Spartans Earn Three First Place Finishes in Opening Day at Charlotte Invite
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The USC Upstate men's and women's track & field teams posted strong results Thursday in the first day of the Charlotte Invitational, recording three first-place finishes.
Senior Kenny Sugishita took top honors in the men's hammer throw, resetting his school record mark with a toss of 60.34-meters (197-11). His previous program-best mark was 58.41 (191-08), which he set last weekend at the Johnson C. Smith Invite.
The Spartans also claimed first-place in the men's 5,000-meter as junior Andrew Kipchumba crossed the line with a season-best time of 15:31.70. Junior Ross Oden was a close second, clocking in at 15:31.80. In the men's 800-meter, senior Cameron Thomas earned a second-place finish with a school record time of 1:50.57. His previous school record was 1:50.86, which he set at N.C. State's Raleigh Relays earlier this season. Following Thomas in fourth in the 800-meter was junior Matt Johnson with a personal-best time of 1:51.54.
On the women's side, sophomore Jasmine Polite took home first-place honors with a personal-best time of 18:04.92, beating her pervious PR by seven seconds. Senior Laura Transue followed with a time of 19:37.49.
Freshman Anastasia Kolesnitchenko turned in a school record performance in the women's 800-meter, clocking in at 2:16.86. The previous program-best was 2:17.48 set by Joan Tangwar in 2011. Freshman Ashleigh Torres posted a personal record in the 800-meter, crossing the line in 2:17.86, while her classmate Molly Bliss recorded a personal-best time of 2:18.50. The season-best times continued to fall in the event as freshman Nia Payne finished in 2:20.36 and freshman Taylor Crans in 2:28.64.
Upstate junior Meagan Bailey notched a personal record in the women's javelin with a throw of 33.77-meters (110-09). In the women's hammer throw, freshman Savannah Nichols recorded a personal-best toss of 36.19-meters (118-09) as did sophomore Falicya Crace with a hurl of 36.05-meters (118-03).