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    SEC Track and Field Weekly Notebook (April 24, 2013)


    Crimson Tide athletes won five individual events at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet last Saturday in Baton Rouge ... sprinter Diondre Batson won the men's 100-meter dash in 10.26, beating a quality field … Andrew Harris won the men's B section 800 meters … Krystle Schade won the women's high jump (6-0 ¾), rounding into form after some minor injuries have limited her thus far in the outdoor season as she placed well ahead of South Florida's Courtney Anderson … Alexis Paine, who ranks second in the college ranks in the women's pole vault this season, cleared 13-10 to win the event ahead of an excellent field, outpacing her closest competitor, Stephanie Richartz of Illinois, by 5 3/4 inches … In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Parker Deuel won the event for Alabama in 9:30.55, just ahead of teammate Matt Joyner (9:39.83) ... freshman distance runner Katelyn Greenleaf produced one of the finest distance performances in Crimson Tide outdoor track history Thursday evening at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., placing eighth in the women's Olympic Development 10,000 meters in a time of 34 minutes, 52.13 seconds … That performance ranks seventh on the UA all-time list in the 10k and is a personal best for Greenleaf … overall UA's outdoor roster of 70 athletes on the combined men’s & women's team features 41 freshmen (26 men, 15 women), 7 sophomores (4 men, 3 women), 15 juniors (8 women, 7 men) and 7 seniors (4 women, 3 men) ... Several Alabama athletes rank among the nation's leaders in their respective events: Batson in the men's 100 (1st) and men's 200 (8th); Alexis Paine in the women's pole vault (2nd); the Tide's men's 4x100 relay (3rd); Krystle Schade in the women's high jump (5th); Callie Ives in the women's long jump (14th); Yanique Malcolm in the women's 800 (15th); Elias Hakansson in the men's hammer (16th); and Jonathan Reid in the men's triple jump (20th) … Alabama will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend.


    Men - In a head-to-head dual meet with Oregon, the then-No. 2 Razorbacks beat the fourth-ranked Ducks on their home track, 86-77. With Saturday’s performance, Arkansas handed Oregon its first dual-meet loss since the 2000 season. Overall, the Razorbacks won 10 of the 19 events scored during the meet with first-place showings from Akheem Gauntlett at 200 meters, Caleb Cross in the 400-meter hurdles, Stanley Kebenei in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Noah Kittelson in the high jump, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault, Tarik Batchelor in the long and triple jumps, Devin Randall in the shot put and the team’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. Arkansas trailed by as much as 18 points before rallying to overtake the Ducks over the final three events for the win. In this week’s USTFCCCA national poll, Arkansas dropped on spot to No. 3 but are still part of the three-team SEC log jam atop the rankings with Florida and Texas A&M. The Razorbacks next host the Arkansas Invitational this Saturday, April 27, at John McDonnell Field. Field events at the one-day meet begin at 10 a.m. (CT) with running events slated for a 3 p.m. start. Women - The then-No. 10 Razorback women sent their distance crew to Walnut, Calif., last weekend for the 55th Mt. SAC Relays. On day two of the meet, Arkansas gathered four outdoor personal bests with the efforts of Stephanie Brown at 1,500 meters and Diane Robison, Semehar Tesfaye and Valerie Reina at 5,000 meters. With Friday's run, Brown posted the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season. Jessica Kamilos continued her emergence in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best of 10:15.69 at the Mt. SAC Relays. The time also makes Kamilos the third-fastest Razorback in the event, trailing only Lilli Kleinmann and current teammate Grace Heymsfield. In the first national poll based solely on 2013 performances, Arkansas moved up to No. 5 in the country in this week’s USTFCCCA rankings release, and are one of five SEC teams inside the top 10. The Razorbacks next host the Arkansas Invitational this Saturday, April 27, at John McDonnell Field. Field events at the one-day meet begin at 10 a.m. (CT) with running events slated for a 3 p.m. start.


