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Gamecocks advance eight, relay teams to regional finals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In the NCAA East Region Championships, the South Carolina men advanced three individuals and the short relay team to today's finals; and the women advanced five individuals and the short relay team. USC will be without Johnny Dutch, who sat out of qualifying with a strained hamstring.

Jason Richardson, the SEC champion who leads the nation with the top time in the high hurdles 13.21, won his heat at 13.65 to advance to the finals with the second fastest time of the day.

Quentin Moore won his heat in the quarter at 46.52 to advance.

Brandi Cross won her heat of the 400m with the fastest time of the day at 52.41. Porche Byrd also won her heat of the quarter, finishing at 53.48 to advance to the finals.

Shayla Mahan was third in her heat of the 100m at 11.46 to advance to the finals. In the next heat Gabby Glenn finished second (11.45) and advanced. Mahan later finished second in her heat of the 200m at 23.79, becoming last Gamecock in to qualify.

The women's 4x100m relay ran the fastest time of the day to win its heat at 44.11 (Cross, Mahan, Glenn and Faraign Giles).

The men's 4x10m relay also won its heat with the second-fastest time of the day at 39.75. The relay was made up of Jon Hancock, Antonio Sales, Quentin Moore and Larmar Markett.

Hardy leads Clemson in regional. Clemson senior Polly Hardy was the women’s track & field team’s top performer. Hardy recorded a personal best time of 13.44.

Caroline Kennedy competed in the pole vault and finished in a tie for 17th place with a clearance of 12’0”. It is the second consecutive season Kennedy has qualified.

Linda Buchholz finished 11th out of 31 in the javelin throw with a season-best throw of 149’4”.

April Sinkler finished 16th in the long jump with a mark of 19’0.75” on her first jump.

Travis Padgett and C.J. Spiller qualified for the finals in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Padgett was the top performer in the 100m prelims with a time of 10.13. Spiller turned in personal best times at 10.21 and 10.29.

In the 200m, Padgett won his section with a time of 20.92 seconds, while Spiller was runner-up to defending NCAA champion Walter Dix in the first heat with a time of 20.96.