Gamecock Athletics Hit Hayward Field for NCAA Outdoor Championships

COLOMBIA– The Gamecock Athletics is set to conclude the collegiate season this week in Eugene, Oregon at Hayward Field for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The Carolina men have six entries, five of which are individual. The Gamecock women have five entries, of which three are individual athletes and two are relays.



Follow the meeting
Live results are available at https://flashresults.com.

The encounter will air on the ESPN family of networks for four days. ESPNU will host coverage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Friday’s action airs at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Saturday’s show is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Fans can follow updates on Twitter @GamecockTrack. A full recap will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and GamecocksOnline.com.



Calendar of meetings
The four-day slate is made up of two men’s days (Wednesday and Friday) and two women’s days (Thursday and Saturday).

Wednesday’s Gamecock action begins at 7:32 p.m. with the men’s 4X100-meter relay semifinals. Thursday begins at 8:32 p.m. for Carolina with the women’s 4X100-meter relay semifinals. Friday’s action begins at 8:30 p.m. with Jackson Marseilles in the men’s high jump. Rachel Glen kicks off Saturday’s program with the women’s high jump at 5 p.m.



Last outing
The Gamecocks hit the track in Bloomington, Indiana, for the NCAA East Regional and clinched NCAA Championship tickets in 11 different events.

Carolina had three of its four relay teams qualify for NCAA outdoor championships. The men’s 4X100 meters relay, women’s 4X100 meters relay and women’s 4X400 meters relay teams all qualified for the national championships.

The women’s team added three people to the NCAA championship entries. Rachel Glen is ready to defend her women’s high jump title, Makenzie Dunmore returns to Oregon in the 400 meters and Destiny Rocker qualified for its second NCAA championship meeting of the year.

The men’s team had five individuals qualifying for Eugene. Evan Miller traveled to Oregon in the 200 meters, Will Spencer Jr. qualified in the 400 meters hurdles, Anass Essayi is ready to compete in the 1,500 meters, Jackson Marseilles advanced to the high jump and Dylan Targart is in the shot put field.



Coach Frye at the meeting

On what he’s looking forward to at the NCAA Championships
“The student experience. It’s the first time they’ve worn the white jerseys. We’re going through the process and that’s the crowning jewel. Everyone there will have the chance to be a second team All -American. When you have a chance to get into the top 16, you have a chance to get into the top eight and be an individual All-American and get on the podium. You would like to be the first, the second or third person, but you also want to shoot to be a first team All-American. Then when you do that, you start scoring team points. We think we have the opportunity for the team to score on the men’s and women’s side. Our job is to come here and try to be an All-American and try to score for your team. We want to aim for the top 20 teams on both sides. We take a large group and that offers many possibilities.



On the pressure of the defending champion Rachel Glen
“I don’t think it brings pressure. She’s not the defending champion inside. She can see the list of people and know who’s having a hot day. From the regional meet and all the numbers and that surface adds up Rachel’s approach was excellent and so was her timing Coach Dee (Delethea Quarles) does a great job. Rachel likes the Oregon surface type. It’s similar to the Regional Meet, but it’s a bit more refined. She’s excited about it. Last year on this surface, she jumped high, just like the guy from LSU who won. Mondo (the South Carolina track surface) is a sprinter surface. It’s not. You have to hold the curve so you don’t slip. It is its surface. It is better for less powerful jumpers. She is long and lean and not as explosive on the ground. She’s excited and Coach Dee is excited about it. That’s where she set her personal best last year.”



Defend his crown

Rachel Glen enters the NCAA outdoor championships as the defending women’s high jump champion.

Glenn won last year’s contest with a personal best 1.93m/6-4. The title marked the Gamecock’s 26th individual national championship.

So far in 2022, Glenn has earned two second-place finishes at SEC meets and took third place at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

The best height of the second year this season was 1.90m / 6-2.75, which she crossed twice this season. She did this bar at the Gamecock Invitational and also at Weems Baskin.

Glenn will defend her crown on the same track where she won her title last year.



Undefeated Anass

Anass Essayi has caused a stir since his arrival in January.

Essayi won the SEC title in the Mile at the indoor conference meeting in February. Essayi didn’t get a chance to run a fast enough Mile time during the idnoor season, so he didn’t get a chance to compete for the national title.

The success continued outdoors for the Moroccan Olympian. So far this season, Essayi has not lost a race, winning all five races he has run.

Essayi easily clinched his ticket to the Nationals at the NCAA East Regional. He stayed in the lead for the entire race of the first round and the quarter-finals.

Essayi is looking to maintain his undefeated record in Oregon.



Relay, relay, relay
South Carolina is bringing three relay teams to Oregon for the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week.

The men’s 4X100 meter Gamecock relay team and the women’s 4X100 and 4X400 meter relay teams are all in the semi-finals.

Carolina is one of 15 schools to bring both women’s relay teams to Eugene. The Gamecocks are also one of 15 schools to contribute three or more stints to NCAA championships.

There’s plenty of garnet and black to see in the relay races this week.



Weather report
WEDNESDAY
– Conditions: rather cloudy
– Temperature: Maximum of 75°
– Chance of precipitation: 20%


THURSDAY
– Conditions: rather cloudy
– Temperature: Maximum of 79°
– Chance of precipitation: 11%


FRIDAY
– Conditions: morning showers
– Temperature: High of 80°
– Chance of precipitation: 30%


SATURDAY
– Conditions: partly cloudy
– Temperature: Maximum of 78°
– Chance of precipitation: 24%

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