Monday, March 26, 2007
Clemson, SC – SC State University men’s and women’s track and field teams are off to a strong start with some impressive individual and team performances at the Clemson Relays.
The men’s track team captured two first place finishes. Jahwaun Blair won the shot put with a MEAC qualifying mark of 15.30m (50 feet 5 inches) and the 4x400m relay team secured first place with a MEAC qualifying time (3:13.14) (Pictured - Sergeant, Garrett, McNeil and Rackins).
Other top performances on the men’s side include: Randy Gooden, 2006 NCAA Regional Qualifier who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury opened the outdoor season up with a second place finish in the 400m hurdle with a time of 52.86, missing the NCAA Regional Qualifying standard of 52.51 by .3 seconds; the 4x200m relay team (Sergeant, Brown, Blakely and Rackins) finished second (1:25.56); and 4x100m relay team (Sergeant, Brown, Williams and Hunter) finished fourth (41.86).
On the women’s side, Ashley Maddox won the high jump with a height of 1.65m while freshman Jasmine Smith placed third in the long jump with a personal best of 5.62m (18’6”) ahead of teammate Yolanda hardy, who jumped a personal and season best 5.50m (18’2”), Brittany Strange finished third in the 1500 meters just ahead of teammate Lauren Lawson and Elizabeth Govirk, finished second in the 400 meters hurdle. The Lady Bulldog’s 4x400m relay team place second with a MEAC qualifying performance (3:47.71); 4x200 finished third (1:39.06), and a forth place finish in the 4x100m (47.33).
“I am really excited with the over all effort and energy both teams displayed today,” said head coach Ernest Tche. “It was a great meet for us in terms of the training cycle and the direction of the outdoor season. The indoor season began and ended with injuries to our key athletes, so this meet was a great showing and confidence boost for the athletes”.
The bulldogs will travel to Columbia, SC on March 31 to participate at USC in the Weems Baskins Invitational. The following weekend, April 7, SC State will host the 3rd Annual SC State-Robert “Jet” Johnson Invitational on the campus of South Carolina State University.