SEC Track and Field Weekly Notebook (January 28, 2014)
Crimson Tide athletes broke more than 20 personal records, and 10 performances landed in the school’s history books last weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial at Kentucky ... a pair of performances in the 800 meters highlighted the meet for Alabama as senior Yanique Malcolm recorded the nation’s second best time (2:06.58, third-best in Alabama history) in the women's 800 and freshman Jacopo Lahbi ran 1:48.71, a mark that ranks fourth in the nation and third in school history ... sophomore Justin Fondren took first place in the high jump while setting a new indoor personal best of 7-0.50 ... junior Charodd Richardson threw a mark of 65-10.50 in the men’s weight throw, an effort that ranks eighth on the school’s all-time list and broke his previous PR ... senior Kamal Fuller long jumped 24-9.25, the ninth-best mark in the nation in 2014 ... sophomore Lacey Dent finished fourth in the women's pentathlon with 3,643 points, good for third all-time in school history, as she scored 961 points with a top finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.76) ... sophomore Nia Barnes set a personal best with a 64-0.25 in the weight throw, fourth-best in Alabama indoor history, and shattering her previous best (60-8.50) ... in the men's sprints, senior Akeem Haynes set a PR in the 60 (6.76) while freshman Tony Brown II made his debut with a 6.89 ... sophomore Quincy Smith ran the 10th-best 400-meter time in Alabama history while setting a new PR of 47.72 ... the men's 4x400 relay of Dwight Davis, Alex Amankwah, Nick Efkamp and Quincy Smith ran 3:08.53, the sixth-best time in Alabama history and the fastest by an Alabama quartet since 2006 ... in the women's 60, junior Remona Burchell (7.38) and freshman Quanesha Burks (7.58) had PR performances ... in the women's 400, freshman Alex Gholston (55.69) set a new PR ... in the men's shot put, freshman Kyle Felpel set a new PR of 59-9.75, good for No. 6 on the all-time Alabama list ... freshman Hayden Reed also PR'd in the shot put with a throw of 57-5.75, ninth on the all-time Alabama list ... sophomore Imani Brown set a new PR in the men's triple jump (49-7.75) ... the Tide continues the indoor season this Friday-Saturday (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) at the Indiana Relays at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.
Men - The men were off this weekend, but return to action next weekend as Arkansas hosts the Razorback Invitational Friday and Saturday at Randal Tyson Track Center. Women - A few members of the women’s track and field team competed in the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque over the weekend. Tamara Myers set a personal best mark of 20-7.75 to win the long jump and finished third in the triple jump with 42-0, another personal best for the sophomore. Three Razorbacks placed in the top ten in pole vault, with Danielle Nowell finishing fourth with a personal best mark of 13-8.25. Ariel Voskamp and Megan Zimlich post identical marks at 13-2.25, a personal record for Zimlich. The Razorbacks are back in action next weekend as Arkansas hosts the Razorback Invitational Friday and Saturday at Randal Tyson Track Center.
The Auburn track and field team continued its 2014 indoor season this past weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational held at the Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center. The Tigers came away with wins in five events led by sophomore Jessie Johnson, who tied her school record clearance of 13-1.50/4.00m in the pole vault. Freshman distance runner Rachel Givens broke the school freshman record in the 3000m run with a time of 9:42.93, which snapped Kathi Ward's nine-year record by over six seconds. All-SEC thrower Valentina Muzaric recorded the second-longest throw in Auburn history in the shot put with a distance of 54-6.75/16.63m en route to winning her second-consecutive shot put title. Auburn had three finishers in the top-5 in the mile led by senior Niklas Buhner who set the facility record with a time of 4:02.60. Junior Ty McCormack finished fourth with a personal best time of 4:03.89, while junior Kane Grimster placed fifth at 4:05.95. Junior thrower Marcus Popenfoose won the shot put with a throw of 57-0.00/17.37m. The Tigers had 49 athletes participate in the meet, accumulating nine PRs. Auburn will return to action February 8-9 at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Seven event victories and two meet records closed competition for the University of Florida at the Rod McCravy Memorial – USTFCCCA’s Division I National Meet of the Week – in Lexington Friday and Saturday Jan. 24-25. Junior Ciarra Brewer jumped her way to a meet record, season-best mark and the second-best performance in the nation (13.33m/43-9) in the triple jump. Sophomore Arman Hall (400m, 45.84) and seniors Sean Obinwa (800m, 1:48.20) and Ebony Eutsey (400m, 52.76) joined Brewer with the second-best marks in the nation in their respective events. Defending NCAA Indoor Champ senior Eddie Lovett (7.70) clocked the third-fastest 60mH in the nation so far this season. Florida’s men’s 4x4 of Nick Uruburu, Hugh Graham, Jr., Ryan Schnulle & Hall set a new Rod McCravy meet record (3:07.20). Sophomore Robin Reynolds additionally still holds the second-best mark in the nation in the long jump from UF’s season-opening UAB Invitational (6.38m/20-11.25). In terms of league standings, Florida holds the top performances in the Southeastern Conference in the W400m (Eutsey), M800m (Obinwa), W3000m (Cory McGee), M60mH (Lovett), M&W DMR and WLJ (Reynolds-tie). Next up, Florida will hit the road for Fayetteville, Ark., for competition at the Razorback Invitational Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Men - Sophomore Maicel Uibo highlighted Georgia's second weekend of indoor action with a national leading score in the heptathlon at the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque. Uibo won his first collegiate meet in the event after scoring his second-highest total (5,811) thanks in part to a personal-best effort in the shot put (46 feet, 1/2 inches). His world-leading score is leading the collegiate ranks by nearly 200 points. A pair of Bulldog shot putters also managed a 2-4 finish at the meet. Junior Nick Vena reached 61-10.50 to earn runner-up honors while senior Caleb Whitener had a top effort of 60-11.50. In addition, freshman Alex Poursanidis launched the second-longest throw for a freshman this season in the weight throw of 63-5.50 to take fourth. Georgia also had a group competing at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville. In the 5000, sophomore Brendan Hoban completed his laps in a personal best 14:43.14 for second place as junior Charlie Sparks managed a third-place finish. Charles Grethen, Jamario Calhoun, Johnathan Smith and Henry Dwyer combined to take second in the distance medley relay with the fifth-best time in school history (9:55.17). Junior Drew Branch opened his season in the 400 and was third with a personal-best time of 47.69. Also taking third was junior Brandon Lord in the 3000 with a time of 8:18.21. Georgia will train through the coming weekend before traveling to the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 7-8. Women - The Lady Bulldogs piled up six collegiate top finishes and earned nine spots on the nation's current top-10 lists during the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. True freshman Kendell Williams highlighted the weekend by recording personal bests in four of five pentathlon events and setting a PR in the pentathlon with 4,302 points to establish a new American Junior record at the Cherry & Silver meet. Williams’ score is No. 1 nationally and No. 2 in the world this year and trails only 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain in the school record books. This is the first collegiate pentathlon and only the second meet at Georgia for Williams, who moved into the school’s all-time list in three separate events. In addition to leading the country in the pentathlon, Williams is also No. 6 on the national list in the long jump (20 feet, 6 1/4 inches) and No. 9 in the high jump (5-11.25). A close second behind Williams was her senior teammate Lucie Ondraschkova. Ondraschkova was only 10 points off of her personal best as she totaled 4,218 points through five events. She had three individual PRs to move to No. 2 on the national list. Also in New Mexico, redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou continued her fast start by taking second in the high jump with a mark of 6-0.75 (trailing only national leader Jeannelle Scheper). Junior Morgann Leleux won her second consecutive meet of the season in the pole vault with a season-best mark of 14 feet. This kept Leleux into the lead in the SEC and landed her fourth nationally. True freshman Asianna Covington started her career in the weight throw and was fourth with a top effort of 65-7, which makes her the top freshman nationally and No. 5 in the SEC overall. The Georgia women also had success in Nashville as they kept mostly to the track. Redshirt freshman Rashan Brown clocked the sixth-best 400-meter dash time in school history (54.51) to be the top collegiate finisher while also being the second collegiate across the line in the 200. Senior Megan Malasarte started her final campaign in the 800 and won easily with a 2:07.09. Malasarte returned to the track in the distance medley relay with Taylor Hollingsworth, Carly Hamilton and Leslie Boozer and won with the third-best time in school history at 11:24.86. In the 5000, junior Bret McDaniel improved her No. 8 spot in the school record books by winning the event with a time of 16:40.74. Georgia will train through the coming weekend before traveling to the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 7-8.
