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Emily Tangwar Four-Time A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Individual Champion

Justin Crawford 2-Time A-Sun Pole Vault Champion

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Gilbert Kemboi 2009 A-Sun Cross Country Freshman of the Year

James Jackson Country 2008 A-Sun Cross All-Freshman Team

Jemeli Sang 2009 A-Sun Cross Country All-Conference

Carolyne Chel ulei 2009 A-Sun C ross Country All-Conference


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Quick Facts USC Upstate School ______ University of South Carolina Upstate Location ____________________ Spartanburg, S.C. Founded ______________________________ 1967 Enrollment ____________________________ 5,000 Nickname __________________________ Spartans School Colors ____ Dark Green (567), White & Black Affiliation ____________________ NCAA Division I Conference ____________ Atlantic Sun Conference Chancellor _____________ John C. Stockwell, Ph.D. Athletic Director ____________________ Mike Hall Senior Women’s Administrator ____ Louise Ericson Athletic Department Phone _______ (864) 503-5141 Web site ____________ www.upstatespartans.com Cross Country/Track & Field Information Head Coach _________________ Jimmy Stephens Years __________ 7th Year Overall/4th at Upstate Alma Mater _____________ South Carolina, 1991 Head Coach Phone ___________ (864) 503-5845 E-mail ____________ jstephens@uscupstate.edu Best Way to Reach Coach_________ Through SID Assistant Coach ____________ Carson Blackwelder Years __________ 5th Year Overall/1st at Upstate Alma Mater __________ Appalachian State, 2005 Assistant Coach Phone _________ 864-503-9583 E-mail _________ cblackwelder@uscupstate.edu Volunteer Assistant _____________ Colton Hodge Volunteer Assistant ______________ Ezekiel Koech 2009-10 Spartans Men’s T&F Letterwinners Returning/Lost _____ 12/4 Women’s T&F Letterwinners Returning/Lost ___ 13/5 2009 Men’s A-Sun Indoor T&F Champs. ______ 4th/7 2009 Women’s A-Sun Indoor T&F Champs. ___ 7th/8 2009 Men’s A-Sun Outdoor T&F Champs. ____ 4th/7 2009 Women’s A-Sun Outdoor T&F Champs. _ 6th/8

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Indoor Track & Field History First Year ____________________________ 2007-08 Men’s A-Sun Individual Champions ____________ 1 Women’s A-Sun Individual Champions _________ 4 Outdoor Track & Field History First Year ______________________________ 2008 Men’s A-Sun Individual Champions ____________ 3 Women’s A-Sun Individual Champions _________ 0 Media Relations Assistant A.D./Media Relations _______ Bill English Office Phone_________________ (864) 503-5129 E-mail _____________ benglish@uscupstate.edu Assistant Director _________________ Joe Guistina Office Phone_________________ (864) 503-5152 E-mail _____________ jguistina@uscupstate.edu Assistant/T&F Contact ____________ Alex Edwards Office Phone ________________ (864) 503-5166 Cell Phone __________________ (864) 279-4829 E-mail ____________ aedwards@uscupstate.edu Fax Number ___________________ (864) 503-5127 SID Mailing Address __________ 800 University Way ___________________ Spartanburg, S.C. 29303 Atlantic Sun Conference Commissioner____________________Ted Gumbart Dir. of Communications/T&F Contact ___ Eric Moyer Office Phone_________________ (478) 474-3394 E-mail ______________ emoyer@atlanticsun.org Mailing Address ___ 3370 Vineville Ave., Suite 108-B ____________________ Macon, Ga. 31204-0790

Credits The 2009-10 USC Upstate Track & Field Media Guide is a production of the USC Upstate Media Relations Office. It was written, designed and edited by Media Relations Assistant Alex Edwards and Assistant Media Relations Director Joe Guistina. Editorial assistance provided by head coach Jimmy Stephens, assistant coach Carson Blackwelder and the USC Upstate University Communications Office. Additional assistance provided by Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Bill English. Cover design by Nick Schneiders. Photography by Sideline Sports, Les Duggins, Mike Bruce, Sarah Hurd, Bill English and the USC Upstate archives.

Quick Facts/Table of Contents _______________ 1 Media Information/Directions _______________ 2 2009-10 Spartan Track & Field _____________3-6 2009-10 Spartan Track & Field Rosters _________ 3 2009-10 Track & Field Preview _______________ 4-6 Spartan Coaching Staff __________________7-10 Head Coach Jimmy Stephens _____________ 7-8 Assistant Coach Carson Blackwelder ________ 9 Volunteer Assistant Ezekiel Koech _________ 10 Volunteer Assistant Colton Hodge _________ 10 2009-10 Spartan Men’s Returning Athletes 11-15 Chapman, Crawford ____________________ 11 Goggins, Henderson ____________________ 12 Long _________________________________ 13 Meissner, Speed _______________________ 14 Jackson, Thompson _____________________ 15 2009-10 Spartan Men’s Newcomers ______ 16-17 Curry, Dennison, Fernanders, Garnett, Kemboi, Moore _________________________________ 16 Ritacco, Simon, Taylor, C. Thomas, D. Thomas _ 17 2009-10 Spartan Women’s Returning Athletes18-22 Blocker, Neely _________________________ 18 E. Tangwar ____________________________ 19 G. Walker, Yancey, Chelulei _______________ 20 Finney, Sang __________________________ 21 J. Tangwar, L. Walker_____________________ 22 2009-10 Spartan Women’s Newcomers __________ 23 Alexander, Bennett, Farler, Gamble, Masanotti, Osborne, Transue _______________________ 23 2008-09 Indoor Season in Review _______ 24-25 Indoor Track & Field Review ______________ 24 Indoor Track & Field Results ______________ 25 2009 Outdoor Season In Review ________ 26-27 Outdoor Track & Field Review _____________ 26 Outdoor Track & Field Results _____________ 27 Track & Field History __________________ 28-34 Men’s Award Winners/Letterwinners _______ 28 Women’s Award Winners/Letterwinners ____ 29 Indoor Track & Field Records ___________ 30-31 Outdoor Track & Field Records __________ 32-33 Division I Meet-By-Meet Results ___________ 34 About USC Upstate_____________________ I-XVI About USC Upstate _______________________ I Building A Metropolitan University___________II Chancellor Dr. John Stockwell ______________ III Director of Athletics Mike Hall ______________ III Athletics Administration ________________ IV-V Academic Success _______________________ VI In The Community ______________________ VII Athletics Facilities_______________________ VIII Facilities on the Horizon __________________ IX Sports Medicine _________________________ X Upstate Athletics Medical Team ____________ XI NCAA Compliance ______________________ XII Athletic Association _____________________ XII USC Upstate Hall of Fame ________________ XIII Athletic Accomplishments _______________ XIV 2008-09 Upstate Athletics In Review _______ XV This is the Atlantic Sun Conference _________ XVI


Media Information/Directions

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Directions to USC Upstate

The 2009-10 University of South Carolina Upstate track and field media guide has been assembled to serve as the primary information source for writers, broadcasters, sports directors, sports editors, sports information directors and fans that follow the Spartans. The USC Upstate Media Relations Office is always interested in assisting members of the media in their coverage of Upstate athletics. Publicity and media information for cross country and track and field is handled by Media Relations Assistant Alex Edwards. Weekly releases, statistics, photographs and other materials are available by contacting him by phone at (864) 503-5166 or by e-mail at aedwards@uscupstate.edu.

From I-85 in either direction – Use Exit 72 on to U.S. 176 towards Spartanburg. Take the East Campus Boulevard exit. Go left at the end of the exit ramp onto East Campus Boulevard. The campus is on the left. From I-26 in either direction – exit on to I-85 northbound, and follow the above directions. Using I-85 instead of Business I-85 is the preferable route. From U.S. Hwy. 176/I-585 northbound – Take the East Campus Boulevard exit. Go right at the end of the exit ramp onto East Campus Boulevard. The campus is on the left.

Interview Policy All interviews taking place other than on the day of a meet with head coach Jimmy Stephens and/or student-athletes must be arranged through the USC Upstate Media Relations Office. In order to avoid any deadline conflicts, it is recommended that the request be made two days in advance. It should be noted that player telephone numbers will not be given out under any circumstances. Any media members wishing to interview head coach Jimmy Stephens or selected players following USC Upstate home meets should see Alex Edwards at the conclusion of the meet. Head coach Jimmy Stephens and selected athletes will be made available following a short cooling-off period.

www.upstatespartans.com The official athletics Web site for USC Upstate, www.upstatespartans.com, is updated continuously throughout the year. Weekly releases, feature stories, player biographies and photo galleries are available for Upstate volleyball and all of the Spartans’ 17 athletic teams. For more information on USC Upstate, its academic programs, campus life, campus services and admissions office, please visit www. uscupstate.edu.

From U.S. Hwy. 176/I-585 southbound – Take the East Campus Boulevard exit. Go left at the end of the exit ramp onto East Campus Boulevard. The campus is on the left. From Business I-85 northbound – Use Exit 5-B, Milliken Road. Proceed along the frontage road parallel to Business I-85 to the Milliken Bridge over Business I85, and turn left crossing over Business I-85. At the three-way STOP at the end of the bridge, continue straight onto North Campus Boulevard into campus From Business I-85 southbound – Use Exit 6, SC 9. Proceed along the frontage road for approximately 1/2 mile being careful not to re-enter Business 85. Turn right at the Milliken Bridge and follow North Campus Boulevard to the campus.

Media Outlets Spartanburg Herald-Journal Phone: (864) 562-7241 Fax: (864) 594-6234 Contact: Todd Shanesy

The State (Columbia, S.C.) Phone: (803) 771-8470 Fax: (803) 771-8613 Contact: Bob Gillespie

Greenville News Phone: (864) 298-4100 Fax: (864) 298-4137

Charlotte (N.C.) Observer Phone: (704) 358-5125 Fax: (704) 358-5110

ESPN 1400 AM Phone: 864-573-1400 Contact: Matt Smith WHNS-TV Phone: 864-288-2100 Fax: (864) 987-1219 Contact: Dan Bubany

WSPA-TV Phone: (864) 576-7777 Fax: (864) 587-5430 Contact: Pete Yanity WYFF-TV Phone: (864) 242-4404 Fax: (864) 240-5305 Contact: Geoff Hart

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Rosters

Track & Field Rosters Men’s Roster Name Eric Chapman Justin Crawford Brandon Curry David Dennison *Derek Fernanders Reggie Garnett *Perrish Goggins Matt Henderson James Jackson Gilbert Kemboi Graham Long Michael Meissner Danny Moore Christian Ritacco Dominic Simon Dakota Speed Dylan Taylor Cameron Thomas Dustin Thomas *Reggie Thompson * Red-shirt in 2010.

Events Throws Pole Vault Sprints Distance Jumps Jumps Jumps/Multi Distance Distance Distance Sprints Sprints Sprints Distance Sprints Jumps Distance Distance Distance Jumps/Multi

Ht. 6-0 6-1 6-2 5-9 6-1 5-9 5-7 5-7 6-0 5-9 5-8 5-7 5-10 6-4 5-8 6-1 5-11 6-1 5-11 6-3

Wt. 200 175 167 125 142 175 174 142 135 120 140 165 160 165 160 170 138 163 151 184

Cl. Jr. Jr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So.

Hometown/Previous School Cowpens, S.C./Broome Elgin, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin Anderson, S.C./Pendleton Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Campobello, S.C./Chapman Columbia, S.C./Robert G. Cole Columbia, S.C./C.A. Johnson Prep Academy Inman, S.C./Dorman Aiken, S.C./Aiken Eldoret, Kenya/Kangetuny Easley, S.C./Riverside Cottage Grove, Minn./Wisconsin-River Falls Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman Niceville, Fla./Niceville Sumter, S.C./Sumter Byron, N.Y./Byron-Bergen Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff Niceville, Fla./Niceville Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge Owensboro, Ky./Castle

By Class

By Event

Freshmen (8) Brandon Curry David Dennison Reggie Garnett Gilbert Kembol Christian Ritacco Dylan Taylor Cameron Thomas Dustin Thomas Sophomores (4) Derek Fernanders James Jackson Danny Moore Reggie Thompson Juniors (7) Eric Chapman Justin Crawford Perrish Goggins Matt Henderson Graham Long Michael Meissner Dakota Speed

Distance (8) David Dennison Matt Henderson James Jackson Gilbert Kemboi Christian Ritacco Dyaln Taylor Cameron Thomas Dustin Thomas Jumps (5) Derek Fernanders Reggie Garnett Perrish Goggins Dakota Speed Reggie Thompson Multi-Events (2) Perrish Goggins Reggie Thompson Pole Vault (1) Justin Crawford Sprints (5) Brandon Curry Graham Long Michael Meissner Danny Moore Dominic Simon Throws (1) Eric Chapman

By Class

By Event

Freshmen (6) Hope Bennett Erica Farler Christian Gamble Camille Masanotti Abigail Osborne Laura Transue Sophomores (5) Carolyne Chelulei Jillian Finney Jemeli Sang Joan Tangwar Lauren Walker Juniors (6) Mary Alexander LaTerrica Blocker Kathryn Neely Emily Tangwar Gabrielle Walker Nicole Yancey

Distance (9) Mary Alexander Carolyne Chelulei Jillian Finney Jemeli Sang Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar Laura Transue Lauren Walker Nicole Yancey Jumps (4) Hope Bennett Christian Gamble Camille Masanotti Gabrielle Walker Pole Vault (1) Erica Farler Sprints (5) LaTerrica Blocker Erica Farler Christian Gamble Camille Masanotti Kathryn Neely

Head Coach: Jimmy Stephens (4th year, South Carolina ’91) Assistant Coaches: Carson Blackwelder (1st year, Appalachian State ’05) Colton Hodge (2nd year, Auburn ’05); Ezekiel Koech (1st year, Francis Marion ‘05)

Women’s Roster Name Mary Alexander *Hope Bennett LaTerrica Blocker Carolyne Chelulei Erica Farler Jillian Finney Christian Gamble Camille Masanotti Kathryn Neely Abigail Osborne Jemeli Sang Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar Laura Transue Gabrielle Walker Lauren Walker Nicole Yancey * Red-shirt in 2010.

Events Distance Jumps Sprints/Throws Distance Pole Vault/Sprints Distance Jumps/Sprints Jumps/Sprints Sprints Jumps Distance Distance Distance Distance Jumps Distance Distance

Ht. 5-4 5-3 5-8 5-7 5-3 5-6 5-6 5-4 5-4 5-5 5-6 5-2 5-2 5-1 5-4 5-5 5-4

Yr. Jr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Jr.

Hometown/Previous School Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg C.C. Aiken, S.C./South Aiken Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan Eldoret, Kenya/Alliance Girls Simpsonville, S.C./Greenville Charter Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork Columbia, S.C./Lower Richland Ladsen, S.C./Stratford Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville Eldoret, Kenya/Biwott Ngelel-Tarit Eldoret, Kenya/Lareto (Matunda) Eldoret, Kenya/St. Joseph’s Girls Greenville, S.C./T.L. Hanna Chattanooga, Tenn./Mars Hill Columbia, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand

Head Coach: Jimmy Stephens (4th year, South Carolina ’91) Assistant Coaches: Carson Blackwelder (1st year, Appalachian State ’05) Colton Hodge (2nd year, Auburn ’05); Ezekiel Koech (1st year, Francis Marion ‘05)

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Season Preview FOUR-TIME A-SUN CHAMPION EMILY TANGWAR

2009 A-SUN CROSS COUNTRY FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR GILBERT KEMBOI TWO-TIME A-SUN CHAMPION JUSTIN CRAWFORD

2009-10 USC UPSTATE TRACK & FIELD PREVIEW

T H E P R O G R A M M A T U RE S The 2009-10 USC Upstate track and field team, entering its third season of existence, is looking to improve on last season’s success. The Spartans will begin their indoor season on Friday, Jan. 22, as they will travel to Johnson City, Tenn., to compete in the Niswonger Invitational. From there, they will compete in four additional meets throughout the indoor season, including the Clemson Games, Vince Brown Invitational and the UNC Invitational before traveling to Johnson City, Tenn. for the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships on Feb. 26-27. After nearly a month off from competition, Upstate’s outdoor season will begin on March 18-20 at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C. They will also participate in the Raleigh and Weems Baskin Relays, the Duke and Furman Invitationals, the Sea Ray Relays, and the Bulldog Limited, before hosting the USC Upstate Invitational on April 17. Upstate will finish with the Orange & Purple Classic and the Duke Twilight before heading to Jacksonville, Fla. for the A-Sun Outdoor Championships on May 14-15. “We have a solid group of incoming freshmen for both the men’s and women’s teams,” said head coach Jimmy Stephens. “Brandon Curry and Danny Moore should have an immediate impact in sprints for us this year. Gilbert Kemboi should be very strong in all distance events. On the women’s side, Camille Masanotti and Abigail Osborne should be strong for us in their respective events.”

Men’s Preview The Spartans will look to its distance runners for success in 2010. Upstate will also benefit from several new sprinters being added to the team this season. During the cross country season, Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya/Kangetuny) was named A-Sun Freshman of the Year while teammate Christian Ritacco (Niceville, Fla./Niceville) was named to the All-Freshman team.

Sprints Juniors Michael Meissner and Graham Long return to lead the Upstate sprinters this season. Last season, Meissner (Cottage Grove, Minn./UW River Falls) posted a pair of school records. During the indoor season, he set a school mark in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.08 at the A-Sun Championships. His other school record came at the outdoor championships, when he posted a 400meter dash time of 49.51. Long (Easley, S.C./Riverside) was part of the 400-meter relay team that posted a school record time of 43.19. The pair of sprinters will be joined by Brandon Curry (Anderson, S.C./Pendleton), Danny Moore (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) and Dominic Simon (Sumter, S.C./Sumter).

Distance Junior Matt Henderson (Inman, S.C./Dorman) and sophomore James Jackson (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) are the lone distance returners for 2010. Joining the team this season are a host of talented newcomers, a group that could lead Upstate to an even higher finish at the conference championships. A season ago, Henderson recorded two indoor school records and three outdoor records. He posted the indoor records in the mile run and the 3000 meters, with the outdoor records coming in the 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meters. Jackson set a school mark with an outdoor 5000-meter time of 15:49.53. “Our men’s distance runners had a very amazing cross country season this fall and it should carry over into the track and field season,” said assistant coach Carson Blackwelder. “Gilbert and Christian were both named to the All-Freshman team during the cross country season and I feel that they will be the leaders for our team this season.”

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Season Preview 2009 ALL-A-SUN CROSS COUNTRY SELECTION JEMELI SANG

2008 A-SUN CROSS COUNTRY ALL-FRESHMAN JAMES JACKSON The seven newcomers are led by Kemboi and Ritacco. The Spartan duo is accompanied by David Dennison (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle), Cameron Thomas (Niceville, Fla./Niceville), Dustin Thomas (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge) and Dylan Taylor (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff ).

Jumps/Pole Vault Returning for the Spartans is junior Dakota Speed (Byron, N.Y./Byron-Bergen). Speed has been a regular participant in the high jump. His best performance came last season at the outdoor championships when he recorded a mark of 5-07.00. Joining the team this season is redshirt freshman Reggie Garnett (Columbia, S.C./Robert G. Cole) Returning in 2010 to compete in the pole vault is junior Justin Crawford (Elgin, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin). Crawford recorded victories at both the indoor and outdoor A-Sun Championships. In the indoor event, he posted a mark of 14-07.25 as he became the first male A-Sun champion in school history. At the outdoor championships, he won with a school record performance of 15-01.00. “Conference champion Justin Crawford looks to continue his indoor and outdoor championship run,” said Stephens. “He has worked very hard in the preseason and he should be up to the challenge in a strong field of pole vaulters when the conference championships roll around.”

Women’s Preview The Spartans will be led in 2010 by a strong core of distance runners. Last season, the women’s team finished eighth at the indoor championships, followed by a sixth-place finish at the outdoor championships. At the indoor championships, Emily Tangwar (Eldoret, Kenya/Lareto) won the 5,000-meters with a school-record time of 17:32.95. She also finished second in the 3,000-meters and fourth in the mile run. At the outdoor championships, the Spartans were led by the trio of Jemeli Sang (Eldoret, Kenya/Biwott-Ngelel-Tarit), Joan Tangwar (Eldoret, Kenya/St. Joseph’s Girls) and Lauren Walker (Columbia, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin). Sang finished second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:54.73. Meanwhile, Joan Tangwar earned a third-place finish in the 1,500-meters (4:38.02) while Walker finished fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 11:56.47.

Sprints Juniors LaTerrica Blocker (Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan) and Kathryn Neely (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) are the lone sprinters returning for Upstate in 2010. Last season, Blocker set a career-best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.34 at the 49er Classic (3/21). She was part of the 400-meter relay team that finished fifth at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships (5/15) with a school-record time of 50.47.

Throws Juniors Eric Chapman (Cowpens, S.C./Broome) is the lone thrower for the Spartans in 2010. Last season, Chapman bounced back from a back injury during the indoor season to finish fifth in the hammer throw at the outdoor championships.

Meanwhile, Neely set a school-record of 9.97 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Clemson Games (1/30). During the outdoor season she set personal-bests in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. Her best of 14.37 in the dash came at the Wofford Dual Meet (4/17) while her hurdles record of 16.60 came at the Orange & Purple Classic (5/9). Blocker and Neely will be joined by a trio of newcomers this season. Joining the team this season are Erica Farler (Simpsonville, S.C./Greenville Charter), Chris-

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Season Preview

2009 A-SUN CROSS COUNTRY ALLFRESHMAN CHRISTIAN RITACCO tian Gamble (Columbia, S.C./Lower Richland) and Camille Masanotti (Ladsen, S.C./Stratford).

CROSS COUNTRY ALL-A-SUN SELECTION CAROLYNE CHELULEI

Mars Hill). Last season at the Furman Invitational (4/11), Walker earned a fourth place finish with a personal-best of 15-07.50 in the long jump. Her individual record of 34-00.75 in the triple jump came at the A-Sun Championships (5/15).

Distance Last season, Emily Tangwar (Eldoret, Kenya/Lareto) was named the team MVP during the indoor season after she won the 5,000-meter run at the A-Sun Indoor Championships (2/20) with a school-record time of 17:32.95. At the outdoor championships, Carolyne Chelulei (Eldoret, Kenya/Alliance Girls) recorded personal-best times in the 1,500-meter run (4:45.09) and 5,000meter run (18:13.59). Jemeli Sang (Eldoret, Kenya/Biwott Ngelel-Tarit) posted a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the championship event with a time of 36:54.73.

Walker will be joined by four newcomers in 2010. Christian Gamble, Camille Masanotti and Abigail Osborne (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville) will compete in jumps for Upstate this season. Meanwhile, Erica Farler will be the first Spartan to ever compete in the pole vault.

Throws Aside from competing in sprints, junior LaTerrica Blocker will compete in throwing events in 2010. A season ago, she set a career-best toss of 126-06 in the hammer throw at the A-Sun Championships en route to a top-10 finish. She will also compete in the shot put and discus throw this season.

“Like the men’s team, our women’s distance runners are on pace to have a great track and field season,” said Blackwelder. “Jemeli and Carolyne were neck and neck every race and I expect that trend to continue.” Joan Tangwar (Eldoret, Kenya/St. Joseph’s Girls) posted a pair of top-four finishes at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships. Tangwar finished third in the 1,500 meters followed by a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run. Lauren Walker (Columbia, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin) posted a career-best fourth-place finish (11:56.47) in just her second steeplechase run. Meanwhile, Jillian Finney (Columbia, S.C./ Dutch Fork) competed in the mile run during the indoor season, posting a time of 6:50.92 at the Appalachian Limited (1/17). Joining the six returners are junior-transfer Mary Alexander (Greenville, S.C./ Spartanburg C.C.) and freshman Laura Transue (Greenville, S.C./T.L. Hanna).

Jumps/Pole Vault Returning to lead the Spartans is junior Gabrielle Walker (Chattanooga, Tenn./

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Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH JIMMY STEPHENS 4th Year • University of South Carolina ’91 Building from the ground up, Jimmy Stephens has helped make the USC Upstate track and field and cross country programs become a contender in the Atlantic Sun Conference in just three years of competition. Hired in 2007 to revive a dormant cross country program and to launch the school’s first varsity track and field program, Stephens, now in his fourth year at Upstate, has shown the ability to get the most out of his athletes, already having coached seven conference champions in two years in the A-Sun. The 2009 cross country teams provided a healthy backbone for continued success, as the men finished third and the women finished fourth, both school best under Stephens. He coached ASun Freshman of the Year Gilbert Kemboi and All-A-Sun Freshman Team member Christian Ritacco on the men’s side while guiding both Carolyne Chelulei and Jemali Sang to all-conference honors. The 2008 cross country team produced a host of Upstate firsts, including the school’s first Eye Opener medalist in Emily Tangwar and the first men’s A-Sun award winner, as James Jackson was named to the All-Freshman team. Jemali Sang earned women’s All-Freshman honors and both teams improved at the A-Sun Cross Country Championships. The men’s team jumped two slots to eighth and the women moved four spots to seventh. In the winter, the Spartan men’s track and field team posted a remarkable jump from sixth to fourth at the conference championships and were led by pole vaulter Justin Crawford, who posted the first conference title in the men’s programs history. On the women’s side, Emily Tangwar won the 5,000 meters for her fourth A-Sun Indoor title.

THE STEPHENS FILE BORN: Nov. 24, 1967 HOMETOWN: Spartanburg, S.C. FAMILY Wife - Pat Son - James Asher EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 1991 Bachelor of Arts - Sport Administration University of South Carolina COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE 1988-91 Student Assistant - University of South Carolina 1993-96 Assistant Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Furman University 1996-99 Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Wofford College 1999-00 Director of Track & Field Operations University of Alabama 2006-Pres. Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach USC Upstate COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS 5 Atlantic Sun Conference Cross Country All-Freshmen Team Selections 4 Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor Track & Field Individual Champions 3 Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Track & Field Individual Champions 3 All-Atlantic Sun Conference Cross Country First Team Selection 2 Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor Track & Field Freshmen of the Year 2 Atlantic Sun Conference Cross Country Freshman of the Year 1 Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year HONORS 2009

SCUSATF Hall of Fame

MEMBERSHIPS 2006-Pres. South Carolina USATF

All of that built into a spring in which the Spartans posted some remarkable feats. At the A-Sun Outdoor Championships, the men’s team won three individual titles, with Perrish Goggins winning both the high jump and long jump and Crawford taking the pole vault, helping the team to another fourth-place finish. The women’s team, competing at the meet for the first time, finished sixth among eight times, a one-team improvement from the indoor championships, garnering six top-five finishes at the meet. During Stephens’ first full-year as head coach, he not only had to start a new program, but do it at the Division I level. However, the coach helped his team start out the new era with a bang as he coached Tangwar to a second-place finish at the Atlantic Sun Cross Country Championships, helping her earn Freshman of the Year honors. The remarkable success of the fledgling program continued in the winter of 2008, as the Upstate men’s team took sixth and the women eighth at the Indoor Track & Field Championships last season. In the process, Stephens tutored both Atlantic Sun Most Outstanding Freshman honorees in Goggins (men) and Tangwar (women). Tangwar also took home the Most Outstanding Runner at the meet after winning three events, the mile run, the 3,000meter run and the 5,000-meter run. Stephens came to USC Upstate after holding the position as the recreation coordinator for the town of Mt. Pleasant (S.C.) for five years. He oversaw the youth programs for track and field, cross country and football. After starting the Mt. Pleasant Track Club, the club has grown to be the biggest track club in the state. The club has won four overall state team championship titles, helped multiple individual state champions and sent several individuals to regional and national Junior Olympic meets.

