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    SEC Track and Field Weekly Notebook (February 28, 2013)

    Alabama


    Alabama’s young team took a major step forward as a program as the men’s and women’s squads combined for 25 personal-best performances, including 10 performances that rank among the 10 best in Alabama history for their respective events, on the way to a pair of top-10 team finishes at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randall Tyson Track. Alabama features 28 freshmen on the men's roster and 23 female athletes in their first year competing for the Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide men’s team scored 40 points to place seventh in the team standings while the Alabama women scored 25 points to finish 10th in the team race. Twenty-nine (29) of the 40 points scored by the men's team were scored by athletes in their first year of competition at Alabama with 25.75 points scored by freshmen. Alexis Paine set a school record in the women's pole vault to lead Alabama. Paine, a senior from Mobile, Ala. (Murphy High School), cleared 13 feet, 8 1/2 inches (4.18 meters) to win the event. Paine and Arkansas' Sandi Morris both cleared 13-8 1/2, but Paine won the event due to fewer missed attempts over the course of the competition. Paine entered the competition with a clearance at 13-1 1/2 (4.00m), making that height on her first attempt, before clearing 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) on the first try as well. She then made the winning height of 13-8 1/2 on her first clearance. Two misses by Morris at 13-1 1/2 ended up being the difference in Paine's favor. Paine broke her old UA school record of 13-5 1/4 set on January 26 of this year. She now owns five of the top six pole vault clearances in Alabama history and is the first Crimson Tide female to win an SEC pole vault title. This week Alabama will send six athletes to the Alex Wilson Invitational (University of Notre Dame), South Bend, Ind.

    Arkansas

    Men - The No. 1 Razorback men extended their conference winning streak with a victory at 2013 SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville. Arkansas scored 152.5 points to finish ahead of runner-up Florida (117 points) and league newcomer Texas A&M (88.5). The Razorbacks won three event titles—all Sunday—with victories from Andrew Irwin in the pole vault (18-4.5), Tarik Batchelor in the triple jump (54-2.75) and the team’s distance medley relay (9:50.67) of Anthony Lieghio, Nathanael Franks, Cameron Efurd and Patrick Rono. Irwin broke his own school record in his win. With the weekend’s result, the Arkansas men have won 56 SEC team titles—20 cross country, 19 indoor track and field, 17 outdoor track and field—since joining the conference for the 1991-92 season. The win also represents the fourth SEC indoor title for head coach Chris Bucknam and his 10th overall conference title at Arkansas. Dating back to the 2011 outdoor meet, Arkansas has won six consecutive SEC event championships. The Razorbacks are set to host the Arkansas Final Qualifier this Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The team is also scheduled to send competitors to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Arkansas will host the NCAA Championship March 8-9 on its home track. Women - The Razorback women—the fourth-ranked team in this week’s national poll—held off the pack Sunday afternoon to win the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville. Arkansas collected 114.5 over the three-day competition to finish five points clear of LSU (109.5 points) in a tight team race that went down to the last event—the 4x400-meter relay. The Razorbacks won three event titles with Makeba Alcide in the pentathlon, Regina George at 400 meters and the team’s 4x400-meter relay of George, Chrishuna Williams, Sparkle McKnight and Gwendolyn Flowers. In her victory, Alcide broke the collegiate record in the five-event competition. George lowered her own school record at 400 meters (51.40) and then anchored the relay to a school-record and NCAA-leading time of 3:29.60. With the weekend’s result, the program has won 20 SEC titles overall—13 cross country, four indoor track and field and three outdoor track and field. The team title was Arkansas’ first indoor win since 2003. The Razorbacks are set to host the Arkansas Final Qualifier this Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The team is also scheduled to send competitors to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Arkansas will host the NCAA Championship March 8-9 on its home track.

