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    Men's 4x100 Relay Team Paces Alabama at Drake Relays

    Des Moines, Iowa – Highlighted by a victory in the men’s 4x100 meter relay, the Alabama track and field team had a successful closing day at the 104th edition of the Drake Relays. In addition to the 4x100 victory, the Crimson Tide brought home five top-five finishes in the final day of the prestigious meet.
     
    In a day filled with positives, the stamp on Alabama’s finish to the Drake Relays was the men’s 4x100 meter relay team that put together a near record-breaking performance in the finals, missing the Drake Relays record by one-tenth of a second. Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and Dushane Farrier now own the third-best 4x100 time in Alabama history with a clocking of 38.97, the first sub-39 second time by a Tide relay unit since 1983. The mark represents the second fastest time in the nation this year, trailing only Texas A&M’s 38.64. Earlier in the year the foursome put up the Crimson Tide’s fifth-best time ever at the Crimson Tide Invitational. 
     
    Both the men’s sprint medley relay and women’s distance medley teams had success on Saturday. The women’s distance medley team set a school record while finishing runner-up to Minnesota’s 11:06.47. The quartet of Susie Kemper, Dacia Mays, Yanique Malcolm and Kimberley Ficenec put together a remarkable race, beating SEC foe Georgia and nationally ranked teams Illinois and Iowa State. James Harrington, Joel Lynch, Quincy Smith and Ken Taylor combined to run the fastest time of the year for the Crimson Tide men, finishing fifth with a time of 3:19.70.
     
    Freshman jumper Justin Fondren added to his memorable first year at the Capstone, adding his fifth top-five finish of the outdoor campaign. Fondren finished third in the high jump with a mark of 6-11½. 
     
    In the triple jump, junior Jonathan Reid finished sixth, registering a jump of 50-4 ¾, while freshman teammate Imani Brown added another top-10 finish by finishing ninth with a 50-2 ¾ effort. Brown now has six top-10 finishes this season
     
    Adding to the success in the relays, the men’s 4x400 relay team added a top-five finish in the afternoon session. The group of Joel Lynch, Dwight Davis, Quincy Smith and Ken Taylor ran their fastest time of the year with a 3:06.04 to place fourth.
     
    The Crimson Tide will be back in action May 9, as the men and women travel to Columbia, Mo., for the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships. For live and up-to-the-minute results and breaking news make sure to follow the Alabama Track & Field Official Twitter at @AlabamaTrack.



    Lady Bulldogs 4x400 Relay Team Breaks School Record

    PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Concluding the largest and oldest track meet in the country, Mississippi State track and field wrapped up day three of the 119th Penn Relays by earning all Top 5 finishes, including one which broke a 3-year-old school record.
     
    “We proved that we belong among the premier athletes,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Our athletes gave it their all. They left everything on the track, and I am proud of their efforts today.”
     
    In front of a crowd of 48, 871 fans, Lady Bulldogs Ocian Archer, Jody-Ann Muir, Ste'yce McNeil and Erica Bougard finished second in the women’s 4x400-meter relay college competition on Saturday at Franklin Field. Their time of 3:34.88 was not only the quartet’s best race of the season, but broke a school record previously set in 2010 (3:36.43). The women’s performance placed MSU ahead of Southeastern Conference foes Kentucky and South Carolina in the event.
     
    MSU field athletes also excelled on the final day of action as Marcus Jackson cleared 7-02.50 in the high jump to garner a second-place finish.  Jackson, who entered the competition as the third-ranked high jumper in the NCAA, finished only behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Indiana.
     
    Earlier in the day, newcomer Piotr Antosik threw the javelin for 221-08.00 to land a spot in third, while Jason Harper leaped 50-06.00 in the triple jump to finish fifth. Antosik’s score was a personal-best and will place him third on MSU’s all-time list.
     
    “Overall, we had a successful showing this year at the Penn Relays,” Dudley said. “Now it is time to put the regular season behind us. We have got to set our focus on championship season and continuing to qualify for the NCAAs.”
     
    Dudley’s team will have a two-week break before it heads to Columbia, Mo., for the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships hosted by Missouri on May 9-12. 
    For more information on MSU track and field, follow the team on Twitter (@msutracksarah). 



