No. 1 Razorbacks win 20th NCAA indoor title
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 1 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team won the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in front of its home fans Saturday evening at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. The win gives the Razorbacks their 20th NCAA indoor team title and 41st national crown overall. Saturday’s victory is Arkansas’ first NCAA win since 2006, and the program’s first under head coach Chris Bucknam.
Arkansas’ winning total of 79 points is the most by any team since the Razorbacks scored 94 points on their way to the 1994 title. The Razorbacks have now won five of their 20 NCAA indoor titles in Fayetteville. Arkansas previously hoisted the first-place trophy in their home facility at the 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006 national meets.
The Razorbacks won two national event titles Saturday, including a collegiate-record performance by the team’s 4x400-meter relay and a school-record effort from Kevin Lazas in the heptathlon. Over the course of the two-day NCAA meet, Arkansas collected three titles with Andrew Irwin’s victory in the pole vault Friday evening. In addition to increasing the program’s team-title haul, the Razorbacks now have 58 NCAA event titles.
“To get this done, you need a special group of athletes,” Bucknam said. “The coaching staff had everything in place. I’m really proud of how these guys got it together. We followed the plan, and we came in here and got it done. We just hope our alumni are proud. We look at all the national championship banners in the ceiling, and our number one goal was to make them proud and show them that we were back. With the 4x400-meter relay, we just wanted to finish it off right, and we got that collegiate record this time.”
In the final event of the weekend, the Razorbacks’ 4x400-meter relay team of Neil Braddy, Caleb Cross, Akheem Gauntlett and Marek Niit combined for an NCAA-record time of 3:03.50, just dipping below the old mark of 3:03.51 set in 2005 by a Florida team that included world-record holder Kerron Clement. Last year, the team of Braddy, Gauntlett, Niit and Ben Skidmore ran the second-fastest—now No. 3—time by a collegiate relay team.
For the second time this weekend, the Razorbacks successfully defended an NCAA title. Arkansas was the reigning national event champion with its performance last season in Nampa, Idaho. With Saturday’s result, the program now has two NCAA titles in the 4x400-meter relay.
The Razorbacks entered the relay event with the team title already clinched by way of a runner-up finish from junior transfer Kemoy Campbell at 3,000 meters. The long-distance standout put on a late push to post a time of 7:46.95. Originally award third place, Campbell’s finish was elevated to runner-up status when the runner that finish just ahead of him, Eric Jenkins of Northeastern, was later DQ’d.
The 3K performance added eight points to the team’s overall total and gave the Razorbacks an insurmountable 13-point lead heading into the 4x400-meter relay. Campbell began the week as the No. 17 national entry at 3,000 meters and only competed in the race because two runners ahead of him on the qualifying list scratched. In Saturday’s field of 16, the Manchester, Jamaica, native entered with the 15th-fastest time but far surpassed his seeding.
The team’s first points of the day came from the win by Lazas in the heptathlon. With Saturday’s performance, Lazas improved upon his own school record which he first established earlier this year at the Razorback Team Invitational. His score of 6,175 makes Lazas the No. 3 scorer in collegiate history and represents the No. 4 all-time collegiate score. Lazas, who entered the weekend with a lifetime best of 6,042, set personal bests in four of seven events this weekend.
“I gave it all that I had,” Lazas said. “If I didn’t win I would have been mad, but there’s nothing I could have done. I didn’t have anything left, I gave it my all. I ran every step of the race; I even fell at the finish line. I was hurting so when the scores came up, I got a spark of energy and cheered for a little bit then just laid back down. I gave it my all and would have been a little upset if I didn’t win, but overall I am really satisfied.”
Lazas began day two of the heptathlon with a personal-best performance in the 60-meter hurdles. Running in the second of four sections, the Razorback junior clocked in at 8.27 to add 915 points to his overall total. The Brentwood, Tenn., native extended his lead with a final clearance of 5.40m/17-8.5 in the pole vault and took a 50-point lead over Japheth Cato of Wisconsin.