    The Tigers enjoyed a successful final home meet over the weekend as 18 Auburn athletes established new personal bests over the two-day meet … Included were three event victories for Auburn with Keenan Brock winning the men’s 100 meters, Niklas Buhner taking the men’s invitational 1500m and Jason Miller earning the open 1500m title … Freshman thrower Daina Levy set a new Auburn women’s hammer throw record on Friday with a throw of 197-10 (60.32m) on Friday … Levy finished in second place overall as she eclipse the record of 196-11 set by Valentina Srsa in 2008 …  Her previous top throw of 194-1 ranked third and already stood as the Auburn freshman record … Miller scored a win in the men’s 1500m with his new personal best of 3:59.84 … Buhner picked up the victory with a new personal best time of 3:45.50 … Sophomore Joe Fisher set new personal bests in both the 100 and 200 meters on Saturday … In the men’s 100 meters, Fisher posted the sixth-fastest preliminary mark of 10.66 seconds … Then, in the 200 meters, he completed his race in 21.95, a new all-conditions best … Auburn is in action next this week when it travels to three meets –Penn Relays, UCSD Triton Invitational and the Samford Invite.


    The Florida track & field teams finished up their final home meet with a flourish, tallying eight titles at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on a rainy Saturday at Percy Beard Track. The Gators swept the hammer throw, as senior Jeremy Postin and sophomore Jayla Bostic captured the hammer crowns with throws of 65.21m/213-11 and 56.91m/186-8, respectively. The Florida men also finished 2-3-4 in the event, as sophomore Kyle Strawn improved his standing at second all-time in program history with his second-place throw of 64.05m/210-2. David Triassi and David Levin rounded out the UF effort with their throws of 61.54m/201-11 (a new PR) and 58.02m/190-4, respectively. Senior Ugonna Ndu won the final home meet of her Gator career, taking the collegiate women’s 100-meter hurdles in 13.34 (+1.6). Junior Eddie Lovett was the top-finishing collegian in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, racing to an all-conditions season’s best of 13.46 (+3.0). Other winners for the Gators included Ciarra Brewer in the women’s triple jump (13.28m/43-7), Taylor Burke in the women’s high jump (1.80m/5-10.75), Luka Mustafic in the men’s shot put (17.72m/58-1.75), Stephanie Strasser in the women’s 1,500 meters (4:23.66), and Jimmy Clark in the men’s 3,000 meters (8:10.21). Next up for the Orange and Blue is the final weekend of the regular season, the Gators travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Arkansas Spring Invitational, April 26-27, and the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 28.


    Men - The seventh-ranked Georgia men traveled to Auburn, Ala., for the War Eagle Invitational and to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend.  Junior Johnathan Smith was one of several Bulldog winners at the War Eagle meet after crossing the finish line in 20.73.  Smith also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team.  Georgia went 1-2-3 in the shot put as Nick Vena posted the competition's longest throw at 61 feet, 5 inches.  Caleb Whitener and Ashinia Miller took second and third, respectively.  Also in the throws, junior Burke McCarty finished second in the discus with an effort of 175-8.  In California, sophomore Charles Grethen recorded the fastest time in the SEC and the sixth-fastest time in the nation to take fifth in the 800 (1:47.56) while freshman Sid Vaughn grabbed the 10th spot on Georgia's all-time top-10 list with a 13th-place finish in the 10,000 (30:22.87).  Georgia returns to action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, which will be their final meet before the SEC Championships. Women - The ninth-ranked Lady Bulldogs competed at both the War Eagle Invitational (Auburn, Ala.) and the Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.) over the weekend and tallied a host of impressive performances.  During their trip to Auburn, true freshman Shaunae Miller won her second consecutive 200-meter dash race with a time of 22.61.  The 2013 NCAA indoor 400 champion already has the nation's fastest time this season at 22.41 and her performance over the weekend would have been No. 4 on the national list. Junior Elizabeth Tepe was named the SEC Co-Women's Field Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career after letting go of a career-long effort of 200 feet, 5 inches to win the hammer throw.  Freshman Briana Vaughn was also the top collegiate finisher (fourth overall) in the 100 with an 11.67.  In addition, the Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 in the steeplechase with Bret McDaniel (10:54.60) winning and Gabby Fulton (11:14.05) taking second.  The 4x100 relay team and Morgann Leleux (pole vault) also brought first-place finishes back to Athens.  Although she was fourth, freshman Leontia Kallenou cleared 5-11.25 in the high jump.  At the Mt. SAC meet, senior Leslie Boozer clocked the sixth-fastest time in the nation and improved her No. 2 mark in the Lady Bulldog record books after taking third in the steeplechase.  The Georgia women had a pair of competitors register times in the 1500 that are now on the school's all-time top-10 lists.  Sophomore Carly Hamilton had the top collegiate finish (second overall) after posting a career-best mark of 4:17.21 while junior Megan Malasarte was 14th in another 1500 showdown with a time of 4:24.50.  Senior Morgan VanGorder cracked 35 minutes in the 10,000 for the first time in her career to take 13th with a 34:57.90.  In addition, junior Nicole DiMercurio left the Hilmer Lodge Stadium with the eighth-fastest 5000 time in school history to take 14th (16:44.56).  Georgia returns to action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, which will be their final meet before the SEC Championships.


