May 9, 2013

Spartans Set for A-Sun Outdoor Championships

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Contact: Katie Parker, kparker@uscupstate.edu 

Championship Central

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's and women's track & field teams head to Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Championships Friday and Saturday hosted by the University of North Florida.

The Spartan men return three individual champions from last year's A-Sun Championships in a trio of seniors. Gilbert Kemboi looks to defend his 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter titles this weekend as the Eldoret, Kenya native paces the conference in both events this season. Cameron Thomas won the 800-meter last season and looks to repeat this weekend after leading the league in the event all season. Upstate hurler Kenny Sugishita claimed three throwing crowns at the 2012 A-Sun Championships in the discus, hammer and shot put. He enters this weekend ranked second in both the discus and hammer throw and third in the shot put.

Upstate also returns two third-team all-conference selections from last year in senior Brandon Curry and junior Matt Johnson, garnering third-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter, respectively. Curry is currently seventh in the A-Sun in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.18, while Johnson is slated to compete this weekend in the 800-meter run after recording a personal-best time of 1:51.54.

On the women's side, the Spartans have broken eight individual school records this season led by two-time record-holders freshman Dominique Nock and sophomore Brittany Walls. Nock posted program-best marks of 24.74 in the 200-meter dash and 18-02.50 (33.77-meters) in the long jump, while Walls turned in Upstate records in the high jump and heptathlon, clearing 5-03.00 (1.60-meters) and tallying 3870 points. Both Nock and Walls are scheduled to compete in their respective events this weekend as Walls tops the league in the heptathlon this season.

Freshman Brenicke Johnson will compete alongside Nock in the 100-meter dash at the A-Sun Championships this weekend. Brenicke Johnson turned in a school record performance of 11.95 earlier this season. Freshmen Rebecca Elliott and Anastasia Kolesnitchenko are entered in the women's 400-meter hurdles and 800-meter, respectively. Elliott registered a program record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.44 earlier this season, while Kolesnitchenko crossed the 800-meter line with an Upstate-best mark of 2:16.86.   

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