Gamecocks Qualify for 19 Events at NCAA Regionals
COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 18, 2023) – The NCAA Division I Track & Field East Regional is set. The committee announced the official participants that will compete in the regional next week in Jacksonville, Fla. The event will be hosted by the University of North Florida at the Visit Jax Track at Hodges Stadium on May 24-27.
The Gamecocks qualified for 19 total events, with 11 events coming on the men’s side and eight events qualified for on the women’s side.
A trio of Gamecock men qualified for a pair of events, while two of those three are part of a third event as well. Anthony Greenhow and Evan Miller each qualified for individual sprints, with Greenhow earning a spot in the 100 and 200-meter races, while Miller will be entered into both the 200m and the 400m. Greenhow and Miller are also part of the 4x100m relay squad that jumped in as the 23rd-ranked relay team. Dylan Targgart joins the duo as a multi-event entry, qualifying for both the shot put and the discus.
Anass Essayi and Rogerio Amaral qualified for a pair of distance races. Essayi, the 2023 SEC Champion, will look to secure a spot in the 1500m championship in Austin, Texas next month. Amaral enters in at No. 38 in the qualifying for the 5000m. Filip Demsar rounds out the final event on the track, earning a spot in the 110-meter hurdles after ranking 17th in the region. Kobe Franklin (high jump) and Dillon McCarthy (pole vault) round out the male participants for the upcoming East Regional in Jacksonville.
The Gamecock women qualified for six events on the track, including both the 4x100m and the 4x400m relays. Jayla Jamison will make her regional appearance in the 200m, ranking 11th in the region. A trio of Gamecock women will be making their East Regional debuts: Sylvia Chelangat (800m), Silan Ayyildiz (1500m SEC Champion) and Elena Kelety (400mH). KD Young will round out the events on the women’s side, having qualified for both the shot put and the hammer throw.
The regional will begin on Wednesday, May 24 with the men’s hammer throw at 10 a.m. The first Gamecock to make an appearance will be Filip Demsar in the 110mH and Dylan Targgart in the shot put, both at 6 p.m. The men will compete on Wednesday and Friday, while the women will compete on Thursday and Saturday. KD Young will be the first female Gamecock in action on Thursday, throwing the hammer at 10 a.m.