South Carolina sophomore Petra Olsen hit a school record in the pole vault in her first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to lead the Gamecocks on the first of four days of competition at Drake Stadium.
Olsen placed 12th overall at 13 feet, 7 ¼ inches to earn second team All-America honors and surpass Vica Shobe’s 2010 mark of 13-6 ½ as the top mark in program history.
Freshman Erika Rucker took 15th overall in the 400-meter semifinals at 52.95 to earn her second All-America nod of the season.
The men and women competed in the 4x100-meter relay with the men’s team taking 12th and the women’s team taking 22nd.
Junior long jumper Jarrod Hutchen fouled his first attempt before passing on his final two attempts because of an injury.
For Clemson, junior Warren Fraser qualified for the Olympic Games with an “A” standard time of 10.18 in the first semifinal of the 100-meter dash
The women’s 4x100-meter relay got the day off to a good start with a school record (43.43) in the opening semifinal.
Marlena Wesh wrapped up a berth in the women’s 400 dash final by running her heat in 52 seconds flat, the sixth-fastest time overall.