Nov. 20, 2017
2017 Track & Field Fall Signing Class
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Head Coach Curtis Frye and the University of South Carolina track & field program are excited to welcome 11 new student-athletes into the Gamecock family. Darren Alfred, Malik Beverly, Logan Carroll, Arinze Chance, Mathilde Coquillaud-Salomon, Ronald Fuller, Quincy Hall, Lissa Labiche, Maryah Nasir, Loic Prevot and Hannah Twine each inked a National Letter of Intent during the fall signing period to continue their academic and athletic careers at Carolina.
"This recruiting class is a program changer, and we're proud to welcome former Olympians, state and national champions and exceptional scholars into our family," Frye said. "I can't wait for these student-athletes to get to Columbia, and I commend our entire coaching staff of Andrew Allden, director of operations Penny Boswell, recruiting coordinator Kevin Brown, Hadrien Choukroun, Mike Sergent and Delethea Quarles for the work they put in to sign this class. We expect this group to stand at the top of many podiums, both at the SEC and the national level, during their Gamecock careers."
DARREN ALFRED SPRINTS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Joining the Gamecocks from the University of Trinidad & Tobago
COACH BROWN ON ALFRED
"We're really excited about Darren joining our program. At younger ages, he started off running longer events, the 800 and the 1500, and now he's starting to move into the sprints. He's running really fast times to be new to the events. We're looking forward to his upside and what he brings to the program with experience at the international level."
MALIK BEVERLY SPRINTS CINCINNATI, OHIO
Runs at Iowa Central CC
COACH BROWN ON BEVERLY
"We're really excited to sign the No. 1 junior college 110m hurdler that everybody in the country was after. That's a big win for us. He was excited about the family atmosphere here and the potential to be an Olympian and to be coached by someone who has coached Olympians in his event."
LOGAN CARROLL THROWS MAULDIN, S.C.
Attends Mauldin High School in Mauldin, S.C.
COACH SERGENT ON CARROLL
"We see Logan as a diamond in the rough. He was very football-focused early in high school, and then his junior year he really blossomed and threw 55 feet in the shot put. He still hasn't really spent a lot of time working really hard at track. We can teach a lot of stuff, but the one thing we can't teach is what he has: levers and physics. He's a huge guy and has tons of room to improve physically and technically."
ARINZE CHANCE SPRINTS GEORGETOWN, GUYANA
Competes for the University of Trinidad & Tobago, where he earned a National Engineering Technicians Diploma with distinction after posting a 3.53 GPA
COACH BROWN ON CHANCE
"Arinze comes with a lot of experience competing in elite-level competitions. We are looking forward to his great experience coming in but also for him to be a very, very good athlete, as, like most of our athletes, he hasn't had the opportunity to compete for a long time. We're excited about him."
MATHILDE COQUILLAUD-SALOMON HURDLES NANTES, FRANCE
Signed with Carolina at 16 years of age
COACH CHOUKROUN ON COQUILLAUD-SALOMON
"Mathilde had a great year last year. What really attracted us to her was that she's been training as a heptathlete, and not a hurdler. We believe she has a big, big improvement to make once we get more specific in her training. She's only 16 years old, so she can only get better."
RONALD FULLER SPRINTS HOPKINS, S.C.
Attends Lower Richland High School in Columbia
COACH BROWN ON FULLER
"We've been watching Ronald run since he was in the younger age groups, in Junior Olympics and AAU. Watching him run, he's garnered All-America honors in those events. We're looking forward to his senior year and watching him improve on his times and also looking forward to having a hometown guy join us here at our program."
QUINCY HALL SPRINTS KANSAS CITY, MO.
Attends College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.
COACH BROWN ON HALL
"Quincy Hall is the No. 1 junior athlete in the world in the 400m hurdles. To bring in an athlete that's No. 1 in the world in his age group -- you can't help but be excited about that. This guy comes in with high credentials and high expectations. I think he's the guy who can meet those expectations, so we're really, really excited about an athlete of his caliber and the person he is joining our program."
LISSA LABICHE HIGH JUMP SEYCHELLES
Is a two-time Olympian, representing Seychelles in the high jump at London 2012 and Rio 2016
COACH CHOUKROUN ON LABICHE
"We were excited the first time we talked to Lissa. She smiled at us and was laughing the whole time, so we felt like she was part of the family right away. I think she did too, because she didn't even look for another school after she talked to us. We're excited because she's jumped 1.92m, and she's also a very good long jumper. She's a very well-rounded athlete. She's going to help us a lot, and I believe we can take her to an Olympic medal at the next Olympics."
MARYAH NASIR DISTANCES COLUMBIA, S.C.
Attends Heathwood High School in Columbia
COACH ALLDEN ON NASIR
"Maryah is a multiple-time state champion in the private school league and ran the fastest time on the state meet course this year as a senior, so that's very impressive. She'll give us a very solid low 18-minute performer in cross country, and she's got some very nice stats in terms of the 800 and 1500. I think she'll be an excellent middle distance runner in college."
LOIC PREVOT SPRINTS Cayenne, French Guiana
Joins Carolina from Nanterre University
COACH CHOUKROUN ON PREVOT
"We're very excited, because Loic hasn't really lifted a bar in the weight room. We're very excited about his times knowing that he is 6-6. When you're that fast with no weight room and that tall, it says a lot about your potential."
HANNAH TWINE DISTANCES COLUMBIA, S.C.
Currently attends AC Flora High School in Columbia
COACH ALLDEN ON TWINE
"To me, the most interesting thing about Hannah is that she's essentially been running for two years. This is her second year of cross country, and she's only got one year of track under her belt, so I think she's got a lot of upside, and I think she's going to continue to make very rapid improvement."
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The Gamecocks will begin their 2018 track & field season in January, with the schedule to be released in the coming weeks.
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