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May 14, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After day one of competition at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida, the USC Upstate women's track and field team sits fourth, while the men's team is currently in fifth place. The women's team compiled a day one points total of 17, while the men's team tallied 13 points.
In the men's pole vault, junior Justin Crawford (Elgin, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin) took second-place after clearing a height of 15-03.75/4.67m. Crawford's mark of 15-03.75/4.67m is a new program record as he eclipsed his old mark of 15-03.00/4.65m which came at this season's Duke Invitational. It is also the second consecutive season that he has medaled in the event at the outdoor championships.
Camille Masanotti (Ladson, S.C./Stratford), who earlier in the day competed in the first four events of the women's heptathlon, recorded a second-place finish in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 11-05.75/3.50m and it was half a foot off of her school-record.
"We had a good first day," said head coach Jimmy Stephens. "We had three individuals medal in events and others had outstanding performances as we set several school records today. I am proud of the team and look forward to the team finishing strong tomorrow."
After the first four events of the women's heptathlon, Masanotti sits fourth with a points total of 2374. Masanotti finished second in the high jump after clearing a height of 4-10.25/1.48m. The first-year Spartan set a new school-record in the 100-meter hurdles as she finished fourth with a time of 15.63. She broke teammate Kathryn Neely's record of 15.94 that came earlier this season at the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic.
LaTerrica Blocker (Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan) is fifth in the heptathlon with a total of 2192. Blocker recorded a pair of second-place finishes on Friday. In the 200-meter dash, Blocker set a new school mark of 26.70. She surpasses the old mark that was set by former Spartan Adrienne Singletary (27.14). Blocker followed that up with a throw of 35-00.25/10.67m in the shot put.
Jemeli Sang (Eldoret, Kenya/Biwott Ngelel-Tarit) raced to a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Sang finished the event with a time of 37:26.57. It was the second straight season that the sophomore has medaled in the 10,000-meter run.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Brandon Curry (Anderson, S.C./Pendleton) became the first Spartan in school-history to finish the event in less than 15 seconds. Curry, who qualified for tomorrow's finals, finished with a time of 14.97.
Eric Chapman (Cowpens, S.C./Broome) finished fourth-overall after recording a mark of 155-06.00/47.40m. His fourth-place mark was less than two feet shy of his own school-record of 157-03.00/47.93m, which came at the 2010 Duke Invitational.
In the women's hammer throw, Gabrielle Walker (Chattanooga, Tenn./Mars Hill) finished 10th-overall after recording a throw of 114-11.00/35.04m. Walker also finished 10th in the women's 100-meter dash after she recorded a time of 12.72.
Her time of 12.72 is a new school-record and surpasses the old mark of 12.79 that was set by teammate LaTerrica Blocker at this season's Furman Invitational. Walker also competed in the shot put on Friday. She recorded a 14th-place finish after a mark of 34-11.00/10.66m.
Freshman Erica Farler competed in the women's long jump on Friday. Farler Simpsonville, S.C./Greenville Charter) finished 13th after recording a jump of 12-07.75/3.85m.
James Jackson (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) and Matt Henderson (Inman, S.C./Dorman) closed out day one for Upstate. Jackson finished 10th in the 10,000-meter run (33:05.23) after a breaking his own school-record. Henderson finished 11th after recording an event time of 34:37.83.
Day two of competition is scheduled to begin on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. The day will begin with the men's decathlon. However the Spartans day will begin at 10:00 a.m. when Camille Masanotti and LaTerrica Blocker complete the final three events of the women's heptathlon.