SEC Track and Field Weekly Notebook (April 10, 2013)
The University of Alabama men placed second in the team standings with 117 points while the Alabama women were fourth with 80 in final standings. Nebraska men (149) & Penn St. women (115.5) win team titles on Saturday at the Crimson Tide Invitational at the Sam Bailey Track Stadium in Tuscaloosa ... Crimson Tide athletes produced 15 individual performances that rank among UA's all-time top 10 lists, in addition to one relay performance that ranks among Alabama's all-time top 10 ... Alabama athletes won seven individual events and one relay while setting two school records ... freshman thrower Elias Hakansson broke the school record in the men's hammer throw for the second time in the 2013 season with a throw of 211 feet, 3 inches (64.39 meters) on the way to a victory in the event ... Lee Stowers set a school record in the women's hammer with a toss of 177-11 (54.23m) on the way to a sixth-place finish ... in the women's 800 meters, Yanique Malcolm produced the third-best 800 performance in Alabama history as she won the race in 2:05.32 ... Kimberley Ficenec's 2:10.02 outing in the 800 ranks 10th in UA history ... pole vaulter Alexis Paine was victorious with a clearance of 13-5 3/4 (4.10m) to win the event, third-best on the all-time UA list (she owns the three best marks in UA history) ... Autumn Conn's fourth-place finish in 12-2 1/2 ranks seventh on the all-time UA list while Reed Hancock and Anna Rawles both cleared 11-2 1/2 to join the list at 10th in UA history ... Alabama's quartet of Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes, Dushane Farrier rounded the track in 39.17 seconds for a victory in the men's 4x100-meter relay with the fourth-best time in Crimson Tide history ... sprinter Diondre Batson won the men's 200 in 20.61, a time that ranks seventh on the all-time UA outdoor list ... Rebecca Stover's 10:48.27 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase was good for a third-place finish and ranks second on the all-time UA list ... Alabama continues its season this weekend at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga.
Men - The No. 2 Razorback men hosted the John McDonnell Combined Events in Fayetteville. Senior Matt Kirbos led a trio of Razorback entries with a personal-best score of 6,935 points. Arkansas was also represented in the field by sophomore Nathanael Franks and freshman Julius Sommer. Former Arkansas All-American Terry Prentice won the two-day, 10-event competition with a lifetime-best score of 7,813 points. Arkansas returns to its home track Saturday to host the John McDonnell Invitational. The one-day scored event begins with field events at 9 a.m. and running events at 5 p.m. The field of competition is set to include Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Tulsa. Women - The 11th-ranked Arkansas women collected four wins and five personal-best efforts Saturday at the 34th Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Razorbacks had first-place performances from Sparkle McKnight at 400 meters, Ivanique Kemp in the 100-meter hurdles, Megan Zimlich in the open pole vault and the team’s 4x100-meter relay. McKnight’s time of 52.17 put her atop the NCAA rankings in the event. At the John McDonnell Combined Events, Makeba Alcide won the heptathlon with an NCAA-leading score of 5,882 points which also goes down as the No. 2 mark in school history. Along the way, Alcide broke the school record in the high jump with a final clearance of 1.88m/6-2 on day one of the meet. Arkansas returns to its home track Saturday to host the John McDonnell Invitational. The one-day scored event begins with field events at 9 a.m. and running events at 5 p.m.
Auburn welcomed 21 teams to The Plains for the annual Tiger Track Classic last Saturday at Hutsell-Rosen Track … The Tigers won three events on the women’s side … Jessie Johnson took home the title in the women’s pole vault by improving her school record up to 13-5.25 … Daina Levy earned her second-straight hammer victory with a long toss of 189-11 … Valentina Muzaric won the shot put and improved upon her school record with a personal best throw of 56-1 … Additionally, senior Maya Pressley set a new Auburn outdoor record in the women’s high jump with clearance at 6-1.2 (1.88m) … She broke the record previously held by Raevan Harris (2007) and Sissy Costner’s (1987) at 6-1 … In total, Auburn athletes set 19 new personal bests for the weekend … Five Auburn athletes rank in the top 10 nationally in their respective event … Harry Adams ranks fifth nationally in the 100 meters with his 10.17 from the Texas Relays … DJ Smith is eighth in the men’s high jump with his clearance at 7-3 … Pressley is second in the women’s high jump with her school record mark of 6-2 from the Tiger Track Classic … Stephen Saenz is eighth in the shot put with his long throw of 61-7.75 from the Texas Relays … Muzaric’s school-record throw of 56-1 is sixth nationally in the women’s shot put … Auburn’s next action is Saturday at the Spec Townes Invitational hosted by the University of Georgia.
