Gamecocks Open Florida Relays, See Five Top-10 Marks in School History
Anass Essayi ran a school record in the 1,500 meters and four other Gamecocks put up historic marks
GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The South Carolina track and field teams opened competition at the Florida Relays on Friday at the Percy Beard Track and saw stellar performances, including a school record.
“We had a great day,” said head coach Curtis Frye. “Florida Relays is a great meet and we’re proud of our kids. We’re excited about the competition. We had to face up to the contest and we did that.”
On the men’s side, Anass Essayi made a splash in his collegiate outdoor debut. He ran a school-record time of 3:40.14 in the 1,500 meters to win the event overall. Essayi’s time is ranked second in the NCAA this year and breaks the school record Jim Schaper set (3:42.48) in 1974 for Carolina.
William Spencer Jr. went sub-50 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. He won the event with a time of 49.56, which is good for No. 5 in the country this season and No. 6 in school history. Spencer Jr. The time is a personal best for Spencer Jr. who made it all the way to Eugene last year in the 400-meter hurdles.
In the 200 meters, First Team All-American Evan Miller clocked in a wind-legal time of 20.58 in a blazing fast heat. Miller’s performance put him in a tie for sixth overall and neared his personal best of 20.50. A pair of Gamecock freshmen, Anthony Greenhow, Jr. and Dominic Dutton, finished in the top 40 of the event, too.
On the women’s side, Kayla Racine and KD Young both tossed personal bests in the women’s hammer throw. Racine tossed the hammer 58.27m/191-2 for 16th place and Young threw the hammer 57.16m/187-6 to finish in 20th. Racine moved into fourth place in school history and Young now sits in fifth in Gamecock program history.
Rachel Glenn won the women’s high jump invitational, clearing 1.87m/6-1.50 for her second consecutive win in the high jump to kick off the outdoor season. She also ran the 400-meter hurdles and clocked in with a time of 56.43 seconds. Her time in the intermediate hurdles ranks ninth in the country and sixth in school history. The time was Glenn’s personal best by nearly a full two seconds.
Jayla Jamison and Tierra Frasier ran in the 200 meters for Carolina and both finished in the top 25. Jamison’s time of 23.44 was a personal best for the freshman and placed 11th overall. Frasier ran a time of 23.67 to take 22nd overall.
Action at the Percy Beard Track picks back up at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the men’s discus. Track events are set for a Noon start with the prelims of the women’s 100-meter hurdles.
Men’s Individual Results
T6. Evan Miller – 20.58
26. Anthony Greenhow, Jr. – 21.14
40. Dominic Dutton – 21.47
1. Anass Essayi – 3:40.14
22. Alexander Galbraith – 3:52.56
23. David Olds – 3:53.92
25. Sean Petersen – 3:54.36
1. William Spencer Jr. – 49.56
31. EJ Richardson – 53.76
21. Elisha Brooks – 6.70m/21-11.75
25. Desmond Gaillard – 6.46m/21-2.50
Long Jump Invitational
13. Christian Lewis – 7.18m/23-6.75
High Jump Invitational
T6. Jackson Marseille – 2.06m/6-9
Women’s Individual Results
11. Jayla Jamison – 23.44
22. Tierra Frasier – 23.67
26. Alex Costantino – 4:36.52
9. Hope Dominique – 17:29.46
10. Hannah Twine – 17:41.16
12. Kira Jenkins – 18:09.72
6. Rachel Glenn – 56.43
16. Kayla Racine – 58.27m/191-2
20. KD Young – 57.16m/187-6
High Jump Invitational
1. Rachel Glenn – 1.87m/6-1.50