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    South Carolina Earns Six Wins at Hokie Invite

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The South Carolina track and field program collected six more wins at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., to bring their weekend total to 10. The No. 20 Gamecock women were led by senior Breanna Radford who won her third shot put event in a row while setting her second PR in as many days and junior Jeannelle Scheper who took the high jump section. The South Carolina swept the 4x400-meter relays, earning victories on both the men’s and women’s side. Junior Chris Royster captured the 200-meter dash and senior Jarrod Hutchen won the men’s long jump. In total, the Gamecocks had 21 top-five finishers on Saturday.  
     
    Radford’s 52’3 ¾ (15.94m) and redshirt sophomore Kaysee Sullivan’s mark of 46’3 ¼ (14.10m) gave Radford her third straight shot put win and Sullivan a fourth place finish.  Both of the marks are new PR’s in the shot put after they each set new PRs in the weight throw last night. Radford moves into a tie for fifth in the South Carolina record books, matching India Odum’s mark from 2004. It also moves her to 23th in the collegiate ranks. 
     
    After setting a new school record at 6’2 (1.88m) last weekend in Birmingham, Scheper cleared 6’0 (1.83m) to win the women’s high jump. 
     
    Hutchen won the men’s long jump with a mark of 25’2 (7.67m).  Redshirt sophomore Josh Jones joined him in the top 5 with a jump of 21’6 ¼ (6.56m) to take fifth in the section. 
     
    In 200-meter action, Royster won the men’s group with a time of 21.86.  Senior Andre Carter finished fourth in the event with a 21.96.  Sophomore Chris Walker was the third Gamecock in the top 10 with a time of 22.35. 
     
    To end the day, the Gamecocks swept the 4x400-meter relays. Sophomore Erika Rucker, sophomore Christal Green, senior Kierre Beckles and senior Nadonnia Rodriques ran a speedy 3:37.70, besting last weekend’s time of 3:43.20, to claim the victory.  The time ranks them fourth in the collegiate ranks. The second South Carolina squad in the race featured Amber Allen, Tamera Harris, Vashti Bandy and Tyler Brockington.  The foursome finished third in the race, crossing the line at a time of 3:47.13.
     
    The quartet of junior Clayton Gravesande, Carter, sophomore Damiere Byrd and freshman Jermaine Collier improved their time from last weekend, running a 3:10.97 for the win. The time is ranked eighth in the NCAA this season. The South Carolina ‘B’ squad of sophomore Eric Winfrey, Royster, freshman Dondre Echols and freshman Brandon Sanders ran a 3:17.40. 
     
    Freshman Mary Fouse and junior Penny Boswell added two top-5 finishes, claiming second and fifth, respectively, in the women’s 5,000-meters to start the day for the Gamecocks. Fouse ran a time of 17:41.21 and Boswell turned in a time of 18:27.97. 
     
    In the women’s 400-meters, Rodriques ran a season best 54.87 to finish fourth.  Rodriques’ time ranks her 18th nationally, joining her teammate Rucker in the top 25. Green took sixth at 56.23 and junior Amber Allen claimed seventh with a season best 56.61. For the men, Eric Winfrey was the top finisher for the Gamecocks, taking third place with a time of 48.89. 
     
    Rucker ran the 800-meters for the first time this season, turning in a time of 2:11.93.  Freshman Anna Todd bested her previous 800-meter time of 2:25.99 with a 2:13.46 to finish fifth. Todd’s classmate Lisa Zimmer was right behind her, finishing sixth at 2:13.82.  Sophomore Daniel Novak was the top men’s 800-meter finisher.  Novak ran a season best 1:57.38 to take sixth.  Freshman Drew Galang also ran a season best, turning in a 1:58.26 to take seventh.  Gaither took eighth at 1:58.58. 
     
    Freshman Alexis Murphy and junior Vashti Bandy went 5-6 in the women’s 200-meters. Murphy ran a 24.84 and Bandy finished at a season best 24.97.
     
    Junior Petra Olsen claimed second in the pole vault with a clearance of 13’ ¾ (3.98m). Sophomore Megan Wall set a new personal best with a mark of 12’ ¾ (3.68m) to take eighth place.  Freshman Austin Eckenroth placed fourth in the men’s pole vault with a new personal best of his own, clearing 16’1 ¼ (4.91m). 
     
    In the women’s high jump, senior Ceci Kryst (17’11 ½ // 5.47m) and sophomore Chalese Davis (17’5 ¼ // 5.31m) finished 10th and 13th, respectively.
     
    The men’s distance medley team of sophomores Isaiah Hilton, Paris Smalls, Thomas Gaither and redshirt senior Robert Razick turned in a second place finish with a time of 10:19.50. 
     
