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    Scheper Sets School Record in Outdoor Season Debut Meredith Mill
     
    ATHENS, Ga. – On the second day of the Spec Towns National Team Invitational, the Gamecocks posted 27 top-five finishes, including two wins. Saturday was the final day of competition in the meet hosted by the University of Georgia. 
     
    Already holding the indoor and outdoor school records, junior Jeannelle Scheper bettered her outdoor mark in her season debut. With her outdoor best in Garnet and Black standing at 6 feet entering the day, Scheper cleared 6-02.00 (1.88m) on Saturday. The CARIFTA gold medalist finished second in the invitational section, but was the top collegian overall.  The clearance ties Scheper for the lead in the East and for second in the nation. Levern Spencer, Scheper’s countrywoman from St. Lucia, took the win in the section, clearing 6-03.50 (1.92m). 
     
    Sophomore Meredith Mill snagged victory in the women’s 1,500-meter run, matching her personal best from last outdoor season at 4:35.11.  The time ranks her 10th on the South Carolina all-time event list. 
     
    The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Kendall Kee, junior Chris Royster, senior Andre Carter and sophomore Eric Winfrey also registered a win, running a season best 40.11, ranking 11th in the East. 
     
    Continuing his solid outdoor season, Royster collected two top-five finishes and hit two new season bests. In the 100-meter dash, Royster finished fifth with a time of 10.42.  Later in the day, Royster hit a new season-best in the 200-meter dash at 20.98 for a second place finish. 
     
    Freshman Jermaine Collier had a breakout meet, finishing in the top four in both hurdle events. Running a collegiate best 14.21 in the 110-meter hurdles gave Collier a third-place finish.  In the 400-meter hurdles, Collier took fourth running his second collegiate best of the day at 52.56. The times rank Collier 37th (110-meter hurdles) and 23rd (400-meter hurdles) in the East. 
     
    The women’s relay teams finished second in both events.  In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of freshman Tyler Brockington, sophomore Erika Rucker, junior Vashti Bandy and freshman Alexis Murphy clocked in at a season-best 45.01, the ninth fastest-time in the East.  For the 4x400-meter relay, senior Kierre Beckles joined Rucker, Brockington and sophomore Christal Green to run a time of 3:45.32. 
     
    The 4x400-meter men’s squad of Carter, freshmen Collier and Dondre Echols and junior Clayton Gravesande, finished second with a season best of 3:10.00. The time is the 18th-best in the East.
     
    Bandy nearly set a new PR in the 100-meter dash, running a time of 11.76, just one hundreth of a second off of her all-time best. 
     
    In his individual event of the day, Gravesande finished in fifth place in the men’s 400-meter with a time of 47.57.  On the women’s side, Green finished fourth in the event, running a time of 55.06. 
     
    Brockington was the top Gamecock finisher in the women’s 400-meter hurdles,  running a new personal best of 1:01.17.  Sophomore Tamera Harris also finished in the top five, recording a time of 1:02.45.
     
    The Gamecocks also placed athletes in the top-five in the 800-meter run on both the men’s and the women’s side. For the women, freshman Anna Todd registered the second-best time in the race with a season-best 2:11.07.  For the men, redshirt sophomore Drew Ricci ran a new personal best at 1:53.42 to nab fifth.  
     
    In the 5,000-meter run, three Gamecocks reached the top-five.  Junior Penny Boswell led a 2-3-4 finish with her time of 18.37.52.  Freshman Christine Kent wasn’t far behind with a time of 18:40.83 and classmate Stephanie Berger clocked in at 18:42.94. 
     
    Senior Jarrod Hutchen picked up a third place finish in the men’s long jump, with a mark of 24-04.50 (7.43m). 
     
    The Gamecocks picked up three top-five finishes in the pole vault.  Junior Petra Olsen finished third in the invitational section with a season-best mark of 13-06.25 (4.12m) to rank her sixth in the East.  Sophomore Megan Wall matched her personal record, clearing 12-05.50 (3.80m) to finish second in the women’s pole vault.  The mark puts in her the South Carolina outdoor top-10. 
     
    Freshman Jeffrey Linta took fourth in the men’s pole vault clearing at 15-01.00 (4.60m). 
     
    In the women’s discus, redshirt sophomore Kaysee Sullivan set a new personal record, recording a throw if 149-11 (45.69m) and finished in fourth.

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    BLISS BREAKS SCHOOL SHOT PUT RECORD TO LEAD LSU’S SWEEP AT BATTLE ON THE BAYOU
     
    BATON ROUGE – Sophomore Tori Bliss smashed LSU’s 19-year-old school record in the shot put and senior Kimberlyn Duncan sprinted to an NCAA-leading time in the 200-meter dash to lead a sweep of team titles by the Tigers and Lady Tigers during Saturday’s action at the third-annual Battle on the Bayou held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
     
    Bliss stole the show with her victory as she uncorked a lifetime personal record of 55 feet, 11 inches to win the shot put crown with the NCAA’s No. 8-ranked shot put performance in 2013.
     
    Duncan followed by winning the women’s 200-meter title as she sprinted to the finish line in a wind-legal 22.82 seconds for the fastest time in the NCAA and second-fastest time in the World rankings this spring.
     
    They were among 16 event winners for the Tigers and Lady Tigers on the afternoon, while 14 athletes set new outdoor personal bests during Saturday’s action at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Their effort also led a title sweep for LSU as the Lady Tigers scored 188 points and the Tigers totaled 140 points on the afternoon to defend their team titles at the Battle on the Bayou.
     
    The Lady Tigers were followed by Penn State (139) in second place, Arizona State (134) in third place and Mississippi State (96) in fourth place in the women’s team standings. Trailing the Tigers were Penn State (124) in second place, Arizona State (119) in third place, Connecticut (117) in fourth place and Mississippi State (90) in fifth place in the men’s race.
     
    It marks the second year in a row in which the Tigers and Lady Tigers have swept the team titles at the Battle on the Bayou as they also pulled off the double in the second-annual event a season ago.
     
    “I like scored meets. I appreciate teams like Arizona State, Penn State, Mississippi State and Connecticut coming down and making this a great meet,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “It was very competitive all the way through the final events with each team turning in some outstanding performances. I thought it was a great event.”
     
    Certainly no star shined as bright as Bliss on this day as the sophomore from Portage, Ind., took down the 19-year-old shot put school record of 54-6 ½ previously set by Lady Tiger great Danyel Mitchell in 1994.
     
    Bliss, who entered the meet with an outdoor PR of 51-7 set as a freshman last year and a lifetime PR of 52-11 set during the indoor season this year, let loose a throw of 55-11 in the third round Saturday as she eclipsed Mitchell’s school record by 16 ½ inches. Mitchell was one of the NCAA’s premier throwers during her collegiate career from 1991-94 as a two-time NCAA Champion in the discus in 1993 and 1994 and 10-time All-America selection as a Lady Tiger. She also won six All-America honors in the shot put during her tenure.
     
    What’s even more impressive is that Bliss took the Battle on the Bayou title over Arizona State All-American Anna Jelmini as the Sun Devil junior scored the silver medal with a throw of 55-4 ¾.  Jelmini earned NCAA All-America honors in the shot put this indoor season with a fifth-place finish nationally at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
     
    Jelmini did win the women’s discus crown on Saturday with a throw of 194-5 and is a national title contender in the event this year with an NCAA-leading mark of 198-10 to her credit in 2013.
     
    Bliss is in the midst of a transformation after changing from the glide to the rotation technique in the shot put following the indoor season. Saturday marked just the second time she has used the rotation outdoors this season after opening with a mark of 51-3 ¾ for a runner-up finish at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational a week ago.
     
    “It’s been frustrating at the beginning while trying to get it to click. We had a breakthrough week at practice this week, so I felt pretty confident coming into today,” Bliss said. “I’ve been using the glide technique since I was a freshman in high school, so it’s been a pretty big jump for me to make. For me, it’s all about being comfortable and having confidence in the ring. I had that today.
     
    “I’ve been a lot more confident in practice these last couple of weeks. We’ve had some pretty big marks during the week. It’s great to come out and show that in a competition like we had today.”
     
    As she has done throughout her collegiate career at LSU, Duncan took her rightful place atop the NCAA rankings in the 200-meter dash while winning her second title in as many weeks at the Battle on the Bayou. While opening her outdoor season with a run of 23.26 last weekend, Duncan took the title on Saturday with a national-leading 22.82 (-0.4) for the second-fastest wind-legal performance in the World this spring.
     
    Duncan is off to a fast start in defense of her NCAA Outdoor crown in the 200 meters as the two-time defending NCAA Outdoor champion in the event as she competes during her senior season with the Lady Tigers.
     
    Duncan also ran the second leg of LSU’s winning 4x100-meter relay team as she again teamed with junior Jasmin Stowers, junior Takeia Pinckney and junior Toshika Sylvester for a run of 44.16 to take the title before an Arizona State squad crossing the finish line in 44.77. Penn State was third in the sprint relay final in 45.34.
     
    Stowers later claimed her third victory in four appearances this spring in the 100-meter hurdles as she took the tape in 13.22 (+0.1) ahead Arizona State’s Keia Pinnick in second place at 13.33. Stowers has also taken the win in the 100 hurdles at the LSU Relays (13.39) and UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (13.07) during her junior season.
     
    Stowers is the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked sprint hurdler on the campaign as she owns a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 12.88 that was set in a third-place finish at the Texas Relays two weeks ago.
     
    Setting the pace for the Tigers during Saturday’s Battle on the Bayou were junior Shermund Allsop, sophomore Aaron Ernest and freshman Darrell Bush as each claimed multiple event titles during the competition.
     
    They followed the Lady Tigers with a title of their own in the men’s 4x100-meter relay while teaming with senior Damar Forbes for a narrow victory over Arizona State. With Forbes leading off, Ernest on the second leg, Bush on the third leg and Allsop running anchor, the Tigers crossed the finish line in 39.61 and a split-second ahead of the 39.69 by the Sun Devils for the crown.
     
