Gamecocks Host Final Indoor Meet of Regular Season
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 16, 2023) – South Carolina Track & Field will play host to its final home indoor meet of the regular season with the USC Indoor Open on Friday. This will be the final meet prior to the 2023 SEC Indoor Championship in Arkansas on Feb. 24-25.
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Live results for the 2023 USC Indoor Open can be found by clicking the link here. Fans can also follow along with updates on Twitter by following @GamecockTrack.
Know Before You Go
Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex does have a CLEAR BAG POLICY that is in effect. Learn everything you need to know about the Clear Bag Policy by clicking here. There is also a WATER BOTTLE POLICY for all patrons and that is: one clear, plastic disposable water bottle is permitted. No hard, non-clear refillable bottles are allowed inside the facility. Also, for fans in attendance, there is a STRICT no outside food or beverage policy for any and all patrons.
Fans are in luck for the final indoor track meet of the season. The Gamecocks will NOT be charging admission for the 2023 USC Indoor Open.
The USC Indoor Open will be a one-day meet that will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s high jump. Doors for the meet will open at 11 a.m. The first event on the track will be the men’s 3,000-meter race for marks of 8:55.01 and slower. There will be a total of 30 teams competing in this weekend’s meet, including but not limited to: Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Davidson, Furman, Mercer and South Carolina.
Where is the team at with one meet left before SEC:
“We have one final chance to compete on our home track before we leave for Arkansas next week. We have run some good times and have competed well and defended our home track and I expect more of the same tomorrow. This is the last time that some of these seniors will compete in this building, so I know they are anxious to go out and give it their all. We have one last week to really get prepared for what is to come next week, so tomorrow is all about preparation and repetition.”
Eyes on NCAA Marks
There are only two meets remaining before the NCAA Indoor Championship: the USC Indoor Open and SEC Indoor Championship. To qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championship, individuals must be ranked inside the Top 16, while relay squads must rank inside the Top 12 to secure their spot. Heading into the weekend, the Gamecocks have seven qualifying marks at the moment, including Anass Essayi who ranks first in the NCAA in the men’s mile (3:50.46) and fourth in the men’s 3K (7:41.93). Essayi obtained his mile time in Boston over the weekend, recording the second fastest mile in USTFCCCA history and the second fastest mile in the world. Evan Miller is the next highest qualifier, ranking eighth in the men’s 400m with a time of 45.91, followed by Silan Ayyildiz in the women’s mile who ranks ninth (4:32.74). Both Jayla Jamison and Filip Demsar are just inside the cut line with Jamison ranked 13th in the 200m (23.05) and Demsar ranked 14th in the 60-meter hurdle (7.70) – both marks obtained at Clemson over the weekend. The final mark to qualify is the women’s 4x400m relay team that ranks 17th overall, but is the eighth-highest ranked primary relay squad with a time of 3:32.40.