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Jimmy Stephens with wife, Pat and newborn son, James Asher.


Coaching Staff

Prior to his position in Mt. Pleasant, Stephens was the director of track and field operations for the men’s and women’s programs at the University of Alabama from 1999-2000. He began his head coaching experience at nearby Wofford College where he started the track and field programs and also served as the head coach of the cross country teams from 1996-1999. He led the Terriers’ program from Division II into the Southern Conference and Division I. He developed a highly-competitive and well-rounded program at Wofford and led the women’s cross country program to its highest Southern Conference finish in the history of the program. Stephens began his coaching career at the end of his collegiate career as a pole vaulter at the University of South Carolina. A member of the Gamecocks track and field team, he suffered a career-ending shoulder injury during his sophomore year. The Gamecocks coaching staff asked him to stay on as a student assistant coach for three years until he graduated from the University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration. After leaving USC, he worked with the Metro Sports Council in Columbia from 1991-93. He then became the assistant track and field and cross country coach at Furman University from 1993-1996. During his time in South Carolina, Stephens has been involved with the Metro Sports Council and Charleston Metro Sports Council as well as working with the Special Olympics, Palmetto State Games and South Carolina USA Track and Field Association. In SCUSATF he has served as Vice President, Youth Chairman, Officials Chairman, Southeast Regional Pole Vault Chairman and currently he is in his second term as President. For his efforts in helping track and field grow in South Carolina, Stephens was elected to the SCUSATF Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 2009. Stephens is a native of Spartanburg and graduated from Dorman High School in 1986. He had a standout career in pole vault for the Cavaliers. He broke the Spartanburg County pole vault record, a record that stood for nine years until a student that Stephens coached broke the mark. He was a four-year letterman and served as captain during his senior year as well as being named MVP in the field events. Stephens and his wife, Pat, were married on July 21, 2007. The couple’s first son, James Asher, was born on May 26, 2009.

THE 2009-10 SPARTANS

The Spartan Men’s Track & Field Team

The Spartan Women’s Track & Field Team

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Coaching Staff

ASSISTANT COACH CARSON BLACKWELDER 1st Year • Appalachian State ’05 A former head coach at Morehead State and assistant coach at Appalachian State, Carson Blackwelder enters his first year as an assistant coach at USC Upstate. “We are extremely excited to add Coach Blackwelder to our staff. His experience as a head coach as well as previous experiences makes him an invaluable part of our program here at Upstate,” head coach Jimmy Stephens said. The 2009 cross country teams provided a healthy backbone for continued success, as the men finished third and the women finished fourth, both school bests in the D-I era. Blackwelder guided A-Sun Freshman of the Year Gilbert Kemboi and All-A-Sun Freshman Team member Christian Ritacco on the men’s side while guiding both Carolyne Chelulei and Jemali Sang to all-conference honors. Blackwelder arrived at Upstate after spending 2008-09 as the head coach of the track and field and cross country programs at Morehead State, members of the Division I Ohio Valley

THE BLACKWELDER FILE BORN: Oct. 19, 1981 HOMETOWN: Concord, N.C. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 2007 Masters of Higher Education Administration Appalachian State University 2005 Bachelor of Science - History Secondary Education & Physical Education Appalachian State University COLLEGIATE RUNNING EXPERIENCE 2001-04

Cross Country Team, Appalachian State

2002-05

Two-time All-Southern Conference honoree Two-time Southern Conference Team Champions Indoor Track & Field Team, Appalachian State

Conference. At MSU, he was responsible for all facets of the program, which included recruiting, workout regiments, budget and travel and he was also the director of fundraising for the program. Blackwelder’s program had two individuals named to the cross country all-conference team as well as having his women’s track and field team honored as an All-Academic team. He also coached the school’s 8K school record holder. Coach Stephens added, “In his first year as a head coach, Carson’s program earned a regional ranking, which is impressive for any coach in our region. We are confident he can take our program to the next level. As we are entering our third season of competition in Division I, our expectations are continuing to rise for the program.” Prior to MSU, Blackwelder spent three years as an assistant coach at Appalachian State, Division I members of the Southern Conference. His primary duties at ASU were recruiting coordinator for the cross country program, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the team’s distance runners. During his tenure at ASU, the cross country and track and field programs won five men’s conference titles, three women’s conference titles, as well as four SoCon individual track and field championships. Also during Blackwelder’s time in Boone, the Mountaineers had 12 individuals named all-conference in track and field and 11 were named all-conference performers in cross country. Two individuals were named all-region in cross country and four were regional qualifiers in track and field. A native of Concord, N.C., Blackwelder was a standout at ASU as a member of the cross country and track programs. He was a two-time all-conference selection and team MVP in cross country. He also received all-conference accolades in indoor track. In outdoor track and field, Blackwelder helped the Mountaineers win four straight conference championships.

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2002-05

Two-time Southern Conference Team Champions Outdoor Track & Field Team, Appalachian State Four-time Southern Conference Team Champions

COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE 2005-07 Graduate Asst./Track & Field and Cross Country 2007-08 2008-09 2009-Pres.

Appalachian State University Assistant Coach/Track & Field and Cross Country Appalachian State University Head Coach/Track & Field and Cross Country Morehead State University Assistant Coach/Track & Field and Cross CountryUSC Upstate


VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT EZEKIEL KOECH 1st Year • Francis Marion ’05 Ezekiel Koech, a 2005 graduate of Francis Marion University, is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the USC Upstate track and field team. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an Economics concentration from GarderWebb University. Koech is scheduled to graduate this May. Koech began his collegiate career at Utalii College in Nairobi, Kenya (1998-2000). He was part of the cross country and track and field teams while obtaining an associate’s degree in Tourism, Travel and Hotel Administration. While at Utalli, Koech set school records in the 3,000-meter run (8:38) and 5,000-meter run (14:13). Koech continued his education at Francis Marion (2003-2005). He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management. During his two years at FMU, he was a member of the cross country and track and field teams. Koech set the cross country school-record (8k) with a performance of 25:30. He also set a school record in the 10,000-meter run. He was named as the cross country and track and field teams MVP in 2005.

THE KOECH FILE BORN: Sept. 15, 1977 HOMETOWN: Eldoret, Kenya EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 2005 Bachelor of Science - Business Admin. Francis Marion University COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE 2007-08 Assistant Track & Field and Cross Country Coach 2009-Pres.

Francis Marion University Assistant Track & Field Coach - Distance USC Upstate

Following graduation, Koech remained in Florence, S.C., to serve as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field programs. He served as the training and recruiting coordinator for the program. He developed and oversaw the practices for the program. He recruited and coached the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Runner of the Year.

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COLTON HODGE 2nd Year • Auburn ’05 A 2004 All-American in the hammer throw at Auburn University, Spartanburg native Colton Hodge is in his second year as a volunteer assistant with the USC Upstate track and field program. Hodge focuses on coaching the Spartans’ throwers. Under Hodge’s guidance, the Spartans enjoyed a solid showing from its throwers at the outdoor conference championships, with athletes scoring in three events, good for eight points. Marc Wartenberger finished third in the hammer at the event, launching a schoolrecord toss of 129-02. Hodge spent three seasons at Auburn before graduating in 2005, earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in the hammer throw in 2004 en route to earning All-American honors with a career-best throw of 64.64 meters, helping him finish seventh at the National Championships. He also scored in both the hammer throw at the SEC Championships three times in his career. Hodge also spent a year at Clemson University, where he finished sixth in the discus throw at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. He was a high school All-American at Spartanburg High in the weight throw.

THE HODGE FILE BORN: Nov. 25, 1981 HOMETOWN: Spartanburg, S.C. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 2006 Bachelor of Science - Business Admin. Auburn University COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE 2008-Pres. Assistant Track & Field Coach - Throws USC Upstate

The proprietor of Colton Hodge Properties, L.L.C., Hodge resides in Spartanburg.

Support Staff

Andy Brooks Marketing & Promotions

Alex Edwards Sports Information

Louise Ericson Academics/SWA/ Sport Supervisor

Mike Hall Director of Athletics

Scott Larson Compliance

Brandon McKillop Facilities

Scott Senger Strength & Conditioning

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Brent Smith Sports Medicine


Men’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles JU N I O R • T H ROW S • 6 - 0

J U N I O R • P O L E VA U L T • 6 - 1

ERIC

JUSTIN

CHAPMAN Cowpens, S.C. • Broome Chapman’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field Weight Throw ___________________ 41-05.00, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) Outdoor Track & Field Shot Put _________________________ 36-04.00, Wofford Dual Meet (4/17/09) Discus Throw___________________125-00, Georgia Bulldog Limited (4/18/09) Hammer Throw _____________________148-11, Furman Invitational (4/11/09) 2009 Outdoor: Finished fifth in the hammer throw at the A-Sun Championships, earning points for the Spartans (5/15) ... Won the hammer throw at the Furman Invitational with a personal-best toss of 148-11 (4/11)...Also took ninth-place in the discus at that meet ... Earned sixth-place finishes in the discus and hammer at the Georgia Bulldog Limited, where he set a personal-best with a discus toss of 125-00, the second-best throw in school history (4/18) ... Finished fourth in the discus throw at the Winthrop Invitational (3/27) ... Also saw a top-10 finish in the hammer at the Orange and Purple Classic (5/9) ... Earned the team’s dedication award ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008-09 Indoor: Sat out second half of the season with a back injury ... Earned his top performance of the season in the weight throw at the Appalachian Limited with a toss of 41-05.00 (1/17) ... Also competed in the weight throw at the UNC Classic (1/24). Before USC Upstate: Lettered in football and track and field at Broome ... Was a 2005 preseason all-state selection in football ... Named the 2005 best offensive lineman ... 2005 all-region selection as a offensive lineman ... 2005 all-state selection as a offensive lineman ... Member of the Broome Honors Society and Beta Club. Personal: Born on May 11, 1988 ... Son of Brett and Marlene Chapman ... Has a sister, Heather ... Majoring in fitness and recreation ... Favorite food is steak ... Favorite movie is “Remember the Titans” ... Favorite song is “Heart of a Champion” ... Enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball and video games.

CRAWFORD Elgin, S.C. • Lugoff-Elgin Crawford’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field Pole Vault __________________________ 14-07.25, Clemson Games (1/21/09) Outdoor Track & Field Pole Vault ________________ 15-01.00, Atlantic Sun Championships (5/15/09) 1,600-Meter Relay ____________3:31.31, Atlantic Sun Championships (5/15/09) 2009 Outdoor: Took first-place in the pole vault at the A-Sun Championships with a school-record performance of 15-01.0 (5/15) ... Marked his second individual championship, also winning the event at the indoor championships ... Won the pole vault at the Furman Invitational with a mark of 15-00.0 (4/11) ... Took third in the event at the 49er Classic (3/21) and Winthrop Invitational (3/27) ... Finished fifth at the Georgia Bulldog Limited Meet ... Also competed in the 1,600-meter relay at the Outdoor Championships. 2008-09 Indoor: Won the pole vault at the A-Sun Championships with a performance of 14-07.25, marking the Spartans’ first A-Sun men’s track and field champion (2/20) ... Finished fourth in the pole vault at the Carolina Invitational with a performance of 14-05.25 (2/13) ... Also finished fourth at the UNC Classic (1/24) ... Finished sixth at the Appalachian Limited with a performance of 14-00.00 (1/17) ... Tied his personal best performance of 14-07.25 at the Clemson Games (1/31). 2008 Outdoor: Battled injury during the season, competing just twice ... Cleared 14-01.25 to finish fourth at the 49er Classic and set a school record in the event (3/22) ... Posted a height of 13-07.25 at the Buccaneer Invitational to finish third (3/8). 2007-08 Indoor: Cleared 14-01.25 two times during the season, including during the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships (3/2) ... Finished sixth in the event ... Had top four showings in school history in the pole vault during the season ... Also finished third in the first flight of the pole vault at the Clemson Indoor Opener (12/1). Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track, football and wrestling at Lugoff-Elgin… 3A state champion in the pole vault in 2006 … 3A state runner-up in the pole vault in 2007 … Finished sixth in the pole vault at the 3A state championships in 2005 … Named all-area, all-county and all-state in track … Named Most Improved in football … Member of the Beta Club. Personal: Born on Feb. 2, 1989 … Son of Ernie Crawford and Missy Hicks … Has an older sister, Shannon ... Nursing major … Favorite movie is “The Hangover” … Favorite TV show is “True Blood” … Favorite group is Three Days Grace.

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Men’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles JU N I O R • MU L T I P L E EVE N T S • 5 - 7

PERRISH

GOGGINS Columbia, S.C. • C.A. Johnson Prep Goggins’ Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 60-Meter Dash __________________________7.16, Tiger Invitational (2/15/08) 60-Meter Hurdles ________________________ 9.89, Clemson Games, (1/31/09) High Jump _______________________ 6-09.00, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) Long Jump _____________________ 22-09.25, A-Sun Championships (3/1/08) Triple Jump ____________________ 46-11.00, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Heptathlon _______________________ 4417, A-Sun Championships (3/1-2/08) Outdoor Track & Field 100-Meter Dash ___________________ 11.02, A-Sun Championships (5/16/08) High Jump _____________________ 6-06.75, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) Long Jump ____________________ 23-01.25, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) Triple Jump _____________________ 45-03.25, Winthrop Invitational (3/27/09) 1,600-Meter Relay _________________3:31.31, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) Decathlon ______________________ 5348, A-Sun Championships (5/16-17/08) 2010: Will red-shirt during indoor and outdoor seasons.

high jump and third in the 100-meter dash at the Furman Invitational (4/12) ... Became the first Upstate track and field athlete to earn A-Sun Athlete of the Week for his efforts against Wofford and at Furman (4/16) ... Won the high jump at the Western Carolina Invitational (4/18). 2007-08 Indoor: Earned Atlantic Sun Conference Most Outstanding Freshman honors ... Posted a total of 4,417 points during the heptathalon en route to a second-place finish at the Atlantic Sun Championships ... Also finished third in the high jump at the event ... During the heptathalon, posted school records of 6-8.25 in the high jump, 22-9.25 in the long jump and 44-9.50 in the triple jump ... Also cleared 10-02.00 in the pole vault ... The score of 4,417 is the second-best in A-Sun history ... Posted 7.16 time in the 60-meters at the Tiger Invitational. Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track, football, bowling and cheerleading at C.A. Johnson … Named MVP in both track and bowling … Played halfback, defensive tackle and punter on the football team … Was the No. 1 bowler on the bowling team … Named an Athletic Scholar and Coker Scholar … Member of the Air Force JROTC … Named top cadet, top physical fitness and best dressed in senior superlatives. Personal: Born on Aug. 5, 1989 ... Son of James Goggins and Elizabeth Bethel ... Has six siblings, Jarvice, Wonda, Travis, De’Quila, Ken and Sherri ... An information management systems major … Favorite movie is “Money Talks” ... Favorite food is lasagna ... Favorite book is “When We Were Saints” ... Favorite singer is Michael Jackson … Dream job is to own his own business.

2009 Outdoor: Won the high jump and long jump at the A-Sun Championships (5/15) ... Earned three medals at championships ... Set a new school-record in the long jump, reaching 23-01.25 and won the high jump by tying his personal best performance, reaching 6-06.75 ... Also took third in the triple jump at the conference championships and ran in the 400-meter relay, helping the men earn a fourth-place finish in 43.19, a school record (5/15) ... Took first in the high jump at the Furman Invitational (4/11) and second at the 49er Classic (3/21) ... Also tied for second in the long jump at the Furman Invitational ... Saw three top-five finishes at the Winthrop Invitational, taking second in the high jump, third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump (3/27) ... His triple jump performance at the Winthrop Invitational marked a season best of 45-03.25 ... Took fourth in the high jump at the Clemson Orange and Purple Classic (5/9) ... Earned the team’s leadership award. 2008-09 Indoor: Named team MVP ... Finished second in the men’s high jump and triple jump at the A-Sun Championships where he was named the Most Valuable Field Performer (2/20), setting a school record with his performance of 46-11.00 in the triple jump ... Also finished fourth in the long jump and fifth in the heptathlon at conference championships ... Earned a second-place finish in the high jump at the Clemson Games with a performance of 6-04.25 (1/30) ... Also competed in the 60-meter dash at the Clemson Games, where he finished fifth with a time of 7.20 seconds ... Finished second in the high jump and fifth in the long jump at the Appalachian Limited with respective performances of 6-09.00 and 21-10.25 (1/17) ... Set a new school record in the 55-meter dash at the Appalachian Invite with a time of 6.77 seconds (12/5) ... Also notched a fourth-place finish in the high jump and earned his third-best performance of the season in the long jump with a ninth-place finish. 2008 Summer: Won the high jump at the USATF South Carolina Junior Olympics with a personal-best leap of 6-10.25 ... Competed at the USA Junior Nationals at Ohio State, finishing ninth in the high jump ... Finished fifth in the decathlon and fourth in the high jump at the USATF Region III Junior Olympics ... Led decathlon by 69 points after first day of decathlon and set personal-bests with a pole vault of 10-4 and a javelin throw of 122-06 in event. 2008 Outdoor: Named the team’s MVP ... Performed in the decathalon, the high jump, the long jump and the triple jump at the A-Sun Championships (5/16-17) ... Led the decathalon after the first day before fighting an injury to finish seventh ... Still took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.75 and sixth in the triple jump (44-2.00) ... Set school records in six events - the 100-meter dash, high jump, long jump, triple jump, 110-meter-hurdles and the decathalon ... Finished second in the high jump and third in the triple jump at the Bucaneer Invitational (3/8) ... Tied for eighth in the high jump at the 49er Classic (3/21) ... Took second in the high jump, third in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump at the Weems Baskin Invitational (3/29) ... Won the high jump, triple jump and long jump during the Wofford dual meet (4/7) ... Finished first in the long jump, second in the

JU N I O R • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 7

MATT

HENDERSON Inman, S.C. • Dorman Henderson’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run _______________________ 2:12.80, Tiger Invitational (2/15/08) 3,000-Meter Run ___________________ 9:22.40, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) 5,000-Meter Run _____________16:31.61, Atlantic Sun Championships (3/1/08) Mile Run _________________________ 4:43.34, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) Distance Medley __________________11:28.44, A-Sun Championships (3/1/08) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run _______________________2:07.63, Wofford Dual Meet (4/7/08) 1,500-Meter Run ___________________4:13.56, Winthrop Invitational (3/27/09) 3,000-Meter Run __________________________ 9:12.21, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________________ 16:08.68, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 10,000-Meter Run _____________________ 33:14.07, Duke Invitational (4/3/09) 2009 XC: Finished 35th overall at A-Sun Championships (10/31) … Set a personal-best time of 26:19.60 as he finished 38th at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) … Finished 30th at the Eye Opener (9/5).

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Men’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles 2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 10,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships (5/15) ... Earned his best finish in the 10k at the Duke Invitational and set the school record with a time of 33:14.07 (4/3) ... Also set school records at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters ... Top finish in the 1,500 was in 4:13.56 at the Winthrop Invitational (3/27) ... Best finish in the 3,000-meters was at the 49er Classic in 9:12.21 (3/21) ... Also saw action in the 800-meter run ... Ran the 1,600-meter relay at the Furman Invitational (4/11) and the 3,200-meter relay at the Wofford Dual Meet (4/17) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008-09 Indoor: Finished 12th in the 5,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships and set a new personal-best time of 15:41.40 ... Set school records at the Carolina Invitational in the mile with a time of 4:43.34 and in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:22.40 (2/13) ... Also competed in the mile and 3,000-meter runs at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Competed in the mile and 3,000meter run at the UNC Classic (1/24). 2008 XC: Finished second for the Spartans and 44th overall at A-Sun Championships (11/1) with his second-best time of the season of 27:07 ... Consistent second-finisher for the Spartans ... Finished 40th at the Furman Invitational (10/11). ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008 Outdoor: Competed in the 5,000-meter run at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships (5/16) ... Helped lead Upstate to dual meet win over Wofford with wins in three events, the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter-run and the 3,200-meter-run ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2007-08 Indoor: Competed in the 5,000-meters and the distance medley relay for the Spartans at the A-Sun Championships (3/1-2) ... Posted school’s secondbest times of the season in the 800-meters at the Tiger Invitational (2/16), and the 3,000-meters and the mile run at the Clemson Invitational (1/19). 2007 XC: Named team’s Most Valubale Runner ... Led the Spartan men during the 2007 season ... Led team with 41st-place finish at the A-Sun Championships (10/28)... Finished 18th at the Gamecock Invitational (8/31) ... Finished a careerhigh 12th at the Charlotte Invitational (9/22) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team ... Earned a letter. Before USC Upstate: Lettered in both cross country and track and field at Dorman … Was member of cross country and track and field teams that won county and regions … A member of the Beta Club and the National Honors Society ... Did not compete in NCAA athletics, but spent a year at Clemson University. Personal: Born on April 29, 1988 … Son of Steve and JoAnn Henderson … Has a brother, Jason … Physical education major … Hobbies include running and playing basketball … Favorite food is pizza … Favorite TV show is “SportsCenter.”

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JU N I O R • SP R I N T S • 5 - 8

GRAHAM

LONG Easley, S.C. • Riverside Long’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 60-Meter Dash ____________________ 7.58, A-Sun Championships (3/1/2008) Outdoor Track & Field 100-Meter Dash ________________ 11.62, Weems Baskin Invitational (3/29/08) Pole Vault ________________________ 11-00.00, Wofford Dual Meet (4/17/09) 400-Meter Relay ___________________ 43.19, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 2009 Outdoor: Competed in the pole vault and 400-meter relay at the A-Sun Championships (5/15) ... Helped the men earn a school-record time in the relay, with a fourth-place finish of 43.19 ... Also saw action in the 100-meter dash, posting his best finish at the Winthrop Invitational in 12.50 (3/27) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008-09 Indoor: Earned his best time of the season in the 60-meter dash at the Clemson Games with a time of 7.64 seconds (1/30) ... Also competed in the 60meter dash at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) and UNC Classic (1/24) ... Saw action in the 55-meter dash and 300-meter dash at the Appalachian Invite, where he set personal-best times in both events (12/5). 2008 Outdoor: Competed in the 100-meter dash and the pole vault during the season ... Posted fourth-best height of the season in pole vault ... Posted personal-best time of 11.62 in the 100-meter dash at the Weems Baskins Invitational (3/29). 2007-08 Indoor: Competed in the 60-meter dash in the A-Sun Championships. Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track and football at Riverside … Competed in the 100-meter dash … Named Greer Citizen Player of the Week … Named to the Greenville News Honor Roll … Recipient of art award. Personal: Born on Jan. 6, 1989 ... Son of Glenn Long and Denise Kelly ... Has two brothers, Brendan and Christian, and two sisters, Cassi and Charley ... Majoring in business management … His father, Glenn, played collegiate basketball at Clemson … Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing football and basketball, and watching college football ... Favorite Movie is “The Hangover” ... Favorite group is Rascal Flatts … Favorite TV show is “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” … Dream job is to be an analyst for ESPN’s College Gameday.


Men’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles JU N I O R • SP R I N T S • 5 - 7

JU N I O R • JU M P S • 6 - 1

MICHAEL

DAKOTA

MEISSNER Cottage Grove, Minn. • UW River Falls Meissner’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 60-Meter Dash __________________________ 7.20, Clemson Games (1/30/09) 200-Meter Dash _____________________ 23.67, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) 400-Meter Dash ___________________ 51.08, A-Sun Championships (2/21/09) 1,600-Meter Relay _________________3:31.34, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Distance Medley Relay ____________11:16.98, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Outdoor Track & Field 100-Meter Dash _____________________ 11.09, Furman Invitational (4/11/09) 200-Meter Dash ___________________ 22.79, Orange & Purple Classic (5/9/09) 400-Meter Dash ___________________ 49.51, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 400-Meter Hurdles ________________1:00.78, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 400-Meter Relay ___________________ 43.19, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 1,600-Meter Relay _________________3:31.31, A-Sun Championships (3/21/09) 2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay at the A-Sun Championships (5/15)...Set the school record in the 400-meter dash in 49.51, earning points for the Spartans with a fifthplace finish ... Also helped the men earn a school-record time in the 400-meter relay at 43.19 (5/15) ... Took second-place in the 400 meters at the Furman Invitational in a time of 50.38 and a fourth-place in the 100 meters (11.31), marking his personal-best time in the event (4/11) ... Earned his best time in the 200 meters in 22.79 at the Clemson Orange & Purple Classic (5/9) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

SPEED Byron, N.Y. • Byron-Bergen Speed’s Personal Bests Outdoor Track & Field High Jump _____________________ 5-07.00, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 2009 Outdoor: Earned a career-best performance in the high jump at the A-Sun Championships (5/15). 2008-09 Indoor: Saw action in the high jump during the season. 2008 Outdoor: Saw action in the high jump during the season. 2007-08 Indoor: Competed in the high jump for the Spartans at the A-Sun Championships (3/1). Before USC Upstate: Lettered in indoor and outdoor track and soccer at ByronBergen … League champion in 2005 and 2006 in high jump. Personal: Born on May 1, 1989 ... Son of Larry and Bobbie Speed ... Business major ... Favorite song is “Sweet Home Alabama” … Favorite season is summer … Favorite movie is “O Brother Where Art Thou” ... Favorite food is pizza ... Favorite quote is “Life is a garden, dig it.”

2008-09 Indoor: Set a new school record of 51.08 seconds while finishing seventh-overall in the 400-meter dash at the A-Sun Championships (2/20)... Was also a member of the men’s distance medley team and 1,600-meter relay team at the meet ... Earned a personalbest time in the 200-meter dash with a finish of 23.67 seconds at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) ... Finished third in the 300-meter dash, setting a school record with a time of 37.05 seconds, and sixth in the 60-meter dash at the Clemson Games (1/31) ... Also saw action in the 500-meter dash at the Clemson Games ... Ran the 200-meter dash at the Appalachian Invite, where he led all Upstate men with a time of 23.79 seconds (12/5). Before USC Upstate: Lettered one year in track and field at the University of Wisconsin River Falls … Competed in the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash in the indoor season and the 100 and 200 meters in outdoor … Was named Rookie of the Year ... Earned track and field athlete of the week once at the school ... Spent four years in the military before going to UW River Falls ... Joined the Air Force Reserves in Charleston and spent eight months in Iraq before coming to Upstate. Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1982 ... Son of Kimberly Peterson ... Has one brother, Matt ... Favorite food is Italian ... Favorite movie is “Rudy” ... Enjoys anything outdoors ... Favorite quote is “Nothing is worth more than today.”

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Men’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles SOPHOMORE • DISTANCE • 6-0

SO P H O M O RE • MU L T I P L E EVE N T S • 6 - 3

JAMES

REGGIE

JACKSON Aiken, S.C. • Aiken

THOMPSON Owensboro, Ky. • Castle

Jackson’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________ 2:11.25, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) 3,000-Meter Run ___________________ 9:26.59, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) 5,000-Meter Run ___________ 16:07.98, ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31/09) Mile Run _________________________ 4:43.53, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run _____________________ 2:10.53, Furman Invitational (4/11/09) 1,500-Meter Run ___________________4:14.49, Winthrop Invitational (3/27/09) 3,000-Meter Run ___________________________9:22.39, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________________ 15:49.53, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 10,000-Meter Run _____________________ 33:20.43, Duke Invitational (4/3/09)

Thompson’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 60-Meter Hurdles ____________________ 8.86, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) Long Jump ____________________ 20-10.50, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) High Jump ______________________ 6-00.00, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) 1,600-Meter Relay ________________ 3:31.34, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Outdoor Track & Field High Jump _____________________ 6-02.75, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) Long Jump ____________________ 21-09.00, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) Decathlon ________________________ 5,434, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 400-Meter Relay ___________________ 43.19, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 1,600-Meter Relay _________________________ 3:31.31, 49er Classic (3/21/09)

2009 XC: Recorded best time of season with a 26:42.84 mark at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) ... Finished 32nd at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) with a time of 26:36, helping the Spartans earn a tie for third ... Finished 22nd at the Eye Opener, helping lead the Spartans to a third-place finish.

