March 7, 2018
2018 Indoor Track & Field All-SEC Teams
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Four members of the University of South Carolina track & field team were honored as All-Southeastern Conference selections for the 2018 indoor season, the league announced Wednesday. Josh Awotunde earned First-Team All-SEC laurels, Lissa Labiche and Yann Randrianasolo were Second-Team honorees and KD Young was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Awotunde was honored as a First-Team selection after winning the shot put at the 2018 SEC Indoor Championships. The senior from Franklinville, N.J., dominated the field, and his mark of 21.33m (69-11 ¾) set a new SEC meet record and a new Carolina program record. It's also the sixth-best throw in the world this season and the 10th-best mark in collegiate history.
This is Awotunde's second All-SEC honor; he was a Second-Team pick last season outdoors. He enters this week's NCAA Indoor Championships as the No. 2 seed nationally.
Labiche won the silver medal in the high jump at the SEC's indoor meet by clearing 1.85m (6-0 ¾). That was a collegiate best for the two-time Olympian as well as the second-best mark in program history
Randrianasolo set his PR four times at the SEC Indoor Championships, finishing with the silver after jumping 7.89m (25-10 ¾) on his final attempt. That's the fifth-best indoor long jump effort in Carolina history.
Both Labiche and Randrianasolo are All-SEC selections for the first time as Gamecocks, and both will compete this week at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Young earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team by finishing seventh in the shot put, tops among first-year competitors. Her best effort at the SEC meet was 15.31m (50-2 ¾).
This is the second-straight season that a Gamecock has won shot put SEC All-Freshman laurels on the women's side, as Alycia Springs collected the honor in 2017.
The Gamecocks also boast the 2018 SEC Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ncincilili Titi was honored last month for his excellence in the classroom and on the track. The senior carries a 3.400 GPA and is ranked second in the nation with a 200m dash time of 20.45.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks will compete March 9-10 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Awotunde, Labiche, Randrianasolo and Titi will be joined by Hanifah Abdulqadir (triple jump), Jordan Fields (high jump) and Rougui Sow (long jump) in the quest for national titles.
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