Track & Field to Compete in Three Weekend Meets; Women Ranked No. 20
Feb. 7, 2013
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The Gamecocks split into three squads this weekend to compete in meets in Arkansas, Clemson and Seattle. The first competition begins at 1 p.m. ET at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., with running and field events in the early session. At the Tiger Paw Invitational, competition starts on Friday at 2 p.m. ET with field events and the 60-meter prelims. Freshman Kayla Lampe will run in Seattle at the Husky Classic on Friday night after setting a new 5,000-meter school record last weekend at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
Women's Squad Ranked
Gamecocks in the Top 20
| Athlete||Event|| Time/Mark||Division 1||SEC||Damiere Byrd||60m||6.66||9th||4th||Jarrod Hutchen||Long Jump||25'2 // 7.67m||9th||6th||Dondre Echols||60mH||7.85||18th||4th||Gravesande, Byrd, Carter Collier||4x400m||3:10.97||19th||5th||WOMEN|
| Athlete||Event|| Time/Mark||Division 1||SEC||Erika Rucker||400m||52.93||3rd||3rd||Jeannelle Scheper||High Jump||6'2 // 1.88m||5th||2nd||Petra Olsen||Pole Vault||13'7 1/4 // 4.15m||12th||3rd||Kierre Beckles||60mH||8.27||18th||3rd||Kayla Lampe||5,000m||16:39.15||20th||2nd||Rucker, Rodriques, Brockington, Allen||4x400m||3:37.69||9th||5th|
Last time out - The Armory Collegiate Invitational
South Carolina traveled to the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York this week and brought home four wins. The No. 21 Gamecock women finished fourth overall in a field that included the top seven teams in the rankings. Freshman Kayla Lampe captured fourth place in the championship section of the 5,000-meters with a time of 16:39.15, breaking a 20-year old school record. The time is the second best in the SEC and 20th best of the collegiate season. Sophomore Erika Rucker claimed her second win of the season in the 400-meters, winning the championship group with her top time of the year at 52.93. The time ranks her third in the country this season. Both the men's and the women's 4x200-meter teams were victorious in their races. The men won with a time of 1:25.81 and the women ran 1:38.07, both of the times are the third fastest recorded this year. Redshirt junior Dorian Johnson captured the win in the college group of the men's triple jump with a leap of 49'4 ¼ (15.04m). Senior Breanna Radford set a personal best in the shot put for the third time this season, placing fourth in the championship group with a throw of 52'6 ½ (16.01m). The mark puts Radford into fifth place in all-time in South Carolina history and moves her into the 26th spot in the collegiate ranks. Junior Jeannelle Scheper placed second in the women's high jump and currently sits at fifth in country. Senior Kierre Beckles and sophomore Chalese Davis advanced to the 60-meter hurdle final. The two placed fifth and 10th, respectively. Freshman Dondre Echols ran a collegiate best in the 60-meter hurdle final at 7.85 to take fourth in the championship division. Sophomores Damiere Byrd and Kendall Kee advanced to the 60-meter dash finals on the first day of competition. Byrd took sixth while Kee took eighth. This week, the Gamecocks split up, sending squads to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C., and the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash.