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    Saturday SEC Track And Field Central

    Gamecocks Win Four on Final Day of Hilton Garden Invitational

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – South Carolina collected four wins on the final day of competition of the Hilton Garden Invitational at the JDL Fast Track. Junior Kendall Kee earned the 60-meter dash win, sophomore Dondre Echols won the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Tyler Brockington bested the field in the 200-meter dash and the women’s 4x400-meter relay claimed first place. 
     
    Kee and junior Eric Winfrey prevailed in a field of unattached athletes in the 60-meter dash. Kee won his second-straight win at the distance, crossing first at 6.73. The Gamecock posted the fifth-fastest time in school history last weekend (6.68) in his 2014 debut and has turned in the top 60-meter dash time in all five rounds he has entered this season. Winfrey crossed the line in step with his teammate in the finals, but was just beat out by Kee. Winfrey’s 6.73 is a new PR and is the 10th fastest time in school history.
     
    After advancing out of yesterday’s preliminaries, Echols and freshman Jussi Kanervo finished 1-3 in the 60-meter hurdles in both the semifinals and the finals today. Echols nearly matched his season-best of 7.86 with a time of 7.87 in the finals. It is his first 60-meter hurdle win of the season after taking third place the last two weekends. 
     
    Brockington claimed the first 200-meter dash win of her collegiate career, earning a close victory in the seeded section of the event. Brockington clocked in at 24.49. 
     
    In the final event of the day, the women’s 4x400-meter relay team of junior Ahtyana Johnson with freshman Precious Holmes, junior Tamera Harris and freshman Leveshia McClain won with a time of 3:45.23. Another squad of senior Vashti Bandy, Brockington along with freshmen Briana Haith and Mollie Williams took third (3:50.04). 
     
    Earlier in the afternoon, Johnson continued her strong start, nearly matching her 60-meter dash PR of 7.44 set in her 2014 debut last weekend. Johnson earned second place in today’s finals, crossing the line at 7.45. Bandy took fifth place in the race, matching her season best of 7.56.
     
    On her final leap of the day, sophomore Alexis Murphy earned second place in the women’s long jump. Murphy recorded a mark of 19’1” ¼ (5.82m), her second best jump of the season. 
     
    Freshman Alexandre Asselin completed the first heptathlon of his collegiate career on Saturday. Asselin entered the day with a lead after four events and ultimately took third place with a total of 4,668 points. The freshman was hindered by the pole vault after not recording a clearance. Asselin won the six other events in the competition, posting a collegiate or personal best in five of seven events. 
     
    A full contingent of Gamecocks will make the trip to New York City for the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational next weekend. 



    Arkansas Men and Women Win at Razorback Invite

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A late surge on day two gave the women’s track and field team a victory at the Razorback Invitational Saturday at Randal Tyson Track Center. The No. 7 Razorbacks picked up the win with 151 points, just five points ahead of No. 3 ranked Texas A&M with a 146 point second-place finish. 
     
    Trailing the Aggies heading into the mile, the Arkansas distance team picked up the pace and helped regain the No. 1 spot. Grace Heymsfield’s mile performance took down the previous school record set at the 2012 SEC Championships and pushed the Razorbacks past Texas A&M. Heymsfield earned a first-place finish with a time of 4:34.22, good for a new University of Arkansas record and second-best time in the nation. Dominique Scott was close behind with a second-finish in 4:36.11, a personal record for the junior. Arkansas gained a 8.5 point lead over the Aggies, a lead that was never relinquished.
     
    The 4x400 relay team of Chrishuna Williams, Regine Williams, Diana Harper and Stephanie Brown finished third with a season-best time of 3:35.46. The Razorback team ranks fourth in the NCAA this season and fourth all-time at Arkansas. Arkansas finished behind a Texas A&M squad that recorded the fastest time in the world in 2014 for a first-place finish. 
     
