SEC Track and Field Weekly Notebook (June 4, 2013)
The Crimson Tide will send 15 athletes in 11 events for an overall 11 entries to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The 4x100-meter relay team of Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and Dushane Farrier earned qualification by winning their heat and recording the fastest time of the day with a 39.09 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. In addition to the 4x100-meter relay team, the men's 4x400-meter relay team qualified. Joel Lynch, Dwight Davis, Ken Taylor and Quincy Smith earned their way to the 2013 finals by running a qualifying time of 3:07.70. Batson qualified for the 200 meters today, running a time of 20.57 and finishing fifth overall. Batson will run in the 100 and 200 meters, while also running a leg in the 4x100-meter relay team in Eugene, Ore. Three freshmen qualified for the 2013 edition of the outdoor championships on the men's side on the final day of the preliminary rounds, including Elias Hakansson in the hammer throw, Imani Brown in the triple jump and Justin Fondren in the high jump. Hakansson registered a throw of 211-1 (64.35m), before passing on his final three attempts, while Fondren cleared a mark of 7-0 ¼ (2.14m) to qualify for his first NCAA Championship meet. On the women's side, Wilamena Hopkins punched her ticket to the championships in the shot put, by finishing 10th in the East Preliminary Rounds, throwing 52 feet, 4 inches (15.95m). Hopkins, a senior from Archer, Fla., saved her best throw of the year for when it mattered most, as she qualifies for the NCAA Championships for the first time since her freshman year in 2010.
Men - The No. 2 Razorback men will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships which will be contested June 5-8 at Hayward Field. Arkansas has 20 national entries spread among 17 athletes and two relays. The Razorbacks will be represented by Tarik Batchelor (long jump, triple jump), Kemoy Campbell (5,000 meters), Caleb Cross (400m hurdles), Nathanael Franks (decathlon), Akheem Gauntlett (400 meters), Dwayne Golbek (high jump), Solomon Haile (10,000 meters), Raymond Higgs (long jump), Andrew Irwin (pole vault), Stanley Kebenei (3,000m steeplechase), Jarrion Lawson (long jump), Kevin Lazas (decathlon), Anthony Lieghio (800 meters), Anthony May (high jump), Leoman Momoh (800 meters), Patrick Rono (800 meters), Tomas Squella (800 meters) and the team’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. With its 20 scoring opportunities, Arkansas is tied for the high mark in the country. The meet will be broadcast through combination coverage by ESPNU, ESPN3.com/WatchESPN and Pac-12 Live. Away from the track, Franks and Anton Kokorin were voted to the Capital One Academic All-District VI Team. Women - The No. 7 Razorback women will complete their season at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships which will be contested June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Arkansas has 11 national entries spread among nine athletes and one relay. The Razorbacks will be represented by Makeba Alcide (high jump, heptathlon), Stephanie Brown (1,500 meters), Gwendolyn Flowers (400m hurdles), Regina George (400 meters), Kirsten Hesseltine (high jump), Grace Heymsfield (3,000m steeplechase), Sparkle McKnight (400m hurdles), Tamara Myers (triple jump) and Semehar Tesfaye (10,000 meters). The Razorbacks have the fifth-highest total of national entries in the country. The meet will be broadcast through combination coverage by ESPNU, ESPN3.com/WatchESPN and Pac-12 Live. For their work in the classroom, Heymsfield and Keri Wood were voted to the Capital One Academic All-District VI Team.
Auburn sends five individual qualifiers and one relay team to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon this week … The Tigers enter unranked on either side with the women’s team just outside at No. 28 … The men’s 4x100m relay is ranked 9th entering the meet and Marcus Popenfoose is 21st … Leading the way for the women are Valentina Muzaric and Maya Pressley, who are both ranked 3rd … Kai Selvon is 7th in the 200 meters and freshman Daina Levy is 10th in the hammer throw … Both Selvon and Pressley are four-time NCAA qualifiers, while Harry Adams and Marcus Rowland are 4-for-4 on the men’s side … Auburn has finished in the top 10 on the men’s side eight times under Ralph Spry … Last season the Tigers’ men were sixth … The women have finished in the top 25 in 14 straight seasons and in the top 15 eight of the last 11 years … Auburn has won 33 individual championships over the years with the men taking 24 and the women nine … The last outdoor title was in 2009 with Joanna Atkins’ triumph in the 400 meters.
