Evan Miller Sets 200-Meter PR on Opening Day of NCAA Championships
The South Carolina men's track and field team opened up competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field.
EUGENE, Ore.—The South Carolina men’s track and field team opened up competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field.
“This is a tough meet and we’ve had a tough year,” said head coach Curtis Frye. “It was not due to a lack of effort. Evan Miller is an indicator of that. He had a lifetime best and ended up in 10th.”
Evan Miller set a personal best in the 200 meters, running a time of 20.35, which improved on his No. 3 time in school history. Miller took 10th overall in the semifinals and was one spot out of his second NCAA final of 2022. Miller earned Second Team All-American honors Wednesday night.
“His year was special,” Frye said. “We’re happy to have his leadership back next year. I hope this group learns from this and will find its way into the top 10.”
William Spencer Jr. took 12th in the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.27. He earned Second Team All-American status for his performance. It is his second consecutive year with Second Team All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles.
The men’s 4X100-meter relay team of Christian Lewis, Evan Miller, Anthony Greenhow, Jr., and Dominic Dutton finished 19th with a time of 39.46. The squad earned Honorable Mention All-America honors for their performance.
Dylan Targgart also grabbed Honorable Mention All-America honors with his performance in the men’s shot put. Targgart tossed the shot 18.12m/59-5.50 to take 22nd overall. The competition puts a bookend on his first full season in a Gamecock jersey after redshirting his first year in Columbia.
In the men’s 1,500 meters, Anass Essayi took the race out with the lead as he had all season long. In the final turn, Essayi pulled up with an injury and was unable to finish the race. His breakout season came to a close on Wednesday night.
The women’s team begins their competition on Thursday. Action for the Gamecock women is set for an 8:32 p.m. ET start. A broadcast of Thursday’s track meet will be available on ESPNU beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Men’s Individual Results
200 Meters – Semifinals
10. Evan Miller – 20.35
1,500 Meters – Semifinals
–. Anass Essayi – DNF
400-Meter Hurdles – Semifinals
12. William Spencer Jr. – 50.27
4X100-Meter Relay – Semifinals
19. Lewis, Miller, Greenhow, Jr., Dutton – 39.46
Shot Put – Finals
22. Dylan Targgart – 18.12m/59-5.50