    Aggies Dominate Last Day of Penn Relays, Tally 12 Total Wins on Weekend

    PHILADELPHIA – On another sun-splashed day at Franklin Field, the Aggies put their sprint, hurdle and relay prowess on display in front of 48,871 fans at the 119th Penn Relay Carnival. Texas A&M totaled eight wins on the final day and claimed a dozen victories over the course of the three-day festival, which attracted an attendance tally of 111,284.
     
    “This team did a fine job up here,” stated Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “This has been the best effort from a team I’ve had at this meet in a long, long time. To win that many championships at this meet is significant. This team definitely left a mark this weekend.”
     
    Within a span of an hour and a half on Saturday, Texas A&M won six events as they swept the men’s and women’s Championship of America titles in the 4x200 relays, the 100/110 hurdles and the 100 meters. Earlier in the day A&M had a win in the college division triple jump and then the Aggies closed out the meet with a victory in the men’s 4x400 while the women placed third.
     
    Individual victories were attained by Donique’ Flemings in the 100 hurdles (13.11), Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles (13.67), Olivia Ekponé in the 100 meters (11.37 career best) and Ameer Webb in the 100 meters (10.24).
     
    “In the 100 meters and the hurdles, to run those times on this track, is a very good effort,” noted Henry. “Running Ameer Webb on the 4x400 gave us a little different look and that is what we wanted to do.”
     
    Webb had a hand in three of the A&M men’s victories on Saturday, running the anchor leg of the 4x200 and the lead-off leg in the 4x400 in addition to his individual win in the 100.
     
    “This is what Texas A&M is all about, we come here to compete,” said Webb. “My plan was to just go out and beat someone today. In a relay you have people you have to depend on. In the 100 it’s all you, focusing on your race and doing whatever steps it takes to get the win.”
     
    While the Aggie women ran a collegiate leading 1:29.98 for the 4x200 victory, recording the third fastest time in school history, they topped the field by two-and-a-half seconds. The A&M foursome included Ashton Purvis, Ashley Collier, Ekponé and Kamaria Brown.
     
    The 1:29.98 is also the fourth fastest time in Penn Relays history. The Aggies have possession of four of the top five times ever run at Penn, including the collegiate record of 1:29.42 set in 2010. This was the fifth Penn Relays title in the 4x200 for Texas A&M over the past six years.
     
    Finishing behind the Aggies in the 4x200 were Rutgers (1:32.55), G.C. Foster (1:33.07), Indiana Tech (1:33.46), Houston (1:33.46), Norfolk State (1:34.03), George Mason (1:34.51) and South Carolina (1:34.86). 
     
    Entering this year’s Penn Relays with 11 relay victories over the past five years, the Aggie women added three more Championship of America relay wins this year to total 14 trophies in the past six seasons. It’s the second time in three years the A&M women have claimed three relay victories at Penn.
     
    In the men’s 4x200 the Aggies won with a 1:20.75, 10th best in Penn Relays history and fourth fastest in school history. The relay crew consisted of Michael Bryan, Prezel Hardy, Jr., Aldrich Bailey, Jr. and Webb, each of whom won their first Penn Relays watch. 
     
    A&M expected a strong challenge from UTech, who won the 4x100 earlier in day with a 38.92, and St. Augustine’s, runner-up in the 4x100 with a 39.33. The first exchange of the baton eliminated UTech as they never completed the pass. Meanwhile, the Aggies had a solid start with the exchange from Michael Bryan to Prezel Hardy, Jr.
     
    When Bailey handed the baton to Webb, stretching the zone a bit, A&M was in control of the outcome. Webb motored to the finish with St. Augustine’s placing second in 1:21.51. The rest of the field included Middle Tennessee (1:23.38), Savannah State (1:23.65), Pittsburgh (1:23.77), South Carolina (1:23.82) and Tennessee (1:23.35).
     
    Flemings advanced to her first final in the 100 hurdles at the Penn Relays and promptly won with a season best time of 13.11 (0.5 wind), which is currently the fifth fastest Division I time in 2013. 
     