The Gators have arrived in Eugene, Ore. and are prepped and ready for the start of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field. The four-day meet begins Wednesday, June 5 and extends through Saturday, June 8. The Gator men are the defending NCAA Outdoor Champions and have placed in the top three at the last four NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the Florida women recorded a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. A program-record 28 qualifiers made the trek from Gainesville to Eugene as 14 women, 11 men and three relays will represent the Orange and Blue at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The women are tied with Oregon for the second-most qualifiers at the NCAA Championships, while the men are also tied with Oregon for the fourth-most qualifiers in Eugene. Along with the new program record, the 15 Gator women (14 individuals, one relay) qualified for NCAAs is also a Florida record and the 13 UF men (11 individuals, two relays) is the second-most qualifiers in program history. The Orange and Blue qualified a program-record 16 men in 2011. Leading the way for the Gators is defending NCAA Champion outdoors in the men’s triple jump, senior Omar Craddock. Craddock advanced as the top seed to the NCAA Championships with a mark of 16.04m/52-7.50 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The Texas native was the only athlete at the East Prelims to surpass the 16-meter mark and was recently named the USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year. Seven Gators entered the East Preliminary Round as the top seed in the region, including both of Florida’s 4x400-meter relays. Individually, Ciarra Brewer in the women’s triple jump, Omar Craddock in the men’s triple jump, Cory McGee in the 1,500 meters, Ugonna Ndu in the 400-meter hurdles and Marija Vucenovic in the javelin all led the East in their respective events and all advanced to Eugene. Seven Gators advancing to the 2013 NCAA Championships have competed at Hayward Field in their time donning the Orange and Blue. Craddock competed in the men’s triple jump at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Eugene, finishing sixth, and landed just outside medal contention in fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Also competing at TrackTown USA last summer were Ebony Eutsey, Marquis Dendy, Dedric Dukes, Eddie Lovett, McGee and Jeremy Postin.
Men - With freshman Maicel Uibo and sophomore Garrett Scantling already booked for their trip to the NCAA Championships in the decathlon, the 11th-ranked Bulldogs had six more competitors qualify for a trip to Eugene, Ore., during the NCAA East Prelims in Greensboro, N.C. Sophomore Nick Vena launched the longest shot put toss at both the East and West Prelims with a career-best throw of 63 feet, 9 inches to be one of two Georgia shot putters to advance. Junior Caleb Whitener was fourth in the event at the Prelims after reaching 60-10.50. Another pair of Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA meet finals in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Charles Grethen punched his first career ticket to the meet after being one of the nation's top middle distance runners all season, but it was freshman Kisean Smith who shocked the field and joined his teammate in advancing. Smith came into the meet ranked in 45th in the East Region and tied for 87th nationally. However, the Snellville, Ga., native shot past four competitors in the final straightaway during the second round of the 800 to clock a personal best 1:49.80 and clinch his spot at the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Drew Branch, who advanced to the Championships in a relay last year, qualified in the 400 hurdles this year thanks to a time of 51.68. Georgia's final qualifier was junior transfer Johnathan Smith in the 100. The three-time NCAA Division III All-American at Guilford College registered a time of 10.30 to keep his season going. The Bulldogs will attempt to improve on their 64th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships starting on Wednesday. Women - Ten competitors from the 10th-ranked Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to battle talent from across the nation at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Nine Georgia women earned their shot at a national crown at the NCAA East Prelims in Greensboro, N.C. One of three returning scorers for the Lady Bulldogs, sophomore Morgann Leleux, cruised into the finals with a single jump in the pole vault. Leleux cleared 13 feet, 5 1/4 inches on her opening attempt after taking second at the 2012 NCAA Indoor & Outdoor Championships. Freshman Shaunae Miller won both the first (51.84) and second (51.72) rounds of the 400-meter dash to advance. Miller's fellow teammate in the sprints, sophomore Tynia Gaither, narrowly missed a trip to the meet in the 100, but bounced back to clock a 23.51 and advance in the 200. In the longer distances, junior Megan Malasarte, a 2012 First Team All-American, got another invitation to the national meet after taking sixth in the 800 with a 2:07.28. The Lady Bulldogs had a pair of qualifiers in the high jump as a senior advanced to her fifth NCAA meet and a freshman earned a shot at her first. Saniel Atkinson-Grier, who has finished as high as tying for sixth, cleared 5-11.25 to make it to her final collegiate competition. Leontia Kallenou, who redshirted indoors, also cleared that height and will be gunning to reach 6-0 or more for the second time in her Georgia career. Fellow freshman Chanice Porter, who has reached at least 20 feet in all of her long jump competitions, took 10th at the Prelims to add her name to the list. In her final outdoor season, senior Leslie Boozer earned runner-up honors in the steeplechase at the SEC Championships before qualifying for her first NCAA track meet after taking sixth at the Prelims with a 10:05.47. Freshman Freya Jones also posted the second-best performance of her career (167-6) to advance to the NCAA Championships. Senior Lucie Ondraschkova already earned her spot to Eugene in the heptathlon after scoring a personal best 5,701 points at the Bulldog Heptathlon earlier this year. The Georgia women were tied for 21st in 2012 and are gunning to return to the top 10 for the first time since 2007.
