Tyrell Richard

MEAC honors SCSU track standout

NORFOLK, Va. - South Carolina State senior Tyrell Richard was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s track Athlete of the Week, presented by the U.S. Marines, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Norfolk State sophomore Kiara Grant was selected as Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. Bethune-Cookman senior Dominic Harper earned Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors, while Bethune-Cookman sophomore Monee Nichols was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

Richard vaulted all the way up to second in the nation in the 400-meter dash, setting a new school record and personal best with a 45.39 at the South Carolina Indoor Open last week.

The Georgetown native will be the catalyst for the S.C. State track teams vying for the 2019 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championship, being held the end of this week, Feb. 21-23, at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.

Richard is one of 13 Bulldogs who qualified for this year’s championship. Five Lady Bulldogs, paced by long jumper Breana Tyler, also qualified for the competition, which gets underway Thursday with the men’s heptathlon, the long jump and 5,000 meters.

USC-PC baseball canceled

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team's contest against Presbyterian, set for Wednesday afternoon, was cancelled due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been set.

Carolina hosts Utah Valley Friday at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus.

USC women host Kentucky

COLUMBIA -- No. 13/13 South Carolina hosts No. 16/17 Kentucky Thursday night in the penultimate home game for the Gamecocks.

Tipoff from Colonial Life Arena is 7 p.m. on SEC Network as the Gamecocks (19-6, 11-1 SEC) look for their 10th-straight win over the Wilcats (21-5, 8-4 SEC) and to retain their share of first place in the SEC with just four regular-season games remaining.

Clemson women face Ga. Tech

CLEMSON -- Clemson (17-9, 8-5) heads to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech (16-9, 6-6) on Thursday at McCamish Pavilion. The game is set to tipoff at 7 p.m. and can be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

Clemson’s three wins over ranked opponents places them tied for fourth in the conference for most wins over a ranked team this season.

In her first season as head coach, Amanda Butler has coached the Tigers to eight ACC wins so far, seven victories over last year’s mark. That is the largest turnaround in wins by a first-year head coach in ACC history.

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