    Flemings defeated a field that included Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith (13.15), South Carolina’s Kierre Beckles (13.16), Kayla Parker of Kentucky (13.29), Houston’s Sade Mariah Greenidge (13.35), Evonne Britton of Penn State (13.37), UTech’s Megan Simmonds (13.48), and Kristen Brown of San Diego State (13.69).
     
    “I been practicing for this and trying to do everything correctly,” noted Flemings. “I had to get out there, finish well, and don't let anything distract me. I just had to9 worry about my lane and finish the race. I knew it was going to be close. I just knew I had to concentrate on my race, and just finish.”
     
    Wayne Davis II won the 110 hurdles in 13.67 (-0.3 wind) over a 13.85 from Donald Pollitt of Syracuse, a 13.92 by Virginia Tech’s Jeff Artis-Gray and a 13.99 from Keith Hayes of Kentucky. Trey Holloway of Hampton had a false start, but the delay didn’t bother Davis.
     
    “I felt really sloppy going into the race, and I felt like I could have done better,” noted Davis. “But it was way better than what I ran last year (13.71 for fourth place), so it’s definitely a win. I didn’t feel like my usual strength coming out of the blocks. I'm coming off an injury, so I'm just trying to get things back together. Compared to where I was last year, I'm already ahead of myself. So I'm happy about that.”
     
    The last set of Aggie individual wins came in the 100 meters. Ekponé had a good start and continued to build a lead over the field the rest of the way, setting a career best of 11.37 (0.6 wind) for the win, which places her No. 9 on the Aggie all-time list.
     
    Elaine Thompson of UTech finished second in 11.54 with Indiana Tech’s Adella King third in 11.55. Then three sprinters each clocked 11.70 with Houston’s Kiersten Brewer, Kentucky’s Tamyah Pipkin and Western Carolina’s Tayla Carter placing fourth, fifth and sixth.
     
    “It’s amazing, I didn’t think I was actually going to run that fast today,” stated Ekponé. “To be here at the Penn Relays and to run a career best in the 100 feels extraordinary. This is my first time to run an individual race at Penn.”
     
    Webb needed a strong finish to capture the victory in the men’s 100 as his 10.24 (-0.4) held off the 10.28 from UTech’s Andrew Fisher. Then a set of 10.53s battled for third between St. Augustine’s Taffawee Johnson and Monroe’s Suwaibou Sanneh while Auburn’s Jeremy Hardy placed fifth in 10.55.
     
    In the final event of the meet Webb aided the Aggie winning effort of 3:02.52 by running the lead-off leg, splitting 46.0 to put the squad in contention. Baily followed with another 46.0 as A&M began to pull away from the field.
     
    Then a 45.4 carry from Carlyle Roudette put paid to any challengers as he gave anchor Deon Lendore a very healthy lead. Lendore, who split 44.3 in the prelims, finished off the victory with a 45.1 split as the Aggies won with a solid cushion over the 3:03.96 from St. Augustine’s for second place.
     
    The rest of the field included Pittsburgh (3:04.16), Oregon (3:06.24), Princeton (3:06.26) and Middle Tennessee (3:07.60) while Mississippi State did not finish. The 3:02.52 by the Aggies is the 11th fastest time at Penn as well as the A&M all-time list.
     
    "It was all about bringing home the gold for the team,” said Lendore. “My teammates went through a lot. We had a hard day of competition with a lot of races. I just wanted to end the day with a bang and that is what we came out to do. 
     
    “Last year, I anchored and we lost, so to me this was revenge to show what we really can do. I didn’t want to make the same mistake as last year. When I got the baton, I was delighted that we had the lead. I went out there real comfortably to control the race the best I could.”
     
    The morning started with a victory for Dave Brown in the men’s college division triple jump. A sixth round mark of 50-0.5 (15.25) claimed the win over a pair of jumpers from East Carolina – Allen Bordley and Miles Coates – who each produced a mark of 49-8.5 (15.15) in the sixth round as well.
     
    Brown’s best going into the final round was 48-11 (14.91) from the third round. Indiana’s Richard Rouse, who led the competition from a first a first round 49-5.5 (15.07), ended up in fourth place. 
     
    As the defending champions of the 4x400, the Aggie women were in contention of winning a fourth Championship of America title this weekend at the Penn Relays. A very game effort had A&M posting a time of 3:27.89, the third fastest in school history, which placed them third in a very competitive race.
     