    Auburn

    Junior thrower Stephen Saenz claimed the men's shot put title on Sunday to highlight performances as the Auburn men finished sixth with 41 points and the women placed 13th with nine points at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships … Saenz’s top throw went for 64-7.75 (19.70m) … The mark is a season high for the now three-time SEC champion and it ranks fourth in the NCAA this season … His throw was nearly two feet ahead of second place Caleb Whitener from Georgia (62-9.25) … Saenz is only the second Auburn man to win the SEC indoor shot put title, joining Edis Elkasevic in 2005 … With his title, the Auburn men have now won an individual title at the SEC Indoor championships in 10 of the last 11 years and in 14 of 16 seasons under Spry … Sophomore Griffin Jaworski finished just outside the scoring in ninth place overall in the men’s 5000m, but recorded a new personal best mark of 14:16.35 - the 10th-best time in Auburn history … Saenz also placed seventh in the even with a new personal-best throw of 63-11.5 (19.49m) … That mark now ranks fourth in Auburn history … Jessie Johnson scored Auburn's first points of the meet on the women's side with her seventh-place finish in the pole vault … The freshman set a new personal best when she cleared the bar at 13-1.5 (4.0m), that mark improves her Auburn freshman and overall record … Niklas Buhner placed 4th in the men's 3000 meters in 8:02.48, a new personal best by more than 14 seconds … The mark ranks seventh in Auburn history and is 23 seconds faster than his mark at the 2012 SEC Indoor meet … Parker Shearer placed seventh in the men's heptathlon in his first career SEC championships with 5107 points … That was the most points recorded in the heptathlon by an Auburn athlete since Maurice Smith set the SEC record in 2005 … Auburn currently has five athletes ranked in the top 16 nationally in an event and theoretically on track to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships back in Fayetteville, Ark. from March 8-9 … Marcus Rowland ranks 4th in the 60m and 16th in the 200m … Harry Adams is 8th in the 60m … Stephen Saenz is 6th in the shot put … Kai Selvon is 15th in the 60m … Maya Pressley is 13th in the high jump … Select Auburn athletes will compete this weekend at Last Chance meets with the goal of qualifying for the NCAA indoor meet.

    Florida

    There were many highlights to Championship Sunday as the Florida men's and women's track & field teams closed the book on the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas. Florida’s men finished second in the team standings behind the No. 1 Razorbacks, scoring 117 points over the course of the three-day meet. The women turned in a fourth-place score with 87.50 points throughout the weekend. Junior Cory McGee had a huge day Sunday, claiming the women’s mile crown with her time of 4:35.33. The title comes as her second in three years, having won the championship as a freshman as well. The Gator women have won three of the last four women’s mile crowns (Charlotte Browning, 2010). With her two titles today and her runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters yesterday, McGee was the runner-up for the Cliff Harper Trophy with 20.5 individual points scored throughout the weekend. The women’s trophy went to LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan with 21.5 points. Junior Eddie Lovett had another record-breaking day on the track, taking the SEC title in the men’s 60-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 7.54. It was Lovett’s third consecutive crown. The Gators now prepare for the Last Chance Meets, as Florida will head to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. and the Virginia Tech Qualifier in Blacksburg, Va. After that, Florida’s qualifiers will head back to Fayetteville for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Gator men are the three-time defending NCAA Champions and the Florida women turned in a top-10 finish a year ago.

    Georgia

    Men - The Bulldog men grabbed their third top-five finish in a row after finishing fourth at the SEC Championships with 56 points in Fayetteville, Ark.  Junior Garrett Scantling captured the heptathlon championship to give Georgia only its second indoor multi-events crown in history.  Scantling scored a school record 5,889 points, which ranks fourth on the NCAA list, thanks to setting or equaling six personal bests during his seven events.  The Bulldogs picked up 23 points from the heptathlon as freshman Maicel Uibo (5,693) earned runner-up honors and freshman Devon Williams was fourth (5,494).  This was also a career-best tally for Williams as the Marietta, Ga., native moved up to sixth on Georgia's all-time top-10 list.  The Bulldogs also had two other second-place finishers over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.  Junior Caleb Whitener, who shot up to 13th on the national performance list, finished second in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 62 feet, 9 1/4 inches.  Similar to the heptathlon, Georgia also had a trio of scorers in the event.  Sophomore Nick Vena, who is 12th on the NCAA list, took third at the meet with a top effort of 62-5.75 as senior Petr Novotny finished seventh (57-2.25).  An unlikely runner-up finish came from sophomore Charles Grethen in the 800-meter run.  The Luxenbourg native came into the meet 10th on the SEC descending order list, but shot across the finish line during the finals in second place thanks to a career-best time of 1:49.13.  This is the fifth-fastest time in school history.  Racing in his final meet as a Bulldog, senior Matt Cleaver finished sixth in the 3000 (8:07.78) and seventh in the 5000 (14:14.72) with two of the fastest times of his career.  In addition, the 4x400 relay team took sixth with a season-best mark of 3:11.04 in a group featuring three sophomores.  The Bulldogs will now wait and see how the last-chance meets shake out over the weekend before traveling their qualifiers back to Arkansas for the NCAA Championships. Women - The Lady Bulldogs finished with two individual league champions as Georgia took fifth (52.5) for the second consecutive season at the SEC Championships.  Junior Hilenn James, who is 14th on the NCAA list, won the shot put on her sixth and final toss to give Georgia its first indoor title in the event since 1999.  James reached 55 feet, 3/4 inches to edge out Missouri sophomore Jill Rushin (54-8.25), who had the final throw of the competition but could not catch James.  Freshman Chanice Porter upped her streak to 5-0 in the long jump as she captured the Lady Bulldogs' first league title in the event since Hyleas Fountain won the long and high jumps as well as the pentathlon at the 2004 SEC meet.  Porter matched her career best with an effort of 21-0.50 and is ranked sixth nationally going into the NCAA Championships.  Senior Lucie Ondraschkova added another nine points to Georgia's total, but her contributions came in two different events.  She had four personal-best performances in the pentathlon to score a career best 4,208 points for second overall.  This is the second-highest point total in the nation this year and the second best in school history.  Ondraschkova returned to competition two days later and finished eighth in the triple jump with the longest mark of her career (41-5.25).  It was only the second time she had competed in the event during her collegiate career.  One of the members record-breaking distance medley relay, which took fifth with a time of 11:25.25, was freshman Shaunae Miller.  Before she ran in the relay, she topped her own school record in the 400-meter dash (52.21) to take third in the finals.  Miller is ranked fifth nationally in the 400 and is holding down the No. 10 spot in the 200 with a 23.26.  Another of the relay members, junior Megan Malasarte, clocked a career-best time of 2:06.39 for fourth place in the 800 finals.  Sophomore Carly Hamilton, who had the fastest time in the mile prelims but was disqualified for cutting in too quickly, and junior Stella Christoforou, who earned a spot in the mile finals because of Hamilton's DQ and took seventh in the finals with a personal best 4:44.46, were the other two legs of the DMR.  In the high jump, senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier tied for fifth after reaching 5-10.75.  Also, senior Leslie Boozer added a point in the 5000 with an eighth-place finish (16:50.78).  Atkinson-Grier along with the DMR team are expected to travel to last-chance opportunities over the weekend.  The NCAA Championships arrive in Fayetteville on March 8-9.

