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Track Heads to 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays
Erika Rucker makes her outdoor 400m debut on Friday

April 4, 2013

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - This weekend, the Gamecocks travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the 69th Annual Pepsi Relays at the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium. South Carolina is coming off a solid weekend at NC State's Raleigh Relays where they collected six wins. On Wednesday night, the program hosted the Gamecock Open, their final home meet of the year. Seven athletes registered wins at the midweek tune-up meet.

Two Gamecocks are riding win streaks entering the weekend. Junior Chris Royster has won all three of his 100-meter dash races of the outdoor season. Royster has registered a season-best of 10.53, ranking 30th in the East and 17th in the SEC. Senior Kierre Beckles has won three straight 100-meter hurdle races. She recorded her season-best last weekend at 13.09, the third-fastest time in the East and the second fastest in the SEC. Royster will start his quest for his fourth win in a row on Friday at 2:40 p.m. with Beckles slated to run on Friday at 12:35 p.m.

Junior high jumper Jeannelle Scheper has not jumped for the Gamecocks since her NCAA Indoor Championship silver medal performance. On Monday, Scheper captured gold at the 42nd CARIFTA Games in Nassau, Bahamas. The Gamecock cleared 6-01 ½ (1.87m), setting a new CARIFTA record. The three-time All-American is expected to jump in the Garnet and Black for the first time this outdoor season on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Sophomore Erika Rucker is expected to return to the 400-meter dash, her specialty event, this weekend. The five-time All-American has run the 800-meter run three times this season and recorded the eighth-fastest time in the East at 2:07.27 at the Hurricane Invitational. The women's 400-meter dash is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Returning from injury is three-time All-American Clayton Gravesande. Gravesande, who finished fifth in the 800-meter run on Wednesday night, runs on Friday at 1:50 p.m.

Redshirt sophomore Joshua Suttmeier will look to make his season debut in the javelin. The All-American holds the school record in the javelin with a mark of 238-6.



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