    More success on the distance team, as Samantha Mohler took down her previous 3,000-meter record set at the Arkansas vs. Texas Dual with a second place finish at 9:47.24. Brown earned a third-place finish in the scored 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.82, the fifth-best time in the NCAA this season. Caitlin Noonan won the non-scored 800-meter college run with a time of 2:11.69, her first-career event title.
    Arkansas finished second in the triple jump, with Tamara Myers’ mark of 43-.5, just shy of her personal best. 
    The Razorbacks will travel to the Armory Collegiate Invite in New York next weekend, February 7-8, before hosting the Tyson Invitational on February 14-15. 
     
    For more information on Arkansas Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

    Men:

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Day two of the Razorback Invitational was a record-setting day at Randal Tyson Track Center, as the No. 1 ranked Razorbacks picked up their third win of the season with 153.5 points. 
     
    On his way to a collegiate-leading score in the heptathlon, Kevin Lazas began the day with a 60-meter hurdle victory with a time of 8.43, followed by a 16-10.75 clearance in the pole vault gave the senior a comfortable lead. In the final section of the heptathlon, Lazas secured his event title in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:45.58. With 5,923 points, Lazas is currently leading the NCAA. 
     
    The Razorbacks created an exciting finish to final event of the 2014 Razorback Invitational as the 4x400 relay team comprised of Jarrion Lawson, Eric Janise, Travis Southard and Neil Braddy finished a close second behind a Florida team that broke the 2014 world record. The Razorbacks recorded a time of 3:05.02, fourth best all-time at Arkansas and second-best time in the NCAA so far this season. The first-place Gators finished in 3:04.46, the fastest indoor time in the world this year.
     
    “It’s a big meet, and it’s fun,” said Head Coach Chris Bucknam. “We showed our range on the track, scoring in several events to defeat some of the top-ranked teams in the country.”
     
    Earlier in the night, Braddy led Arkansas in the 400-meter dash with a fifth place finish in 46.46. Eric Janise recorded a personal best time of 46.62 for an eighth-place finish.  
     
    Following the heptathlon, the Razorback’s second event title of the day went Anthony May with a personal-best triple jump mark of 15-8.75, currently ranking fifth in the nation this season. 
     
    The men picked up 10 points in the 800-meter from the efforts of Thomas Squella (1:48.85), Patrick Rono (1:49.98) and Andrew Pisechko (1:51.38). Solomon Haile finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 3:01.65, just shy of his personal record set last season. 



    Aggies Record World-Leading Times at Razorback Invite

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas A&M finished second in team scoring behind Arkansas at the Razorback Invitational that concluded Saturday with a flurry of stellar performances inside the Randal Tyson Track Complex. The Aggies had a pair of world-leading performances from Deon Lendore in the 400 meters as well as the women’s 4x400 relay.
     
    The final team scores for the women had Arkansas winning with 151 points and Texas A&M just five points back at 146 for second place. Florida finished third with 84 with Florida State fourth at 83.5. The rest of the field included Oklahoma State (55), Oklahoma (40.5), Texas (38), Tulsa (30) and Stanford (4).
     
    Arkansas men totaled 155.5 points for the win with Texas A&M second at 116.5 while Florida placed third with 92. The rest of the field included Oklahoma State (73), Oklahoma (58.5), Florida State (56.5), Tulsa (38), Texas (25) and Stanford (11).
     
    “I never like to say that we go beat, but we did,” stated Aggie head coach Pat Henry. “Arkansas beat us on both sides here this weekend, but our teams will match up real evenly when we see them again at conference. I feel good about the efforts we had. Some were great and some we need to work on. We’re still getting a little better each time we are on the track in most cases.
     
    “Florida was here this weekend as well and finished third behind us in team scoring on both sides. Any time we have that level of competition with Arkansas and Florida it makes for a great competitive environment.”
     
    In lowering his world-leading time over 400m to 45.47 seconds Deon Lendore answered the challenge from Florida’s Arman Hall, who finished second in 45.63. Aldrich Bailey, Jr. ran a 46.25 to place second versus Florida State’s James Harris (46.20) in another section and placed fourth overall.
     
    Lendore produced the No. 5 performance on the Aggie all-time list, where he holds six of the top eight marks, while Bailey becomes the No. 5 performer. Lendore came through 200m at 21.44 with Hall close at 21.57. Once on the backstretch of the final lap, Lendore improved his advantage and established a clear lead on the homestretch.
     
