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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With just one meet left until the Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Championships, the USC Upstate men's and women's track & field teams look to fine tune their individual marks Thursday and Friday at the Charlotte Invitational.
Senior Gilbert Kemboi returns to action this weekend at the Charlotte Invite, competing in the men's 1,500-meter race. This will be his first time racing in this event this year after resetting his school record times in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter earlier in the season. He will be joined in the 1,500-meter by sophomore Mark Rennix and junior Joey Daversa.
During the 2013 outdoor season, Upstate senior Cameron Thomas has continued to impress in the 800-meter, posting solid times in the event week after week. He is slated to compete in the 800-meter this weekend as the program record holder, posting a time of 1:50.86 at the Raleigh Relays March 30. Joining him in the event will be junior Matt Johnson. Thomas currently ranks first in the event in the A-Sun, while Johnson is third with a time of 1:51.68.
Upstate thrower Kenny Sugishita is entered in the men's discus and men's hammer throws this weekend. He broke this school record last weekend in the hammer throw with a toss of 191-08 (58.41-meters) and ranks second in the A-Sun in the event. Sugishita posted a season-best mark in the discus with a hurl of 165-01 (50.31-meters) earlier this season to rank second in the league.
In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Christian Ritacco returns to action this week. He turned in a season-best time of 9:44.65 at the Duke Invitational April 6. Junior Ross Oden, junior Andrew Kipchumba and sophomore Riley Doherty are scheduled to compete in the men's 5,000-meter. Oden posted a season-best time of 15:05.43 at the 49er Classic, while Kipchumba and Doherty recorded times of 15:33.55 and 15:53.34, respectively earlier this season.
Senior Brandon Curry will participate in the men's 110-meter hurdles at the Charlotte Invite, after registering a season-best time of 15.18 last weekend at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational.
On the women's side, the freshman foursome of Heaven Briggs, Brenicke Johnson, Dominique Nock and Semaj Tolliver will return to action this weekend, competing in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Last weekend at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational, Nock posted a school record in the 200-meter, clocking in at 24.74. Earlier this season at the Raleigh Relays, Brenicke Johnson turned in a program record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.95.
Last weekend, freshman Rebecca Elliott continued to improve her time in the 400-meter hurdles, marking the third time this season she has broken the school record. She crossed the line in 1:10.44. Upstate sophomore Brittany Walls is slated to return to action this weekend in the high jump. She posted a school record in the event at the Catamount Classic March 23, clearing 5-03.00 (1.60-meters).
Upstate freshman Anastasia Kolesnitchenko leads the Spartans this season in the women's 1,500-meter with a season-best time of 4:49.36. She is scheduled to compete in the event this weekend alongside classmate Nia Payne. Kolesnitchenko is also entered in the 800-meter, joining fellow freshmen Molly Bliss and Ashleigh Torres. Kolesnitchenko paces Upstate in the 800-meter as well with a time of 2:20.06 this season, while Bliss is second on the team with a time of 2:20.28 and Torres follows in third with a time of 2:20.32.
The final distance event the Spartan women will participate in this weekend is the 5,000-meter race. Sophomore Jasmine Polite leads the team in 5K, clocking in at 18:11.91 at the Duke Invite April 5. Senior Laura Transue is second on the team with a time of 19:07.98, while senior Hannah Chaney is third with a time of 19:24.58.
Junior Ashley Edmond is slated to participate in the women's 400-meter alongside freshman Sarah Thomas, freshman Sierra White and Walls. Edmond leads Upstate in the event this season, clocking in at 58.84 last weekend at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational. Sarah Thomas is second on the squad with a time of 59.68, which she recorded last weekend as well.