    Kentucky

    Men - The Kentucky men’s track and field wrapped up the SEC Indoor Championships with Matt Hillenbrand’s conference mile championship as the highlight. Hillenbrand won the race in come-from-behind fashion with a time of 4:01.55. The Louisville, Ky., native’s time was a new personal-best, and the seventh-fastest in school history. The junior became the first Kentucky athlete to win the SEC men's mile since David Freeman took home the title in 2004. Bradley Szypka continued his strong 2013 with a new personal-record shot put of 18.83 meters/61’09.5” to notch a fourth-place finish. The mark was eighth-best in school history indoors. Keith Hayes finished fourth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles final with a time of 7.82, and Darryl Bradshaw took seventh in 8:05. The pair combined to add seven points to the Kentucky cause. Keffri Neal finished sixth in the 800 meters scoring three points with a time of 1:50.24. The men’s distance medley relay squad set the pace for much of the race, and the team of Hillenbrand, Ben Mason, Neal and Adam Kahleifeh scored five points with a fourth-place finish. The team’s time of 9:53.17 was a new season-best. Robert Scharold ran a PR mile time of 4:09.99 in the final one day after setting a seven-second PR mile in the prelims. The men’s team finished 10th in the team standings with 30 points. Hillenbrand led the way notching 11.25 points. Szypka’s SEC Championship shot put ranks No. 17 in the nation, Keith Hayes currently has the No. 18 60H time in the nation. The Wildcats will continue the postseason portion of the indoor campaign next weekend as multiple Wildcats will go for national top-16 times at NCAA qualifying meets. Women - Cally Macumber led the way for Kentucky at the SEC Championships with the conference title at 3,000 meters as the highlight. Macumber remains the SEC 3K leader, with the No. 3 time in the nation. She is also still just one of three collegiate competitors to break nine minutes at 3K this season. Macumber has won four of five individual races she competed in, as she took fourth in the mile at SEC Championships. The indoor senior led UK with 15 points scored at SEC Championships. Chelsea Oswald also enjoyed a banner conference meet, notching nine hard-fought points. She took fifth in the 3K, and fourth in the 5,000 meters winning the slower-heat of a two-section final after leading wire-to-wire. Oswald’s time of time of 16:24.42 was a 25-second PR. Keilah Tyson finished sixth in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 7.46 to pick up three points. Allison Peare ran a new season-best by two seconds to score four points with a fifth-place time of 2:06.45 in the women’s 800 meters final. Freshman Rebecca Famurewa scored a point in her first SEC meet as she reached a new PR 18.75 meters/61’21” in the women’s weight throw. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Angelica Whaley, Julie Nunn, Keilah Tyson and Morganne Phillips closed the meet with a seventh-place finish of 3:41.38 to add two points in a season-best time. The Kentucky women’s team finished seventh in the team standings with 34 points, 27 points better than the previous season’s total. The Wildcats will continue the postseason portion of the indoor campaign next weekend as multiple Wildcats will go for national top-16 times at NCAA qualifying meets.
     