    “Coming into the meet I knew we were going to have a quality field,” noted Lendore. “Arman Hall is a great runner, so I was expecting both of us to go out and have our best effort. I didn’t want to be complacent with the time I already ran this season. So, I looked at it like a new meet to see where I’m at with my training. 
     
    “Arkansas is a good track, so it’s always good to come here ready to run since you’ll likely PR or come close to your best.”
     
    Kamaria Brown cruised to a 52.71 victory in her opening 400m of the season, holding off the challenge from Florida’s Ebony Eutsey (53.56). Brown led the field at 200m with a split of 23.87 with Eutsey a step behind at 23.98. A&M’s Ibukun Mayungbe placed eighth in the event with a 55.34.
     
    Brown’s time is the fastest collegiate mark on a banked 200m track this indoor season while one faster time has been recorded on a flat, oversized track. Brown is currently fourth in the world this season and the world leader with a 22.96 in the 200m.
     
    “I was very happy with my time,” said Brown. “Since I was opening in the 400 this weekend I needed to get a race strategy down. Even though I stumbled a little bit coming off the last curve on the first lap, I’m still happy with the time.”
     
    Later in the meet Brown split 51.69 as the second leg of the Aggie 4x400 that won in a world-leading time of 3:31.07 that is No. 3 on the A&M all-time list. The competitive race had Florida in second with a 3:31.52 while Arkansas (3:35.46) placed third and Florida State (3:43.55) finished fourth.
     
    Ibukun Mayungbe led off the relay with a 54.28. Then Brown moved A&M from fourth to first with her sizzling carry. Janeil Bellille maintained the Aggie lead with a 53.06 split and Olivia Ekponé carried home the baton to victory on the anchor leg with a 52.06 split.
     
    “It was very exciting,” said Brown of the 4x400 finish. “Even though I got the baton in fourth I knew I had to put the team in first and give a lead to Janeil. That way she could give a lead to Olivia. I made sure to set up the race right so I wouldn’t go out too hard on the first lap and not have anything left for the second lap.
     
    “This was a very good meet. I considered it like a pre-conference with Arkansas and Florida here. To compete against these teams, finding out what we are capable of and what they are capable,  will give us an idea of  what to expect when we host the conference meet at the end of the month.”
     
    In the men’s 4x400 relay the Aggie men posted their best time of the season with a 3:05.06, which is No. 5 all-time at A&M, but it left them in third place behind Florida’s world-leading 3:04.46 with Arkansas second at 3:05.02 and Florida State fourth with a 3:07.87.
     
    The Aggie foursome included Roudette (46.99), Bailey (46.27), Shavez Hart (47.24) and Lendore (44.57).
     
    “Chasing will always get you to a faster time,” said Lendore. “I don’t really like to lose 4x4s, I’m all about pride. Seeing how far back we were it didn’t really matter how hard I had to go out. I really had to close the gap to make a difference and have it be a closer race. We didn’t win, but we closed the gap and ran our fastest time of the season. We will go back, look at the mistakes and try to do better next time.”
     
    The Aggie women totaled 30 points in the women’s 60 final as Ekponé set a career best time of 7.28 seconds to lead a 1-2-3-4-8 finish by Texas A&M. Ekponé remains No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list. Jennifer Madu and Aaliyah Brown were both timed in 7.34 (separated by 0.008) for second and third place. Brown now equals the No. 8 time on the A&M all-time list.
     
    Ashley Collier posted a 7.37 for fourth place while Ashton Purvis finished eighth with a 7.66. At that stage of the meet the point tally moved the Aggies into an 11 point lead over the Razorbacks, 116-95.
     
    “I’m really excited with how my 60 is coming along this year,” stated Ekponé. “I went from 7.4 to consistently running 7.3s and now I came out with a 7.28. It’s a different atmosphere at Arkansas and I love running here. Competing in a different environment was a good idea for us at this time of the year.”
     