2010: Will red-shirt during indoor and outdoor seasons.

2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 10,000 meters at the A-Sun Championships, leading the Spartans with a finish in 34:15.87 (5/15) ... Saw best 10k finish at the Duke Invitational in 33:20.43 (4/3) ... Set school record in the 5,000-meter run at the 49er Classic with a time of 15:49.53 (3/21) ... Competed in the 800-meter run at the Furman Invitational (4/11) and 49er Classic (3/21) ... Earned best finish in the 3,000-meter run at the 49er Classic with a time of 9:22.39 (3/21) ... Set season-best time in the 1,500 meters at the Winthrop Invitational, finishing in 4:19.49 (3/27) ... Also competed in the 1,600 and 3,200meter relays at the Wofford Dual Meet (4/17) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008-09 Indoor: Led all Spartans with a 10th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run and set a school record with a time of 15:36.05 at the A-Sun Championships (2/20) ... Earned his best time in the mile run with a 4:43.53 finish and in the 3,000meter run with a time of 9:26.59 at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) ... Competed in the mile and 5,000-meter runs at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Earned his second-best time in the mile with a 4:43.85 finish at the UNC Classic, where he also competed in the 3,000-meter run (1/24) ... Competed in the 800meter run at the Appalachian Limited (1/17). 2008 XC: Led the Spartans with a 30th-place finish at A-Sun Championships with a season-best time of 26:28 ... Named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen team, becoming first men’s cross country athlete to earn a conference award ... Finished first among the Spartans in each meet ... Led the Spartans to a 12th-place finish of 22 teams at the Mercer Invitational (9/27) with a 30th-place finish ... Finished 27th at the Furman Invitational (10/11) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. Before USC Upstate: Lettered in cross country and track and field at Aiken ... Earned all-state honors in cross country in 2007 with a 10th-place finish at the state meet. Personal: Born on April 18, 1989 ... Son of Robert and Janice Jackson ... Has one brother, Paul ... Psychology major ... Favorite band is Red Hot Chili Peppers ... Dream job is to be a sports psychologist for a major sports team.

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2009 Outdoor: Took third in the decathlon at the A-Sun Championships, setting a school record with 5,434 points (5/15) ... Won the high jump in the decathlon and finished second in the long jump, shot put, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and discus throw ... Named the A-Sun Most Outstanding Freshman ... Also took fourth in the long jump (21-09) and fifth in the high jump, tying his personal best of 6-02.75 ... Also helped the men earn a school-record time in the 400-meter relay with a fourth-place finish in 43.19 (5/15) ... Set the school record in the 110-meter hurdles at championships with a finish in 15.80 (5/15) ... Took second in the long jump and third in the high jump at the Furman Invitational (4/11) ... Finished eighth in the high jump at the Clemson Orange & Purple Classic (5/9). 2008-09 Indoor: Finished seventh in the 60meter hurdles at the A-Sun Championships with a time of 8.93 seconds and was also a member of the 1,600-meter relay team (2/20) ... Also earned a sixth-place finish in the long jump at the championships ... Set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a 8.86 finish at the Carolina Invitational and also competed in the high jump (2/13) ... Won the 60-meter hurdles at the Clemson Games (1/31) ... Set school record in the 55-meter hurdles at the Appalachian Limited Meet, where he also competed in the high jump (1/17). Before USC Upstate: Lettered in football and track and field at Castle ...Was a two-time MVP for track and field team ... Set school’s 300-meter intermediate hurdle record ... Earned all-conference honors ... Was a state qualifier in high hurdles, intermediate hurdles and 1,600-meter hurdles. Personal: Born Dec. 15, 1989 ... Son of Daniel Redd and Christie-Thompson Redd ... Has two brothers, Chris and Ambrose ... Major is undecided ... Favorite season is summer ... Favorite food is mango habanero buffalo wings ... Favorite movie is “Troy.”


Men’s Incoming Student-Athlete Profiles FRE S H M A N • SP R I N T S • 6 - 2

FRE S H M A N • JU M P S • 5 - 9

BRANDON

REGGIE

CURRY Anderson, S.C. • Pendleton

GARNETT Columbia, S.C. • Robert G. Cole

Before USC Upstate: Was a four-year letterwinner in track and field at Pendleton … Was a state qualifier in 110-meter hurdles … Two-time regional winner in 110-meter hurdles … Part of 400-meter relay team that set the school record … Named to Anderson Independent All-Area Team.

2009 Outdoor: Redshirted.

Personal: Born on Oct. 5, 1990 … Son of Robert Walker and Sonya Curry … A computer science major … Favorite food is rabbit … Favorite actor is Dave Chappelle … Favorite singer is Gucci Man … Favorite movie is “Norbit” … Favorite season is spring … Favorite sports figure is Randy Moss … Favorite book is “Watership Down” … Most admires his Uncle Mike … Enjoys working with computers, fishing, hunting and cook outs … Aspires to be a database administrator.

Before USC Upstate: Lettered in football and track and field ... A part of the district champion 800-meter relay ... Personal-best time was 22.59 in the 200-meter dash .... Regional qualifier in the 800-meter relay and the triple jump.

FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 9

DAVID

DENNISON Carlisle, Pa. • Carlisle 2009 XC: Strong performer for the Spartans ... Recorded best time, 26:13.20, at Charlotte Invitational (10/17) en route to a 33rd-place finish ... The third Spartan to cross the finish line as he finished 16th at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) ... Best finish of the season came at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17), when he finished seventh ... Posted a 15th-place finish at the Eye Opener (9/5). Before USC Upstate: A three-year letterman in cross country at Carlisle ... Placed second in the 3200 meters and seventh in the 1600 meters as a senior at the MidPenn Championships ... Finished with times of 9:33.49 in the 3200 meters and 4:28.59 in the 1600 meters, helping Carlisle secure a ninth-place finish ... Boasted a time of 16:22.41 in the 5,000-meters during his senior season ... A two-time PIAA District 3 medalist and state qualifier in track and field. Personal: Born on May 31, 1990... Son of Joseph and Sue Dennison ... Has three brothers, Jamey, Tommy and Mikey... Majoring in business administration ... Favorite TV Show is “Family Guy” ... Favorite actress is Megan Fox Favorite food is pizza ... Favorite movie is “Step Brothers” ... Hero growing up was Michael Jordan ... Enjoys running and playing guitar ... Mother, Sue, was a member of the cross country team at Kutztown University as well as a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Bloomsburg University. SO P H O M O RE • JU M P S • 6 - 1

DEREK

FERNANDERS Campobello, S.C. • Chapman 2010: Will red-shirt during indoor and outdoor seasons. Before USC Upstate: Was a member of the track and field team as well as the football team … Was selected as team MVP for track and field and competed at the state track and field championships. Personal: Born on Dec. 12, 1989 … Son of William and Arlene Fernanders … Has three brothers … Majoring in management … Favorite movie is “Superbad” … Favorite actor is Will Smith … Favorite singer is Lil’ Wayne … Favorite book is “Don’t Bend” … Admires his mom and dad.

2008-09 Indoor: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached athlete in the 60meter dash and 200-meter dash at the Carolina Invitational (2/13).

Personal: Born on May 17, 1990 in Frankfurt, Germany ... Son of Aubrey and Chanda Gaines, who both serve in the U.S. Army ... Has two brothers, Aubrey and Michael Gaines, and a sister, Alleyah ... Majoring in business … Favorite movie is “The Hangover” … Favorite actress is Beyonce … Loves his grandma’s cooking. FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 9

GILBERT

KEMBOI Eldoret, Kenya • Kangetuny 2009 XC: Top performer all season for the Spartans ... In Upstate’s six meets, he record three victories and three second-place finishes ... Finished second at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) ... Earned all-conference and all-freshman honors, as well as being named A-Sun Freshman of the Year ... Finished first at the Wofford Relays (9/1) and became the first Spartan male to ever win the Eye Opener (9/5), as he set a school record with a time of 25:00 ... Finished second at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational (9/18) and the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) ... Broke his own school record with a time of 24:28.40 at the Charlotte Invitational ... Finished first at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) ... Owns the top-four times in school history ... Earned three A-Sun Runner of the Week awards (9/9, 9/23, 10/7). Before USC Upstate: Participated in track and field at Kangetuny HS ... Posted a time of 8:36.90 in the 3,000 meters and a time of 15:29.66 in the 5,000 meters during time trials. Personal: Born on May 14, 1986 ... Son of Samwel Yego and Esther Kemboi ... Has five sisters and four brothers ... Favorite food is ugali ... Favorite book is “Understanding the Power of Man” ... Favorite movie is “Vietnam” ... Favorite TV Show is “Tahidi High” ... Favorite singer is Rose Muhando ... Favorite song is “Son of Man” ... Enjoys reading, listening to music and making friends. SOPHOMORE • SPRINTS • 5-10

DANNY

MOORE Spartanburg, S.C. • Dorman Before USC Upstate: Four-year letterwinner as part of track and field team … Was a two-time region champion and two-time state champion … Was an allregion and all-state selection and was also selected as hurdler of the year … Also won four AAU state championships. Personal: Born on April 23, 1990 … Son of Timothy and Veronica Mitchell … Has a younger sister, Tanicka ... Business management major… Favorite TV show is “One Tree Hill” … Favorite movie is “The Express” … Favorite food is jambalaya … Favorite book is “The Pact” … Most admires his great grandmother … Aspires to be a professional track and field athlete.

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Men’s Incoming Student-Athlete Profiles FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 6 - 4

FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 6 - 1

CHRISTIAN

CAMERON

RITACCO Niceville, Fla. • Niceville 2009 XC: Strong runner for the Spartans ... Was the second Spartan to cross the finish line at three of the meets ... Recorded season-best time of 26:29 at the Eye Opener (9/5), as he finished 11th ... Finished 15th at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) and earned all-freshman team accolades ... Finished 23rd at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational (9/18). Before USC Upstate: A four-year letterman in cross country and track and field, earning all-county honors in cross country his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Won the county championships as a senior with a time of 16:04 and helped to lead Niceville to the team title ... Also was the 4A District cross country runner-up, the 4A Region cross country runner up, and earned a seventh-place finish at the 4A Florida Cross Country Championships with a personal-best time of 15:55 ... Dropped his 5k personal best from 17:06 in his junior season to 15:55 in his senior campaign ... Earned a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star meet selection and finished eighth in the senior race at the 2008 Footlocker South Regional (16:11) and was a part of the All-South Senior Team ... Named the 2009 Northwest Florida Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... Took second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:41.80 at the Florida Class 4A Track & Field Championships. Personal: Born on April 29, 1991 ... Son of Christopher and Kathy Ritacco ... Has a sister, Meagan, who is a sophomore on West Florida’s cross country team ... A criminal justice major ... Favorite foods are lasagna and lobster ... Favorite movie is “Tears of the Sun” ... Enjoys swimming, surfing, writing music and playing the guitar ... Admires his mom. JU N I O R • SP R I N T S • 5 - 8

DOMINIC

SIMON Sumter, S.C. • Sumter Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track and field and football at Sumter HS ... Earned all-region honors in track and field during senior season. Personal: Born on Feb. 16, 1989... Son of Tim and Lisa Simon ... Enjoys working out and playing basketball and football. FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 1 1

DYLAN

TAYLOR Woodruff, S.C. • Woodruff 2009 XC: Competed in two meets for Upstate ... Finished 61st at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) and179th at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2). Before USC Upstate: Lettered in both cross country and track and field... Received the academic excellence award. Personal: Born on Aug. 28, 1991... Son of James and Barbara Taylor... Has one brother, Boyd... Majoring in Physical Education... Favorite singer is George Strait... Favorite movie is “Fireproof”... Favorite TV show is “Survivor”... Favorite food is chicken... Favorite actor is Gerald Butler... Favorite song is “Best I Ever Had”... Favorite book “Beyond Belief” by Josh Hamilton... Favorite season is summer... Favorite quote is “Live everyday to the fullest”... Hero growing up was his father.

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THOMAS Niceville, Fla. • Niceville 2009 XC: Set a personal-best time of 26:43.20 at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) ... Highest finish came at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17), when he finished 12th ... Finished 33rd at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) as the Spartans tied for third overall. Before USC Upstate: Lettered twice in track and field and once in cross country while at Niceville ... Helped lead school to the county championships as a senior in cross country ... Finished as the runner-up with a time of 16:29 at the county meet, coming in behind his teammate, Christian Ritacco ... Named to the All-4A District cross country team with an eighth-place finish of 16:30 ... Posted personal-best time of 16:02 at the 4A Florida State Cross Country Championships, where he finished 11th ... Also a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All Star meet selection and finished 10th in the senior race at the 2008 Footlocker South Regional (16:17), and was a part of the All-South Senior Team ... Named to the 4A District team in track and field, as he finished third in the 800 meters (2:00.84) and third in the 3,200-meter relay. Personal: Born on Aug. 9, 1991 ... Son of Terry and Clara Thomas ... Has an older brother, Blaine, and sister, Amber ... Majoring in business administration ... Favorite food is grilled chicken with hot sauce ... Favorite movie is “The Amityville Horror” ... Favorite song is Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” ... Favorite athlete is soccer player David Beckham ... Admires his parents. FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 1 1

DUSTIN

THOMAS Harrisburg, N.C. • Hickory Ridge 2009 XC: Ran in two meets for the Spartans ... Finished 65th at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) and 189th at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2). Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track and field at Hickory Ridge ... Won 800meter county championship and was selected as team MVP as a senior ... Also awarded with outstanding freshman award. Personal: Born on March 4, 1991 ... Son of Jerry and Darlene Thomas ... Has one sister, Brittany ... Favorite food is pizza ... Favorite book is “Scar Tissue” ... Favorite TV Show is “The Simpsons” ... Favorite sports figure is Dan Marino ... Favorite singer is Lupe Fiasco ... Favorite song is “The Cool” ... Favorite season is winter ... Enjoys playing the piano and running.


Women’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles JU N I O R • SP R I N T S / T H ROW S • 5 - 8

JU N I O R • SP R I N T S • 5 - 4

LATERRICA

KATHRYN

BLOCKER Stone Mountain, Ga. • Redan Blocker’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field Shot Put ______________________ 36-11.00, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Weight Throw __________________ 32-03.75, Gamecock Invitational (2/23/08) 60-Meter Dash ______________________ 8.38, Clemson Invitational (1/18/08) Outdoor Track & Field 100-Meter Dash ___________________________ 13.34, 49er Classic (3/21/09) Discus Throw___________________ 106-10.00, Buccaneer Invitational (3/8/08) Shot Put ______________________ 36-07.00, Orange & Purple Classic (5/9/09) Hammer Throw __________________ 126-06, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 400-Meter Relay ___________________50.47, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 2009 Outdoor: Competed in the hammer throw, shot put and 400-meter relay at the A-Sun Championships (5/15) ... Set a career-best toss in the hammer throw at championships, reaching 126-06, to post a top-10 finish ... Helped 400-meter relay team post a school-record fifth-place finish in 50.47 seconds .. Posted a third-place finish in the shot put and ninth-place finish in the hammer throw at the Furman Invitational (4/11) ... Took fourth in the shot put with a career-best and school-record toss of 36-07 and seventh in the hammer throw at the Orange & Purple Classic (5/9) ... Placed in the top 10 in two events at the Georgia Bulldog Limited Meet, finishing seventh in the shot put and ninth in the hammer throw (4/18) ... Competed in the discus throw at the Wofford Dual Meet (4/17) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team 2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the shot put at the A-Sun Championships, posting a school record with a toss of 36-11.00 (2/20) ... Finished eighth ... Finished third in the shot put at the Clemson Games (1/31) ... Also competed in the weight throw at the Appalachian Invite (12/5). 2008 Outdoor: Competed in the 100-meter dash, the discus and the shot put during the season ... Had school’s top four times in the 100 meters during the season and the third-best throw in the discus ... Won the 100-meter dash at the Wofford Invitational (4/7) ... Followed that by winning the 100 meters at the Furman Invitational with a time of 13.60 (4/12). 2007-08 Indoor: Competed in the shot put at the A-Sun Championships (3/1-2) ... Set a then-school record with toss of 32-10.50 at event ... Also posted school record in 60-meter dash ... Finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 31-09.75 and sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 32-03.75 at the Gamecock Invitational (2/23).

NEELY Rock Hill, S.C. • Northwestern Neely’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 60-Meter Hurdles ________________________ 9.97, Clemson Games (1/31/09) 60-Meter Dash __________________________ 9.08, Clemson Games (1/31/09) Outdoor Track & Field 100-Meter Dash ______________________ 14.37, Wofford Dual Meet (4/17/09) 100-Meter Hurdles _________________ 16.60, Orange & Purple Classic (5/9/09) 2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and 1,600-meter relay at the A-Sun Championships (5/15) ... Season best time in the 100-meter hurdles was at the Clemson Orange & Purple Classic, where she finished in 16.60 (5/9) ... Also saw action in the 400-meter relay, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash during the season. 2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the A-Sun Championships (2/20) ... Earned her best time of the season in the hurdles at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational in 9.97 seconds(1/31) ... Competed in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles at the Clemson Games, where she set the school record in the hurdles with a finish of 9.97 seconds (1/30) ... Set the school record in the 55-meter dash at the Appalachian Limited (1/17). 2008 Outdoor: Competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles during the season ... Posted school’s top three times of the season in the hurdles ... Finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Bucaneer Invitational (3/8) ... Finished fourth in the hurdles at the Catamount Classic (4/18). 2007-08 Indoor: Competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the A-Sun Championships (3/1-2). Before USC Upstate: A four-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field at Northwestern ... Earned the Wingfoot and Coaches’ Award. Personal: Born on July 19, 1989 ... Daughter of Roger and Candace Neely ... Has two older siblings, Kristin and Kyle ... Father played tennis at Appalachian State ... Favorite food is pizza ... Favorite movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean” ... Favorite actor is Johnny Depp ... Loves reality TV shows ... Favorite group is The Killers … Most admires her parents … Dream job is to be a teacher and a track coach.

Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track and basketball at Redan … Received the Most Improved award. Personal: Born on Sept. 22, 1989 ... Daughter of Terry and LaFrancine Blocker ... Physical education major ... Has one brother, Terry ... Favorite singer is Jasmine Sullivan … Favorite book is “Their Eyes were Watching God.”

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Women’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles JU N I O R • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 2

EMILY

TANGWAR Eldoret, Kenya • Lareto (Matunda) Tangwar’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ____________________ 2:20.76, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) Mile Run _________________________ 5:09.15, Carolina Invitational (2/12/09) 3,000 Meter Run _____________________ 10:03.78, Tiger Invitational (2/15/08) 5,000 Meter Run _________________17:32.95, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________________ 2:17.75, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 1,500-Meter Run __________________________ 4:40.06, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 3,000-Meter Run _________________________ 10:34.87, 49er Classic (3/22/08) 5,000-Meter Run _________________________ 17:23.33, Penn Relays (4/23/09) 10,000 Meter Run ________________________ 36:24.96, Penn Relays (4/24/08) 2009 XC: Posted best time of season, 19:22, at the Eye Opener (9/5), as she finished 17th ... Finished 46th at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) with a time of 19:46 ... Finished 25th at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17). 2009 Outdoor: Won the 1,500-meter run at the Furman Invitational (4:45.46) and took third in the 800 meters (4/11) ... Finished second in the 1,500 meters and fifth in the 800 meters at the 49er Classic, posting season-best finishes in both events and setting a school record in the 800 with a time of 2:17.75 (3/21) ... Competed in the 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays, winning her section of 38 girls with a time of 17:24.30 (3/27) ... Competed in the prestigious Penn Relays for the second-straight year, posting a 24th-place finish in the 5,000-meters with a career-best and school-record time of 17:23.33 (4/23) ... Helped the women post a school record in the 1,600-meter relay at the Wofford Dual Meet, finishing in 4:14.37 (4/17).

2008-09 Indoor: Named team MVP ... Took first-place in the 5,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships with a school-record time of 17:32.95 (2/20) ... Also finished second in the 3,000 meters and fourth in the mile run at the conference championships with respective season-best times of 10:11.49 and 5:10.13 ... Finished fourth in the mile and sixth in the 800-meter run at the Carolina Invitational, where she set the school record in the mile in 5:09.15 (2/13) ... Finished fourth in the 800-meter run, fourth in the 3,000-meters and seventh in the mile run at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Notched a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:13.97 and a fifth-place finish in the mile run at the UNC Classic (1/24) ... Won the 800-meter run at the Appalachian Limited, setting a school record with a time of 2:20.76 (1/17). 2008 XC: Finished 34th at the A-Sun Championships ... Finished first among 311 runners at the Eye Opener Invitational (9/6), helping lead the team to a sixthplace finish, and was the first women in the history of Upstate to win the race ... Finished second at the Blue Ridge Open (10/17) with a season-best time of 18:20, leading the women to a 12th-place finish of 26 teams ... Finished third at the Mercer Invitational (9/27), leading the Spartans to a season-best fourthplace finish of 24 teams ... Took fourth-place at the Furman Invitational (10/11) and seventh at the Winthrop Invitational (9/20) ... Notched five top-ten finishes and four top-five finishes ... Earned two A-Sun Runner of the Week awards, after her performances at the Eye Opener and Furman Invitationals. 2008 Outdoor: Earned Upstate’s Spartan of the Week and Most Outstanding Freshman Award ... Named team’s Most Valuable Athlete ... Competed in the 800, 1,500-, 3,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-meter runs and the steeplechase during the season ... Had school’s best time of the season in all six events ... Won the 3,000 meters at the 49er Classic with a time of 10:34.87 (3/22) ... Finished 10th in the 5,000 meters at the Duke Invitational with a time of 17:42.91 (4/4) ... Won the 800 and 1,600 meters at the Wofford dual meet (4/7) ... Won the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:53.16 and finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.92 at the Furman Invitational (4/12) ... Finished 13th in the 10,000 meters with a time of 36:24.96 at the prestigous Penn Relays (4/25) ... Closed season by finishing second in the stepplechase at the Orange & Purple Classic with a time of 11:40.74 (5/10). 2007-08 Indoor: Earned A-Sun Conference Most Outstanding Runner and Most Outstanding Freshman awards at the A-Sun Championships (3/1-2) ... Claimed medallist honors in the mile run, the 3,000-meters and the 5,000-meters ... Posted a 10:10.31 time in the 3,000 meters for her first title of the meet (3/1) ... Added a 17:43.38 in the 5,000 meters for her second title and wrapped up with a 5:16.60 mile run for her third win (3/2) ... Passed three runners in final lap to take mile title ... Set school records in the 800 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and the mile run ... Finished fifth in the 3,000 meters at the Tiger Invitational with a time of 10:03.78, setting a school record (2/15) ... Finished in seventh at the Clemson Invitational in both the mile run and the 3,000-meters (1/18-19). 2007 XC: Earned A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors along with spots on the AllA-Sun and A-Sun All-Freshman teams ... Named team’s Most Outstanding Runner ... Finished second at the A-Sun Championships with a then-school-record 5K time of 18:08, just 17 seconds behind the medalist (10/28) ... Was Spartans’ top runner all season long, finishing in the top 10 in all six races ... First Spartan to ever dip below the 19-minute mark, doing so in all six races ... Won her first career race with a time of 18:14 at The Citadel Invitational (9/29) ... Finished seventh at the Gamecock Invitational, the Spartans’ first cross country race in three years (8/31) ... Finished eighth at the Eye Opener and fourth at Charlotte Invitational (9/22) ... Took fourth at the Furman Invitational to earn her first A-Sun Runner of the Week honors (10/13).

Before USC Upstate: Played soccer, field hockey and participated in track and field at Loreto ... Ran the 1,500 meters in 4:55 and 5K in 18:32 ... Was named the track and field team’s MVP in 1997 ... Redshirted in one season at Alaska Fairbanks. Personal: Daughter of the late Joseph and Magdalyne Tangwar ... Has three brothers, Richard, Dan and Geoffry, and five sisters, Eunice, Ruth, Loia, Joan and Milka ... Nursing major ... Favorite food is chapati and ugali (corn meal) ... Favorite book is “Gifted Hands”...Enjoys cooking, singing and travelling ... Admires her mother ... Favorite athlete is Kenyan marathon runner Catherine Ndereba ... Hero growing up was Kenyan marathon runner and peace advocate Tegla Lorupe ... Involved in Habitat for Humanity ... Sister, Joan, is a sophomore on Upstate’s cross country and track and field team.

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GABRIELLE

WALKER Chatanooga, Tenn. • Mars Hill

2008 XC: Finished sixth for the Spartans at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships and 68th-overall with a season-best time of 22:07 ... Competed in each meet for the Spartans this season ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

Walker’s Personal Bests Outdoor Track & Field 100-Meter Dash ___________________ 12.87, Orange & Purple Classic (5/9/09) Long Jump _______________________15-07.50, Furman Invitational (4/11/09) Triple Jump ____________________ 34-00.75, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 400-Meter Relay ___________________ 50.47, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09)

2008 Outdoor: Competed in the 1,500, 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs ... Posted school’s second-best times of the season in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters ... A member of the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team.

2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay, long jump and triple jump at the A-Sun Championships (5/15) ... Helped the 400-meter relay team post a school-record fifth-place finish in 50.47 seconds ... Finished second in the triple jump (33-07.50), fourth in the 100 meters and fourth in the long jump (15-07.50) at the Furman Invitational (4/11) ... Saw top finish in the 100-meter dash at the Orange & Purple Classic with an eighth-place finish in 12.97 seconds and also earned ninth in the long jump (5/9) ... Also finished 10th in the long jump.

2007-08 Indoor: Competed in the 800meter-run at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships (3/1) ... Had two of top five times of the season in the 800 meters.

2008-09 Indoor: Did not see action in a meet. Before USC Upstate: Lettered in track and field at Mars Hill College ... Set new school records in the 100 meters, triple jump, 400-meter relay and 55 meters. High School: Lettered in basketball and track and field at Brainerd ... Set new record for the triple jump and 400-meter relay ... Finished third in the state in the triple jump and 400-meter relay ... Member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1987 ... Has one brother, Rickey, and one sister, Stacy ... Majoring in sociology ... Favorite foods are cabbage and hot wings ... Favorite quote is “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” … Dream job is to work with the FBI. JU N I O R • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 4

NICOLE

YANCEY Madison, Conn. • Daniel Hand Yancey’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________2:58.76, Gamecock Invitational (2/23/08) Mile Run _________________________ 6:36.61, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) 3,000-Meter Run __________________ 12:42.39, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) 5,000 Meter Run _________________20:56.34, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Outdoor Track & Field 1,500-Meter Run ______________ 5:48.65, Weems Baskin Invitational, (3/29/08) 3,000-Meter Run ____________________ 12:44.02, Catamount Classic (4/18/08) 5,000-Meter Run ___________________ 22:53.82, Furman Invitational (4/11/09) 2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs throughout the season ... Posted top finish in the 5,000-meters at the Furman Invitational (4/11). 2008-09 Indoor: Set a new personal best time in the 5,000-meter run at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships (2/20) ... Earned her best time of the season in the 3,000-meters at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) ... Finished fifth in the 3,000-meters at the Clemson Games (1/31) ... Competed in the mile run at the Appalachian Limited (1/17).