    LSU

    LSU Track & Field athletes who have yet to solidify a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will have one "last chance" to do so this weekend by competing in two last chance meets at LSU's NCAA Indoor Qualifier and Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Tigers are proven national championship contenders this season as they have held the top spot in the USTFCCCA Top 25 women's power ranking in each of the last three weeks. Seniors Kimberlyn Duncan and Charlene Lipsey are the new NCAA leaders in their respective events after defending their SEC Indoor titles over the weekend. Duncan sprinted to an NCAA-leading and world-leading indoor personal record of 22.54 seconds to claim her third-straight SEC Indoor crown in the 200-meter dash. The two-time defending NCAA Indoor champion in the one-lap race is now the No. 5-ranked 200-meter sprinter indoors in NCAA history with her performance in Sunday's final. Duncan is also the No. 2-ranked sprinter nationally in the 60-meter dash during her senior campaign as she owns a seasonal-best time of 7.16 set at the Armory Collegiate Invitational earlier this year. Lipsey also cracked the Top 10 of the NCAA's all-time indoor list in defending her SEC crown in the 800-meter run as she shattered LSU's indoor school record in the event in 2 minutes, 2.48 seconds as the new No. 1-ranked performer in the NCAA for 2013. Lipsey eclipsed the previous 14-year-old school record of 2:03.38 set by Claudine Williams in 1999. Lipsey took the title over junior teammate Natoya Goule, who raced to the NCAA's No. 2-ranked performance this season with an indoor PR of 2:03.08 in Sunday's championship final. Two Lady Tigers are also ranked No. 3 nationally in their respective events following seasonal-best performances on Sunday as junior Jasmin Stowers ran 8.06 to win her third-straight SEC Indoor gold medal in the 60-meter hurdles and junior Keri Emanuel jumped a lifetime PR of 44 feet, 2 inches for an All-SEC second-place finish in the triple jump. Sophomore sprinter Aaron Ernest was crowned an SEC Champion for the first time in his collegiate career with a dominating performance in Sunday's 200-meter final at the SEC Indoor meet. Like Duncan, Ernest sprinted to a new NCAA-leading and world-leading time of 20.53 to match his lifetime personal best in the 200-meter dash. The Tigers also received a seasonal-best performance from SEC Indoor silver medalist Damar Forbes, who soared to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings with a best mark of 26-5 ¾ in the long jump.