    Brea Garrett won the weight throw with a mark of 66-8 (20.33) to claim the victory by a quarter of an inch over Florida State’s Briana Cherry-Bronson. Garrett hit her best mark in round two after Cherry-Bronson opened her series with a 66-7.75 (20.31). 
     
    Garrett’s mark is the No. 3 performance on the Aggie all-time list behind her school record. Placing eighth in the event with a personal best of 55-6.25 (16.92) was Aggie Jill Hydrick.
     
    “I always embrace good competition,” noted Garrett. “I want people to throw far so I can beat them at their best and the top of their game. I wanted a better mark today, but I’m pleased I was consistent with the marks I’ve been producing this season.
     
    “You have to prepare yourself for any venue, but this one was familiar ring so it made me feel more comfortable. I’m more concerned with the competition than the ring, though. When we host the SECs later this month we will have the home advantage, so I’m looking forward throwing in the ring I practice in.” 
     
    The Aggie men totaled 16 points in the weight throw as Casey Strong finished second with a 64-3 (19.58) with Austin Cook fourth with a personal best of 59-0.25 (17.99) and Ben Skrla sixth with a mark of 55-7.5 (16.95). Cook moves to No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list.
     
    The men’s hurdle final featured Wayne Davis II and Florida’s Eddie Lovett. However, Davis cramped after clearing the first hurdle, then pushed over the second hurdle and didn’t finish the race. Lovett rolled to a 7.73 victory. In the prelims Davis ran 7.84 while Lovett clocked 7.78 in a separate heat.
     
    Shamier Little ran 8.47 for third place in the women’s 60 hurdles to finish behind an 8.28 by Florida’s Skylar Ross-Ransom and an 8.38 from Florida State’s Anne Zarge.
     
    LaQue Moen-Davis finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 42-3.5 (12.89) while Haley Gooch finished sixth with a 39-3.75 (11.98). Florida’s Ciarra Brewer won the event with a 44-5.5 (13.55) to take over the collegiate lead in 2014 from the 44-3.25 Moen-Davis had set earlier this season.
     
    A set of three personal best times were produced in the women’s Invitational 3,000m by Hillary Montgomery, Grace Fletcher and Amanda Jenkins as they finished third, fourth and ninth.
     
    Montgomery clocked 9:28.90 to finish a couple of strides behind Marielle Hall of Texas (9:28.24). Montgomery’s time is the No. 3 performer on the A&M all-time list and the No. 4 performance. Fletcher posted a 9:29.75 to move up from No. 10 to No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list with the No. 6 performance. Jenkins ran 9:48.64 and is now No. 12 on the all-time list.
     
    Josh Hernandez and Hector Hernandez ran in separate sections of the Invitational 800m and placed fourth and fifth with stellar times. Hector ran first and posted a 1:49.95 as he moved from fifth to third in the final stages of the race to clip Arkansas’ Patrick Rono (1:49.98) at the line. Hector just missed his indoor career best of 1:49.66 set on this track last season during the SEC Championships.
     
    Even pacing in the second section had Josh posting a career best of 1:49.15, moving to No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list, as he finished second to Florida’s Andres Arroyo, who was second overall with a 1:48.53. Another Gator, Ryan Schnulle, won the event with a 1:48.05. 
     
    Splits for Josh were 27.10, 27.49 (54.58), 27.28 (1:21.86), and 27.29 while Hector opened with a 25.94 followed by 27.08 (53.02), 28.57 (1:21.58) and 28.37.
     
    Another fourth and fifth place combo for the Aggie men came in the triple jump. Olabanji Asekun had a mark of 49-10 (15.19) for fourth while Jeffrey Prothro finished fifth with a 49-5.75 (15.08). Arkansas swept the top three places and added a seventh place for 26 points. The reclaimed the lead over the Aggies by a 133.5 to 110.5 count.
     
    Karis Jochen placed third in the collegiate 3,000 meters with a time of 9:47.27, No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list. In fifth place during the early stages of the race, Jochen took over the lead with eight laps remaining as she produced a 37.95 lap. 
     