    Next week, the Gamecocks trek to New York City for the 2013 Armory Collegiate Invitational.  Now 12 years old, the Armory Collegiate Invitational is a marquee event in college indoor season, with powerhouse programs from around the nation making the trip. The two-day event begins on Fri., Feb 1, at 9:30 a.m.



    Texas A&M Sets Pair of School Records

    COLLEGE STATION – A pair of Aggie school records were broken Saturday as the SEC tandem of Texas A&M and Tennessee swept the team scoring against the Big 12 and Pac-12 in front of 1,621 fans at Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
     
    In the men’s scoring the SEC totaled 317 points to finish well ahead of the Big 12 (137) and Pac-12 (75). The SEC women racked up 324 points to defeat the Pac-12 (152) and Big 12 (136). TCU and Texas Tech represented the Big 12 while Arizona State and USC were the duo for the Pac-12.
     
    Both A&M school record performances came in runner-up performances as Henry Lelei lowered his mile record to 4:00.41 in chasing Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka, the NCAA cross country champion last fall, who set a Red Raider school record with a 3:59.53 winning mark. 
     
    Arizona State’s Nick Happe placed third in 4:00.67 to also better the previous meet record of 4:03.49 set by Oregon’s Mac Fleet in 2010. Aggie C.J. Brown finished fifth with a 4:07.73.
     
    With her 64 foot, 7 inch (19.68) effort Brea Garrett added a foot in distance to the 13-year-old Aggie weight throw record. She topped Meshelle Trotter’s school record mark of 63-6 (19.35) from 2000. Arizona State’s Chelsea Cassula won the event with a meet record toss of 65-7.5 (20.00).
     
    Texas A&M totaled 12 victories during the second day of the Mondo Challenge, which included a trio of 1-2-3 sweeps by the Aggies.
     
    In the women’s 60 meters, Ashley Collier sped to a 7.29 win with Jennifer Madu (7.34) and Ashton Purvis (7.52) in tow for second and third place. Purvis later won the 200 in 23.28 with Madu in third at 23.86.
     
    The men’s 800 had Hector Hernandez claiming the title in the final stages of the race for a 1:51.17 edge over teammates Cameron Thornton (1:51.74) and James Bonn (1:51.82).
     
    Then in the men’s 200, Ameer Webb contested his first race of the season and won with a 21.12 over teammates Michael Bryan (21.19) and Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (21.20).
     
    Teamwork produced a pair of 4 x 400 relay victories for the Aggies. The women rolled to a 3:36.15 win over Arizona State (3:36.67) and Texas Tech (3:37.92). The Aggie foursome included Ibukun Mayungbe (54.5), Olivia Ekpone (53.7), Kamaria Brown (53.5) and Kanika Beckles (54.4).
     
    The A&M men eased to a 3:06.61 victory over TCU (3:10.77), Texas Tech (3:11.09) and Arizona State (3:11.23). The Aggie crew included Bralon Taplin (47.1), Deon Lendore (45.9), Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (47.2) and Carlyle Roudette (46.4).
     
    Earlier in the meet Roudette set a career best of 47.27 in winning the 400 with teammate Ricky Babineaux runner-up in 47.40. Wayne Davis II was a tenth off the meet record he equaled last season in claiming the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.88 seconds.
     
    While another school record eluded Casey Strong in the men’s weight throw, he captured another win and produced the second best throw ever at A&M with a winning toss of 64-9.5 (19.74). Teammate Ben Skrla continued his improvement in the event with a career best 59-0.25 (17.99), No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list.
     
    Other A&M wins included Jonthan Turner in the long jump (23-2.5) and Dave Brown in the triple jump (49-6.25). Chelsea Utley led a 1-2 finish for the Aggie women in the high jump as she cleared 5-8 while Sierra Patrick finished second with a 5-6.5 clearance.
     
    Notable runner-up efforts included a 41-11.25 mark in the triple jump by LaQue Moen-Davis while Dominique’ Flemings ran 8.43 in the 60 hurdles and Kamaria Brown clocked 54.04 in the 400.



    Mizzou Leaves Kentucky With School Record

    Lexington, Ky. - It was another record-breaking day for the Tigers, this time with freshman Markesh Woodson earning himself the top spot on the record-board for the men's 60m dash.  After tying the record at last week's Missouri Invitational, Markesh beat out a tough field to win the event in 6.69.  He beat out the previous record, set by Carlos Posey at the Big 8 Championships on Feb. 24, 1999, by 0.01 seconds.
     