UK accounted for four nation-leading times on Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet. Kendra Harrison and the women's 4x400 actually posted the world's fastest time this season as the UK track and field program made a major statement. Harrison posted a time that is tied for the world lead (7.96) in the women's 60-meter hurdles, and anchored the world-leading 4x400-meter relay time (3:33.35) with approximately a 53.0 split. She also lowered her school-record 60-meter hurdle time to 7.96, winning against a field which included last year's national-runner up in the event, Tiffani McReynolds, as four of the top seven hurdlers in the nation were in the McCravy 60H final. Late in the afternoon Bradley Szypka won his third shot put competition from as many starts this season, this time with a personal-best throw 19.43m/63’9” which ranks No. 8 nationally. Soon after, Matt Hillenbrand defended his McCravy Meet 3,000-meter title, but the fashion in which he did so showed just how far the senior has come during his UK career. Hillenbrand has progressed on the track especially since the start of last track season with a Southeastern Conference Mile Championship and All-America honor at 1,500 meters outdoors as major accomplishments. Hillenbrand pulled away in dominant fashion and broke the eight-minute barrier for the first time in his career with a nation-leading time of 7:59.55. His previous-best time was 8:10.04 at the same meet last year.
Despite the challenges of traveling through a winter storm that hit South Louisiana and East Texas on Friday, the LSU Track & Field teams made the most of their trip to College Station on Saturday while claiming seven event titles and posting 27 indoor personal bests during the Texas A&M Triangular held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Seniors Joseph Caraway, Jasmin Stowers and Nikita Tracey, junior Tori Bliss, sophomore Fitzroy Dunkley, freshman Nataliyah Friar and the women’s distance medley relay took home event titles on the afternoon. Their efforts helped lead the Tigers and Lady Tigers to a pair of second-place finishes in the final team standings as the Lady Tigers scored 94 points and the Tigers scored 90.5 points through 15 contested events as part of the meet. Texas A&M swept team titles with 139.5 points on the men’s side and 140 points on the women’s side, while Texas Tech trailed in third place with 85 points and 80 points, respectively. With the 2014 indoor season now in full swing, the Tigers and Lady Tigers are ready to head to the site of this year’s NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships as they compete at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., as part of the New Mexico Team Invitational being held on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Men - Ole Miss is ranked No. 22 in the first USTFCCCA national men’s poll of the 2014 indoor regular season. The Rebels are led by the nation’s top pole vaulter, Sam Kendricks, who is on the preseason watch list for The Bowerman after he won the 2013 NCAA outdoor pole vault title. He currently ranks No. 1 in the NCAA and tied for No. 1 among all Americans with his school-record vault of 18-4.75 at the UAB Invitational. One of only four NCAA vaulters to clear 18 feet this indoor season, he has done so in three of four meets, including two facility records and three meet records. Other Ole Miss men that rank top 25 nationally in their events include Phillip Young (No. 6 triple jump - 52-2.5), Daniel Bulmer (No. 13 mile - 4:02.80), Jalen Miller (No. 14 60m - 6.67), Mike Granger (No. 17 60m - 6.69) and Robert Semien (No. 23 60m hurdles - 7.91). Young (a Florida State transfer, Bulmer (a graduate student from Australia) and Miller (a freshman from Tunica, Miss.) are all part of the Rebels’ highly regarded class of newcomers. In the most recent outing at the Vanderbilt Invitational, the Ole Miss men posted numerous indoor personal bests to go with two event wins (Kendricks in the pole vault and Robert Domanic in the 3,000 meters), two facility records (Kendricks and Domanic) and a school record (Bulmer in the mile). Miller also shined for the Rebels, posting the best 60-meter time among collegians in Nashville with his 6.69, and placing second in the 200 meters with a personal-best 21.41. Ole Miss returns to action on Feb. 7-8 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. The Armory is one of the world's top indoor track & field facilities, hosting such major events as the Millrose Games and the New Balance Games. The National Track & Field Hall of Fame is also located there. Women - The Ole Miss women have been led this year by senior multi-eventer Fabia McDonald. She ranks fifth in the NCAA in the pentathlon (3,989) and 11th in the long jump (20-3.5). Newcomer Kierra White, a junior college transfer, is 21st nationally in the long jump (20-0.25). The Rebels had a quality showing at their most recent outing, the Vanderbilt Invitational. They posted numerous indoor personal bests at the new track facility, including a win in the 60 meters by newcomer Jhorden Hunter (a UTSA transfer) with her personal-best time of 7.42 that ranks her sixth in school history. White placed second in the long jump with her season-best mark of 20-0.25 that ranks her eighth in school history. Ole Miss returns to action on Feb. 7-8 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. The Armory is one of the world's top indoor track & field facilities, hosting such major events as the Millrose Games and the New Balance Games. The National Track & Field Hall of Fame is also located there.