    With three laps remaining Tulsa’s Emily Dunn shot to the lead, covering the five-second gap she was behind the leaders. Dunn went on to claim the win in 9:46.05 while Jochen challenged Arkansas’ Samantha Mohler for second. Mohler held the edge at the line with a 9:47.24, just 0.03 ahead of Jochen.
     
    Jochen’s splits in the race included 3:15.64 for the first 1,000m then a 3:17.00 (6:32.64) followed by a 3:14.63.
     
    Michael Bryan placed fourth in the 60 with a 6.83 while Prezel Hardy, Jr. finished fifth in 6.85.
     
    In the men’s collegiate mile A&M’s Cameron Villarreal moved into the lead with a lap and a half remaining. Oklahoma’s Dylan Blakenbaker (4:10.64) won the race by a step over Anthony Armstrong of Oklahoma State (4:10.74) while Villarreal finished third in 4:11.84.


     

    Florida Track & Field Posts Nation-Leading Performances; Concludes Competition at Razorback Invitational

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gator junior jumper Ciarra Brewer notched the nation’s top triple-jump mark (13.55m/44-5.5) and sophomore middle-distance runner Ryan Schnulle clocked the second-fastest 800m run in the country so far en route to a first-place finish (1:48.05) in the event to help lead the Orange and Blue on the final day of competition the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville Saturday. Senior Eddie Lovett, freshman Skylar Ross-Ransom and the Florida men’s 4x4 all had event wins on the final day of action at the Randal Tyson Track Center to close out the weekend for the Florida track and field programs.

    In the team standings at the Razorback Invitational, the USTFCCCA Division I National Meet of the Week, the Gators finished third on both the men’s (90 pts) and women’s sides (84 pts). The invite featured a number of top-25 teams, as Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M and Tulsa all competed at the Randal Tyson Track Center this weekend.

    Florida will swing back into action Feb. 7-8 when the squad splits for the Armory Invitational and the Virginia Tech Elite meet in Blacksburg, Va.
     



    Stowers Powers LSU Track & Field Teams at New Mexico Invitational

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – LSU’s Jasmin Stowers continued a blistering run to the start of her senior season as she nearly set a school record and national-leading time in the women’s 60-meter hurdles in leading the Lady Tigers to the women’s team title the New Mexico Invitational held Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    Stowers has quickly emerged as a national championship contender as the NCAA’s No. 2-ranked performer in the event while taking home the hurdles title in each of her first three meets of the season.

    After cruising to an easy victory in the first of two qualifying heats with an altitude-adjusted time of 8.15 seconds, Stowers powered past the rest of the field in the final and crossed the finish line with a personal record of 8.01 to rank among the nation’s elite in the event this season. Stowers’ official time of 7.99 was corrected by two one-hundredths of a second while running at altitude in Albuquerque.

    She was one of the five Lady Tigers crowned event champions at this year’s New Mexico Team Invitational as freshmen Rushell Harvey and Jada Martin swept sprint titles in the 60 meters and 200 meters, respectively, senior Nikita Tracey raced to the top spot in the 600 meters and senior Lynnika Pitts soared to victory in the triple jump with a seasonal best.

    The Lady Tigers totaled 151 points to win the women’s team title, followed by Nebraska (121) in second place, New Mexico (87.5) in third place, Notre Dame (75.5) in fourth place and Arizona State (66) in fifth place.

    The Tigers were led to a second-place team finish with five event champions of their own as freshman Tremayne Acy won the 200 meters, freshman Blair Henderson claimed the 600 meters, junior Julian Parker scored the 800 meters with a lifetime personal best, sophomore Fitzroy Dunkley took the triple jump and the Tigers raced to victory in the 4x400-meter relay.

    The Tigers racked up 103 points in 16 events scored during the competition to finish behind only the 138.5 points scored by Nebraska in the final men’s team standings. Notre Dame followed in third place with 69 points with TCU taking fourth place with 66 points and New Mexico rounding out the top five in fifth place overall with 61 points.

    “I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect coming into the meet, considering were weren’t able to train more than a couple of days during the week,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “The weather we had back home really made it hard for our athletes to prepare the way we needed to for this meet. Knowing that, I’m very pleased with some of the things we were able to accomplish as a team today.

