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USC's Clarke wins SEC pentathlon title

South Carolina's Kettiany Clarke reacts to a throw during the shot put portion of the pentathlon in NCAA college track and field competition at the SEC Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)
South Carolina's Kettiany Clarke reacts to a throw during the shot put portion of the pentathlon in NCAA college track and field competition at the SEC Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)

At Fayetteville, Ark., USC senior Kettiany Clarke earned the program's first SEC title in the pentathlon and became a part of an elite group of athletes in the nation after taking the win in the first day of competition at the SEC Indoor Championships with 4,064 points.

Clarke, who has battled injuries throughout her career at South Carolina, became the first Gamecock to earn the pentathlon title and sits No. 3 in the nation in the event, all but securing a spot to the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks.

The Gamecocks previously had two athletes earn the silver medal in the event. Antoinette Wilks took second in 2003 with 4,066 points and the following season Chelsea Hammond also took second with 4,133 points, but Clarke became the first to bring home the gold.

"It feels amazing," Clarke said. "I'm so glad that my teammates were here to cheer me on. They were my biggest supporters and I couldn't have done that 800-meters without them."

- From Staff Reports

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