COLOMBIA, S.C. - The lions took a small group to compete at the Gamecock Inaugural in Colombia, South Carolina this past weekend. Day one started off with sophomore Sulaimane Bangura lowering his indoor personal record, the program's indoor school record, and hitting the NCAA Division II provisional standards for nationals. Bangura is currently ranked 15th in the NCAA. Day one also consisted of freshman Chukwuma Nnamdi making his debut in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.34, freshman Ackeem West jumps a 21'0.75, junior Juan Soto lowers his indoor personal record to a 13'9.25, and senior Michael Guinn lowers his season best to a 7.23 in the 60 meter dash. Bangura earned his title of runner of the meet and Juan Soto earned field performer for the first night.
Day two consisted of three more personal records lowered on the men's side. It started off with freshman Jaylin Holiday running a new indoor personal record in the men's 200 meter dash with a time of 23.95, freshman Josiah Campbell lowers his indoor personal record to a 2:05.08, and junior DaMonte' Ward lowering his indoor personal record to 1:56.17 in the men's 800 meter run. Ward has also been moving up in the NCAA rankings. He went from being ranked 81st after he competed at the UAB Vulcan Invitational, to now being ranked 64th. Despite not being able to run this past weekend, sophomore Malik Jackson is ranked 58th in the men's 60 meter hurdles.
"Overall I think the meet went well for our men." Said Head Coach Chyna Davis. "The goal was to qualify for nationals and each week we keep getting closer and closer to our goal. It was good to see my athletes compete against a lot of D1 teams and even professional athletes. I think it gave them a boost and something to strive for and to continue working had at practice. I was very proud of Sully. His goal this meet was to qualify for conference and that's exactly what he did this weekend. It still early and we have some fine tuning to do but I believe we are heading in the right direction."
The lions will be back on the track this upcoming Sunday at the JDL Dual Meet Madness meet at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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