    Bush set a lifetime PR in the 400-meter dash for the second week in a row as he surged into the lead with 40 meters to go and crossed the finish line in 46.15 for the No. 7-ranked performance in the NCAA for the year. Bush surged ahead of sophomore teammate Quincy Downing on the homestretch as Downing followed in second place with his run of 46.56.
     
    Bush finished runner-up to Downing at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie-Joyner Kersee Invitational a week ago with his previous lifetime best of 46.37 in the event. Downing won the race with a seasonal best of 46.27.
     
    Ernest followed Bush’s effort by winning the 100-meter dash in the next event on the track with a wind-legal 10.32 (+1.1)  ahead of Gabriel Mvumvure (10.42) of the Tiger Olympians. Allsop then added a win in the 200 meters by the narrowest of margins as he posted a wind-aided run of 20.95 (+2.7) to finish just two one-thousandths of a second ahead of the 20.95 by Arizona State’s Ryan Milus in the race.
     
    Bush and Downing then wrapped up the meet by running the first two legs of LSU’s winning 4x400-meter relay for his third event victory of the afternoon. They joined freshman Cyril Grayson and senior Caleb Williams in running 3 minutes, 6.16 seconds for the win ahead of Arizona State (3:06.80) in second place and Mississippi State (3:06.86) in third place.
     
    Also winning two event titles on the afternoon was Lady Tiger senior Laura Carleton as she took the tape in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters for the distance sweep at this year’s Battle on the Bayou.
     
    Carleton joined senior teammate Charlene Lipsey in a tight race to the finish line as she finished just four one-hundredths of a second ahead of her fellow Lady Tiger for the title. Carleton crossed the finish line with an impressive two-second PR of 4:19.99 for the No. 4-ranked performance in school history, while Lipsey followed in second place with a seasonal-best time of 4:20.03. Carleton later added a win in the 3,000 meters while earning an 11-second victory at 9:44.09 for her second meet record of the afternoon.
     
    Two other Lady Tigers won event titles with new outdoor PRs on Saturday afternoon as junior Lynnika Pitts jumped 41-7 ¾ (-2.2) to win the triple jump and freshman Andria Aguilar ran 2:09.33 to win the 800 meters.
     
    In one of the more exciting races of the afternoon, LSU junior Natoya Goule took down Mississippi State senior Jodi-Ann Muir for the women’s 400-meter crown in a battle between two Jamaican internationals. Goule slashed more than one second off of her seasonal-best time with a winning run of 53.16 to finish less than a tenth of a second ahead of Muir’s 53.25 for the victory.
     
    Goule’s speed was certainly on display as she dropped down from her normal distance of 800 meters for which she is the reigning NCAA Indoor champion and NCAA leader outdoors with a best of 2:01.18 in 2013.
     
    Goule ended the women’s competition by anchoring the Lady Tigers to a victory in the 4x400-meter relay as she held off Arizona State’s Brianna Tate on the homestretch for the win. She anchored a team that also had senior Siedda Herbert, junior Nikita Tracey and sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight as the Lady Tigers ran 3:34.82 to beat Arizona State (3:35.16) across the finish line.
     
    Rounding out LSU’s list of event champions at this year’s Battle on the Bayou was Tiger sophomore Rodney Brown, who wasted no time in throwing a series-best of 196-3 on his very first attempt in claiming the victory in the men’s discus final. Brown finished more than 14 feet ahead of the 181-11 thrown by Arizona State standout Jordan Clarke during the competition.
     
    It marked Brown’s third win in five appearances in the discus this spring as he has only been beaten in competition by UCLA’s Julian Wruck during the 2013 season.
     
    Other LSU athletes setting outdoor PRs at the Battle on the Bayou meet were senior Siedda Herbert (24.01) and junior Toshika Sylvester (24.02) in the 200 meters, juniors Leigh-Ann Naccari (10:15.40) and Laura Aleman (10:34.88) in the 3,000 meters, sophomore Chanice Chase (59.71) in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Philip Primeaux (3:53.85) in the 1,500 meters, sophomore Jeremy Tuttle (165-10) and freshman Terry Hughes (142-1) in the discus and freshman Kaitlyn Moreau (100-3) in the javelin throw.
     
    “I love these kinds of meets because the focus is more on how well you compete when you line it up instead of just chasing a better time or a better mark,” Shaver said. “I thought our athletes did a great job of that in the meet today. They went out there and competed for one another just as much as they did for themselves. That’s what I’m most proud of with their effort today.”

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    SNAPP CAPS OFF 47TH SEA RAY RELAYS WITH TONY WILSON MEMORIAL TROPHY
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee track & field team produced seven event wins and Lady Vol senior Nijgia Snapp was named the women’s running Tony Wilson Memorial Trophy winner to cap off the 47th annual Sea Ray Relays at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on Saturday.
     
    Snapp highlighted the action for the Big Orange, winning the women’s Sea Ray Showcase 800-meter race with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 5 seconds. The Mays Landing, N.J., product then anchored the Lady Vols to a win in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:42.73. Her 800m time currently ranks ninth in the nation.
     