Kentucky enters the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 10 Wildcats set to compete in 11 events. Six Wildcat men qualified for NCAAs, while four women will compete in five events. Kentucky sends two Outdoor All-Americans from last season to this year’s National Championship. The 10 Wildcats in Eugene have earned eight All-America honors combined throughout each of their careers. Six of the 10 Wildcats that clinched spots in the NCAA Outdoor Championship field will compete in the meet for the first time. Andrew Evans, a 2012 All-America, had the No. 6 discus throw 197’3”/60.12m in the nation during the regular season, and was the No. 3 qualifier at East Prelims. Ray Dykstra, also a 2012 All-American, has been SEC javelin runner up the past two seasons, and was the No. 3 qualifier out of the East with a season-best throw 72.20m/236’ 10”. Keith Hayes was the UK men’s team’s lone All-American during the indoor season. The senior is a three-time All- America (twice 60H, 110H in 2011). Luis Orta broke the UK 3K steeplechase record, running 8:44.22 at East Prelims. Chelsea Oswald is UK’s only entry in two events, the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. She was SEC Champion in both events this season. Oswald has enjoyed a break- out season having been All-America in cross country and in two events indoors. Rebecca Famurewa’s top discus throw this season 187’ 4”/57.09m ranked No. 4 in the nation for the regular season. The Freshman was bronze medalist at the SEC Championships. Kayla Parker (110m hurdles) and Keilah Tyson (10m) are both making their debut appearances in the NCAA Semifinals
Men - The No. 6-ranked Tigers will compete with 12 semifinalists when the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship resumes Wednesday afternoon at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In the wake of their outstanding performance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., two weeks ago, the Tigers have reached their highest ranking of the 2013 outdoor season at No. 6 nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power ranking. They will look to extend and impressive winning streak this week in Eugene as they have won at least one NCAA event championship in 14-straight seasons since 1998 and 25 of the last 26 seasons since 1987. The only season during that span in which the Tigers did not win at least one NCAA event title was 1997. LSU’s most notable contenders for NCAA championships this week include senior Damar Forbes as the national leader in the long jump and the defending NCAA champion 4x100-meter relay team. Forbes soared into the national lead with his performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships as he claimed his first career conference title with an NCAA-leading wind-aided jump of 27 feet, 4 ½ inches. Forbes has also run the leadoff leg for the Tigers in the 4x100-meter relay all season long as the Tigers are the No. 2-ranked team in the national semifinals with a seasonal-best time of 38.98 run in winning the SEC title last month. Joining Forbes on the sprint relay team are sophomore Aaron Ernest on the second leg, freshman Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake on the third leg and junior Shermund Allsop on the anchor leg. LSU’s other NCAA semifinalists ready to compete this week include Ernest (100 meters, 200 meters), Mitchell-Blake (200 meters), senior Joseph Caraway (pole vault), senior Thomas Reinecke (pole vault), senior Caleb Williams (4x400 relay), sophomore Rodney Brown (discus), sophomore Quincy Downing (400 meters, 4x400 relay), freshman Darrell Bush (400 meters, 4x400 relay), freshman Fitzroy Dunkley (triple jump) and freshman Cyril Grayson (4x400 relay). The four-day NCAA Outdoor Championships continues into Saturday’s finale as the Tigers are set to wrap up their 2013 season here in Eugene. Women - The No. 4-ranked Lady Tigers will compete with 12 semifinalists when the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship resumes Wednesday afternoon at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene as they are the nation’s fourth-ranked team for the seventh-straight week in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power ranking. The Lady Tigers emerged from the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., two weeks ago with 12 qualifiers into the national semifinals scheduled to compete this week in Eugene. This week will witness the end of a truly legendary career as senior Kimberlyn Duncan will step onto the track as a Lady Tiger for the final time. Duncan has her sights set on history this week as she