Gamecocks to Host South Carolina Invite
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 1, 2024) – South Carolina Track & Field is back in action this weekend, playing host to the South Carolina Invite on Friday and Saturday at the Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex.
Follow the Meet
Live results for the South Carolina Invite can be found by clicking 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 will be 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.
Parking for the 2024 South Carolina Invite will vary for each day of activity. For Friday’s portion of the meet, fans can either pay to park at the metered lots around the facility or can park at the Key Road Lot where they will be shuttled to and from the facility. Overflow parking for Friday will be utilized at the Indoor Tennis Lot. For Friday’s parking map, click here.
Saturday, fans are encouraged to park in the Roost Parking Lot where it will be free and will be first come, first serve. Following the Roost Lot, fans may park in the metered parking surrounding the facility or can pay $10 per car to park in the Athletics Village Parking Garage. The Indoor Tennis Lot will also serve as overflow on Saturday. Note, there will NOT BE A SHUTTLE on Saturday. For Saturday’s parking map, click here.
There is a $10 fee for any adults wishing to attend the meet. Children that are 17 and under gain entry for $5, while kids 2 and under are free. Students/faculty/staff get in free with their valid Carolina Card identification.
The South Carolina Invite will be a two-day weekend but will operate as two separate meets. Friday’s portion of the meet will be called the South Carolina Garnet Invite and will feature various teams from the region. Saturday’s event will be the South Carolina Invite and will run as the premier day, featuring South Carolina student-athletes. Both days of competition are slated to begin around 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9 a.m. for patrons. Friday’s portion of the weekend will tentatively conclude with the women’s 4x400m relay at 5:55 p.m., while Saturday will conclude at 5:35 p.m. with the invite section of the women’s 4x400m relay.
Takeaways from the Razorback
The Gamecocks showed out on the opening day of the Razorback Invitational, led by three-time SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week, JaMeesia Ford. Ford clocked a new world best time in the 200m, running 22.58 for the win. Her male counterpart in the 200m, Anthony Greenhow, ran a personal best 20.60 to rank sixth in the NCAA. In addition to her standout debut in the 200m, Ford was the anchor leg for the fastest 4x400m women’s relay in Gamecock history. The quartet of Zaya Akins, Jahnile Registre, Jayla Jamison and Ford clocked 3:27.09 for the runner-up finish, breaking a 21-year old South Carolina record dating back to 2003. Dylan Targgart was the final standout from Fayetteville, launching a new personal best in the men’s shot put after throwing 19.76m to finish third in the field.
Gamecocks in the Rankings
Just two weeks in to the USTFCCCA season rankings, the Gamecocks find themselves comfortably in the middle of the pack in the first season of the Tim Hall Era. The Gamecock women made the biggest jump, climbing 16 spots into 15th in the standings. This is the highest ranking in the USTFCCCA for the women since Feb. 10, 2020. Meanwhile, the men jumped from No. 26 to 16th overall in the rankings, their highest ranking since March 9, 2015. The men are the seventh highest ranked SEC squad in the Top 25, while the women are the eighth highest SEC squad in the rankings.