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Randrianasolo Earns Silver at SEC Championships

Feb. 24, 2018

Indoor Meet #7 -- SEC Indoor Championships

COLLEGE STATION, TexasYann Randrianasolo jumped into the Carolina record books on Saturday, while a quartet of Gamecock women posted scoring efforts to start the 2018 SEC Indoor Championships. Randrianasolo took second place in the men's long jump, matching the best-ever finish at the meet by a Gamecock in that event.

After one day of action, the Gamecocks hold the seventh spot in the men's competition, with eight points, and they're in ninth place on the women's side, with nine points. Florida leads the men's competition, with Arkansas on top of the women's standings.

Carolina's first scoring effort of the weekend came from Jordan Fields in the pentathlon. The sophomore opened the day with a personal-best effort of 8.64 in the 60m hurdles, and that carried her into an eighth-place finish. Fields scored 3,849 points on the day.

Two Gamecocks brought home points in the women's shot put. Alycia Springs came up clutch on her final attempt, hitting a new PR of 50-8 to finish sixth and score at the SEC Championships for the second-straight year. KD Young scored in her first postseason meet, finishing seventh with a mark of 50-2 ¾.

Otis Jones punched Carolina's first ticket to Sunday's track finals with a blistering effort in the 800m. The Sumter, S.C., native was in fifth place to start his final lap, but Jones rocketed past the competition to win the heat with a mark of 1:49.85, the third-best qualifying time of the day.

Ncincilili Titi will join Jones on Sunday after finishing as the top qualifier in the 200m prelims. The senior glided to a time of 20.67, easily claiming his heat and booking a spot in tomorrow's SEC Championship race.

Randrianasolo's long jump effort was the highlight of the day for Carolina. The Toulouse, France, native bested his previous PR four times, including a top mark of 25-10 ¾, to earn the silver medal. His finish matches Greig Cryer for the best result by a Gamecock men's long jumper at SEC Indoors, and he's the first Gamecock since Cryer to stand on the podium at the meet. His mark also ranks eighth on the NCAA leaderboard this season, putting Randrianasolo in prime position to return to College Station in two weeks to compete for a national championship.

Carolina also picked up points in the women's long jump. Two-time All-American Rougui Sow matched a season best, jumping 20-11 ¼ on her fifth attempt. That was good for sixth place on Saturday.


Simon Gyllensten is in eighth place with three events remaining in the heptathlon. The senior set a personal best in the 60m and the shot put on Saturday and has 2,754 points.
Allie Mueller just missed a spot in the Sunday's mile run final, as her time of 4:52.45 was just .23 seconds off of a qualifying spot. Still, the run was a PR for the Beaverton, Ore., native and the fourth-fastest mile in Carolina history.


"I really feel great about what Yann did, and it couldn't have happened to a finer young man. He just got here last year, in January, and this is really his first full year here. His transition has been very smooth. Coach Dee has worked with a language barrier to get him to understand what she's asking him to do, and he has a great will to do what he's asked to do. When you can do it at SECs, on the big stage, that speaks to the strength of your character."

"Our kids are having an incredible meet, and everyone in the conference is noticing that, but we haven't gotten to the point where (we're scoring) a lot of points. You can't ask kids to do anything other than their best, and that's what we're going to keep talking about. Keep having personal bests, and they will lead you to points." - Head Coach Curtis Frye


The 2018 SEC Indoor Championships conclude Sunday, with the bulk of the trophies up for grabs. The heptathlon resumes at 2:30 P.M. CT, while action both on the track and in the field gets rolling at 5 p.m. CT.

Heptathlon 60m
7. Simon Gyllensten 7.26
Heptathlon Long Jump
9. Simon Gyllensten 6.61m | 21-8 1/4
Heptathlon Shot Put
9. Simon Gyllensten 10.95m | 35-11 1/4
Heptathlon High Jump
5. Simon Gyllensten 1.88m | 6-2
Heptathlon Overall (Through 4 of 7 Events)
8. Simon Gyllensten 2,754
Long Jump
2. Yann Randrianasolo 7.89m | 25-10 3/4
High Jump
15. Tye Williams 2.10m | 6-10 3/4
60m Prelims
12. Ncincilili Titi 6.77
21. Darrell Singleton Jr. 6.95
25. Yohance Thomas 7.10
400m Prelims
26. Arinze Chance 47.84
35. Rivaldo Leacock 50.98
800m Prelims
3. Otis Jones 1:49.85Q
200m Prelims
1. Ncincilili Titi 20.67q
20. Darrell Singleton Jr. 22.51
Pentathlon 60mH
9. Jordan Fields 8.64
Pentathlon High Jump
7. Jordan Fields 1.73m | 5-8
Pentathlon Shot Put
12. Jordan Fields 9.35m | 30-8 1/4
Pentathlon Long Jump
12. Jordan Fields 5.44m | 17-10 1/4
Pentathlon 800m
5. Jordan Fields 2:21.66
Pentathlon Overall
8. Jordan Fields 3,849
Pole Vault
--. Hailey Sweatman NH
Long Jump
6. Rougui Sow 6.38m | 20-11 1/4
18. Makyla Stanley 5.32m | 17-5 1/2
Shot Put
6. Alycia Springs 15.44m | 50-8
7. KD Young 15.31m | 50-2 3/4
60mH Prelims
11. Milan Parks 8.31
19. Funlayo Oluwole 8.67
--. Rougui Sow FS
60m Prelims
16. Maiya Dendy 7.38
31. Amecia Pennamon 7.60
34. Makyla Stanley 7.67
Mile Run Prelims
11. Allie Mueller 4:52.45
400m Prelims
29. Precious Holmes 55.57
32. Tatyana Mills 56.66
800m Prelims
19. Sierra Biber 2:16.57
200m Prelims
24. Maiya Dendy 23.78
32. Amecia Pennamon 24.50
3000m Final
27. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 10:13.73



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