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    SEC Track and Field Today: Friday, February 14

    Braddy, Higgs Set the Pace at Tyson Invitational
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Ten of the nation’s top-25 teams gathered at Randal Tyson Track Center Friday as the No. 1 Razorbacks wrapped up day one of the Tyson Invitational. Day one of competition was complete with a stellar performance by Neil Braddy and Raymond Higgs, accompanied by several new personal records. Arkansas is closing in on the final regular-season competition leading up to the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championships. 
     
    Braddy set the pace early in the meet, finishing the 400-meter dash in a personal record 45.96, beating his previous PR of 46.03. His time ranks second all-time at Arkansas and fourth in the NCAA this season. Travis Southard’s seventh-place finish of 46.71 was a personal best for the senior, taking down his previous record of 46.77 set at the SEC Championships in 2013. 
     
    Higgs and Jarrion Lawson added to the Razorback’s impressive performance on day one. Higgs and Lawson entered the weekend with the No. 3 and No. 4 marks in the nation, respectively. Both delivered as fans watched Higgs claim the top mark in the NCAA this season with 26-2.75, ranking eighth all-time at Arkansas. Lawson attempted to surpass his teammate, coming up just short for a second-place finish with 25-9.5, second-best in his career and fifth-best in the nation.
     
    After setting a new triple jump PR last weekend at the New Mexico Invitational, freshman Clive Pullen achieved a new personal best in the long jump with a mark of 23-7.5. The mark improves on his previous PR of 23-5.5 set at the Razorback Invitational earlier this season.
     
    Patrick Rono finished with a season-best in the 800-meter championship run with a second-place finish in 1:47.96, ranking fourth in the nation and just shy of his personal best. Tomas Squella's time of 1:48.70 was his best time this season, good for a third-place finish in the 800m.
     
    Freshman Larry Donald stepped up to lead the Razorbacks in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.24, qualifying for the semifinals. Improving his finishing time to 8.13 in the semifinals, Donald just missed the qualifying mark for the finals. 
     
    Day two of the Tyson Invitational will continue on Saturday at noon at Randal Tyson Track Center.




    Tyson Invite Day One: Williams Sets Personal Best
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Five of the nation’s top-25 teams gathered at Randal Tyson Track Center Friday as the No. 6 Razorbacks wrapped up day one of the Tyson Invitational. Arkansas is closing in on the final regular-season competition leading up to the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championships. 
     
    Chrishuna Williams earned a fourth-place overall finish in the 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 52.95, taking down her previous record of 53.52 set at the Arkansas Invitational earlier this season. Diana Harper also set a new PR with 54.09, which beats her previous time of 54.37 set at the Razorback Invitational. 
     
    The 60-meter hurdles duo of Alex Gochenour and Leigha Brown did not qualify for the finals, but each set a personal record in Friday’s prelims. Gochenour finished in a personal-best 8.63, with Brown coming in at 8.93. 
     
    In the 800-meter championship run Jessica Kamilos took down her personal record of 2:10.33 with a ninth-place finish in 2:09.05. Freshman Victoria Feole finished 12th overall in the 800-meter college run with a personal best time of 2:13.33.
     
    Danielle Nowell just missed the 14-1.25 mark in an attempt to set a new personal record, ending at a second-place 13-5.25 to tie for her second-best mark in her career. Ariel Voskamp recorded an identical mark, finishing fourth, while Megan Zimlich rounded out the Razorback pole vaulters with a mark of 13-1.5.
     
    Tamara Myers rounded out day one competition with a mark of 20-4.25 in the long jump, third best time for the Razorbacks this season. 
     
    Day two of the Tyson Invitational continues Saturday with competition beginning at noon.




    UK Track & Field’s Dezerea Bryant Torches 60m Field 
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Dezerea Bryant entered Friday as the as the nation’s premier sprinter, having posted the nation’s fastest 60-meter time and the world’s fastest 200m earlier this season. Her performance Friday only solidified her credentials as elite.
     
    Bryant dealt beautifully with having to navigate three rounds of 60m heats at the nation’s deepest meet for sprinters this weekend: the Arkansas Tyson Invitational. She won the championship final in a scorching fast 7.16 seconds, which is fastest in the nation this season.
     
    Bryant’s time lowered her personal best and school record by .03 seconds. Additionally, it sits just .01 second outside the all-time collegiate top-10.
     