    “We had a good weekend all the way around the board,” said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. “From the throws with (Matthew) Hoty’s win to Jake (Blankenship) and the vaulters it was a total team effort.
     
    “On the track, we saw good life with Kia Jackson in the 100m, Felicia Brown being consistent in the 400m and Nijgia making her winning mark in the 800m, which ultimately earned her the Tony Wilson Memorial Trophy.”
     
    Tennessee honored seniors Chris Bodary, Breon Dixon, Jessie Harrison, Kia Jackson, Kelsey Kane, Nijgia Snapp and Drew Thomas following the Showcase 4x100mR.
     
    “It’s always great to host a meet. We have such great track & field tradition here at Tennessee,” Clark said. “It was a great award presentation for our seven seniors and we look forward to seeing how they perform through the rest of the year.”
     
    After being honored for Senior Day, Snapp became the sixth Lady Vol to win the Tony Wilson Memorial Trophy. With 2012 graduate Ellen Wortham winning the last two seasons, Snapp has now extended the streak to three-consecutive Lady Vols.
     
    The award is given each year to the most outstanding male and female athlete in both the running and field events at the Sea Ray Relays. It is named in honor of Wilson, who was the SEC high jump champion in 1971 while competing for the Vols.
     
    Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson was the women’s field winner. On the men’s side, Findlay’s Derrick Vicars and Ashland’s Drew Windle were the Tony Wilson Memorial field and running award winners, respectively.
     
    Snapp was joined on the 4x800m relay by teammates Brittney Jackson, Amirah Johnson and Alexis Panisse. The Lady Vols currently hold this season’s world-leading time in the event, a mark (8:28.81) they set last week at the Pepsi Florida Relays.
     
    Tennessee also got event wins from Brown in the Showcase 400m, as she crossed the line in 53.64, and from Jackson, who won the Showcase 100m in 11.56 seconds.
     
    The Lady Vols picked up their fifth win of the day in the distance medley relay race, finishing in a season-best time of 11:44.88. The quartet was made up of Amber Zimmerman, Julia Petree, Kianna Ruff and Kane.
     
    In field action, freshman Cassie Wertman notched a fourth-place finish in the shot put (50-7.25/15.42m).
     
    Building off Matthew Hoty’s stellar performance in the men’s shot put on Friday night, the Vol pole vaulters came out big on Saturday afternoon. With freshman Jake Blankenship leading the way, three Vols placed in the top four of the invitational competition. Blankenship became the ninth Vol to win the event at the Sea Ray Relays and the first since 2007 with a clearance of 18-0.5 (5.50m). Juniors Tyler Porter (17-4.50/5.30m) and Chase Brannon (17-4.50/5.30m) followed close behind, placing third and fourth, respectively. 
     
    Defending Invitational discus champion Tavis Bailey was unable to repeat, but placed second in the event with a throw of 183-4 (55.88m). 
     
    On the track it was junior Arnez Hardnick that had the big day for the Vols. Hardnick doubled-up with the 100m and 200m races and anchored the Orange and White to a win in the men’s 4x100m relay. Tennessee, which owns the nation’s 10th-best time this season, crossed the line well ahead of the competition in 40.17 seconds. Hardnick placed third in the 200m (21.33w) and eighth in the 100m (10.87). Reggie Juin, Jamol James and Jarael Nelvis made up the opening three legs of the relay in that order.
     
    “On Friday night, the 10Ks were solid,” said Clark. Stephen Derlath has a PR of over 1:45 and All-American Peter Okwera had a PR to finish second. Collectively, the men’s and women’s marks were good throughout the weekend.”

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    TIDE’S BATSON RUNS WORLD’S FASTEST 100 OF 2013 AT SPEC TOWNS INVITATIONAL
     
    ATHENS, Ga. – University of Alabama sprinter Diondre Batson ran the fastest 100-meter dash time in the world thus far this season with a time of 10.06 seconds to lead the Alabama track and field team on Saturday afternoon at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational at the Spec Towns Track on the campus of the University of Georgia.
     
    Batson's 10.06 was with a legal wind of 1.9 meters per second and eclipsed his previous personal best of 10.10. The performance ranks third in UA history in the outdoor 100, just behind the school record of 9.93 set by Calvin Smith in 1983 and a 10.04 clocked by Emmit King in 1983.
     
    “I’m really proud of Diondre’s development,” said UA assistant coach Matt Kane, the Tide’s sprints and hurdles coach. “He did a nice job today of staying patient in the race and just focusing on executing his race. He has tremendous potential and he showed it today.”
     
    Batson’s performance highlighted an excellent day for Alabama’s young and developing team. Alabama athletes won four individual events and two relays while posting several performances that rank among UA's all-time top 10 lists.
     
    "We has some phenomenal performances today and we continue to develop into the type of team we want to have at Alabama," said UA head coach Dan Waters. "Diondre’s performance obviously highlighted the meet, but I was very encouraged by our 4-by-4 (relays) victories and the continued improvements in the field events, in particular. We have some people competing at a consistently high level. We competed hard, made the most of personal-best opportunities and continue to build on the momentum from our home meets. I am really proud of our entire team today.”
     