    Men - Kentucky opened the new UK Outdoor Track and Field Facility in emphatic fashion winning 13-of-14 events the team entered at the inaugural collegiate Heart of the Bluegrass Classic on Saturday. 2012 SEC Discus Champion Andrew Evans won both his signature event and the hammer throw on Saturday. The 2012 All-American’s hammer mark of 57.70 meters / 189'4" was a personal best. Bradley Szypka won his second-straight shot put title on the back of an outdoor season best 18.15 meters / 59'06.75”, which ranks No. 7 in the SEC. Kadeem Kushimo swept the 100 and 200 meters for the second time in as many weeks. Keffri Neal edged SEC Indoor Mile Champion Matt Hillenbrand in the mile with a collegiate best 4:06.58. Adam Kahleifeh gave UK a podium sweep in the event. Neal ranks second in the SEC at 1,500 meters and also owns a conference top-10 800M time. Raymond Dykstra won his third javelin title of the season. Ryan Ratliff won the high jump with a new collegiate-best clearance at 2.07M / 6'09.50". Terence Boyd posted an outdoor season best triple jump 14.66M / 48'1.25" in a winning effort. He also placed second in the long jump and had a 1.88M / 6'2" high jump. Women - The Kentucky women’s track and field team moved up 17 spots to No. 24 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings on Tuesday. Kentucky returns to the USTFCCCA outdoor top-25 for the first time since checking in at No. 21 in the 2010 preseason poll. UK opened its new Outdoor Track & Field Facility in style on Saturday winning all of the events entered on Saturday at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic. Cally Macumber and Michelle Canterna, set the school records in their respective events. Macumber’s mile time of 4:37.75 shattered the previous outdoor top time, and bettered former NCAA 3,000 meters Champion Lisa Breiding’s all-conditions school record. The SEC cross country and 3K Champion also set the facility record. Macumber’s converted 1,500 meters time of 4:17.18 ranks second in the SEC. Chelsea Oswald’s top 1500 time is fourth fastest in the conference this season, and she has the No. 2 SEC 5K performance. Canterna cleared the new outdoor school record vault height at 3.87 meters /12’08.25”. Rebecca Famurewa won the shot put, discus and hammer throw, highlighted by a PR 53.64 meters / 176' 0" throw in the latter event. Shiara Robinson won the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best 1:02.62, before anchoring a victorious 4x400-meter relay squad on senior day. Danielle Sampley won the 100 meters in 11.99, while she also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles. Allison Peare won the 800 meters with a time of 2:09.41. Mary Kate Ponder & Hiruni Wijayaratne placed third and fourth respectively. Kayla Parker won the 100-meter hurdles in a non-wind aided collegiate best 13.47. Angelica Whaley was victorious in the 400 meters with a collegiate-best time 55:16.