    Oregon won the race with a Penn Relays and Franklin Field record of 3:26.73 while UTech finished second in 3:27.85. The Ducks broke the meet record of 3:27.64 set by Texas in 2003 while UTech equaled the second fastest time at Penn.
     
    The Aggies mark is now fifth on the all-time Penn Relays list. The A&M crew consisted of Ekponé (53.4), Ibukun Mayungbe (51.6), LaKeidra Stewart (52.7) and Brown (50.2).
     
    Finishing behind the Aggies were Penn State (3:33.47), St. Augustine’s (3:33.63), George Mason (3:33.72), Hampton (3:35.17) and LSU (3:36.00).



    No. 5 Razorbacks Pick Up a Pair of Wins

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 5 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team capped Saturday’s Arkansas Invitational with back-to-back victories. Jessica Kamilos continued her mid-season emergence with a first-place effort at 1,500 meters while the Razorbacks’ 4x400-meter relay combined for a victory in the final event of the competition.
     
    Off her personal-best performance last weekend in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kamilos ran to a first-place finish and a lifetime best of 4:24.55 at 1,500 meters. Taking the lead from the start, the redshirt freshman pulled away for the two-second win over the field. In Kamilos’ previous two races, she established bests in the steeplechase with a PR of 10:15.69 last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays.
     
    In the final event of the day, the Razorbacks’ 4x400-meter relay team of Makeba Alcide, Chrishuna Williams, Ivanique Kemp and Gwendolyn Flowers combined for a head-to-head win over UCF. Facing a deficit on the final leg, Flowers made up the stagger to anchor Arkansas to a final time of 3:43.75. The Razorbacks were without Regina George and Sparkle McKnight who competed at Penn Relays.
     
    Pulling double duty for Nigeria, George was part of the team’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays at Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The Razorback senior turned in the fastest split of the day with her run of 49.5 on the third leg of Nigeria’s 4x400-meter relay. George began the day as the second leg on the team’s 4x100-meter relay which finished with a time of 43.52 and a fourth-place finish.
     
    McKnight was also in Philadelphia as a representative of her native Trinidad & Tobago. She ran the opening leg of the team’s 4x100-meter relay. Trinidad & Tobago finished in eighth place overall with a time of 44.19. George and McKnight are members of both Razorback relay teams.
     
    Arkansas totaled six runner-up results and four personal-best performances Saturday at its home meet. The Razorbacks’ second-place finishes came from Alcide in the shot put, Kemp in the 100-meter hurdles, Valerie Reina at 3,000 meters, Danielle Nowell in the pole vault, Tamara Myers in the triple jump and Rebecca Gorden in the javelin. Alcide also had the best wind-legal mark of her career (5.89m/19-4) in the long jump.
     
    The Razorbacks’ distance crew will carry the team’s banner Sunday afternoon during the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.



    Four Wins Highlight Damp Arkansas Invite

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The third-ranked University of Arkansas men’s track and field team collected four wins Saturday as it hosted the Arkansas Invitational at John McDonnell Field. The Razorbacks had wins from Akheem Gauntlett at 400 meters, Brede Ellingsen and Noah Kittelson in the high jump, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault and the team’s 4x100-meter relay.
     
    Saturday’s meet, hindered by early morning rain and cool temperatures, was Arkansas’ fourth outdoor home meet of the season. The Arkansas Invitational also featured No. 1 Florida, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 23 Ohio State, Tulsa and Wichita State. The meet also included day one of a decathlon competition, the first of the season for NCAA indoor heptathlon champion Kevin Lazas.
     
    The Razorbacks opened competition on the track with a victory in the 4x100-meter relay. The team of Gauntlett, Neil Braddy, Jarrion Lawson and Marek Niit passed the baton around the track in a time of 39.52, just .01 off its season best from the McDonnell Invitational two weeks ago. Over the past two weeks, Gauntlett has five wins to his credit—two individual and three relay. 
     
    Gauntlett was back on the track for an individual victory at 400 meters. In a near blanket finish, the Razorback senior pushed past the lead group to finish with a winning time of 46.13. The top four in the race finished within .08 seconds of each other. Saturday’s race was the first open 400-meter competition for Gauntlett of the outdoor season. Based on times entering the weekend, Gauntlett’s time stands at No. 15 in the NCAA.
     
