Record Times in Women's 55m Highlight Gamecock Invitational
Feb. 17, 2007
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An exciting women's 55-meter dash highlighted the 2007 Gamecock Invitational on Saturday at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina's Shalonda Solomon and Kya Brookins, an unattached sprinter, each broke the facility record of 6.82 by former Gamecock Miki Barber in the prelims, semifinals and finals. Solomon finished second in each race with times of 6.80, 6.78 and 6.80, while Brookins ran 6.76, 6.73 and 6.76. All three of Solomon's times were NCAA provisionals, and her 6.78 in the semis was just three-hundredths of a second from an automatic time.
The Gamecocks' top male sprinters found success Saturday as well. Nick Lytle was second in the prelims and semis with times of 6.47 and 6.42 before taking fourth overall with a final run of 6.47. Johnathan Hancock improved his initial time of 6.53 to 6.45 in both the semis and finals for a third-place overall finish.
In the women's 55m hurdles, Carolina's Ronnetta Alexander finished first in the prelims, semis and finals in times of 8.01, 7.89 and 7.91. Her teammate Trier Young placed third overall with an 8.08 that came after she ran a PR 7.96 in the semifinals.
Precious Akins won the shot put for the Gamecocks with a toss of 49-3, the top mark of her career. Freshman thrower Aimee Kodat competed unattached in the event and recorded a 39-10 1/2 throw. Akins took second in the 20-pound weight at 58-6 1/2, and Kodat was fifth reaching a distance of 41-3 3/4.
USC dominated the men's throwing events, taking first through fourth in the shot put and second to sixth in the 35-pound weight. Jim Mitchell won the shot with a 54-4 mark, followed by Jason Cook (53-8 1/4), David Zaycek (53-3, unattached) and Michael Zajac (49-1, unattached). Tyler Trout was the top finisher in the weight with a throw of 59-0 3/4, followed by Zajac (58-1 1/4, unattached), Zaycek (55-11 1/4, unattached), Cook (54-8 1/4) and Anthony Faulkner with a PR 53-7 3/4.
Other USC Field House records established in addition to Brookins' 6.73 in the women's 55m included Amber Campbell's heave of 79-3 1/4 in the 20-pound weight, breaking the previous mark of 75-4 by former South Carolina great Dawn Ellerbe. Derrick Harpe of Claflin tied the high jump record originally set in 1997 by Steve Owens with a clearance of 6-10 1/4.
Complete results for South Carolina's men's and women's teams can be found below.
Men's 800-Meter Run (Finals)
Men's 3,000-Meter Run (Finals)
Men's 55-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
Men's High Jump (Finals)
Men's Pole Vault (Finals)
Women's 55-Meter Dash (Prelims)
Women's 55-Meter Dash (Finals)
Women's 800-Meter Run (Finals)
Women's High Jump (Finals)