The Florida women’s 4x400-meter relay closed the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays in stunning fashion, breaking the Florida school record in 3:27.43 to claim the collegiate-leading time for the second week in a row. The relay team of Robin Reynolds, Lanie Whittaker, Destinee Gause and Ebony Eutsey etched their names in Gator history, finishing as the top collegians in the event behind professional team One Goal Athletics in 3:24.58. The men’s 4x400-meter relay also turned in a runner-up finish, crossing the line as the top collegians in the race at 3:04.39. The Gators still hold the top time in the NCAA from their race in Austin last weekend at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (3:02.65). Florida’s Najee Glass and Marija Vucenovic were honored by the Southeastern Conference as the rookie duo swept SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Glass ran a personal best of 45.71 in the men’s 400 meters at the Pepsi Florida Relays, finishing second overall in the event. The freshman currently leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in the men’s 400 meters behind USC senior Bryshon Nellum (45.54), who won the event at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Glass also ran the opening leg of the Florida men’s 4x400-meter relay, which finished as the top collegiate team in a time of 3:04.39, currently fourth in the NCAA. Glass is a member of the nation’s leading 4x400-meter relay that put forth a nation-leading time of 3:02.65 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by State Farm. Vucenovic won her second crown in as many meets with her Pepsi Florida Relays title in the women’s javelin. In just her second collegiate competition, Vucenovic threw 55.43m/181-10 at the Pepsi Florida Relays to lead the nation in the event. The freshman, who also captured the women’s javelin title at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, leads the nation by nearly five feet, bettering second-ranked Lauren Kenney of Alabama (53.93m/176-11). Vucenovic is the only collegian to eclipse 180 feet this year and her throw goes down as third-best in Florida program history. The Gators travel up the road to Tallahassee for the Seminole Invitational, Friday-Saturday, April 12-13.
Men - The Bulldogs continued their journey towards the postseason with a stop at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. Sophomore Charles Grethen clocked the nation's third-fastest time this year with a 1:47.95 to take second in the 800-meter run. This is the fourth-best time in school history and the fastest since 2010. Grethen also ran the lead leg on the distance medley relay team (Eric Mills, Daniel Grass, Kisean Smith) that finished first with a 9:57.66. Another newcomer, freshman Ashinia Miller, tallied his first collegiate victory with a discus mark of 178 feet, 3 inches. In the shot put, sophomore Nick Vena made his Bulldog outdoor debut and reached 61-6.25 to be the second collegiate finisher and take over the No. 9 mark on the country's performance list. Junior Johnathan Smith also inched closer to breaking into the school's all-time top-10 list in the 200 after taking 12th with a mark of 20.87. The Bulldogs finished third and fifth in the 5000 thanks to a pair of freshmen as Sid Vaughn finished in 14:34.20 and Zack Sims clocked a 14:37.33. Georgia hosts its second home meet of the season this weekend with the Spec Towns National Team Invitational and the Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon. The Bulldog decathlon kicks off on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Women - The Lady Bulldogs posted another group of strong performances at the Florida Relays over the weekend. Sophomore Carly Hamilton moved into the No. 5 spot in school history after completing her laps in a personal-best time of 4:21.33 to win the event. Runner-up honors in the steeplechase went to senior Leslie Boozer, who shot to the top of the SEC standings and to sixth on the national list with a 10:08.54. This is the second-fastest time in school history. In the 800, junior Megan Malasarte finished with the fourth-best time of her career (other three were school records) to take third. Malasarte clocked a 2:04.37 to be the top SEC finisher. Sophomore Tynia Gaither registered the eighth-best time in Lady Bulldog history (23.64) to take 15th in the 200. Junior Nicole DiMercurio also took over the No. 10 spot in school history after taking sixth in the 5000 with a time of 16:50.87. In the field, junior Elizabeth Tepe took third in the hammer throw after her fourth throw measured 194 feet, 1 inch while freshman Freya Jones made her Lady Bulldog debut in the javelin and took fourth (160 feet). Georgia hosts its second home meet of the season this weekend with the Spec Towns National Team Invitational and the Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon. The Bulldog heptathlon kicks off on Friday morning at 10:45 a.m.