    Also at the Tyson Invitational, LSU's Jasmin Stowers edged Kendra Harrison in the 60m hurdles final with a time of 8.03. Harrison ran 8.04 and Baylor's Tiffani McReynolds was third (8.05). Harrison’s top time of 7.96 still ranks No. 1 in the country this season with Stowers and McCreynolds ranked Nos. 2 and 3 respectively.
     
    Rebecca Famurewa produced a 2-foot-2-inch/.062m weight throw PR mark of 19.42m/63'8¾" to finish sixth.
     
    Kayla Parker entered a long jump competition for the first time this season and broke 6m and 20-feet for the first time with a third-place mark of 6.1m/20'0.25”. Sha’Keela Saunders placed fifth.
     
    At the Indiana Hoosier Hills Invitational, Michelle Canterna cleared a season-best & indoor-PR 3.91m/12'10" to finish seventh in the pole vault.
     
    Alisha Adair was second at IU in the 200m (24.69), she qualified for the 60m final earlier in the evening, a race which will be run on Saturday. 
     
    Justin Kretchmer placed third in the high jump with a top clearance of 2.04m/6'08.25", and Joanne Imbert produced a long jump PR at IU, placing fourth with a mark of 5.67m 18'07.25




    LSU Track & Field Athletes Improve NCAA Standing on Day 1 at Tyson Invitational
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – LSU junior Vernon Norwood sprinted into the national championship race in the men’s 400-meter dash during Friday’s opener at the Tyson Invitational as he smashed his previous indoor personal best with a winning time of 45.81 seconds in the event held at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas.
     
    Lady Tiger senior Jasmin Stowers had already established herself as an NCAA title contender in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with four-straight victories to start the season, and she added a fifth-straight victory to an already impressive resume by knocking off the nation’s No. 1-ranked hurdler to set the pace for the Lady Tigers.
     
    Freshman Nataliyah Friar also strengthened her NCAA qualifying position with a Top 10 performance nationally in winning the women’s championship long jump, while fellow freshman Blair Henderson set a lifetime PR of his own with a victory in the college division of the men’s 800 meters to round out LSU’s four event champions to kick off the competition.
     
    But it was Norwood who turned in the highlight performance for the LSU Track & Field teams on the opening day of this year’s Tyson Invitational as he defended his meet championship in the 400-meter dash.
     
    After watching Arkansas’ Neil Braddy run away with the first heat in 45.96 and Texas’ Zack Bilderback take the second heat in 46.47, Norwood left no doubt as to who would claim the event title as he took control of his race early on and crossed the finish line nearly one second ahead of his nearest competitor with a run of 45.81 for an easy victory in the third heat.
     
    Florida State’s Alonzo Russell trailed Norwood across the finish line in the heat with his run of 46.57, while Braddy took second place and Bilderback took third place in the overall standings.
     
    Norwood credited a faster start as the key to his race Friday as he slashed a half second off of his season-opening time of 46.31 from the Aggie Invitational in College Station, Texas, a week ago. He has quickly ascended the national rankings as the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked 400-meter sprinter with his winning performance.
     
    “I just needed to be aggressive from the start,” Norwood said following his race. “I wasn’t too satisfied with the way I got out in the first 100 (meters) last week. I’ve got to get out faster to put myself in position to win. That’s what I did today. The competition is always good here, so you just have to get out here and compete. That’s what I wanted to do.”
     
    One look at the national rankings will show that it will be a battle for the SEC and NCAA titles in the men’s 400 meters as the four fastest quartermilers in the country all hail from the Southeastern Conference.
     
    While Norwood is the No. 3-ranked 400-meter runner in the NCAA and No. 5-ranked quartermiler in the world rankings for the 2014 indoor season, Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore tops the charts with his NCAA best 45.47 followed by Florida’s Arman Hall in the No. 2 spot with a seasonal best of 45.63. Braddy’s second-place time of 45.96 on Friday ranks him No. 4 nationally in the event this season.
     
    “I respect all those guys and how good they are and what they can do,” Norwood said. “You come to LSU to run in the SEC against the best competition, and I just try to compete as hard as I can. It will be a big couple of weeks coming up. This gives me a good idea where I’m at heading to SECs and NCAAs. I’ll need to get back to practice and try to fix the things I need to work on.”
     