    On Saturday, Callie Ives started a fortuitous day for the Crimson Tide with an impressive victory in the women’s long jump. Ives post a best of 20 feet, 8 inches (6.30 meters) to win the event. That mark ranks third on the all-time UA outdoor list and is a personal best by exactly one foot over her previous PR of 19-8. Four of Ives’ efforts in her six jumps in the competition rank among the UA all-time top 10 in the event as she also posted efforts of 19-11 (6.07m), 19-11 ½ (6.08) and 20-4 ½ (6.21m).
     
    Alexis Paine won the women’s invitational pole vault competition with a best clearance of 14 feet, 2 inches (4.32m). Paine’s winning height ranks third on all-time UA outdoor list and she also had an earlier clearance on Saturday of 13-6 ¼, an effort that ranks 6th on the all-time UA outdoor list.
     
    Alabama’s Kevin Shannon picked up another victory in the men’s javelin. Shannon’s winning mark of 206-1 (62.81m) is not only a personal best but ranks sixth on the all-time UA outdoor list. Shannon also had a throw of 200-6 (61.11m), an effort that ranks ninth on the all-time UA outdoor list.
     
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    Miller, Ondraschkova Lead Bulldogs on Final Day of Spec Towns
     
    ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia freshman Shaunae Miller clocked the national-leading time under all conditions in the 200 meters and Lucie Ondraschkova claimed the heptathlon title to lead the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Spec Towns Track.
     
    Senior Lucie Ondraschkova set three personal bests and matched another to win the heptathlon by nearly 600 points.  The Opava, Czech Republic, native scored 5,701 points, which is the third-best total in school history and gives her the fifth-best score in the nation this year.  Her previous best was 5,467 set at the 2010 SEC Championships as a freshman.
     
    “This was a really, really good meet for us,” said head coach Wayne Norton. “The weather and the competition make all the difference, so those two things really turned out well for us at this meet. When I go back and start looking at results, I know that I’m going to start seeing a lot of very good marks. All we’re trying to do now is get a collection of good marks so that we can put it together and start scoring later in the season. Not a lot of things went wrong for us today, so hopefully it will just continue to get better from here.” 
     
    Ondraschkova clinched her second career victory in the heptathlon by winning the 800.  By herself for all but 20 meters of the race, Ondraschkova completed her two laps in 2:15.61 to tally her final 884 points.
     
    After getting within two inches of her personal best on her opening attempt in the long jump, Ondraschkova picked up a career-best mark on her third try to win.  She traveled 20-1 to score 887 points and put her up by more than 300 points.
     
    Ondraschkova pushed her lead to nearly 500 points after finishing first in the javelin.  Her second attempt measured 123-1 to boost her total by 620 points.
     
    In the 200 meters, NCAA indoor 400 meter champion Shaunae Miller clocked the fastest time in the nation this season under all conditions at 22.41, easily claiming first place and moving into third all-time in UGA history. Tynia Gaither finished third overall in a career-best time of 23.21 to move into fifth all-time in school history. 
     
    Sophomore Drew Branch sped to a personal-best time of 50.60 to claim first place and move into fifth place all-time in the Georgia record books. He now owns the top time in the SEC this season and ranks fourth nationally. 
     
    The Bulldogs also went 1-2 in the men’s shot put as two teammates reached the 62-foot mark.  Junior Caleb Whitener answered an early challenge from his teammate Nick Vena to win with a season-best mark of 62-7.75.
     
    Vena finished second after the sophomore transfer finished his six throws with a personal-best mark of 62-5.25.  This throw moves him from seventh to sixth on the school’s all-time top-10 list.
     
    Competing for the first time outdoors, freshman Chanice Porter finished second in the long jump with a mark that tied the No. 10 spot in the UGA record books.  Porter soared 20-4.50 as she continues to train for the sweep of SEC titles in 2013.
     
    Sophomore Morgann Leleux also reached a season-best mark of 14-2 to take home runner-up honors in the pole vault.  Leleux was pushed to her final attempt at her last two heights cleared.
     
    Racing in the 800 meters for the first time of the season, sophomore Carly Hamilton claimed first place with a time of 2:08.44, which shattered her previous top outdoor time of 2:16.98. Hamilton now ranks eighth all-time in Georgia’s record books in the event.
     
    In the men’s 800 meters, senior Daniel Grass finished first overall with a new personal-best time of 1:49.46. This marks the first time of Grass’ career that he has run under the 1:50 mark in the 800, and it now ranks him ninth all-time in school history. 
     
    Freshman Kisean Smith finished close behind in third place in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:51.00, and Zane Coburn claimed fourth place with a time of 1:51.54 in his first 800 meter race of his collegiate career. 
     
    Freshman Jamario Calhoun also had a career-best mark of 23-6 for fifth place in the long jump.
     
    In the high jump, freshman Leontia Kallenou cleared a personal-best height of 6-0 to take third place overall and move into a four-way tie for fifth place on the all-time school record charts. 
     