Before USC Upstate: Lettered in indoor and outdoor track and soccer at Daniel Hand. Personal: Born on Oct. 6, 1989 ... Daughter of Reed Yancey and Carolyn Katz ... English major ... Has three siblings, Sam, Sydney and Kody ... Favorite food is pasta ... Favorite TV show is “The Office”... Favorite book is “Possible Side Effects”... Father, Reed, played college hockey at Nichols College. SOPHOMORE • DISTANCE • 5-7

CAROLYNE

CHELULEI Eldoret, Kenya • Alliance Girls Chelulei’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________________ 2:29.80, UNC Classic (1/24/09) Mile Run ________________________5:21.24, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) 3,000 Meter Run ____________10:35.65, ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31/09) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________________ 2:26.55, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 1,500-Meter Run __________________4:45.09, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________18:13.59, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 2009 XC: Recorded three first-place finishes during the season ... Finished at the top at the Wofford Relays (9/1), the Eye Opener (9/5) and the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) ... Set a school record with a time of 17:31.40 at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) en route to a third-place finish ... Earned the A-Sun Runner of the Week award on Oct. 7 ... Was the second Spartan to cross the finish line at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) as she finished ninth with a time of 18:16, earning her second-team all-conference accoloades. 2009 Outdoor: Scored points with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters and a sixth-place performance in the 1,500 meters at the A-Sun Championships (5/15)...Earned personal-best times in both events, finishing the 1,500 in 4:45.09 and the 5,000 in 18:13.59 ... Also competed in the 5,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays (3/27) ... Posted her season-best time in the 800 meters at the 49er Classic (3/21) ... Competed in the 1,600-meter relay at the Wofford Dual Meet, helping the women post a school record in 4:14.37 (4/17). 2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the mile run at the A-Sun Championships, where she finished 12th overall with a personal-best time of 5:21.24 (2/20) ... Also competed in the 3,000-meter run at conference championships ... Ran the mile at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) and ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Finished eighth of 58 competitors in the 3,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 10:35.65 and also competed in the 800-meter run at the ETSU Invitational ... Ran her best time in the 800-meter event at the UNC Classic, finishing in 2:29.80 (1/24).

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Women’s Returning Student-Athlete Profiles 2008 XC: Finished 56th at A-Sun Championships with a time of 21:00 ... Finished first for the Spartans and 21st, at the Covered Bridge Open in 19:52, helping lead the women to a sixth-place finish (8/29) ... Earned an eighth-place finish at the Mercer Invitational with a season-best time of 18:52 and helped the team earn their season-best fourth-place finish (9/7) ... Finished 21st at Eye Opener Invitational in 19:13 (9/6) ... A consistent top-three finisher for the Upstate women ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. Before USC Upstate: Went to Alliance Girls High School in Kenya ... Participated in soccer ... Earned the school’s certificate of merit in the heptathlon. Personal: Born July 25, 1989 ... Daughter of Joseph and Nancy Chelulei ... Has four brothers and five sisters ... A nursing major ... Favorite book is “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” ... Admires Mother Teresa ... Favorite food is chappattie ... Dream job is to be a head nurse. SOPHOMORE • DISTANCE • 5-6

JILLIAN

FINNEY Columbia, S.C. • Dutch Fork Finney’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field Mile Run _________________________ 6:50.92, Appalachian Limited (1/17/09) 2009 XC: Appeared in three meets for Upstate ... Finished 92nd at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) and 204th at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) ... Finished 89th at the 4.6K VT Alumni Invitational (9/18). 2009 Outdoor: Did not compete in any meets. 2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the mile run at the Appalachian Limited (1/17). 2007-08: Redshirted the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons. Before USC Upstate: Lettered in cross country and track at Dutch Fork. Personal: Born on March 22, 1989 ... Daughter of Bob and Jackie Finney ... Nursing major ... Has one brother, Bobby ... Favorite movie is “Superbad.”

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JEMELI

SANG Eldoret, Kenya • Biwott Ngelel-Tarit Sang’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ______________2:32.67, ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31/09) Mile Run ___________________5:28.43, ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31/09) 3,000 Meter Run __________________ 10:20.93, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________17:58.80, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________________ 2:20.31, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 1,500-Meter Run ____________________ 4:47.64, Furman Invitational (4/11/09) 3,000-Meter Run _________________________ 10:33.51, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________________ 17:27.60, Penn Relays (4/23/09) 10,000-Meter Run ________________36:54.73, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 2009 XC: Earned a spot on the All-A-Sun First Team after placing fifth at the conference championships (10/31) ... Posted a time of 18:06 at the event ... Set a personal-best time of 17:39.60 at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) as she finished in eighth ... Time of 17:39.60 is the second fastest in school history ... Finished second at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) with a time of 18:00.97 ... At the Eye Opener (9/5) Finished third with a time of 18:26 at the Eye Opener (9/5). 2009 Outdoor: Earned a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships, finishing in 36:54.73, marking the top finish among the team at the championships (5/15) ... Came back to post a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meters (5/15) ... Posted season-best finish in the 5,000-meters at the Penn Relays, where she finished in 17:27.60 (4/23) ... Posted a third-place finish in the 3,000-meters with a school-record time of 10:33.51 at the 49er Classic (3/21) ... Finished fourth in the 1,500 meters at the Furman Invitational with a season-best time of 4:47.64 and earned a top-10 finish in the 800 meters (4/11) ... Helped the women post a school record in the 1,600-meter relay at the Wofford Dual Meet, finishing in 4:14.37 (4/17). 2008-09 Indoor: Finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the A-Sun Championships with a season-best time of 17:58.80 (2/20) ... Also earned a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meters in 10:29.10 (2/20) ... Finished third in the 3,000-meter run at the Carolina Invitational with a personal-best time of 10:20.93 (2/13) ... Earned her best times in the 800-meters and mile run at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Also finished 10th out of 58 competitors in the 3,000-meter run at the race ... Earned a top-10 finish in the 3,000 meters at the UNC Classic (1/24). 2008 XC: Finished first for the women at the A-Sun Championships and 22ndoverall with a time of 19:04, leading the team to a seventh-place finish of 11 teams ... Named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen team ... Finished seventh-overall at the Mercer Invitational in 18:51, helping to lead the women to a fourth-place finish of 24 teams, her season-best finish and first finish in under 19 minutes (9/7) ... Finished 20th at the Eye Opener Invitational in 19:12 (9/6). Before USC Upstate: Attended Biwott Ngelel-Tarit High School in Kenya ... Was an active distance runner, posting a 5:16 1,500-meter run and a 38:55 10,000meter run ... Was the class prefect and a Christian Union Leader. Personal: Born July 3, 1988...Daughter of Ruttoh and Pauline Kipsang ... A nursing major ... Has seven siblings ... Enjoys watching movies, singing and running ... Favorite meal is ugali (corn meal) and mursik.

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SOPHOMORE • DISTANCE • 5-5

JOAN

LAUREN

TANGWAR Eldoret, Kenya • St. Joseph’s Girls Tangwar’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ___________________2:21.68, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Mile Run ________________________5:16.55, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) 3,000 Meter Run ____________10:35.72, ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31/09) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run __________________ 2:18.60, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 1,500-Meter Run _________________ 4:38.02, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________________ 17:33.86, Penn Relays (4/23/09) 2009 XC: Was the third Spartan to cross the finish line at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) ... Finished 27th with a time of 19:07 ... Set a personal-best time of 18:22.80 at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) ... Placed 12th at the Eye Opener (9/5) with a time of 19:08 ... Teamed with Carolyne Chelulei to win the Wofford Relays (9/1) ... Finished seventh at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) with a time of 19:07.63. 2009 Outdoor: Finished third in the 1,500 meters and fourth in the 800 meters at the A-Sun Championships and also competed in the 5,000 meters (5/15), posting a school record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:38.02 ... Also posted a career-best time in the 800 meters with a finish in 2:18.60 (5/15) ... Earned the fifth-place spot in the 1,500 meters (4:47.74) and finished eighth in the 800 meters (2:22.03) at the Furman Invitational (4/11) ... Posted her best time in the 5,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 17:33.86 (4/23) ... Helped the women post a school record in the 1,600-meter relay at the Wofford Dual Meet, finishing in 4:14.37 (4/17) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the 800-meters, mile run and 3,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships (2/20), finishing seventh in the 800 meters (2:21.68), ninth in the 3,000 meters (10:44.43) and tenth in the mile run (5:16.55) ... Earned personal-best times in the 800 meters and mile run at the meet ... Also competed in the 800-meter and mile runs at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) and ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Finished ninth of 58 competitors in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:35.72 at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ...Finished eighth in the 800-meter run at the UNC Classic with a time of 2:25.05, her second-best time of the season (1/24). 2008 XC: Finished fourth for the Spartans and 46th-overall at the A-Sun Championships with a season-best time of 20:02 ... Battled a foot injury throughout part of the season, but was a consistent top-five finisher for the women ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. Before USC Upstate: Attended St. Joseph’s Girls’ High School in Kenya ... Participated in track & field, field hockey and soccer ... Was a provincial level runner, a district-level field hockey player and a zonal-level soccer player. Personal: Daughter of the late Joseph and Magdalyne Tangwar ... A nursing major ... Has three brothers, Richard, Dan and Geoffry, and five sisters, Eunice, Ruth, Loia, Emily and Milka ... Sister, Emily, is a junior on the Spartans’ cross country and track and field team ... Admires Barack Obama ... Favorite sports figure is Kenyan Gold Medallist Pamela Jelimo.

WALKER Columbia, S.C. • Lugoff-Elgin Walker’s Personal Bests Indoor Track & Field Mile Run _____________________________5:37.77, Clemson Games (1/31/09) 3,000-Meter Run __________________ 11:04.61, Carolina Invitational (2/13/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________19:11.44, A-Sun Championships (2/20/09) Outdoor Track & Field 800-Meter Run ____________________2:32.40, Winthrop Invitational (3/27/09) 1,500-Meter Run ___________________5:14.07, Winthrop Invitational (3/27/09) 3,000-Meter Run ___________________ 10:58.43, Wofford Dual Meet (4/17/09) 3,000-Meter Steeplechase _________11:56.47, A-Sun Championships (5/15/09) 5,000-Meter Run _________________________ 18:56.63, 49er Classic (3/21/09) 10,000-Meter Run _____________________ 40:24.71, Duke Invitational (4/3/09) 2009 XC: Set a personal-best time of 18:39.40 at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) as she finished 25th ... Finished 28th at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) after a time of 19:07 ... Best finish of the season came at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) when she finished 12th ... Teamed with Emily Tangwar to take second at the Wofford Relays (9/1) ... Finished 18th at the Eye Opener (9/5). 2009 Outdoor: Earned a careerbest fourth-place finish in the 3,000meter steeplechase at the A-Sun Championships in 11:56.47 in only her second time competing in the event (5/15)...Also competed in the 5,000-meter run and 1,600-meter relay at the meet ... Finished third in the steeplechase at the Furman Invitational (4/11) ... Earned the second-best finish of the season in the 3,000meter at the Wofford Dual Meet with a time of 10:58.32 (4/17) ... Saw action in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs at the Winthrop Invitational (3/27) ... Competed in the 10,000-meter run at the Duke Invitational, posting a finish in 40:24.71 (4/3) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. 2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the A-Sun Championships (2/20)...Set a personal-best time of 19:11.44 in the 5,000 at the meet ... Also competed in the 3,000-meter run at the Carolina Invitational, setting a personal-best time in the event with a finish of 11:04.61 (2/13) ... Set a personalbest time of 5:37.77 in the mile run at the Clemson Games (1/31). 2008 XC: Finished second for the Spartans and 33rd at the A-Sun Championships with a season-best time of 19:20 (11/1) ... Consistently finished fourth for the Spartans ... Finished 23rd at Mercer Invitational (9/27) ... Finished 27th at the Furman Invitational (10/11) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team. High School: Lettered in volleyball, track and field and cross country ... Was a team captain in both track and field and cross country ... Won regional meet in cross country twice ... Placed 11th at the state high school meet as a senior ... Placed sixth in both the mile- and two-mile-runs at the state meet during her senior year... Wendy’s High School Heisman Nominee ... Member of the Beta Club and National Honors Society. Personal: Born on Feb. 20, 1990 ... Daughter of Gene and Carlette Walker ... Has one brother, Eli ... A nursing major ... Enjoys horseback riding and has a horse, Dusty ... Favorite movies are the Harry Potter series ... Admires her parents ... Favorite athlete is American steeplechase athlete Anna Willard.

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MARY

ALEXANDER Greenville, S.C. • Spartanburg C.C. Before USC Upstate: Helped Broome win the state cross country championship as a senior and finish as runners-up in 2004 ... Earned SCHSL All-State status in 2005 after placing eighth individually ... A two-time all-region performer in cross country and was a member of the state runner-up 3,200-meter relay team in track and field ... Beta Club President as a junior and senior ... Member of the Literary Club, German Club and Spanish Club ... Attended Spartanburg Community College for two years and was president of the Science Club. Personal: Born on Nov. 15, 1987 ... Daughter of Myles and Loretta Alexander ... Has a younger brother, Michael, and a younger sister, Jacqueline ... Father, Myles, is an adjunct professor in the Department of Languages, Literature and Composition at USC Upstate ... A biology major ... Favorite food is spaghetti ... Favorite TV show is “The Big Bang Theory” ... Favorite actress is Nicole Kidman ... Admires distance running legend Steve Prefontaine ... Wants to be a physical therapist. FRE S H M A N • JU M P S • 5 - 3

HOPE

BENNETT Aiken, S.C. • South Aiken 2010: Will red-shirt during indoor and outdoor seasons. Before USC Upstate: Member of the track and field team at South Aiken, earning four letters … Was a two-time all-region selection … Competed in state championships in 2008 and 2009. Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1991 … Daughter of Mike and Patti Bennett … Has one brother, Matt, and three sisters, Nancy, Stephanie and Allie … Majoring in early childhood education … Favorite actor is Will Ferrell … Favorite TV show is “That ‘70s Show” … Favorite movie is “Ferris Bueler’s Day Off ” … Favorite music group is Bullet for My Valentine … Favorite sports figure is Grace Taylor … Most admires her mom … Enjoys track and field, listening to music and reading … Dream job is to be a teacher. F R E S H M A N • P O L E VA U L T / S P R I N T S • 5 - 3

ERICA

FARLER Simpsonville, S.C. • Greenville Charter Before USC Upstate: Member of track and field and basketball teams at Greenville Tech Charter … Named all-region and all-state in the hurdles and was a member of the 2009 All-Star team. Personal: Born Oct. 22, 1990 … Daughter of Greg and Yvonne Farler … Has one brother, Richard … A physical education major … Favorite book is “Twilight” … Favorite singer is Elvis Presley … Favorite actress is Catherine Heigl … Favorite movie is “Baby Mama” … Favorite food is macaroni … Favorite sports figure is Candace Parker … Enjoys basketball, track and horseback riding … Dream job is to be a physical therapist. FRE S H M A N • MU L T I P L E EVE N T S • 5 - 6

CHRISTIAN

GAMBLE Columbia, S.C. • Lower Richland Before USC Upstate: Was a member for four years of the track and field team at Lower Richland … Received the senior track award.

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Personal: Born Aug. 17, 1990 … Daughter of Leslie Gamble … Has two sisters, Tunisia Beasley and Jasmine Beasley … Majoring in communications … Favorite singer is Amerie … Favorite song is “Find a Way” … Favorite foods are French fries and brownies … Favorite actress is Kerry Washington … Favorite book is “Piece of the Sky” … Favorite quote is “Keep an open mind and a soft heart” … Dream job is to be a foreign missionary … Most admires her mother … Enjoys writing poetry, dancing, acting and doing volunteer work. FRE S H M A N • JU M P S / SP R I N T S • 5 - 4

CAMILLE

MASANOTTI Ladson, S.C. • Stratford Before USC Upstate: Spent two years as a member of the track and field team at Stratford HS … Both seasons she competed in the state championships, earning a fifth place finish in 2008 followed by a first place finish (tie) in 2009 … personal bests include 15-09 in the long jump, 15.74 in the 110 meter hurdles and 11-06 in the pole vault. Personal: Born Feb. 21, 1991 … Daughter of James and Kathleen Masanotti … Has one brother, James … Majoring in psychology … Favorite movie is “Nightmare Before Christmas” … Favorite TV show is “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” … Favorite actor is Robert Downey, Jr. … Favorite book is “Tuesdays with Morrie” … Favorite sports figure is Nastia Liukin … Hero growing up was her dad … Loves her mom’s cooking … Enjoys track, singing and writing. FRE S H M A N • JU M P S • 5 - 4

ABIGAIL

OSBORNE Abbeville, S.C. • Abbeville Before USC Upstate: Four-year letter winner in track and field at Abbeville HS ... Was the upper state champion in the pole vault during senior season, earning her team MVP honors ... He was also a member of the cheerleading squad. Personal: Born on Jan. 14, 1991 ... Daughter of Steve and Brenda Osborne ... has four brothers, Joseph, Andrew, Dillon and Austin and one sister, Lauren ... Majoring in nursing ... Favorite movie is “The Notebook” ... Favorite Actress is Meryl Steep ... Favorite food is pasta ... Favorite season is the fall ... Favorite TV Show is “Say Yes to the Dress” ... Favorite singer is Taylor Swift ... Favorite Book is “Dear John” ... Her hero and the person she admires most is her father ... Dream job is to be a doctor or a physicans assistant. FRE S H M A N • DI S T A N C E • 5 - 1

LAURA

TRANSUE Greenville, S.C. • T.L. Hanna 2009 XC: Competed in all six meets for the Spartans ... Best time, 20:48, came at the A-Sun Championships (10/31), as she finished 63rd ... Best finish of the season came on at the Eye Opener (9/5), when she placed 45th. Before USC Upstate: A four-year letterwinner and four-time all-region selection at T.L. Hanna ... Recorded personal-best times of 19:57.45 in the 5,000 meters, 5:54.75 in the 1,600 meters, and 12:48.89 in the 3,200 meters, earning her team’s Most Valuable Distance Runner award as a senior ... The 2008 Region 1-4A champion in cross country. Personal: Born on Feb. 20, 1991 ... Daughter of Scott and Rochelle Transue ... Has a sister, Trisha ... A graphic design major ... Enjoys running, swimming and arts and crafts ... Favorite type of food is pasta ... Favorite movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean” ... Favorite actor is Johnny Depp ... Lived in Pennsylvania and Indiana before moving to South Carolina before her freshman year of high school.


2008-09 Indoor Track & Field Year In Review Upstate Continues To Build On Success The USC Upstate 2008-09 indoor track and field programs made some giant leaps from the previous year’s conference finishes, despite it being just its second season in Division I. The men’s team improved from a sixth-place to a fourth-place conference finish, marking the best finish in the history of the program, while the women garnered another eighth-place finish.

Spartans Earn Titles At A-Sun Championships Sophomore Justin Crawford, who saw a promising freshman season come to an end due to an injury in the spring, earned 10 points with a first-place finish in the pole vault at the A-Sun Championships for the Spartans. Crawford, who finished sixth in the pole vault as a freshman, tied his career-best performance with a finish of 14-07.25. “I had missed the height two times before, so I just kept thinking, `Don’t mess up, don’t mess up,’ “ Crawford said about his winning performance. “I’m just glad I could contribute to the team.”

Justin Crawford became the first men’s A-Sun Track & Field Champion by winning the pole vault with a leap of 14-07.25.

Sophomore Emily Tangwar came back after finishing second in the 3,000 meters on the first day of the championships by taking first in the women’s 5,000-meters, collecting 10 points and beating Kennesaw State’s Mackenzie Howe by nearly seven seconds. Tangwar’s time of 17:32.95 in the 5k was a new personal best and blew away the previous school record by nearly 10 seconds. Tangwar also finished fourth in the women’s mile, securing four more points with a 5:10.13 performance, one second shy of her career best time. Tangwar, who was named the Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Freshman in last season’s championships, totaled 22 of the women’s 28 total points throughout the championship.

Goggins Earns Most Outstanding at A-Sun Championships After being recognized as the Most Outstanding Freshman Performer in 2008, sophomore Perrish Goggins came back strong at the indoor conference championships and earned the Most Valuable Field Performer award. Goggins competed in the men’s heptathlon, taking first-place in the long jump (6.76m) and high jump (2.01m) and earning fifth-place overall. He also competed in the individual long jump, high jump and triple jump events, earning second in the high jump and triple jump and fourth in the long jump. “I felt best in the triple jump,” Goggins said. “I’m glad all my practice, hard work and dedication have paid off. I held back in the heptathlon a little bit so I could have enough energy and endurance to perform in my other events.”

Upstate Hosts First Ever Track & Field Event On Sunday, Feb. 15, USC Upstate held its first ever track and field event as it played host to the “Upstate Throws Fest,” an open event for the shot put and weight throw, in the Auxiliary Gym in the Hodge Center on campus. The Spartans joined the Throw 1 Deep Track Club out of Georgia, a premier track and field club team that used the meet as preparation for the Nike Indoor High School Nationals and USA Indoor Championships.

Spartans Break Six School Records at Carolina Invitational In their final indoor meet of preparation before the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, the Spartans put together a solid day as several Upstate athletes displayed substantial improvements from the beginning of the indoor season, with many athletes continuing to set new personal-best times and university records. Emily Tangwar won her fourth career A-Sun title by winning the 3,000 meters at the indoor meet.

Marc Wartenberger shined in the men’s weight throw event, finishing fourth with a personal-best throw of 42-00.75. Terry Squibbs competed in the pole vault, earning his best performance of the season with a finish of 13-01.50. In other action, the Spartans saw success in the 60-meter hurdles as both Reggie Thompson and Kathryn Neely won their respective heats. Thompson finished first among eight other individuals in 8.86 seconds, marking a new school-record for the freshman. On the distance side, Emily Tangwar’s third-place finish in the women’s mile with a time of 5:09.15 earned her a school record for the Spartans. Joan Tangwar also put up her best time of the year with a 5:19.61 finish, third of 11 in her heat, and the third-best all-time for the Spartans. In the men’s mile run, Matt Henderson and James Jackson both broke the school record of 4:43.85 that Jackson set in the Spartans’ last outing. Both also ran the 3,000 meters for the men in Upstate’s final event of the evening, capping the night on a solid note and keeping the theme of the day strong, breaking another school record.

Spartan Records Fall At Appalachian State The Spartans competed in their second meet of the season and their first of 2009 on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Appalachian State, as they continued to accomplish many new Division I firsts, including setting numerous personal and team records.

Perrish Goggins earned the Most Outstanding Track Performer as he contributed 22 team points for Upstate.

Emily Tangwar sparked the Spartans with a first-place finish in the women’s 800 meters, leading all finishers with a time of 2:20.76 and setting a school record. Joe Holzinger also accomplished a school record in the men’s 800 meters. Jemeli Sang and Conrad Goeringer also set new Spartan records in the 1,000-meter runs, both finishing in fifth-place among the competitors. In the field events, Perrish Goggins continued to show his athleticism and dominance, tying for first with Appalachian State’s Darius Purcell in the men’s high jump, reaching 6-09.00.

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2008-09 Indoor Track & Field Results Men’s Indoor Track & Field Results Date Event Result 12/5/08 Appalachian Invite No Team Scoring Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 14-00.00 (8th) Perrish Goggins- Long Jump 22-01.50 (9th) James Miles- Shot Put 47-07.00 (9th); 1/17/09 Appalachian Limited No Team Scoring Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-09.00 (1st) Perrish Goggins- Long Jump 21-10.25 (5th) Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 14-00.00 (6th) James Miles- Shot Put 46-08.00 (7th) 1/24/09 UNC Classic No Team Scoring Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 13-09.25 (4th) 1/30-1/31/09 ETSU Niswonger Invitational/Clemson Games No Team Scoring Reggie Thompson- 60-Meter Hurdles 8.91 (1st) Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-04.25 (2nd) Perrish Goggins- 60-Meter Hurdles 9.89 (2nd) Michael Meissner- 300 Meters 37.05 (3rd) Marc Wartenberger- Shot Put 39-08.75 (3rd) Perrish Goggins- 60-Meter Dash 7.23 (5th)

Date Event 2/13/09 Carolina Invitational Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 14-05.25 (4th) Joe Jiles- High Jump 6-00.00 (8th) 2/20-2/21/09 Atlantic Sun Championships 1. ETSU 172 2. Kennesaw State 151.50 3. Campbell 85 4. USC Upstate 47.50 Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 14-07.25 (1st) Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-04.25 (2nd) Perrish Goggins- Long Jump 22-00.25 (4th) Perrish Goggins- Heptathlon 3,717 (5th) Michael Meissner- 400 Meters 51.08 (7th)

Result No Team Scoring Marc Wartenberger- Weight 42-00.75 (4th) Terry Squibbs- Pole Vault 13-01.50 (8th) 4th/7 5. Belmont 40 6. Lipscomb 18 7. North Florida 8

Marc Wartenberger

Perrish Goggins- Triple Jump 46-11.00 (2nd) Terry Squibbs- Pole Vault 13-07.25 (4th) Marc Wartenberger- Heptathlon 4035 (4th) Reggie Thompson- Long Jump 20-10.50 (6th) Marc Wartenberger- Weight 43-08.00 (7th)

Men’s Indoor Track & Field Top Performances 55-Meter Dash Perrish Goggins (12/5) _______________6.77 Graham Long (12/5) _________________7.05 60-Meter Dash Perrish Goggins (1/30) _______________7.20 Michael Meissner (1/30) ______________7.29 Graham Long (1/30) _________________7.64 Marc Wartenberger (2/20) ____________7.69 200 Meters Michael Meissner (2/13) _____________23.67 Graham Long (12/5) ________________24.47 Mack Reed (12/5) __________________24.56 300 Meters Michael Meissner (1/31) _____________37.05 400 Meters Michael Meissner (2/20) _____________51.08 DeNeal Cotton (12/5) _______________55.43 Mack Reed (12/5) __________________55.51 Joe Holzinger (1/24) ________________56.36 500 Meters Derek Winslett (1/31) _____________ 1:16.22 Michael Meissner (1/31) ___________ 1:20.06

800 Meters Joe Holzinger (2/20) ______________ Kevin Brabham (2/20)_____________ James Jackson (1/17) _____________ Joe Giordano (2/20) ______________

2:01.08 2:09.29 2:11.25 2:12.39

1,000 Meters Conrad Goeringer (1/17) __________ Kevin Brabham (1/31)_____________ Matt Henderson (1/17) ____________ Joe Giordano (1/31) ______________ Brent Durden (1/17) ______________

2:45.84 2:49.21 2:59.59 3:02.23 3:04.92

Mile Run Matt Henderson (2/13) ____________ 4:43.34 James Jackson (2/13) _____________ 4:43.53 Conrad Goeringer (1/24) __________ 4:46.10 3,000 Meters Matt Henderson (2/13) ____________ 9:22.40 James Jackson (2/13) _____________ 9:26.59 Conrad Goeringer (1/24) __________ 9:27.50 5,000 Meters James Jackson (1/31) ____________ 16:07.98 Conrad Goeringer (2/20) _________ 16:46.73 Derek Winslett (2/20) ____________ 17:37.03