has a chance to become the first sprinter in collegiate history – male or female – to win three-straight NCAA Outdoor titles in the 200-meter dash as the two-time defending champion in the event. After already winning her third-straight NCAA Indoor 200-meter crown earlier this season, Duncan is the national leader once again in the 200 meters with a seasonal best of 22.35 set in tying the meet record at the SEC Outdoor Championships. By sweeping SEC titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters, Duncan tied the LSU career record with 12 career SEC event titles en route to the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy. She is also just one win away from tying LSU’s career record of seven NCAA event titles that is currently held by Lady Tiger great Muna Lee during her four seasons from 2001-04. Duncan is also an NCAA title contender in the 100-meter dash again this season after finishing as the NCAA silver medalist the last two seasons. Her seasonal-best wind-aided time of 11.05 from the national quarterfinal is the fourth-fastest under all conditions by a collegiate sprinter during the 2013 outdoor season. Joining Duncan in Eugene this week are senior Laura Carleton (5,000 meters), senior Siedda Herbert (4x400 relay), senior Charlene Lipsey (800 meters), senior Latoya McDermott (4x400 relay), senior Brittany Porter (long jump), junior Natoya Goule (800 meters, 4x400 relay), junior Denise Hinton (hammer), junior Takeia Pinckney (100 meters, 4x100 relay), junior Jasmin Stowers (100 hurdles), junior Toshika Sylvester (4x100 relay), junior Nikita Tracey (400 hurdles, 4x400 relay) and sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight (4x400 relay). The four-day NCAA Outdoor Championships continues into Saturday’s finale as the Lady Tigers are set to wrap up the 2013 season here in Eugene.
Men - Three members of the 14th-ranked Ole Miss men’s team will compete in a total of four events at this week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. The city known as “Track Town USA” will host the NCAA finals for the 11th time (since 1962) at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. All three Rebels earned their way to Eugene via the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C. Isiah Young once again led the way for Ole Miss, advancing in the 100 meters and 200 meters. After setting a school and East preliminary record with a 9.99 in the 100 prelims, he advanced with the top quarterfinal time of 10.01. The senior from Junction City, Kan., qualified for Eugene in the 200 with the second-fastest quarterfinal time of 20.31. The 2013 SEC Runner of the Year was also just named the South Region Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA for his record-breaking season. He is the only collegian to run sub-10 this season. Young will be making his third appearance at an NCAA Championship and is one of the favorites in both short sprints. In his previous championships, Young placed fourth in the 200 and ninth in the 100 at the 2012 outdoor meet and seventh in the 60 at the 2012 indoor meet. Also advancing to Eugene is senior Morris Kersh in the triple jump. The Pearl, Miss., native placed 10th in Greensboro with a mark of 50-5.25. Kersh previously competed at the 2011 NCAA outdoor meet, making second-team All-America with a 14th-place result. Sophomore Sam Kendricks placed top 12 in the pole vault to advance to Eugene, as well. A native of Oxford, Miss., Kendricks has the top mark in the collegiate ranks this year (19-0.75) and will be making his third straight appearance at an NCAA national meet. He earned All-America honors by placing 10th at last year’s outdoor meet and third at this year’s indoor championships. Just missing a berth in Eugene was the 4x400 meter relay squad of Dante Oliver, Montez Griffin, Creighton Serrette and Anthony Branch. They finished 14th in the quarterfinals with a time of 3:08.70. Women - Junior heptathlon Mary Ashton Nall will represent Ole Miss at this week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Auburn, Ala., native is making her first appearance at the national finals after a personal-best performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo. Her score of 5,397, which placed her fourth at the conference meet, was good enough for the No. 23 national seed and a trip to Eugene. She ranks third-best in school history in the heptathlon. The top finisher out of the 10 Rebel women at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C., was sophomore Taryn Hartfield, who placed 18th in the 100-meter hurdle quarterfinals with a personal-best time of 13.44.