    The Tigers continued to drop All-Time Top Ten marks, with five athletes adding their names to the boards throughout the second day of competition at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, KY.  The squads left their first away meet of the year with eight new top ten marks and nine PR's, continuing their exciting entrance into the SEC.  
     
    In the triple jump, Freshman Tony Carodine continued with his strong performances, hitting a PR of 15.32m to place fourth overall and land at #5 on the All-Time list.  Fellow-freshman Danielle Williams jumped 0.01m under her performance last week to finish 11th in the triple jump competition and beat out the #10 All-Time mark with a second jump of 11.66m. 
     
    Freshman Chelsie Stevens joined her 60m counterpart, Woodson, once more this week, running a 7.73 to land herself at #6 on the All-Time list.  Stevens missed the school record in the same event by 0.01 seconds last week, finishing in 7.61.  She also earned a new PR of 25.77 in the 200m, besting her time from last week by 0.22 seconds.
     
    Senior Laura Roxberg and sophomore Kearsten Peoples also hit Top Ten marks in their respective events, adding to the boards topped by their school records.  Roxberg ended her indoor season last year with a new mile school record of 4:39.91 while Peoples started her season this year with a record-breaking mark of 16.87m.  Roxberg took home an 11-second win in the mile to hit a #5 All-Time finish of 4:42.  Peoples landed herself at the #6 spot after finishing fourth in the shot put competition with her second mark of 16.03m.
     
    The Tigers will be back in action next weekend with the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, NE.  For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.



    Crimson Tide Impresses In Indiana

    Bloomington, Ind. - University of Alabama all-American high jumper Krystle Schade (Sunrise, Fla.) notched her third consecutive victory of the 2013 indoor season and pole vaulter Alexis Paine set a school record at the Indiana Relays as the Crimson Tide closed out competition on Saturday with several strong individual performances.
     
    Schade's event victory marked the sixth of the competition by Alabama athletes after Crimson Tide athletes won five events on Friday at the meet that featured competitors from more than 30 schools from across the nation. Schade cleared the winning height of 6 feet, 1 1/4 inches (1.86 meters) on her first attempt, outdueling Vanderbilt's Brionne Williams who missed all three of her tries at the same height.
     
    In the women's invitational pole vault, Paine (Mobile, Ala.) set an Alabama school record with a clearance of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) on the way to a third-place finish in the pole vault. Paine's personal-best performance surpassed Lynda Cooper's 13-1 1/2 height cleared in 2009. Paine bettered her previous best in the vault (12-11 3/4) by 5 1/2 inches.
     
    Alabama also had strong performances in both the men's and women's weight throw. In the women's invitational weight throw, Nia Barnes (West Orange, N.J.) was fourth at 57-11 1/4 (17.66 meters) while teammate Lee Stowers (Warwick, R.I.) finished in fifth at 57-7 1/2 (17.56m). Indiana State's Felisha Johnson won the competition with an impressive toss of 70-10 (21.59 meters).
     
    In the men's invitational weight throw, Alabama's Elias Hakansson (Halmstad, Sweden) was fourth with a best of 64-10 1/2 (19.77m). Hakansson threw with more consistency on Saturday, notching four of his five legal throws of more than 19 meters.
     
    Jonathan Reid (Kingston, Jamaica) won the triple jump late Friday evening, closing out a Friday in which five Crimson Tide athletes won events. Reid bested a field of 10 competitors by producing his best effort of the night on his second attempt with a leap of 50-7 1/2 (15.43 meters). He beat out Rex Parker (competing unattached) who had a best of 49-8 1/2 (15.15m) and Illinois' Branden Tanthavong who was third with a distance of 49-7 1/4 (15.12m). Alabama's George Freiberger was sixth with a jump of 46-10 3/4 (14.29m).



    Florida Takes Team Title at Razorback Invite

    The University of Florida women’s track and field team, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, took home the team title at the Razorback Invitational this weekend, edging out LSU by one point, 101-100.
     
    The team victory was clinched by Florida’s women’s 4x400-meter relay. The foursome of Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Mich.) and Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) turned in a time of 3:31.68, the fastest in the world this year and the second-fastest time in Florida program history.
     
    “We talk about that a lot, how the 4x4 is the last thing people see at the meet and it’s what they remember you by,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We always try to put our best foot forward with the relays and our women did a tremendous job. I think you also have to credit Texas for pushing us. They did a phenomenal job.”
     
    Eutsey also ran a personal best in the women’s 400 meters, finishing second overall in 52.89. Her time is the second-fastest in the NCAA this year and comes in at eighth all-time in UF history. Saturday marked the first time in her career to race a sub-53 second quartermile indoors.
     