Men - A small contingent of Wildcats competed at the Bellarmine Invitational on Saturday. Ryan Ratliff reached an outdoor season-best pole vault clearance of 1.95 meters/ 6’05.75”. Keffri Neal’s 1,500-meter performance of 3:44.68 from two weeks ago at the Stanford Invitational leads the SEC. Adam Kahleifeh and Luis Orta have the fifth and seventh-best SEC 5,000-meter times in the conference respectively. Andrew Evans’ discus throw from two weeks ago at the Texas Relays is the No. 2 mark in the SEC this season. Women - A small contingent of Wildcats competed at the Bellarmine Invitational on Saturday. Joanne Imbert placed second in the high jump with an outdoor season-high clearance of 1.72 meters/ 5’07.75”. Michelle Canterna finished as the runner-up in the pole vault, with a top clearance of 3.80 meters’05.5”. Shelby Kennard cleared 3.5 meters/ 11’05.75m, tying her outdoor season-high pole vault, before being unable to get over the bar at 3.65 meters /11’11.75”. Chelsea Oswald and Cally Macumber continue to hold the top two 5,000-meter times in the SEC, achieved two weeks ago at the Stanford Invitational. Rebecca Famurewa’s UK freshman-record discus throw ranks No. 2 in the SEC.
Men - The LSU Tigers split a pair of dual meets over the weekend while defeating TCU by a score of 88-54 and falling to UCLA by a score of 106-56 during Saturday’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational held at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. Sophomore sprinter Aaron Ernest certainly made the most of his first 200-meter race of the outdoor season by taking the event title with a wind-legal run of 20.78 (+1.4) to emerge as the NCAA’s No. 11-ranked performer in the event this spring. Ernest, who earned All-America honors during the indoor season with a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter final at the NCAA Indoor Championships, is poised to add his third All-America honor in the event as a sophomore after earning a fifth-place finish in the national final at the NCAA Outdoor meet as a freshman a season ago. The Tigers were also impressive in their 1-2 finish in the 400-meter dash as sophomore Quincy Downing took the collegiate title with a run of 46.27 and freshman Darrell Bush followed in second place with a lifetime personal best of 46.37 in the race. Downing is now the NCAA’s No. 8-ranked 400-meter runner during the 2013 outdoor season, while Bush follows in the No. 12 position on the national list following his first 400-meter race outdoors as an LSU Tiger. Sophomore Rodney Brown also continued his impressive form during the outdoor season as he posted the second-best performance in the discus in his collegiate career with a top throw of 199-6 for second place and set an outdoor PR of 55-11 for third place in the shot put competition on Saturday afternoon. Brown is already the No. 2-ranked discus thrower in the collegiate ranks for the 2013 season with a career best of 206-3 recorded on March 31 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The Tigers return home this weekend as they play host to the Battle on the Bayou on Saturday afternoon at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge. They will then play host to their annual LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday, April 20, on their home track. Women - Led by a historic season-opening victory by junior Natoya Goule in the women’s 800-meter run, the Lady Tigers swept a pair of dual meets against the UCLA Bruins and TCU Horned Frogs during Saturday’s action at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie-Joyner Kersee Invitational held at UCLA’s Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. The Lady Tigers defeated UCLA by a score of 92-70 and TCU by a score of 111-42 in the final dual meet standings on Saturday afternoon. In her first 800-meter race of the outdoor season, Goule broke LSU’s 9-year-old school record with a personal best of 2 minutes, 1.18 seconds that is the fastest time in the SEC, NCAA and World rankings for the 2013 outdoor season. The NCAA Indoor champion has now broken LSU’s school record in each of her last two 800-meter races as she won the indoor national championship with an indoor school record of 2:02.00 in the final at the NCAA Championships on March 9. Goule’s season-opening run of 2:01.18 breaks her previous PR of 2:01.45 and eclipses LSU’s previous school record of 2:01.32 set by former Lady Tiger national champion Neisha Bernard-Thomas during the 2004 season. Fellow junior Lynnika Pitts was LSU’s only two-event winner on Saturday as she swept high jump and triple jump titles to help lead the way for a dual