    Men - The Tigers certainly set the tone on the track while kicking off the afternoon session at Saturday’s LSU Alumni Gold meet as they raced to a top-five time in the NCAA this spring in the 4x100-meter relay. While lining up with a team of senior Damar Forbes, sophomore Aaron Ernest, freshman Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and junior Shermund Allsop for the first time this season, the Tigers passed the stick around the track in a seasonal-best time of 39.24 seconds for fourth place behind Texas A&M (39.02), the Tiger Olympians (39.16) and Team Canada (39.18) in the final. LSU is now ranked No. 4 nationally in the 4x100-meter relay with their performance in the 2013 outdoor season. Allsop also ran wind-aided seasonal bests in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.39 (+2.3) for seventh place in the 100-meter final and 20.91 (+2.7) for third place in the 200-meter final. Ernest sprinted through the finish line with a time of 10.35 (+1.2) for third place in the first heat of the men’s 100-meter dash as he trailed Alabama’s NCAA leader Diondre Batson (10.26) and Texas A&M’s Ameer Webb (10.27). Mitchell-Blake followed Allsop in fourth in the 200 meters while running a wind-aided time of 20.98. Two Tigers scored silver medals in the jumps as senior Damar Forbes posted a wind-legal mark of 25-0 ½ for second place in the men’s invitational long jump and sophomore Andreas Duplantis equaled his outdoor best with a clearance of 17-7 for second place in the men’s pole vault with the 16th-best mark in the NCAA this spring. Forbes was runner-up to former LSU All-American Jeremy Hicks in the invitational long jump as Hicks soared to a wind-aided 27-3 in the third round of jumps to finish more than two feet ahead of the Tiger senior. The Tigers will wrap up the 2013 regular season this weekend with a trip to historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa., for the 119th running of the Penn Relay Carnival that is set to begin for the squad on Thursday. The event will continue through Saturday’s finale at the University of Pennsylvania. Women ¬- LSU junior Natoya Goule proved to be the star of the meet for the Lady Tigers once again with another school-record-setting performance in the 800-meter run during Saturday’s LSU Alumni Gold meet as she took the title while running a lifetime personal best of 2 minutes. 0.76 seconds to set a new Bernie Moore Track Stadium record in the event. Goule became the No. 9-ranked all-time collegiate performer outdoors in the 800 meters as she lowered her own NCAA-leading and World-leading performance for 2013. She ran 2:00.76 to take the title over LSU’s 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion LaTavia Thomas (2:02.72) and senior teammate Charlene Lipsey (2:03.13) while breaking her own school record of 2:01.18 set just two weeks ago at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on April 6 in her outdoor debut. The NCAA Indoor Champion has actually set a new school record in three-straight 800-meter races as she ran an indoor school record of 2:02.00 in the event final at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9. Lipsey’s seasonal-best run of 2:03.13 in Saturday’s 800-meter final is the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked performance this spring. Goule was not the only Lady Tiger to set a new school record this weekend as senior Laura Carleton became the fastest Lady Tiger in history in the 5,000 meters with a record-setting performance at the 55th-annual Mt. Sac Relays held in Walnut, Calif. Carleton raced to a lifetime PR of 15:44.41 on Friday night to finish sixth among collegians for the event with the NCAA’s No. 8-ranked 5,000-meter time this season. She broke the 28-year-old school record of 16:18.89 set by Muffy McLeod during the 1985 season while becoming the fastest 5,000-meter runner from the state of Louisiana in history. Carleton, the SEC Indoor 5k champion, is looking to complete the season sweep of SEC titles as she is now the conference leader outdoors in 2013. Also setting a personal best at the LSU Alumni Gold on Saturday while improving her NCAA standing was junior Nikita Tracey, who smashed her personal best in the 400-meter hurdles with a run of 56.51 seconds for second place with the No. 5 time in the NCAA this season. The Lady Tigers will wrap up the 2013 regular season this weekend with a trip to historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia for the 119th running of the Penn Relays beginning Thursday.

