SEC Track and Field Weekly Notebook (April 3, 2013)
University of Alabama track and field team won eight events overall, including five individual events and three relays, on Saturday at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. … Alexis Paine shattered the school record in the women’s pole vault … Making her 2013 outdoor debut, Paine raised the Crimson Tide’s standard in the event by 10 inches on Saturday by clearing 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches (4.45 meters) to abolish her previous school record of 13-9 ¼ set in 2012 … Paine’s performance highlighted a strong day by both the men’s and women’s teams as the Tide took three of four relay events contested in addition to the individual event victories … Several Crimson Tide athletes posted performances that rank among the all-time Alabama top 10 in their respective events, led by Paine’s stunning pole vault outing … Kimberley Ficenec’s impressive victory in the women’s 800 meters in a time of 2:09.75 ranks seventh on the all-time UA list … Callie Ives was second in the women’s long jump with a best of 19-4 (5.89m), a mark that is eighth on the all-time UA list … On the men’s side, Kevin Shannon posted the sixth-best javelin throw in Alabama history as he won the event with a toss of 204-11 (62.45m) … Kamal Fuller won the men’s long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 9 inches (7.24m) and Robbie Farnham-Rose won the men’s 1,500 meters in a time of 3:46.47 … Alabama won three of the four relays contested, sweeping the men’s events … The Tide took the men’s 4x100-meter relay with Akeem Haynes, Diondre Batson, James Harrington and Alex Sanders rounding the track in 39.89 seconds … The Crimson Tide quartet of Joel Lynch, Quincy Smith, Diondre Batson and Ken Taylor won the men’s 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:08.47 … Alabama’s women’s 4x400 unit of Joy Maneice-Marbury, Kyri Tabor, Dacia Mays and Shani Chandler won their event in a time of 3:45.44 … The Tide women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Sarah Thomas, Kyri Tabor, Joy Maneice-Marbury and Lacey Dent was third in 45.95 … Alabama returns to action this Saturday, April 6, when the Crimson Tide hosts the Crimson Tide Invitational at the Sam Bailey Track Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
Men - The No. 2 Razorback men were split between competitions at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and their home Spring Invitational in Fayetteville. At the Stanford meet, junior Kemoy Campbell paced Arkansas’ efforts with a victory at 5,000 meters with an NCAA-leading time of 13:32.82. That mark also stands as the No. 2 time in the world this year and makes Campbell the No. 8 performer in school history. In Fayetteville, the Razorbacks totaled four event wins with first-place efforts from Marek Niit at 200 meters, Caleb Cross in the 400-meter hurdles, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault and the team’s 4x400-meter relay. Arkansas is set to host the John McDonnell Combined Events this weekend. In a pair of off-the-track events, the men’s staff will host its third luncheon Wednesday at Jose’s and be part of an NCAA pep rally Friday in celebration of the Razorbacks’ national indoor title. Women - At the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the No. 12 Razorback women collected four top-four performances including a school-record showing by the 4x400-meter relay team. The quartet of Gwendolyn Flowers, Regina George, Sparkle McKnight and Chrishuna Williams combined for a new school mark of 3:28.42, good for a fourth-place finish. In other events, the same foursome put together a runner-up showing in the sprint-medley relay, Makeba Alcide posted a third-place finish in the heptathlon and Kirsten Hesseltine finished second in the ‘B’ section of the high jump. At the Stanford Invitational, the Razorbacks had four personal-best performances from Diane Robison and Dominique Scott at 1,500 meters, Shannon Klenke in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Rachel Carpino at 5,000 meters. Next weekend, the team will compete at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and host the John McDonnell Combined Events in Fayetteville.