meet sweep. That included a lifetime best clearance of 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump that is tied for the No. 10 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the event. Also cracking the Top 10 in LSU’s school rankings was junior Nikita Tracey, who slashed nearly a half of a second off of her seasonal best in the 400-meter hurdles as she finished the race in 57.35 seconds for a runner-up finish to UCLA’s Turquoise Thompson (56.16). Tracey’s run of 57.35 ranks No. 8 in the NCAA this spring and No. 6 on LSU’s all-time list in the event. Five-time NCAA 200-meter champion Kimberlyn Duncan also opened the defense of her outdoor crown with a season-opening wind-legal run of 23.26 (+1.6) to take the title with the ninth-fastest time in the country in 2013. She recently won her third-straight NCAA Indoor title this season while she has also won a pair of NCAA Outdoor titles in each of the last two seasons.
Men - This weekend’s Ole Miss Invitational will feature a number of world-class athletes, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese, 2012 Olympian Isiah Young and current world pole vault leader Sam Kendricks. It is the first of two straight home meets for the Rebels at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex. Competition gets underway at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with a special primetime feature of the top athletes and events from 6-8 p.m., which follows the Rebels’ spring football game (1 p.m.) and baseball game vs. Alabama (4 p.m.) in a big weekend on the Oxford campus. The Ole Miss men are ranked 11th in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, the same spot they have held all outdoor season. Kendricks led the way once again with a pole vault victory at last weekend’s Pepsi Florida Relays. It was his seventh straight meet victory (excluding SEC and NCAA Championships) as he cleared 18-0.5. He won the pole vault in Gainesville for the second straight year. His winning vault last year was 17-8.5. It was another great performance for the Rebel sophomore, who a week earlier established a world-leading mark of 19-0.75 while breaking his own school record. Young clocked two of the world’s best all-conditions times this year with his performances in the 100 and 200 meter races in Gainesville. He placed sixth in the 100 (fourth-best among collegians) with a season-best time of 10.28 (+2.1 wind), which ranks him 10th in the NCAA and among the top 25 wind-assisted marks in the world. He made his season debut in the 200, the event in which he won the SEC title and competed in the Olympics a year ago. He clocked a 20.81 (+3.5 wind) to place eighth (sixth-best among collegians). That time ranks him 14th in the NCAA and among the top 20 wind-aided marks in the world. Other Rebels who rank among the NCAA’s best this year include Benjamin Lapane in the javelin (39th, 216-5), Onyi Afoaku in the discus (42nd, 179-3) and Morris Kersh in the triple jump (58th, 49-3). Women - This weekend’s Ole Miss Invitational will feature a number of world-class athletes, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese, 2012 Olympian Isiah Young and current world pole vault leader Sam Kendricks. It is the first of two straight home meets for the Rebels at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex. Competition gets underway at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with a special primetime feature of the top athletes and events from 6-8 p.m., which follows the Rebels’ spring football game (1 p.m.) and baseball game vs. Alabama (4 p.m.) in a big weekend on the Oxford campus. Senior Marci Morman’s season-best triple jump highlighted the Rebels’ performance at the Pepsi Florida Relays last weekend. Morman placed fourth with a mark of 41-8.5, which moved her up to 17th in the NCAA this year. Fellow senior Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen also recorded a season best in Gainesville with a time of 59.76 in the 400-meter hurdles. She now ranks 35th nationally in that event. The 4x100 meter relay squad of Shari Russell, Jasmine Williams, Destiny Lundy and Asia Cooper posted a season-best time of 45.27 that ranks them 28th among NCAA schools. Other Rebels who rank among the NCAA’s best this year include Haley Cutright in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (19th, 10:21.60), Allegra Wells in the long jump (21st, 20-2.5), Fabia McDonald in the heptathlon (22nd, 5,117), Russell in the long jump (29th, 19-11.75), Taryn Hartfield in the 110-meter hurdles (32nd, 13.53), Cooper in the 100 meters (47th, 11.62) and Deonna Walton in the long jump (48th, 19-9.5).