    Ole Miss

    Men - Ricky Robertson won his fourth straight SEC indoor high jump title and scored in the long jump and triple jump to highlight the Ole Miss Rebels' performance at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships last weekend. Robertson scored 14 of the Ole Miss men's 22 points, which earned the Rebels 11th place in the team standings. Robertson, the defending SEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, scored in all three jumps for the second straight year. He placed seventh in the long jump (25-2.75) on Saturday immediately before earning the high jump crown (7-5). He is just the second athlete in league history to achieve four straight indoor high jump crowns. On Sunday, he got seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 51-11.25. His 14 points were the fifth-most among SEC male athletes at the meet. Other points for the Rebel men came from Morris Kersh in the triple jump (6th, 51-11.75), Sam Kendricks in the pole vault (7th, 17-1.5), Peyton Moss in the heptathlon (8th, school-record 4,961) and the 4x400 meter relay team (7th, 3:12.17). Three Rebels will compete this weekend for a last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Montez Griffin and Creighton Serrette will run the 400 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Saturday. Kersh will compete in the long jump at the VT Final Qualifier in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday. The top 16 ranked athletes in the country in each individual event will qualify for the NCAA meet to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 8-9. Rebels already ranked among the top 16 include Robertson in the high jump (3rd, 7-6), triple jump (8th, 52-8.25) and long jump (15th, 25-2.75), Kendricks in the pole vault (8th, 18-1.75) and Kersh in the triple jump (16th, 51-11.75). Women - Freshman Asia Cooper and senior Jazmin Miller turned in fifth-place finishes in their events to lead the way for the Ole Miss women at the SEC Indoor Championships last weekend. The Rebels placed 12th with 11 total points. Cooper continued her outstanding rookie season when she clocked a 7.40 in the 60 meter final on Sunday to place fifth. Miller also turned in a fifth-place result in the weight throw with a mark of 63-5.5 in the finals. The other team points came from the two relays. The distance medley relay group of Anne Threlkeld, Tia Leake, Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen and Haley Cutright clocked a school-record 11:30.13 to finish seventh. They beat the previous best mark, which was set at last year's SEC Championships, by more than 12 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay squad of Kiannah Alexander, Jasmine Williams, Destiny Lundy and Hellberg-Jonsen placed eighth with a season-best time of 3:44.95. Three Rebels will compete this weekend for a last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Miller will take part in the weight throw at the LSU Invitational on Friday. Allegra Wells and Marci Morman will compete in the long jump at the VT Qualifier in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday, while Morman will also do the triple jump there. The top 16 ranked athletes in the country in each individual event will qualify for the NCAA meet to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 8-9. Cooper already ranks among the top 16 in the 60 meters (9th, 7.31).Men - The Bulldog men grabbed their third top-five finish in a row after finishing fourth at the SEC Championships with 56 points in Fayetteville, Ark.  Junior Garrett Scantling captured the heptathlon championship to give Georgia only its second indoor multi-events crown in history.  Scantling scored a school record 5,889 points, which ranks fourth on the NCAA list, thanks to setting or equaling six personal bests during his seven events.  The Bulldogs picked up 23 points from the heptathlon as freshman Maicel Uibo (5,693) earned runner-up honors and freshman Devon Williams was fourth (5,494).  This was also a career-best tally for Williams as the Marietta, Ga., native moved up to sixth on Georgia's all-time top-10 list.  The Bulldogs also had two other second-place finishers over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.  Junior Caleb Whitener, who shot up to 13th on the national performance list, finished second in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 62 feet, 9 1/4 inches.  Similar to the heptathlon, Georgia also had a trio of scorers in the event.  Sophomore Nick Vena, who is 12th on the NCAA list, took third at the meet with a top effort of 62-5.75 as senior Petr Novotny finished seventh (57-2.25).  An unlikely runner-up finish came from sophomore Charles Grethen in the 800-meter run.  The Luxenbourg native came into the meet 10th on the SEC descending order list, but shot across the finish line during the finals in second place thanks to a career-best time of 1:49.13.  This is the fifth-fastest time in school history.  Racing in his final meet as a Bulldog, senior Matt Cleaver finished sixth in the 3000 (8:07.78) and seventh in the 5000 (14:14.72) with two of the fastest times of his career.  In addition, the 4x400 relay team took sixth with a season-best mark of 3:11.04 in a group featuring three sophomores.  The Bulldogs will now wait and see how the last-chance meets shake out over the weekend before traveling their qualifiers back to Arkansas for the NCAA Championships. Women - The Lady Bulldogs finished with two individual league champions as Georgia took fifth (52.5) for the second consecutive season at the SEC Championships.  Junior Hilenn James, who is 14th on the NCAA list, won the shot put on her sixth and final toss to give Georgia its first indoor title in the event since 1999.  James reached 55 feet, 3/4 inches to edge out Missouri sophomore Jill Rushin (54-8.25), who had the final throw of the competition but could not catch James.  Freshman Chanice Porter upped her streak to 5-0 in the long jump as she captured the Lady Bulldogs' first league title in the event since Hyleas Fountain won the long and high jumps as well as the pentathlon at the 2004 SEC meet.  Porter matched her career best with an effort of 21-0.50 and is ranked sixth nationally going into the NCAA Championships.  Senior Lucie Ondraschkova added another nine points to Georgia's total, but her contributions came in two different events.  She had four personal-best performances in the pentathlon to score a career best 4,208 points for second overall.  This is the second-highest point total in the nation this year and the second best in school history.  Ondraschkova returned to competition two days later and finished eighth in the triple jump with the longest mark of her career (41-5.25).  It was only the second  time she had competed in the event during her collegiate career.  One of the members record-breaking distance medley relay, which took fifth with a time of 11:25.25, was freshman Shaunae Miller.  Before she ran in the relay, she topped her own school record in the 400-meter dash (52.21) to take third in the finals.  Miller is ranked fifth nationally in the 400 and is holding down the No. 10 spot in the 200 with a 23.26.  Another of the relay members, junior Megan Malasarte, clocked a career-best time of 2:06.39 for fourth place in the 800 finals.  Sophomore Carly Hamilton, who had the fastest time in the mile prelims but was disqualified for cutting in too quickly, and junior Stella Christoforou, who earned a spot in the mile finals because of Hamilton's DQ and took seventh in the finals with a personal best 4:44.46, were the other two legs of the DMR.  In the high jump, senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier tied for fifth after reaching 5-10.75.  Also, senior Leslie Boozer added a point in the 5000 with an eighth-place finish (16:50.78).  Atkinson-Grier along with the DMR team are expected to travel to last-chance opportunities over the weekend.  The NCAA Championships arrive in Fayetteville on March 8-9.