Auburn’s opening weekend of outdoor action included two program records and an all-time freshman mark … Jessie Johnson set a new Auburn record in the women's pole vault in her first career outdoor meet … The native Texan cleared 12-8 to post the mark by an Auburn vaulter since Katie Martin went over at 12-6 in 2005 … Valentina Muzaric placed second in the women's shot put with her mark of 54-1 (16.48m) … The mark broke Stacy Martin's Auburn standard of 53-9.25 set in 2004 … Daina Levy won the women's hammer throw in Atlanta with a top mark of 194-1 (59.16m) … That performance erased the previous Auburn freshman record of 180-4 set by Ronda Gullatte in 2003 … Senior sprinter Harry Adams opened his senior season by tying his fastest season opening 100m run at the Texas Relays … Adams posted the second-fastest preliminary time of 10.17 seconds to equal his opener from 2010, a 10.17 at Georgia Tech … Adams was just behind a 10.13 from Anaso Jobodwana (Jackson State) for the overall lead … At the San Francisco State Relay Carnival in San Francisco, Calif., Sam Mueller shaved more than 90 seconds off his previous PR in the 10,000 meters with a third-place performance in 29:49.88 on Friday morning … The mark by the junior is the fastest 10k by an Auburn runner since 2011 … Tyler Kennedy opened his senior season with a long throw of 206 feet in the men's javelin `B' section … The mark is just six inches shy of his career-best throw of 206-7 from 2011 … Maya Pressley won the ‘A’ section of the women’s high jump with clearance at 6 feet (1.83m) to equal her second-best career outdoor performance … Monica Carney finished fourth in the high jump after clearing at 5-10.75 (1.80m) to tie her career best … Jumping for the first time since January, DJ Smith cleared 7-3 on Saturday to place sixth in the men’s high jump … The mark is the third-best performance of Smith’s Auburn career and his top outdoor season opener … A pair of Auburn distance runners competed late in the night at Stanford on Friday night into Saturday morning and came away with career-best performances. Niklas Buhner finished 15th in the 5,000 meters, but set a new personal best mark of 14:07.92 … Teammate Griffin Jaworski broke his previous best in the men’s 10,000 meters by nearly two minutes with his mark of 30:11.61. His previous best was 32:10.86 from the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships … Adams’ 10.17 ranks second nationally in the 100 meters … Smith’s clearance has him in the top five in the nation … Pressley is second with her jump over 6-0 … Saenz is fourth in the nation in shot put with his throw of 61-7.75, while Muzaric is third on the ladies side … Levy is ninth in hammer … Auburn is in action next on Friday when it welcomes 21 schools to The Plains for the Tiger Track Classic at Hutsell-Rosen Track.
The Florida track and field teams take to their home track this weekend to host the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays, at the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium. The event takes place Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6. Events begin at 5 p.m. ET Thursday as only high school athletes will compete. Action begins Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. Florida’s Marija Vucenovic was honored as the SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week. Vucenovic won the first Florida title of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by State Farm. In just her first collegiate meet, Vucenovic threw a mark of 52.47m/172-2 in the women’s javelin to take home the Texas Relays title. Her mark goes down as third all-time in Florida program history and is second in the collegiate ranks this year. The freshman currently leads the SEC in the women’s javelin so far this season.
Men - The Bulldogs continued their development at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta over the weekend. Junior Johnathan Smith was the top collegiate finisher in both the 100-meter dash (10.48) and the 200 (21.01). His personal best in the 200 gives him the sixth-best time in the nation while his top time in the 100 of 10.20 (set at the Georgia Relays) is now No. 5 on the national list. A pair of freshmen decathletes took opportunities to sharpen specific events on Georgia Tech's track. Devon Williams tied for the 10th-best time in school history in the 110 hurdles with a 14.30 to take second. Maicel Uibo earned runner-up honors in the javelin with a top mark of 199 feet, 8 inches. Sophomore Brendan Hoban also took second in the steeplechase after completing his laps in 9:21.94. Georgia travels to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for the Florida Relays. Women - The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of perfect weather in Atlanta at the Yellow Jacket Invitational to post a series of strong finishes in their third outdoor meet of the year. Freshman Leontia Kallenou improved her No. 10 spot in the school record books with a mark of 5 feet, 11 1/4 inches to take second in the high jump. This is the nation's best effort by a freshman this year and is tied for eighth overall. Her senior teammate Saniel Atkinson-Grier finished fourth after also reaching the same height. Freshman Briana Vaughn won her second consecutive 100-meter dash race after crossing the finish line in 11.72. Vaughn is No. 7 on the national performance list with her 11.37 that was clocked earlier in the season at the Georgia Relays. As she continues to train for her first heptathlon of the year, senior Lucie Ondraschkova managed a third-place finish in the javelin after her second throw measured 127-10. Victoria Coppage was the second collegiate finisher (third overall) in the steeplechase with a time of 11:10.91, marking her first collegiate race in the event. Georgia travels to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for the Florida Relays.