    The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Briana Vaughn, Tynia Gaither, Shaunae Miller and Quintunya Chapman sped to a first-place finish with a time of 44.25, nearly an entire second ahead of second-place finisher South Carolina. 
     
    Emily Brewer turned in a season-best toss of 138-05 in the discus throw to place sixth overall. 
     
    A trio of Bulldogs competed in the 1500 meters, with Steven Spevacek finishing third overall in 4:00.11. Sean Brennan turned in a season-best time of 4:01.84 to place sixth, and Brendan Hoban finished eighth overall in a time of 4:05.83.
     
    Jared Dunn turned in a season-best mark of 14.88 in the 110 meter hurdles to place fifth overall, just narrowly missing his personal-best mark of 14.74 in the event. 
     
    Erika Ramsey sped to a career-best time of 4:38.44 to take third in the 1500 meters, while Victoria Coppage, Marion Kalafut and Lindsey Ebert placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. 
     
    In the 400 meters, Corey Ashbourne set a new personal-best with a time of 48.82 en route to finishing 12th overall. This marks the first time of Ashbourne’s career that he has broken the 49-second mark. 
     
    A pair of Bulldogs claimed first and second place in the 100 meters, as Briana Vaughn raced to the win with a time of 11.46 seconds and Tynia Gaither followed close behind in 11.51. The time marked a new personal-best for Gaither, as she surpassed her previous top time of 11.86 and moved into 10th place all-time in the Georgia record books.
     
    Johnathan Smith took second overall in the men’s 100 meter dash, finishing in 10.23 seconds, which is just 0.03 seconds off his career-best time of 10.20. Pierce Vincent also raced in the event, finishing 10th overall in 10.60 seconds. 
     
    In the men’s discus throw, Burke McCarty finished fourth with a toss of 179-10, while Ray Drew made his season debut in the event with a mark of 146-06. 
     
    Freshman Maurice Freeman tied a career-best mark by clearing a height of 6-10.75 in the high jump to take third place. Freeman also cleared 6-10.75 earlier this season at the Georgia Relays.
     
    Charlie Sparks took first overall in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 9:43.23, finishing seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. 

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    MSU Completes Action In The Bayou
     
    BATON ROUGE, La. – Capturing 19 Top 3 finishes, the Mississippi State track and field team will return home from the Battle on the Bayou with a collection of quality performances.
     
    Highlighted by Nathan Arnett’s win in the 400-meter hurdles (51.26), the Bulldogs gained 90 points on the day to finish fifth. Similarly, the MSU women also posted 90 points, placing them in fourth. Both LSU squads claimed team wins at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on Saturday, the men with 140 points and the women with 179.
     
    “The competition was strong in Louisiana,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. "When you compete against that level, it pushes you to compete harder. We had a handful of great performances today.”
     
    The 13th-ranked Maroon and White men were led by strong showings in the field, as A.J. Ward long jumped 23-05.50 to boast a second-place finish, followed by teammates Jason Harper and Jarrett Samuels who tied for third after jumping 21-10.50.
     
    Harper’s momentum continued as he added points for the Bulldogs, leaping 49-09.00 in the triple jump to finish third.
     
    Later in the day, Marcus Jackson cleared 7-01.00 in the high jump, earning a second-place finish. The junior entered the competition as the second-ranked high jumper in the NCAA.
     
    Freshman Scottie Hearns helped pace the men on the track, finishing right behind Arnett in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a 51.27.
     
    On the women’s side, Jody-Ann Muir and Kanishia Carey posted top speeds for the Lady Bulldogs. Muir’s time of 53.25 placed her second in the 400-meter dash, while Carey finished third in the 800-meter run, turning in a 2:11.24.
     
    Freshman pole vaulter Megan Walker garnered a second-place performance after she cleared 12-09.00. Ebony Brinker and Alyssa Hall also saw Top 3 finishes in their respective events. Brinker’s 40-08.25 landed her third in the triple jump and Hall cleared 5-07.25 in the high jump.
     
    Dudley’s 4x400-meter relay teams earned a pair of third-place finishes as well, as the Lady Bulldog quartet comprised of Muir, Ste’yce McNeil, Brittney Covington and Ocian Archer clocked a 3:40.11. The men’s foursome posted a 3:06.86 in the event. Tavaris Tate, Daundre Barnaby, Brandon McBride and Randy Patterson’s time on Saturday was just over a second more than their season-best 3:05.35, a time that ranks fifth in the NCAA.

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    REBELS RALLY TO CLAIM SERIES WITH NO. 22 ALABAMA

    OXFORD, Miss. – Will Allen came up with a two-out, two-RBI single in the eighth inning on Saturday to break open a tie game for the Rebels as No. 18 Ole Miss (25-10, 6-8 SEC) defeated No. 22 Alabama (22-15, 8-6 SEC) by a score of 5-2.

    The win, sealed in front of a Swayze Field record crowd of 11,729, clinched the weekend series for the Rebels. Ole Miss won the series opener 6-0 on Friday night.

    Tanner Bailey (2-1) picked up the win in relief, working 1.2 innings while allowing a hit, a walk and notching a strikeout. Bailey entered the game in relief of starter Mike Mayers with two men on and one out in a 2-1 game in the seventh inning.

