Lady Panthers Make Strong Return at Gamecock Opener


COLUMBIA, SC (January 15, 2024)  – The Claflin University Lady Panthers track & field team started 2024 on a high note with some great showings at the Gamecock Opener this weekend. While the Lady Panthers freshmen had some great performances, the returners put on some great efforts as well.

The young Lady Panthers were especially impressive in the field events. Freshman Jhnyia Knuckles set the tone with an eighth-place finish in the women’s long jump. She recorded a 17′ 11″ (5.46m) jump. She also added a ninth-place finish in the women’s triple jump with a 12th place finish in the women’s triple jump with a 35′ 3/75″ (10.76m). Fellow freshman Marlayna McBride added a 13th place finish in the women’s high jump with a 5′ 1.25″ (1.56m) jump. She also placed ninth in the women’s triple jump with a 36’2″ (11.02m) jump. McBride also added a 14th place finish in the women’s long jump with a 17′ 4.25″ (5.29m).

On the track, junior Jonnica Fuller led the way for the team. She placed 18th in the women’s 400m run with a 1:01.36. Freshman Layla Spencer added a 28th place finish in the women’s 200m dash with a 26.78.

The Lady Panthers will return to action next weekend at the Carolina Challenge. For more information on Lady Panthers track & field, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletics Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to