Lampe Breaks 10K School Record on First Day of Raleigh Relays
March 30, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The South Carolina track and field team completed the first day of competition at the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday. Sophomore Kayla Lampe broke a 15-year-old 10,000-meter school record and five Gamecocks advanced to event finals on the first day of competition. The women's sprint medley relay team collected a win as well.
Lampe, who set the indoor 5,000-meter run a month ago as she won SEC silver, ran a 34:26.99 in the 10,000-meters to set a new Gamecock record. Lampe broke Tanya Povey's 1998 time of 34:31.41 to sit atop another South Carolina all-time list. The time earned her a fourth-place finish.
Junior Chris Royster and sophomore Eric Winfrey ran in the same 100-meter dash heat on Friday, both punching tickets for Saturday's finals. Royster, who has won the 100 meters the last two weekends, advanced with the second-fastest time of the day at 10.56. Winfrey was fifth fastest at 10.74. The 100-meter dash finals are tomorrow at 12:15 p.m.
South Carolina's 1-2 punch in the hurdles also advanced to Saturday's event final. Freshmen Dondre Echols and Jermaine Collier ran in a 110-meter hurdle heat that saw all who finished the race advance to the final. Echols clocked in at 14.27, the second-fastest collegiate time and fourth-fastest overall. Collier earned the last spot in the eight-man final with a time of 14.71. Echols and Collier will race in the event finals at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow.
The Gamecock women will also be represented in hurdle finals tomorrow. Current collegiate-leader senior Kierre Beckles ran a 13.16, the fastest preliminary time of the day. Beckles will run for her third-consecutive outdoor win tomorrow at noon.
Graduate student Chelsea France ran the second-best 3,000-meter steeplechase in school history at 10:42.93. France finished fourth overall in her section.
Freshman Austin Eckenroth earned a second-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-11 (4.85m), his best of the outdoor season.
Competition resumes tomorrow with Dorian Johnson in the triple jump starting the day off for the Gamecocks at 11 a.m.