Mississippi State will be represented by 13 athletes competing in 10 events at the NCAA championships. Two standouts are competing in two events – Jody-Ann Muir (400m, 4x400) and Daundre Barnaby (400m, 4x400). Erica Bougard is competing in three events (long jump, pentathlon and 4x400). On Monday, Bougard was named the USTFCCCA South Region Female Field Athlete of the Year. At the NCAA East preliminary round, the women’s 4x400 team of Bougard, Muir, Ste’yce McNeil and Ocian Archer set the school record with a time of 3:34.29. Scottie Hearns qualified for the 400-meter hurdles after posting a personal best 50.63. Freshman Piotr Antosik threw a personal best 226-00 to become the first MSU male to qualify for the javelin.
The Tigers brought six student-athletes to Eugene, OR, this week for the NCAA Championships, kicking off Wednesday afternoon at Hayward Field. Freshman Markesh Woodson will kick off the Championships for the black and gold with the 100m dash semifinal. He was one of two freshman to make it out of the Preliminary Round two weeks ago, and enters the competition ranked 11th, according to TFRRS (Track & Field Results Reporting System), with his 10.18 from the SEC Championships. Seniors Laura Roxberg and Malcolm Pennix will hit the track on Thursday for the 1500m semifinal and long jump, respectively. Roxberg is currently ranked 7th and Pennix 19th on the TFRRS lists. Sophomore Katrine Haarklau is the lone Tiger competing on Friday with the women's pole vault, followed by senior Dan Quigley and sophomore Kearsten Peoples on Saturday. Quigley is currently 14th in the 5000m rankings, and Peoples is 3rd for the shot put.
The Gamecocks pushed 10 of their 20 NCAA East Preliminary bids through to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. The No. 22 South Carolina women’s squad secured nine bids for NCAA Finals, the most for the program since 2006 when the Gamecocks collected a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Half of the eight individuals from the women’s team are ranked in the NCAA top 15 entering the final weekend of competiiton - junior Jeannelle Scheper (high jump-No. 3), senior Kierre Beckles (100mH-No. 11), sophomore Erika Rucker (400m-No. 12), freshman Tyler Brockington (400mH-No. 14). A pair of field athletes in juniors Petra Olsen (pole vault) and Breanna Radford (shot put) are also ranked in the top 25 this season at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively. The Gamecocks nabbed two of the 12 400-meter hurdle spots at the East Prelims in Brockington and sophomore Tamera Harris (No. 31). Sophomore Kayla Lampe is just the second in Gamecock history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-meter run (All-American Tanya Povey 1998). The lone South Carolina relay making the trip to Eugene is the women’s 4x100-meter relay. The quartet boasts a season-best 44.62 which they ran at the East Prelims. Junior Chris Royster is the only Gamecock male to qualify for the NCAA Championships, doing so in the 100-meter dash. The two-time All-American is making his individual NCAA debut after running on relays the last two seasons.
The University of Tennessee track & field team qualified a combined 12 athletes in seven events for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, slated for June 5-8 at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore. The four-day meet features the top 24 athletes and relay teams in each event. The qualifiers consist of the 12 best performers from the NCAA East and West Preliminary Round meets. The Vols will send five individual participants and one relay team to Track Town, USA, while the Lady Vols have three individual participants making the trip. The only team to do so, the Orange and White managed to earn three of the available 24 qualifying positions in the men’s pole vault. A SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, Jake Blankenship will look to lead the trio in the event. Juniors Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter will also jump on the opening night of the meet. Brannon finished eighth at last season’s NCAA Championships, while both Blankenship and Porter will make their first appearance at the outdoor nationals. Additional Vol field athletes heading to Eugene will be throwers Tavis Bailey and Kyle Quinn. Bailey was the final qualifier out of the East Region in the men’s discus, recording a mark of 178-feet, 9-inches (54.49m). The sophomore owns a personal record of 196-6 (59.91m) in the event, which he set this season. Redshirt freshman Kyle Quinn posted a lifetime best at the NCAA East Preliminary meet, finishing seventh with a mark of 231-7 (70.59m) in the javelin throw. Quinn is the 15th-seeded qualifier in the event. It will be the first NCAA Championships appearance for both throwers. On the track, the Vol 4x100-meter relay returns to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year. The same foursome finished seventh at last season’s nationals. After mixing up the order, Arnez Hardnick, Jarael Nelvis, Reggie Juin and Jamol James posted their best time of the season at the NCAA East Preliminary meet. The squad punched its ticket by finishing second in its heat, crossing the line in 39.58 seconds. The Lady Vols will send three to Hayward Field this week, as freshman Felicia Brown and seniors Kia Jackson and Nijgia Snapp all make their first individual appearance at the outdoor championship. A SEC All-Freshman Team member, Brown posted a UT freshman record in the women’s 400-meter at regionals, clocking in at 52.33 to finish second in her heat. That mark seeds the rookie ninth in the event. A two-time All-American in relay events, Jackson will make her first NCAA Championships appearance in the long jump this season. The Lithonia, Ga., native posted a mark of 20-1 (6.12m) in Greensboro to earn her way to Oregon. The lifetime best currently seeds Jackson 21st in the event. After appearing in the 800m at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Snapp earned her first individual outdoor bid by running the event in 2:07.50 at regionals. The senior squeaked in with an 11th-place finish, but has run 2:05 this season.