Under clear and sunny skies at Sam Bailey Stadium, the Mississippi State track and field team picked up several individual victories at the Crimson Tide Invitational Saturday. In team competition, the Nebraska men earned the win with a total of 149 points, while the Bulldogs finished fourth with 92 points. The Penn State women claimed the overall title with 115.5 points, while the MSU women posted 72.5 points for a sixth-place finish. Jody-Ann Muir picked up multiple victories, running a 54.00 in the 400-meter dash and team season-best 23.89 in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Erica Bougard added a second-place finish in both the long jump (20-2.25) and the 100-meter hurdles (13.80). Fellow sophomore Ebony Brinker also picked up a second-place finish with a 40-1.50 in the triple jump. The men picked up three individual victories in Tuscaloosa. Jason Harper bested the field in the triple jump with a 50-2.00 and picked up 10 points for the Bulldogs. Nathan Arnett ran a 14.17 in the 110-meter hurdles to pick up the win, while Daundre Barnaby was victorious in the 400-meter dash with a team season-best 46.32. Arnett also tacked on a top three showing in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing second with a 51.19. A.J. Ward added a second-place finish in the long jump with a 23-4.00. The Bulldogs will return to action this Saturday at The Battle On The Bayou in Baton Rouge, La.
The University had a successful trip down to Alabama this past weekend, emerging from the meet with six new All-Time Top Ten marks in Missouri's history, and 14 new personal record performances. Among the highlights from the weekend was freshman Sam Dickerson, who ran to a 20-second PR in the 3k Steeplechase to take the win in 8:56.75. This puts him at No. 7 on the All-Time list, No. 4 in the SEC, and No. 21 in the nation. Joining him on the top of the results board was sophomore Macauley Garton, who consistently topped his previous PR mark in the javelin throughout the competition. He emerged from the meet with a final throw of 69.56m (228-2) to take the win, putting him at No. 4 on the All-Time List for Missouri, No. 4 in the SEC, and No. 12 in the nation. Fellow-javelin thrower, junior Hailey Twietmeyer, placed 3rd in the competition with a PR throw of 48.04m (157-7), which puts her at No. 3 All-Time and within sight of the Missouri School Record. She took over the No. 4 spot in the SEC rankings, and No. 19 in the nation. The women in the shot put also took advantage of the occasion, as sophomores Kearsten Peoples and Jill Rushin took 1-2 in the competition. Peoples now takes over the No. 2 spot in the SEC and No. 11 spot in the nation, and Rushin's PR mark of 16.52m (54-2.5) puts her at No. 4 in the SEC and No. 14 in the nation. The Tigers will be back on the road this weekend, Mississippi-bound for the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday. They enter the weekend with 12 top 25 nationally-ranked performances and 25 top ten in the SEC.
