Gamecocks Record 11 Personal Records in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2022) – The 2022 Live in Lou Classic saw the Gamecocks take a big stride as South Carolina posted 11 personal records in a loaded field at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The Gamecocks finished 17th overall among 41 teams in the Gold Race, finishing ahead of Clemson (23rd), Georgia (28th), and host Louisville (33rd). Meanwhile, South Carolina also competed in the Blue Race, finishing 23rd of 47 teams. This weekend’s race served as a good tune up for South Carolina with E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park serving as the host for the 2022 NCAA Southeast Regional.
Hope Dominique led all South Carolina runners, finishing 86th overall in the Gold Race with a time of 17:59, besting her previous personal best by 36.4 seconds. The North Carolina native also clocked the 18th fastest overall 5K in program history and is now the 11th-fastest 5K individual in program history (some individuals hold multiple top times). Joining Dominique in the Top-100 is newcomer Svenja Sommer who placed 98th in her collegiate debut with a time of 18:04.2.
All seven Gamecocks that competed in the Gold Race set new personal records, including the talented freshmen foursome of Anna Boyd (18:07.5), Ella Zeigler (18:12.3), Hayden Withers (18:14.0) and Gaby Gait-Smith (18:15.22). Boyd (106th), (112th) and Withers (116th) rounded out the team scoring for the Gamecocks in the Gold Race.
Lily Weeks led the way for the Gamecocks in the Blue Race, finishing 97th overall with a time of 19:07.5, posting a season-best time. Molly Joseph (19:21.9), Brooke Donoghue (19:29.1), Emily Smith (19:30.1) and Emily Pierontoni (19:35.8) all carded personal records, while rounding out the scoring efforts for South Carolina
Furman (44) took home first overall in the Gold Race, followed by West Virginia (92) and Grand Valley State (132). West Virginia’s Ceili McCabe defended her title with a time of 16:23.9.
Taylor (67) claimed the podium in the Blue Race, followed by Xavier (Ohio) with 111 points and Grand Valley State with 121.
South Carolina returns to action on Friday, Oct. 7 when the Gamecocks travel to Charlotte, N.C. to take part in the Royals Challenge hosted by Queens University at 5 p.m.
1. Furman – 44 points
2. West Virginia – 92 points
3. Grand Valley State – 132 points
17. South Carolina – 502 points
Individual Gamecock Results
86. Hope Dominique – 17:59.0*
98. Svenja Sommer – 18:04.2*
106. Anna Boyd – 18:07.5*
112. Ella Zeigler – 18:12.3*
116. Hayden Withers – 18:14.0*
122. Gaby Gait-Smith – 18:15.2*
261. Katerina Hendrix – 19:11.5*
1. Taylor – 67 points
2. Xavier (Ohio) – 111 points
3. Grand Valley State – 121 points
23. South Carolina – 622 points
Individual Gamecock Results
97. Lily Weeks – 19:07.5
119. Molly Joseph – 19:21.9*
137. Brooke Donoghue – 19:29.1*
140. Emily Smith – 19:30.1*
150. Emily Pierontoni – 19:35.8*
196. Savannah Bowers – 19:57.8
228. Ally Wilson – 20:12.4
* – denotes collegiate 5K PR