55-Meter Hurdles Reggie Thompson (1/17) _____________8.68 60-Meter Hurdles Reggie Thompson (2/13) _____________8.86 Perrish Goggins (1/31) _______________9.89 Marc Wartenberger (2/20) ___________10.15 1,600-Meter Relay Upstate A (2/20) _________________ 3:31.34 (Meissner, Holzinger, Giordano, Thompson) Upstate A (12/5) _________________ 3:44.37 (Winslett, Holzinger, Meissner, Reed) Upstate B (12/5) _________________ 3:58.35 (Henderson, Jackson, Goeringer, Long) Distance Medley Upstate A (2/20) ________________ 11:16.98 (Holzinger, Meissner, Giordano, Goeringer) _ High Jump Perrish Goggins (1/17) ______ Joe Jiles (1/31) ____________ Marc Wartenberger (12/5) ___ Reggie Thompson (1/17) ____

6-09.00/2.06m 6-00.50/1.84m 6-00.00/1.83m 6-00.00/1.83m

Long Jump Perrish Goggins (2/20) _____ Reggie Thompson (2/20) ___ Marc Wartenberger (2/20) __ Joe Jiles (2/20) ___________

22-02.25/6.76m 20-10.50/6.36m 20-09.00/6.32m 20-02.25/6.15m

Joe Jiles

Triple Jump Perrish Goggins (2/20) ____ 46-11.00/14.30m Shot Put James Miles (12/5) _______ 47-07.00/14.50m Marc Wartenberger (1/17) _ 40-11.75/12.49m 35-Lb. Weight James Miles (1/17) _______ 46-08.00/14.22m Marc Wartenberger (2/20) _ 43-08.00/13.31m Eric Chapman (1/17) ______ 41-05.00/12.62m

Reggie Thompson

Pole Vault Justin Crawford (1/31) _____ 14-07.25/4.45m Terry Squibbs (2/20) _______ 13-07.25/4.15m Marc Wartenberger (2/20) __ 10-10.00/3.30m Heptathlon Marc Wartenberger (2/20) ___________4,035 Perrish Goggins (2/20) ______________3,717

Women’s Indoor Track & Field Results Date Event Result 12/5/08 Appalachian Invite No Team Scoring 1/17/09 Appalachian Limited No Team Scoring Emily Tangwar- 800 Meters 2:20.76 (1st) Jemeli Sang- 1,000 Meters 3:12.71 (5th) Lauren Walker- 1,000 Meters 3:25.49 (6th) Caroline Chelulei- 800 Meters 2:29.83 (9th) 1/24/09 UNC Classic No Team Scoring Emily Tangwar- 3,000 Meters 10:13.97 (3rd) Emily Tangwar- Mile Run 5:15.33 (5th) Joan Tangwar- 800 Meters 2:24.05 (8th) Jemeli Sang- 3,000-Meters 10:44.50 (10th) 1/30-1/31/09 ETSU Niswonger Invitational/Clemson Games No Team Scoring Kayla Speed- Weight Throw 39-03.75 (1st) Stacie Sewell- Weight Throw 34-00.75 (2nd) LaTerrica Blocker- Shot Put 30-02.25 (3rd) Emily Tangwar- 800 Meters 2:24.65 (4th) Emily Tangwar- 3,000 Meters 10:22.77 (4th) Ashley Moore- 500-Meter Dash 1:32.81 (5th) Emily Tangwar- Mile Run 5:19.88 (7th) Caroline Chelueli- 3,000 Meters 10:35.65 (8th) Joan Tangwar- 3,000 Meters 10:35.72 (9th) Jemeli Sang- 3,000 Meters 10:36.51 (10th)

Date Event 2/13/09 Carolina Invitational Jemeli Sang- 3,000 Meters 10:20.93 (3rd) Emily Tangwar- 800 Meters 2:20.85 (6th) 2/20-2/21/09 Atlantic Sun Championships 1. Jacksonville 171 2.Kennesaw State 109 3. ETSU 84 4. Belmont 48 Emily Tangwar- 5,000 Meters 17:32.95 (1st) Jemeli Sang- 5,000 Meters 17:58.80 (4th) Jemeli Sang- 3,000 Meters 10:29.10 (6th) LaTerrica Blocker- Shot Put 36-11.00 (8th) Joan Tangwar- 3,000 Meters 10:44.43 (9th)

Emily Tangwar- Mile Run

5. North Florida 6. Campbell 7. USC Upstate 8. Lipscomb Emily Tangwar- 3,000 Meters Emily Tangwar- Mile Run Joan Tangwar- 800 Meters Kayla Speed- Weight Throw Joan Tangwar- Mile Run

Result No Team Scoring 5:09.15 (4th) 7th/8 43 39 28 4 10:11.49 (2nd) 5:10.13 (4th) 2:21.68 (7th) 42-11.00 (8th) 5:16.55 (10th)

Kathryn Neely

Women’s Indoor Track & Field Top Performances 55-Meter Dash Kathryn Neely (1/17/09) ______________8.60 Alesha Dawson (1/17/09) _____________8.94

500 Meters Ashley Moore (1/31/09) ___________ 1:32.81

60-Meter Dash Erin Tyre (1/30/09) __________________9.02 Kathryn Neely (1/30/09) ______________9.08

800 Meters Emily Tangwar (1/17/09) __________ Joan Tangwar (2/20/09) ___________ Caroline Chelulei (1/24/09) ________ Jemeli Sang (1/31/09)_____________

200 Meters Kiah White (1/24/09)________________27.78 Sheliah Williams (2/13/09) ___________28.56 Ashley Moore (12/5/08) _____________29.38 Erin Tyre (1/24/09) _________________30.40

1,000 Meters Jemeli Sang (1/17/09)_____________ 3:12.71 Lauren Walker (1/17/09) ___________ 3:25.49

300 Meters Kiah White (1/31/09)________________44.29 Sheliah Wililams (1/31/09) ___________45.01 Adrienne Singletary (1/31/09) ________45.06 400 Meters Kiah White (2/20/09)______________ 1:01.44 Sheliah Williams (1/24/09) _________ 1:04.09 Adrienne Singletary (12/5/08) ______ 1:04.75

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Mile Run Emily Tangwar (2/13/09) __________ Joan Tangwar (2/20/09) ___________ Caroline Chelulei (2/20/09) ________ Jemeli Sang (1/31/09)_____________ Lauren Walker (1/31/09) ___________ Maria Ruvalcaba Trigueros (1/17/09) _ Nicole Yancey (1/17/09) ___________ Jillian Finney (1/17/09) ____________

2:20.76 2:21.68 2:29.80 2:32.67

5:09.15 5:16.55 5:21.24 5:28.43 5:37.77 6:23.90 6:36.61 6:50.92

3,000 Meters Emily Tangwar (2/20/09) _________ 10:11.49 Jemeli Sang (2/13/09)____________ 10:20.93 Caroline Chelulei (1/31/09) _______ 10:35.65 Joan Tangwar (1/31/09) __________ 10:35.72 Lauren Walker (2/13/09) __________ 11:04.61 Nicole Yancey (2/13/09) __________ 12:42.29 Maria Ruvalcaba (1/31/09) ________ 12:54.16 _____________________________________ 5,000 Meters Emily Tangwar (2/20/09) _________ 17:32.95 Jemeli Sang (2/20/09)____________ 17:58.80 Lauren Walker (2/20/09) __________ 19:11.44 Nicole Yancey (2/20/09) __________ 20:56.34 _____________________________________ 60-Meter Hurdles Kathryn Neely (1/31/09) ______________9.97 1,600-Meter Relay Upstate A (2/20/09) ______________ 4:14.01 (White, Singletary, Williams, Moore) Upstate A (12/5/08) ______________ 4:26.18 (Chelulei, E. Tangwar, J. Tangwar, Walker) Upstate B (12/5/08) ______________ 5:08.25 (Sang, Yancey, Finney, Ruvalcaba) _________

High Jump Angie Varnum (12/5/08) _____ 4-08.25/1.43m Erin Tyre (2/20/09) _________ 4-08.25/1.43m Shot Put LaTerrica Blocker (2/20/09)_ 36-11.00/11.25m Dee Dee Allen (1/17/09) ____ 30-09.75/9.39m Kayla Speed (12/5/08) _____ 30-00.75/9.16m

Jemeli Sang

20-Lb. Weight Kayla Speed (2/20/09) ____ 42-11.00/13.08m Dee Dee Allen (1/17/09) ___ 38-06.25/11.02m Stacie Sewell (1/31/09) ____ 34-00.75/10.38m LaTerrica Blocker (2/23/08)__ 32-03.75/9.85m

Kayla Speed


2009 Outdoor Track & Field Year In Review Raising The Bar After a spectacular day one of competition in which the Upstate men’s track and field team was ranked second among all teams competing, the Spartans concluded the weekend with a fourth-place finish for the men and a sixth-place finish for the women at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, representing the best finishes in the history of the program. The men saw a 66-point improvement from 2008 as numerous individuals earned points for the Spartans all-around. After winning the first-place medal in the long jump on Friday, Perrish Goggins added another first-place finish in the men’s high jump on Saturday. He also finished third in the triple jump and helped the Upstate men’s 400meter relay team to a fourth-place finish in 43.19, a school record, to complete his impressive two-day resume. Justin Crawford took the individual first-place title in the men’s pole vault event for the second consecutive season after winning the event during the indoor conference championships. The sophomore also set a new personal and school record with his first-place finish of 4.60 meters, earning 10 points for the Upstate men’s squad.

Perrish Goggins wrapped up his second year of track & field by winning two A-Sun Championships, taking high jump and long jump titles.

Jemeli Sang also gained time on the podium, as the freshman earned second-place in the women’s 10,000m run, finishing in 36:54.73. Freshmen Joan Tangwar and Lauren Walker also strongly contributed on the women’s side, as Tangwar earned a third-place finish in the women’s 1,500 meters (4:38.02) and fourth-place in the 800 (2:18.60), and Walker posted an impressive fourth-place finish in the steeplechase in 11:56.47. Senior Marc Wartenberger took third in the men’s hammer throw, besting his previous top performance with a mark of 47.34 meters and setting a new school record, and sixth in the discus.

Reggie Thompson Named the A-Sun’s Most Outstanding Freshman Freshman Reggie Thompson also had a stellar weekend in helping the men to a fourth-place finish at the A-Sun Championships and was named the Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the two-day championship meet. Thompson took third in the men’s decathlon, earning six points. He also finished fifth in the high jump (1.9m), helped the men to a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter relay and competed in the 110m hurdles.

Spartans Have Record Day at Penn Relays In only their second season in Division I competition, the Upstate track and field team sent three athletes with qualifying times (one sophomore and two freshmen) to the esteemed Penn Relays to compete in the world’s largest annual track and field meet among 15,000 other athletes. Emily Tangwar, Jemeli Sang, and Joan Tangwar each displayed their strongest race of the season and earned personal best times in the Olympic Development Women’s 5,000-meter event. Emily Tangwar, in her second-straight year competed at the Penn Relays, led the Upstate women with a 24th-place finish with a time of 17:23.33, one second quicker than her best time of the season set at the Raleigh Relays. She beat out runners from Harvard, Dartmouth and Vanderbilt, and broke the school record in the 5k to secure her fourth-career Athlete of the Week award and her first honor in the outdoor season.

Upstate Bests Wofford in Dual-Meet The USC Upstate track and field team competed in the second annual dual meet against Wofford on April 17 at Broome High School, taking victories in both the women’s and men’s events, with respective point totals of 102 and 90.50. Upstate took titles in 27 of the 30 overall events, including all of the running events but the men’s 400-meter dash. Jemeli Sang contributed 12 of Upstate’s 37 team points during the A-Sun Championships.

Spartans Win Five Events, Dominate at Furman Invitational The USC Upstate track and field team used a surplus of excitement and adrenaline stored from a week off of competition last weekend to conquer five first-place finishes while gathering top performances in nearly every event at the Furman Invitational. Earning first-place finishes for the Spartans were Eric Chapman, Emily Tangwar, Justin Crawford, Perrish Goggins and Angie Varnum. Chapman led all competitors in the men’s hammer throw, with a first-place, schoolrecord toss of 148-11. Tangwar’s time of 4:45.46 was the best time of the day in the women’s 1,500 meters, and Crawford continued to improve in the pole vault, reaching 15-feet for the first time in his career and school history. To conclude the day, Goggins took first-place in the men’s high jump with a showing of 6-04.00, while Varnum topped all women in the javelin throw, reaching 89-01.50.

Rain Can’t Stop Spartans The Spartans broke five more school records in the midst of wind, rain and heavy puddles at the Winthrop Invitational. Marc Wartenberger and Eric Chapman both broke the previous school record in the men’s hammer throw. Wartenberger’s 40.61-meter toss in the hammer throw broke the previous school record of 26.88. Chapman, in his first year competing in track and field, then followed suit and re-set the school record with a throw reaching 42.57 meters, earning him an 11th-place finish. Senior Kayla Speed set a new record in the women’s hammer throw with a 10th-place toss of 37.07 meters, and LaTerrica Blocker reached new heights in the women’s shot put with a new school record toss of 10.36 meters.

Joan Tangwar earned 10 of Upstate’s 37 points at the A-Sun Championships, taking third in the 1,500 and fourth in the 800.

Sophomore Perrish Goggins continued his dominance in the air, setting a new school record in the men’s long jump event. Goggins earned a fifth-place finish with a jump of 7.02 meters, breaking 23-feet for the first time in his career at Upstate history.

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2009 Outdoor Track & Field Results Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Results Date Event 3/20-3/21 49er Classic Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-06.75(2nd) 3/27-3/28 Winthrop Invitational Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-04.75 (2nd) Perrish Goggins- Triple Jump 45-03.25 (3rd) Perrish Goggins- Long Jump 23-50 (5th) 4/3 Duke Invitational 4/11 Furman Invitational Eric Chapman- Hammer 45.38m (1st) Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-04.00 (1st) Perrish Goggins- Long Jump 21-02.50 (T-2nd) Reggie Thompson- High Jump 6-02.00 (3rd) Terry Squibbs, Pole Vault 13-06.00 (3rd) Marc Wartenberger- Discus 121-05.50 (5th)

Result No Team Scoring 14-07.25 (3rd) No Team Scoring Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 14-05.25 (3rd) Eric Chapman- Discus 104-06 (4th) Kyle Wentzel- Discus 103-02 (6th) No Team Scoring No Team Scoring Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 15-00.00 (1st) Mike Meissner- 400 Meters 50.38 (2nd) Reggie Thompson- Long Jump 21-02.50 (T-2nd) Marc Wartenberger- Hammer 42.90m (3rd) Mike Meissner- 100 Meters 11.31 (4th) Kyle Wentzel- Javelin 137-09.50 (7th) Justin Crawford- Pole Vault

Date Event 4/17 Wofford Dual Meet 4/18 Georgia Bulldog Limited Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 14-07.25 (T-5th) Eric Chapman- Discus 125-00 (6th) 5/8-5/9 Orange & Purple Classic Terry Squibbs- Pole Vault 14-07.25 (3rd) Marc Wartenberger- Hammer 144-07 (7th) 5/15-5/16 Atlantic Sun Championships Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-06.75 (1st) Perrish Goggins- Long Jump 23-01.25 (1st) Marc Wartenberger- Hammer 155-04 (3rd) Reggie Thompson- Long Jump 21-09 (4th) Reggie Thompson- High Jump 6-02.75 (5th) Mike Meissner- 400 Meters 49.51 (5th)

Result 1st/2 (90.50 points) No Team Scoring Kyle Wentzel- Javelin 143-02 (5th) Eric Chapman- Hammer 141-06 (6th) No Team Scoring Perrish Goggins- High Jump 6-04.75 (4th) Reggie Thompson- High Jump 6-02.75 (8th) 4th/7 (71 points) Justin Crawford- Pole Vault 15-01 (1st) Perrish Goggins- Triple Jump 45-01.5 (3rd) Reggie Thompson- Decathlon 5434 points (3rd) Terry Squibbs- Pole Vault 14-01.25 (4th) Eric Chapman- Hammer 146-11 (5th) Marc Wartenberger- Discus 129-02 (6th)

1,600-Meter Relay Upstate A (3/21) _________________ 3:31.31 (Thompson, Holzinger, Giordano, Meissner)

Discus Throw Marc Wartenberger (5/15) ___129-02/39.36m Eric Chapman (4/18) ________125-00/38.09m Kyle Wentzel (5/9) __________117-03/35.74m

Mike Meissner

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Top Performances 100 Meters Perrish Goggins (4/17) ______________11.09 Michael Meissner (4/11) _____________11.31 Reggie Thompson (4/17) ____________11.85 Graham Long (3/27) ________________12.50 200 Meters Mike Meissner (5/9) ________________22.79 400 Meters Mike Meissner (5/15) _______________49.51 Reggie Thompson (5/15) ____________52.80 Joe Holzinger (3/27) ________________53.44 800 Meters Joe Holzinger (4/17) ______________ Conrad Goeringer (4/11) __________ Matt Henderson (3/27) ____________ James Jackson (4/11) _____________ Joe Giordano (3/21) ______________ Brent Durden (3/27) ______________ 1,500 Meters Matt Henderson (3/27) ____________ James Jackson (3/27) _____________ Conrad Goeringer (3/21) __________ Joe Holzinger (4/11) ______________ Brent Durden (3/27) ______________

2:00.24 2:09.31 2:09.88 2:10.53 2:11.83 2:26.65

4:13.56 4:14.49 4:17.83 4:20.66 4:51.20

3,000-Meters Matt Henderson (3/21) ____________ 9:12.21 James Jackson (3/21) _____________ 9:22.39 Conrad Goeringer (4/17) __________ 9:51.69 Brent Durden (3/21) _____________ 10:22.08 Joe Holzinger (4/17) _____________ 10:57.29 3,000-Meters Steeplechase Conrad Goeringer (5/15) _________ 10:44.98 5,000 Meters James Jackson (3/21) ____________ 15:49.53 Matt Henderson (3/21) ___________ 16:08.68 Brent Durden (3/21) _____________ 17:08.84

3,200-Meter Relay Upstate A (4/17) _________________ 8:36.84 (Goeringer, Henderson, Jackson, Holzinger) High Jump Perrish Goggins (5/15) ______ Reggie Thompson (5/15) ____ Joe Jiles (5/15) ____________ Dakota Speed (5/15)________

6-06.75/2.00m 6-02.75/1.90m 6-00.75/1.85m 5-07.00/1.70m

10,000 Meters Matt Henderson (4/3) ____________ 33:14.07 James Jackson (4/3) _____________ 33:20.43

Long Jump Perrish Goggins (5/15) _____ 23-01.25/7.04m Reggie Thompson (5/15) ___ 21-09.00/6.63m Joe Jiles (5/15) ___________ 20-09.25/6.33m

110-Meter Hurdles Reggie Thompson (5/15) ____________15.80

Triple Jump Perrish Goggins (3/27) ____ 45-03.25/13.81m

400-Meter Hurdles Mike Meissner (5/15) _____________ 1:00.78

Shot Put Marc Wartenberger (4/17) _ 39-04.50/12.00m Eric Chapman (4/17) ______ 36-04.00/11.07m Reggie Thompson (5/15) ___ 31-09.25/9.68m Kyle Wentzel (4/17) ________ 27-08.00/8.43m

400-Meter Relay Upstate A (5/15) ___________________43.19 (Long, Thompson, Goggins, Meissner) _____

Hammer Throw Marc Wartenberger (5/15) ___155-04/47.34m Eric Chapman (4/11) ________148-11/45.38m Kyle Wentzel (5/9) __________122-07/37.36m

Eric Chapman

Javelin Throw Kyle Wentzel (4/17) _________145-00/44.20m Marc Wartenberger (3/27) ___127-05/38.85m Reggie Thompson (5/15) ____124-03/37.87m Chris Weidnesee (5/9)________82-09/25.22m Pole Vault Justin Crawford (5/15) _____ 15-01.00/4.60m Terry Squibbs (5/9) ________ 14-07.25/4.45m Graham Long (4/17) _______ 11-00.00/3.35m

Dakota Speed

Decathlon Reggie Thompson (5/15) ______ 5,434 points _____________________________________

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Results Date Event 3/20-3/21 49er Classic Emily Tangwar- 1,500-Meters 4:40.06 (2nd) Emily Tangwar- 800-Meters 2:17.75 (5th) 3/27 Raleigh Relays 3/27-3/28 Winthrop Invitational Kayla Speed- Hammer 121-07 (10th) 4/3 Duke Invitational 4/11 Furman Invitational Emily Tangwar- 1,500 Meters 4:45.46 (1st) Adrienne Singletary- 200 Meters 28.02 (2nd) Emily Tangwar- 800 Meters 2:19.61 (3rd) LaTerrica Blocker- Shot Put 35-03 (3rd) Jemeli Sang- 1,500 Meters 4:47.64 (4th) Kayla Speed- Hammer 129-09 (4th) Erin Tyre- High Jump 4-08.00 (4th) Stacie Sewell- Discus 92-03 (6th)

Jemeli Sang- 3,000-Meters

Result No Team Scoring 10:33.51 (3rd) No Team Scoring No Team Scoring

No Team Scoring No Team Scoring Angie Varnum- Javelin 89-01.50 (1st) Gabby Walker- Triple Jump 33-07.50 (2nd) Lauren Walker- Steeplechase 12:05.96 (3rd) Gabby Walker- 100 Meters 13.08 (4th) Kiah White- 400 Meters 1:01.82 (4th) Gabby Walker- Long Jump 15-07.50 (4th) Joan Tangwar- 1,500 Meters 4:47.74 (5th) Adrienne Singletary- 400 Meters 1:05.21 (7th)

Date Event 4/17 Wofford Dual Meet 4/18 Georgia Bulldog Limited LaTerrica Blocker- Shot Put 35-05.25 (7th) Gabby Walker- 100 Meters 12.97 (8th) 4/23 Penn Relays 5/8-5/9 Orange & Purple Classic LaTerrica Blocker- Shot Put 36-07 (4th) LaTerrica Blocker- Hammer 120-02 (7th) 5/15-5/16 Atlantic Sun Championships Jemeli Sang- 10,000 Meters 36:54.73 (2nd) Lauren Walker- Steeplechase 11:56.47 (4th) Jemeli Sang- 5000 Meters 17:55.34 (4th) Kayla Speed- Hammer 141-06 (6th) Erin Tyre- Heptathlon 3,135 points (6th)

Kayla Speed- Hammer

Result 1st/2 (102 points) No Team Scoring 107-01 (8th)

No Team Scoring No Team Scoring 133-02 (5th) 15-02 (10th) 6th/8 (37 points) Joan Tangwar- 1,500 Meters 4:38.02 (3rd) Joan Tangwar- 800 Meters 2:18.60 (4th) Caroline Chelulei- 5,000 Meters 18:13.59 (5th) Caroline Chelulei- 1,500 Meters 4:45.09 (6th) Kayla Speed- Hammer Gabby Walker- Long Jump

Caroline Chelulei

Women’s Indoor Track & Field Top Performances 100-Meter-Hurdles Kathryn Neely (5/9/09) ______________16.60 Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*_________________19.71

100-Meters Gabrielle Walker (5/9/09) ____________12.87 Adrienne Singletary (4/17/09) ________13.15 Kathryn Neely (4/17/09) _____________14.37 Erin Tyre (3/21/09) _________________14.45 Alesha Dawson (3/27/09) ____________14.59

1,500-Meters Joan Tangwar (5/15/09)* __________ Emily Tangwar (3/21/09) __________ Caroline Chelulei (5/15/09)*________ Jemeli Sang (4/11/09)_____________ Lauren Walker (3/27/09) ___________

200-Meters Adrienne Singletary (4/17/09) ________27.14 Kiah White (4/17/09)________________27.78 Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*_________________28.46 Kathryn Neely (3/21/09) _____________31.30

3,000-Meters Jemeli Sang (3/21/09)____________ 10:33.51 Lauren Walker (4/17/09) __________ 10:58.43

400-Meter-Relay Upstate A (5/15/09)* _______________ 50.47 (G. Walker, Singletary, Blocker, White)

3,000-Meter Steeplechase Lauren Walker (5/15/09)* _________ 11:56.47

1,600-Meter-Relay Upstate A (4/17/09) ______________ 4:14.37 (E. Tangwar, J. Tangwar, Sang, Chelulei)

400-Meters Kiah White (4/11/09)______________ 1:01.82 Adrienne Singletary (5/15/09)* _____ 1:03.79 800-Meters Emily Tangwar (3/21/09) __________ Joan Tangwar (5/15/09)* __________ Jemeli Sang (3/21/09)_____________ Caroline Chelulei (3/21/09) ________ Lauren Walker (3/27/09) ___________ Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*_______________

2:17.75 2:18.60 2:20.31 2:26.55 2:32.40 2:42.05

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5,000-Meters Emily Tangwar (4/23/09) _________ Jemeli Sang (4/23/09)____________ Joan Tangwar (4/23/09) __________ Caroline Chelulei (5/15/09)*_______ Lauren Walker (3/21/09) __________ Maria Ruvalcaba (3/27/09) ________ Nicole Yancey (4/11/09) __________

4:38.02 4:40.06 4:45.09 4:47.64 5:14.07

17:23.33 17:27.60 17:33.86 18:13.59 18:56.63 22:03.90 22:53.82

10,000-Meters Jemeli Sang (5/15/09)* ___________ 36:54.73 Lauren Walker (4/3/09) ___________ 40:24.71

400-Meter-Hurdles Kathryn Neely (5/15/09)* __________ 1:38.20

Long Jump Gabrielle Walker (4/11/09) __ 15-07.50/4.76m Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*________ 14-08.00/4.47m Angie Varnum (4/17/09) ____ 10-02.00/3.10m High Jump Erin Tyre (4/11/09) _________ 4-08.00/1.42m Angie Varnum (4/17/09) _____ 4-08.00/1.42m Triple Jump Gabrielle Walker (5/15/09)* 34-00.75/10.38m

Discus Throw Stacie Sewell (4/17/09) _______96-01/29.29m LaTerrica Blocker (4/17/09)____91-07/27.91m Kayla Speed (4/17/09) _______88-08/27.03m

Gabrielle Walker

Javelin Throw Angie Varnum (4/17/09) ______90-09/27.66m Kayla Speed (4/17/09) _______76-07/23.34m Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*__________61-10/18.85m Hammer Throw Kayla Speed (5/15/09)*______141-06/43.13m LaTerrica Blocker (5/15/09)* __126-06/38.57m Stacie Sewell (4/11/09) _______95-07/29.14m Shot Put LaTerrica Blocker (5/9/09) _____36-07/11.15m Kayla Speed (4/17/09) _____ 31-03.50/9.54m Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*________ 29-04.75/8.96m Stacie Sewell (4/17/09) _____ 25-03.00/7.70m Heptathlon Erin Tyre (5/15/09)*___________ 3135 points

Lauren Walker


Track & Field History

In two years at USC Upstate, Perrish Goggins has won the high jump at five meets and the long jump at two meets. He has established himself as one of the best athletes in the ASun, winning the Indoor Freshman of the Year award in 2008 and the Indoor Most Outstanding Performer in 2009.