With unrivaled performances in the men’s and women’s long jump and men’s distance medley relay, Mississippi State track and field rolled over its competition on day one of the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational, capturing six Top 10 finishes, including three wins. MSU then carried its momentum into Saturday’s meet, finishing day two with an outstanding 23 Top 10 finishes. The women’s success was highlighted by a win in the 400-meter relay. The quartet of Ocian Archer, Erica Bougard, Shayla Luckett and Ste’yce McNiel ran a 3:44.76 to garner the best time of the day. The Bulldog quartet comprised of Scottie Hearn, Brandon McBride, Patrick Monaghan and Damian Roszko clocked a 9:44.28 to finish ahead of all competitors by an outstanding nine seconds in the men’s distance medley relay. The foursome’s winning time currently ranks fifth in the nation in the event. Meanwhile, off the track, a pair of MSU jumpers had successful showings to qualify for NCAA Indoor Nationals. All-Americans Bougard (21-11.00) and Marcus Jackson (7-03.75) posted first and second-place finishes in the long jump and high jump, respectively, to earn a spot in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 12-15. Long jumper Jarrett Samuels won his event with a leap of 23-11.50, while Rochelle Farquharson posted a 19-11.75 to finish third in the women’s competition. Following Samuels were A.J. Ward (22-10.00) in sixth and Zachary Taylor (20-08.00) in 11th. After qualifying for NCAA Indoors in the long jump on Friday, Bougard clocked an 8.41 in the 60-meter hurdles prelims on Saturday to improve the Vanderbilt indoor facility record (previously 8.55) and advance to the event finals. There, the Byhalia, Miss., native recorded an 8.41 again to finish second. In Section B of the 60-meter hurdles, fellow Lady Bulldogs McNeil (8.46) and Keisha Wallace (8.48) finished second and third, respectively. Freshman Rhian Price and Euricka Hardy also saw top performances. Price finished second in the one mile (4:39.08) and Hardy placed fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.64. The MSU men mirrored the women’s accomplishments as distance runners Andrew Monaghan (8:20.49) and Roszko (8:21.98) earned fourth and fifth-place finishes in the 3000-meter run. All-SEC sophomore Hearn ran a 47.77 in the 400-meter dash to rank second all-time on the MSU performance list. Following Hearn were Alistair Moona (48.40) in eighth and Dustin James II (48.57) in 11th. To close out the meet, the Bulldog 4x400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:11.05. After returning home from Vanderbilt, MSU will have a two-week break from action before traveling to New York, N.Y., for the New Balance Invitational slated for Feb. 7-8.
The Univ. of Missouri traveled to Lexington, Ky., over the weekend to take part in the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, hosted by the Univ. of Kentucky. The Tigers continued dropping All-Time Top Ten marks, with two coming out of the events Friday afternoon, and another three coming out of Saturday. First up for the Tigers was a second-place performance by junior Morgan Whitson, who had her first pentathlon of the season on Saturday. Sophomores Markesh Woodson and Jacqueline Obi both had successful days in the 200m dash, coming away with their second All-Time Top Ten mark. Woodson currently holds the Missouri School Record in the 60m dash (6.60), and added a No. 4 spot in the 200m dash after his 21.47 performance on Saturday, good for fifth overall. He went on to place second in the 60m dash on Saturday, crossing in 6.65. Obi also holds a spot on the All-Time List for the 60m dash (No. 7), and is now the No. 5 performer for the 200m after crossing in 24.97 on Friday. In Saturday's events, sophomore Kyle Smith edged even closer to the Missouri School Record in the 60m hurdles, crossing in 8.06 in the prelims to go on and finish 8th in the finals. He is No. 2 on the All-Time Top Ten. A pair of distance men made their way into the record books for the first time in their career, as freshmen Tyler Schneider and Dan Roe earned the No. 7 and No. 8 spots for the 3000m run. Schneider finished in 8:13.73 for eighth overall while Roe crossed in 8:15.14 for 11th. Junior Kearsten Peoples took home her fourth first-place finish this season, winning the shot put competition on Saturday. She was second in the weight throw on Friday, the first time this season she hasn't won an event. Overall, the Tigers emerged from the weekend with 16 PR performances. They'll take this weekend off before hosting the Missouri Invitational on Feb. 7th. A small contingent will also head out to New York that weekend for the New Balance Invitational.