Men - Kentucky competed at three meets last weekend as UK contingents traveled to the Texas Relays, the Stanford Invitational and the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Keffri Neal posted the SEC’s top 1,500-meter time as he finished second at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 3:44.68. Neal’s time ranks No. 10 in the nation. Keith Hayes claimed fifth in the Texas Relays 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.66, which was also good for No. 2 in the school record book. Hayes’ top time ranks No. 3 in the SEC, and seventh nationally. Andrew Evans placed third in the Texas Relays discus with a PR throw of 59.96 meters/196’9”, which ranks fourth in the nation and second in the SEC. Raymond Dykstra’s javelin throw of 71.68 meters/ 235’2” ranks third in the SEC, and was the best in the conference last weekend. Sean Keane won the Nikoloff 800 meters with a time of 1:51.52. Women - Kentucky competed at three meets last weekend as UK contingents traveled to the Texas Relays, the Stanford Invitational and the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Rebecca Famurewa set the UK freshman record with a discus throw of 53.22 meters/ 174 feet 7 inches to win the Texas Relays. Her discus mark was also fourth best in school history. The throw ranks No. 2 in the SEC this season, and was the best in the conference last weekend. She also placed third in the shot put at the Texas Relays. Kayla Parker placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays with a PR time of 13.20, which is second-fastest in school-history. Parker’s top time also currently ranks No. 3 in the SEC. Chelsea Oswald and Cally Macumber posted the second and fourth fastest 5,000-meter times in UK history respectively at the Stanford Invitational. They have the top two 5K times in the conference. Michelle Canterna missed the school record pole vault by half an inch as she cleared 3.85 meters/ 12’07.50” to take fourth at the Nikoloff. Hiruni Wijayaratne won the women’s 1500 meters with a PR 4:34.94 at the Nikoloff.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers are back on the road next week as they spend part of their Spring Break week in Los Angeles, Calif., for its dual meet with the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, April 6, at UCLA’s Drake Stadium. They will then return home to play host to the Battle on the Bayou on April 13 and the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 20 at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge. Senior sprint star Kimberlyn Duncan made the most of her outdoor debut in the 100-meter dash this weekend as she became the third Lady Tiger sprinter in meet history to win back-to-back titles in the women’s university final during Saturday’s finale at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Duncan also ran the second leg on LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that set a seasonal best in a runner-up finish in the women’s invitational race to cap a strong performance by the Lady Tigers in Austin. Duncan became the third Lady Tiger in program history to win back-to-back university 100-meter titles at the Texas Relays after sprinting to the fastest time in the NCAA this season with a wind-aided 11.06 seconds for an impressive victory in her first championship final of the 2013 outdoor season.
Men - Sam Kendricks’ world-leading pole vault performance highlighted a strong meet for the Rebels at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays over the weekend. Ole Miss remains No. 11 in the USTFCCCA national poll this week. Kendricks, a sophomore from Oxford, Miss., was named the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week and an honorable mention for USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week after his record-breaking vault. He cleared a school-record height of 19-0.75 in Austin on Friday. His vault is the best in the world so far this year and is the best vault by an NCAA athlete since 1998. That performance moves Kendricks to No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list. He shattered his previous school outdoor record of 18-0.5 by more than a foot. The Rebels’ Olympian, Isiah Young, fared well in his season debut with a fifth-place showing in the 100 meter final. He now ranks No. 6 in the nation with a time of 10.30. Other Rebels who rank highly in the nation include Benjamin Lapane in the javelin (32nd, 216-5), Onyi Afoaku in the discus (36th, 179-3) and Morris Kersh in the triple jump (40th, 49-3). Ole Miss will travel to its second straight nationally elite competition with a trip to the Pepsi Florida Relays this weekend. Women - The Ole Miss women broke a pair of school records in a strong performance at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays over the weekend. Competing against an elite field of teams and athletes, sophomore Haley Cutright broke the school record en route to a victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and junior Kayleigh Skinner captured the school record in the 10,000 meters to finish third in Austin. Cutright won the steeplechase in 10:21.60 on Thursday to break teammate Katie Breathitt’s school record. Cutright now ranks first in the SEC and 11th nationally. Skinner clocked a time of 35:44.06 in her first ever attempt at the outdoor 10K and broke a 16-year-old school record by over a minute. Her time ranks her 57th nationally. Other Rebels who rank highly in the nation after the strong weekend include Allegra Wells in the long jump (17th, 20-2.5), Fabia McDonald in the heptathlon (17th, 5,117), Taryn Hartfield in the 100-meter hurdles (22nd, 13.53), Shari Russell in the long jump (23rd, 19-11.75), Asia Cooper in the 100 meters (34th, 11.62), Deonna Walton in the long jump (35th, 19-9.5), Marci Morman in the triple jump (37th, 40-7.5) and Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen in the 400-meter hurdles (46th, 1:00.63). Ole Miss will travel to its second straight nationally elite competition with a trip to the Pepsi Florida Relays this weekend.
