DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort track and field team claimed 15 top-five finishes and hit one automatic national qualifying standard on a successful day at the ERAU Indoor/Outdoor Challenge.
Junior Joyce Miller provided the biggest highlight, punching her ticket to the NAIA National Championships by finishing third in the 3000 meters with an "A" standard time of 10:20.23.
USCB's throwers also had a good day, as Shakil Gause notched three top-five showings on the men's side -- second in the shot put (13.07m), fifth in the discus (34.71m) and fifth in the weight throw (10.19m) -- and Ty'Chelle Freeman was second in the shot put (11.89m) and fifth in the weight throw (9.66m) on the women's side. Taylor Keen was third in the women's weight throw (12.01m).
The women's 4x400 relay team had USCB's only other runner-up finish with a time of 4:20.84. Earning third-place finishes were Jaime Thomas in the women's 1000 meters (3:22.98) and Anthony Vecchio in the men's 1000 (2:38.05). Nic O'Neill placed fourth in the men's 3000 meters (9:05.59) and Brandon Gourdine was fourth in the men's 60-meter hurdles (8.7). Earning fifth-place showings were Melissa Carder in the women's 3000 meters (11:02.34), Pamela Robinson in the women's 400 (1:03.69) and Ricky Williams in the men's 60 meters (7.31).
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The Sand Shark distance runners will be in action next Saturday at the Tybee Island Half Marathon while the remainder of the team will next compete at the UCS Invitational on Feb. 14-15 in Winston-Salem, N.C.