    “We weren’t really focused so much on the performances we saw here today, but rather how well our athletes competed against some great teams and athletes. They did a phenomenal job of that today.”

    Stowers certainly stole the show with her performance as she made it a perfect 3-for-3 on the season with her third victory in the 60-meter hurdles in as many meets in 2014.

    After opening the season by running 8.16 at the Auburn Indoor Invitational and 8.18 at the Texas A&M Triangular, Stowers moved into the No. 2 spot in the NCAA rankings with a personal best of 8.01 as she earned the victory ahead of Notre Dame’s duo of Kaila Barber (8.33) and Jade Barber (8.46) in the most dominant performance of the afternoon.

    Stowers trails only the national-leading time of 7.96 by Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison as she is certainly in for a fight to claim her fourth-straight SEC Indoor crown in the sprint hurdles. Stowers is the reigning NCAA Indoor bronze medalist and the three-time defending SEC Indoor champion in the women’s 60-meter hurdles as she is now in her final season as a Lady Tiger.

    The Pendleton, S.C., native is also now tied for the No. 4 spot in school history as she is just off of LSU’s school record of 7.99 set by former NCAA champion hurdler Joyce Bates during the 2000 season.

    The Tigers and Lady Tigers kicked off the festivities on the track by sweeping 600-meter titles as they immediately joined the race for the men’s and women’s team titles. Tracey proved to be the class of the field while cruising to a more than two-second victory with a winning time of 1 minute, 30.32 seconds. Henderson was the first Tiger to take home an event title during the meet as he crossed the finish line in 1:18.75 to finish only a half second ahead of junior teammate Vernon Norwood (1:19.24) for the men’s crown.

    Norwood also anchored the Tigers to the victory in the men’s 4x400-meter relay in the final event of the meet as he teamed with sophomore Darrell Bush, junior Quincy Downing and sophomore Cyril Grayson in racing to a seasonal-best time of 3:08.29 to take the title ahead of Nebraska’s 3:08.41 in the runner-up position.

    Henderson is just one of a host of talented freshmen already making their mark on the LSU Track & Field program early in the season as fellow rookies Acy, Harvey and Martin also won events during Saturday’s action.

    Just one week after sprinting to an indoor personal record of 21.03 in his collegiate debut in the 200-meter dash at the Texas A&M Triangular, Acy raced to a winning altitude-adjusted effort of 21.08 to beat sophomore teammate Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (21.11) to the finish line as the Tigers took the top two spots in the final event standings.

    Harvey clocked back-to-back seasonal bests of 7.49 in the preliminary round and 7.48 in the final to set a new personal best in taking the 60-meter dash, while Martin broke 24 seconds in the 200 meters for the second-straight meet after clocking a winning time of 23.97 to cement herself among the top freshman sprinters in the NCAA for the 2014 season.

    Parker ran a lifetime PR in winning the men’s 800 meters during Saturday’s action as he broke the 1:50 barrier for the first time in his collegiate career. Parker’s winning run of 1:49.92 was exactly one second faster than Utah State’s Briton Page (1:50.92) in the first heat and nearly one second faster than Nebraska’s Jacob Holtmeier (1:50.77) from the third heat in winning the event.

    Parker cracked the Top 25 of the NCAA rankings with his performance as he emerged as the No. 23-ranked middle distance runner during the 2014 indoor season.

    Setting an indoor personal best of his own in winning the men’s triple jump title was Dunkley, who soared more than 50 feet from the board indoors for the first time in his collegiate career. Dunkley posted a top jump of 50 feet, 5 ½ inches on his very first jump of the competition to lock up the top spot in the final standings ahead of Nebraska’s Devandrew Johnson (50-0).

    The Lady Tigers were also impressive with their performance in the triple jump as Pitts joined freshman Nataliyah Friar in locking up the women’s team title for the Lady Tigers with a 1-3 finish in the event.

