Radford's dominant performances help South Carolina to seven top-10 finishes
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- South Carolina wrapped up competition in the 69th Annual Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track, turning in seven top-10 finishes, including three top-five showings on Saturday. Senior Breanna Radford accounted for two of those top-10s, while two relay teams on the women’s side posted top-five times.
The women amassed a bulk of the Gamecocks’ best finishes, beginning with Radford in sixth place in the hammer throw. She began her morning with a throw of 170-10 (52.06m) then closed her meet with the shot put, in which she finished fifth with a throw of 54-04.00 (16.56m). It was the best of the season for South Carolina and the third-best score in the East.
South Carolina’s top 4x100 women’s relay entry claimed fifth in the event as Kierre Beckles, Erika Rucker, Vashti Bandy and Alexis Murphy combined for a season-best time of 45.07, to rank among the top 10 in the East.
In the 4x200 relay, both the Gamecock entries on the women’s side finished in the top 10. Bandy, Rucker, Christal Green and Murphy took fifth with a time of 1:34.73, while the team of Amber Allen, Ahtyana Johnson, Tyler Brockington and Tamera Harris ran it in 1:36.27 for ninth.
The men added a pair of top 10s in the relays. Chris Maxwell, Eric Winfrey, Dondre Echols and Chris Royster took seventh in 4x200 with a time of 1:24.25. The Gamecocks’ top entry in the 4x800 relay took 10th in a time of 7:43.15.