Gamecock Track Completes Day One at Arkansas and Clemson
<b>Damiere Byrd</b>
 
Damiere Byrd

Feb. 10, 2012

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By Miquel Jacobs
Assistant Media Relations Director

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - South Carolina senior hurdler Kierre Beckles, junior long jumper Jarrod Hutchen and freshman sprinter Damiere Byrd all improved their NCAA prospects Friday night in the first day of competition at the Tyson Invitational on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

Beckles ran a season best time of 8.24 in the women's 60-meter hurdle semis to place third earn a spot in Saturday's final. The time keeps the All-American in the national top 12 in the event, and she will shoot for an improvement in Saturday's final to be run at 8 p.m.

Hutchen, the junior college transfer in his first season as a Gamecock, had a best attempt of 24'9 ¼ (7.55m) in the men's long jump championship to take sixth overall in the event. Hutchen's mark improves him into the national top 20.

Byrd continued his strong freshman indoor campaign with three runs in the 60-meter dash. After running 6.75 in the prelims, Byrd improved to 6.72 in both the semis and the finals to place sixth overall in the event. The two-sport athlete currently has the top 60-meter dash time for a freshman in the NCAA and has pushed himself into the national top 30.

Competition at the Tyson Invitational resumes Saturday morning with the men's pole vault at 11 a.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - MEN (TYSON)
M-300m
15. Nejmi Burnside36.50
27. Nigel Redic37.51
M-500m
13. Kevin Keating1:08.02
23. Adam King1:10.34
M-1000m Run
8. Vince DePiano2:35.72
14. Drew Ricci2:41.75
23. Chris Sharp2:55.37
M-60m Hurdles (Auto: 7.70)
25. Chris Sharp8.76 SB
M-Long Jump (Auto: 8.00m)
James Adams
Chris Sharp

M-High Jump (Auto: 2.24m)
Chris SharpNH
M-Weight Throw (Auto: 21.50m)
13. Andrew Seay15.81m
14. Chris Campbell15.79m SB
18. Louis Day14.75m

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - WOMEN (TYSON)
W-60m (Auto: 7.23)
24. Asia Delaney7.85
39. Melekia Simpson7.95
W-Mile Run (Auto: 4:37.00)
6. Meredith Mill5:03.99 SB
15. Beatrice Biwott5:12.42 SB
34. Megan Rother5:30.45
W-60m Hurdles Prelim (Auto: 8.10)
14. Sarah Graham9.24q
W-60m Hurdles Final (Auto: 8.10)
13. Sarah Graham9.12 SB
W-Long Jump (Auto: 6.45m)
32. Sarah Graham4.85m
W-Weight Throw (Auto: 21.00m)
8. Breanna Radford16.20m
10. Katie Vuckovich15.94m SB
13. Stacee Roberts15.60m
18. Kaysee Sullivan14.64m SB

CLEMSON, S.C. - South Carolina traveled a group of middle distance and field event athletes to the Tiger Paw Invitational and came away with a handful of season best times on the first day of competition.

A pair of multi-event athletes saw the most action Friday with Chris Sharp competing in three events on the men's side, and Sarah Graham competing in three events on the women's side. Both improved their 60-meter hurdle times in some of the final tune-ups before competing in the pentathlon and heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships.

The Gamecocks earned top 10 finishes from Vince DePiano in the men's 1000-meter run, Meredith Mill in the women's mile at a season best 5:03.99, and in from Breanna Radford and Katie Vuckovich in the weight throw.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - MEN
M-60m Prelim (Auto: 6.60)
4. Damiere Byrd6.75q
14. Chris Royster6.85q
M-60m Semifinal (Auto: 6.60)
6. Damiere Byrd6.72q
M-60m Final (Auto: 6.60)
6. Damiere Byrd6.72 SB
M-400m (Auto: 46.00)
26. Clayton Gravesande48.07
40. Eric Winfrey48.89
45. Chris Maxwell49.14
48. Chris Walker49.22
51. Thomas Gaither49.42
Andre CarterDNF
M-Mile Run (Auto: 3:57.90)
12. Robert Razick4:12.70
M-Long Jump College (Auto: 8.00m)
5. Jarrod Hutchen7.55m / 24-09.25 SB
M-Long Jump College (Auto: 8.00m)
12. Dorian Johnson6.77m / 22-02.50
21. Andre Carter6.33m / 20-09.25

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - WOMEN
W-60m (Auto: 7.23)
39. Kelsey McCorkle7.81
W-400m (Auto: 52.60)
15. Erika Rucker54.55 SB
16. Nadonnia Rodriques54.63 SB
38. Amber Allen56.27
54. Tamera Harris57.79
65. Christal Green1:08.25
W-60m Hurdles Prelim (Auto: 8.10)
6. Kierre Beckles8.38q
18. Chalese Davis8.67
W-60m Hurdles Semifinal (Auto: 8.10)
3. Kierre Beckles8.24 SB
W-Long Jump (Auto: 6.45m)
33. Ceci Kryst5.23m / 17-02.00
W-Pole Vault (Auto: 4.35m)
11. Petra Olsen3.87m / 12-08.25