    A pair of Arkansas athletes tied for first place in the high jump with Brede Ellingsen and Noah Kittelson both posting final clearances of 2.02m/6-7.5. The Razorbacks swept the vertical jumps with a win by Andrew Irwin in the pole vault. The Razorback sophomore finished the event with a final clearance of 5.16m/16-11. He cleared that height on his second attempt and, with the victory in hand, decided to pass on any further attempts.
     
    After day one of the decathlon, Lazas is in third place overall with 3,860 points. He was bolstered by a trio of runner-up finishes in Saturday’s field events. Lazas is followed in the overall standings by teammates Matt Kirbos in fourth place and Nathanael Franks in seventh place. Day one of the decathlon includes competition in the 100 meters, long jump, high jump, shot put and 400 meters.
     
    The Razorbacks added three runner-up efforts to Saturday results. The team’s second-place performers included Anthony Lieghio at 800 meters, Caleb Cross in the 110-meter hurdles and Jeff Woods in the javelin. Woods posted a personal-best throw of 63.34m/207-10 in the event.
     
    The decathlon will resume Sunday with its first event scheduled for a 2 p.m. (CT) start. Day two of the 10-event competition will feature the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters. Lazas will be looking for his first decathlon score of the season. He is the school-record holder with his performance of 7,955 points at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
     
    For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.



    Kentucky Wraps Up 119th Penn Relays

    Wildcat competitors posted multiple impressive performances at the 119th Penn Relay Carnival in front of 48,871 fans at historic Franklin Field.
     
    “The Penn Relays is a big time competition in front of big time crowds,” Floreal said. “We handled the pressure of the crowds and the competitive field well. I am very proud of our team.”
     
    A three day total of 111,284 fans watched the Kentucky Wildcats compete at the 2013 Penn Relays alongside some of the top competitors from every level of track and field.
     
    The Kentucky 4x100-meter relay team of Brandon Bagley, Kadeem Kushimo, Ben Mason and Keith Hayes got UK off to a strong start to the day with a season best-tying time 40.94.
     
    With the action shifting to individual events in the mid-afternoon, Wildcats rattled off three straight significant performances.
     
    Kayla Parker placed fourth in the college 100-meter hurdles championship with a wind legal collegiate best time 13.29.
     
    In the next race on the track Keith Hayes also finished fourth with a time of 13.99 in the 110-meter hurdles college championship.
     
    Moments later Tamyah Pipkin also posted a wind-legal collegiate best 100 meters time 11.70 in the championship race to place fifth as determined by photo (the fourth-place finisher also ran 11.70).
     
    In the college men’s 4x800-meter relay Championship of America Robert Scharold, Matt Hillenbrand, Sean Keane and Keffri Neal combined to run 7:22.53 for a sixth place finish.
     
    Kentucky’s 4x400-meter relay squad of Angelica Whaley, Shiara Robinson, Pipkin and Morganne Phillips ran a 2013 best time 3:38.68 in the college division.
     
    Terence Boyd placed 14th in the college triple jump with a top mark of 13.96 meters / 45’9.75”.
     
    UK's women's distance medley relay team finished secon in the Championship of America race on Thursday.
     
    This year's Penn Relays hosted some of the top collegiate teams in the nation, multiple 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in Saturday's USA vs. The World Competition as well as high school races, special olympics competitons and masters races featuring competiors more than 75-years old.



    11 Wins Highlight Rainy Day for Gators

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Florida track & field teams pushed through a cold, rain-soaked Saturday in Fayetteville to capture 11 titles, eight seasonal bests and four personal bests at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
     
    "We had a solid day today," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. "I'm very proud of the way we competed considering the cool weather conditions."
     
    Senior Jeremy Postin (Andover, Kan.) won the men's hammer throw to start the day, tossing a new season's best of 68.68m/225-4 on his final throw. Sophomore Kyle Strawn (Temecula, Calif.) was impressive as well, throwing a new personal best of 65.56m/215-1 to take the runner-up spot. Sophomore David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) joined in on the day of personal bests, tossing a career best of 59.59m/195-6 to finish fifth and move into sixth all-time in program history.
     