Attempting to win a fourth national championship team title over the past five years has the No. 1 Texas A&M men and the No. 2 Aggie women visiting Hayward Field from June 5-8 with a squad of 29 athletes who total 36 entries in 21 events at the NCAA Championships. The A&M men, who moved into the No. 1 position in the USTFCCCA national computer rankings after the NCAA West preliminary rounds, will have 17 athletes with 20 entries in 12 events. The Aggie women total 12 athletes with 16 entries among nine events. Men - Sam Humphreys joined The Bowerman watch list following a school record effort of 268-8 (81.90) to lead qualifying in the javelin from the NCAA preliminary rounds. Humphreys improved his A&M record by an inch, moved to No. 7 on the collegiate all-time list, and also earned the South Central region Field Athlete of the Year award. Henry Lelei completed his 3,000-meter steeplechase at 1 a.m. in Austin during the NCAA West meet and lowered his school record and collegiate leading time down to 8:27.62 while Isaac Spencer advanced in the steeple with a career best of 8:40.87. Wayne Davis II posted the collegiate leading time, under all-conditions, with a slightly wind-assisted 13.27 (2.1 wind) 9inthe 110 hurdles. Deon Lendore led the 400m field in qualifying with a 45.10 and he split 44.6 on the Aggies 3:02.55 4x400 effort. Dave Brown supplied a surprise for A&M in the triple jump when he improved to 53-0 (16.15) to produce the top mark in the event. Brown’s previous best was a 50-9.5 (15.48) from earlier this season. Ameer Webb, Prezel Hardy, Jr. and Michael Bryan each advanced in the 100 and 200 for the Aggies. Hector Hernandez and Josh Hernandez each set career best times in the 800 to advance as did Gregory Coleman in the 400 hurdles. Women - Sprint, hurdle and relay events provide the Aggies with 10 of their 16 entries. The 4x100 relay has led the collegiate ranks with a 42.56 from the Texas Relays in late March. The 100 has four A&M entries with Ashley Collier, Olivia Ekpone, Jennifer Madu and Ashton Purvis. In the 200 Kamaria Brown leads a trio of sprinters that includes Ekpone and Purvis. Donique’ Flemings returns as a NCAA scorer in the 100 hurdles. LaQue Moen-Davis advanced in the long jump and triple jump for the Aggies and is joined by Madu in the triple jump. A&M will have a pair of athletes, Jena Hemann and Annie Kunz, involved in the heptathlon. Kendall Munoz hit a career best mark of 155-7 (47.43) in the javelin to advance to Eugene.
The Vanderbilt track and field team saw its season come to a close after sending a record 11 athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The top performances came from Kristen Findley and Liz Anderson. Findley reached the quarterfinals in the 1,500 meters, while Anderson fell two positions shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters. Vanderbilt also had Sara Barron, Lily Williams and Hannah Jumper qualify for the NCAA meet in the 1,500 meters, while Anderson was joined by Grace Orders and Allie Scalf in the 10,000. Vanderbilt sent two freshman hurdlers to the NCAA meet, as Jennifer Cannon ran in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, while Faith Washington joined her in the 400 hurdles. On the field side, Brionne Williams and Ellie Tidman returned to compete in the high jump for the second straight year. The 11 athletes qualifying for NCAAs was a record for a Vanderbilt track and field program that also posted its best score at the SEC Outdoor Championships in eight years. It also caps a stellar career for Findley, who leaves as the individual record in the indoor 1,000 meters and outdoor 1,500 meters, while she was a part of school records in the indoor distance medley relay and outdoor 4x1,500 meter relay.