His lead equated a lead of approximately 4.5 seconds in the 1,000 meters. Lazas gutted out a time of 2:49.00, within the allowable cushion behind Cato who finished in 2:45.26. When the scores flashed on the scoreboard, Lazas had clinched his first NCAA event title by 10 points, the smallest margin of victory in the event since it was introduced to NCAA competition in 2004.
Just before the final of the 3,000 meters, senior Tarik Batchelor collected six points with a third-place finish in the triple jump. Having posted a pair of fouls on his first two attempts, Batchelor responded with a qualifying mark on his third pass down the runway to advance to the final. He finished with a best measure of 16.44m/53-11.25. Arkansas picked up another field point from an eighth-place finish by Anthony May II in the high jump where he equaled his lifetime best with a final clearance of 2.23m/7-3.75.
Arkansas first points of the day on the track came from Anton Kokorin at 400 meters. The Razorback senior finished sixth overall in the two-section final with a personal-best time of 46.14, good for three points toward the team title. Kokorin entered the weekend as the 12th-fastest qualifier in the field of 16. The Razorbacks also picked up five points from its pair of runners at 800 meters. In his NCAA final debut, Tomas Squella was the team’s top performer with a sixth-place finish in 1:49.20. Patrick Rono followed in seventh at 1:50.84.
Florida’s Eddie Lovett Captures NCAA Hurdles Crown in Meet Record 7.50 as Gator Men Finish Second
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Florida men’s track & field program scored 59 points at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships for a runner-up finish, marking the 13th time in program history to finish in the top three and the seventh time under Florida head coach Mike Holloway. Host Arkansas won the title with 74 points.
“Congratulations to Arkansas, they had a great meet,” Holloway said. “That’s the most we’ve scored at the national championships since I’ve been here and to get beat by 15, I don’t know what to say. We came out here and competed well, had seasonal bests across the board. That’s what we train for, that’s what we live for and we have nothing to hang our heads about.
“Of course we came here and wanted to win,” Holloway continued. “We wanted to be national champions again. But being national runner-up and performing the way we did, we left our hearts and souls out here and I couldn’t be more proud of these young men.”
59 points is the third-most scored at an NCAA Indoor Championships by a Florida team and the highest point total since 1988.
Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) etched his name in the record books on the second day of the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, setting a new meet record in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a new personal best and school record of 7.50.
“I felt pretty good,” Lovett said. “Yesterday, I just wanted to work on my start. I made it up in between the hurdles, and I did the same today. It wasn’t the best start like I wanted, but I made it up at the end. I’m just happy. If I got my steps and technique right, it would all fall into place.”
Lovett is now fourth all-time in collegiate history and brings home Florida’s first 60-meter hurdle title in program history. It’s the second hurdle crown in Florida school history, as Earl Diamond won the 55-meter hurdles at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships.
“Eddie is the kind of guy where he could have a perfect start and still say it wasn’t,” Holloway commented. “That’s just how he and Coach Tucker are. What I’ll tell you is watching his transformation…it’s always great when you can break that ice and watch him come around. He broke our school record, he’s one of the top five guys in the history of the event, the NCAA meet record holder and he’s been focused like this since August when he started. I’m extremely proud of him.”
The Florida men’s 4x400-meter relay finished second overall with a season’s best 3:03.71, the second-best time in NCAA Championship meet history and the second-best at Florida. The time, set by freshman Najee Glass (Woodbridge, N.J.), sophomore Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and sophomore Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) is third-fastest in collegiate history.
The only faster Florida relay was the NCAA Champion men’s 4x4 in 2005, who set the NCAA record in 3:03.51. That relay, whose record was broken tonight by NCAA Champion Arkansas (3:03.50) had two juniors (Sekou Clarke and Stefan Pastor), a sophomore (Kerron Clement) and a freshman (Bernard Middleton) participating.
Senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) turned in a runner-up finish in the men’s triple jump, leaping to a new personal best of 16.80m/55-1.50, keeping himself at third all-time at Florida. Sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) jumped to a fourth-place result in the event, registering a 16.20m/53-1.75 mark after his record-breaking day Friday. Dendy finished with 15 points scored over the course of the two-day meet.
Earlier in the day, Graham, Jr. and Glass competed in the men’s 400 meters, scoring eight points for the Orange and Blue, crossing the finish in third (46.01) and seventh (46.54), respectively.
Also scoring for the Gator men was junior Sean Obinwa (Tampa, Fla.), who came in fourth in the men’s 800 meters with second-fastest indoor 800 of his career in 1:47.81. Obinwa was the only finalist who also made the 800 final in 2012.
Senior David Triassi (Jacksonville, Fla.), competing in his first NCAA Indoor Championships, finished eighth overall with his mark of 20.68m/67-10.25. Triassi earns All-America honors for the first time in his career after winning the SEC Indoor title just two weeks ago.
“It’s going to help us be better outdoors,” Holloway noted. “It’s a motivation, it’s a better purpose, a better focus. Any time we want to slack a little, I’ll just bring the trophy out to the middle of the infield at practice so they can see it and remember we got second indoors. We didn’t do anything wrong this weekend. Eddie Lovett, Omar, Marquis, Sean Obinwa…everyone did their absolute best this weekend and I’m so proud of them.”
The Gator women scored all of their 17 points on the second day of competition, using three top-five finishes, two seasonal bests and a personal best during the day to finish 13th in the team competition.
Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) soared to a new personal best in the women’s triple jump with her leap of 13.69m/44-11, good for bronze-medalist honors and putting her at second all-time in Gator history.
Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) finished third in the women’s mile with a season’s best of 4:36.91, the second-fastest time of her career. Strausa was one of the final entries into the event after racing at the Alex Wilson Invitational during Last Chance Weekend.
The Florida women’s 4x400-meter relay, consisting of junior Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), freshman Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Fla.), freshman Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) and senior Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), finished fourth overall with a season’s best of 3:31.54, the second-fastest time in program history.
“We talked to the women this morning about having more pride (today),” Holloway said. “They came out and ran season’s best in the 4x4, season’s best in the mile for Agata and a new PR for Ciarra.
“The Gators left their mark on the building,” Holloway finished. “Now we’re outside where we live and breathe and we’ll see them in a few months.”
Ole Miss Athletes Shine At NCAA Indoors
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – All three Ole Miss athletes competing at this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships scored points for the Rebels as the 2013 indoor season came to a close at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Sophomore Sam Kendricks and senior Ricky Robertson combined for nine points on the weekend, good enough for Ole Miss to tie with Texas for 23rd place in the team standings. It’s the men’s ninth top-25 team indoor finish in school history and the third in the last four seasons.
Freshman Asia Cooper scored a point for the Rebel women, which resulted in a four-way tie with North Carolina, Ohio State and Georgia Tech for 52nd place.
On Friday it was Kendricks who got the Rebels’ scoring started with a third-place finish in the pole vault, setting a school record with his clearance of 18-4-5. The sophomore from Oxford, Miss., collected six team points for his efforts.
Saturday saw Robertson add more points for the men and Cooper get the Rebel women on the board.
Battling abdominal pain, Robertson cleared 7-5 in the high jump to place sixth and earn three team points. It was one inch shy of his indoor personal best and a mark that would have won the national title a year ago in Nampa, Idaho. The senior from Hernando, Miss., has now placed ninth or better in the high jump at four straight NCAA Indoor Championships and will once again receive All-America honors.
He also competed in the triple jump, but after fouling on his first attempt he was in too much pain to continue.
“Ricky competed like a warrior tonight,” head coach Brian O’Neal said. “He’s been battling injuries over the last couple of weeks and had to have an injection in his abdomen last week to relieve some swelling. Every jump he was wincing in pain, and he still put up a mark that would have won the meet last year. He gave a great effort trying to get a mark for us in the triple jump, but he just couldn’t do it.”
