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Gamecocks Conclude First Day of New Balance Collegiate Invitational
Natasha Hastings posted an automatic NCAA qualifying time in the 400m Friday.
Natasha Hastings posted an automatic NCAA qualifying time in the 400m Friday.

Feb. 2, 2007

NEW YORK CITY -- Members of the South Carolina men's and women's track and field teams competed at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory Track in New York City on Friday.

In the women's 400m, junior Natasha Hastings posted her best time of the season with an automatic NCAA qualifying mark of 52.12 to finish first in the prelims. Classmate Faraign Giles was fifth in the heats with an indoor PR of 54.46, just six-hundredths of a second from a provisional time. Freshman Brandi Cross came in sixth at 54.47, her top time of the year, and fellow rookie Krystal Cantey ran 54.52 for eighth-place honors. All four Gamecocks qualified for the finals Saturday.

Freshman Quentin Moore led Carolina's men in the 400 with a 47.78 clocking that was good for 12th in the prelims. Junior Keith Hinnant was USC's next finisher at 16th in 48.08, followed by junior Jamil James in 38th (49.09) and redshirt senior Jonathan Fortenberry in 52nd (49.47).

Three Gamecock women reached the finals of the 60m hurdles, with sophomore Trier Young posting the fastest time in qualifying at 8.47 for eighth place. Senior Chiquita Martin was next in the ninth position with an 8.49 time, and sophomore Brittney James was 11th in a time of 8.52.

In the 500m, redshirt senior Tawana Watkins ran for the first time in 2007 and placed 19th in a time of 1:16.51. On the men's side, junior Ray Miley crossed the tape in 1:03.83 to place fifth, and redshirt junior Sean Leyh was 37th (1:07.38).

The men's 60-meter dash prelims saw junior Nick Lytle qualify for Saturday's finals with a PR of 6.86. Sophomore Johnathan Hancock ran 7.05 in the prelims and finished in a tie for 44th.

James tied her personal record in the long jump with a leap of 19-11, short of provisional mark by one and one-quarter of an inch. Junior Derek Pressley jumped 22-4 1/2 in the men's long jump, good for 13th, and freshman Aaron Searles was 29th with a 21-5 1/4 mark.

Senior Precious Akins took 16th in the shot put with a toss of 46-3 1/4. Redshirt senior Jim Mitchell led the men with a 50-10 1/4 throw to finish tied for 25th, while redshirt Jason Cook placed 30th with a heave of 50-0 3/4.

To get the day started, redshirt sophomore Callie Rabun ran 18:39.39 in the 5K for an improvement of nearly 50 seconds from her first run earlier this year. Senior Johnny Baez closed out the events for South Carolina running an indoor PR 1:52.83 to win the 800m college division.

The final day of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational takes place Saturday beginning with the women's 20-pound weight throw at 8:45 a.m.

Men's 60-Meter Dash (Prelims)
16. Nick Lytle 6.86, T44. Johnathan Hancock 7.05

Men's 400-Meter Dash (Prelims)
12. Quentin Moore 47.78, 16. Keith Hinnant 48.08, 38. Jamil James 49.09, 52. Jonathan Fortenberry 49.47

Men's 500-Meter Dash (Finals)
5. Ray Miley 1:03.83, 37. Sean Leyh 1:07.38

Men's 800-Meter Run (College Division-Finals)
1. Johnny Baez 1:52.83

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
1. Jason Richardson 7.79, 3. Thomas Hilliard, IV 7.86, 37. Eddie Stoudemire 8.39

Men's Pole Vault (College Division-Finals)
21. Jay Lucas, Jr. 14-3 1/4

Men's Long Jump (College Division-Finals)
13. Derek Pressley 22-4 1/2, 29. Aaron Searles 21-5 1/4

Men's Shot Put (Finals)
T25. Jim Mitchell 50-10 1/4, 30. Jason Cook 50-0 3/4

Women's 400-Meter Dash (Prelims)
1. Natasha Hastings 52.12, 5. Faraign Giles 54.46, 6. Brandi Cross 54.47, 8. Krystal Cantey 54.52, 13. Stephanie Smith 54.94

Women's 500-Meter Dash (Finals)
19. Tawana Watkins 1:16.51

Women's 5,000-Meter Run (Finals)
14. Callie Rabun 18:39.39

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
8. Trier Young 8.47, 9. Chiquita Martin 8.49, 11. Brittney James 8.52, T43. Reanna Townsend 9.09

Women's Distance Medley Relay (College Division-Finals)
4. Chain, Brown, Watkins, Gale 12:03.18

Women's Long Jump (College Division-Finals)
2. Brittney James 19-11, T23. Reanna Townsend 17-10 3/4

Women's Shot Put (Finals)
16. Precious Akins 46-3 1/4



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