Brockington brings home first SEC championship at new track

Brockington brings home first SEC championship at new track

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

The University of South Carolina held the official groundbreaking for Sheila and Morris Cregger Track on Saturday afternoon, the final day of the SEC outdoor track and field championships. 

How about an SEC championship to break the new facility in?

South Carolina's Tyler Brockington did just that, winning the women's 400m hurdles by a landslide. The senior took the lead going around the last corner, and after a runner fell to the right of her, Brockington turned the heat up and won the race by .89 seconds.

"It's great to be a Gamecock," Brockington said. "It's a really humbling experience. I've been able to compete, but not as well as I wanted to. For the first time in five years I'm able to pull out what I know I can do."

Brockington posted the fourth-fastest time in the country with a 55.97, which blew away her personal record by nearly four-tenths of a second. Brockington's head coach was extremely proud of the historic performance.

Former student-athletes receive warm reception at new track facility 

The Gamecocks impressed in other events as well, especially in the shot put competition. After scoring for South Carolina in the discuss throw on Friday, Josh Awotunde showed why the shot put is his favorite competition. A throw of 19.62 meters was more than enough to claim a second-place finish in the event. It was an improvement on his fourth-place finish at the same event a season ago. 

Awotunde's teammate, Ben Bonhurst, gave the Gamecocks two finalists in the top three. Bonhurst was seventh entering his final attempt, but he scored an 18.57 on the last throw to leap to third place. It was a clutch throw that gave South Carolina a whopping 18 points in the overall team score. 

Over in the 110m hurdles, Isaiah Moore wanted nothing more than to be standing on the podium at the conclusion of the event. He had earned himself a spot in the finals with an impressive performance in the prelims on Thursday. 

On Saturday, Moore found himself in the middle of a pack fighting for third place down the stretch. At the very end, the junior was able to stretch out and make sure he got his wish.

Moore finished third in the event with a time of 13.55, more than a 10th of a second faster than his prelim time.

"Just push, push and lean," Moore said of what he was thinking about during the last few meters of the race. "I just wanted a medal so bad, ever since last year."

Moore finished eighth in the 110m hurdles at last year's SEC outdoor championships, and he wasn't going to be denied this season.

"It's like a weight off my shoulders that I can finally compete," Moore said. "It feels great that I'm up here now." 

Natasha Dicks repeated her performance at last year's SEC outdoor championships by finishing third in the triple jump. Her long of 43-feet, eight inches was just one inch off her season-high mark. Also on the women's side, Nakita Gray took home a sixth place finish in the women's high jump.

The women's 4x400m relay team capped off the championships with a fifth-place finish in the event. Overall, the women's squad finished in a tie for 11th place while the men took home an eighth-place finish. 

Armand Woodley set a personal record in the pol vault with a 16-7, 1/2 clearance, and it was good enough for a fifth place finish and more points for South Carolina.