Cooper finished eighth in the 60-meter final with a time of 7.41 on Saturday. The Jackson, Miss., native was the second Ole Miss woman ever to make the 60-meter final.
“I’m happy for Asia,” O’Neal said. “She came into this season as a virtual unknown and has quickly made a name for herself both on the SEC level and now on the NCAA level by being a first team All-American after today’s result.”
Arkansas captured the men’s team title, while Oregon won the women’s title. Ole Miss was one of eight SEC teams to finish in the top 25 on the men’s side, while seven SEC women’s teams placed in the top 25.
Wayne Davis II breaks A&M hurdle record in claiming NCAA silver, Aggie men place fourth
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II broke the Aggie school record in the 60 hurdles as his time of 7.59 earned him silver at the NCAA Indoor Championships held in the Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday.
With 30 points the Texas A&M men finished in fourth place amid the team scoring. Arkansas won the men’s title with 74 points with Florida second at 59 while Wisconsin finished third with 33 points.
The Aggie women scored 18 points to place 12th in team scoring. Oregon won its fourth consecutive NCAA Indoor women’s team title with 56 points while Kansas was second at 44 and LSU finished third with 43 points.
“I’m never pleased with getting beat,” stated Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “This group is a talented group of men and we had some unfortunate things happen. But we still had a good meet and finished fourth with the men, so we can’t be too disappointed. This group is going to be very good during the outdoor season.”
Florida’s Eddie Lovett won the 60 hurdle race in a NCAA Indoor meet record time of 7.50, breaking the mark of 7.51 set by Aries Merritt of Tennessee in 2006. Davis registered his second personal best time this indoor season in capturing another NCAA runner-up finish. He also placed second in the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor meet last June.
Aggie Chris Pinnock, who ran 7.60 twice in NCAA Indoor competition in 2002 and 2003, held the A&M school record. Davis lowered his previous best time of 7.65 from a SEC runner-up finish to Lovett. Third place in the NCAA final was a 7.60 by Clemson’s Spencer Adams.
“I wanted to run faster, but I’m pretty happy with the time and breaking the school record,” stated Davis. “After the SEC race I was confident I could challenge Eddie here in the NCAA final. Things didn’t quite work out like I wanted them to.
“I just like the thought that I’m going to have a big picture of myself on the back wall of our indoor stadium for setting a school record. That’s all I’ve been waiting for.”
Donique’ Flemings set a career best of 8.11 seconds in claiming fourth place in the 60 hurdles. Flemings, who placed sixth in this meet a year ago, came into the 2013 version tied for the 15th position.
Baylor’s Tiffany McReynolds and Clemson’s Brianna Rollins led the field early. Rollins cruised to the victory in 7.79 while McReynolds finished second in 7.96. Jasmin Stowers of LSU placed third with an 8.08 just ahead of Flemings.
“I’m glad I ran a PR and took fourth,” noted Flemings. “It’s kind of hard running on the outside (lane 8), since I couldn’t really see anybody. I got better from the semifinal to the final, so that’s promising. I wanted to score points for my team. Now I’m expecting big things during the outdoor season.”
Favored to win the 400, Deon Lendore placed sixth overall with a 46.10 after finishing third in his section. Houston’s Errol Nolan claimed the win with a 45.75 in the same section Lendore ran while Oregon’s Mike Berry won the first section in 45.83 and placed second overall.
Lendore led the field of the second section through the first 200 with a split of 21.32 seconds. As the field of four sprinters came out of the final curve, Lendore wasn’t able to maintain the lead.
“We knew we had a little bit of a situation with Lendore following his run on Friday,” said Henry. “He has a calf issue right now, so we couldn’t run him on the mile relay after the 400 final. All of a sudden we are running one leg short in the relay.”
