Upstate Opens Competition at Tiger Paw Invitational

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Contact: Katie Parker, kparker@uscupstate.edu 

CLEMSON, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's and women's track & field teams opened competition at the annual Tiger Paw Invitational Friday with a school record performance by senior Cameron Thomas (Niceville, Fla.).  

Thomas took second-place honors in the men's 800-meter, resetting his school record mark with a time of 1:52.94. He clocked in at 1:53.01 last weekend at the Hilton Garden Invitational. Junior Matt Johnson (Elgin, S.C.) trailed Thomas in third-place with a personal record time of 1:53.19.

"Cameron ran a great race and executed perfectly," said associate head coach Carson Blackwelder. "He had great positioning going through 500-meters and then had an amazing last lap to win the heat."

Johnson teamed with freshman Tracy Fisher (Lawrenceville, Ga.), junior Joey Daversa (Chesapeake, Va.) and Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya) in the men's distance medley relay. The quartet crossed the line fifth with a season-best time for the Spartans of 10:25.17. The time is the second-fastest in school history with the Upstate record sitting at 10:06.88.

Upstate senior Kenny Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) came in 11th in the men's weight throw, recording a toss of 15.75-meters.

In the men's 60-meter hurdles senior Brandon Curry, finished 14th with a time of 8.45. Junior Joshua Powers (Spartanburg, S.C.) recorded a season-best mark in the men's long jump with a leap of 5.91-meters.

On the women's side, junior Sarah Boyd (Dalton, Ga.) posted a personal-best time of 20:55.92 in the 5,000-meter, coming in 25th. She continues to improve for the Spartans as the junior turned in a PR in the 3,000-meter last weekend at the Hilton Garden Invite with a time of 11:50.21. 

Upstate sophomore Shawanda Stokes (Okatie, S.C.) turned in a leap of 4.68-meters in the long jump to finish 25th. Sophomore Brittany Walls (Chester, S.C.) cleared 1.50-meters in the women's high jump to finish tied for 19th. Sophomore Falicya Crace (Findlay, Ohio) posted a season-best toss of 11.24-meters in the women's weight throw, while freshman Savannah Nichols (Belton, S.C.) recorded a toss of 10.38-meters in the event.

The Tiger Paw Invitational concludes Saturday. Live results from the meet can be found here. Follow the Spartans this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.