Gamecocks Open 2022, Take Home 11 Event Victories
The Gamecocks competed at their second meet of the season and earned 11 wins
CLEMSON—The South Carolina track and field teams collected 11 outright event victories at the Orange and Purple Elite on Saturday at the Rock Norman Track and Field Complex.
“We had good performances from the 14 women and 15 men that we had at this meet,” said head coach Curtis Frye. “The kids did good. It was just what we needed for an opener. This was just right as an opener.
“It’s very important (for younger athletes to have more races early in their career). If you just throw them in at the SEC Championships, there will be some shock, so it’s a gradual process. Next week will be tighter and the next week will be better.”
On the men’s side, Jackson Marseille kicked off the day with a win in the men’s high jump. He cleared 2.08m/6-9.75 to earn the first victory of the day for South Carolina.
Christian Lewis won the men’s long jump. Lewis jumped 7.45m/24-5.50 to take home an individual victory in the event in his season debut.
Frye said he was impressed with Anthony Greenhow, Jr.’s performances. Greenhow Jr. won the men’s 200 meters with a time of 21.18. He went back to the track for the 60 meters where he ran a time of 6.82.
Greenhow Jr. then capped off the day as a member of the Gamecock men’s 4X400-meter relay team. Greenhow Jr., Jackson Junkins, EJ Richardson and William Spencer Jr. finished as the runners-up in the event with a time of 3:15.69.
EJ Richardson (400 meters), Jack Mensch (800 meters) and Carson Lenser (pole vault) also won their respective events on Saturday as well.
On the women’s side, KD Young tied for first in the women’s weight throw. She came in a tie for first with a toss of 18.91m/62-0.50. She moves into No. 7 on the Gamecocks’ all-time indoor performance list in the weight throw with the toss on Saturday. Young won the women’s shot put competition later in the day with a toss of 15.09m/49-6.25.
The Gamecock women own the NCAA’s leading time in the 4X400-meter relay. The squad of Angel Frank, Stephanie Davis, Jayla Jamison and Rachel Glenn won the 4X400-meter relay on Saturday with a time of 3:38.44, which is just off the Carolina season-best time of 3:37.52.
Frank won the 200 meters with a new personal best of 24.37 seconds for her first individual victory of the season. Frank said it was a good start to the 2022 calendar year.
“I was happy to be able to stay for a couple more weeks over the holiday break to train with Coach Karim (Abdel Wahab),” Frank said. “It helped with my confidence coming into this meet. It was really awesome to start out the year (with a good performance) because I still have a lot of stuff to improve on.”
Shaianne Sipsey was close to the 12-meter mark in the women’s long jump to open her season. Sipsey won the event with a jump of 11.96m/39-3.
Pearl Nagbe was victorious in the women’s 400 meters. She ran a time of 56.20 to win that event. It marks the first individual victory of her season as well.
The Gamecocks return to action on Saturday for the Gamecock Opener at the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex. Meet information can be found here, and next Saturday’s schedule can be found here.
Men’s Individual Results
2. Anthony Greenhow Jr. – 6.82
5. Jordan Sessom – 7.35
1. Anthony Greenhow Jr. – 21.18
1. EJ Richardson – 48.39
3. Jackson Junkins – 49.34
1. Jack Mensch – 1:57.68
2. Kyle Reers – 1:59.77
2. Junkins, Richardson, Greenhow Jr., Spencer Jr. – 3:15.69
1. Christian Lewis – 7.45m/24-5.50
5. Jaden Price-Whitehead – 6.92m/22-8.50
–. Desmond Gaillard – FOUL
3. Dylan Targgart – 17.46m/57-3.50
1. Jackson Marseille – 2.08m/6-9.75
1. Carson Lenser – 4.75m/15-7
–. Dillon McCarthy – NH
Women’s Individual Results
1. Angel Frank – 24.37
3. Aaliyah Pyatt – 25.04
1. Pearl Nagbe – 56.20
4. Kieley Gayle – 1:01.55
–. Briana Reckling – DNF
8. Kensi Gray – 3:05.20
1. Frank, Davis, Jamison, Glenn – 3:38.44
4. Nagbe, Pyatt, Gayle, Gray – 3:52.83
1. KD Young – 15.09m/49-6.25
T1. KD Young – 18.91m/62-0.50
3. Kayla Racine – 18.72m/61-0.50
1. Shaianne Sipsey – 11.96m/39-3
–. Alyssa Flink – NH
3. Emily Valentine – 3.67m/12-0.50
4. Mia Joseph – 3.37m/11-0.75