    "I'm very happy with the hammer throwers today," Holloway noted. "For three of them to throw seasonal bests and two of those to be PRs, that's where we want them to be heading into the conference portion of the season."
     
    Sophomore jumper Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) leapt to a new season's best of 13.45m/44-1.50 in the women's triple jump, taking the title Saturday and leading the Gators to a sweep of the event. Senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) captured the men's triple jump title with his leap of 15.76m/51-8.50, finishing just ahead of sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), who captured runner-up finishes in the triple and long jumps.
     
    Dendy, the 2013 NCAA Champion in the men's long jump indoors, posted a new personal best in the triple jump of 15.53m/50-11.50, etching his name in the Florida record books at 10th all-time in program history. In the long jump, Dendy put up a jump of 7.77m/25-6 to finish behind OSU's Mike Hartfield, who is just behind Dendy nationally in the event.
     
    Sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) captured the women's high jump, her third-straight victory of the 2013 outdoor season. Burke cleared a seasonal best of 1.81m/5-11.25 to win the event.
     
    "I'm very pleased with Taylor jumping a seasonal best," Holloway said. "She continues to get better as we move into the championship season."
     
    Freshman Kadesh Roberts (Bay Shore, N.Y.) won the first race of his collegiate career, taking the men's 400-meter hurdles in a new personal best of 52.86.
     
    Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) easily took the men's 110-meter hurdles in 13.72, his second-fastest wind-legal time of the season.
     
    The Gators' weekend isn't finished yet, as seven members of the distance crew will compete at Stanford in the Payton Jordan Invitational. Action begins for the Orange and Blue at 3:50 p.m. PT Sunday with senior Stephanie Strasser (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Live results for the meet are being provided by Record Timing<http://www.rtspt.com/events/stanford/pjc13/> and fans can find a full schedule, heat sheets and accepted entries on the site as well.



    UGA's Hamilton Sets School Record at Drake Relays

    DES MOINES, Iowa --- Georgia sophomore Carly Hamilton topped a 29-year-old school record with the fastest time in the nation this year during the final day of the 104th running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
     
    “This was a very good meet for us and probably one of the best we have ever had at the Drake Relays,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton.  “We won eight events, which is far more than we usually pick up at this meet since we usually average three or so here.  I am proud of the athletes and coaches.  We did well in every event area possible.  That is something that we have not always been able to do in this program.  Sometimes weather doesn’t cooperate here but it got better and better as the meet went on this time around and we used that to have a good showing.”
     
    Hamilton shaved five seconds off her personal best in the 1500-meter run to register a Drake Relays record with a 4:12.15.  This is the nation’s fastest time this season by a second and a half and improves Linda Detlefsen’s mark of 4:15.25 set at the 1984 SEC Championships by more than three seconds.
     
    Hamilton now has one of the world’s top-20 fastest times in 2013 and Norton is excited that the team’s middle-distance standout has reached this point.
     
    “Carly ran a time we knew she was capable of,” Norton said.  “Sometimes in our sport, it’s really good to finally just go out and do it.  That word that we talk about called ‘potential’ has been there for her but it was great to see it come true.  All of a sudden, Carly is in a whole new level.  
     
    “If we look at some of the greats from the recent past in Kristie Krueger and Natalie Picchetti, we know that a time like Carly finished in not only gets you to nationals, but also is a threat to score at nationals.  Carly is very representative of people we have on this team right now.  We have a lot of strong competitors like Megan Malasarte and Charles Grethen and when you have this trait, you are able to finish strong and not just get off to a quick start.”
     
    Despite having four new faces on the relay, the Bulldogs won their second consecutive sprint medley relay at the Drake meet to be the other Georgia win on Saturday.  Freshman Pierce Vincent, senior Daniel Grass, sophomore Drew Branch and sophomore Charles Grethen clocked a 3:17.72 to finish first by half a second.
     
    Grass returned in the 800 to take seventh with a time of 1:50.81, which is the second-fastest finish of his career.
     
    Quintunya Chapman, Rashan Brown, Shaunae Miller and Megan Malasarte combined in the spring medley relay to take second with a time of 3:46.02.
     