South Carolina split over the weekend, sending squads to the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. …at the site of the 2014 Indoor NCAA Championships in New Mexico, the Gamecocks picked up two wins as they facedtheir stiffest competition of the season...collegiate high jump leader Jeannelle Scheper captured her second win in as many weeks, clearing 6’2” (1.88m) for the win over Georgia’s Leontia Kallenou who ranks second in the NCAA…the men’s 4x400-meter relay of Eric Winfrey, Jermaine Collier, Chris Walker and Chris Royster ran a 3:12.02 to best the field…a quartet of Nigel Redic, Dondre Echols, Jussi Kanervo and Ryan Bermudez wasn’t far behind, placing third with a 3:14.09…the men’s hurdlers continued their hot start to the season in New Mexico…Kanervo led a pack of three Gamecocks to the 60-meter hurdle finals with a collegiate best 7.94 in the prelims…Echols and Collier joined Kanervo in the eight-man final…Echols took third with a season-best 7.86, Collier was fourth (7.88) and Kanervo sixth (8.00)…Collier and Echols rank 11th and 17th, respectively, in the NCAA this season…Petra Olsen cleared a season-best height of 13’8” 1Ž4 (4.17m) to earn third place in the women’s pole vault…Olsen ranks 13th in the country and second in the SEC…Winfrey set a new personal record in the 200m dash, clocking in at 21.31 to take fourth…the time puts him at 11th in the SEC this season…at the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech, the Gamecocks picked up four wins…on Friday, the sprinters started the weekend with a bang as Kendall Kee and Ahtyana Johnson set new lifetime bests for wins in their 2014 debuts…Kee won the 60-meter dash prelims with a near-PR of 6.76…an hour later, he returned for the finals and put up the fifth-fastest time in Gamecock history at 6.68…the time is the 15th best in the country and the sixth-best in the SEC…Johnson’s 7.52 in the prelims advanced her as the top qualifier to the finals where she ran a personal-best 7.44 for the win…Saturday, freshman Precious Holmes got her first collegiate win, running a collegiate-best 55.17 in the 400-meter dash to best the field….Drew Ricci brought the Hokie Invite win total to four with his victory in the 800-meter run…Ricci ran a personal best 1:52.92 to lead a 1-2 Gamecock finish with Juan Stenner (1:54.11)…Anna Todd had a solid outing in the 800-meter run as well, getting a second-place finish…the throwers continued their strong season too…Kaysee Sullivan continued her top-five streak with a throw of 45’8” 3Ž4 (13.94m) for fourth place in the women’s shot put…in the men’s weight throw, Andrew Seay (18.24m // 59-10.25) and Walker Selby (16.56m // 54-04.00) finished third and fifth, respectively…up next for South Carolina is a trip to JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Tennessee track and field joined a highly touted field at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitation last weekend, the USTFCCCA National Meet of the Week. The Vols and Lady Vols earned three event victories and 21 athlete personal best while in Lexington. The Vols performed well against some of the nation’s premier competitors. Cameron Brown continued his streak of winning the weight throw in every meet Tennessee has competed in. His winning mark was also a personal best in the event for a second consecutive week. Defending pole vault champion Jake Blankenship successfully retained his title by setting a new McCravy Invitational record of 18-1.25/5.52m. On the track, Jamol James won the 60m in 6.751 seconds. Tennessee women amassed 15 athlete personal bests to go along with their 16 top-ten finishes this weekend. Freshman Felecia Majors earned two top-five placements and a personal best in the 400m for the Lady Vols at Kentucky. The women’s mile was a great event for the team as four of the five participant scored personal bests; Alexis Panisse led the charge finishing sixth in the event. The Big Orange has accumulated 15 wins, 65 athlete personal records, and 119 top ten finishes in three meets this season. Tennessee track and field has the upcoming weekend off as they prepare to venture to College Station for the Aggie Invitational taking place February 7-8.
