OXFORD, Miss.—The South Carolina track and field teams wrapped up competition at the SEC Outdoor Championships and saw a school-record performance and other breakthroughs on Saturday at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex.
“This young group of kids are fighters, and I’ve seen great progress out of them,” said head coach Curtis Frye. “The addition of Makenzie Dunmore was the right addition for us to help us with the young group we’ve got along with Stephanie who has been here. She has brought us such a great and positive attitude as well as the championship experience.
“She was a part of a mishap we had in the 4X100-meter relay, but her being a part of that and showing our team how to deal with adversity and how to fight back from it. That’s something we can build on going into Nationals .”
Dunmore ran the second leg of the 4X400-meter relay team that set the school record in the event. Stephanie DavisDunmor, Angel Frank and Jahnile Register finished fourth with a time of 3:25.45 to put their names atop the Gamecock record books. The quartet ran the best time in school history in the same race as the collegiate-record setting performance by Kentucky.
Dunmore ran out of Lane 1 in the 400 meters and rana time of 51.70 to take fifth overall. The performance was her first of her in a SEC final after her barely missing the 400-meter final indoors. Dunmore heads to the East Regional as a top-10 performer in the East Region.
Jayla Jamison had a busy Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi. She ran in both the 100 and 200 meters, scoring team points in both events. Jamison took seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 11.48, scoring the Gamecock women two points in the 100 meters. She ran a time of 23.21 to take km in the 200 meters, earning the Gamecock women three more team points. Jamison owns top-20 East Region times in both events heading into the first rounds of national competition.
Destiny Rocker finished in fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. She ran a time of 13.15 for a top-five conference finish. Her fifth-place finish marks her highest placement at an SEC meet. Rocker heads to Bloomington, Indiana, with a top-10 time in the East Region this season.
Rachel Glenn capped her week with a scoring performance in the 400-meter hurdles. She took sixth with a time of 57.09 on Saturday. Glenn’s three points from the intermediate hurdles brought her team point total to 11 including her runner-up finish in the high jump.
“On the men’s side, the men’s 4X100-meter relay got third, which was huge,” Frye said. “Every one of those legs was huge. We got two scoring performances in the high jump. We just have had good coaching with our finishes in the high jump and pole vault. Evan was just .03 from being third in the SEC. We’ ve just had great coaching.”
The 4X100-meter squad of Christian Lewis, Evan Miller, Anthony Greenhow, Jr.and Dominic Dutton ran a time of 39.50 to take third and earn All-SEC honors in that event.
The men’s high jump saw seven total team points for the Carolina men. jackson marseille and kobe franklin both set new personal bests in the process of scoring. Marseille earned All-SEC honors, clearing 2.18m/7-1.75 for third place. Franklin took eighth place, clearing 2.07m/6-9.50 for his new personal best.
Evan Miller ran a time of 20.46 in the 200-meter final to take fourth place. Miller was just .03 second off third place and scoring six team points. Miller is ranked 16th heading into the East Regional.
The men’s pole vault also racked up some points, totaling seven points. Carson Lenser cleared 5.25m/17-2.75 to take fourth overall. Dillon McCarthy cleared 5.00m/16-4.75 to take seventh overall.
“This next week is about slower training and letting the body adapt to the brutal nature of championship meets,” Frye said. “We need to heal up a little bit, get on some grass, rest and have a little fun.”
The Gamecocks return to action on May 26-29 for the East Regional. The regional round includes the top 48 individuals and top 24 relay teams from each region and acts as the first and second rounds of a four-round process toward a national title.
Men’s Team Results
1. Arkansas-120 points
2. Alabama – 114 points
3. Tennessee – 83 points
12. South Carolina – 30 points
Men’s Individual Results
Four. Evan Miller – 20.46
8. Philip Demsar – 15.80
3. Lewis, Miller, Greenhow, Jr., Dutton – 39.50
8. Simmonds, Spencer Jr., Junkins, Miller – 3:09.05
10. Dylan Targgart – 52.28m/171-6
3. jackson marseille – 2.18m/7-1.75
8. kobe franklin – 2.07m/6-9.50
Four. Carson Lenser – 5.25m/17-2.75
7. Dillon McCarthy – 5.00m/16-4.75
–. Seth Rabinowitz –NH
Women’s Team Results
1. Florida – 107 points
2. Arkansas–103 points
3. LSU – 96.5 points
11. South Carolina – 32 points
Women’s Individual Results
7. Jayla Jamison – 11.48
6. Jayla Jamison – 23.21
5. Makenzie Dunmore – 51.70
22. Hope Dominique – 17:32.74
5. Destiny Rocker – 13.15
6. Rachel Glenn – 57.09
–. Jamison, Dunmore, Frank, Frasier – DQ
4. Davis, Dunmore, Frank, Record – 3:35.45
fifteen. Shaianne Sypsey – 11.83m/38-9.75