    In the 4x100 relay, freshman Briana Vaughn, Brown, Miller and Chapman had a third-place finish in the finals after registering a time of 44.64.
     
    “Shaunae was spectacular every time she stepped on the track,” Norton said about the 2013 NCAA indoor 400 champion.  “She is going in the right direction and I am anxious to see what she can accomplish with the postseason now here.”
     
    On the men’s side, freshman Jamario Calhoun, junior Johnathan Smith, freshman Pierce Vincent and sophomore Justin-Scott Wesley were fifth in the 4x100 finals after recording a season-best time of 40.23.
     
    Junior Elizabeth Tepe also launched her sixth attempt in the hammer throw 196 feet, 6 inches, which is the second-best meet of her career.  She was the top SEC finisher and sixth overall.
     
    Also of note, Scott-Wesley finished eighth in the finals of the 100 after speeding to a 10.61 finish.
     
    Georgia returns to action at the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo., on May 9-12.
     
    Results and recaps from the Drake Relays will be found at georgiadogs.com.



    Trio of Top-Three Finishes Tops Off Penn Relays for South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina closed competition at the 119th Penn Relays with a strong showing on Saturday, led by the individual performance of Kierre Beckles, who claimed third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.16. Both the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay teams for the Gamecocks claimed third in their finals on Saturday as well.
     
    In a day dominated by relay finals, Beckles made her mark on her own. After turning in the third fastest prelim time on Friday, the senior stayed right on target with her third-place showing on Saturday.
     
    The women had three relays to finish off on Saturday. The 4x400 team of Christal Green, Erika Rucker, Vashti Bandy and Nadonnia Rodriques paced the group with a 3:36.12 to claim third place The 4x200 and 4x800 teams finished in the top 10 as well.
     
    On the men’s side, three relays closed the meet for the Gamecocks. Andre Carter, Clayton Gravesande, Chris Royster and Jermaine Collier posted a season-best time of 3:08.37 to take third in the 4x400. In the Championship of America 4x100, the Gamecock quartet finished fourth with a time of 40.34. South Carolina also placed a 4x200 team in the Championship of America. That group of Royster, Eric Winfrey, Carter and Chris Maxwell finished fourth with a time of 1:23.82.
     
    The Gamecocks take next weekend off before traveling to Columbia, Mo., May 9-12 for the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. 



    Ole Miss' Young Breaks 100m School Record

    DES MOINES – Isiah Young broke his own school record and captured his second straight 100-meter title at the Drake Relays to lead Ole Miss on Saturday, the final day of the prestigious track & field meet.
     
    For the weekend, Ole Miss produced a pair of school records and numerous personal bests and marks that rank among the best in the nation this year. The 104th edition of the Drake Relays featured 19 Olympic medalists and many other top pro, college and prep athletes.
     
    “This was our most complete weekend this season,” said Rebel head coach Brian O’Neal. “Once you get into the championship part of the season, it’s about starting strong and finishing strong. I thought we carried our momentum from one day to the next this weekend and we really stood up and competed. That’s the type of effort and attitude we need to carry us into the SEC Championships.”
     
    Young ran 10.07 to blow away the high-level university competition and bettered his previous school record of 10.08 from last year’s Drake Relays win. His time moves him up to No. 2 in the NCAA this year, while the +2.1 wind reading does not qualify his mark for world rankings. He has now posted back-to-back great times after his 10.09 last week in Oxford.
     
    A senior from Junction City, Kan., Young also anchored the Rebels’ 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, which placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The 4x100 squad, which included Robert Semien, Anthony Branch and Creighton Serrette, clocked a strong time of 39.69 that is second-best in school history and among the best in the NCAA this year.
     
    “Isiah had a great weekend,” O’Neal said. “The emphasis was coming in here and running well on back-to-back days, which is what he’ll have to do in getting ready for the SEC Championships. Yesterday he did a great job battling some headwinds and today he ran a good race, but I think he will be the first one to tell you he can clean up some things to be able to achieve some of the goals he has set for himself. What I really love about Isiah is that he is the consummate team guy. He loves being on the relays and doing whatever he can to help the Ole Miss Rebels.”
     
