Reers 14th. 1:56.51
Mile Run
David Olds 11th. 4:16.96
Alexander Galbraith 9th. 4:16.88
Collin Kilgore 21st. 4:33.20
Mason Joiner 13th. 8:43.41 (PR)
60m Hurdles
Filip Demsar 5th. 7.94
Newcomb, Reers, Cobbe, Petersen 3rd. 10:31.31
Galbraith, Fladd, Olds, Kilgore 4th. 10:43.09
Miller, Demsar, Lawson, Sessom 1st. 2:19.16
Simmonds, Richardson, Rogers, Spencer Jr. DNF
Leacock, Junkins, Brooks, Nguyen 5th. 3:18.28
Weight Throw
Malik Paul 3rd. 19.17m | 62-10.75
High Jump
Kobe Franklin 4th. 2.00m | 6-6.75
Jackson Marseille 3rd. 2.10m | 6-10.75
Desmond Gaillard –. NH
Long Jump
Christian Lewis 3rd. 7.62m | 25-0
Benjamin Womble 13th. 6.35m | 20-10
Elisha Brooks 12th. 6.38m | 20-11.25
Jalen Herring 9th. 6.56m | 21-6.25
Pole Vault
Timothy McEvoy 11th. 4.56m | 14-11.5
Jonathan Togami 10th. 4.56m | 14-11.5
Dillon McCarthy 9th. 4.71m | 15-5.5
Shaianne Sipsey 14th. 25.12
Angel Frank 19th. 25.41
Kyna Robinson 22nd. 26.13
Ashton Lindley 5th. 54.74 (PR)
Alysia Johnson 2nd. 54.00 (PR)
Knowledge Omovoh 3rd. 54.36 (PR)
Pearl Nagbe 7th. 57.16
Sierra Biber 13th. 2:16.89
Isabella Pisani 19th. 2:22.52
Christina Ceniccola 23rd. 2:30.26
Kensi Gray 10th. 2:16.00 (PR)
Macie Kavanaugh 21st. 2:24.75
Mile Run
Emily Smith 14th. 5:32.37
Claudia Satzke 16th. 5:33.77
Savannah Bowers 9th. 5:19.92
Hannah Cella 10th. 5:19.99
Jenna Pellizzari 20th. 5:45.23
Emily Pierontoni 18th. 5:33.83
Kathleen Abrams 8th. 11:31.61
Heather Stone 3rd: 9:51.88 (PR)
Hannah Twine 7th. 10:29.29
Katerina Hendrix 7th. 19:28.91
Sarah Riser 6th. 19:12.85
60m Hurdles
Caitlyn Little 6th. 8:58
Destinee Rocker 2nd. 8.19 (PR)
Kiera Hughes 11:05 a.m.
Frank, Sipsey, Savage, Jeffery 1st. 2:48.36
Omovoh, Johnson, Glenn, Lindley 1st. 3:36.19 (SB)
Gray, Biber, Pisani, Cella 6th. 4:06.95
Pole Vault
Hailey Sweatman –. NH
Brianna Stamps 15th. 3.38m | 11-1
Pressley Perry 16th. 3.38m | 11-1
Kelsey Worthington 10th. 3.68m | 12-0.75
Alyssa Rice 14th. 3.53m | 11-7
High Jump
Rachel Glenn    2nd. 1.71m | 5-7.25
Dymier Jeffery    11th. 1.56m | 5-1.25
Long Jump
Synclair Savage 7th. 5.58m | 18-3.75
Shot Put
Alycia Springs 7th. 14.69m | 48-2.50
KD Young 3rd. 15.83m | 51-11.25
Carisma Holland 12th. 11.61m | 38-1.25
KD Young 4th. 17.79m | 58-4.50