This weekend, the South Carolina track and field program will send athletes to NCAA Last Chance Qualifier meets in Baton Rouge, La., Blacksburg, Va., and South Bend, Ind.
Senior Breanna Radford will be the only athlete in action on Friday as she tries to break into the top 16 of the women's shot put. She will be competing at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier.
On Saturday, the rest of the Gamecocks will be in action at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame and the VT Final Qualifier at Virginia Tech as they try to grab a qualifying spot.
Gamecocks in the Top 30
This season, the top-16 marks/times for each individual event qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. For the relay events, the top 12 teams will qualify for the championships.
Last time out Women - At the SEC Indoor Championships this weekend, junior Jeannelle Scheper became the first Gamecock to win an SEC high jump championship in South Carolina history. Scheper cleared 6-01.50 (1.87m) to win the crown. Freshman Kayla Lampe continued her solid indoor campaign as she took home the silver in the 5,000-meter run. In addition to setting the school record for the third time this season, Lampe was the first Gamecock to score in the event since 1998, matching Sue McGhie's silver from 1992 as the best South Carolina finish in the SEC. The women's 4x400-meter relay also wrapped up second place on Sunday in the final event of the championships. Sophomore Erika Rucker, senior Kierre Beckles, freshman Tyler Brockington and sophomore Christal Green ran the fourth best time in the NCAA this season in the race at 3:33.68. Their finish helped propel the No. 14 women's team to a sixth-place finish at the championships with 50 points, the best since 2009. Beckles also ran in the 60-meter hurdle finals after running the second-fastest time in the prelims. The Barbados native took bronze running an 8.24 to score in the event for the third time in her career. Rucker competed in an individual event on Sunday in addition to the relay as well. In the women's 400 meters, the sophomore ran a collegiate-best 52.22 that ranks sixth in South Carolina history. She was just beat at the finish in her heat, with Shaunae Miller of Georgia besting her at the line at 52.21. Senior Breanna Radford claimed bronze in the women's shot put, setting new personal bests in both the shot put and the weight throw over the weekend. This marks the third time Radford has scored in the shot put at the SEC indoor championships and she has the second-best throw all-time for a Gamecock in the event (54-00.50 // 16.47m). Junior Petra Olsen also brought home a bronze medal, scoring for her third straight year in the pole vault. Olsen cleared 13-08.50 (4.18m). On the first day of the championship weekend, sophomore Chalese Davis competed in the pentathlon and ended the day in eighth-place to score the first point for the Gamecocks. Davis set new personal-bests in the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump and the shot put.
Men - Senior Robert Razick became the first Gamecock to score in the men's mile since 1995 on Sunday and broke a school record as well. Razick ran a new school-record time of 4:06.47 to take seventh place and has now PR'ed in his last three runs. Junior Clayton Gravesande ran in the 400-meter dash finals after qualifying with his season-best 46.61. In the finals, Gravesande went for 47.36 to take seventh in a fast field. Sophomore Damiere Byrd ran a 6.67 in the 60-meter dash prelims on Saturday, a time just off his personal-best 6.66. He qualified on time for the finals, but was unable to run for the crown due to injury.
Women at No. 15 in Latest USTFCCCA Rankings
Coming off a sixth-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships, the women's team is ranked No. 15 in the latest poll.
2013 Week #6 - February 26
6. Texas A&M
12. Arizona State
14. Iowa State 15. South Carolina
17. Florida State
18. Indiana State
20. Wichita State
24. Boston University
25. Mississippi State