Men’s Division I Meet Event Champions

Men’s Track & Field Honors And Awards Indoor Track & Field A-Sun Most Outstanding Freshman 2008 ________________________ Perrish Goggins Indoor Track & Field A-Sun Most Outstanding Field Performer 2009 ________________________ Perrish Goggins Indoor Track & Field A-Sun Champions 2009 _______Justin Crawford (Pole Vault, 14-07.25) Outdoor Track & Field A-Sun Most Outstanding Freshman 2009 ______________________ Reggie Thompson Outdoor Track & Field A-Sun Champions 2009 _______Justin Crawford (Pole Vault, 15-01.00) ____________Perrish Goggins (High Jump, 6-06.75) __________ Perrish Goggins (Long Jump, 23-01.25) Outdooor Track & Field A-Sun Athlete of the Week 2008 ___________________ Perrish Goggins (4/16)

Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team 2008 _________________________Kevin Brabham Adam Brownlee Joe Edwards Antwan Gadsden Conrad Goeringer Matthew Henderson Joseph Jiles Jerrell Lewis Brett McRae Kyle Meeder Thomas Smith Chris Weidensee Kyle Wentzel 2009 _________________________Kevin Brabham Eric Chapman DeNeal Cotton Joe Giordano Conrad Goeringer Matt Henderson Graham Long Mike Meissner Marc Wartenberger Chris Weidensee Kyle Wentzel

Men’s All-Time Letterwinners BBB Kevin Brabham ___ 2007-09 Adam Brownlee ___ 2007-08 CCC Eric Chapman ______2008DeNeal Cotton ____ 2007-08 Justin Crawford _____2007DDD Brent Durden _____ 2007-09 EEE Joe Edwards ______ 2007-08 GGG Antwan Gadsden __ 2007-08 Joe Giordano ________2009 Conrad Goeringer __ 2007-09 Perrish Goggins ____2007-

Drew Goode ______ 2007-08 HHH Matt Henderson ____2007Joe Holzinger _____ 2008-09 JJJ James Jackson______2008Joseph Jiles _______ 2007-09 KKK Josh Kirby ________ 2007-08 LLL Dustin Ledford ____ 2007-08 Jerrell Lewis ______ 2007-08 Graham Long ______2007MMM Billeto McGee _____ 2007-08

2007-08 Indoor Track & Field 2/15-16 Tiger Invitational Perrish Goggins ___________ High Jump (6-07.50) Outdoor Track & Field 4/12 Furman Invitational Perrish Goggins __________ Long Jump (21-10.50) 4/18 Caramount Classic Perrish Goggins ___________ High Jump (6-06.00) 2008-09 Indoor Track & Field 1/17 Appalachian Limited Perrish Goggins ___________ High Jump (6-09.00) 2/23 A-Sun Championships Justin Crawford ____________ Pole Vault (14-07.25) Outdoor Track & Field (4-3) 4/11 Furman Invitational Eric Chapman _______ Hammer Throw (148-11.00) Justin Crawford ____________ Pole Vault (15-00.00) Perrish Goggins ___________ High Jump (6-04.00) 5/15-16 A-Sun Championships_______4/7 (71) Justin Crawford ____________ Pole Vault (15-01.00) Perrish Goggins ___________ High Jump (6-06.75) Perrish Goggins __________ Long Jump (23-01.25)

Program Graduates Brett McRae ______ 2007-08 Kyle Meeder ______ 2007-08 Mike Meissner ______2008James Miles_______ 2007-09 RRR Mack Reed _______ 2007-09 SSS Thomas Smith _____ 2007-08 Dakota Speed ______2007Terry Squibbs ______ 2008-09

Kevin Brabham 2007-09

Brent Durden 2007-09

Kyle Meeder 2007-08

Thomas Smith 2007-08

Marc Wartenberger 2007-09

Chris Weidensee 2007-09

TTT Reggie Thompson___2008WWW Marc Wartenberger _ 2007-09 Chris Weidensee ___ 2007-09 Kyle Wentzel ______ 2007-09

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Track & Field History

The A-Sun has been chasing Emily Tangwar for much of her two years in Spartanburg. As a freshman, Tangwar won her first cross country race, and won the A-Sun’s Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Freshman awards. In two years, she has won four A-Sun titles and has won 10 collegiate races.

Women’s Track & Field Honors And Awards Indoor Track & Field A-Sun Most Outstanding Freshman 2008 _________________________ Emily Tangwar Indoor Track & Field A-Sun Most Outstanding Track Performer 2008 _________________________ Emily Tangwar Indoor Track & Field A-Sun Champions 2008 __________Emily Tangwar (Mile Run, 5:16.60) Emily Tangwar (3,000 Meters, 10:10.31) Emily Tangwar (5,000 Meters, 17:43.38) 2009 _____ Emily Tangwar (5,000 Meters, 17:32.95) Outdooor Track & Field A-Sun Athlete of the Week 2009 ____________________ Emily Tangwar (4/29)

Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team 2008 _________________________Alesha Dawson Julie Miller Mia Parkhurst Stacie Sewell Emily Tangwar Kelly Westfield Sheliah Williams Nicole Yancey 2009 _________________________ Dee Dee Allen LaTerrica Blocker Caroline Chelulei Jillian Finney Maria Ruvalcaba Jemeli Sang Adrienne Singletary Kayla Speed Joan Tangwar Lauren Walker Sheliah Williams Nicole Yancey

Women’s All-Time Letterwinners AAA Dee Dee Allen ____ 2007-08

KKK Chelsea Kross _____ 2007-08

Adrienne Singletary 2007-09 Kayla Speed ______ 2007-09

BBB Melissa Billups ____ 2007-08 LaTerrica Blocker ___2007Angel Burns ______ 2007-08

MMM Julie Miller ________ 2007-08 Ashley Moore _____ 2007-09

TTT Emily Tangwar ______2007Joan Tangwar ______2008Erin Tyre _________ 2008-09

CCC Carolyne Chelulei __2008DDD Alesha Dawson ___ 2007-09 FFF Jillian Finney _______2008GGG Morgan Garrett ___ 2007-08

NNN Kathryn Neely ______2007PPP Mia Parkhurst _____ 2007-08 RRR Maria Ruvalcaba _____2007-09 SSS Ameenah Sabree __ 2007-08 Jemeli Sang ________2008Stacie Sewell _____ 2007-09

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Women’s Division I Meet Event Champions 2007-08 Indoor Track & Field 2/29-3/1 A-Sun Championships Emily Tangwar________________ Mile Run, 5:16.60 Emily Tangwar____________ 3,000 Meters, 10:10.31 Emily Tangwar ___________ 5,000 Meters, 17:43.38 Outdoor Track & Field (1-0) 3/20-22 49er Classic Emily Tangwar____________3,000 Meters, 10:34.87 4/12 Furman Invitational LaTerrica Blocker _____________ 100 Meters, 13.60 Kiah White _________________ 400 Meters, 1:01.69 Emily Tangwar_____________ 1500 Meters, 4:53.16 2008-09 Indoor Track & Field 1/17 Appalachian Limited Emily Tangwar______________ 800 Meters, 2:20.76 2/23 A-Sun Championships Emily Tangwar____________5,000 Meters, 17:32.95 Outdoor Track & Field 4/11 Furman Invitational ____________ NTS Emily Tangwar_____________1,500 Meters, 4:45.46 Angie Varnum ___________ Javelin Throw, 89-01.50

Program Graduates

VVV Angie Varnum _____ 2008-09 WWW Gabrielle Walker ____2008Lauren Walker ______2008Kelly Westfield ____ 2007-08 Kiah White _______ 2007-09 Sheliah Williams ___ 2007-09 YYY Nicole Yancey ______2007-

Mia Parkhurst 2007-08

Maria Ruvalcaba 2007-09

Kayla Speed 2007-09


Indoor Track & Field Record Book Men’s Indoor Track & Field Records

Perrish Goggins holds five school records in indoor track & field, including all three jumping events.

Mike Meissner holds three school records, including the 400-meters and the 1,600-meter relay.

Name Perrish Goggins

55 Meters Date Site 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv.

Time 00:06.77

Name Billeto McGee Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Billeto McGee Billeto McGee

60 Meters Date Site 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv. 2/15/2008 Tiger Inv. 1/30/2009 Clemson Games 11/30/2007 Clemson Indoor Opener 2/29/2008 A-Sun Champs.

Time 00:07.15 00:07.16 00:07.20 00:07.21 00:07.22

Name Billeto McGee Billeto McGee Billeto McGee Mike Meissner Mike Meissner

200 Meters Date Site 12/1/2007 Clemson Indoor Opener 2/29/2008 A-Sun Champs. 1/18/2008 Clemson Inv. 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv.

Time 00:23.35 00:23.39 00:23.43 00:23.67 00:23.79

Name Mike Meissner

300 Meters Date Site 1/31/2009 Clemson Games

Time 00:37.05

Distance Medley Name Date Site Holzinger, Meissner 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. Giordano, Goeringer Henderson, Reed 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. Brabham, Durden

Name Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Michael Council Michael Council

400 Meters Date Site 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 1/18/2008 Clemson Inv. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs.

Time 00:51.08 00:52.48 00:53.50 00:53.62 00:54.51

Name Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins

High Jump Date Site 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 2/16/2008 Tiger Inv. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 12/1/2007 Clemson Opener

Name Derek Winslett

500 Meters Date Site 1/31/2009 Clemson Games

Time 01:16.22

Name Joe Holzinger Joe Holzinger Joe Holzinger Kevin Brabham Joe Edwards

800 Meters Date Site 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv.

Time 02:01.08 02:02.44 02:06.75 02:09.29 02:10.01

Name Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins

Long Jump Date Site Feet/Meters 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 22-9.25/6.94m 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 22-02.25/6.76m 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv. 22-01.50/6.74m 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 22-00.25/6.71m 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim. 21-10.25/6.66m

Name Conrad Goeringer

1,000 Meters Date Site 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim.

Time 02:45.84

Name Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Joseph Jiles Mack Reed

Triple Jump Date Site Feet/Meters 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 46-11.00/14.30m 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 44-9.50/13.65m 12/1/2007 Clemson Opener 44-4.75/13.53m 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 39-10.00/12.14m 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 38-3.25/11.66m

Name Matt Henderson James Jackson Conrad Goeringer Matt Henderson Matt Henderson

3,000 Meters Date Site 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 1/31/2009 ETSU Niswonger Inv.

Time 09:22.40 09:26.59 09:27.50 09:27.79 09:30.01

Name James Miles James Miles James Miles James Miles James Miles

Shot Put Date Site Feet/Meters 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv. 47-07.00/14.50m 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 45-8.00/13.92m 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim. 45-06.25/13.87m 2/23/2008 Gamecock Inv. 45-1.15/13.75m 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv. 44-7.00/13.59m

Name James Jackson Matt Henderson Brent Durden Conrad Goeringer Derek Winslett

5,000 Meters Date Site 1/31/2009 ETSU Niswonger Inv. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs.

Time 16:07.98 16:31.61 16:39.50 16:46.73 17:37.03

Name James Miles James Miles Marc Wartenberger Marc Wartenberger James Miles

35-Lb. Weight Date Site 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim. 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/15/2009 Throws Fest 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs.

Feet/Meters 46-08.00/14.22m 43-10.50/13.37m 43-08.00/13.31m 43-07.75/13.30m 43-00.25/13.11m

Name Matt Henderson James Jackson James Jackson Conrad Goeringer Matt Henderson

Mile Run Date Site 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv. 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv.

Time 04:43.34 04:43.53 04:43.85 04:44.32 04:44.65

Name Justin Crawford Justin Crawford Justin Crawford Justin Crawford Justin Crawford

Pole Vault Date Site 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 1/31/2009 Clemson Games 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 12/1/2007 Clemson Opener

Feet/Meters 14-07.25/4.45m 14-07.25/4.45m 14-05.25/4.40m 14-01.25/4.30m 14-01.25/4.30m

Time 00:08.68

Name Perrish Goggins Marc Wartenberger Perrish Goggins Mark Wartenberger

Heptathlon Date Site 3/1/08 A-Sun Champs. 2/21/09 A-Sun Champs. 2/21/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/1/08 A-Sun Champs.

55 Meter Hurdles Name Date Site Reggie Thompson 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim.

Matt Henderson holds school records in both the 3,000-meters and the mile run.

Name Reggie Thompson Reggie Thompson Reggie Thompson DeNeal Cotton DeNeal Cotton

60 Meter Hurdles Date Site 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 1/31/2009 Clemson Games 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 2/16/2008 Tiger Inv.

Time 00:08.86 00:08.91 00:08.93 00:09.04 00:09.09

1,600 Meter Relay Names Date Site Meissner, Holzinger 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. Giordano, Thompson Cotton, Reed, 12/1/2007 Clemson Indoor Opener Rivers, Adams Winslett, Holzinger 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv. Meissner, Reed

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Time 03:31.34 03:42.03 03:44.37

Time 11:16.98 11:28.44

Feet/Meters 6-9.00/2.06m 6-8.25/2.04m 6-7.50/2.02m 6-7.00/2.01m 6-6.25/1.99m

Points 4417 4035 3717 3442


Indoor Track & Field Record Book Women’s Indoor Track & Field Records Name Kathryn Neely

55 Meters Date Site 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim.

Time 00:08.60

Name LaTerrica Blocker Angel Burns Kathryn Neely Erin Tyre Kathryn Neely

60 Meters Date Site 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 11/30/2007 Clemson Opener 1/30/2009 Clemson Games 1/30/2009 Clemson Games

Time 00:08.38 00:08.85 00:08.98 00:09.02 00:09:08

Name Kiah White Kiah White Adrienne Singletary Sheliah Williams Sheliah Williams

200 Meters Date Site 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 1/18/2008 Clemson Inv. 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv.

Time 00:27.57 00:27.78 00:27.94 00:28.02 00:28.56

Name Kiah White

300 Meters Date Site 1/31/2009 Clemson Games

Time 00:44.29

400 Meters Name Date Site Kiah White 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. Kiah White 2/20/09 A-Sun Champs Ameenah Sabree 11/30/2007 Clemson Opener Sheliah Williams 1/24/2009 UNC Classic Adrienne Singletary 12/5/2009 Appalachian Inv.

Time 1:00.87 1:01.44 1:03.48 1:04.09 1:04.75

Name Ashley Moore

500 Meters Date Site 1/31/2009 Clemson Games

Name Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar

800 Meters Date Site 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim. 2/13/2009 Carolina Invitational 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/16/2008 Tiger Inv. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic

Name Jemeli Sang

1,000 Meters Date Site 1/17/2009 Appalachian Lim.

Name Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Jemeli Sang

3,000 Meters Date Site 2/16/2008 Tiger Inv. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv. 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv.

Time 10:03.78 10:10.31 10:13.97 10:15.86 10:20.93

Name Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Jemeli Sang Lauren Walker Nicole Yancey

5,000 Meters Date Site 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs.

Time 17:32.95 17:43.38 17:58.80 19:11.44 20:56.34

Name Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar

Mile Run Date Site 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 1/19/2008 Clemson Inv. 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs.

Time 05:09.15 05:10.13 05:15.33 05:15.79 05:16.55

Time 1:32.81

Time 02:20.76 02:20.85 02:21.68 02:21.78 02:24.05

Time 3:12.71

Name Kathryn Neely Kathryn Neely Kathryn Neely Karhryn Neely Kathryn Neely

Names Singletary, Williams, White, Moore White, Singletary, Williams, Moore Sabree, White Williams, Moore Moore, Williams White, Billups Chelulei, E. Tangwar J. Tangwar, L. Walker

60 Meter Hurdles Date Site 1/31/2009 Clemson Games 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 1/24/2009 UNC Classic 2/13/2009 Carolina Inv. 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs.

Time 00:09.97 00:10.09 00:10.18 00:10.30 00:10.49

1,600 Meter Relay Date Site 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs.

Time 4:11.40

2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs.

4:14.01

12/1/2007 Clemson Indoor Opener

4:16.16

2/16/2008 Tiger Inv.

4:22.33

12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv.

Distance Medley Relay Name Date Site Williams, Singletary, 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. Moore, Ruvalcaba

04:26.18

Time 15:17.49

Name Erin Tyre Angie Varnum

High Jump Date Site 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv.

Feet/Meters 4-08.25/1.43m 4-08.25/1.43m

Name Melissa Billups Chelsea Kross Melissa Billups Melissa Billups Melissa Billups

Long Jump Date Site 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 2/16/2008 Tiger Inv. 1/19/2008 Clemson Invit. 12/1/2007 Clemson Opener 2/16/2008 Tiger Inv.

Feet/Meters 15-01.25/4.60m 14-06.50/4.43m 14-05.75/4.41m 14-04.50/4.38m 14-3.25/4.35m

Name Melissa Billups Melissa Billups

Triple Jump Date Site Feet/Meters 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 32-10.25/10.01m 12/1/2007 Clemson Opener 32-06.50/9.92m

Name LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker

Shot Put Date Site Feet/Meters 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 36-11.00/11.25m 2/15/2009 Throws Fest 35-10.50/10.93m 3/1/2008 A-Sun Champs. 32-10.50/10.02m 12/5/2008 Appalachian Inv. 31-11.50/9.74m 2/23/2008 Gamecock Invit. 31-09.75/9.70m

Name Kayla Speed Kayla Speed Kayla Speed Kayla Speed Dee Dee Allen

20-Lb. Weight Date Site 2/20/2009 A-Sun Champs. 2/23/2008 Gamecock Invit. 1/31/2009 Clemson Games 12/5/2008 Appalachian Lim. 2/23/2008 Gamecock Invit.

Feet/Meters 42-11.00/13.08m 39-09.00/12.12m 39-30.75/11.98m 36-02.25/11.03m 35-05.50/10.81m

Emily Tangwar holds school records in the 800 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and mile run.

LaTerrica Blocker holds the school record in both the 60-meter dash and the shot put.

Kayla Speed set the school record in the weight throw as a senior at the A-Sun Championships.

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Outdoor Track & Field Record Book Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Records

Reggie Thompson holds school records in the 110-meter hurdles, the 400-meter-relay and the decathlon.

Marc Wartenberger set school records in both the discus and hammer throw as a senior.

Kyle Wentzel posted four of the top five throws in the javelin as a sophomore in 2009.

Name Perrish Goggins Billeto McGee Perrish Goggins Billeto McGee Perrish Goggins

Year Fr. So. So. So. Fr.

100 Meters Date Site 5/16/08 A-Sun Champs.* 3/29/08 Weems Baskin Inv. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/7/08 Wofford Dual 4/7/08 Wofford Dual

Time 11.02 11.04 11.09 11.11 11.12

Name Billeto McGee Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Mike Meissner

Year So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.

200 Meters Date Site 3/29/08 Weems Baskin Inv. 5/9/09 Orange & Purple Cla. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 3/21/09 49er Classic 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv.

Time 22.05 22.79 23.03 23.27 23.42

Name Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Mike Meissner Mike Meissner

Year Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.

400 Meters Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/18/09 Bulldog Lim. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 3/21/09 49er Classic

Name Joe Holzinger Joe Holzinger Joe Holzinger Joe Holzinger Joe Holzinger

Year So. So. So. So. So.

800 Meters Date Site 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 5/9/09 Orange & Purple Cla. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Name Matt Henderson James Jackson Conrad Goeringer Matt Henderson James Jackson

Year So. Fr. So. Fr. Fr.

1,500 Meters Date Site 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 3/21/09 49er Cla. 3/22/08 49er Cla. 4/11/09 Furman Inv.

Time 4:13.56 4:14.49 4:17.83 4:17.90 4:19.42

Name Matt Henderson

Year Fr.

1,600 Meters Date Site 4/7/2008 Wofford Dual

Name Matt Henderson James Jackson Matt Henderson James Jackson Matt Henderson

Year So. Fr. So. Fr. Fr.

3,000 Meters Date Site 3/21/09 49er Cla. 3/21/09 49er Cla. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 3/21/08 49er Cla.

Name Conrad Goeringer

3,000-Meter Steeplechase Year Date Site So. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Name Matt Henderson

Year So.

3,200 Meters Date Site 4/7/2008 Wofford Dual

Name James Jackson Matt Henderson Brent Durden Matt Henderson Matt Henderson

Year Fr. So. Jr. So. So.

Name Matt Henderson James Jackson James Jackson

Time 49.51 50.24 50.38 51.13 51.26

1,600-Meter Relay Date Site 3/21/09 49er Classic

Names Thompson, Holzinger Gieordano, Meissner Crawford, Squibbs Holzinger, Meissner Henderson, Meissner Holzinger, Thompson Reed, Cotton, Henderson, Durden

Names Long, Thompson Goggins, Meissner Long, Cotton, Wartenberger, McGee Long, Goggins Thompson, Meissner

Time 3:31.31

5/15/09

A-Sun Champs.

3:33.31

4/11/09

Furman Inv.

3:43.27

4/7/08

Wofford Dual

3:55.72

400-Meter Relay Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Time 43.19

4/7/08

Wofford Dual

43.96

4/17/09

Wofford Dual

44.18

Name Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins

Year So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So.

High Jump Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 5/16/08 A-Sun Champs. 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 4/18/08 Catamount Cla. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv.

Score 6-06.75/2.00m 6-06.00/1.98m 6-06.00/1.98m 6-06.00/1.98m 6-04.00/1.93m

Name Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins

Year So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Long Jump Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 3/29/08 Weems Baskin 5/16/08 A-Sun Champs.* 3/8/08 Buccaneer Inv.

Score 23-01.25/7.04m 23-50.00/7.02m 22-08.50/6.92m 22-04.50/6.82m 22-02.25/6.76m

Time 4:38.86

Name Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins Perrish Goggins

Year So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Triple Jump Date Site 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/22/08 49er Cla. 3/29/08 Weems Baskin 5/16/08 A-Sun Champs.

Score 45-03.25/13.81m 45-01/50/13.75m 45-00.50/13.73m 44-10.50/13.68m 44-02.00/13.46m

Time 9:12.21 9:22.39 9:25.17 9:33.43 9:36.50

Name Marc Wartenberger Josh Kirby Eric Chapman Marc Wartenberger Eric Chapman

Year Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Jr.

Discus Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/29/08 Weems Baskin 4/18/09 Bulldog Lim. 5/9/09 Orange & Pur. 5/9/09 Orange & Pur.

Score 129-02.00/39.36m 125-08.25/38.31m 125-00.00/38.09m 123-02.00/37.55m 122-10.00/37.43m

Time 10:44.98

Time 10:14.49

Name Marc Wartenberger Eric Chapman Eric Chapman Marc Wartenberger Eric Chapman

Year Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr.

Hammer Throw Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 5/9/09 Orange & Pur. 5/9/09 Orange & Pur.

Score 155-04.00/47.34m 148-11.00/45.39m 146-11.00/44.78m 144-07.00/44.07m 143-00.00/43.59m

5,000 Meters Date Site 3/21/09 49er Classic 3/21/09 49er Classic 3/29/08 Weems Baskin Inv. 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 5/16/08 A-Sun Champs.

Time 15:49.53 16:08.68 16:54.21 17:04.90 17:14.05

Name Kyle Wentzel Kyle Wentzel Kyle Wentzel Marc Wartenberger Kyle Wentzel

Year So. So. So. Jr. So.

Javelin Date Site 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/18/09 Bulldog Lim. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/8/08 Buccaneer Inv. 4/11/09 Furman Inv.

Score 145-00.00/44.20m 143-02.00/43.63m 141-08.00/43.19m 138-03.00/42.14m 137-09.50/41.90m

Year So. Fr. Fr.

10,000 Meters Date Site 4/3/09 Duke Inv. 4/3/09 Duke Inv. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Time 33:14.07 33:20.43 34:15.87

Year Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Shot Put Date Site 5/17/08 A-Sun Champs. 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 4/18/08 Catamount Cl. 3/8/08 Buccaneer Inv. 3/22/08 49er Cla.

Score 45-10.75/13.99m 45-00.50/13.73m 44-11.75/13.71m 44-00.00/13.41m 43-11.75/13.40m

Name Reggie Thompson Reggie Thompson Reggie Thompson Reggie Thompson Marc Wartenberger

Year Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr.

110-Meter Hurdles Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 3/21/09 49er Cla. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 4/18/08 Catamount Cla.

Name James Miles James Miles James Miles James Miles James Miles

Time 15.80 15.95 16.01 16.81 18.38

Year So. So. So. Fr. Fr.

Pole Vault Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 3/21/09 49er Cla. 5/9/09 Orange & Pur. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual

Score 15-01.00/4.60m 15-00.00/4.57m 14-07.25/4.45m 14-07.25/4.45m 14-06.00/4.42m

Name DeNeal Cotton DeNeal Cotton DeNeal Cotton DeNeal Cotton Mike Meissner

Year Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr.

400-Meter Hurdles Date Site 3/29/08 Weems Baskin Inv. 5/16/08 A-Sun Champs. 03/21/08 49er Cla. 4/18/08 Catamount Cla. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs

Name Justin Crawford Justin Crawford Justin Crawford Terry Squibbs Terry Squibbs

Name Reggie Thompson Perrish Goggins Marc Wartenberger Marc Wartenberger

Year Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr.

Decathlon Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 5/17/08 A-Sun Champs. 5/17/08 A-Sun Champs. 3/21/08 49er Cla.

Score 5434 5348 5245 5121

Names Goeringer, Henderson Jackson, Holzinger

3,200-Meter Relay Date Site 4/17/09 Wofford Dual

Time 2:00.24 2:01.08 2:01.38 2:01.63 2:01.95

Time 0:56.98 0:57.55 0:58.65 1:00.35 1:00.78

Time 8:36.34

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Outdoor Track & Field Record Book Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Records Name Gabrielle Walker Gabrielle Walker Gabrielle Walker Gabrielle Walker Gabrielle Walker

Year So. So. So. So. So.

100 Meters Date Site 5/9/09 Orange & Purple Cla. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/18/09 Bulldog Lim. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/11/09 Furman Inv.

Time 12.87 12.94 12.97 13.02 13.08

Name Adrienne Singletary Sheliah Williams Kiah White Adrienne Singletary Adrienne Singletary

Year So. Fr. So. Fr. So.

200 Meters Date Site 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 4/11/09 Furman Inv.

Time 27.14 27.50 27.78 27.90 28.02

Name Kiah White Kiah White Sheliah Williams Kiah White Kiah White

Year Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr.

400 Meters Date Site 5/10/08 Orange & Purple 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 3/29/08 Weems Baskin Inv. 4/7/08 Wofford Dual 3/8/08 Buccaneer Inv.

Time 1:01.08 1:01.82 1:02:08 1:02.11 1:02.43

Name Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar Emily Tangwar Joan Tangwar Emily Tangwar

Year So. Fr. So. Fr. So.

800 Meters Date Site 3/21/09 49er Classic 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/11/09 Furman Inv.

Time 2:17.75 2:18.60 2:18.69 2:19.23 2:19.61

Name Joan Tangwar Emily Tangwar Caroline Chelulei Emily Tangwar Jemeli Sang

Year Fr. So. Fr. So. Fr.

1,500 Meters Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/21/09 49er Classic 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 4/11/09 Furman Inv.

Time 4:38.02 4:40.06 4:45.09 4:45.46 4:47.64

Name Emily Tangwar

Year Fr.

1,600 Meters Date Site 4/7/08 Wofford Dual

Time 5:20.34

Name Jemeli Sang Emily Tangwar Lauren Walker Nicole Yancey Maria Ruvalcaba

Year Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr.

3,000 Meters Date Site 3/21/09 49er Classic 3/22/08 49er Classic 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/18/08 Catamount Classic 4/18/08 Catamount Classic

Name Emily Tangwar Lauren Walker Lauren Walker

3,000-Meters Steeplechase Year Date Site Time Fr. 5/10/08 Orange and Purple Classic 11:40.74 Fr. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 11:56.47 Fr. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 12:05.96

Time 10:33.51 10:34.87 10:58.43 12:44.02 13:44.41

Name Nicole Yancey

Year Fr.

3,200 Meters Date Site 4/7/08 Wofford Dual

Name Emily Tangwar Emily Tangwar Jemeli Sang Joan Tangwar Emily Tangwar

Year So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr.

5,000 Meters Date Site 4/23/09 Penn Relays 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 4/23/09 Penn Relays 4/23/09 Penn Relays 4/4/08 Duke Inv.

Time 17:23.33 17:24.30 17:27.60 17:33.86 17:42.00

Name Emily Tangwar Jemeli Sang Lauren Walker

Year Fr. Fr. Fr.