    “I called her the PR machine this weekend,” Holloway said. “She PR’d in the 200 yesterday, she ran a PR today in the 400 and then put up the No. 2 time in school history with the 4x4. We’ve been working hard with her on her sprinting and it’s certainly paying off.”
     
    The Florida women beat a field that included No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Texas, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Baylor and No. 23 Nebraska.
     
    Leading the way for the Gator women in the field events was sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.), who tied her career best in the women’s triple jump to take the Razorback Invitational title with her leap of 13.06m/42-10.25. The mark, which she also leapt at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, is fourth all-time in Florida program history.
     
    “Ciarra is getting used to working with a new coach (jumps coach Nic Petersen) and they’re getting into a groove now,” Holloway mentioned. “I’m proud of her effort but she knows she has work to do and there’s more to come. I can’t wait to see where she is in four weeks when we come back here for SEC Indoors.”
     
    Junior Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) won the women’s invitational 3,000 meters with a time of 9:18.51, good for fifth in the NCAA and second among SEC runners.
     
    The Florida men came in second in the team standings, scoring 79.50 points over the course of the two-day meet. The Gator men’s 4x400-meter relay joined in on the fun with women’s relay, as they also won their race in a world-leading time. Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) clocked in at 3:05.93, the seventh-fastest in program history.
     
    “I think our guys (4x4) did a great job today,” Holloway noted. “Leo stepped in for Najee Glass, just like he stepped in for us last year outdoors, and he was fantastic. He’s a real team player and you can always count on him to step in and step up when you need him.”
     
    Three Gators all scored in the men’s weight throw, as senior David Triassi (Jacksonville, Fla.) turned in a runner-up finish in the event with his throw of 20.24m/66-5. Sophomore Kyle Strawn (Temecula, Calif.) threw a personal-best 18.44m/60-6 on Saturday, tying teammate David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) for fifth all-time in program history. Levin scored for the Gators with his eighth-place throw of 16.55m/54-3.75.
     
    “Our throwers did a great job today and they’ve been progressing well,” Holloway said. “Coach (Steve) Lemke has been doing a phenomenal job with them all season and they continue to do well weekend after weekend.”
     
    Bowerman Watch List honoree Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) competed in his first triple jump of the 2013 season, finishing second with his mark of 16.26m/53-4.25. His leap is second in the NCAA this year and is the second-best season-opening jump of his collegiate career.
     
    Junior hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) also turned in a runner-up finish on Saturday, racing to the fastest time in the semifinals with a time of 7.68 and finishing second in the finals in 7.70.
     
    Five Gator men competed in the men’s open 3,000 and all five ran personal bests. Holloway attributed that to 2012 SEC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, distance coach Paul Spangler.
     
    “I think for every one of those guys to PR today not only says a lot about their effort in practice but also what Coach Spangler has done for our distance program,” Holloway noted.
     
    Next up for the Orange and Blue is a split weekend of competition, as the Gators will travel to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., as well as the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City.
     
    “I think we’re ready to get back to Gainesville and get back to work,” Holloway said. “We need to be humble and stay hungry for what’s ahead, but I couldn’t be more proud of the effort we put forth this weekend.”
     
    For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, please log on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida track and field on Twitter at @GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.



    LSU Posts Seven Top-10 Times in Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Charlene Lipsey and junior Natoya Goule turned in the NCAA's two fastest times in the 800-meter run while making their 2013 debut in the event and the LSU Track & Field teams combined for seven Top 10 performances nationally during Saturday's finale at this year's Razorback Invitational.
     
    The Lady Tiger duo staked their claim as the early-season favorites to wear the NCAA 800-meter crown with a dominating performance in Saturday's invitational race at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
     
    Both Goule and Lipsey battled one another for the top spot on the award's podium from the opening gun as it was Goule outlasting Lipsey for this year's 800-meter title at the Razorback Invitational with each NCAA contender setting a new indoor personal record in the race.
     
    Goule smashed her previous indoor best of 2 minutes, 5.79 seconds by more than two seconds with a season-opening run of 2:03.49 to catapult herself to the top of the NCAA rankings. Lipsey set a new indoor PR of her own as she followed Goule in second place with a 2:03.76 debut to take her place in the No. 2 spot in the NCAA for 2013.
     
    Their performance also ranks No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the women's 800-meter run.
     
    The middle distance stars were among seven NCAA Top 10 performances turned in by the Tigers and Lady Tigers on the final day of this year's Razorback Invitational as senior Kimberlyn Duncan (60 meters); juniors Keri Emanuel (triple jump), Denise Hinton (weight throw) and Jasmin Stowers (60 hurdles); and the Lady Tigers' 4x400-meter relay each cemented their position among the nation's elite with their effort in Saturday's finale in Fayetteville.
     
