The Daily Gamecock

South Carolina to host USC Open No. 2

The Gamecocks’ cross-country team will host their third and final home meet Wednesday when they contend against seven other schools in the second USC Open.

South Carolina has placed first in each of the team’s two home events this season, including the first USC Open. The team also hosted the Carolina Invitational to begin the season, grabbing the top spot.

Junior Anna Todd claimed first in both the first USC Open as well as the Charlotte Invitational. In the team’s most recent event — a trip to the Paul Short Invitational — she placed 35th, which was the highest finish for a South Carolina runner. She ran the 6K in 21:02 compared to a 21:58 time in her previous 6K.

“Anna Todd in particular had a big breakthrough going from just under 22 minutes to just over 21 minutes in the course of a week,” assistant coach Andrew Allden said. “So, I think that positions her nicely to have a shot at being all-region and perhaps all-conference by the end of the year.”

The Gamecocks will welcome teams from Benedict, Charleston Southern, Claflin, Morris, Paine, Savannah State and Vorhees. The match is slated to begin with the women’s race at 6 p.m. with the men following shortly after at 6:30 p.m.