Track Wins Seven at Gamecock Open
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina track and field program registered seven wins on Wednesday night in a midweek tune-up meet at the Weems Baskin Track. The Gamecock Open was the final home meet of the season for the Gamecocks.
Redshirt sophomore Walker Selby started off the day with a win in the men’s hammer throw. His toss of 157-02 (47.91m) bested the field for his first collegiate win. Selby also finished second in the discus throw with a mark of 135-04 (41.25m).
Picking up his first win of the season was redshirt junior Dorian Johnson. Johnson got the win in the men’s triple jump with a season-best 50-00 ¾ (15.26m).
Redshirt sophomore Kaysee Sullivan added a second discus win to her outdoor resume. Sullivan turned in a season-best toss of 147-04 (44.92m).
The Gamecocks swept the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Jonathan Russell ran a collegiate-best 53.43 for his first collegiate win. On the women’s side, junior Amber Allen led a 1-2 finish with sophomore Tamera Harris. Allen clocked in at 1:02.42 with Harris at 1:03.66.
South Carolina also went 1-2 in the women’s pole vault with sophomore Megan Wall leading the way. Wall cleared 11-11 ¾ (3.65m) for the win with redshirt freshman Ashley Cady recording a mark of 10-00 (3.05m).
In the men’s pole vault, freshman Jeffrey Linta set a new collegiate best with a clearance of 15-07 (4.75m) to take the top spot. It was also Linta’s first collegiate win.
Senior Ceci Kryst added a pair of second-place finishes and personal bests to her season list with a long jump mark of 19-01 ½ (5.83m) and a triple jump mark of 39-04.00 (11.99m). The long jump mark ties her personal best in the event while the triple jump mark is an outright personal record. Kryst’s triple jump mark betters her seventh-place entry in the Gamecock record books.
A pair of South Carolina redshirt sophomores registered top-five finishes in the men’s long jump. Josh Jones finished second with a jump of 22-02 1.4 (6.76m) while James Adams recorded a leap of 21-04 ¾ (6.52m).
In the women’s 100-meter dash, freshman Ahtyana Johnson and senior Melekia Simpson finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Johnson ran a 12.08 while Simpson ran a season-best 12.21.
Sophomore Chris Walker placed second in the 200-meter run with a time of 21.74. Freshman Paris Smalls was right behind with a collegiate best of 22.42.
Senior Andre Carter and junior Nigel Redic posted top-five times in the men’s 400-meter run. Carter crossed at 48.68 in his first 400-meter race of the outdoor season. Redic turned in a time of 49.49 to grab fifth place.
In his first meet of the outdoor season, junior Clayton Gravesande collected a fifth-place finish in the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.37.
Freshmen Kaleigh Higgins and Alex Mullin finished 2-3 in the 1,500-meter run. Higgins ran a 4:56.36 while Mullin ran a new personal best of 5:06.32. Freshman Brandy Wybersky and junior Lydia Davis also registered top-five finishes in the women’s 5,000-meter run. Wybersky set a new PR, running 18:51.01 for second place. Davis ran a season-best 19:34.66 for fifth place.
Next up for the Gamecocks is the 69th annual Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. The two-day meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.