    Pitts, who earned All-America honors in the event with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump final at the NCAA Indoor Championships, followed fouls on each of her first two jumps by soaring to her seasonal best of 42-9 on her third attempt to crack the nation’s Top 10 in the No. 6 spot of the NCAA rankings this season. New Mexico’s Jannell Hadnot finished runner-up to Pitts with a top jump of 42-3 ½.

    Friar continued the impressive start to her freshman season as she jumped a lifetime PR of 41-3 ¾ on her third attempt to claim third place in the event. Her seasonal-best jump of 41-3 ¾ eclipsed her previous personal best of 40-9 ¾ set during the 2012 outdoor season as a high school junior at Holt High School in Wentzville, Mo.

    Friar already opened the season by posting lifetime bests in the long jump of 20-2 ¼ at the Auburn Indoor Invitational and 20-3 at the Texas A&M Triangular as one of the nation’s top dual jumpers this season.

    “It’s been a challenging indoor season to this point, but both of our teams continue to make great strides each time out,” Shaver said. “Today was another big step in the right direction. We will need to continue that as we face even better competition in the coming weeks. We look forward to that as we go back to Texas A&M for another big meet next weekend.”

    Three other Tigers set personal bests during Saturday’s competition as junior Jeremy Tuttle (60-8) and sophomore David Collins (58-1 ¼) uncorked personal bests for fourth place and seventh place, respectively, in the weight throw and freshman Cameron Robichaux cleared a lifetime best of 16-6 ¾ for ninth place in the pole vault.

    Other Lady Tigers posting personal bests were sophomores Aliyah Davis in both the 60 meters (7.65) and 200 meters (24.70), Therese Jernbeck in both the 60 hurdles (9.17) and shot put (42-8), Kiersten Duncan (24.16) in the 200 meters and Chanice Chase (24.42) in the 200 meters; and freshmen Bryiana Richardson (8.58) in the 60 hurdles, Ka’Lynn Jupiter (8.59) in the 60 hurdles and Ashley Welborn (5:09.39) in the mile.

    In all, LSU’s athletes came away from Saturday’s New Mexico Team Invitational with 10 event titles and 17 indoor personal bests at the site of this year’s NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

    The Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas, for the second time in three weeks next weekend when they make the trip to Texas A&M University to compete with a strong field at the two-day Aggie Invitational running Feb. 7-8. They will make their return to College Station after already competing at the Texas A&M Triangular last weekend.




    Alabama Track and Field Wins Seven Events; Breaks School Record on Day Two of Indiana Relays

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Alabama track and field team won seven events, set eight personal records and saw a school record fall on Saturday, the final day of the Indiana University Relays.

    “I’m very happy with how we performed,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We absolutely accomplished what we wanted to at this meet. We had a lot of opportunities and we made the most of them with some very good performances.”

    On the track, the Crimson Tide swept the men’s and women’s 60-meter dash. Senior Diondre Batson won the men’s 60m final by a nose with a personal-best time of 6.61, which ranks third in school history and second in the SEC this season. Each of Batson’s three 60m runs in Bloomington landed on Alabama’s all-time top 10. To win the women’s 60m final, junior Ramona Burchell ran a personal best of 7.33, a time that is tied for third in the SEC this season and ranks fourth in UA history.

    In the field events, junior Charodd Richardson set a new school record in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 21.22m (69 feet, 7.5 inches). Redshirt Freshman Kyle Felpel became the first Alabama shot putter since 1980 to throw over 60 feet when his best mark landed at 18.46m (60 feet, 6.5 inches).

    Senior Alexis Paine won a jump-off to earn a victory in women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7.25 inches). Sophomore Justin Fondren won the high jump with a personal record of 2.18m (7 feet, 1.75 inches). Freshman Jeremiah Green (15.92m/52 feet, 2.75 inches) had the top mark of the day in the triple jump.

    Here is an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama’s action on Saturday:

    TRACK EVENTS

    Men

    60 meters: Diondre Batson won the 60-meter dash finals by a nose with a personal best time of 6.61, the third-best time in school history. Batson’s time is the second-best time in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA this season. Akeem Haynes placed fifth in the final by clocking a time of 6.80.

    60-meter hurdles: Freshman Tony Brown narrowly missed a trip to the finals after recording a time of 8.20 in the semifinals, good for ninth place.