10,000 Meters Date Site 4/24/08 Penn Relays 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/3/09 Duke Inv.

Time 36:24.96 36:54.73 40:24.71

Name Kathryn Neely Kathryn Neely Kathryn Neely Kathryn Neely Kathryn Neely

Year So. Fr. Fr. So. So.

100-Meter Hurdles Date Site 5/9/09 Orange & Purple Classic 3/22/08 49er Classic 4/18/08 Catamount Classic 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Time 13:33.43

Time 16.60 16.78 16.88 16.89 16.95

400-Meter Relay Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Names G. Walker, Singletary Blocker, White Neely, White Singletary, G. White G. Walker, Tyre Neely Blocker Blocker, Billups, Williams, White Billups, Williams, Blocker, White

4/11/09

Furman Inv.

0:51.77

5/9/09

Orange & Purple Classic

0:52.13

4/7/08

Wofford Dual

0:52.39

4/12/08

Furman Inv.

0:53.16

1,600-Meter Relay Date Site 4/17/09 Wofford Dual

Names E. Tangwar, J. Tangwar Sang, Chelulei Neely, White Tyre, L. Walker Williams, Singletary, Moore, White Williams, Singletary, Moore, White Moore, Singletary, White, Williams

Time 0:50.47

Time 4:14.37

4/11/09

Furman Inv.

4:15.28

4/12/08

Furman Inv.

4:16.10

4/18/08

Catamount Classic

4:16.39

3/8/08

Buccaneer Inv.

4:21.72

Name Kelly Westfield Erin Tyre Angie Varnum Kelly Westfield

Year Jr. Fr. Sr. Jr.

High Jump Date Site 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/7/08 Wofford Dual

Name Melissa Billups Melissa Billups Gabrielle Walker Melissa Billups Melissa Billups

Year Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr.

Long Jump Date Site 5/10/08 Orange & Purple 3/29/08 Weems Baskin Inv. 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 4/18/08 Catamount Cla. 3/21/08 49er Classic

Name Gabrielle Walker Gabrielle Walker Gabrielle Walker Melissa Billups Melissa Billups

Year So. So. So. Fr. Fr.

Triple Jump Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 3/22/08 49er Classic 4/18/08 Catamount Cla.

Score 34-00.75/10.38m 34-00.00/10.36m 33-07.50/10.25m 33-05.25/10.19m 33-04.75/10.18m

Name Stacie Sewell Stacie Sewell LaTerrica Blocker Stacie Sewell Stacie Sewell

Year So. So. Fr. So. So.

Discus Date Site 3/8/08 Buccaneer Inv. 4/7/08 Wofford Dual 3/8/08 Buccaneer Inv. 4/12/08 Furman Inv. 3/29/08 Weems Baskin

Score 108-05.00/33.05m 107-07.00/32.79m 106-10.00/32.56m 101-05.00/30.91m 101-01.75/30.83m

Name Kayla Speed Kayla Speed Kayla Speed LaTerrica Blocker Kayla Speed

Year Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr.

Hammer Throw Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 5/9/09 Orange & Purple 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv.

Score 141-06.00/43.13m 133-02.00/40.59m 129-09.00/39.55m 126-06.00/38.57m 121-07.00/37.07m

Name Dee Dee Allen Dee Dee Allen Dee Dee Allen Dee Dee Allen Dee Dee Allen

Year Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Javelin Date Site 4/18/08 Catamount Cl. 4/7/08 Wofford Dual 3/29/08 Weems Baskin 5/10/08 Orange & Purple 4/12/08 Furman Inv.

Score 110-02.00/33.58m 109-00.00/33.22m 100-00.00/30.48m 97-05.00/29.69m 95-06.00/29.11m

Name LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker LaTerrica Blocker

Year So. So. So. So. So.

Shot Put Date Site 5/9/09 Orange & Purple 4/18/09 Bulldog Limited 4/11/09 Furman Inv. 3/27/09 Winthrop Inv. 4/17/09 Wofford Dual

Score 36-07.00/11.15m 35-05.25/10.80m 35-03.00/10.74m 34-00.00/10.36m 33-00.00/10.06m

Name Angel Burns

Year So.

Pole Vault Date Site 4/7/08 Wofford Dual

Name Erin Tyre

Year Fr.

Heptathlon Date Site 5/15/09 A-Sun Champs.

Score 05-00.00/1.52m 04-08.00/1.42m 04-08.00/1.42m 04-04.00/1.32m

Emily Tangwar holds school records in four outdoor distance events.

Score 15-09.00/4.80m 15-08.50/4.79m 15-07.50/4.76m 15-06.75/4.74m 15-06.25/4.73m

Gabrielle Walker holds the school record in both the 100-meter dash and the triple jump.

Score 05-06.00/1.67m

Score 3135

Lauren Walker’s name can be found in the top five in four distance running events.

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Cross Country/Track & Field Record Book Men’s Division I Meet-By-Meet Results 2007-08 Cross Country 8/31 at Gamecock Invite (5K) ____5/6 (124) 9/8 Eye Opener _____________ 5/5 (125) 9/22 at Charlotte Invitational _____3/3 (69) 9/29 at The Citadel Invitational ___7/9 (200) 10/13 at Furman Invitational ____16/18 (470) 10/28 at A-Sun Championships__10/12 (297) Indoor Track & Field 11/30-12/1 at Clemson Indoor Opener ______ NTS 1/18-19 at Clemson Invitational _____12/12 (0) 2/15-16 at Tiger Invitational ____________ NTS 2/23 at Gamecock Invitational _______ NTS 2/29-3/1 at A-Sun Championships_____6/8 (16) Outdoor Track & Field 3/8 at Buccaneer Invitational _______ NTS 3/20-22 at 49er Classic ________________ NTS 3/29 at Weems Baskin Invitational ____ NTS 4/7 Wofford _________________ W, 91-33 4/12 at Furman Invitational __________ NTS 4/18 at Caramount Classic ___________ NTS 5/16-17 at A-Sun Championships______7/8 (5)

James Jackson emerged as Upstate’s top distance runner in 2008, earning A-Sun Cross Country All-Freshman honors.

8/29 9/6 9/20 9/27 10/11 10/17 11/1 12/5 1/17 1/24 1/30-31 1/30-31 2/13 2/15 2/23 3/20-21 3/27-28 4/3 4/11 4/17 4/18 5/8-9 5/15-16

2008-09 Cross Country at Covered Bridge Open __11/12 (300) Eye Opener ____________ 7/11 (220) at Winthrop Invitational ___9/14 (304) at Mercer Invitational ____12/22 (332) at Furman Invitational ____12/17 (287) at Blue Ridge Open ______23/26 (651) at A-Sun Championships___8/11 (227) Indoor Track & Field at Appalachian Invite __________ NTS at Appalachian Limited _________ NTS at UNC Classic ________________ NTS at Clemson Games_____________ NTS at ETSU Niswonger Invitational __ NTS at Carolina Invitational _________ NTS Upstate Throws Fest _________ NTS at A-Sun Championships___ 4/7 (47.5) Outdoor Track & Field at 49er Classic ________________ NTS at Winthrop Invitational ________ NTS at Duke Invitational ____________ NTS at Furman Invitational __________ NTS Wofford _____________ W, 90.5-24.5 at Bulldog Limited _____________ NTS at Orange & Purple Classic ______ NTS at A-Sun Championships_____4/7 (71)

Women’s Division I Meet-By-Meet Results 2007-08 Cross Country 8/31 at Gamecock Invite _______8/10 (222) 9/8 Eye Opener _____________ 5/5 (123) 9/22 at Charlotte Invitational _____4/4 (94) 9/29 at The Citadel Invitational ___5/7 (160) 10/13 at Furman Invitational ____15/19 (414) 10/28 at A-Sun Championships__12/12 (304) Indoor Track & Field 11/30-12/1 at Clemson Indoor Opener ______ NTS 1/18-19 at Clemson Invitational _____15/18 (4) 2/15-16 at Tiger Invitational ____________ NTS 2/23 at Gamecock Invitational _______ NTS 2/29-3/1 at A-Sun Championships_____8/9 (30) Outdoor Track & Field 3/8 at Buccaneer Invitational _______ NTS 3/20-22 at 49er Classic ________________ NTS 3/29 at Weems Baskin Invitational ____ NTS 4/7 Wofford _________________ W, 93-21 4/12 at Furman Invitational __________ NTS 4/18 at Caramount Classic ___________ NTS 4/25 at Penn Relays ________________ NTS 5/16-17 at Orange & Purple Classic ______ NTS

Caroline Chelulei (left) and Joan Tangwar formed a solid backbone to Upstate’s distance running attack in 2008, as the pair accounted for 13 points at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships.

8/29 9/6 9/20 9/27 10/11 10/17 11/1 12/5 1/17 1/24 1/30-31 1/30-31 2/13 2/15 2/23 3/20-21 3/27 3/27-28 4/3 4/11 4/17 4/18 5/8-9 5/15-16

2008-09 Cross Country at Covered Bridge Open ___6/11 (161) Eye Opener ____________ 6/12 (138) at Winthrop Invitational ___9/17 (231) at Mercer Invitational _____4/24 (122) at Furman Invitational _____5/18 (145) at Blue Ridge Open ______12/26 (377) at A-Sun Championships___7/11 (187) Indoor Track & Field at Appalachian Invite __________ NTS at Appalachian Limited _________ NTS at UNC Classic ________________ NTS at Clemson Games_____________ NTS at ETSU Niswonger Invitational __ NTS at Carolina Invitational _________ NTS Upstate Throws Fest _________ NTS at A-Sun Championships_____7/8 (28) Outdoor Track & Field at 49er Classic ________________ NTS at Raleigh Relays ______________ NTS at Winthrop Invitational ________ NTS at Duke Invitational ____________ NTS at Furman Invitational __________ NTS Wofford _______________ W, 102-15 at Bulldog Limited _____________ NTS at Orange & Purple Classic ______ NTS at A-Sun Championships_____6/8 (37)

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This is USC Upstate

University of South Carolina Upstate

University of South Carolina Upstate will inspire you to do great things. The moment you step on campus, you’ll feel a vibrancy here, a charge that isn’t found anywhere else. It runs through our innovative new Health Education Complex, expansive international programs, and fan-fueled NCAA Division I athletics. It permeates the relationship between our faculty and students and between our campus and community. It’s the pulse that drives our students to succeed here and abroad. It’s the reason why we’re among the fastest-growing universities in South Carolina and one of the Southeast’s leading metropolitan universities. It’s also the reason why for 10 years in a row U.S. News & World Report has ranked us as one of the top five Comprehensive Colleges in the South. Located along the thriving economic I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte, we offer baccalaureate and master’s degrees and boast nationally accredited professional schools of business, nursing and education, plus the College of Arts and Sciences. USC Upstate is a place, our students tell us, that inspires them to greatness and shapes them to be an inspiration to others. It’s a place for you. Come be inspired.

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This is USC Upstate

About Upstate

At USC Upstate, we want to change the way you think about your education and your future. When you step onto the rolling hills of our campus near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountatins, you’ll be inspired to grow intellectually, culturally, socially and emotionally.

Small Campus. Big Possibilities. Located in the heart of South Carolina’s economic engine along the vibrant I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte, USC Upstate is home to 5,268 students from 38 states and 71 nations. We offer challenging academic courses, small class sizes, personal experiences, remarkable diversity, an expansive international community and a dynamic campus life. Our acclaimed and accredited academic programs create real opportunities for our students to build bridges to their future through internships, field service, study abroad and more. We take computer science, for example, and translate it into an innovative information management and systems program that helps graduates move into enterprises large and small as data managers, systems managers and IT professionals. We take political science and sociology and create a foundation for working in nonprofit administration. Our distinctive academic programs will enable you to lay out a foundation in the liberal arts that will serve you throughout a lifetime of learning.

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This is USC Upstate

Facts You Should Know • USC Upstate was ranked fourth amongst Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the South according to the 2009 College Rankings by U.S. News & World Report. • USC Upstate is among the fastest growing universities in the State, now employing 650 full- and part-time faculty and staff and enrolling 5,268 students, reflecting the diversity of Upstate South Carolina. • Located in one of the most politically significant hotbeds in the nation, USC Upstate received visits from Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, while campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2007. • According to U.S. News and World Report, USC Upstate is one of the 10-most ethnically diverse colleges in the South with a Diversity Index of 0.46. It is the most racially diverse public school in South Carolina. • From its founding, the University opened its doors to all races. Today, with a minority enrollment exceeding 30 percent and faculty representation increased to 14 percent, the institution is widely regarded as a leading example of interracial cooperation, cultural pluralism, equal opportunity, access and equity. • Of the University’s 5,268 enrolled students, 71 nations are represented among the student body, reflecting the Upstate’s international character. • The implementation of a 10-year, $150 million master plan that focuses on the development of the northern segment of the Spartanburg campus has dramatically increased classroom space, academic support facilities, parking and roadways, housing and athletic/recreational facilities. • The Susan Jacobs Arboretum features a 300-seat amphitheatre, a meandering creek lined with stones and boulders, lighted walkways and foliage indigenous to the area among its 12 acres. • Forty-two years after its founding, USC Upstate boasts an alumni base of more than 17,000, of which 80 percent of these graduates remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers. • In the past 10 years, the campus has gone through a dramatic infrastructure makeover, including the building of the Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex, the Readiness Center, Palmetto House, Magnolia House, the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, the Health Education Complex and the soon to be completed George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

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The Academic Success

The USC Upstate Athletic Department places a high empasis on academic achievements and in the 2008-09 school year, Upstate athletes continued to reach heights never before reached by the athletic department.

Academic Success Bachelor’s Degree Programs Art Studio (Graphic Design) Biology Business Administration and Economics (concentrations in accounting, economics/finance, business administration, management and marketing) Chemistry Communication (concentrations in electronic media, journalism, speech and theater) Computer Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Engineering Technology Management English Experimental Psychology History Information Management and Systems Interdisciplinary Studies Mathematics Middle Grades Education Nonprofit Administration Nursing Physical Education Political Science Secondary Education (concentrations in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, social studies/history, and Spanish) Sociology Special Education: Learning Disabilities Spanish

• 138 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team selections. • 28 student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during one of the 2008-09 semesters. • 17 Individual National Academic Awards in 2007-08 (11 Softball, 4 Women’s Tennis, 2 Men’s Tennis) • 7 teams posted better than a 3.0 GPA in 2008-2009 (Men’s Basketball, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). • 2 National Academic Team Awards in 2007-08 (AVCA Team Academic Award, Volleyball; ITA All-Academic Award, Women’s Tennis)

Pre-Professional Four-Year Programs Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre-Optometry Pre-Veterinary Medicine Master’s Degrees Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Special Education: Visual Impairment

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The Community Involvement

The USC Upstate Department of Athletics has always encouraged its athletes to become engaged in both the USC Upstate and Upstate South Carolina communities. Now just three years removed from being a member of the NCAA Division II, the department of athletics still believes in the D-II philosophy that there is a dual objective in collegiate athletics to serve both your campus and your community. With that in mind, in 2008-09, USC Upstate was proudly represented by student-athletes in several venues, including:

In the Community • The volleyball, women’s basketball, softball and tennis programs raised nearly $3,000 for breast cancer research through Think Pink or For The Cure events. • Marc Wartenberger, a former member of the track & field team, served as Student Body President for the 2008-09 school year. • Upstate athletes participated in a new Walk to School initiative at Lone Oak Elementary, Fairforest Elementary and Arcadia Elementary Schools, sharing the benefits of living a healthy, active lifestyle. • Upstate athletes participated in Gaffney’s Holiday Parade. • Upstate organized two Spartan Buddy Days with the Carolina Miracle League and also visited Upward basketball sites on Saturdays. • Freshman student-athletes registered in University 101 seminar course helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity as part of Habitat Blitz. • USC Upstate was rewarded with an NCAA CHOICES Grant Award in May, which will help the athletic department develop its CHAMPS/Life Skills program. Upstate will conduct educational seminars for the entire student body with an emphasis on its student-athletes to inform the students on making better choices on life decisions when it comes to the use of alcohol and other drugs.

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The Facilities

Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex

The Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex is located in the northern section of the campus and includes the County University Soccer Stadium, Spartanburg County Youth Soccer Fields, Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park, Cyrill Softball Stadium and the Tennis Complex. A track & field complex is in the planning stages, which would make The Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex home to 10 of the 12 outdoor athletic programs currently offered at the institution – men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track & field. With its development, all athletic venues are now housed on campus creating a greater sense of a campus community. The Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex is one of the Southeast’s top sports venues. Cyrill Stadium, the home of the softball program, earned the NFCA/TURFACE National Field Maintenance Award for 2006 and was named the 2005 Field of the Year in South Carolina. The total cost of the athletic complex exceeded $7 million and followed a $2.5 million expansion and renovation of the Hodge Center, home to the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs. Planning of a golf practice facility is also underway.

USC Upstate Tennis Complex Home of Upstate men’s and women’s tennis Opened in 2004 Men’s Tennis – 58-7 (.892) Women’s Tennis – 36-13 (.735)

County University Soccer Stadium Home of Upstate men’s and women’s soccer Opened in 2001 Men’s Soccer – 56-18-3 (.747) Women’s Soccer – 39-29-6 (.567) Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park Home of Upstate Baseball Opened in 2004 Baseball – 101-73 (.580)

Cyrill Softball Stadium Home of Upstate softball Opened in 2002 Softball – 163-46 (.780)

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G.B. Hodge Center / Performance Center G.B. Hodge Center Named for one of the University’s founders, the late Dr. G.B. Hodge, the Center was completed in 1973, underwent renovations in 2000 and is set to undergo a $4 million facelift at the end of the 2009-10 basketball season thanks to a generous gift from Mrs. Dorothy (Dodie) Anderson ’81. The bottom floor is home to the Athletics Department, which includes offices for the athletic administration and coaches. The Hodge Center features a main gymnasium, home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the volleyball program, locker rooms and the University weight room, as well as athletic training facilities. The Hodge Center is considered one of the toughest places for opponents to play in the South. The cozy gym, with its fans close to the action, has helped Upstate volleyball to a phenomenal .751 winning percentage, women’s basketball to a .584 winning percentage since 1976 and men’s basketball to an astounding .703 winning percentage since the court’s opening in 1973. Performance Center With the move to Division I, the USC Upstate athletic department has committed itself to building strength and conditioning programs that are designed to meet the needs of all 17 of its programs. As part of that initiative, the school hired its first strength and conditioning coach in Scott Senger in 2007, and he has helped design sport-specific training programs for all 17 programs. In addition, with the guidance of Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine Michael Sandago, the USC Upstate athletic department will remodel space in the Hodge Center to create the Upstate Performance Center, which is set to open in the 2009-10 academic year, giving Upstate student-athletes a workout space that they can call their own.

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The Hodge Center Home of Upstate men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball

Opened in 1973 Men’s Basketball – 324-137 (.703) Women’s Basketball – 235-164 (.589) Volleyball – 301-100 (.751)


The Tradition

USC Upstate boasts a widely successful athletics program, one that has achieved tremendous success both on the playing fields and in the classroom. From the early days as a two-year institution all the way to today as a member of NCAA Division I athletics, USC Upstate athletics has a proud history of success. The men’s basketball program claimed the 1982 NAIA National Championship and the university’s other athletic teams built a strong foundation. USC Upstate moved its athletic teams to the NCAA and Division II status in 1990. In 18 years in Division II, Upstate made 31 appearances in NCAA Tournaments, won 21 Peach Belt Conference regular season championships and 18 Peach Belt Conference Tournament titles. In 2007, the athletics program moved to the NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference. Playing at the highest level of amateur athletics in the nation, Upstate athletes continue to excel. The women’s tennis and softball teams have each captured conference crowns and 33 student-athletes captured the conference’s weekly honors and 29 student-athletes were placed on All-Atlantic Sun Conference teams.

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1982 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Champions 1995, ’98 Men’s Soccer NCAA Division II National Runners-Up 2007 Men’s Golf NCAA Division II National Runners-Up 1983, ’84, ’85 Men’s Soccer NAIA Third Place Team 1992 Men’s Tennis NCAA Division II Fifth Place Team 1994, ’97, 2002, Men’s Soccer NCAA Division II Quarterfinalists 2004, ’07 Men’s Tennis NCAA Division II Quarterfinalists 2007 Women’s Tennis NCAA Division II Nationals 1990 Baseball NAIA District Six Champions 1981, ’82, ’90 Men’s Basketball NAIA District Six Champions 1977, ’81, ’83, ’85, ’86, ’87, ’89 Men’s Cross Country NAIA District Six Champions 1987, ’88, ’89 Volleyball NAIA District Six Champions 1991, ’92, ’95, ’98, 2005, ’06 Men’s Basketball NCAA Division II Regionals 1993, ’94, ’95, ’06 Women’s Basketball NCAA Division II Regionals 1991, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’97, ’98, 2002, ’03, ’06 Men’s Soccer NCAA Division II Regionals 1992, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07 Softball NCAA Division II Regionals 2000, ’01 Volleyball NCAA Division II Regionals 1992, ’95, ’96, ’97, 2001, ’02 ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07 Men’s Tennis NCAA Division II Regionals 1995, 2003, ’05, ’06, ’07 Women’s Tennis NCAA Division II Regionals 2008 Women’s Tennis Atlantic Sun Conference Champions 2008 Softball Atlantic Sun Conference Champions 1990, ’92, ’98, 2005, Men’s Basketball Peach Belt Conference Champions 1993, ’94, ’95 Women’s Basketball Peach Belt Conference Champions 1991, ’92, ’93 Men’s Cross Country Peach Belt Conference Champions 1992, ’94, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2003 Men’s Soccer Peach Belt Conference Champions 2001 Women’s Soccer Peach Belt Conference Champions 1992, ’93, ’94 Softball Peach Belt Conference Champions 2003, ’05 Men’s Tennis Peach Belt Conference Champions 1993, ’95 Volleyball Peach Belt Conference Champions 2006 Men’s Basketball Peach Belt Tournament Champions 1994, ’95 Women’s Basketball Peach Belt Tournament Champions 1993, ’ 94, ’95, ’97, ’98, 2001, ’02, ’03 Men’s Soccer Peach Belt Tournament Champions 1993, ’94, ’95 Volleyball Peach Belt Tournament Champions

USC Upstate Athletic Logo History

USC Spartanburg Rifles Logo 1971-80

USC Spartanburg Rifles Logo 1981-2004

USC Upstate Spartans Logo 2005-2009

USC Upstate Spartans Logo 2009-present

New Athletic Logos for Fall 2009

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Beth Bayer 2003 Inductee

Kristina Ribicic 2008 Inductee

Don Brock 2008 Inductee

Ulysses Hackett 2002 Inductee

Chris Hawkins 2004 Inductee

Heather Abrams 2004 Inductee

Lindsay Bright 2006 Inductee

The USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to recognize individuals who have outstanding athletic accomplishments or have made significant contributions to USC Upstate athletics. All former student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators and staff are eligible for nomination with all former student-athletes expected to have graduated from USC Upstate. All former student-athlete nominees must have participated at least two years at USC Upstate, and their eligibility must have expired at least five years prior to being nominated. Exceptions to the above criteria may be considered for outstanding achievement. Henrik Ronnevig 2006 Inductee

Mike Gibson 1999 Inductee

Sara Henrichs Durham 2005 Inductee

Hall of Fame 2010 Krista Altom ’05, Softball Kelly Cummings Bowden ’99, Cross Country Matthew Browne, Men’s Soccer Elbert Jones ’70, Men’s Basketball Erin Kopec ’04, Volleyball 2009 Todd Ellison ’90, Baseball Kristy Middagh ’03, Softball Greg Watson ’84, Men’s Soccer 2008 Don Brock ’88, Baseball James Eley ’96, Men’s Soccer Sherman Eller ’85, Cross Country Willie Murdaugh ’91, Men’s Basketball Kim Pitman ’02, Volleyball Kristina Ribicic ’03, Women’s Tennis 2007 Doug Lightbody ’83, Men’s Basketball Jorge Valenzuela ’87, Men’s Soccer Kristin Korte Zurliene ’02, Volleyball 2006 Beth Bayer ’03, Softball James Holland ’82, Men’s Basketball Kenny Dickson, ’90, Baseball Lindsay Bright ’98, Volleyball Bob Cheshier ’84, Men’s Soccer Greg Hooks, Men’s Soccer Coach Henrik Ronnevig ’01, Men’s Soccer Thea Moen Ronnevig ’02, Women’s Soccer 2005 Stacey Berrong ’99, Softball John Daurity, Baseball Coach Sara Henrichs Durham ’99, Volleyball Scott Halkett, ’96, Men’s Soccer Willis Woodruff ’91, Men’s Basketball 2004 Heather Abrams ’97, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball Wendell Gibson ’82, Men’s Basketball Doug Keelan ’87, Baseball Kasper Nielsen ’96, Men’s Tennis Danny Rebuck ’91. Men’s Soccer

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2003 Mario del Pino ’83, Men’s Soccer Chris Hawkins ’87, Baseball Carla Gambrell Pesce ’91, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball 2002 Darren Ambrose ’92, Men’s Soccer Michelle Graham Boehringer ’96, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball Marlon Burgess ’94, Men’s Soccer Ulysses Hackett ’92, Men’s Basketball 2001 Martha Cobo ’92, Women’s Tennis Martin Hill ’86, Men’s Soccer Frank Kohlenstein, Men’s Soccer Coach Michael Massey ’81, Men’s Cross Country Mike Smith ’84, Men’s Basketball 2000 Steven ‘Skip’ Frye ’77, Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country Robert ‘Firechief’ Smith ’74, Men’s Basketball Jerry Waters, Men’s Basketball Coach 1999 Dr. Joseph C. Bowman, Athletics Director, Men’s Basketball, Bowling, Men’s Golf, Volleyball Coach Michael J. Gibson ’82, Men’s Basketball Gwendolyn Whiteside-Proctor ’87, Women’s Basketball

Greg Hooks 2006 Inductee

Kristy Middagh 2009 Inductee

Gwen Proctor 1999 Inductee

Dr. Joseph C. Bowman 1999 Inductee

Todd Ellison 2009 Inductee


The Athletic Success

Edgar Rodriguez Men’s Tennis Freshman of the Year

Ramiro Blanco

Kim Brasil

Perrish Goggins Indoor Track & Field, Most Outstanding Performer

In the second of its four-year transition to Division I athletics, USC Upstate continued to prove a foil to some of the best teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference and around the country, with the underdog Spartans posting some impressive wins. Reggie Thompson Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year

2008-09 In Review • Baseball posts two huge wins, as it downs Tennessee, 1-0, for its first win over an SEC opponent in 22 years and also beat Charlotte, 4-3, for the team’s first win over a team receiving votes in a national poll. • Men’s Basketball wins three straight for the first time in the D-I era by downing A-Sun champion Jacksonville, Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast in February. • Women’s basketball’s rebounds from 5-24 season by winning 13 games, marking the 20th-most improved record in Division I. • Cross Country’s Emily Tangwar becomes the first runner in school history to win the Spartan-hosted Eye Opener. • Men’s Golf’s Josh Gallman and Michael Lawrence each finish in the top 10 at their first A-Sun Championships. • Softball’s Morgan Childers breaks her own single-season strikeout record and sets the school’s career strikeouts record as a sophomore, helping her earn allconference honors. • Men’s Tennis ties A-Sun record with six All-A-Sun selections, posts school-record 20-straight wins and finishes the season ranked 70th in the nation. • Women’s Tennis’ Anna Novo sets school records for combined wins, singles wins and doubles wins as she wraps up her career with her fourth all-conference honors. • Men’s Track and Field finishes fourth at both the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships for the best finishes in head coach Jimmy Stephens’ five years as a head coach. • Men’s Track and Field’s Perrish Goggins wins the Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the A-Sun indoor championships.

