Jacksonville, Fla. – The USC Upstate track and field team took home a total of seven medals, including three in the relay races, on Saturday to close out the 2015 A-Sun Outdoor Track & Field Championships from North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
The Upstate women finished the two-day meet in fifth place with a program-best 86 points while the men also placed fifth with 27 points.
The Spartan relay teams highlighted day two of the A-Sun Outdoor Championships as both squads combined for three medals led by the men with two. The women’s 4×100-meter relay team of Semaj Tolliver, Courtney Bradley, Heaven Briggs and Brenicke Johnson ran to a third place finish after their time of 46.57, giving Upstate a second straight All-Conference accolade in the race. The men’s combination of Jake McKown, Kyle Jones, Jaleel Williams and Patrick Jamison combined to record the team’s first All-Conference showing in the 4×100-meter relay as they finished third with a school record time of 42.09. McKown, Jones and Jamison then joined up with Cameron Pratt to tally Upstate’s final All-Conference medal of the day in the 4×400-meter relay as they made a late charge to finish second following a time of 3:16.15.
Brittany Walls and KeAndrea Ladson began the day for the Spartans by collecting a combined four team points in the heptathlon as Walls finished sixth and Ladson eighth.
Walls broke her own school record in the heptathlon by 180 points after finishing with a personal-best 4,717 points. The senior previously held the old school mark of 4,537 points set at last season’s A-Sun Championships. Walls collected a new personal-best in the 800-meter run after crossing the finish line in 2:30.44.
Ladson also set a new personal-best in the heptathlon as she finished with 4,288 points and surpassed her old mark by 177 points. The personal-best turned in by Ladson was one of three she posted during Saturday’s portion of the heptathlon. The sophomore recorded a new personal-best toss in the javelin throw of 26.73-meters while running a 2:47.39 in the 800-meters.
Walls followed up her showing in the heptathlon by picking up her second straight All-Conference honor in the high jump. She was named Second Team All-Conference after a leap of 1.70-meters and fell just .01 meters shy of matching her school record.
Johnson secured her second All-Conference award of the day in the 100-meter dash finals becoming the first female in school history to place in the event. The junior crossed the finish line in a time of 11.88 to place third and receive Third Team All-Conference accolades.
McKown earned the men’s first individual All-Conference selection of the day as he broke his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles. He also collected the program’s first men’s All-Conference honor in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 54.27 to take Third Team recognition.
Destinie Sykes achieved a women’s program first in the triple jump after being named Third Team All-Conference. Sykes collected the first All-Conference award for the Spartan women in the triple jump as she broke her own school record with a personal-best leap of 12.02-meters.
Upstate set a total of seven school records on Saturday with the women capturing five and the men two. Alexis Jacobs completed her impressive weekend by breaking her own school record in the discus throw with a personal-best mark of 41.79-meters, giving her three top-five finishes in the field events. Joining Jacobs in setting new school records were Tolliver in the 200-meter dash and Meagan Bailey in the javelin throw.
Kennesaw State won the men’s team championship after compiling 273 points while Jacksonville was victorious in the women’s championship with 261.50 points.