    Ole Miss

    Men - Ole Miss, ranked 16th in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, travels to the Drake Relays for the 104th edition of the prestigious track meet in Des Moines, Iowa. The Rebel men will be competing Thursday-Saturday in their final tune-up before the SEC Outdoor Championships (May 9-12 in Columbia, Mo.). They are led by Isiah Young and Sam Kendricks, who are the current SEC Runner and Field Athlete of the Week, respectively. A senior from Junction City, Kan., Young was dominant in his final home track meet as a Rebel, clocking two of the world’s fastest wind-legal times this year at the Mississippi Open. The London Olympian ran four races and claimed four victories. He blew away the competition in the 100 (10.09) and 200 (20.39), while anchoring the 4x100 relay squad to victory (39.90) and running the first leg of the winning 4x400 relay (3:10.57). Young’s 20.39 in the 200 ranks him third in the world and second in the NCAA this year, while his 10.09 in the 100 is tied for fifth-best in the world this year and is third among collegians. He finished just .01 second from his school record of 10.08 from last year. The 4x100 relay team clocked a season-best 39.90, which is tied for fourth-best in school history and ranks Ole Miss 14th in the NCAA this year. Kendricks continued his impressive pole vaulting with another record on his home turf. For the second week in a row, he set an Ole Miss facility record, this time clearing 18-1.25 to claim victory. The Oxford, Miss., native won his ninth straight regular-season pole vault competition and the 15th of his Rebel career, combining indoor and outdoor. He is currently the world leader with a mark of 19-0.75 at the Texas Relays. The top 48-ranked athletes (and top 24 relays) in the east region in each event will qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round (May 24-25 in Greensboro, N.C.). Rebels who would qualify as of today include Kendricks in the pole vault (1st, 19-0.75), Young in the 200m (2nd, 20.39), Young in the 100m (3rd, 10.09), 4x100m relay (8th, 39.90), Morris Kersh in the triple jump (10th, 51-1.5), 4x400m relay (15th, 3:09.27), Benjamin Lapane in the javelin (23rd, 218-0), Onyi Afoaku in the discus (24th, 179-3), Afoaku in the shot put (34th, 56-10.75), Robert Semien in the 110m hurdles (34th, 14.10), Malcolm Davis in the long jump (38th, 23-11.5), Anthony Branch in the 200m (41st, 21.09) and Hunter Harrison in the discus (46th, 170-0). Women - The Ole Miss women travel to the Drake Relays this week for the 104th edition of the prestigious track meet in Des Moines, Iowa. The Rebels will be competing Wednesday-Saturday in their final tune-up before the SEC Outdoor Championships (May 9-12 in Columbia, Mo.). The Rebel women picked up three victories at the Mississippi Open this past weekend, led by sophomore Haley Cutright’s win in the 1,500 meters. The Roanoke, Va., native ran a personal-best time of 4:25.40 that moved her up to No. 2 in the school record books. She also ranks top two in school history in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters in putting together a great outdoor season so far. Other victories last Saturday included Marci Morman in the long jump (19-6) and the 4x100 meter relay squad of Shari Russell, Destiny Lundy, Jasmine Williams and Asia Cooper (45.61). The top 48-ranked athletes (and top 24 relays) in the east region in each event will qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round (May 24-25 in Greensboro, N.C.). Rebels who would qualify as of today include Cutright in the 3000m steeplechase (13th, 10:21.60), Morman in the triple jump (15th, 41-8.5), 4x100m relay (15th, 45.27), Taryn Hartfield in the 100m hurdles (18th, 13.53), Allegra Wells in the long jump (19th, 20-2.5), Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen in the 400m hurdles (26th, 59.76), Russell in the long jump (28th, 19-11.75), Cooper in the 100m (33rd, 11.62), Deonna Walton in the long jump (40th, 19-9.5) and Anne Threlkeld in the 3000m steeplechase (46th, 10:39.91).

