March 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - On the second day of the Weems Baskin Invitational, the Gamecock track and field team won 14 events. Junior Chris Royster collected wins in both the 100m and 200m while the women's relay teams swept their races.
In the Jim Schaper 1,500-meter run, senior Robert Razick grabbed second place, running a 3:58.21. In the second special race of the day, Erika Rucker, who ran the collegiate leader in the 800 meters last weekend, picked up the win in the Charmaine Howell 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.91.
The Gamecocks swept the men's and women's 4x100-meter relays. The men's foursome of freshman Dondre Echols, Royster, sophomore Eric Winfrey and senior Chris Walker ran a 41.82 to take the men's section. On the women's side, junior Vashti Bandy, freshmen Tyler Brockington and Gabrielle Gray along with sophomore Christal Green clocked in at 47.06 to finish first.
For the second week in a row, Royster won the men's 100-meter dash. Royster ran a 10.59 in the race to lead a 1-2 finish with Winfrey. Winfrey crossed the line at 10.80. Royster and Winfrey also took the 200-meter dash. Royster won with a time of 21.56 with Winfrey clocking in at 21.89 for second place.
Also picking up a win for the second week in a row was senior Breanna Radford. Radford won the shot put with a throw of 51-02 ¾ (15.61m).
The Gamecocks finished 1-2 in the men's 110-meter hurdles with freshman Jermaine Collier and Echols leading the pack. Collier clocked in at 14.80 with Echols just on his heels at 14.82.
Green raced to victory in the women's 400-meter race, clocking in at 56.54 to top the section. Junior Nigel Redic ran a 50.91 in the men's 400-meter dash, taking second place.
Graduate student Chelsea France won the 2,600-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:40.77.
Senior Ceci Kryst, who swept the horizontal jumps at the Hurricane Invitational last weekend, won her second triple jump competition in a row, recording a leap of 15-06 ¼ (11.51m).
In the women's 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Tamera Harris captured the win, notching a time of 1:04.18. The lone Gamecock representative in the men's 400-meter hurdles was freshman Jonathan Russell. Russell ran a 54.21 to finish third.
Gray and Bandy finished third and fourth, respectively in the women's 100-meter dash. Gray ran a 12.15 with Bandy just behind at 12.19.
The Gamecocks concluded the day with a second relay win of the day by the women. The quartet of Bandy, Beckles, Green and Rucker won with a time of 3:43.12. The men's team of Russell, Royster, Maxwell and Winfrey recorded a time of 3:17.67 to take second in the event.
In the women's 200-meter dash, senior Melekia Simpson earned a top-five finish, taking fifth with a time of 25.55.
Due to the weather conditions, men's pole vault and men's and women's high jump were moved to the indoor facility. Freshman Austin Eckenroth finished second in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 15-06.25 (4.73m).
The Gamecocks travel to Raleigh, N.C., next weekend for the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State.
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