    Mayers was solid in the start, allowing two runs – one earned – with four strikeouts and no walks through 6.1 innings of work. One of his two runs came after leaving the game in the seventh.

    Brett Huber then picked up his eighth save of the season, entering the game in the ninth and closing things out.

    Jon Keller (3-5) took the loss in relief after allowing three runs on two hits with four walks and a strikeout in 2.1 innings of work. All three of the runs scored off Keller were unearned as the Rebels rallied in the eighth inning for the win.

    “This was one of those grind it out types of games,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “Both teams played very well. They (Alabama) pitched well, and we pitched well. They played good defense and so did we. Neither team did much offensively. Today we played a little bit better than them in all phases. Not much, but just enough. We only had three or four hits, but they were all really big hits. I’m proud of the way (Mike) Mayers pitched today. It was for sure the best I’ve seen him all year and the best in a long time.”

    Ole Miss scored first, pushing two runs home in the sixth inning as part of a two-out rally. With a man on third and two away, Alabama elected to intentionally walk Stuart Turner to get to Andrew Mistone. The senior third baseman made the most of the opportunity, lacing a shot back up the middle to bring home Tanner Mathis and leave two men on base.

    Preston Overbey then drew a walk to load the bases before Sikes Orvis would draw a walk to bring Turner home and give the Rebels the 2-0 lead. Alabama then got a groundout back to the pitcher to end the inning.

    The Crimson Tide answered with a rally in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Back-to-back singles opened the frame before Kyle Overstreet delivered a one-out, RBI single to right center to cut the lead in half and send Ole Miss to the bullpen for Bailey.

    Bailey got a fly out for the second out, then got Mikey White to strike out swinging. The ball got away from Turner in a rare passed ball on the catcher, allowing White to reach base safely and load the bases. Andrew Miller then fought off several pitches to draw a bases loaded walk and tie the game before another flyout would end the inning.

    Ole Miss put together an answering rally in the eighth, taking the lead for good with a three-run inning off another two-out rally.

    A walk and a fielding error on a ground ball at short put two men home before Preston Overbey drew a one-out walk to load the bases. A strikeout put two away in the next at bat, but the Rebels’ Allen answered the bell and delivered a shot up the middle to bring to runs home and put Ole Miss on top. Austin Knight then gave the Rebels an insurance run with a pinch-hit RBI single to left as Ole Miss grabbed a 5-2 lead after eight innings of play.

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    No. 2 Razorbacks win five events, tie for first place

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 2 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team collected five wins on its way to a first-place tie in the team standings Saturday at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks were paced by two wins by Tarik Batchelor in the long jump and triple jump. At the end of the meet, the Razorbacks and No. 22 Minnesota were tied atop the scoreboard with 137 points each.
               
    In addition to Batchelor’s efforts, Arkansas also had first-place performances from Akheem Gauntlett at 200 meters, Marek Niit at 400 meters and Anthony May II in the high jump. Behind Arkansas and Minnesota in the team standings, top-ranked Texas A&M finished third with 129 points, No. 15 Oklahoma was fourth with 73 points, Kansas placed fifth with 62 points and Oklahoma State was sixth with 32 points.
               
    “We got a lot accomplished today,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “We had last week off so we were shaking the rust off a little bit. We’ve been working awfully hard and I’m sure I’m speaking for the other coaches, too, because we’re all in the same situation. This month is going to be a heavy work load. It was good to see our 4x1 and 4x4 get around, and everything in between those two events went well. It’s like I said earlier this week, I still believe that no matter what we do, we want to win the meet. I love the fact that there’s finality to the meet and you can see a score.”
               
    Batchelor began his day with a victory in the long jump, getting out to a day’s best mark of 7.90m/25-11 on his third pass down the runway. All three jumps measured for the Razorback senior were beyond the 25-foot mark. Batchelor returned to the track and need just one jump to secure a win in the triple jump. On his first jump, he was measured at 15.76m/51-8.5 which was enough to secure the win. Saturday’s marked his first long-triple double of the 2013 season, indoor or outdoor.
               
    “I think I did a pretty good job in both events today,” Batchelor said. “Right now, I’m just starting to get used to doubling up and adding the long jump. I jumped 7.90 (meters) today which is a pretty good jump for me coming back and using my left leg again. It was a good competition for me. I’m just trying to get myself back into it and take it in stride.”
               
    Arkansas’ first win of the day came on the infield with a win from May in the high jump. The Razorback junior had a final clearance of 2.18m/7-1.75 to win the event and help Arkansas to a 1-2 finish with teammate Noah Kittelson in second. With the victory in hand, May took a pair of attempts at 2.21m/7-3 before passing on his final try at the last bar.
               
    Marek Niit was the Razorbacks’ first winner on the track with his effort at 400 meters. As the team’s only representative in the event, he won section two and was first overall with a winning time of 46.92. Akheem Gauntlett used a charge over the final half of the 200 meters to surpass Waymon Storey of Oklahoma and Michael Bryan of Texas A&M at the tape. He finished with a first-place time of 20.79, the fastest 200-meter time by a Razorback this season.
               