    400 meters: Brennan Parks recorded his best time in an Alabama uniform when he clocked a 51.15 to place ninth in the morning section of the 400-meter dash. In the afternoon section, Bryan Arthur finished ninth with a time of 49.36.

    400 meters invite: Nick Efkamp ran in the 400-meter invitational and clocked a 50.04 to place 11th.

    800 meters: Senior Ken Taylor took first-place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.92.

    800 meters invite: Andrew Harris placed third in the 800-meter invitational with a time of 1:51.88. Alex Jenkins also competed in the invitational for the Tide, clocking a 1:57.37.

    Women

    60 meters: Ramona Burchell set a personal record of 7.33 to win the 60-meter dash finals after registering a 7.43 in the semifinals. Burchell’s finals time, which ranks fourth in school history, is tied for third in the SEC and sixth in the NCAA this season. Sarah Thomas (7.60) placed third in the final after clocking a 7.58 in the semifinals to advance. Quanesha Burks logged a 7.69 in the semifinals before a finishing fifth in the finals with a time of 7.66.

    60-meter hurdles: Lacey Dent advanced to the finals following a run of 8.76 in the semifinals, but she was scratched from the finals with an injury. Passion Gamble finished 10th in the semifinals with a time of 8.94.

    400 meters: Nicole Sassaman led off the day with a 59.80 in the morning section of the 400 meters. Sassaman won her heat and finished fourth overall. In the afternoon section of the 400, Briana Sims set a PR with a time of 58:20 to finish seventh. Shani Chandler also ran and clocked a 58.99 to place 17th.

    400 meters invite: Alex Gholston recorded a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter invitational with a time of 57.35.

    800 meters: Senior Aubrielle Wright ran a time of 2:17.31 in the 800 meters to place eighth. Freshman Anna Leinheiser recorded a time of 2:19.75 to finish 20th.

    FIELD EVENTS

    Men

    Long Jump Invite: Senior Kamal Fuller jumped 7.35 meters (24 feet, 1 1/2 inches) for a fourth-place finish. Sophomore Josh McCullan placed seventh with a mark of 7.06 meters (23 feet, 2 inches).

    Weight Throw Invite: Charodd Richardson threw a mark of 21.22 meters (69 feet, 7 1/2 inches), good for second place. Richardson’s mark is the best in Crimson Tide history and ranks first in the SEC this season.

    Triple Jump: Freshman Jeremiah Green’s fourth attempt went 15.92 meters (52 feet, 2 1/2 inches), the top mark of the day. Sophomore Imani Brown finished second behind Green with a personal best jump of 15.67 meters (51 feet, 3 inches). Senior Kamal Fuller (14.06 meters/46 feet, 1 1/2 inches) and sophomore George Freiberger (14.04 meters/40 feet, 3/4 inch) placed eighth and ninth, respectively.

    Shot Put Invite: Redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel set a new personal record with a mark of 18.46m (60 feet, 6 1/2 inches) and placed seventh.

    High Jump Invite: Justin Fondren won the high jump invitational with a personal record of 2.18 meters (7 feet, 1 3/4 inches).

    Women

    Weight Throw Invite: Junior Nia Barnes set a new personal record of 20.18m (66 feet, 2 1/2 inches) on her first throw of the day en route to a fifth-place finish. Barnes’ mark lands at second on the school’s all-time list.

    Long Jump Invite: Quanesha Burks bested her previous PR by a foot when she jumped a mark of 5.77 meters (18 feet, 11 1/2 inches). Burks placed fourth among collegiate competitors and sixth overall.

    Pole Vault Invite: Senior Alexis Paine won the pole vault invitational in a jump-off against Vera Schmitz of the World Athletics Center. After both athletes cleared 4.05 meters in the jump-off, Paine was able to clear 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7 1/4 inches) to claim the victory. Freshman Lakan Taylor placed fifth with a clearance of 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11 1/2 inches).

    Triple Jump: Merilyn Uudmae took runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 12.33 meters (40 feet, 5 1/2 inches), her best mark of the season.