Without Lendore available for the 4 x 400 relay the Aggies used a foursome of Ricky Babineaux (46.87), Bralon Taplin (46.67), Carlyle Roudette (46.50) and Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (46.99). They finished fourth in their section and fourth overall with a time of 3:07.03.
Arkansas won the final section of the 4 x 400 in a collegiate record of 3:03.50 over Florida’s 3:03.71 and a 3:05.13 from Florida State. The previous collegiate record was 3:03.51 set by Florida in 2005.
In the men’s 3,000 final Henry Lelei placed fifth in 7:49.80, the second fastest time ever at A&M. Lelei set the school record of 7:47.91 in qualifying for the NCAA Indoor meet.
The pace of the lead pack in the 3,000 went through the first 1,000 in 2:38 and crossed 2,000 meters in 5:16. Lelei was stationed in third place early on, and then dropped back to fifth. Later in the race he moved from seventh to fifth.
Arizona’s Lawi Lalang won the race in a meet record 7:45.94 with Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell finishing second in 7:46.95. Eric Jenkins of Northeastern was originally second in 7:46.21, but was disqualified for impeding another runner.
The Aggie women’s 4 x 400 relay won its section in 3:34.11 and placed sixth overall. The A&M foursome included Kamaria Brown (52.65), Ibukun Mayungbe (53.14), LaKeidra Stewart (54.21) and Olivia Ekpone (54.11). Oregon claimed the first of three sections in the 4 x 400 with a 3:30.22 to win the event. Arkansas won the final section in 3:30.35 to place second overall.
Kentucky Women’s T&F Earns Best NCAA Finish Since 1994
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 20 Kentucky women’s track and field team finished the NCAA Indoor Championships with 10 team points, the highest total at the National Championship Meet since 1990, on Saturday.
Kentucky finished the meet tied for 20th-place in the women’s team standings. The Wildcats earned the program’s highest team finish since 1994 when they also finished tied for 20th.
Cally Macumber took third in the women’s 3,000 meters final to add six points to the Kentucky cause on top of the four she contributed on Friday night as the anchor in the distance medley relay.
Macumber earned first-team All-America honors on the back of her top-8 finish.
Keith Hayes took seventh in the men’s 60-meter hurdles final with a time of 7.74 to earn two points, and also secure first-team All-America honors.
Chelsea Oswald just missed scoring position in the 3K as she posted a time of 9:13.65 to place ninth.
Macumber and Oswald pinged around the crowded 16 runner field as the pack stayed together on the six-lane track for much of the early going in the 3K.
When the race entered the final stages Kentucky’s top women’s distance duo began picking off competitors one-by-one as the field began to thin.
Macumber would leave it until the bell lap to make her big move. The Rochester Hills, Mich., native surged with 100 meters remaining executing a great sprinter’s lean to edge 2012 NCAA Cross Country Champion Betsy Saina at the finish line for third.
All five of Kentucky’s NCAA participants earned first-team All-America status this weekend as they all finished top-8 in at least one event. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place.
Macumber and Oswald also picked up All-American certificates for their DMR performance alongside Morganne Phillips and Allison Peare.
Bulldogs Capture Two Individual National Titles At NCAA Indoors
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With grit and passion driving their performances, Mississippi State indoor track and field members D’Angelo Cherry and Erica Bougard led the Bulldogs to Top 20 team finishes as the duo captured a pair of individual national titles Sunday at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Recently crowned the USA Indoor 60-meter dash champion, Cherry ran a 6.54 in the event finals to capture his second title in just two weeks. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Athlete of the Week crossed the lined in 6.53 seconds in preliminaries on Friday, sweeping both heats.
“It’s been such a pleasure being an MSU Bulldog,” said Cherry, who concluded his last meet in maroon and white. “It’s a bittersweet moment for me, but I’m so thankful for everyone who stood behind me, holding me up when I wanted to give up. I love my team.”