    Norwood actually defended the Tyson Invitational title he won as a sophomore at South Plains College a year ago when he set his previous indoor PR of 46.02 after signing with the Tigers on National Signing Day 2013.
     
    “Arkansas has a great track to run on,” Norwood said of his experience at the Randal Tyson Track Center. “The competition is always good here, so you’ll always have a chance to run fast on this track.”
     
    Norwood was not the only Tiger to smash his indoor personal best during Friday’s 400-meter competition as fellow junior Quincy Downing followed by winning the fourth section with a seasonal-best time of 46.49. The Ohio native eclipsed his previous best of 46.61 set at the Aggie Invitational last week while moving into the No. 15 spot in the NCAA rankings with his performance on Friday afternoon.
     
    Norwood and Downing now look forward to leading the Tigers in the 4x400-meter relay in Saturday’s finale as they also hope to strengthen their NCAA qualifying position in the event in Arkansas this weekend.
     
    Fans at the Randal Tyson Track Center were treated to what is surely a preview of the NCAA final in the women’s 60-meter hurdles as Friday’s championship featured the top-four ranked hurdlers in the country on the season. Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison entered the meet as the national leader with her top time this season of 7.96, followed by Stowers in the No. 2 spot at 8.01, Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds in the No. 3 spot at 8.05 and Texas Tech’s Le’Tristan Pledger in the No. 4 spot at 8.09.
     
    But it was Stowers taking the title in arguably the most exciting finish of the day as she crossed the finish line in the championship final with her second-fastest time of the season at 8.03. Harrison was runner-up in 8.04 with McReynolds taking the third spot in 8.05 with only two one-hundredths of a second separating the top three places. Pledger fell in the semifinal round and did not advance to the final.
     
    Stowers ran her winning streak to five-straight wins to open her senior season with her victory at the Tyson Invitational following wins at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (8.16), Texas A&M Triangular (8.18), New Mexico Team Invitational (8.01) and Aggie Invitational (8.08). She will surely meet her rivals again in one month when they line up at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships being held March 14-15.
     
    While Stowers won her fifth-straight hurdles title, Friar won her second-straight long jump crown and third in four meets while soaring into the Top 10 of the NCAA rankings with a lifetime personal record.
     
    After qualifying for the championship final with a top jump of 19 feet, 2 inches in the preliminary round, Friar took a commanding lead with a career-best jump of 20-8 in the fourth round to move into a tie for the No. 7 spot in the national rankings this season. That mark secured her the victory as Arkansas’ Tamara Myers finished runner-up with a best of 20-4 ¼ in the final round.
     
    Friar has now eclipsed the 20-foot mark in the long jump in four of LSU’s five meets this season as Friday’s victory followed wins at the Texas A&M Triangular (20-3) and Aggie Invitational (20-1 ¾) in recent weeks.
     
    Henderson led a trio of LSU middle distance runners setting indoor personal bests during Friday’s opener at the Tyson Invitational while winning the college division of the men’s 800-meter run.
     
    After opening the season with a previous indoor PR of 1 minute, 50.82 seconds in a runner-up finish at the Auburn Indoor Invitational, Henderson slashed more than one full second off his top time with a lifetime PR of 1:49.70 to win the second heat with the fastest time of the college division. It is a time that cracks the Top 30 of the NCAA rankings as Henderson is now the No. 28-ranked 800-meter runner on the men’s side this year, while also moving into a tie for the No. 10 spot on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event.
     
    Redshirt freshman Morgan Schuetz also broke her lifetime best by more than one second with a time of 2:08.86 to take third place in the college division and senior Nikita Tracey followed by running 2:09.51 to take 10th place in the championship division of the women’s 800 meters that were also held as part of Friday’s opener at this year’s Tyson Invitational.
     
    Also making an appearance in the championship finals on Friday night was Tiger junior Joshua Thompson, who placed sixth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a run of 8.00 following times of 7.95 and 7.98 in qualifying.
     
    “We took a big step forward as a team today,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “We always target the Tyson Invitational as an opportunity for our athletes to go out and compete and better position themselves for a spot in the NCAA Championships. We had a number of athletes who certainly did that today. We look forward to another opportunity to improve when we come back here tomorrow.”
     
    Other LSU athletes setting indoor personal bests during Friday’s events were junior Philip Primeaux (4:09.25) in the mile, junior Mariah Georgetown (8.34) in the 60 hurdles, freshman Bryiana Richardson (8.53) in the 60 hurdles and freshman Tremayne Acy (6.75) in the 60-meter dash.
     
