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Gamecock Women Finish 15th at NCAA Outdoor Championship
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Gamecock Women Finish 15th at NCAA Outdoor Championship

EUGENE, Ore. (June 8, 2024) – South Carolina Women’s Track & Field concluded the final day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championship on Saturday afternoon at historic Hayward Field. The Gamecocks came away with 10 First Team All-American honors and scored 22 points in three events to jump into 15th on the team leaderboard. The 15th place is the best finish at the national championship meet since 2019 when Carolina finished 10th.

The afternoon started with the women’s 4x100m relay finishing as bronze medalists following a time of 42.63. The quartet of Jayla Jamison, Cynteria James, Zaya Akins and JaMeesia Ford became the first Gamecock 4x100m squad to score on the women’s side since 2009. Each of the four relay runners earned First Team All-American honors in the process and secured six points for the Garnet & Black.

Ford and Jamison put on a show for South Carolina in the 200m finals with Ford running a new program record time of 22.08 (1.0) to finish runner-up, while Jamison ran a new personal best and the second fastest time in program history at 22.26 (1.0) to finish fourth overall. The duo are the first pair of Gamecocks to score in the 200m on the women’s side since Aleen Bailey and Erica Whipple both scored in 2003. In addition, this is the first time since 2006 that the Gamecocks have scored in the 200m sprint at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Ford and Jamison each earned First Team All-American honors in addition to scoring a combined 13 points for the Gamecocks.

The meet was capped off by a program record in the 4x400m relay for the women as Akins, Sylvia Chelangat, Jamison and Ford ran 3:24.86 to finish sixth overall and earn three more points for Carolina. The quartet each earned First Team All-American nods, making this the third All-American honor of the day for both Ford and Jamison and the second All-American honor for Akins.

With the 2023-24 season now over, the Gamecocks will turn their focus on the U20 World Championships and the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Women’s Standings
1. Arkansas – 63
2. Florida – 59
3. Texas – 41

15. South Carolina – 22

Women’s Individual Results
200 Meters (Finals)
2. JaMeesia Ford – 22.08 (1.0)*
4. Jayla Jamison – 22.26 (1.0)*

4×100 Meter Relay (Finals)
3. Jamison, James, Akins, Ford – 42.63

4×400 Meter Relay (Finals)
6. Akins, Chelangat, Jamison, Ford – 3:24.86

* – denotes outdoor PR