    "We both knew we were going to run fast today. We were ready," Goule said following the race. "That was a fast race today. We train together every day, so we both know what we're capable of in that kind of a race. We went out and did exactly what we wanted to do today. I'm glad I get to train with Charlene so we can keep pushing each other."



    Vanderbilt Concludes Weekend in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Vanderbilt track and field team wrapped-up competition at the Indiana Relays on Saturday, January 26, with Head Coach Steve Keith calling the results one of the best performances during his tenure.
     
    "Overall, this was the best top-to-bottom performance by a Vanderbilt track team in my seven years," Keith said. "A couple of school records, more personal bests and a number of top 10 performances. We're starting to perform at a very high level."
     
    Day two action was highlighted by junior Brionne Williams tying the school record in the high jump. Williams cleared 1.83 meters (six feet) to finish second in the high jump. Williams has been between five feet, 11 inches and six feet in all three meets this season.
     
    "Brionne's effort of 6-0 moves her up on the national list," Keith said. "She has been incredibly consistent this seaosn."
     
    Also in the high jump, Ellie Tidman placed third clearing 1.77 meters (five feet, 9.75 inches).
     
    Janetra Gleaves reached the finals of the 60 meter hurdles and placed sixth. The sophomore ran 8.78 in the semifinals to reach the finals. She then ran 8.65 in the finals to finish sixth.
     
    "We're getting closer to a complete race from Janetra with a much improved start and first couple of hurdles," Keith said.
     
    Grace Orders was in the field for the 5,000 meter invitational. Orders was sixth in 17:22.10. 
     
    Vanderbilt runners were also very solid in the open 5,000, placing second, third and fourth. Vanessa Valentine led the way in 17:38.58, followed by Megan Yohe in 17:46.90 and Claire Benjamin in 17:53.09.
     
    In the 800 meters invitiational, Sara Barron, fresh off a school record in the mile on Friday, finished ninth in 2:13.39. Outside the invitational, Katherine Delaney was 10th in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:16.00. She barely edged Kristen Findley to finish in the top-10, as Findley crossed in 2:16.02.
     
    Faith Washington placed 11th in the 400 meters, posting at time of 57.10.
     
    Next up for Vanderbilt is a trip to New York City for the Armory Collegiate Classic in uptown Manhattan on February 1-2.
     
    "This two-day meet (in Indiana), along with New York next week, are great preparation for the SEC Indoor Championships in four weeks," Keith said. "Staying healthy and being consistent is the key. We do that and we'll continue to see some big improvements."



    Hamilton Highlights UGA's Day at Razorback Invite

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Georgia sophomore Carly Hamilton set a school record in the 3000-meter Invitational to highlight the second day of the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday.
     
    Hamilton’s finish gave the Lady Bulldogs two school records on the weekend and gave the Georgia program five victories in just its second indoor meet of the year.
     
    In the team scoring, the Georgia men finished fourth with 63 points while the Lady Bulldogs were fifth (78).
     
    “This was a really good meet for us and probably one of the best meets in January in history,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton.  “It makes us thing immediately about coming back to this meet again next year since we did so well.  Overall, I’m really happy about this weekend.”
     
    Building on her strong cross country season, sophomore Carly Hamilton left a 23-year-old school record far behind in the 3000 Invitational to take third.  Hamilton completed her laps in 9:20.89.  
     
    This topped Jolly Earle’s school record mark of 9:23.10 set during the 1990 season.  It was the first time Hamilton had run this distance during her indoor collegiate career.  Hamilton’s school record was the second of the weekend after Hilenn James set the all-time shot put mark on Friday.
     
    “This was another case of one of our top people doing something noteworthy,” Norton said.  “After the race, we looked at the clock and realized she had run a pretty good time.  More importantly, she ran well for the whole race and looked good doing it.”
     
    The Bulldog heptathletes rounded out their two-day competition in second, third and fourth place.  True freshman Maicel Uibo shot to No. 2 in Georgia’s record books after taking second with 5,755 points.  
     
    Sophomore Garrett Scantling tallied a 138-point personal-best effort to score 5,619 points and take third in the competition.  Like Uibo, fellow true freshman Devon Williams was competing in his first collegiate heptathlon and took fourth with the seventh-most points (5,376) in Bulldog history.
     
    “The group is a young, inexperience crew who competed hard and did a lot of things correct and proper in this heptathlon,” Norton said.  “If they continue to get better, this group could really be something special.”
     
    Uibo highlighted his events by claiming a win in the 1000.  The Polva, Estonia, native ran a 2:43.08 (839 points), which was four seconds faster than the next finisher.  Uibo added another 852 points in the pole vault when he took second with a clearance of 15-9.25.
     