    Primeaux actually kicked off the meet as he smashed his previous best of 4:14.09 in the mile by nearly five seconds by taking home a third-place finish in the men’s college division in the first event of the day.
     
    The Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to the Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday afternoon for the finale of the 2014 Tyson Invitational that is set to begin at noon CT with the field events followed by the first events on the track at 1 p.m. Fans can receive live up-to-the-second coverage of the LSU Track & Field teams competing at the Tyson Invitational by following @LSUTrackField on Twitter.



    Bulldog Track & Field Posts All Personal Bests To Start Husky Classic
     
    SEATTLE, Wash. –  All five of the Bulldogs competing clocked personal-best times as the Husky Classic cranked up in Seattle, Wash., on Friday.
     
    Junior Brandon Lord clocked Georgia’s best time in the 5000-meter run Invitational since the school record was set in 2007.  Lord finished 14th overall with a mark of 14:00.60, which shaved nearly 30 seconds off of his previous personal best.  This is the best time for the Bulldogs since Ian Burrell set a school record of 13:46.97 at the Tyson Invitational seven years ago.
     
    Lord, who redshirted the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons, currently has the second-fastest time in the Southeastern Conference this year.
     
    In the other 5000 race, junior Charlie Sparks won his heat after speeding to a 14:26.82 finish.  This took over the No. 9 spot in the Bulldog record books.  Behind Sparks in his heat was sophomore Steven Spevacek, who had a career-best time of 14:37.66.
     
    Also in the same race, sophomore Zack Sims finished in 14:41.30.  This was the first indoor 5000 race for both Sims and Sparks.
     
    Senior Leslie Boozer slipped into the school’s all-time list for the Lady Bulldogs by two-hundredths of a second to take 15th in the 5000.  Boozer completed her laps in 16:48.99, besting Nicole DiMercurio’s time of 16:49.01 at last year’s Husky Classic.
     
    Results and a recap from the Husky Classic will be found at georgiadogs.com.  News and updates from Georgia track and field teams are located on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.



    Gator Distance Runner Mark Parrish Shatters 20-Year-Old Florida 5000m Record in Seattle
     
    SEATTLE, Wash. & AMES, Iowa -- Florida senior distance runner Mark Parrish crushed a 20-year-old Florida record in the men’s 5000m (13:43.15) by nearly 16 seconds at the Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor to highlight Valentine’s Day competition for the Orange and Blue in Seattle, while in Ames, junior sprinter Hugh Graham, Jr., cranked out a career-tying 60m dash (6.64) in prelims of the event at the Iowa State Classic to solidify the top seed heading into finals of the event Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center.
     
    Parrish finished fifth overall in the 5000m field at the Husky Classic, while freshman Taylor Tubbs and sophomore Julie Macedo put up impressive performances in the event as well on the women's side, Tubbs jumping onto UF's all-time top-10 list with her performance.
     
    The Gators will add the Texas A&M Invitational into the mix Saturday, making for a busy weekend of competition across the country for the Florida track & field squads, while UF middle-distance runner Cory McGee will take to the track at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in NYC.
     
    Follow live results of all four competitions, listed below, and check www.GatorZone.com for a complete recap Saturday evening.



    MSU’s Success Continues At Tyson Invitational
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In its first time back at the Randal Tyson Track Center since last year’s Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, the Mississippi State track and field team picked up right where it left off in the Big Apple last weekend.
     
    The Bulldogs totaled nine Top 10 finishes on day one of the Tyson Invitational as the Arkansas Razorbacks hosted a houseful of talent. In the midst of nine ranked men’s teams and four ranked women’s teams, the MSU squads continued to prove why they both own the nation’s No. 17 spots.
     
    “We had some strong performances today,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “We’re going up against some really great teams, and we’ll have to continue to bring our best again tomorrow.”
     
    All-American Brandon McBride posted a 1:47.51 to finish first in the men’s 800-meter run championship. His speed was narrowly shy of his personal best (1:46.07).
     
    Also having a first-place finish was Rhianwedd Price in the women’s one mile championship. The freshman, who most recently earned USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic honors, clocked a time of 4:39.37 to place her second on MSU’s all-time performance list in the event.
     
    Veteran John Valentine finished second in the men’s 5000-meter run with a time of 14:24.82.
     
