The University of South Carolina track and field team set a high bar to start the 2018 season. Their second meet of the indoor season at Clemson left the team with record-breaking numbers and multiple podium finishes. The team competed at the Clemson Invitational where four team members posted in the top three finishes. If this is a preview of what’s to come, the Gamecocks have a lot to look forward to.

 

About the USC Gamecock Track & Field Team:

  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
  • Founded: 1801

The USC Gamecock track and field team is a nationally experienced team. Composed of record-holding athletes, Olympians, and All-Americans, the team is ready to give their best performance this season.

 

Standout Team Members:

Ncincilili Titi

This athlete has started the 2018 season at full speed. He was named SEC Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the second time on January 23, 2018. The nomination came shortly after he made record time of 20.45 seconds in the 200 meter at the Clemson Invitational. Titi is a senior at USC and a six-time All-American.

See what Coach Choukroun had to say about Titi and other sprinters to watch this season during the track and field preview:

 

 

Armand Woodley

One of the top returners in the pole vaulting event this year is Armand Woodley. Coaches have commented that he has a higher level of confidence this year as a sophomore compared to his newcomer approach last year as a freshman. Even as a freshman, Woodley achieved six personal records in a row, including a fifth-place effort at the 2017 championships. He’s expected to be a major competitor on the national scene this season.

 

Markus Leemet

After being redshirted due to an injury in 2016, Leemet returned to compete with renewed vigor. The decathlete from Estonia set a school record with a bronze finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships. He also set nine personal records during last year’s decathlon events. Coaches expect Leemet to be a key leader as team captain and also an excellent competitor as he grows in strength and technique.

 

Jordan Fields

The young sophomore landed the fifth-best pentathlon score in Gamecock history at 3,967 points at the Clemson Invitational. Many were impressed at her results for her first pentathlon of the season. However, no one should be surprised since she ranked 10th-best for shot put in Gamecock history at her debut meet as a freshman.

 

Aliyah Abrams

This returning All-American is on a special training program this year and is expected to do well in sprints. In 2017, she was South Carolina’s top 400 meter runner, finishing in the top five at every regular-season race. The athlete was also a competitor in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she was primed for big things. Abrams is a junior and expected to perform at the top of her abilities this year.

 

KD Young

Young is a freshman and newcomer to the Gamecock track and field team competing in throws events. As a new member of the team, she’s someone to keep an eye on. She hails from Decatur, Illinois, where she earned four state championships in both the discus and the shot put. She also had a first-place win at the USATF Junior Olympics and a second-place win at the New Balance Nationals. This is a newcomer to expect great things from.

 

USC Track & Field Stats:

2017 Results

In 2017, the men’s team took 11th in indoor and 8th in outdoor in the SEC. The women’s team took 13th in indoor and 11th in outdoor in the SEC. With the star lineup of sprinters, hurdlers, pole vaulters, throwers, multis, and distance athletes, fans are expecting similar or improved results this year.

 

Olympic Performances

The USC track and field team sent 19 athletes/coaches to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia with four receiving medals (one bronze, two silver, and one gold). The university routinely sees many of their athletes compete at the Olympics. Track and field team members have won a total of 14 Olympic gold medals. Most recently, Natasha Hastings took home her second gold medal as part of the 4×400 relay during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Championships

Men’s NCAA Indoor Champions

2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1994, 1974

Men’s NCAA Outdoor Champions

2010, 2008, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1948

Women’s NCAA Indoor Champions

2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996

Women’s NCAA Outdoor Champions

2015, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996

 

Runners lining up ready to sprint on track

 

2018 Meet Schedule:

The indoor season runs from the beginning of the year until early May, followed by the outdoor season from May to June.The University of South Carolina athletic schedule can be found on the Gamecock sports website, including the track and field schedule. The major season events are detailed below:

 

SEC Indoor Championships

Dates: February 24–25

Location: College Station, Texas

NCAA Indoor Championships

Dates: March 9–10

Location: College Station, Texas

SEC Outdoor Championships:

Dates: May 11–13

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

NCAA East Regional:

Dates: May 24–26

Location: Tampa, Florida

NCAA Outdoor Championships

Dates: June 6–9

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Tickets:

Admission to all regular-season meets is free for students and non-students. For assistance with any questions regarding admission into the meets, visit the ticket information website.

 

Coaches

  • Head Coach: Curtis Frye
  • Assistant Head Coach: Delethea Quarles
  • Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator: Kevin Brown
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Sergent
  • Assistant Coach: Andrew Allden
  • Assistant Coach: Hadrien Choukroun
  • Director of Operations: Penny Boswell

2017–18 Coaches. For coach updates, visit the USC Athletic Staff Directory.

 

Facilities:

Sheila and Morris Cregger Track Stadium:

The team received a brand-new outdoor stadium in 2017. The stadium can hold 2,000 spectators and athletes. It is located at 1320 Heyward St., Columbia, SC 29208.

 

 

USC Indoor Complex

The indoor complex is used for the beginning indoor meets of the seasons. It is currently undergoing renovations.

 

Gamecock Track & Field Social Media:

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