    Mississippi State

    Erica Bougard broke a fourteen-year-old school record in the triple jump with an outstanding 41-09.25 on day three of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.  The Mississippi State indoor track and field team also turned in a time of 3:39.28 in the 4x400-meter relay to set a season best and school record. The quartet consisted of Bougard, Ocian Archer, Jody-Ann Muir and Kanishia Carey. MSU's 18 points landed them 11th in the conference. Bougard’s sixth-place score in the triple jump added three points to MSU’s total, surpassing Elisha Williams’ record of 40-09.00, which was set in 1999. Earlier in the day, Bougard claimed two other points for the team, finishing seventh in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.51 seconds.  The sophomore, alone, accounted for 13 of the team’s 18 points. Senior Muir posted a personal-best 53.22 seconds in the women’s 400-meter dash finals to put her second on MSU’s all-time indoor list.  Muir’s speedy performance awarded her an eighth-place finish and picked up one point for the team. Other Lady Bulldogs to see action on day three included sophomore Ebony Brinker (14th, 40-02.00) and senior Alyssa Hall (13th, 5-07.00) in the high jump.  Chloe Phillips, Brittany Covington, Katie Huston and Fabienne Amrhein also turned in a season-best time of 11:45.43 in the distance medley relay to finish 10th. On day two, the meet saw a variety of action from the MSU, as the women claimed two personal bests and advanced two others into the finals. Bougard seized the runner-up title in the women’s long jump. A valued leader for the Lady Bulldogs, Bougard jumped 20-05.75 on the day and picked up eight points for the team. The sophomore also earned herself a spot in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.40 seconds.  Young pole vaulter Megan Walker posted a score of 12-07.50 in her conference-championships debut to set a personal record and finish 10th in the conference. Later in the day, Phillip's time of 4:51.67 in the mile prelims gave her a personal best and broke into the Top 4 on MSU’s all-time indoor list. Running the 400-meter dash prelims in a season-best 53.87,Muir also qualified for finals. Bougard captured four personal bests in the women’s pentathlon on day one, highlighted by wins in the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump. She entered the meet ranked fourth nationally in the pentathlon and second in the SEC. Heading into the final event of the competition, Bougard found herself in second with an outstanding 3,582 points. After concluding the day with a second-place spot in the 800-meter run (2:16.09), Bougard was later disqualified in the event from stepping out of bounds. With the loss of 877 points, the Lady Bulldog fell to a 13th-place finish. began the day posting an impressive personal-best time of 8.35 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to capture the win in the event.  With 1,050 points, the Byhalia, Miss., native was tied for first in the pentathlon heading into the high jump. In similar fashion, the young pentathlete earned another personal record, clearing 5’10” on her first attempt in the high jump to add 953 points to her total. After two events, Bougard found herself second on the leaderboard with 2,003 points. Up next for the Lady Bulldog was the shot put. Bougard’s personal record of 36’00.75” gave her a ninth-place finish, but allowed her to maintain her spot in second moving into the long jump.  There, the MSU standout excelled with an all-time best jump of 21’01.25”.  Her remarkable performance was the best of the day for the lady jumpers. The Maroon and White will now begin preparation for the Last Chance Qualifier this weekend in Greensboro, N.C., before traveling back to the Randal Tyson Track Center for NCAA Championships in Fayetteville March 7-9.

    Missouri

    The University of Missouri came out of their first SEC Indoor Championship with an 8th place finish on the men’s side, and ninth on the women’s.  Certainly the highlight of the weekend for the Tigers was freshman Markesh Woodson, who is the first Missouri Tiger to win an SEC Championship title after winning the 60m dash in 6.60.  This is the fourth time this season Woodson has broken the school record in that event, and it currently ranks him at no. 3 in the nation.  Another big performance for the Tigers was sophomore Jill Rushin, who threw a huge PR of 16.67m (54-8.25) in the shot put to place second.  Senior Laura Roxberg also took home a second-place finish, racing the mile in 4:36.02, only two seconds away from her PR performance earlier this season.  Rounding out the top three finishers for the Tigers’ squad was sophomore Kearsten Peoples, who threw 19.81m (65-00) to earn third in the weight throw during Sunday’s competition.  Seventeen more Tigers earned scoring spots throughout the weekend, and 19 competed to new PRs.  Now the squads are looking forward to a good showing at the NCAA National Championships in two weeks, and will hope to continue the success during the outdoor season.

