Action continues on Friday at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif.
Nation's best compete Thurs., Feb. 27-Sat., Mar. 1, at Texas A&M
Senior Kierre Beckles takes third in 100m hurdles.
Four relay teams advance to Saturday finals as well.
Eight Gamecocks rank in East top 10
2013: 2013 NCAA East Preliminary qualifier in the 4x400m...Indoors, a 400m runner...won the Auburn Invitational with a time of 47.26 and went on to finish in 13th at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational...clocked in with the sixth-best time in school history in the prelims at the SEC Indoor Championships with a 46.81...in the stacked 400m finals at SEC Indoors, crossed at 47.36 to finish in seventh and to score for the Gamecocks...also an integral relay member, posting the top 4x400m relay time at the Alex Wilson Invite at 3:10.79...Outdoors, returned to 400m action at Florida Relays, running a season-best 47.42...took fifth at Spec Town Relays and finished 15th at the SEC Outdoor Champion...ran the second leg of the 4x400m team at Penn Relays (3:08.37 - 3rd)
2012: NCAA Outdoor participant in the 4x100m relay...earned Second Team All-America honors in the 4x100m...NCAA East Preliminary qualifier in the 400m and 4x400m relay...Indoors, competed in the 400m, won the Virginia Tech invitational...ran a season-best time of 47.86 at SEC Indoor Championships...ran lead off at SEC Indoor Championships on the 4x400m relay, the team placed 8th and ran a season-best time of 3:06.78..outdoors, competed in the 400m...won the Shamrock Invitational and Weems Baskin Invite...finished 7th at the SEC Outdoor Championships, running his top mark of 45.93 in the preliminaries...Finished 18th at the NCAA East Preliminaries...ran the third leg on the 4x100m relay team that won at Bob Pollack, placed 4th at SEC Championships and ran a season best 39.60 at NCAA Outdoors...anchored the 4x200m relay team in their fastest time of the year, 1:22.76...ran leadoff on the 4x400m team that placed 6th at SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:08.31...competed at the US Olympic Trials in the 400m
2011: Outdoor NCAA participant ... Second Team All-America selection in the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay ... NCAA East Preliminary qualifier in the 400m, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay ... SEC bronze medalist in the 4x100m relay ... Indoors, competed in the 400m ... won the Hokie Invitational ... ran a season best 47.52 to place 12th at the SEC Indoor Championships ... ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400m relay team that placed seventh at the SEC Indoor Championships at 3:10.85 ... Outdoors, competed in the 400m ... had a top time of 46.60 at the War Eagle Invitational ... placed eighth in the prelims at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 46.95 ... finished 19th at the NCAA East Preliminary with a time of 47.15 ... ran third leg for SEC bronze medal 4x100m relay team that crossed the line at 39.49 ... relay placed fourth at the NCAA East Preliminary and 11th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at 39.50 ... Ran opening leg of 4x400-meter relay team that placed sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 3:09.67 ... Ran first leg of team that advanced to outdoor final with a time of 3:05.85 ... Relay placed 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:07.91.
HIGH SCHOOL: Somerset County Athlete of the Year ... New Jersey Meet of Champions winner in the 400m ... New Jersey State Champion in the 400m and section champion in the 100m, 200m and 400m.