Program Records Fall in Gamecock Challenge – University of South Carolina Athletics

Program Records Fall in Gamecock Challenge – University of South Carolina Athletics

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 15, 2023) – For the second consecutive meet, the top program record for the 5K fell at the feet of Judy Kosgei. In addition to Kosgei’s blistering time, the Gamecocks finished runner up as seven total individuals cracked the all-time Top-10 list in program history. There were 20 new personal records on the morning and 13 new Top-25 program marks.

Kosgei torched the competition when she ran a personal best time of 15:52.9, finishing a full one minute faster than her previous school record that she set on Sept. 1. Kosgei claimed the podium for the second consecutive meet to begin the season.

The Kenya product and former SEC Women’s Runner of the Week was followed by fellow international distance runner, Gabriella Gait-Smith. The South Africa native ran the second fastest time in program history, clocking 16:47.2 for a new personal record and a second-place finish.

The sophomore duo of Ella Zeigler and Anna Boyd were the next best finishers for the Gamecocks, turning in 9th and 10th performances respectively. Zeigler clocked 17:22.8 for the sixth-fastest time in Gamecock history, while Boyd ran the seventh fastest 5K in program history with a time of 17:23.4.

Hattie Jennings, Lily Weeks and Hope Dominique each cracked the all-time Top-10 leaderboard, finishing 12th, 13th and 14th overall in the Gamecock Challenge. Jennings ran 17:28.0 for the eighth fastest time in school history, followed by Weeks (17:30.8) and Dominique (17:32.4).

Overall, Georgia claimed the team title with a point total of 25, followed by Carolina with 34 points and The Citadel with 88.

South Carolina will close out the month of September at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. The Paul Short Run will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 and will be hosted by Lehigh University.

Team Results
1. Georgia – 25 points
2. South Carolina – 34 points
3. The Citadel – 88 points

Individual Gamecock Results
1. Judy Kosgei – 15:52.9*
2. Gabriella Gait-Smith – 16:47.2*
9. Ella Zeigler – 17:22.8*
10. Anna Boyd – 17:23.4*
12. Hattie Jennings – 17:28.0*
13. Lily Weeks – 17:30.8*
14. Hope Dominique – 17:32.4*
16. Sofie Kurzawa – 17:39.4*
20. Sylvia Chelangat – 17:49.9*
21. Anya Arroyo – 17:51.9*
23. Claudia Satzke – 17:55.8*
24. Sarah DiVasta – 17:57.7*
25. Molly Joseph – 18:00.8*
26. Maria Lombardi – 18:06.3*
27. Molly Parker – 18:15.3*
28. Emma Torbert – 18:33.0*
29. Katerina Hendrix – 18:45.5*
30. Ally Wilson – 18:59.4*
33. Sarah Neville –…

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