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Gamecock track and field heads into the championship season with its first meet with trophies on the line: the SEC Outdoor Championships in Oxford, Mississippi.

COLUMBIA– Gamecock track and field heads into the championship season with its first meet with trophies on the line: the SEC Outdoor Championships in Oxford, Mississippi. The Gamecocks have 15 athletes in scoring position based on the current SEC Performance List. Both the men’s and women’s squad are projected to score 26 team points based on the current conference performance list. The conference meet is set to take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Follow the Meet
Live results can be found at https://live.deltatiming.com/meets/15663.

Fans can follow along with updates on Twitter @GamecockTrack. A full recap will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and GamecocksOnline.com.

All of the action from Mississippi will be aired live. Early portions of each day will stream online via SEC Network+. Night portions of each day will broadcast live via SEC Network+ and SEC Network. Below is the full schedule of how to watch the meet.

Thursday, May 12
1 PM-7:15 PM (SECN+ Stream), 7:30 PM-10:30 PM (SECN+ Broadcast)

Friday, May 13
2:45 PM-6:45 PM (SECN+ Stream), 7 PM-10:30 PM (SECN+ Broadcast)

Saturday, May 14
1:30 PM-5:45 PM (SECN+ Stream), 6 PM-10 PM (SEC Network)

Meet Schedule
The Gamecocks kick off the action in Oxford, Mississippi, with the women’s hammer throw final on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Friday’s action is set to begin at 2:45 p.m. with the second day of decathlon competition.

Saturday’s action for Carolina is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. with the women’s triple jump finals.

Last Time Out
The Gamecock women completed a sweep of the sprint relay Championship of America titles at Franklin Field in the 126th running of the Penn Relays.

The Gamecock women won the Championship of America titles in the 4X100-meter, 4X200-meter and 4X400-meter relays.

Stephanie Davis, Makenzie Dunmore, Angel Frank and Jahnile Registre won the 4X400-meter relay handily with a time of 3:26.53. They clocked in the second-fastest time in school history and the third-fastest time in Penn Relays history.

The women’s 4X100-meter relay team of Jayla Jamison, Dunmore, Frank and Tierra Frasier were victorious with a time of 43.72. The victory marks just the third time in Penn Relays history the Gamecock women have won the 4X100-meter relay title.

Coach Frye on the Meet
On what he’s looking forward to at the SEC Outdoor Championships this weekend
“I feel good because the pre-test was Penn Relays, and the pre-test is an indicator of where you’re at and where you’re going. Opportunity provides you the same chance as someone who’s in first place. The best indicator is what you did in the last performance. The last practice is also a good indicator, but the last contest is even better. I feel really good about our predictions. Our kids are putting forth the kind of effort they need to. You’ve got to show up and take the test. They’ve been doing that. They’ll go to this meet and take the test and give the same effort that they did to get a 3.4 semester GPA.”

On what events stand out to him
“Our girls in the 400 meter are going to stand out. Destinee Rocker is going to stand out. She’s got a big opportunity. Jayla Jamison is coming up. She didn’t get scared racing against Allyson Felix. She ran a great leadoff leg for us in the 4X200 at Penn Relays. We look for something out of our freshmen. We look for something out of our senior 400 meters runners. Stephanie Davis is ranked ninth coming into this meet. I don’t think you can predict for her to not score. I think our kids are prepared and we’re pretty healthy as far as the women are concerned. Rachel Glenn is healthy and will run the 400-meter hurdles as well as high jump. It’s the first time she’ll do that in a championship setting. We’ve got young, enthusiastic, fearless freshmen led by two experienced seniors. The enthusiasm for me is that we have possibilities. We are the underdog. The most dangerous animals are caged. On the men’s side, we have two really good 200-meter guys (Anthony Greenhow, Jr. and Evan Miller). I’m excited about our men’s 4X400-meter relay. We’ve got hurdlers at both distances that are in the top five of the SEC. I am excited about Dylan Targgart and both of our pole vaulters.”

Gamecocks In the SEC
The Gamecocks head into this weekend’s SEC Outdoor Championships with some of the best marks in the conference from this regular season.

All-in-all, Carolina athletes have put up 15 times and marks in scoring position (top eight) on the SEC Performance List.

Rachel Glenn is sitting at No. 2 in the conference in the women’s high jump. She cleared 1.90m/6-2.75 to open her season at Weems Baskin.

Anass Essayi is the reigning indoor Mile conference champion from February. He comes into the meet with the third-best time in the SEC in the 1,500 meters this season of 3:39.03.

William Spencer Jr. is also ranked third in the conference. He is third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 49.56 from the Florida Relays in March.

The women’s 4X400-meter relay team is ranked fourth in the SEC this season. They ran the second-fastest time in school history at the Penn Relays when they won the event with a time of 3:26.53.

The Gamecocks are set for a competitive weekend with conference foes.

SEC Championships History
The Gamecocks have seen success in the SEC since they started competing in the conference in 1992.

Over the 30 years of Carolina’s competition in the SEC, the women’s track and field squad have won the outdoor team title three times.

The Gamecock women took home the team championship in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

The Carolina men have not won the team title, but had their best finish in 2010 when they took third overall.

Rachel Glenn comes into the meet as the defending champion in the women’s high jump. She cleared 1.88m/6-2.25 to win the high jump at last year’s SEC Outdoor Championships.

The last men’s individual champion was Quincy Hall in 2019 when he won the 400 meters, running a time of 44.60.

One Gamecock holds an SEC Outdoor Championships record. Jeanelle Scheper owns the women’s high jump record with a mark of 1.96m/6-5.

At last year’s SEC Outdoor Championships, the Gamecock men finished 12th as a team with 23 points. The Gamecock women took 10th with 29 points a year ago.

Carolina will look for top-10 team finishes and individual podium finishes this weekend in Oxford, Mississippi.

Weather Report
THURSDAY
– Conditions: Partly Cloudy
– Temperature: High of 90°
– Chance of Precipitation: 24%

FRIDAY
– Conditions: Partly Cloudy
– Temperature: High of 87°
– Chance of Precipitation: 15%

SATURDAY
– Conditions: Scattered Thunderstorms
– Temperature: High of 83°
– Chance of Precipitation: 50%
 

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