    South Carolina

    Men – Senior Robert Razick became the first Gamecock to score in the men’s mile since 1995 on Sunday and broke a school record as well. Razick ran a new school-record time of 4:06.47 to take seventh place and has now PR’ed in his last three runs.  Junior Clayton Gravesande ran in the 400-meter dash finals after qualifying with his season-best 46.61.  In the finals, Gravesande went for 47.36 to take seventh in a fast field.  Sophomore Damiere Byrd ran a 6.67 in the 60-meter dash prelims on Saturday, a time just off his personal-best 6.66.  He qualified on time for the finals, but was unable to run for the crown due to injury. Next week, South Carolina will travel to NCAA Last Chance Qualifier meets. Women - At the SEC Indoor Championships this weekend, junior Jeannelle Scheper became the first Gamecock to win an SEC high jump championship in South Carolina history.  Scheper cleared 6-01.50 (1.87m) to win the crown.  Freshman Kayla Lampe continued her solid indoor campaign as she took home the silver in the 5,000-meter run.  In addition to setting the school record for the third time this season, Lampe was the first Gamecock to score in the event since 1998, matching Sue McGhie’s silver from 1992 as the best South Carolina finish in the SEC. The women’s 4x400-meter relay also wrapped up second place on Sunday in the final event of the championships.  Sophomore Erika Rucker, senior Kierre Beckles, freshman Tyler Brockington and sophomore Christal Green ran the fourth best time in the NCAA this season in the race at 3:33.68. Their finish helped propel the No. 14 women’s team to a sixth-place finish at the championships with 50 points, the best since 2009.  Beckles also ran in the 60-meter hurdle finals after running the second-fastest time in the prelims.  The Barbados native took bronze running an 8.24 to score in the event for the third time in her career. Rucker competed in an individual event on Sunday in addition to the relay as well.  In the women’s 400 meters, the sophomore ran a collegiate-best 52.22 that ranks sixth in South Carolina history. She was just beat at the finish in her heat, with Shaunae Miller of Georgia besting her at the line at 52.21. Senior Breanna Radford claimed bronze in the women’s shot put, setting new personal bests in both the shot put and the weight throw over the weekend.  This marks the third time Radford has scored in the shot put at the SEC indoor championships and she has the second-best throw all-time for a Gamecock in the event (54-00.50 // 16.47m). Junior Petra Olsen also brought home a bronze medal, scoring for her third straight year in the pole vault. Olsen cleared 13-08.50 (4.18m). On the first day of the championship weekend, sophomore Chalese Davis competed in the pentathlon and ended the day in eighth-place to score the first point for the Gamecocks. Davis set new personal-bests in the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump and the shot put.

    Tennessee

    The Tennessee track & field team kicked off the championships portion of the indoor season this past week, competing in the 2013 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. As he has all season, freshman pole vaulter Jake Blankenship highlighted the weekend for the Vols, finishing as the runner-up in the men’s pole vault. Seeking the Vols’ 19th SEC indoor pole vault title and the sixth in the past eight seasons, the rookie went head-to-head with defending indoor and outdoor SEC champion, Andrew Irwin of Arkansas. The Blacklick, Ohio native breezed through the first four heights, surpassing each of them on his first attempt. After clearing 18-0.5 on his second attempt, Blankenship proceeded to improve on his own UT freshman record with a vault of 18-2.5 (5.55m) on his first attempt. After missing the height his first try, Irwin passes on the mark and went on to hit 18-4.5 on his second effort. Blankenship took three shots at the mark, but clipped the bar on each attempt to finish as the runner-up. The effort improved the UT freshman record to 18-2.5, a march which legendary Vol Lawrence Johnson held entering the season. Blankenship now ranks third all-time in UT indoor pole vault history. He also currently ranks fifth in the nation and second among freshman as we head towards the NCAA Indoor Championships. Blankenship’s teammate Chase Brannon, who finishes third at last season’s SEC indoor meet, took fourth in the competition this season. Other Vols that performed well at the meet were throwers Matthew Hoty and Cameron Brown. The youngsters both placed fifth in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Brown extended his freshman record in the weight throw on his final toss of the final round, reaching 64-feet 4.5-inches to move from eighth the fifth. Senior Terry Benson took sixth place in the men’s 60m hurdles, while freshman distance runner Austin Whitelaw finished just outside the scoring in ninth place in the 3,000m. Already UT’s freshman record holder in the 5K, Whitelaw claimed the school’s 3,000m freshman record with a pace of 8 minutes, 11.68 seconds. The Vols finished in a tie for eighth place with 32 points. Senior middle distance runner Nijgia Snapp highlighted the action for the Lady Vols, finishing in third place in the 800m. Snapp, who snuck into the finals on Saturday with a run of 2:09.19, stepped it up on Sunday by navigating the banked course in 2:05.97 to finish third. Snapp matched her last year’s finish in the event and now ranks 13th in the nation. The Lady Vols’ distance medley relay streak of six in a row was snapped at the meet, as the quartet finished in fourth place with a season-best mark of 11:23.77. Pole vaulters Linda Hadfield and Erin Champion finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Throwers Cassie Wertman and Jessie Harrison came in at sixth and seventh in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Senior Kia Jackson also recorded a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a lifetime best mark of 20-1 (6.12m). The Lady Vols finished in eighth place with 29 total points. This weekend, the squad will send nine individual competitors and one relay to three different last chance meets, with hopes of qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Freshman Felicia Brown will run the 400m at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational, while Lady Vols Nijgia Snapp and Kianna Ruff will run in the 800m at the event. The Vols’ 4x400m relay will also head to South Bend. Three pole vaulters (Linda Hadfield, Chase Brannon, Tyler Porter) and long jumper Kia Jackson will go to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech NCAA Qualifier, while throwers Cassie Wertman and Matthew Hoty will travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the shot put at Iowa State.