South Carolina hosted the Gamecock Open on Wednesday before traveling to Gainesville, Fla., for the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays. In their midweek tune-up, the Gamecocks won seven, highlighted by a sweep of the 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Jonathan Russell ran his first of two collegiate bests of the week with a 53.43. Junior Amber Allen took the win on the women’s side. At the Florida Relays, the Gamecocks posted 12 top-10 finishes while facing their strongest competition of the outdoor season. Sophomore Erika Rucker made her outdoor 400-meter dash debut with a fourth place finish at 52.76. Rucker’s time was the second best by a collegian and is the second fastest in the East region. Senior Kierre Beckles finished sixth overall in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, but her time of 13.13 was the top collegiate time in the field. Junior pole vaulter Petra Olsen grabbed second place with her clearance of 13-05.25 (4.10m). Senior Breanna Radford finished in the top 10 in both of her events on the weekend. Radford posted a fifth-place finish in the invitational shot put field with her season-best throw of 54-054 (16.56m) and was sixth overall in the hammer throw with a mark of 170-10 (52.06m). Two men earned individual top 10s. Senior long jumper Jarrod Hutchen recorded a leap of 24-02.25 (7.37m) in the long jump invitational. Redshirt sophomore Joshua Suttmeier made his season debut in the javelin with a seventh-place showing. Suttmeier registered a throw of 203-00 (61.87m). The women’s relay teams ran season-best times in the 4x100-meter and the 4x400-meter. Beckles, Rucker, junior Vashti Bandy and freshman Alexis Murphy clocked in at 45.07 in the 4x1, the eighth-fastest time in the East. The time was good enough for fifth place. The team of sophomore Christal Green, Bandy, Rucker and sophomore Tamera Harris posted a time of 3:35.19 for 11th place in the 4x4, also a season-best and the eighth fastest time in the East. The men’s 4x400-meter relay foursome of senior Andre Carter, freshman Jermaine Collier, junior Clayton Gravesande and senior Chris Maxwell ran 3:11.78 to take 15th overall. This weekend, the Gamecocks travel to Athens, Ga., for the Spec Towns National Team Invitational.
The University of Tennessee track & field team continued its solid start to the 2013 outdoor campaign this past weekend in Gainesville, Fla., competing in the 69th annual Pepsi Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track. The squad left the meet with one meet and track record, three event wins, 13 top-five finishes, 26 top-10 marks and 12 personal records. Entering their annual home meet, the Vols and Lady Vols have combined for 61 lifetime-best marks this season. The Big Orange will host the 47th annual Sea Ray Relays at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium from April 11-13. The second annual “Sea Ray Showcase,” which features the men’s and women’s 100-meter, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, distance medley and 4x100m relays, will take place from 12:30 p.m. ET to 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday April 13. Directly after, UT will honor its seniors, who will be competing in their last home meet on Rocky Top. Men - Rookie field athletes Kyle Quinn and Jake Blankenship led the way for the Vols in Gainesville. Quinn won the men’s javelin title – his second victory of the young outdoor season – with a personal-record toss of 227-6 (69.35m). That mark, which inched the Somerset, Mass., native closer to UT’s freshman record (232-10), ranks seventh all time at UT, 15th in the nation, fifth in the SEC and first in the country among freshmen. Blankenship (17-8.5) picked up a second-place finish in the men’s pole vault, as three UT vaulters placed in the top four. His teammates Tyler Porter (17-4.5) finished third, while junior Chase Brannon tied for fourth (16-8.75). The Vols also got top-four performances from Tavis Bailey in the discus and from the 4x400m relay team. Women - The Lady Vols, one of the nation’s top women’s relay teams in recent NCAA history, returned to form on the final day of the Pepsi Florida Relays. Tennessee won both the 4x800-meter and distance medley relays races to highlight the final day. The Lady Vol squad of juniors Brittney Jackson and Kianna Ruff and seniors Kelsey Kane and Nijgia Snapp broke the Florida Relays and Percy Beard Track records with a readout of 8 minutes, 28.81 seconds in the 4x800mR. The mark, which ranks as the seventh-fastest in program history, bested the previous record set by four former Lady Vols. In 2009, UT’s Rolanda Bell, Sarah Bowman, Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price turned in a mark of 8:28.99 at the meet. Shortly after, a youthful Tennessee group of freshman Alexis Panisse, sophomores Julia Petree and Amirah Johnson and junior Ty-Vonna Johnson added a win in the DMR. The squad finished in 11:51.88, over 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In the 1,500m, four Lady Vols placed 3-4-5-6, as three of them picked up PRs. Junior Kianna Ruff placed sixth overall and fourth among collegians in the highly-competitive 800m. Ruff ran it in 2:06.08, which currently stands 28th in the nation. Freshman Felicia Brown also had a good weekend, picking up PRs in the 400m and 200m.