    Mississippi State

    Collecting eight first-place finishes, the Mississippi State track and field team boasted top performances in its rival’s territory, as Ole Miss hosted the Mississippi Open on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs captured multiple wins, as senior Allison Storey posted a season-best 139-02.00 in the javelin throw, and Alyssa Hall neared her best high jump clearance this year at 5-07.00. Also shining for the MSU women included Jody-Ann Muir, who clocked a 54.07 in the 400-meter dash to earn a spot in first, along with Kanishia Carey who finished ahead of the pack in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.80. Chloe Phillips (4:25.66) and Emma Neigel (4:33.59) paced distance runners in the 1500-meter run, finishing second and third, respectively. Ebony Brinker and Sydney Rodkey garnered a pair of Top 3 field performances, as Brinker leaped a personal-best 40-09.75 in the triple jump and Rodkey pole vaulted 11-06.50. On the men’s side, the Maroon and White posted Top 3 times and scores in all events in which they competed. Highlighted by Tavaris Tate’s first-place finish in the 400-meter dash, Dudley’s squad saw a day full of success. Juan Sanchez also earned a spot in first for the Bulldogs, as he finished the 1500-meter run in 3:49.10. Following Sanchez, freshman Patrick Monaghan clocked a 3:53.91 to finish third. In the field, Pitor Antosik threw the javelin for 204-07.00, a score which ranks fifth on MSU’s all-time list. His performance earned him a second-place finish. Placing second and third in the long jump, A.J. Ward and Antavius McGhee leaped for 23-04.00 and 22-09.00, respectively. State’s momentum continued as Jason Harper finished second in the triple jump (49-01.75) and Tate’s speed gained him a spot in third in the 200-meter dash (21.17). The Bulldogs will remain on the road this weekend, as they travel to Philadelphia for the historic Penn Relays on April 25-27.


    The Tigers are coming off of another successful weekend of travel, as groups leave the Mt. SAC Relays and the Iowa Musco Invitational with PRs and a new school record.  Senior Dan Quigley broke his own 5k school record for the second time this season at Mt. SAC, crossing the line in 13:43.38 to claim the No. 2 spot in the SEC and No. 8 spot in the national rankings.  Other PR performances from California include seniors Bailey Belvis, Phil Bascio, Blake Irwin, Max Storms, and junior Hayden Legg.  Storms is currently No. 4 in the SEC with his 14:09.52 5k performance and Legg is No. 6 for the 10k with his 29:42.49 finish.  Irwin came away with a win in the 800m at Mt. SAC before rounding out the weekend at the Beach Invitational with a 1500m performance.  His PR of 3:47.51 puts him at No. 10 in the SEC, just behind teammate Merid Seleshi who hit 3:47.50 at the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational.  In Iowa, 14 more Tigers saw their top marks drop as the squad reaches the final stretch before the SEC Championships next month.  The team will travel to Des Moines, IA, this weekend for the Drake Relays.

    South Carolina

    After taking a weekend off, South Carolina is preparing to compete at the 119th Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., starting Thursday.


    The University of Tennessee track & field team had a relatively light week of competition, as the Big Orange preps for this week’s 119th edition of the Penn Relays. Of those competing, the majority of Vols and Lady Vols made the quick trip to Nashville for the Vanderbilt Invitational, while a group of 10 throwers made their way out west for the a series of four meets in three days in the Los Angeles area. Men - The Vol vaulters put on a dominating performance at the Vanderbilt Invitational, owning the podium with Chase Brannon (17-5/5.31m), Tyler Porter (17-1/5.21m) and Jake Blankenship (16-7.25/5.06m) placing first, second and third, respectively. The three were the only competitors to eclipse 5.00 meters (16-4.75). Sophomore Nick Kaiser carded a second-place finish in the 800m race in Nashville, crossing the line in 1:51.72. Coming off the biggest throw of his career the week prior, sophomore thrower Matthew Hoty finished sixth in the shot put at the Mt. SAC Relays (60-4/18.39m). At the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open, Vol throwers Drew Thomas and Cameron Brown both notched PRs in the hammer. Thomas finished second in the event (189-6/57.76m) and Brown followed closely in third (185-8/56.60m). Tavis Bailey finished sixth in the discus competition at the Long Beach State Beach Invitational with a toss of 179-4 (54.68m). Women - At the Vanderbilt Invitational, junior pole vault Linda Hadfield and freshman sprinter Felicia Brown highlighted the action. Hadfield picked up her first win of the outdoor season, as she was the only competitor to eclipse the 12-foot mark with a winning vault of 12-feet, 4-inches (3.76m). While it was nowhere near the junior’s PR (13-4.25/4.07m), it was enough for the Yorkville, N.Y., native to win the event. On the track, Brown continues to add to a stellar rookie campaign, winning the women’s 200m and placing third in the 100m. Brown ran her fastest non-wind-aided time of her career in the 200m, clocking in at 23.19 seconds. That mark moves her up to 19th in the nation and ninth on the NCAA East Regional Qualifying list. She’s currently the No. 3 freshman in the nation in the event. In California, Lady Vol Aslynn Halvorson recorded a first-place finish in the discus competition at the Soka Peace Invitational. Halvorson recorded a mark of 152-6 (46.49m) to win the event, while her teammates Cassie Wertman and Jessie Harrison placed third and fifth, respectively.