    Scantling paced his attack by taking third in both the 60 hurdles and the pole vault with personal-best performances.  In the hurdles, Scantling scorched his career best after leaning across the finish line in 8.27.  The Jacksonville, Fla., native then broke 15 feet in the pole vault for the first time in his career.  He cleared 15-5.50 to finish one spot behind Uibo.
     
    The fourth-place finisher, Devon Williams, showcased his speed by registering the sixth-best time in the 60 hurdles in school history to win the event.  Williams bolted across the line in 8.04 to pick up 972 points.  Williams was fifth in both the 1000 and the pole vault to solidify his finish.
     
    Junior Stella Christoforou made her season debut in the mile and picked up a victory with the fastest time of her career.  Christoforou clocked a 4:48.87 to finish four seconds ahead of the nearest competitor with the sixth-best time in school history.
     
    “Like Carly’s performance, Stella looked in control and ran a complete race, which was even more important than looking up and seeing 4:48 on the clock,” said Norton.
     
    Senior Matt Cleaver opened his final indoor campaign by earning runner-up honors in the 3000.  Cleaver finished in 8:11.70 to beat 26 other competitors in the race.
     
    In the regular 3000 race, senior Morgan VanGorder bettered her personal best to record a 9:50.13 for third place while sophomore Sarah Perry was fourth (9:55.65).
     
    Also in the mile, senior Leslie Boozer followed up her victory in the 5000 with a seventh-place finish after breaking 5:00 for the first time in her career (4:57.93).
     
    Sophomore Tynia Gaither ended up fourth in the 60 finals with a season-best time of 7.49.  This was the second-best time of her career.
     
    “Placing that high against a bunch of super-fast sprinters is a good sign that Tynia will be ready to roll when the SEC meet gets here,” Norton said.  “Once she gets in her rhythm and the freshmen get rolling, this sprint group has the potential to be special.”
     
    Sophomore Justin Scott-Wesley highlighted the men’s 60 finals after taking seventh with a time of 6.79.  Scott-Wesley, who serves as a Bulldog receiver during the fall football season, tied with the third-best time (6.75) in school history during the prelims.
     
    “This weekend will only be a confidence builder for Justin for the rest of this season,” said Norton.  “He had three good times in two days and it will be nice to have him in the lineup.”
     
    During the women’s weight throw, junior Elizabeth Tepe improved more than eight feet to take seventh with a mark of 58-8.75.  This bumps her from ninth to eighth on Georgia’s all-time list.
     
    “(Elizabeth) has only thrown the weight two times so she is another case of if she continues to build on this, she will help us get better as a team and do something special,” Norton said.  
     
    Georgia returns to action at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2.



    Tennessee Wins Five in College Station

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Tennessee track & field team collected five victories and six runner-up finishes, while also providing 37 other point-producing performances Saturday at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge - a conference battle between the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 - at Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.
     
    The Vols and Lady Vols joined forces with meet-host Texas A&M to represent the SEC, which won both the men's and women's conference showdowns. The Big Orange and Aggies combined for 317 points on the men's side and tallied 324 in the women's competition.
     
    The Big 12, which was represented by TCU and Texas Tech, scored 137 points in the men's challenge and 136 points in the women's. The Pac-12, united by Arizona State and USC, finished second in the women's challenge with 152 points and third in the men's with 75. The USC men did not compete.
     
    On his first attempt at 17 feet, 4 1/4-inches (5.29m), freshman pole vaulter Jacob Blankenship, who set the UT freshman record in the event earlier this season, cleared the mark to take first place and set a meet record at the annual Texas A&M Mondo Challenge. Blankenship's teammates Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter placed fourth and fifth in the event, respectively.
     
    In the men's shot put, redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey bested his previous personal-record with a 60-foot 1/4-inch toss to win the event. Bailey's mark is the 10th-best in UT indoor history and ranks 15th in the nation this season. Sophomore Matthew Hoty - the freshman record holder in the shot put - placed third with a mark of 57-3 3/4.
     
    Completing the field events for the Vols, senior Drew Thomas notched the top toss of his UT career in the men's weight throw. Thomas took third place with a mark of 59-7, good for 12th in the Tennessee indoor record book. Freshman Cameron Brown earned four points for the SEC with a fifth-place finish in the event.
     
    Tennessee posted a 1-2 finish in the men's 3000m, as Austin Whitelaw and Peter Okwera crossed the line within .15 seconds of each other. Whitelaw navigated the banked track in a personal-record 8 minutes, 20.45 seconds to win the event, while Okwera came in at 8:20.60.
     