Texas A&M travels to Fayetteville for the John McDonnell Invitational this weekend, marking the Aggies first return to the Arkansas outdoor facility since winning its first set of NCAA Outdoor team championships in 2009. This past weekend A&M women defeated Oregon in Eugene during the Pepsi Team Invitational, 201 to 181, and dealt the Ducks their first loss in the four-team meet since 2008. The Aggie men finished second to host Oregon, 194.5 to 180.5, in front of 5,367 fans at Hayward Field. Men - Henry Lelei established a world-leading time of 8:32.94 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he broke his own A&M school record (8:38.90) as well as the meet record of 8:40.91 set in 1996. Sam Humphreys returned to the site of his Olympic Trials javelin victory and defeated Oregon’s Sam Crouser, who is ranked No. 3 among collegians this season. Humphreys, the collegiate leader in 2013 from his opening throw, won the event with a 256-3 (78.10) over Crouser’s 238-5 (72.68). Prezel Hardy, Jr. won the 100 in 10.47 over teammate Michael Bryan (10.57) and Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas (10.61). Ameer Webb claimed another 200m victory, running 20.74 in a downpour to hold off the challenge from Oregon’s Arthur Delaney (21.17) while Hardy (20.80) and Bryan (21.04) claimed second and third overall from another heat. Other Aggie victories included Dalton Rowan in the discus (186-5 / 56.83), Greg Coleman in the 400 hurdles (51.33) and Dave Brown in the triple jump (48-3 ½ /14.72). A&M swept both relays with times of 39.37 and 3:05.85. Women - Jennifer Madu and Kamaria Brown each had a hand in three victories for the Aggies while Shelbi Vaughan produced a pair of wins in the throwing events as Texas A&M defeated Oregon by 20 points in the team battle. Madu won the 100 meters (11.43) and triple jump (41-6 / 12.65) while anchoring the winning 4x100 (43.98). Brown defeated NCAA 100 champion English Gardner of Oregon in the 200, 23.27 to 23.32, while also running on winning A&M efforts in the 4x100 and 4x400 (3:36.84) relays. Vaughan improved the Aggie school record in the discus a third time this season as she produced a throw of 193-4 (58.93) that also takes over the world junior lead for 2013. Vaughan won the shot put with a 47-7 ¼ (14.51) effort. Texas A&M locked up the team victory prior to the 4x400 relay as Amanda Jenkins led a 1-2-4 A&M finish in the 5,000 meters. Jenkins (16:43.27), Hillary Montgomery (16:44.55) and Grace Fletcher (16:46.83) recorded the No. 5-6-7 times on the Aggie all-time list. Donique’ Flemings won the 100 hurdles in a season best of 13.35 and add a third place finish in the 400 hurdles.
The Vanderbilt track and field team went split squad for the weekend of April 5-6. The distance runners competed at the Colonial Relays, hosted by William & Mary, while the rest of the team was in action at the Florida Relays. The distance crew was outstanding, placing in seventh at the meet despite just competing in distance events. Kristen Findley led the way, scoring a win in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:42.78. The 1,500 meters saw black and gold in second, third and fourth. Sara Barron led that crew with a time of 4:24.09, followed by Hannah Jumper (4:24.78) and Lily Williams (4:25.37). The 5,000 meters saw Liz Anderson place fifth with a tie of 16:19.34. The redshirt sophomore’s time ranks as third best in the Southeastern Conference this year. At the Florida Relays, Vanderbilt was led by high jumper Brionne Williams. The junior, who was an All-American in the indoor season, placed sixth. She was among six athletes who cleared 1.76 meters (5’ 9.25”), but Williams took three tries to clear the mark. Next weekend, the Commodores will head east to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Sea Ray Relays.