    Distance runners Katie Huston (4:52.73) and Emma Neigel (5:02.50) finished second and 11th, respectively, in the women’s one mile college section. Huston’s time garnered a personal best in the event.
     
    Sophomore Scottie Hearn had an impressive showing in the 400-meter dash, clocking a 47.39 to finish 11th in a field of 51 runners.
     
    Later on, a threesome of Bulldogs posted top speeds in the men’s one mile championship. Damian Roszko (4:07.61), Patrick Monaghan (4:09.29) and Juan Sanchez (4:10.00) finished fourth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
     
    In the field, long jumpers Rochelle Farquharson (19-11.50) and All-American Erica Bougard (19-09.25) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.



    Burks and Paine Win in Alabama’s First Day at Tyson Invitational
     
    Fayetteville, Ark. – The University of Alabama track and field team notched a pair of event wins and set 11 personal bests at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas on Friday.
     
    “We competed with tremendous focus today,” said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. “We are becoming technically sound with each meet, and we are advancing several to the NCAA national championship meet. Hopefully, we can carry the energy and focus we had today into tomorrow’s events.”
     
    Freshman Quanesha Burks led off the day with a win in the collegiate division long jump. Burks’ mark of 6.25 meters (20 feet, 6.25 inches) ranks second in school history and lands in the top 20 nationally. Later Friday evening, senior Alexis Paine earned a victory in the invitational women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.20 (13-9.25). Paine has now won the pole vault in three consecutive meets.
     
    Alabama returns to the Randal Tyson Track Center Saturday for the final day of the Tyson Invitational. Events slated for Saturday include the triple jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 relays.
     
    Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama’s events from Friday:
     
    TRACK EVENTS
     
    Men
     
    60 meters: Seniors Akeem Haynes and Alex Sanders both advanced to the semifinals but fell just short of making the finals of the 60-meter dash. Both Haynes and Sanders improved on their preliminary times in the semifinals. Haynes matched his personal best of 6.76 in the semifinals after a 6.79 in his preliminary run. Sanders followed a 6.80 time in the prelims with a time of 6.77 in the semis. Overall, in a field of 64 runners, Haynes took 10th place with Sanders finishing 11th.
     
    60-meter hurdles: Freshman Tony Brown capped off an impressive day in the 60-meter hurdles with a third place finish in the finals. Brown’s time of 7.83 in the finals ranks fourth in school history and sixth in the Southeastern Conference. Brown advanced to the finals after recording a 7.95 in the semifinals. He reached the semifinals with a preliminary time of 7.92, which ranks eighth in school history. 
     
    400 meters: Freshman Bryan Arthur (20th; 48.08) and sophomore Dwight Davis (23rd; 48.29) set PRs in the 400-meter dash. Junior Nick Efkamp clocked a 48.13 to finish 22nd overall. Each of Alabama’s competitors in the 400 meters finished as the runner-up in their respective heats.
     
    800 meters: All three of Alabama’s competitors in the college division of the 800-meters placed in the top 10. Senior Ken Taylor clocked a new personal best of 1:50.45 to finish runner-up while Alex Amankwah (1:51.13) and Andrew Harris (1:52.10) placed seventh and 10th, respectively. Freshman Jacopo Lahbi competed in the invitational section of the 800 meters and placed fifth with a time of 1:50.03.
     
    Mile: Freshman Peyton Ballard recorded a personal best of 4:17.84 in the collegiate section of the mile. Junior Matt Airola (sixth; 4:08.19) and sophomore Parker Deuel (10th; 4:14.27) competed in the invitational championship along with sophomore Alex Jenkins, who did not finish.
     
    Women
     
    60 meters: Junior Remona Burchell recorded a personal best of 7.27 in the preliminary round, the second-best qualifying time of the day and third-best in school history. Her time should qualify her for the NCAA national championships, so she chose to forego the semifinals and focus on Saturday’s 200-meter dash. Senior Sarah Thomas (7.60) and freshman Quanesha Burks (7.63) also competed in the preliminary rounds but did not qualify for the semifinals.
     
    60-meter hurdles: Sophomore Lacey Dent recorded a time of 8.78 in the preliminary trials but did not qualify for the semifinals.
     
    400 meters: Freshman Alex Gholston (56.31) and senior Shani Chandler (57.48) competed in the 400 meters for Alabama but did not advance. Chandler’s time was her best this season.
     