    Texas A&M

    Texas A&M accumulated 23 wins at the LSU Alumni Gold with 13 overall victories, five top collegian performances and five B division victories. In addition the Aggies had eight runner-up performances. This weekend Texas A&M competes in the Penn Relay Carnival held at Franklin Field where the Aggies return as defending champions in the women’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Over the past five years the A&M women have claimed 11 Championship of America titles in the 4x100 (4 titles, 2009 to 2012), 4x200 (4 titles, 2008 to 2011), 4x400 (1 title, 2012) and shuttle hurdle relay (2 titles, 2010 & 2011). In 2010 the Aggie women established collegiate and meet records in the 4x200 (1:29.42) and shuttle hurdle relays (52.50). Men - Deon Lendore ran his first 400m of the outdoor season and promptly set a career best time of 45.00 seconds to win the event by a full second. Lendore’s mark is currently second fastest in the world, a collegiate leader and No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list. Ameer Webb remained undefeated outdoors in the 200m as he clocked a 20.59 into a -3.6 headwind, which would adjust to a 20.32 PR. Webb also finished a close second to Alabama’s Diondre Batson (10.26 to 10.27) in the 100 while leading off the 4x100 relay that won in 39.02. Wayne Davis II challenged world record holder and Olympic champion Aries Merritt in the 110 hurdles, clocking a 13.65 behind the 13.37 for Merritt with LSU alum Barrett Nugent third in 13.72. Greg Coleman and Aikan Graham each established career best times in the 400 hurdles with Coleman winning in 50.67 and Graham finishing fourth in 52.22. Dalton Rowan won another discus title, hitting a mark of 186-6 (56.84) while Casey Strong was the top collegian in the hammer with a 198-9 (60.58).  Women - A windy 22.47 (2.5 wind) won the 200m for Baton Rouge native Kamaria Brown as she produced the second fastest collegiate time of the season, under any conditions. Brown was also part of the 4x100 relay that cruised to a 43.64 win over LSU’s 43.95. Shelbie Vaughan continued her unbeaten string in the discus with a mark of 186-8 that bettered the field by 25 feet. LaQue Moen-Davis won the triple jump with a leap of 42-2 ¾ (12.87). A career best of 11.44 placed freshman India Daniels third in the 100. Sophie Blake won the 1,500 in a career best 4:24.39, moving to No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list. Aliese Hyde notched the third fastest time in A&M history as she placed seventh in the 800 with a 2:07.53. Donique’ Flemings ran a windy 13.08 as she placed second to Olympian Lolo Jones (12.80w). Ibukun Mayungbe had the top collegian finish in the 400 with a 52.99.


    The Vanderbilt track and field team’s weekend started out strong, with Liz Anderson placing fourth in the 10,000 meters elite invitational field at the Mt. SAC Relays. Anderson posted a time of 33:51, shattering the school record by nearly two minutes and earning a fourth place finish. After running her first 10K, Anderson now holds the fastest time in the SEC, the ninth-fastest time in the East Region and the 18th-fastest time in the nation. Action then continued over the weekend with the annual Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville. Vanderbilt scored day one wins in the 1,500 meters (Sara Barron), 5,000 meters (Jordan White) and steeplechase (Amira Joseph). Barron won the 1,500 in 4:20.36, the fastest freshman time in the SEC this season. The second day of competition saw another Vanderbilt win, this time in the 400 meter hurdles. Freshmen Faith Washington and Jennifer Cannon became just the third and fourth runners to complete the event in under 60 seconds. Washington’s time of 58.44 is third in program history and the best by a freshman in the SEC this season. Next up for Vanderbilt is the Penn Relays, April 25-27, in Philadelphia.