To kick off action in the Lone Star State, sophomore Erica Bougard was the only athlete to represent Mississippi State track and field on day one of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Bougard began part one of a two-day heptathlon competition by clocking a 13.39 in the 100-meter hurdles to earn 1,066 points. After winning the first event of the meet, the young Bulldog set a personal-best clearance of 6 feet in the high jump to stay in the lead and gain another 991 points. Later in the day, Bougard picked up 551 points, throwing for 33-10.75 in the shot put. Her 17th-place finish in the event did not slow her down, as she sealed day-one heptathlon action with a time of 24.20 seconds in the 200-meter dash. With 3,570 points under her belt after the first day of competition, Bougard entered the remainder of the heptathlon battle in the lead. After jumping a second-place 19-03.25 in the long jump to pick up 810 points, the Lady Bulldog threw 86-08 in the javelin to gain another 409 points. Her previous performances, coupled with a time of 2:17.34 in the 800-meter run, solidified her spot in first. Bougard collected 5,649 points over the two-day event to win at Mike A. Myers Stadium. MSU’s momentum only continued as javelin thrower Allison Storey posted 138-10 to place her second on the school’s all-time performer list. Her personal-best throw placed her eighth overall. Also seeing action for the women was newcomer Cornelia Griesche, who ran in the 3000-meter steeplechase. The freshman clocked 10:39.41 to land a fifth-place finish. On the men’s side, distance veteran John Valentine posted a time of 9:13.99 in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase to finish 14th. Day three of the Texas Relays saw two MSU relay teams qualify for Saturday’s finals, highlighted by a win from the 1600-meter sprint medley team. The quartet comprised of Tavaris Tate, Scottie Hearns, Daundre Barnaby and Brandon McBride posted a time of 3:18.09 to win the sprint medley. Also clocking a top finish for the Bulldogs included the men’s 4x400-meter relay team. Tate, Hearns, Barnaby and Randy Patterson donned a third-place finish in the event. The foursome’s time of 3:09.84 qualified them for the finals. Later in the day, Nathan Arnett earned his ticket to the 110-meter hurdles finals by finishing ninth and crossing the line in 14.13 seconds. In field action, MSU saw a pair of eighth-place finishes, as freshman Pitor Antosik threw for 213-08 in the javelin and Jason Harper jumped 51-06.50 in the triple jump. Although he is just a newcomer on the squad, Antosik’s performance in Austin ranks third on the school’s all-time list. On the women’s side, Alyssa Hall cleared 5-07 in the high jump to warrant a fourth-place finish. Jody-Ann Muir, Kanishia Carey, Bougard and Ocian Archer posted a time of 3:39.39 in the 4x400-meter relay prelims, a speed that ranks 5th in MSU history and placed them 12th. Distance athletes Chloe Phillips, Brittney Covington, Fabienne Amrhein and Renee Masterson teamed up to earn a spot in sixth in the women’s distance medley with a time of 11:50.97. On the final day of competition, Tate, Brandon McBride, Barnaby and Patterson shaved three seconds of their qualifying speed as the 4x400-meter relay team posted a time of 3:05.35 to win the event. After earning runner-up honors in the high jump at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships earlier this month, Marcus Jackson cleared 7-05.25 in Texas. His performance placed him in second, only behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Indiana. To close out action, Muir, Carey, Bougard and Covington landed a spot in sixth in the 4x400-meter relay finals. The quartet posted a time of 3:39.05. MSU will now begin preparation for the Alabama Invite, which is set for April 6 in Tuscaloosa.