    Sophomore Jamol James finished with the top time in the men's 60m preliminaries, and took second place in the finals with a mark of 6.74 seconds.
     
    The Lady Vols' had a big day on the oval, with three crossing the line in the mile in under five minutes. Freshman Alexis Panisee won the mile in 4:53.49, while senior Kelsey Kane came in second place just behind her teammate in a personal-record 4:53.73. Sophomore Amirah Johnson earned five points for the league with a fourth-place finish in her first sub-five minute mile. Johnson recorded a 4:59.41 readout.
     
    Newcomer Hannah Davidson, a graduate student transfer, took first place in the women's 3000m in 9:44.19, while junior Amber Zimmerman added a third-place mark of 9:49.12 in the event. Sophomores Kianna Ruff and Brittney Jackson also scored for UT, placing second and fourth, respectively, in the 800m.
     
    A week after setting the school record in the women's pole vault, junior Linda Hadfield placed second at Texas A&M with a vault of 13-2 1/4 on her first attempt at the height. That mark is tied for second in UT's indoor record book. After a personal-record performance last week, sophomore Erin Champion finished third with a vault of 12-4 3/4.
     
    To conclude the field events, rookie thrower Cassie Wertman bested her career-best from last week at Virginia Tech with a second-place shot put toss of 51-8 1/2. Senior Jessie Harrison contributed six points with a weight throw toss of 58-7 1/4.
     
    Tennessee returns to action next weekend in New York City, as the Vols and Lady Vols compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory on Friday and Saturday.



    Arkansas Wins Five at Home Invite

    FAYETTEVILLE – On the final day of competition at the Razorback Team Invitational, the No. 1 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team posted a school record and five event wins on their way to finishing first in the team standings. The Razorbacks finished the two-day invitational with 124 points and six total wins, including Friday’s win by Andrew Irwin in the pole vault.
     
    “First and foremost, we won the meet,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “We put a lot of points up on the board. I think it shows a bit about the amount of talent we have on the team and the depth we have. This was a great group of programs here so to put that many points on the board, I’m very pleased with that especially at the end of a tough three-week run for us to start the season. I’m happy with the total result.”
     
    Arkansas’ wins Saturday came from Akheem Gauntlett at 400 meters, Patrick Rono at 800 meters, Caleb Cross in the 60-meter hurdles, Tarik Batchelor in the triple jump and Kevin Lazas in the heptathlon. Lazas also broke the school record with his two-day performance.
     
    Entering the day with a 192-point lead over the field, Lazas extended his lead throughout the day and finished the two-day, seven-event competition with a school-record 6,042 points. His score also represents the best mark in the NCAA this season. Lazas surpassed the school record of 6,022 points set last year at this meet by teammate Gunnar Nixon. With his performance this weekend, Lazas became just the eighth collegiate heptathlete to top 6,000 points and is now No. 6 on the all-time collegiate performer list.
     
    “I’m definitely happy,” Lazas said. “For this to be the first (heptathlon) of the year, there’s nothing more you can ask for. I wanted to get a score that would get me into the national meet. I did that and the school record came with it so overall, I’m really happy. I know there is more in the tank to save for bigger scores in the bigger meets.”
     
    The Razorbacks placed four inside the top 11 of the 400 meters, led by event winner Gauntlett. Running in the final section, he raced out to a time of 46.44 which is the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season based on times entering the weekend. He was joined in the top 11 by Neil Braddy (47.39) in eighth place, Eric Janise (47.39) in ninth and Anton Kokorin (47.46) in 11th.
     
    Cross was the third overall qualifier during the semifinal round of the 60-meter hurdles. He finished second in his heat with a time of 7.83 to advance to the championship race. In the event final, the Newport, Ark., out-leaned Eddie Lovett of Florida to win the event with a season-best time of 7.69, just .01 ahead of his SEC counterpart. Cross’ time is now the third-best effort in the NCAA this year.
     
    The middle-distance crew was led by a first-place performance from Rono in the invitational section of the 800 meters. His winning time of 1:48.98 is a season best for the Razorback sophomore and is currently ranked fourth in the country. Rono was one of three scorers in the event for Arkansas to go along with Ryan Thomas at 1:49.48 in third place and Tomas Squella at 1:50.77 in eighth.
     
    In his second triple jump competition of the season, Batchelor posted a win Saturday with a winning mark of 16.37m/53-8.5. Having safely qualified for the final round of jumps, the Razorback senior posted his first-place measurement in his fifth jump of the day. Batchelor had the two best jumps in the field as his last jump of the day—16.32m/53-6.5—would have placed second overall.
     