Texas A&M dominated the Triangular meet they hosted versus LSU and Texas Tech this past weekend. The Aggie women, ranked No. 1 in the national dual meet rankings, scored 140 points to defeat No. 4 LSU (94) and No. 18 Texas Tech (80) while the No. 2 A&M men totaled 135.5 points to better No. 6 LSU (90.5) and No. 7 Texas Tech (85) before 1,288 fans in Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The Aggies totaled 20 victories on the day, 10 each for the men and women, while setting six meet records. This weekend the Aggies travel to Fayetteville for the Razorback Invitational, a scored meet held on January 31 and February 1. Teams schedule to compete in addition to Arkansas and Texas A&M include Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tulsa, and Texas. Men – Deon Lendore ran his first open 400 of the indoor season and produced the world-leading time of 45.74 in claiming the victory over teammate Carlyle Roudette (46.58). Lendore broke the meet record of 45.91 he set in 2013 and bettered his indoor collegiate dual meet record as well. Lendore anchored the Aggies 4x400 to a world-leading time of 3:05.43 to top the meet record of 3:05.92 A&M set in 2010. The Aggie foursome also included Deon Hickey, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., who won the 200 in 20.89, and Roudette. Wayne Davis II equaled the meet record of 7.75 in the 60 hurdles with a convincing win over LSU’s Joshua Lamers (7.98). Distance events had A&M winning the mile with freshman Alex Riba (4:08.07) and the 3,000 with Ryan Miller (8:20.76 meet record). Casey Strong claimed a third win in the weight throw this indoor season as he scored 10 points in the meet by adding a fourth place in the shot put. Strong’s weight throw of 65-11.75 (20.11) is the No. 3 performances on the A&M all-time list. Olabanji Asekun led the A&M men in scoring with 11 points as he won the long jump (24-2.5 / 7.37) and placed third in the triple jump (48-1.25 / 14.66). The 800 had the Aggies enjoying a 1-2 finish with Hector Hernandez (1:52.22) and Josh Hernandez (1:52.37). Chase Wolfle matched the winning height of 17-1.5 (5.22) in the pole vault, but finished second based on misses. Women – Brea Garrett led the A&M women in scoring with 12 points as she won the weight throw over meet record holder Denise Hinton of LSU and also placed second in the shot put. Garrett improved her school record twice in the competition and topped the meet record with a last round mark of 68-3.75 (20.82). Janeil Bellille (53.58) and Shamier Little (53.64) each set career best indoor times for 1-2 finish in the 400. Little later teamed up on the 4x400 relay with Ibukun Mayungbe, Kamaria Brown, who won the 200 in 23.10, and Olivia Ekponé, the 60 winner in a career best 7.30, to post a winning time of 3:34.15 over LSU’s 3:38.22 and Tech’s 3:39.12. Bellille, meanwhile, moved A&M from third to first as she split 52.89 on the distance medley relay. In distance events Hillary Montgomery won the mile in 4:53.81 while Amanda Jenkins claimed the 3,000 with a 9:54.47. Brittany Wooten continues to improve in the pole vault where she set a career best of 13-2.5 (4.03) for the win. LaQue Moen-Davis won another triple jump event, taking only one attempt and winning with a mark of 41-8.5 (12.71). Jena Hemann won the high jump at 5-8 and also had a 40-10.5 (12.46) performance for fourth place in the shot put. Aliese Hyde placed second in the 800 with a 2:10.15.
This weekend's Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational -- which wrapped up on Saturday and was the second-ever meet at the school's new multi-purpose venue -- featured a large collection of performances that were the best of the season on a national level. It also featured a continuous stream of career-bests from the Commodores, including an outstanding two-day showing from sophomore Jennifer Cannon, who set personal records in multiple events. She earned a fourth-place finish in the high jump on Friday (at 1.74m) and followed that up with a third-place finish in the 60-hurdles (8.56) on Saturday. Cannon finished 18th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.26. Senior Liz Anderson, competing for the first time this season, took second place in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:33.65, and Vanderbilt's 4x400 relay team -- Faith Washington, Skyler Carpenter, Courtney Clayton and Erin Edmond -- finished second with a 3:46.24. The Commodores -- who are off next weekend before traveling to New York for the New Balance Armory College Invitational on Feb. 7-8 -- had numerous others who delivered top-tier performances and earned spots among the top-5. Courtney Clayton and Katherine Delaney finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 800. Clayton had a time of 2:09.51 and Delaney crossed at 2:11.18. Senior standout Brionne Williams was third in the high jump at 1.74m, Sara Barron took fourth in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:52.90, and Simone Charley was fourth in the triple jump at 12.52m.