The only woman to represent MSU this weekend, Bougard entered the meet ranked fourth nationally in the pentathlon and second in the SEC. Her total of 4,399 points on Sunday is the best in school history.
Junior Marcus Jackson also excelled at the Randal Tyson Track Center, grabbing the second-best spot in the nation with a personal-best clearance of 7-06.00 in the high jump.
“Our kids showed a lot of focus and determination this weekend,” coach Steve Dudley said. “We had a goal of finishing Top 25 on both the men’s and women’s side, and for us to come here and have two individual national champions and a national runner-up shows just how badly these men and women wanted it. It is a very good day to be a Mississippi State Bulldog.”
Capturing 10 team points on her own, Bougard’s efforts landed MSU a No. 20 finish overall, while the men earned a spot in 12th with 18 points to finish ahead of SEC foes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss.
Bougard began the day by clocking a personal-best 8.34 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to finish second in the event and pick up 1,052 points. After clearing 5-08.75 in the high jump, the young Lady Bulldog added another 916 points to her total, placing her in second after two events.
Later in the day, the Byhalia, Miss., native captured another personal best as she tossed the shot put 36-01.25 to grab an additional 595 points. Following the shot put, the champion long jumped 20-00.50 to give her the lead heading into the final event of the competition.
In speedy fashion, Bougard ran a 2:10.80 in the 800-meter race to capture her third personal record of the day and clinch the indoor national penthatlon title. Her time in the event ranks fourth on MSU’s all-time indoor list.
“Winning my first national championship feels amazing,” Bougard said. “It was great to have three personal records in the shot put, hurdles and the 800. There was a lot of competition today, and I just gave it my all and came out on top.”
Also to see action on Sunday included Jason Harper, who finished 12th in the triple jump prelims at 51-05.00.
Earlier on day one of competition, Brandon McBride posted a time of 1:49.45 in the 800-meter run to finish 11th in the nation as a freshman. Meanwhile, Bougard captured a 12th-place finish in the long jump at 19-09.75.
Shaunae Miller’s 400m Track Title Highlights Georgia’s Trip To NCAAs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Georgia true freshman Shaunae Miller captured the 400-meter dash title to highlight the second day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday.
Thanks in part to the Lady Bulldogs’ first NCAA indoor title since 2007 and the first on the track since 1999, the Georgia women finished 10th with 22 points. This marks their best finish at the indoor meet since taking fourth in 2007 with 28 points.
Oregon (56) was crowned the 2013 team champions on the women’s side while Kansas (44), LSU (43), Arkansas (42.50) and UFC (30) made up the top five finishers.
For the men, the Bulldogs scored 11 points to tie two other teams for 18th place. This was their top finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships since taking 18th in 2001 with 12 points.
Arkansas (74) won the men’s team championship while Florida (59), Wisconsin (33), Texas A&M (30) and Texas Tech (28) composed the next four finishers.
There have been only two other times in history when both the Georgia men and women have finished with top-20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships (2001, 1995).
Georgia combined to have six scorers on Saturday. Completing the day with Miller’s national championship, sophomore Garrett Scantling and freshman Maicel Uibo went 3-4, respectively, in the heptathlon and senior Lucie Ondraschkova posted a personal-best score to take fourth in the pentathlon to demonstrate UGA’s strength in the multi-events.
Sophomore Carly Hamilton also finished fourth in the mile and junior Hilenn James had the top shot put performance of her career with a school record to take seventh on the meet’s second and final day.
“This is one of our better combined finishes in history and I think everyone can be happy about that,” said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton. “The fact that we climbed into the top 10 and then added another top 20 finish on top of that is a sign that we are recruiting and signing the right people. While we’re happy with this finish, there is still a lot more room for improvement.
“We got big-time contributions from our newcomers, freshmen, sophomores and had some of our top people either not here at the meet or unable to compete at the level they are able. This meet bodes well for our future and I can tell you this, I am looking forward to this outdoor seasons. I have a feeling that great things are going to happen.”
