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Gamecock Track Competes At Auburn Invitational
Clayton Gravesande

Jan. 21, 2012

Complete Results

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By Miquel Jacobs
Assistant Media Relations Director

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - South Carolina track and field competed at the Auburn Invitational Saturday night in what was the first big meet of the season with many of the top teams from the southeast competing at the new Birmingham CrossPlex facility.

SEC foes Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee were all present at the meet in addition to nationally-ranked programs that included UCF, Clemson, Florida State and Texas.

The Gamecock men posted four top five finishes at the meet, led by sophomore Clayton Gravesande placing third overall in the 400-meter dash at 48.34. Gravesande also ran the first leg of the men's 4x400-meter relay team (Gravesande, Eric Winfrey, Chris Royster, Chris Maxwell) that placed fifth overall at 3:16.09.

Junior Jarrod Hutchen continued his strong opening form with a third-place finish in the long jump at 24'1 ½ (7.35m). In the men's 200-meter dash, Royster took fourth at 21.56 to pace the Gamecocks.

Freshman Damiere Byrd made his track & field debut as the top Gamecock finisher in the men's 60-meter dash. Byrd placed 12th overall in his first collegiate meet at a time of 6.79.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Christal Green, Erika Rucker, Ahtyana Johnson and Vashti Bandy took fifth overall at 3:43.87 for the top finish on the women's side.

Senior Kierre Beckles placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdle finals at 8.41. The three women's shot putters - Stacee Roberts, Katie Vuckovich and Breanna Radford - all placed within inches of each other to hit season highs in a 9-10-11 finish. Roberts took ninth at 47'5 ¾ (14.47m) and was followed successively by Vuckovich (47'4 ½ // 14.44m) and Radford (46'11 ½ // 14.31m).

Freshmen Sarah Graham and Jemekia Wilson both hit collegiate bests in the high jump at 5'4 in a busy day that saw both compete in three events. The multi-event athletes also competed in the 60-meter hurdles and as members of the second 4x400-meter relay team.

The Gamecocks host their first meet of the season Wednesday afternoon at the USC Indoor Facility.

M-60m Prelims (Auto: 6.60)
12. Damiere Byrd6.79
15. Chris Royster6.83
24. Chris Maxwell7.16
Kendall KeeFS
M-200m (Auto: 20.73)
4. Chris Royster21.56
14. Chris Maxwell22.06
19. Christopher Walker22.41
M-400m (Auto: 46.00)
3. Clayton Gravesande48.34
18. Juan Stenner50.53
21. Nejmi Burnside51.12
26. Nigel Redic51.91
30. Eric Winfrey53.96
M-800m (Auto: 1:47.30)
19. Drew Ricci1:59.48
20. Kevin Keating1:59.89
24. Adam King2:03.54
M-Mile Run (Auto: 3:57.90)
12. Vince DePiano4:27.18
M-60m Hurdles Prelims (Auto: 7.70)
21. Chris Sharp8.90
M-4x400m (Auto: 3:06.50)
5. Gravesande, Winfrey, Royster, Maxwell3:16.09
8. Walker, Stenner, Burnside, Redic3:20.89
M-Long Jump (Auto: 8.00m)
3. Jarrod Hutchen7.35m // 24-01.50
9. Dorian Johnson6.84m // 22-05.25
James AdamsF
Chris SharpF
M-Triple Jump (Auto: 16.30m)
8. James Adams13.57m // 44-06.25
9. Dorian Johnson13.57m // 44-06.25
M-High Jump (Auto: 2.24m)
7. David Wilkins2.04m // 6-08.25
M-Pole Vault (Auto: 5.50m)
19. Colin Buxton4.30m // 14-01.25
M-Shot Put (Auto: 19.35m)
10. Louis Day15.86m // 52-00.50

W-60m Prelims (Auto: 7.23)
27. Kelsey McCorkle7.78
29. Vashti Bandy7.81
32. Asia Delaney7.90
W-200m (Auto: 23.12)
18. Kelsey McCorkle24.77
22. Vashti Bandy24.88
23. Ahtyana Johnson24.94
25. Christal Green25.17
32. Asia Delaney25.56
W-400m (Auto: 52.60)
9. Erika Rucker55.43
15. Christal Green56.66
21. Amber Allen57.79
24. Tamera Harris58.50
W-Mile Run (Auto: 4:37.00)
20. Meredith Mill5:09.28
29. Liz Locke5:19.03
W-60m Hurdles Prelims (Auto: 8.10)
8. Kierre Beckles8.44q
24. Jemekia Wilson9.13
28. Sarah Graham9.26
W-60m Hurdles Final (Auto: 8.10)
7. Kierre Beckles8.41
W-4x400m (Auto: 3:34.00)
5. Green, Rucker, Johnson, Bandy3:43.87
10. Allen, Wilson, Graham, Kryst4:04.98
W-Long Jump (Auto: 6.45m)
19. Ceci Kryst5.30m // 17-04.75
Sarah GrahamND
Chalese DavisF
W-Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30m)
8. Radiance Basden11.92m // 39-01.25
13. Ceci Kryst11.20m // 36-09.00
W-High Jump (Auto: 1.85m)
11. Jeannelle Scheper1.72m // 5-07.75
T17. Sarah Graham1.62m // 5-03.75
T17. Jemekia Wilson1.62m // 5-03.75
W-Pole Vault (Auto: 4.35m)
6. Petra Olsen3.70m // 12-01.50
14. Tylar Mangan3.25m // 10-08.00
Megan WallNH
W-Shot Put (Auto: 17.20m)
9. Stacee Roberts14.47m // 47-05.75
10. Katie Vuckovich14.44m // 47-04.50
11. Breanna Radford14.31m // 46-11.50
Kaysee SullivanF




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