    Sam Kendricks continued his outstanding sophomore campaign on Saturday with a strong showing against a field of professionals in the London Games Rematch section of the men’s pole vault. He tied for the third-best clearance of 18-0.5 and placed fifth on misses. He was the only collegian among the nine-man field.
     
    The men were led on Friday by personal bests from Benjamin Lapane in the javelin (219-1) and Malcolm Davis in the long jump (24-5).
     
    On the women’s side Saturday, sophomore Taryn Hartfield paced the Rebels with her performance in the 100-meter hurdles. Running against a strong headwind, Hartfield tied her personal best with a time of 13.53 to place third. She remains third-best in school history with that time.
     
    Sophomore Haley Cutright was fast again in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, coming up just four seconds away from her school record with a time on Saturday of 10:25.26, placing fourth.
     
    The women’s 4x100-meter relay squad of Kiannah Alexander, Shari Russell, Jasmine Williams and Asia Cooper placed sixth with a time of 45.38 on Saturday.
     
    On Friday, Allegra Wells produced a second-place finish in the women’s university long jump with a personal-best 20-5, which moved her up to No. 6 in school history.
     
    On Thursday, Kayleigh Skinner broke her own school record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:59.20 to place third, and Mary Ashton Nall was runner-up in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,324 (third-best in school history).
     
    The 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships will be May 9-12 in Columbia, Mo.



    Alabama Wins Three Events at Samford

    Birmingham, Ala. – Led by Elias Hakansson’s new school record in the hammer throw, the University of Alabama track and field team had a record-breaking day at the 2013 Samford Multi Invitational on Saturday in Birmingham. The team won three events and set six personal records and season highs, while posting four performances that rank among the school’s top 10 for those events.
     
    Freshman Elias Hakansson continued his impressive first year at Alabama. Not only did Hakansson win his third event of the outdoor season, he extended his UA record in the hammer throw with a mark of 211 feet, 4 inches. Four of his five legal throws from Saturday rank in the school’s all-time top 10. Hakansson’s first throw of 205-2 ranks just outside the school’s top 10 list, while his second throw of 207-4 is the 10th best throw in UA history. The third throw in his series traveled 209-5 which ranks 9th in Crimson Tide annals. After a foul on his fourth throw, Hakansson registered his all-time best throw of 211-4, re-setting the UA record. The native of Halmstad, Sweden, put up a throw of 209-5 on his final throw, good for 7th in UA history. 
     
    Hakansson now holds all 10 spots on the school’s top-10 list. In just three meets, Hakansson has recorded 13 throws of over 200 feet, the only athlete in Alabama history to record a throw of over that distance.
     
    Also, sophomore thrower Charodd Richardson set a new personal best in the hammer by recording a mark of 198-2 for a third-place finish. His brother, Charond Richardson, placed 10th with a throw of 171-5.
     
    “Elias set a school record and is capable of even more, but the person I am really proud of today is Charodd Richardson,” said UA assistant coach Doug Reynolds, who coaches the Tide throwers. “Charodd did a great job today and is really starting to come into his own and should be a factor at the SEC meet in two weeks.”
     
    On the women’s side, a pair of victories by veterans Alexis Paine in the pole vault and Krystle Schade in the high jump highlighted the day. Paine captured her fourth victory of the year in the pole vault by recording a mark of 13-3½, while Schade added her third win of the outdoor seasons in the high jump by clearing a height of 6-0¾. Also in the pole vault, Anna Rawles set a new career best, vaulting 12-5½, and Autumn Conn tied her personal best with an identical vault of 12-5½. They finished tied for fifth.
     
    Freshman jumper George Freiberger tied his personal best with a 48-7¼ in the triple jump, finishing second, his highest finish of the year. Fellow freshman Jonny Steigler finished fifth in the pole vault, clearing 15-1.
     
    Sophomore Nia Barnes put together a remarkable day as well, finishing second in the hammer throw. Barnes’ throw of 179-0 is the longest of her career, and ranks second on the UA all-time list. Lee Stowers garnered a third-place finish, recording a mark of 177-11 – tied for third in Alabama history. 
     
    “Nia PR’d today after struggling most of the season, so that is a big positive for us,” Reynolds said. “She’s capable of being a factor at SECs as well. Lee barely missed a big throw due to a toe foul, but she had a strong, consistent series.”