Miller, who set the school record five different times this season, clocked the fifth-fastest collegiate 400 time in history at 50.88 to win the national crown. A native of Nassau, Bahamas, the 6-foot-1 sprinter sped to her record-setting time in the first of two heats in the 400 final. The closest finisher to Miller, Arkansas senior Regina George, finished in the same heat with a mark of 51.05.
On Friday, Miller’s winning mark of 51.14 in the prelims was the eighth-fastest time in NCAA history.
This marks the first NCAA indoor championship for the Lady Bulldogs since Patty Sylvester’s high jump win in 2007. It is the first NCAA indoor title on the track since fellow Bahamian Debbie Ferguson finished first in the 60 during the 1999 NCAA Championships.
It is the 12th NCAA indoor title for the Georgia women in history and the 23rd overall counting the 11 national outdoor championships.
“We have been talking about Shaunae since we first started to recruit her and now the track and field world, and the world in general, is aware of her talent,” said Norton. “She still has a long way to go before she reaches her potential, which is exciting to think about. I am proud of the way she took control tonight and brought an NCAA title back to Georgia.”
The Georgia men scored all 11 of their points in the heptathlon thanks to a pair of underclassmen. Scantling bested his own school record with 6,017 points for fourth place after posting personal bests in his last four events.
Uibo moved into the No. 2 spot in the school record books after piling up 5,975 points in his seven events. The Polva, Estonia, native managed six career-best efforts, including a first-place finish to close the competition in the 1000.
The heptathlon competition marked the first time in NCAA history that there have been three 6,000-point scorers in the same year. Before Saturday, only 13 collegians had ever scored 6,000 or more points in a heptathlon and three did it in this year’s competition.
“This was not only an impressive performance by Maicel and Garrett, but they had to dig down and fight during this competition to finish where they did,” Norton said. “Even when they were in pain and were getting tired these guys took care of business. They are another example of underclassmen who are accomplishing major things early on. Now they need to continue with their development.”
Scantling clinched his fourth-place finish with his fourth consecutive personal best. The Jacksonville, Fla., native ran in the second of two heats in the 1000 and crossed with the fastest finish of his career (2:47.07). His 796 points for ninth place put him 42 points ahead of his teammate as the competition came to a close.
Thanks to a mark of 6 feet, 11 inches in the high jump that tied the NCAA Championships meet record to conclude Friday, Scantling recorded his second consecutive personal best when the 60 hurdles arrived. He trimmed .05 seconds off his career best set at the SEC Championships to clock an 8.10 for second place and 957 points.
Scantling and Uibo went head-to-head with the rest of the field in the pole vault and both came away with career-best performances. Scantling, who had reached 16-0.75 in the pole vault twice in 2013, flew over the bar at 16-8.75 on his third attempt to score 941 points. Uibo started with four first-attempt clearances before also reaching 16-8.75 on his final try to match his teammate’s place and points.
Uibo picked up his fourth personal best of the competition after tying for ninth in the 60 hurdles. He shot across the finish line in 8.28 to pick up 913 points as his finish boosted him into fifth place.
In the 1000, Uibo left the field behind to clock a 2:39.42 for a win and 877 points. This shaved four seconds off of his time set at the Razorback Invitational in this same facility during late January.
Also in the multi-events, Ondraschkova left the Randal Tyson Track Center with four of the best performances of her life in the pentathlon. She finished fourth overall as she improved UGA’s second-best score of all-time with 4,228 points to give the Lady Bulldogs their first five points.
“Lucie has just consistently battled over her four years with us,” said Norton. “She could have gotten disappointed at times since some of her improvements have come slowly, but she has always stayed strong and gotten better and better and better. Even today she did not rattle off huge (personal bests), but instead recorded steady improvements that helped her score in the pentathlon go up nearly 300 points this year.”
