USC's track and field team gives new meaning to "running a meet" - DatelineCarolina

USC's track and field team gives new meaning to "running a meet."

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Captain Penny Boswell helps move hurdles onto the track. Captain Penny Boswell helps move hurdles onto the track.
Boswell checks people in at the meet. Boswell checks people in at the meet.

By: Kathleen Jacob

USC's track and field team kicked off it's annual Weems Baskin Invitational this weekend.  Competing was not the only thing these athletes were hard at work doing though. They also worked the meet.

 "For a big outdoor meet we need 50 officials, and that doesn't even count the number of people it takes to move hurdles and rake sandpits so when we're hosting a big event you could easily have 75 people out here," says Coach Mike Sergent.

 Captain Penny Boswell was hard at work with the rest of the team and says there is always something to help out with.

  "Whether you're competing or not you join in and help out with the whole run of the meet," says Boswell. "All the field events require somebody being there, the long jump needs to be rigged, pole vault and high jump, you have to continue putting the bar up every time it gets knocked down, we have a hurdle block crew which just helps move the hurdles on and off the track."

 Most of the other USC sports team members don't have to handle jobs like these, but the athletes on the track and field team don't seem to mind putting in the extra work at all.

 "Having the whole team work together and be there not just to support, but to run the show essentially, I think it just builds a lot of team work and unity within the team," says Boswell.

 Boswell and the rest of the team were there to support each other through every last event.

The meet was not a scoring meet but the Gamecocks shone with 19 total wins. The team will compete next weekend at the Florida Relays.

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