Missouri parted ways this weekend, with a small distance contingent travelling out to California for the Stanford Invitational while the majority of the Tigers squad made one final trek down to Arkansas this year for the Razorback Spring Invitational. It was a successful weekend for both groups, with the highlight coming from the west coast where senior Dan Quigley broke his own 5k school record by 0.02 seconds, finishing in 13:55.44. That time is the second-fastest in the SEC thus far, and is good for the 12th spot in the nation. Senior Max Storms missed meeting his 10k school record by ten seconds, crossing the line in 29:25.42 to claim the fourth spot in the SEC, and 18th ranking in the nation. Back in Arkansas, the team came away with 14 new personal record performances, and one of the leading times in the nation from senior Blake Irwin. Irwin raced to a 1:49.12 win in the 800m to take fourth in the national rankings, first in the SEC. Freshman Markesh Woodson was also back on the track, for the first time since his All-American finish in the 60m dash. He timed in at 10.30 for the 100m dash, good for 5th in the SEC and 6th in the nation currently. The women's squad also had some big performances, including an event win for sophomore Jill Rushin in the shot put. Rushin hit an outdoor PR mark fo 16.19m (53-1.50) to claim the fourth spot in the SEC rankings, 13th in the national rankings, thus far. Sophomore Katrine Haarklau's third place mark of 47.70m (156-6) also earned her good early-season rankings as she comes in at third in the SEC, 12th in the nation. Next up for the Tigers is the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, AL, on Saturday, April 6.
The South Carolina track and field team competed at the Raleigh Relays at NC State last weekend, brining home six wins. On the first day of competition, sophomore Kayla Lampe broke the second school record of her young career. Lampe, who set the indoor 5,000-meter record at the SEC Indoor Championships, ran a 34:26.99 in the 10,000-meters to break Tanya Povey’s 1998 record. She recorded a fourth-place finish in the race. Senior Kierre Beckles lowered her season best to 13.09 and won her third-straight 100-meter hurdle event. Sprinter Chris Royster also picked up his third consecutive win as he wrapped up the top spot in the 100-meter dash. The junior ran a 10.55. Juniors Petra Olsen and Tylar Mangan won their respective sections in the women’s pole vault. Olsen cleared 13-03 ½ (4.05m) to secure the top spot in her group with Mangan turning in a new personal best of 12-01 1/5 (3.70m) to win her section. The women’s relay team brought home two victories. On Friday, the sprint medley relay team of freshmen Alexis Murphy and Antyana Johnson, junior Amber Allen and sophomore Erika Rucker ran a 3:57.74 for the win. On Saturday, the 4x200-meter relay brought home a win as well. Johnson, Rucker, junior Vashti Bandy and Murphy ran a 1:34.95 to cross the line first. Junior high jumper Jeannelle Scheper broke away from the team to compete for her native St. Lucia at the 42nd CARIFTA games this weekend. Scheper cleared a new CARIFTA record 6-01 ½ (1.87m) to capture the gold medal. The Gamecocks host a midweek home meet on Wednesday at the Weems Baskin Track before traveling to 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., next weekend.
The University of Tennessee track and field team wrapped up its second week of outdoor competition at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Raleigh Relays this past weekend. In total, the Big Orange concluded the competitions with 21 personal records and 31 top-10 finishes. Through two weeks of the 2013 outdoor campaign, the Vols and Lady Vols have combined for 49 lifetime bests. Men - Freshman pole vaulter Jake Blankenship continued to lead the Vols this past week, notching a fourth-place finish and recording another personal record in the top section of the Texas Relays. Blankenship cleared 18-feet, 4.75-inches (5.61m), a mark that currently ranks third all-time on the UT outdoor performers list. The NCAA fourth-place finisher during his first indoor season, Blankenship enters the weekend ranked fourth in the nation and third in the SEC. Among freshman, Blankenship leads the league and ranks second in the country. Not to be overshadowed, Vol pole vaulters Chase Brannon (17-7) and Tyler Porter (17-5) also performed well in the event and currently sit 15th and 22nd in the country, respectively. Freshman Kyle Quinn carded a sixth-place finish in the men’s javelin in Austin. Quinn recorded a lifetime best mark of 219-1 (66.78m) to move up to 25th in the nation. The Vols’ 4x100-meter relay, which placed seventh at last season’s NCAA Championships, moved up to sixth in the nation after lowering their readout to a season-best 39.75 seconds. The quartet is made up of Reggie Juin, Jamol James, Jarael Nelvis and Arnez Hardnick. Vol sophomores Tavis Bailey and Matthew Hoty continue to lead the squad in the discus and shot put, respectively. Bailey, who currently has the fifth-best mark in the NCAA (195-3/59.51m) this season, will look to join the 60-foot club for the first time of his career this weekend. Women - At the Raleigh Relays, the