Ondraschkova bolted out of the blocks in the 60 hurdles and finished with the fastest time of her career (8.78). This mark gave her a 12th-place finish and 956 points as Ondraschkova managed to record her third straight personal best in the event.
In the 2012 season opener, Ondraschkova suffered a season-ending elbow injury after a collision in the 60 hurdles.
The Czech Republic native equaled her personal best in the high jump of 5-8.75 to join a five-way tie for third place (916 points). Ondraschkova also tied for third at the SEC Championships in the event when she first hit that same height.
In the shot put, Ondraschkova opened up with the best throw of her indoor career. She scored 631 points thanks to a mark of 37-10.75 while also having an effort of 36-11.75 on her second try, which would have improved her personal best as well.
Despite losing a protest on one of her longer attempts, Ondraschkova managed a fourth-place finish in the long jump. She started by traveling 19-7 (840 points), which is the second-best showing as a Lady Bulldogs, before fouling on her final two attempts.
Ondraschkova wrapped up her five events by tallying her fourth personal-best mark. She jumped in with the lead group in the 800 and held onto through all of her laps to take sixth overall (fourth in her heat) with a time of 2:15.58 for 885 points.
Hamilton was Georgia’s third fourth-place finisher of the day and the Lady Bulldogs’ second of the meet. The Springboro, Ohio, native returned after running on UGA’s distance medley relay team to cross the finish line in 4:38.44 in the women’s mile. Hamilton started with the front four and never relinquished her spot as the race came to its finale.
It marks the Lady Bulldogs’ first All-America performance in the mile since Kristie Krueger accomplished the feat in 2010.
“This has been an outstanding year and was an outstanding meet for Carly,” said Norton. “The improvements she made between her first and second years have been tremendous. I am pleased with the steadiness she showed this whole weekend in the mile and in the relay, and those performances really mimic what sort of year she has had.”
Starting with a 55-foot toss, James had her second attempt in the shot put travel 55-10.50 for seventh place. This took over her previous No. 1 mark in the UGA record books of 55-1.50, which was set in the same facility in late January. James arrived in Fayetteville with the nation’s 15th-longest shot put throw this season but managed to add two points to the Lady Bulldogs’ total.
“Hilenn came in here and put up the best number she has in her career and that’s what we ask for when someone advances to NCAAs,” said Norton. “She has now become a scorer at the national level in the shot put so we look forward to trying for points in both the shot and discus once the outdoor season arrives.”
Georgia’s sole national leader coming into the NCAA Championships was sophomore Morgann Leleux in the women’s pole vault. But the New Iberia, La., native suffered a detached retina in late January and had to have a procedure to repair it done that sidelined the 2012 NCAA indoor and outdoor runner-up for six weeks. This meet marked her first action back.
Gamecocks Conclude 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships Women finish 31st overall
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The South Carolina track and field team competed in two events on the second and final day of the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The women’s team finished in 31st place overall at the event.
After passing on the first bar of the competition at 13-01.50 (4.00m), junior Petra Olsen entered the women’s pole vault competition at 13-05.25 (4.10m). Olsen easily cleared the bar on her first attempt in her NCAA Indoor Championship debut. At her second bar of the competition, Olsen also had an easy first-attempt clearance at 13-09.25 (4.20m).
With the bar set at 13-11.25 (4.25m), Olsen had the chance to set a new personal best and be just half an inch behind Vica Shobe’s school record. The junior was unable to get over the height though and finished in ninth place. The finish will earn her a second-team All-America nod to go with her outdoor honor from last season.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay quartet of sophomores Erika Rucker and Christal Green, senior Kierre Beckles and freshman Tyler Brockington capped the day’s action. The race marked the third time the group had run together this season.
On the leadoff leg, Rucker ran the fourth-fastest split of the 12 teams in the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 51.96, besting her split of 52.37 at the SEC Indoor Championships, which was the fastest overall.
The quartet ran a time of 3:35.49 and finished in 10th place in the event.