Thursday, February 13, 2014


ANDERSON, S.C. – Following a 13-day layoff, the Anderson men’s track and field team, along with the regionally fifth-ranked women’s squad, will get back in action at the UCS Invitational, hosted by Wake Forest University, Friday and Saturday at the JDL Fast Track facility in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The two-day meet will be held at JDL Fast Track, which is a dedicated indoor track and field facility that opened two years ago. It houses a 200-meter oval track with a Mondotrack FTX surface, the same surface that was used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Field event areas include two pole vault runways, two long/triple jump runways, one high jump apron and one throws area.

A trio of Trojans competed at the track shortly after it opened in 2012, with Matt Shaffer claiming third place in the men’s 800 meter run at the NCRUNNERS Elite Last Chance Meet, while Whitney Bishoff brought home second place in the women’s one-mile run. Lauren Sloan placed second in the women’s shot put.

The Trojans are coming off appearances in Clemson’s Bob Pollock Invitational, with junior Jill Baxter claiming seventh in the pentathlon. Sophomore Devan Fisher brought home fourth in the mile run, with freshman Mia Swiersz placing 12th in the 3000 meter. Newcomer Bari Robinson garnered 22nd in the 800 meter.
Junior Savanna Keese finished 18th in the weight throw, while sophomore D'Yandra Morris was 21st in the weight throw and took 20th in the shot put. Junior Brooklyn Watt earned 23rd in the shot put. Newcomer Megan Shahoud captured 25th in the long jump. Freshman Olivia Gardner captured ninth in the seeded 3,000 meter run, while junior Sydney Hazel captured 16th in the seeded mile run. The combination of Gardner, Hazel, Robinson and Sherin Malone finished fourth in the distance medley.

On the men’s side, freshman Thomas Garrigan finished third in the mile run, while newcomer Jesse Patrick crossed the line in sixth. Westley Wilson placed sixth in the 5,000 meter, with freshman Ned Kennedy finishing eighth. Newcomer Michael Burch placed second in the 3,000 meter, with freshman Caleb Knight earning 26th in the 400 meter dash and classmate Jonathan Shorter finishing 30th.

Sophomore Joshua Visi-Clark, Garrigan and Patrick each placed 29th, 34th and 35th, respectively in the 800 meter. Freshman Malik Brown and Shorter placed seventh and eighth, respectively in the 60 meter hurdles. Freshman Ben Boerma finished third in the men’s seeded 3,000 meter, with senior Parks Edwards taking ninth. 

The event is open to the public with $10 admission.