Bobby Davis

Josh Gallman

Ana-Sofia Camberos

Javier Tori

Jack Roux

Morgan Childers

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Mike Hall

Dr. John Stockwell Athletics Administration University Chancellor 16th Year Cedarville ’66 Dr. John C. Stockwell has served as chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate since 1994, leading the University toward its vision as one of the leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the University has experienced outstanding growth in academic standards, campus development, curricula and public/private partnerships. In the past 10 years, enrollments have increased by thirty-five percent with more than 5,268 students currently enrolled. The campus boasts a diverse student population with 71 nations represented in the University community and a minority enrollment of over than thirty percent. Chancellor Stockwell is leading the University toward completion of a 10-year master plan, approved by the USC Board of Trustees in 1997, including multi-million dollar capital developments in classroom space, academic support facilities, housing, and athletics facilities. In addition, a number of campus beautification initiatives are underway and a $60 million highway infrastructure project surrounding and intersecting the campus was recently finished. Before coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Stockwell served as provost and interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In earlier years, he served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, as chair and professor of the Department of Speech and Theatre at Indiana State University, and as professor and director of theatre at California State University Northridge. Dr. Stockwell earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in theatre at Bowling Green State University, and his bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre from Cedarville College. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management. He is the founding chair and current board member of Spartanburg’s chapter of the Urban League of the Upstate. He serves, also, on the Board of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Governors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, together with a range of other civic and regional commitments. John and his wife, Dr. Diane Vecchio, a professor of history at Furman University, have four grown children: Benjamin, Kelsea, Adrien and Cory and one granddaughter.

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Director of Athletics 16th Year Liberty ’81 Mike Hall is in his 16th year as the director of athletics at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Since joining the Spartans program, Hall has been instrumental in making many improvements to the athletics department. Arguably his biggest accomplishment is leading the University from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I membership and the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2007-08. Hall oversaw the completion of the new Louis P. Howell Athletics Complex that already claims one of the top soccer and softball facilities in the Southeast. The Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park is the newest jewel of the complex and the tennis facility has recently been upgraded with six additional tennis courts and a clubhouse. The total cost of the four projects exceeded $5 million. In 1999-2000, Hall oversaw a $2 million renovation to the G. B. Hodge Center. The renovations included a hospitality suite overlooking the gymnasium, concession area, weight room, official’s locker rooms and offices for the athletic staff and coaches. In 2003, the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball locker rooms were renovated. Hall was instrumental in the development of the new County University Soccer Stadium, which opened in August of 2001, as well as five other soccer fields that are used by Spartanburg County as youth soccer facilities. Hall has used the facility to attract state and regional youth soccer events as well as the NCAA Division II Soccer Championships. Hall continues to work to enhance staff and coaching positions at USC Upstate. He has upgraded many positions from part-time to full-time status and expanded several assistant coaches’ positions. He also continues to coordinate over 20 corporate sponsors for USC Upstate athletics. A 1981 graduate of Liberty University, he went on to serve for 13 years as assistant athletics director for academics, compliance and he also served as golf coach at his alma mater. He also worked as the Director of the Adult Education program in admissions and advising. He earned his master’s degree in education from Lynchburg College. Hall and his wife Phyllis, a 1982 Liberty graduate, have three daughters, Mary, Mandy and Courtney.


The Administration

USC Upstate Head Coaches

Alessandro Jennifer Calloway De Marzo Volleyball Men’s/Women’s Tennis

Matt Fincher Baseball

Tammy George Women’s Basketball

Chris Hawkins Softball

Greg Hooks Men’s Soccer

Todd Lawton Men’s/ Women’s Golf

Renee Lopez Women’s Soccer

Eddie Payne Men’s Basketball

Jimmy Stephens Cross Country/ Track & Field

Athletics Administration Louise Ericson Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Services/SWA Louise Ericson is beginning her second year as Upstate’s Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Support Services and Senior Woman’s Administrator. Previously, Ericson spent three years as the athletic academic coordinator while also serving as the director for the Center of Student Success. Ericson also serves as sports supervisor for the cross country, women’s soccer, softball and track & field programs. Ericson has built a successful 13-year career in academic support and coaching at both the Division I and II levels. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, she served as an athletic academic counselor at Vanderbilt University from 2002-03. She was an athletic academic advisor and life skills coordinator at UNC Charlotte from 2000-02. Ericson is no stranger to Spartanburg, serving as the NCAA compliance coordinator and assistant volleyball and basketball coach at Converse College from 1997-2000. She got her start in academic support while attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee. She served as a grad assistant in the women’s athletic department-academic advising and student life from 1995-97. Ericson is active in many professional organizations, including the the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. Ericson graduated with honors from Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1994. While at Belmont, she played basketball from 1991-92 and volleyball from 1993-94, serving as team captain. She received her master’s degree in sport administration from Tennessee in 1997 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Scott Larson Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Scott Larson is in his fourth year as Upstate’s first full-time compliance director at USC Upstate, coming onboard as Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance. He was promoted to Associate AD for Compliance in

August 2007. Larson serves as the sports supervisor for the tennis, volleyball, baseball and men’s soccer programs. Larson has more than 10 years of compliance experience at the Division I level. Throughout his professional career, Larson has developed and implemented several programs to improve the compliance operations at the institutions where he has worked. Larson came to USC Upstate from the University of Texas at El Paso where he served as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Aid from 2005-06. He oversaw all aspects of the compliance program. In addition, he had oversight responsibilities for the women’s tennis and rifle programs. Prior to his stint at UTEP, he served as Assistant AD for Compliance at Northern Arizona University from 2004-05 and was the Assistant AD for Compliance at Gardner-Webb University from 2003-04. He served as the Compliance Monitoring Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin from 2001-03. Larson worked as a graduate assistant in compliance at Arizona State University from 1998-01. He began working towards his professional career as an undergraduate intern in the compliance office at the University of Tulsa from 1997-98. Larson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in sports administration in 1998. He received his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 2001. Larson is a native of Topeka, Kan. He and his wife, Marla, have been married since 2002 and have two boys, Cade, 4, and Reid, 1.

Michael Sandago Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Michael Sandago is in his fourth year at the helm of the Sports Medicine Department at USC Upstate. He was promoted from Assistant Athletic Director to Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine in 2007. He is the fifth full-time head athletic trainer at the University and the first to assume the duties as Associate AD for Sports Medicine. Sandago came to USC Upstate after working on the athletic training staff at Oregon State for 22 years. He joined the staff in 1984 and was promoted

to head athletic trainer in 1992. He oversaw the athletic training services for all sports and directly handled the athletic training responsibilities for men’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf. Prior to his 22-year stint at Oregon State, he was a teacher and athletic trainer at Maumee High School in Ohio. He also served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Seattle Seahawks during summer workouts from 1980-86. Sandago graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1979 and received his master’s degree in health education from the University of Miami (OH) in 1983. The Seattle, Wash., native graduated from Lynwood High School, where he lettered in three sports while serving as a student athletic trainer. Sandago and his wife, Allyson, have two daughters, Emma and Anna. Allyson is also a certified athletic trainer.

Jules Bryant Assistant Athletic Director for Development Jules Bryant is in her third year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Special Events at USC Upstate. Bryant is no stranger to the Spartanburg community. She spent the seven years as the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She coordinated a myriad of projects and responsibilities, including the marketing efforts of the organization. She also helped recruit corporate partnerships to help assist in the cost of running various events sponsored by the Bureau. As part of her duties as Executive Director of the CVB, she also oversaw Team Spartanburg, the sports council of the CVB. Team Spartanburg was active in several sport-related community events, including working with the Carolina Panthers’ Training Camp, the Eye Opener Cross Country Meet, and the Goalball Championships. Prior to her stint with the Spartanburg CVB, Bryant spent two years as the membership manager with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce (19982000). She was a branch manager at the Spartanburg office of Staffing Solutions from 1997-98, was the community director for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation from 1996-97, and was an admissions counselor at Wofford College from 1993-96.

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Bryant is active in several community service organizations. She is currently a member of the Uptown Sertoma Club and is a past president of the civic organization. She is active in the Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association and formerly served on its Board of Directors and is a past president. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Shepherd’s Center and is a recent graduate of Regional Fellows. Bryant received a bachelor’s degree in political economy and philosophy from Wofford College in 1993. She and her husband, Scott, are the proud parents of a son, Grayson.

Bill English Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Bill English begins his seventh full year as Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations after being promoted to the position in 2003. He spent the previous year and a half as the school’s sports information director and will enter his ninth year at the University this spring. English came to USC Upstate after serving as the assistant sports information director at Wofford College from 1997-2001. English is a 1993 graduate of Wofford with a bachelor’s degree in government. Upon graduation, he worked for one year in the sports department at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal where he was a writer covering high school football and basketball and college basketball. English left the Herald-Journal to attend graduate school at Appalachian State where he served as a graduate assistant in the sports information office. Also working as a graduate assistant in the physical education department while working on his master’s degree in sport management, he was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate school national honor fraternity in 1996. English is a member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). He worked as the official scorer for the Greenville Braves, a former Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in 2000. A native of Washington Court House, Ohio, English moved to Spartanburg with his family in 1981. He resides in Moore.

Brandon McKillop Director of Athletic Facilities & Game Management Brandon McKillop is in his first year as the Director of Athletic Facilities and Game Management at USC Upstate. He coordinates the maintenance and setup of the athletic facilities in addition to serving as the game manager for all home events. McKillop has an extensive background in athletics and is a native of the Spartanburg area, having grown up in Boiling Springs. While also serving in his capacity at Upstate, he is a real estate agent with Chase E. Furnas & Co. in Spartanburg.

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McKillop was a standout baseball player at Boiling Springs High School and Wofford College. A prolific singles hitter, he ranks ninth all-time at Wofford with 121 singles and 22nd all-time with 137 hits. He is also one of the program’s top threats on the base path, ranking third all-time with 60 stolen bases. He graduated from Wofford in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics and received a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Florida in 1997. While at Florida, he worked in the sports information and baseball offices, receiving his initial experience working in intercollegiate athletics. McKillop returned to the Spartanburg area in 1998 to serve as assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, Wofford. He spent two seasons with the Terriers as the program’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator before leaving for the assistant coaching position at Newberry in 2000. McKillop returned to Wofford for his third stint at the school in 2001, again serving as the top assistant for the baseball program. In addition to his baseball duties, he also served as the Director of Intramurals and was an assistant within the athletic facilities office within the athletic department. McKillop left Wofford in 2006 to work for the Spartanburg County Parks and Recreation Department as the Event Manager at Cleveland Park prior to accepting the position at Chase E. Furnas & Co. in 2007. McKillop and his wife, Lora, a graduate of USC Upstate, are the proud parents of a son, Bennett, and a daughter, Lilli. The couple and their children reside in Boiling Springs.

ron-Memorial High School, HEALTHSOUTH Performance and the Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL AA Minor Professional hockey team. He helped develop and implement strength and conditioning programs for three years with Chesnee High School from 2005-08 and is currently providing off-ice performance conditioning for the USA Hockey South Eastern District select hockey camps. Senger and his wife, Stephanie, were married on May 24, 2008.

Carol Osterfoss Business Manager Carol Osterfoss is in her third year as the Athletics Business Manager at USC Upstate. She oversees all business operations for the Athletics Department. Osterfoss is no stranger to USC Upstate. She worked for the University from 2000-06 as the graduate coordinator in the School of Education Graduate Programs Office. Prior to her stint at Upstate, she worked in the Admissions Office at the University of South Carolina in Columbia from 1996-98. A native of Florida, Osterfoss moved to Abbeville, S.C., where she attended Abbeville High School. She graduated from Lander University with bachelor degrees in English and business in 1989. Osterfoss and her husband, Mike, have three children: Nicholas, Trevor and Christopher.

Barbara White Scott Senger Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Senger is in his second season as the head strength and conditioning coach at USC Upstate. Senger earned his Master’s of Science degree in health, nutrition and exercise science and his Bachelor’s of Science degree in human development and education from North Dakota State University. Senger came to Upstate from Chesnee High School where he served in a myriad of roles from 2005-08. He served as the head athletic trainer, head speed and conditioning coach, assistant strength coach and the assistant track & field coach. He was responsible for the daily care of all athletic related injuries, education of all athletes on the importance of proper nutrition and overall body wellness and the development and implementation of strength, speed and conditioning programs to include preseason, in-season and off-season training. In addition to his experiences at Chesnee, Senger served as the Assistant Outreach Sports Medicine Coordinator for HEALTHSOUTH of Las Vegas, Nev., and the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for USA Wrestling Regional and National Events. Senger’s history in strength and conditioning began in Las Vegas from 2003-05 where he assisted with the implementation of strength and conditioning programs for Desert Pines High School, Cimar-

Administrative Assistant Barbara White is in her sixth year as the administrative assistant, office manager, and business manager in the athletic department. She is in her 10th year overall at USC Upstate. White previously served as an administrative specialist in the advancement office at USC Upstate. White, a native of Texas, began her professional career in 1984, working as a secretary at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence, S.C. She served in that position for four years before accepting a similar position at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C., in 1988. After eight years at the Main Street United Methodist Church, White became an administrative assistant at Wachovia Bank in Columbia in 1996. After two years of working at Wachovia, she accepted the position in the USC Upstate advancement office in 1998. White earned a Business/Secretarial certificate from Draughn Business College in Dallas, Texas, then attended North Texas State for two years.


Sports Medicine

The USC Upstate Sports Medicine Staff is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries for all 17 intercollegiate sports teams. It is our mission to provide excellent health care with a primary emphasis on educating the studentathlete in health maintainance, as well as injury care and prevention. This emphasis extends to maintaining safety in practice and game situations, drug education programs, staying current on treatment and rehabilitation techniques and following NCAA and NATA protocols. The commitment to the student-athletes and coaches is spread over the areas of service, care and education. The USC Upstate Sports Medicine Staff, led by Associate Athletics Director Michael Sandago, has more than 40 years of experience in prep, collegiate or professional athletics.

Michael Sandago Assistant AD/Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Eric English Assistant Athletic Trainer Eric English is in his fourth year as assistant athletic trainer in the sports medicine department at USC Upstate. In addition to his duties in athletic training, he also serves as an instructor in the physical education department. English has an extensive background in athletic training. He has served as the clinical coordinator for sports medicine for the North Broward Hospital System (Fla.) from 2001-06 overseeing 22 athletic trainers. In addition, he was a teacher and athletic trainer for Broward County Public Schools. He was the head athletic trainer at Western High School from 1997-2001 and at Cypress Bay High School from 2001-06. A native of Washington Court House, Ohio, he played football and wrestled for Miami Trace High School for three years. He moved with his family to Spartanburg after his junior year and graduated from Dorman High School in 1982. English and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Sarah.

Brent Smith Assistant Athletic Trainer Brent Smith is in his sixth year as an assistant athletic trainer at USC Upstate. Smith came to USC Upstate after working with the sports medicine department of the Cape Fear Wild Cats Arena Football League team in 2004. Prior to his stint with the Wild Cats, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at UNC Pembroke from 2002-04 while working on his master’s degree in physical education. He assisted with men’s soccer, wrestling and baseball at UNCP.

While in graduate school, he also worked as a physical therapist aid for Raleigh Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Specialists in 2003 and was an intern with the Carolina Cobras Arena Football League team in 2002. He worked with the N.C. State football team as an intern from 2001-02. Smith graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. While at the school he served as a student athletic trainer working with the volleyball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, track and field and cheerleading teams. Smith and his wife, Karen, were married on June 3, 2006 and have a newborn son, Hudson.

Deanna Rosato Assistant Athletic Trainer Deanna Rosato is in her second year as an assistant athletic trainer at USC Upstate. Rosato came to Upstate after completing the requirements for a Master’s degree in Applied Exercise Physiology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While at the school, she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer working with the football and softball programs. Prior to her stint at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, she served as a student athletic trainer at Oregon State while pursuing her undergraduate degree in athletic training. She was a student under Michael Sandago, Upstate’s current Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, during her first three years of college. Rosato worked closely with the Beavers softball and men’s basketball programs and graduated in 2007. Rosato is ATC certified and a member of the NATA and SCATA organizations. She is originally from Lafayette, La., but moved to Katy, Texas, while in high school and graduated from Cinco Ranch High School.

Dr. Steven Singleton Team Physician Dr. Steven Singleton serves as the team physician for USC Upstate athletics. Dr. Singleton provides on-site care for Spartan athletes as well as game coverage. With more than a decade of experience, he is an expert at diagnosing problems and designing programs intended to achieve optimal results. The physician, athletic training staff and student-athlete work together as a team toward the goal of full recovery. Dr. Singleton has treated patients from all walks of life, including recreational and elite athletes from all over the world. Upstate athletes also benefit from a relationship with Proaxis Physical Therapy. The professionals at Proaxis bring together innovative methodology, advanced research and proven skills to achieve excellent results. Dr. Steven Singleton, started his own sports medicine practice in 2009 after a distinguished career at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and will continue his relationship with Upstate athletics. He is a sports medicine specialist with expertise in shoulder, elbow, knee and foot/ankle reconstructive surgery. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Singleton served his fellowship with the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in 1997. Prior to his move to Spartanburg, Dr. Singleton was the team orthopedic surgeon for the Texas Rangers and Fort Worth Cats baseball clubs.

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Athletics Association/Compliance

Athletics Association The Spartans Athletic Association is an avenue by which donors can support the athletic programs. With more than 530 individuals and companies in the Association, the Spartan Athletic Association has been able to help the athletic department achieve several initiatives. It is an exciting time in the USC Upstate Athletic Department! With the move to the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, there ismore exposure for our university, teams, student-athletes and coaches. Our donors and corporate partners are able to be recognized in many different ways with this move forward. In order for USC Upstate athletics to be successful in the A-Sun, we must continue to recruit more members for our Athletic Association. As mentioned earlier, individuals and companies are stepping up to financially support our student-athletes and coaches to assist them with being successful both

in the classroom and in their respective competitive sport. Please consider joining the Spartans Athletics Association today. Donations can be made in general to the athletic association or can be made specifically to benefit a particular program or programs. There are several different giving levels in which to participate. Each level has its own rewards to be received by the donor, everything from all-sport passes to golf shirts. Currently, the athletics department is raising funds for several capital projects, including funding for the new track & field complex and continuing improvements to the G.B. Hodge Center, Harley Park, Cyrill Stadium and the USC Upstate Tennis Complex. Please direct any questions you may have to Athletics Director Mike Hall at (864) 503-5140, or Development Director Jules Bryant at (864) 503-5143.

Cleveland S. Harley talks during the 2008 golf tournament named in his honor, which serves as a fundraiser for the athletic department.

Athletics Association / Compliance A Brief Guide To NCAA Rules For Alumni, Faculty And Friends “Institutional control” of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA legislation. As such, the USC Upstate is responsible for ensuring that members of the faculty and staff, coaches, student-athletes, alumni, donors, boosters and friends of the institution comply with all applicable NCAA rules. The information below is intended to provide a basic overview of NCAA rules governing USC Upstate alumni, faculty and friends. Because of the complexity of the rules, the following does not include all applicable situations and should not be relied upon exclusively. USC Upstate appreciates your interest and support but reminds you an inappropriate contact or action on your part can jeopardize the eligibility of a prospective or enrolled student-athlete and the university. If you have specific questions, please contact Upstate’s Compliance Office at (864) 503-5793. Compliance with NCAA rules is of the highest priority for our athletics program and institution. Even the best-intentioned action on your part may be a violation of NCAA rules. Please remember to ASK before you ACT.

Once you become a booster, you retain that status forever!

You Are Considered A “Representative Of USC Upstate’s Athletics Interests” (i.e., a booster) if you: • Have ever made any type of financial or in-kind contribution to the athletics department, to a specific sport program, or to an athletics booster organization, including purchasing season tickets to athletics events. • Are or have been a member of any organization or agency promoting USC Upstate athletics. • Have ever helped to arrange or have provided employment for an enrolled student-athlete, a prospective student-athlete, or their parents or relatives. • Have ever assisted in any manner in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. • Have ever provided benefits to enrolled studentathletes or their families. • Have otherwise promoted the institution’s athletics program in any manner.

A prospective student-athlete (a prospect) is: any person who has begun classes for the ninth grade. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend USC Upstate. The prospect remains a prospect until they report for the first day of classes for a regular term (fall or spring), they participate in a regular squad practice or competition, or officially register and enroll and attend classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment and receive institutional athletics aid. Boosters Are Prohibited From: • Contacting a prospect in person on or off our campus. • Writing or telephoning a prospect or a member of the prospect’s family. • Making arrangements for a prospect or the pros-

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Boosters Are Permitted To: • Notify our coaches about prospects that may be strong additions to our teams. • Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where prospects compete, however, boosters may not contact the prospect or the prospect’s relatives. • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but boosters may not attempt to recruit the prospect. • Employ a prospect after they have graduated from high school or a two-year college. • Boosters MAY provide enrolled student-athletes with an occasional home meal, provided the meal takes place at the booster’s home and NOT at a local establishment. The meal may be catered and must be limited to infrequent or special occasions. The Compliance Office must approve all such meals.

pect’s relatives or friends, to receive money or financial aid of any kind. • Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends to visit our campus. • Providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for prospects or the prospect’s relatives or friends to attend an athletic event. • Entertaining high school, preparatory school or community college coaches. Rules Governing Contacts With And Benefits For Student-Athletes NCAA legislation expressly prohibits university supporters from providing “extra benefits” to enrolled student-athletes or their families. An extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a studentathlete or his/her family a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation. In general, boosters may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes or their families that are not available to the general student population. Prohibited “Extra Benefits” Include, But Are Not Limited To: • Providing cash or loans in any amount. • Signing or co-signing for a loan or guarantee of bond. • Use of an automobile or other personal property (e.g., boats, summer homes, stereos). • Gifts of any kind, including birthday cards, flowers, holiday gifts and gifts of clothing or equipment. • Any tangible items, including merchandise. • Free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases (e.g., car repairs, legal services, haircuts, meals at local restaurants). • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete. • Providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. • Providing typing services or other costs associated with school projects or reports.


The Atlantic Sun Conference

Perrish Goggins 2009 Outdoor T&F High Jump, Long Jump Champion

Emily Tangwar 2009 Indoor T&F 5,000-Meters Champions

Justin Crawford 2009 Indoor & Outdoor T&F Champion

This is the Atlantic Sun For more than 30 years the Atlantic Sun Conference has stood for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas with a focus on the balance between the two for its student-athletes. The A-Sun boasts a blend of the most dynamic and prestigious private and public institutions in the region, with all committed to the conference goal of Building Winners for Life. The experience for a student-athlete in the A-Sun is supported by the entire university community, from coaches to faculty, and from the CEO’s to the athletic and academic support staff. Atlantic Sun studentathletes compete in outstanding facilities throughout the conference and in some of top markets in the Southeast. Eight A-Sun schools compete in the top 10 media markets within the conference’s five-state footprint. With All-America selections, National All-Academic honorees, teams and individuals qualifying for and advancing in NCAA Championship play, A-Sun student-athletes achieve at the highest levels of collegiate athletics. ACADEMIC SUCCESS Continuing a tradition of academic achievement, more than 57 percent of all student-athletes earned All-Academic status during the 2008-09 academic year. Fifteen student-athletes earned places on the 2008-09 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic AllDistrict Teams. Belmont led the impressive institutional totals in the race for the All-Academic Trophy for the seventh time in eight years with 66.5 percent of its the student-athletes achieving All-Academic status with grade point averages of a 3.00, or better. Belmont senior Andy Wicke, Jacksonville senior Jeremy Gillan, Lipscomb junior Kellie Sirus and Campbell senior Karlie Love earned spots on CoSIDA/ESPN the

Magazine Academic All-America teams. Lipscomb’s men and women track and field teams and the women’s cross country team ranked among the top 10 GPAs in NCAA Division I, in being recognized as All-Academic Scholar Teams from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Belmont men’s cross country team posted the fifthhighest GPA, according to the USTFCCCA. Wicke, one of the Bruins’ most celebrated studentathletes, shared the conference’s male Scholar Athlete of the Year award and earned the conference’s Postgraduate Scholarship. Mercer’s Chereese Rowe earned the conference’s second Postgraduate Scholarship. Wicke earned national acclaim as he became one of just two men’s basketball players to receive an educational grant through the NCAA postgraduate scholarship program. For his dedicated academic success and community service, Wicke landed on the Lowe’s All-Senior All-America Second Team and was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. ATHLETIC SUCCESS For the second straight season, the A-Sun made early headlines on the hardwood as Mercer, under new head coach Bob Hoffman, went on the road and defeated Alabama and Auburn within a four-day span, shooting the Bears up to the top spot in the RPI. At the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Championship, ETSU ended Belmont’s three-year reign, winning its first A-Sun Tournament title and making the NCAA field for the eighth time. During the Championship, Courtney Pigram became just the second player in league history to reach the 2000- point plateau. Two players could reach that mark this season in Mercer’s James Florence and Campbell’s Jonathan Rodriguez. Florence and Campbell begin the season as the second- and third-highest active scorers in the nation. During the baseball season, three A-Sun hurlers, Lipscomb’s Rex Brothers and Kennesaw State’s duo of Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn moved up the draft boards of Major League teams with every

dominating performance. Brothers turned in one of the league’s top single-season strikeout performances; Jenkins posted a 41-inning scoreless streak and Heckathorn capped his season with a dominating 15-strikeout performance against UNF, earning National Player of the Week honors. On draft night, Jenkins became just the seventh A-Sun player to be a first-round selection, going to the Blue Jays. In the supplemental phase of the first round, the Rockies picked Rex Brothers and the Brewers tabbed Heckathorn. In softball, the conference turned in one of its finest seasons in history, especially during the non-conference season. Against out-of-conference opposition, A-Sun schools posted a .602 win percentage, the fifth-highest in the nation, trailing only the SEC, Pac10, ACC and Big 12. Five schools finished with win percentages better than .600 and FGCU and Mercer reached the 40-win mark. The Eagles established a league record for win percentage at .839 in posting a 47-9 record. For the second-consecutive May, Campbell emerged victorious at the A-Sun Championship, led by the dominating performance of MVP Brittany Stanley. She pitched all 31 innings, recorded two shutouts and struck out 26 against only two walks. One of the most dominating athletes in Atlantic Sun history closed out her career in Jacksonville’s Natasha Harvey. She led the Dolphins team titles in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field for a fourthstraight year and won the inaugural MVP honors at both meets as well as the Most Outstanding Field Performer award. During her four years, she won a combined 18 individual events, five Most Outstanding Performer awards, both Most Outstanding Freshman performers in addition to the two MVP honors. Off the track, she won the A-Sun’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award, was the A-Sun’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and appeared on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team for a fourth-straight year.

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The USC Upstate Track & Field Complex Announced in the summer of 2008, the USC Upstate track and field program will be the benefectors of a large lead gift that will make a track and field complex on-campus a reality in the near future. To be located ont he Northern edge of the Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex, directly behind the County University Soccer Stadium, the track and field complex will give Upstate the opportunity to serve as host of several state, regional and conference meets.

About The Complex • USC Upstate is currently in the development stages for a new track & field-only complex on the Northern Edge of the Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex • Track will feature a nine-lane all-weather surface • Planned seating for 2,500 • Will make Upstate one of three schools in the ASun with an outdoor track & field complex when completed • Phase 1 of the construction will begin this spring when the complex’s throwing area is built



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