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Ford and Hall receive USTFCCCA regional awards – University of South Carolina Athletics

COLUMBIA, SC – Head coach of the South Carolina track and field team Tim Hill and newbie JaMeesia Ford were named the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women's Coach and Track and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively, the organization announced today. Ford is the first Gamecock to receive the honor since LaKya Brookins in 2011.

In his first season at the helm of the Gamecocks, Hall led the women's team to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the program's best performance since 2019. The South Carolina women earned 10 First-Team All-America honors at the event. At the highly competitive SEC Outdoor Championships, Hall's Gamecock women tallied their most points since 2013.

Ford capped her stellar freshman season with three First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Her program-record 22.08 in the 200-meter final at the national championships made her the seventh-fastest runner in college history in the event. The SEC Outdoor Women's Freshman Runner of the Year placed in the top eight with the Gamecocks' 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams at the championships, rounding out her All-America honors.

Several current and former Gamecocks, including Ford, have their eyes on a spot in the USA Track and Field Olympic qualifiers later this month.

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