April 19, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina captured nine wins and posted the top collegiate finisher in nine other events at the USC Outdoor Open, the Gamecocks' final home meet of the 2014 season.
The Gamecocks took a break from the competition this afternoon to honor seniors James Adams, Drew Ricci, Chris Royster, Walker Selby, Joshua Suttmeier, Vashti Bandy, Penny Boswell, Sanura Eley-O'Reilly, Kelly Fischer, Liz Locke, Tylar Mangan, Petra Olsen and Kaysee Sullivan. The team also presented head coach Curtis Frye with a pair of bronzed spikes to commemorate his induction into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame (USTFCCCA) in December.
Boswell opened the day on the track for the Gamecocks with a 5000-meter run win, clocking in at 18:31.27 after leading the whole race. In one of the first field events of the day, Selby captured his first win of the 2014 outdoor season in the men's hammer throw. His toss of 168'3" (51.28m) led a 1-2 finish with Seay.
In the high hurdles, the Gamecocks posted the top collegiate finisher in each event. On the men's side, South Carolina finished 2-3 with sophomores Jermaine Collier and Dondre Echols finishing at 14.29 and 14.35, respectively. The Gamecocks took the 3-4-5 spots in the women's event with sophomore Chalese Davis (14.05), freshman Mollie Williams (14.33) and sophomore Tyler Brockington (14.37). The group finished behind alums Kierre Beckles and Tiffany Ross Williams.
In the 100-meter dash, Ahtyana Johnson collected her second win of the year at the distance, clocking in at 12.15. At the distance for the men, sophomore Brandon Sanders was the top collegiate finisher, coming in second overall with a time of 10.83.
Junior Chris Walker notched his first win of the year, taking the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 22.04 while sophomore Aalayah Faulcon was the top collegiate finisher, at the distance in the women's race with at time of 25.40.
Sophomore Alexis Murphy won her second-straight long jump event, taking today's competition with a leap of 19'5 ¼" (5.92m). Freshman Natasha Dicks was the top collegiate finisher in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 40' 7" (12.37m).
South Carolina junior Megan Wall won the women's pole vault to capture her second win of the outdoor season, clearing 12' 1 ½" (3.70m) to best the field.
Other top collegiate finishers of the day, included Alex Sullivan, who posted a personal best time of 1:55.10 in the 800-meter run and Leveshia McClain in the 400-meter hurdles. South Carolina had the top collegiate finishers in the men's and women's 400-meter dashes with junior Eric Winfrey and freshman Briana Haith.
Sophomore Olivia Hassler set a new season best in the women's javelin throw, hitting a mark of 132' (40.24m) to take her first win of the season.
The Gamecocks travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the 120th running of The Penn Relay Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania at historic Franklin Field. The met is set for April 24-26.
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