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Gamecocks Complete Opening Day of Florida Relays
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Gamecocks Complete Opening Day of Florida Relays

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 29, 2024) – South Carolina Track & Field opened the 2024 Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla., competing in 12 total events.

The men took part in six events on Friday, while a pair of Gamecocks also competed in the Raleigh Relays on Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C. Rogerio Amaral and Bradley Makuvire kickstarted the weekend with strong showings in the 10,000 meter race in Raleigh. Makuvire set a new program record as well as a new personal best when he clocked 28:29.91, ranking fourth overall in the East Region. Amaral also bested his previous PR after running 28:41.31 for the second fastest time in Gamecock history and now ranks 13th in the region. Both Gamecock runners became the first sub-30-minute 10K runners in Gamecock outdoor history on Thursday night.

Down in Gainesville, the men put together some strong performances heading into Saturday. The action began with the men’s 4x100m relay as Andrew Bond, Nyck Harbor, Prescott Jefferson and Anthony Greenhow finished fifth in the prelims with a time of 39.33. The quartet ran the fastest 4x100m time this season for Carolina and now rank seventh in the East Region. Harbor returned to run in the 200m later in the afternoon, leading the charge for South Carolina in the short sprint after running a wind-aided personal best time of 20.38 (3.3) to finish runner-up. Harbor’s time ranks fourth all-time in Gamecock history and currently sits fourth in the region. Joshua Kosgei also put together a Top-10 mark in program history, running 3:46.28 in the 1500m to rank fifth all time.

The Gamecock women competed in six events on Friday afternoon, resulting in five new Top-10 program marks. The day started with the women’s 4x100m prelims in which Zaya Akins, Cynteria James, Jayla Jamison and JaMeesia Ford ran the fastest time in the NCAA this season after clocking 43.36 to qualify for Saturday’s finale. The quartet’s time also ranks seventh in Gamecock history. All four runners turned around to compete in the 200m with Ford and Jamison stealing the spotlight by running the two fastest times in the NCAA this season. Ford clocked a personal best time of 22.37 (0.9) to rank second in Gamecock history, while Jamison turned in a time of 22.58 (0.9) to sit fourth in program history.

The final two Top-10 program marks on Friday came from Hannah Togami and Judy Kosgei. Togami entered the day with a personal best height of 3.85m in the pole vault and far cleared that mark on Friday when she cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) to finish fifth in the pole vault. Her new personal best height ranks fifth in Gamecock history and currently ranks 11th in the East Region. Kosgei claimed the victory in the 1500m when she ran 4:14.22 for the second fastest 1500m time in school history. Her time also ranks second in the East and fourth in the NCAA.

The Gamecocks will close out the Florida Relays tomorrow with a slew of events beginning with the 110-meter hurdles at 12:25 p.m. Tomorrow’s finale will also be aired on SEC Network+.

Men’s Individual Results
200 Meters
2. Nyck Harbor – 20.38 (3.3)*
9. Anthony Greenhow – 20.65 (1.4)
32. Prescott Jefferson – 21.60 (0.5)

1500 Meters (Open)
17. Jackson Dawson – 3:58.94

1500 Meters (Invite)
8. Joshua Kosgei – 3:46.28*

10000 Meters (Thursday – Raleigh Relays)
4. Bradley Makuvire – 28:29.91*
14. Rogerio Amaral – 28:41.31*

4×100 Meter Relay (Prelims)
5. Bond, Harbor, Jefferson, Greenhow – 39.33q

High Jump (Invite)
5. Channing Ferguson – 2.11m/6-11
9. Nate Figgers – 2.06m/6-9

Hammer Throw
17. Ridge Dowe – 50.85m/166-10

Women’s Individual Results
200 Meters
1. JaMeesia Ford – 22.37 (0.9)*
2. Jayla Jamison – 22.58 (0.9)*
7. Cynteria James – 23.28 (0.8)*
9. Zaya Akins – 23.30 (0.9)*

1500 Meters (Open)
13. Emily Pierontoni – 4:37.05
20. Claudia Satzke – 4:42.40*

1500 Meters (Invite)
1. Judy Kosgei – 4:14.22*

4×100 Meter Relay (Prelims)
1. Jamison, James, Akins, Ford – 43.36Q

Long Jump
9. Prommyse Hoosier – 5.98m/19-7.5 (0.0)

Pole Vault
5. Hannah Togami – 4.10m/13-5.25*
14. Lena Richardson – 3.80m/12-5.5*
— Emma Stone – NH

* – denotes outdoor PR