COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 3, 2024) – South Carolina Track & Field wrapped up the South Carolina Invite on Saturday afternoon competing in a handful of events at the Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex.
Judy Kosgei continued to elevate her name up the Gamecock leaderboard on Saturday, running a new program record and facility record in her 800-meter debut. The cross country phenom clocked 2:05.10 for the win, surpassing the previous program record of 2:06.05 set by Shay Shelton in 2006 as well as the facility record of 2:05.68 set by Martha Bissah of Norfolk State in 2020. She then turned around to win the 3,000-meter race later in the afternoon, running 9:24.31 for the second-best time in program history.
Teresa Cherotich made her home debut in the 3,000 meter, finishing second behind Kosgei with a mark of 9:29.01. Hannah Togami finished runner-up in the women’s pole vault when she cleared a height of 3.90m (12-9.5). In the women’s 400m, Aalliyah Francis finished as the top collegiate runner, finishing with a season-best time of 54.41 to finish fourth overall.
The Gamecocks also had two women in the 60-meter finals in Cynteria James and Jayla Jamison. James ran 7.44 in the qualifying trials, followed by 7.46 in the prelims to advance to the finals. James then finished seventh in the finals with a time of 7.42. Jamison clocked 7.49 in both the qualifying round and the prelims before finishing sixth in the finals with a time of 7.41.
For the men, the Gamecocks saw a lot of individual success led by Channing Ferguson who cleared a personal best height in the high jump for the victory, jumping 2.16m (7-1) to rank 4th in South Carolina history and 21st in the NCAA rankings.
Newcomers Conor Reilly and Joshua Kosgei finished top three in their respective events as well for South Carolina. Reilly cleared a personal best in the pole vault at 5.15m (16-10.75) for the runner-up finish, while Kosgei clocked 1:51.51 in the men’s 800m to finish third overall.
Another young freshman shined for the Gamecock men in the form of Nyck Harbor. The standout freshman made his home debut on Saturday in both the 60m dash and the 200m. Harbor began his day by running 6.75 in the 60m qualifying round before clocking back-to-back times of 6.67 in the prelims and finals to finish fourth overall. Harbor’s time of 6.67m ranks sixth in Gamecock history. Meanwhile in the 200m, the Washington D.C. native ran the 20th fastest time in the NCAA and the eighth fastest indoor 200m…