ROCK HILL, S.C. - The sprinters dominated day one of the ASICS Winthrop Invitational, Friday afternoon at Belk Track on the campus of Winthrop University.
In the 100m dash, four Lady Bucs qualified for Saturday's finals, including sweeping three of the top four spots. Dionne Gibson led the way with an 11.86-second finish as the top collegiate runner. Despite being in different heats, Misha Morris posted the third-fastest overall time at 11.89 seconds, while Jessica Thomas claimed the fourth spot at 11.93 seconds. Alicia Bennett also qualified for the finals, finishing at 12.60 seconds in 15th place.
The trio of Gibson Morris and Thomas also finished at the top of the 200m dash prelims as they claimed the top three spots. Gibson blew away the competition with a 24.25 second finish to lead the way, followed by Morris (24.75) and Thomas, who finished third at 25.00.
Kim Allen made the finals in the 100m hurdles, claiming the fifth spot after finishing in 14.44 seconds. Bennett and Octavia Best just missed out on the finals finishing in 23rd and 24th with times of 15.63 and 15.98, respectively. Channell Futrell rounded out the CSU finishers in 26th place at 16.20 seconds.
Bridgette Copeland was the top CSU finisher in the high jump, clearing 1.55m (5 feet, one inch) to finish 12th overall. Octavia Best finished 17th after getting over 1.45m (4 feet-nine inches).
Copeland came back in the long jump to finish seventh overall, while Best tied for eighth getting out 5.45m (17 feet-10 inches) and 5.40m (17 feet- eight inches), respectively.
In the shot put, Jocelyn Davis led the way, finishing third with a heave of 13.14m (43-1.5), while Marie Doan was seventh overall with a distance of 12.31m (40-4.75).
Davis won the hammer throw event, besting the competition by 10 feet, finishing with a distance of 50.39m (165-4). Doan and Tia Habersham finished 12th and 13th, respectively with distances of 40.43m (132-8) and 39.96 (131-1).