    The Razorbacks capped their weekend with a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome of Braddy, Gauntlett, Kokorin and Travis Southard combined for a season-best time of 3:06.26, the fifth-fastest relay showing in program history. Arkansas’ time is also the fourth fastest in the NCAA this season. The top three times in the country all reside within the SEC.
     
    Arkansas returns to action next weekend with a trip to New York for the Armory Collegiate Invitational. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.



    Fieldhouse Record Highlights Last Day of UK Invite

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky fans inside Nutter Field House witnessed a mostly ho-hum day of results on Saturday. That was until just four events remained on the program.
     
    Without an individual or relay victory over two days at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, by late Saturday afternoon it was looking as though the women’s 3,000 meters would be the Wildcats’ best – if not only – shot at a top finish.
     
    In reality the race did not disappoint nor did the rest of the day as the Wildcats would go on to win three events – all within the final hour of the meet
     
    “We are still yet a work and progress,” head coach Edrick Floreal said. “There are a few people who are really moving forward. The people who have already made up their mind to be great continue to be great, but we need some more.
     
    “We still have more people with a lot of potential that just need to make up their mind. Decide to dare to be great. Dare to take that leap of faith to see what they’re made of, but I remain resilient. We are going to find a way to do this.”
     
    Cally Macumber continued her assault on the Kentucky record books as she won the 3K, breaking the Nutter Field House record in personal record time.
     
    Macumber and her fellow cross country All-American Chelsea Oswald treated the crowd to one of the best runs in the nation this season. Macumber’s time of 9:10.34 is currently the fastest 3K in the nation this season as of Saturday evening. The performance is also the third-best in school history.
     
    Oswald’s second-place time of 9:19.01 also broke the McCravy Meet record and is No. 7 in the country.
     
    With five entries in the heat, the Wildcats boasted the class of the field, and before the gun even sounded meet announcer Dennis McNulty told the crowd as much. More importantly women’s distance coach Hakon DeVries took advantage of the depth.
     
    “I was really pleased with all four of the girls (Macumber, Oswald, Anna Bostrom and Hiruni Wijayaratne),” DeVries said. “All of them got PRs. Cally got the facility record and the third fastest time in school history. There’s a really rich history of women’s distance running here, and there’s definitely more to come out of all four of them.
     
    “It’s definitely setting ourselves up well to progress through the season, and hopefully do some big things for the team at SECs.”
     
    Allison Peare paced her teammates out to a lead from the first lap going out so fast that by the 1K split it was clearly a two person race between Macumber and Oswald.
     
    The All-American duo kept pushing one another, so hard in fact, that by the 2K split it was clear that the facility record would be brought into question.
     
    Macumber answered the question emphatically heading down the final straightaway. The indoor senior accelerated to open her lead, and kicked with everything she had to set a new Nutter record, and by extension shatter the McCravy meet ceiling by more than 11 seconds.
     
    The excitement of the women’s race seemed to inspire the men’s distance runners. Matt Hillenbrand was next on the track in the men’s 3K and he won in his first collegiate race at that distance with a time of 8:10.04. The time ranks ninth-fastest in the nation as of Saturday evening.|
     
    The women’s 4x400 meter relay team then made it three straight race wins as Angelica Whaley, Shiara Robinson, Devinn Cartwright and Morganne Phillips took their heat comfortably in 3:43.81 as the time stood up through four more flights.
     
    Kayla Parker took third in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, and was the second-highest collegiate finisher as she set a new PR 8.38 in the prelims.
     
    Kadeem Kushimo boasted some impressive finishes considering his busy schedule of events on Saturday as he placed second with a PR 6.75 in the men’s 60m and fourth in the 400m. He was also part of a men’s 4x400 team also featuring Ben Mason, Keith Hayes and Brandon Bagley that won its heat.
     
    The Kentucky throwers continued a strong string of placements to start the season as Bradley Szypka and Isiah Kent went 2-3 in the shot put. Szypka threw 18.12m/59-05.5 and Kent threw 17.59m/57-0.0.
     
    The meet is named in honor of its namesake, a former Kentucky track athlete who died in 1987 at the age of 19 while sleeping in his dorm room.
     
    Only a sophomore at the time of his passing, McCravy had already become one of the team's leaders. A social work major, Rod is remembered as a dedicated, enthusiastic athlete who was a conscientious student and outstanding human being. He set the then-UK freshman record in the 400 hurdles and finished sixth at the TAC National Junior Championships. A meet named in Rod's honor enables the Kentucky track and field family to remember him, as well as provide an on-going opportunity to speak to UK athletes about his impact on the program and those he surrounded.