Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate track and field program announced today the recipients of its five team awards for the 2017 outdoor season, which ended two weeks ago at the NCAA East Preliminary meet in Lexington, Ky.
The women's team handed out three awards while the men recognized two award winners.
Kennedy Holton was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer while Destinie Sykes and Kalyn Brown were named Co-Outstanding Field Performer for the women's team. On the men's side, Patrick Jamison earned Most Outstanding Track Performer honors with Jaquille Mosley claiming the award for Most Outstanding Field Performer.
"All of our award winners did a great job this season," head coach Carson Blackwelder said. "They saw huge improvements in their performances and performed at their best when it counted."
Holton set two school records at the Georgia Tech Invitational on April 22 in the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. The Clinton, Md. native set a new mark in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.10 and the 400-meter hurdles as she crossed the finish line in 1:02.21. At the ASUN Championships, Holton claimed Third Team All-Conference laurels in the 100-meter hurdles and finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Holton earned top-five finishes in the 100-meter hurdles at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting and the Charlotte Invitational.
Sykes became the second Upstate woman's track and field athlete, and the first jumper, to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet after she won the triple jump at the ASUN Championships with a new school record mark of 12.56 meters. At the NCAA East Preliminary Meet, Sykes finished in 45th place in the triple jump. She had two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the triple jump this season. In addition to the triple jump, Sykes competed in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles and turned in the second-fastest 100-meter hurdle time (14.36) in school history at the ASUN Championships.
Brown earned Third Team All-Conference honors in the discus and finished in fourth place in the shot put at the ASUN Championships. She was the runner-up in the discus and shot put at the Winthrop Invitational. Brown scored six top-five and eight top-10 finishes this season.
Jamison earned the men's Most Outstanding Track Performer award after he set a school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.40 to win the ASUN Championship. At the Raleigh Relays, Jamison finished in 10th place in the 200-meter dash with the second-fastest time in school history at 22.02. He was also part of the 4x100-meter relay team that recorded the third-fastest time in school history (42.38) at the Charlotte Invitational. Jamison concluded his junior outdoor season with two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Mosley scored a sixth place finish in the shot put at the ASUN Championships with a throw of 12.45 meters, which is the fourth-best throw in program history. Mosley's throw of 43.82 meters in the javelin at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting was a personal best and second-best in program history.
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