Lady Vols were led by their relay squads. In the women’s 4x800m relay, Tennessee had foursomes cross the line in second and third. The second-place squad – comprised of Nijgia Snapp, Alexis Panisse, Kianna Ruff and Brittney Jackson – broke a Raleigh Relays record with a time of 8 minutes, 35.06 seconds. The Lady Vols also got a second-place finish from their 4x1500m relay team in Raleigh. At the Texas Relays, freshman thrower Cassie Wertman notched another PR in the shot put, recording a push of 53-2.25 (16.21m) to finish fourth in the top section. That mark ranks the rookie fourth on UT’s all-time outdoor performance list and currently sits 11th in the nation and second among freshman. Wertman also picked up a personal best in the discus, finishing eighth with a mark of 152-9 (46.56m). Tennessee had pole vaulters Linda Hadfield and Erin Champion both place 11th in section A and B, respectively. The Orange and White head to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for the 69th annual Pepsi Florida Relays from April 5-6 at Percy Beard Track. UT will host the 47th edition of the Sea Ray Relays from April 11-13 at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
Texas A&M totaled seven wins at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays along with 10 runner-up performances during the four-day meet in Austin. The Aggie men earned Most Outstanding Team honors while Ameer Webb was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer. This weekend Texas A&M travels to Eugene for the Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational, which also includes Washington and Washington State in a scored quad meet. Men - Ameer Webb had a hand in three of A&M’s seven victories as he claimed the 100 in a world-leading 10.14 and was part of 4x100 (38.64) and 4x200 (1:20.78) relay victories that set US and collegiate leading times. Sam Humphreys won the Texas Relays javelin for the third time in four years, producing his best effort in the meet with a throw of 257-9 (78.57). Humphreys is the fourth Aggie to garner three Texas Relays titles in an individual event as he joins Curtis Dickey (100 Invitational – 1978, 79, 80); Darrow Hooper (shot put and discus – 1951, 52, 53); and Randy Matson (shot put and discus – 1965, 66, 67). Aldrich Bailey, Jr., ran on all three of the Aggies relays during Saturday adding a runner-up finish in the 4x400 (3:02.76) that just missed clipping Florida (3:02.65) for the win. Deon Lendore split 44.4 on the A&M distance medley relay that placed second and he anchored the 4x400 with a 44.6. Aggie relays also placed second in the 4x800 (7:31.16), sprint medley (3:18.85) and distance medley (9:41.34). Women - In equaling the Texas Relays record Texas A&M set in 2010, the current Aggie sprint relay won the 4x100 title by over a second in 42.56 seconds as Texas finished second in 43.59 while Oregon was third in 43.93. Running a world-leading 42.56 the A&M crew of LaKeidra Stewart, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown and Ashley Collier equaled the No. 3 time on the Aggie all-time list and the No. 5 performance on the all-time collegiate list. Shelbi Vaughan had a pair of Texas Relays victories as she won the discus on her first throw of the competition (183-9 / 56.00) and also won the B division shot put with a mark of 49-9 ¾ (15.18) that places her No. 6 on the A&M all-time list. It was the first shot put and discus title ever won by an Aggie female at the Texas Relays. In the discus Vaughan’s win was the first by an A&M athlete since Randy Matson claimed his third consecutive title in 1967. Aggie relays also finished second in the 4x200 (1:32.62) while placing third in the distance medley relay (11:37.76) and 4x400 (3:28.27).
The Vanderbilt track and field team competed at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, March 30, highlighted by Hannah Jumper taking a win in the 1,500 meters. Jumper was one of five Commodores to run in the 1,500, crossing the line in a personal best of 4:30.44 to win the event. Vanessa Valentine was ninth in 4:39.11, followed by Amira Joseph in 12th at 4:41.27, Rebecca Chandler in 15th at 4:42.49 and Marika Crowe in 28th at 5:08.38. In addition to Jumper, Valentine, Joseph and Chandler all ran personal records. Faith Washington ran a personal best in the 400 meters, finishing sixth in 55.47. It marked the fourth-fastest 400 time in program history. The 800 meters saw a pair of Commodores finish second and third. Sara Barron ran a time of 2:11.23 to finish second, while Lily Williams was right behind her in third at 2:13.07. Grace Corbett was 19th n 2:27.57. Jennifer Cannon was the top finisher from a school in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 14.24. She was fourth overall. On the field side, Brionne Williams and Ellie Tidman finished fifth and sixth in the high jump. Williams cleared 1.78 meters (5' 10"), while Tidman cleared 1.65 meters (5' 5"). The Commodores will go split-squad for their next weekend of competition (April 5-6). Some athletes will head to Gainesville, Fla., and the Florida Relays, while others will head to William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., for the Colonial Relays.