    In the first running event of the day, the 4x100-meter team of Gauntlett, Niit, Caleb Cross and Jarrion Lawson combined for a season-best time of 39.51. The effort was worth a second-place finish in the race and based on times entering the weekend, represents the sixth-fastest time in the NCAA this season. It was one of Arkansas five runner-up finishes during the day.
               
    Along with the 4x100-meter relay team and Kittelson in the high jump, the Razorbacks had second-place results from Gauntlett at 100 meters, Anthony Lieghio at 800 meters and the 4x400-meter relay team of Niit, Gauntlett, Anton Kokorin and Neil Braddy. The finished the meet with a season-best time of 3:07.20.

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    Aggie women win McDonnell Invitational, A&M men finish third

    FAYETTEVILLE – Texas A&M women won the John McDonnell Invitational hosted by Arkansas on Saturday while the Aggie men finished third in team scoring.

    A score of 189 points had the No. 3 A&M women taking the team title over 148 points for No. 12 Arkansas with No. 1 Kansas finishing third with 91. The rest of the field included No. 24 Oklahoma (66) and Oklahoma State (31).

    In the men’s team scoring the host No. 2 Razorbacks and No. 22 Minnesota tied for the win with 137 points apiece while No. 1 Texas A&M scored 129 in third place. The rest of the field included No. 15 Oklahoma (73), Kansas (62) and Oklahoma State (32).

    The Aggies totaled 11 victories in the meet, six for the men and five for the women. Winners for the men included Sam Humphreys (252-2 javelin), Dalton Rowan (185-7 discus), Ameer Webb (10.08w 100m), Henry Lelei (3:44.78 1500m) and both relays, the 4x100 (39.44) and 4x400 (3:06.88). Women’s winners included Shelbi Vaughan (185-4 discus), Donique’ Flemings (13.15w 100H), Olivia Ekpone (11.27w 100m), Kamaria Brown (52.21 400m) and Kendall Munoz (141-3 javelin).

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    No. 12 Razorback win eight events at home meet

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 12 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team racked up eight event wins Saturday at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks collected wins from Martine Borge at 800 meters, Grace Heymsfield at 1,500 meters, Kaitlin Flattmann at 3,000 meters, Gwendolyn Flowers in the 400-meter hurdles, Jessica Kamilos in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kirsten Hesseltine in the high jump, Tamara Myers in the triple jump and the team’s 4x400-meter relay.
               
    “I thought we had a great day,” head coach Lance Harter said. “Considering we had some people running in off events and others in their home events. We had Regina George open up in the quarter and with her 52-point, she’s assured of going on to the regional meet. We just had spectacular performances across the board. Jessica Kamilos, first time to run the steeplechase, runs 10:22 which is a phenomenal mark. It was just that type of meet all the way through.”
               
    The Razorbacks’ first win of the day came from Flattmann at 3,000 meters. Running up front with the lead pack of three for most of the race, the Arkansas sophomore pulled away late to post a winning time of 9:49.67. She was joined in the winner’s circle by Kamilos who, in her debut in the event, won the steeplechase in 10:22.14, more than 20 seconds clear of the second-place runner in the race.
               
    At middle distance, Borge and Heymsfield paced the team with their respective victories. Borge increased her lead over the pack over the final lap of the 800 meters and crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 2:06.21. Heysmfield and teammate Diane Robison posted a 1-2 finish for the Razorback at 1,500 meters. The Elkins, Ark., native led the way with a winning time of 4:23.26, just ahead of the 4:23.58 turned in by Robison.
               
    Arkansas had another personal-best effort from Hesseltine in the high jump. She tied her lifetime best with a final clearance of 1.76m/5-9.25. Hesseltine entered the meet with three consecutive weeks with a 5-8.75 clearance but was able to get over the next bar Saturday. Myers tacked on the Razorbacks second field title with her showing in the triple jump. On her fifth pass of the competition, she got out to a day’s best mark of 12.78m/41-11.25 to secure the win.
               
    Flowers was a two-time winner Saturday. Individually, she raced to first place in the 400-meter hurdles, navigating the track in a time of 59.64. The Razorback senior entered the season with just one career race in the event but Saturday’s race was her fourth of the season. Flowers also led off for the winning 4x400-meter relay team that also included Borge, Makeba Alcide and Sparkle McKnight. The team combined for a time of 3:36.32.
               
    “Overall, we came out second as team,” Harter said. “We’ll take that considering No. 1 (Kansas) and No. 3 (Texas A&M) were here, too. I think today just serves as a glimpse of what we have to come. This week, our sprints/jumps crew will take the week off and just train. Our distance crew will go in and really fire up in their primary events.”
               
    The John McDonnell Invitational was a scored competition with Arkansas coming away with a second-place team finish with 148 points. Third-ranked Texas A&M finished first in the team standings with 189 points while No. 1 Kansas was third with 91 points, No. 24 Oklahoma was fourth with 66 points and Oklahoma State was fifth with 31 points.