ORANGEBURG, SC (April 10, 2023) – The South Carolina State men and women’s track teams combined for nine Top 10 finishes and established 12 personal records (PRs) at the South Florida Invitational Apr. 7-8 at Tampa, FL.
Top performers for Coach Donald Cooper’s teams included Kristopher Brown, fourth in the 200 meters in a time of 20.91, his best showing of the season and the second-best clocking in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) this season; the 400-meter relay team of Jalen Alleyne, Brown, Erick Hill and Waddell Rembert-Jett, fifth in a time of 40.53, the top showing of the season and the third-best time in the MEAC; Mekhi Bosket, seventh in the high jump (1.92m, 6-3.50 ft.), a PR; Angelica Frederick, sixth in the women’s 100 meters (11.86), also a PR; and Brown, eighth in the men’s 100 meters (10.45).
Other Top 10 finishes included Cameran Gist, ninth in the women’s long jump (5.37m); Mion Frierson, ninth in the javelin (26.77m, 36-2.75 ft.); Alleyne, ninth in the 110m hurdles (15.19), a PR; Jaden Barker, ninth in the 400 meters (48.50); and Makayla Jones, tenth in the 400m hurdles (1:05.26), a season-best.
Others establishing PRs at the meet included Dwayne Curnell in the 400 meters (50.82), Dallas Carraway in the Discus (30.99m, 101-8 ft.), Keondre Dickson in the javelin (29.32m, 96-2 ft.), Alleyne in the 200 meters (21.76), Yesenia Benjamin in the shotput (11.17m, 36-7.75 ft,), Imani Sells in the javelin (13.31m, 43-8 ft.), Frederick in the 200 meters (24.7), Maya Smith in the 100 meters (12.10) and 200 meters (25.12), and Debrielle Williams in the 800 meters (2:18.14).
Others recording season-best performances included Jada Banks in the 5000 meters (19:43.06), and Matron Thornton in the 800 meters (1:57.10).
Cooper’s teams, which are pointing to the May 9-11 MEAC Championships in Norfolk, VA, resume their schedule Apr. 21 at the two-day Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, GA.