Gamecocks continue to impress on home track at SEC champs

Gamecocks continue to impress on home track at SEC champs

**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by South Carolina Athletics Media Relations**

The South Carolina track and field time had another fantastic showing on day two of the SEC outdoor track and field championships on Friday. Hosts of the three day event, the Gamecocks had several athletes bring home points for the good guys.

The highlight of the day was Rougui Sow in the women's long jump. She entered the event with high expectations, having held the world's best mark in the event for a couple weeks. She was third in the event to start Friday's action, and lived up to the expectations.

Sow would finish in third place in the event as her fifth jump of 6.69 allowed her to jump into the top three. 

South Carolina's Markus Leemet kept up his strong play in the decathlon on Friday, and it earned him a place in the program record books. 

Leemet was consistent in every event he participated in, and he was able to keep his third place finish after the conclusion of the final event, the 1500m run. Leemet's overall score of 7720 broke a 27-year-old school record and brought South Carolina six valuable points.

Leemet finished in third place in eight of the 10 events in the decathlon. 

Josh Awotunde put in another strong performance in the discuss throw. Going into the final throw of the preliminary round, the junior was 10th and on the outside looking in. 

Prior to his throw, Awotunde looked toward his teammates and urged them to start a clap. With the support ringing in his ears, Awotunde launched a throw of 55.60 meters, nine feet better than his previous best, to jump to fourth place and clinch a spot in the finals. Awotunde would go on to finish eighth in the SEC discuss throw for the second consecutive season.

Yann Randrianasolo also contributed points to the Gamecock cause with a seventh-place finish in the men's long jump, and Alycia Springs took home seventh in the shot put with a mark of 14.84 meters. 

Hurdler Isaiah Moore came into the SEC outdoor track and field championships with the seventh-fastest time in the region, but he bettered that on Friday in the prelims of the 110m hurdles. 

Running in the second heat, Moore ran a 13.66, good enough for second place and a spot in Saturday's final. That time was better than his previous season best of 13.73, and it allowed him to finish fourth overall in the prelims.

Tye Williams had an excellent start to the men's high jump on Friday. He was perfect on his first three attempts, the last coming at a high of 2.15 meters. That put him atop the leaderboard, but Georgia's Keenon Laine was one of just two athletes to clear 2.19 in the event. Williams was not able to get the mark in three attempts, but his efforts were still good enough for a solid third place finish, which was the highest finish ever by a Gamecock in the high jump.