ORANGEBURG, SC (March 16, 2022) – The South Carolina State track and field teams had a strong outing Saturday (Mar. 12) in their 2022 outdoor opener at the GATA Classic hosted by Georgia Southern in Statesboro, GA.

Coach Jerod Wims‘ squads won four events and had a total of 25 Top 10 finishes, including 18 Top 5 performances. In the team standings, the SCSU women were sixth in a 10-team field with 52 points, while the men were fifth among eight teams with 91 points.

The Georgia Southern women (158 pts.) and the Husson College men (147 pts.) finished first in their respective division.

Event winners for SCSU were Jada Banks in the 800 meters (2:22.6), Dexter Ratliff in the discus (46.73 meters), Erick Hill in the long jump (7.01 meters) and the SC State “A” 4×100-meter relay team of Waddell Rembert-JettDevin Brewington, Hill, and Brenton Shippy) in a time of 41.20.

Other Top five showings for SCSU in the women’s division were Tanryn Thorn, 2nd (12.63), Princess Vigilance (12.66), 3rd and Chanice Harris, 4th (12.96) in the 100 meters; Debrielle Williams, 3rd (59.55) and Makylah Jones, 5th in the 400 meters; Ashanti Meyers, 4th (20:40.12) in the 5000 meters; and the 4×100-meter relay team of Jasmaine Donovan, Harris, Imani Sellers and McKayla Jones, 3rd.

Other Bulldogs earning Top 5 finishes included Shippy, second (10.98), Jalon Kimbrough, 3rd (11.02) and Brewington, 5th (11.14) in the 100 meters; Tyler Jeffers, 3rd (50.41) in the 400 meters; Kailem Thomas, 2nd (15.65) in the 110-meter hurdles; Kailem, 4th (1:01.57) in the 400-meter hurdles; and the SC State “B” 4×100-meter relay team of Dwayne Curnell, Kimbrough, Barrrington Walker and Jalen Barker, second in a time of 41.98.

SC State resumes its 2022 outdoor schedule at the Mar. 18-19 Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta.