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ORANGEBURG, SC (January 27, 2024) – The South Carolina State track teams had their second consecutive strong showing as Coach Donald Cooper’s team combined for four firsts, four runner-ups, and a total of 15 Top 5 finishes at the Jan. 19-20 RADD College Invitational at Gainesville, FL.

The SC State teams also established 20 new indoor personal records (PRs) and had six season-best performances.

First-place winners included Jacob Alexander in the 300 meters (34.15), Isaiah Campbell in the 600 meters (1:22.88), Alexander in the 400 meters (48.27), and Dexter Ratliff in the weight throw (17.50m, 57-5ft.) with a new facility record (old record: 16.07m, 52-8ft.).

Earning runner-up finishes were Jaden Barker in the 300 meters (35.26), Isaiah Vertus in the 600 meters (1:22.88), Vertus in the 400 meters (48.74), and Kenton George in the Heptathlon (4521 pts.).

Other top showings were Jourdon Cooper, second in the Pentathlon (2721 pts.); TyQuawasia Williams, third in the Decathlon (2707 pts.); Erick Hill, third in the long jump (7.08m, 23-2.75ft.); Barker, fourth in the 400 meters (49.04); Dwayne Curnell, fourth in both the 300 meters (36.20) and 60 meters (6.87); Cameran Gist, fifth in the women’s long jump (5.53m, 18-1.75ft.); and Debrielle Williams, fifth in the 400 meters (59.21).

SCSU will resume its indoor schedule Feb. 2 at the two-day South Carolina Invite in Columbia.

Indoor Personal Records (PRs)
MEN  
60 Meters
Dwayne Curnell – 6.87

200 Meters
Jameli Thomas – 22.11
Javon Brooks – 22.17
Eric White – 22.90

300 Meters
Jacob Alexander – 34.15
Curnell – 36.20

400 Meters
Isaiah Campbell – 50.33

600 Meters
Campbell – 1:22.88
Isaiah Vertus – 1:23.41
Kemel Forbes – 1:29.64

800 Meters
Javon Brooks – 2:03.84
Kemel Forbes – 2:06.45

Weight Throw
Martin Hare – 46-8.75ft.

WOMEN
200 Meters

Makayla Toussaint – 27:41

300 Meters
Makylah Jones – 44.85

400 Meters
Toussaint – 1:01

800 Meters

TyQwasia Williams – 2:29.28

60m Hurdles
TyQwasia Williams – 9.56

Long Jump
Cameran Gist – 18-1.75ft.

Pentathlon
Sydney Cooper – 2664 pts.

New Season Best
MEN
Long Jump

Erick Hill – 23-2.75ft.

WOMEN
Triple Jump
Cameran Gist – 39-1.25ft.

300 Meters
Maya Smith – 41.52
Makylah Jones – 44.00

400 Meters
Debrielle Williams – 59.21

60m Hurdles
Makayla Jones – 9.88

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