Camels compete in Gamecock Invitational Saturday

Lorne Jenkins
Lorne Jenkins

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Campbell track & field program is sending a small group of sprinters and jumpers to Columbia, S.C. this weekend for the Gamecock Invitational. The meet is set to run all day on Saturday, April 15 at the University of South Carolina's Cregger Track.

More than 750 athletes are entered in the event, including participants from Alabama State, Allen, Armstrong State, Army-West Point, Benedict, Bob Jones, Campbell, Claflin, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Columbia International, Converse, Delaware State, George Mason, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Hampton, Illinois, Kingsborough CC, Liberty, Limestone, NC State, Paine, St. Andrew's, Savannah State, South Carolina, South Carolina State, USC Beaufort and Voorhees.

Campbell's first running event of the day will be the women's 4x100 meter relay. Deonica Reid, Lilla Juhasz, Janai Scott and Isis Brooks most recently set CU's fastest time this season at the Campbell Open with a time of 46.11, which broke the Irwin Belk Track facility record.

The next event for CU will be the men's 400m, where Chigozie Atavwigho, Collin Cooper and Ka'Deem Wynn are entered. Cooper most recently notched Campbell's fastest time this season in the event with a mark of 49.48 at CU's home meet. It was the first time a Camel went sub-50 in the 400m this season.

Campbell senior Lilla Juhasz will represent the Camels in the women's 100m hurdles, an event where she holds the all-time program record. Her fastest time this season is 13.64 seconds, which ranks 66th in the NCAA this year.

Brooks, Juhasz, Reid and Scott are all entered in the women's 100m dash. Juhasz holds Campbell's top mark this season with a time of 11.86. Scott, the reigning Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Week, most recently set a personal-best of 11.91 at the 2017 Campbell Open to place first overall.

On the men's side, Campbell's lone competitor in the 100m dash will be Alize Graham. He posted a season-best mark of 11.19 seconds at the UNF Spring Break Invitational, which ranks 14th in the Big South this season.

Atavwigho is set to compete in the men's 400m hurdles. He is coming off a personal-best performance of 53.62 that he set at Campbell's home meet last weekend. That mark ranks second in the Big South this season.

Brooks and Scott will compete in their third event of the day as both freshmen are entered in the women's 200m dash. Scott's personal-best time of 24.24 that she set at the HPU VertKlasse Meeting leads all athletes in the Big South. Brooks set a PR at the Campbell Open with a time of 24.76 that is tied for the sixth-best mark in the conference.

Campbell's final running event of the day will be the men's 200m, where Cooper is entered to represent CU. He will look to build on a personal-best performance of 22.72 that he set at Campbell's home meet.

In the field events, Graham will represent Campbell in the men's long jump. He leads the Camels this season with a jump of 7.26m that he posted at the first meet of the season, the UNCW Seahawk Invitational.

Sabina Allen and Shenelle McKay are entered in the women's long jump. The duo owns the top two marks in the Big South this season with jumps of 5.92m and 5.74m, respectively, which they recorded at the UNF Spring Break Invitational.

Campbell senior Lorne Jenkins will compete in the men's triple jump, looking to build on a season-best mark of 14.56m that he set at the HPU VertKlasse Meeting. Classmate Davian Rhodes is set to represent CU in the men's high jump and hopes to improve on his season-best performance of 1.99m.

Following the meet, the Camels are scheduled to compete in the UVA Challenge and the Duke Invitational, with both meets scheduled for April 21. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.