Upstate Wraps Up Day One of Competition at Niswonger Invitational

Upstate Wraps Up Day One of Competition at Niswonger Invitational

Johnson City, Tenn. – The opening day of the 36th annual Niswonger Invitational saw the USC Upstate track and field team set three school indoor records while seven personal-bests were broken Friday evening at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.

The Upstate women set all three indoor school records on Friday and had four personal-bests broken. The men had three personal-bests attained to start their second meet of the season.

Alexis Jacobs broke a three-year old school record in the weight throw as her mark of 15.80-meters (51-10.00) eclipsed that of Laterrica Blocker's 14.09-meters at the 2010 A-Sun Championships. The throw by Jacobs was also a personal-best for her, and the second indoor school record she has broken in as many events. She followed that performance by breaking her own school indoor record in the shot put with a throw of 13.14-meters (43-01.50) to place sixth in the event. Jacobs originally set the shot put record in the season-opener at Appalachian State.

KeAndrea Ladson, fresh off her A-Sun Women's Field Performer of the Week recognition, also broke a three-year old school indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles. She finished seventh in the preliminaries with a time of 9.25, breaking the mark of 9.46 set by Camille Masanotti at the 2010 A-Sun Championships.

Destinie Sykes tied her own school record, and personal-best, of 11.12-meters (36-05.75) in the triple jump. Semaj Tolliver set two new personal-bests in the 60-meter dash (7.97) and 200-meter dash (26.27).

Dominique Nock, who had three third-place finishes at the Appalachian Invitational, had the best finish for the women as she placed third in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.65. She is one of six athletes to advance to the finals tomorrow.

The Spartan men had personal-bests achieved by Cameron Pratt, Kyle Jones and Michael Smith. Both Pratt and Jones set their personal-bests in the 400-meter dash preliminaries, and Smith in the triple jump. Pratt ran a time of 52.70 in the event and Jones a 54.21. Smith posted a leap of 13.32-meters (43-08.50).

Matt Johnson, for the second straight event, had the highest finish for the men as he placed sixth in the 800-meter run.

Joshua Powers just missed qualifying for the 60-meter hurdles as he finished .19 seconds behind the sixth-place runner. He completed the event with a time of 8.66 to earn seventh-place recognition.

Day two of the Niswonger Invitational is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with the women's 5000-meter run blue section. The day concludes with the final event, the men's 4x400-meter relay, at 6:40 p.m.

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