    Texas A&M

    Texas A&M placed third in team scoring for both the men and women during the SEC Indoor Championships. The Aggie men totaled  88 ½ points in finishing behind Arkansas and Florida while the A&M women scored 88 points as they placed behind Arkansas and LSU. Men - Texas A&M produced four event wins in its initial SEC Indoor. Henry Lelei led the team in scoring with 22 points, earning the Cliff Harper trophy, as he won the 3,000 and 5,000 double while anchoring the Aggie distance medley relay to a runner-up finish with a time of 9:51.10. Deon Lendore lowered his world-leading time in the 400 to 45.15 during the prelims and won the final with a 45.23. Lendore is now No. 5 on the collegiate all-time list with the No. 6 and No. 8 performances. Lendore anchored the A&M 4x400 relay to a SEC meet record of 3:04.18 as he split 44.50 and moved A&M from third to first. The Aggies are now the fifth fastest school on the all-time collegiate list for the 4x400 relay. Other medalist for A&M included Wayne Davis II in the 60 hurdles, running a career best 7.65 while Ameer Webb finished third in the 200 with a 20.75. Women - LaQue Moen-Davis was the lone Aggie female winner on the weekend at the SEC Indoor, taking the triple jump title with a career best mark of 44-2 (13.46), which is just two inches shy of the A&M school record. The Aggies produced five runner-up performances. Brea Garrett improved her school record in the weight throw to 65-11 ½ (20.10) and Donique’ Flemings ran an season best of 8.20 for second in the 60 hurdles. Kamaria Brown became the US collegiate leader in the 400 with a 52.16 and she broke the Aggie school record in the 200 with a 22.73 time that placed third. Ashton Purvis claimed the A&M 200m school record with a 22.70 in another section of the race, placing second overall. Ashley Collier finished second in the 60 with a 7.24 while Jennifer Madu placed third with a 7.34. Jena Hemann became the first Aggie to top 4,000 points as she set a school record of 4,017 to place third.

    Vanderbilt

    The Vanderbilt track and field team saw high jumper Brionne Williams and the distance medley relay score points at the 2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships. High jumper Brionne Williams, who entered the meet among the top-10 in the nation, placed seventh in the conference. The high jump at this year's SEC meet was arguably the deepest field in the nation and Williams cleared 1.80 meters (5' 10.75") on her second attempt. The Hoover, Ala., native placed seventh and scored two points for Vanderbilt. The distance medley relay saw a group of one senior and three freshman place sixth with a time of 11:25.25, which is the second-best in program history. Freshmen Lily Williams, Faith Washington and Sara Barron ran along with senior Kristen Findley. The group earned three points for Vanderbilt. Another highlight was Williams qualifying for the finals in the mile, the only freshman in the conference to do so. She placed 10th with a time of 4:49.46 and then came back to lead-off the distance medley relay. Next up, Vanderbilt will send high jumpers Brionne Williams to Virginia Tech’s Last Chance meet in an effort to solidify her spot in the NCAA Championships. Williams’ current top jump of 1.83 meters (6’) ranks 13th in the nation. The top-16 jumpers will qualify for the NCAA Championships, March 8-9, in Fayetteville, Ark.