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South Carolina Concludes Opening Day of Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational
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South Carolina Concludes Opening Day of Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 15, 2024) – South Carolina Track & Field officially kicked off the outdoor season yesterday afternoon at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Gamecocks had one competitor appear in Thursday’s action with a slew of athletes appearing today. At the conclusion of the first two days, the Gamecock men sit atop the standings with 25 points, while the women are 10th overall with 10 points.

Ridge Dowe got things started off for Carolina on Thursday afternoon when he competed in the men’s hammer throw. The South Carolina native opened the meet with a fourth-place finish in the hammer after throwing 51.75m (169-9) to secure five points. Friday’s action began for Carolina with a win in the long jump by Channing Ferguson. The high jump specialist made his outdoor debut for Carolina, doing so in the long jump. Ferguson jumped a wind-aided (3.0) distance of 7.77m (25-6) for the victory and a new personal best. In addition to his personal mark, Ferguson is now the NCAA leader in the long jump and ranks sixth all-time in Gamecock outdoor history. His jump also set a new meet record and a Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium facility record.

The final 10 points for the Gamecock men came from the 4x800m relay as Rogerio Amaral, Bradley Makuvire, Carlos Lanzagorta-Ruiz and Sean Sanders claimed the title with a time of 7:50.75. Three more individuals competed in semifinal events, advancing to Saturday’s finale. Andrew Bond and Prescott Jefferson locked in new personal bests in the outdoor 100m with Bond leading the way with a time of 10.50 (0.6) and Jefferson finishing third with a mark of 10.64 (1.6). David Warmington also automatically qualified in his respective event, running the fastest 110-meter hurdle time of 14.11 (0.9).

The women competed in just three events today, including one semifinal race. Mia Joseph started things off for the women in the open pole vault, finishing third overall after clearing 3.35m (10-11.75). The next event for the Gamecock women was the 100m semifinals featuring Madison Childress and Prommyse Hoosier. Childress advanced to Saturday’s finale after running 12.25 (1.3) to advance on time as the lone Gamecock in tomorrow’s 100m final.

The Gamecocks earned 10 points in their final race of the evening as the quartet of Sylvia Chelangat, Judy Kosgei, Ally Wilson and Lily Weeks claimed the 4x800m crown. The relay squad clocked a time of 8:58.16 for the win and the ninth fastest 4x800m time in program history.

The Gamecocks will close the outdoor opener tomorrow when they compete in the final day of the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The first event for the Gamecocks will be at 10 a.m. in the women’s 3,000 meter.

Men’s Team Standings
1. South Carolina – 25
2. SUNY Oneonta – 21
3. Coastal Carolina – 19
3. Hillsdale – 19

Men’s Individual Results
100 Meters (Semis)
1. Andrew Bond – 10.50Q (0.6)*
3. Prescott Jefferson – 10.64Q (1.6)*

4×800-Meter Relay
1. Amaral, Makuvire, Lanzagorta-Ruiz, Sanders – 7:50.75

110-Meter Hurdles (Semis)
1. David Warmington – 14.11Q (0.9)

Long Jump
1. Channing Ferguson – 7.77m/25-6 (3.0)*

Hammer Throw (Thursday)
4. Ridge Dowe – 51.75m/169-9

Women’s Team Standings
1. N.C. State – 37
2. UNC Pembroke – 32
3. Fayetteville State – 22

10. South Carolina – 10

Women’s Individual Results
100 Meters (Semis)
7. Madison Childress – 12.25q (1.3)*
15. Prommyse Hoosier – 12.46 (0.2)

4×800-Meter Relay
1. Chelangat, Kosgei, Wilson, Weeks – 8:58.16

Pole Vault
3. Mia Joseph – 3.35m/10-11.75

* – denotes outdoor PR