    800 meters: In the invitational division of the 800 meters, senior Yanique Malcolm recorded a time of 2:08.48 to place seventh, while sophomore Kimberley Ficenec (2:08.90) took eighth. Senior Aubrielle Wright just missed setting a personal record in the college section of the 800 meters. Wright, whose PR is 2:13.00, clocked a 2:13.50 Friday to finish 14th overall in the field of 29 runners.
     
    Mile: Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou set a PR in the invitational mile with a time of 4:49.68, finishing seventh. Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf recorded a personal record of 4:53.86 to finish third among a field of 20 in the collegiate section.
     
    5,000 meters: Freshman Allison Gregg made her 5,000 meters debut and finished fifth with a personal best time of 17:33.93.
     
    FIELD EVENTS
     
    Men
     
    Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller (7.81m/25-7.50) placed fourth in the invitational long jump. Fuller’s mark ranks fifth in Alabama history. Sophomores Nathan Vardaman (7.12m/23-4.50) and Josh McCullan (7.07m/23-2.50) competed in the collegiate invitational and placed 10th and 12th, respectively.
     
    Weight Throw: Sophomore Elias Hakansson set a new personal best with a mark of 21.21 meters (69-7), good for third on Friday and second-best in school history.
     
    Women
     
    Pole Vault: Senior Alexis Paine won the invitational pole vault with a mark of 4.20 meters (13-9.25). Freshman Lakan Taylor placed sixth in the championship section with a mark of 4.00 meters (13-1.50). In the collegiate section, sophomore Autumn Conn matched her personal best of 3.75 meters (12-3.50) on her second attempt to finish seventh, while sophomore Anna Rawles cleared the opening height of 3.60 meters (11-9.75) and placed 11th.
     
    Long Jump: Freshman Quanesha Burks won the college division of the long jump with a personal best of 6.25 meters (20-6.25). Her mark ranks second in school history and ranks in the top 20 in the nation this season. Sophomore Lacey Dent jumped 5.72 meters (18-9.25) to finish 11th among 36 competitors.
     
    Weight Throw: Junior Nia Barnes placed fourth in the weight throw with a personal best mark of 20.25m (66-5.25), second best in school history. Junior Candicea Bernard set a personal best with a mark of 17.21 meters (56-5.75) to finish 13th.




    Ole Miss’ Sam Kendricks Soars To More Records At Don Kirby Elite
     
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sam Kendricks smashed his own school record with one of the best indoor pole vaults in NCAA history to lead the 25th-ranked Ole Miss men on the first day of the Don Kirby Elite Invitational Friday night.
     
    Kendricks, the reigning NCAA outdoor champion, jumped 18-8.25 to defeat a strong field of vaulters at the Albuquerque Convention Center. He beat the runner-up finisher by almost eight inches en route to a school record and the meet record by a collegian. The field included such highly ranked vaulters as UCLA’s Michael Woepse and Akron’s Shawn Barber. Barber came into the meet with a slim lead over Kendricks in the NCAA rankings and recently broke the Canadian pole vault record.
     
    Kendricks’ previous school indoor record was 18-4.75, set earlier this year at the UAB Blazer Invitational.
     
    His jump ranks him No. 1 in the NCAA, No. 1 among Americans and No. 13 in the world this year, while the junior from Oxford, Miss., moves into a tie for ninth place on the all-time NCAA indoor list.
     
    “We ask Sam to go out there week in and week out and get our team kickstarted in terms of momentum. And he never disappoints,” said Ole Miss head coach Brian O’Neal. “Tonight was another great performance by Sam. He’s very confident in what he’s doing, and he believes in himself, his coaching and his training.”
     
    Junior Malcolm Davis won the men’s long jump (non-invitational division) with a personal-best leap of 24-8.5 that ranks him top 25 in the NCAA this year and No. 11 in the school record book.
     
    In the men’s weight throw, sophomores Onyi Afoaku and Nathan Loe placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Afoaku matched his personal-best throw of 62-10.75 that ranks him third in school history, while Loe increased his personal best to 61-11.75, which makes him fourth in school history.
     
    On the women’s side, the top Ole Miss performer was junior Kierra White in the long jump invitational. She placed sixth with a leap of 19-5.25.
     
    The Rebels will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday. Action begins at 11:30 a.m. CT and will last until about 4 p.m. CT. Also, distance runners Trevor Gilley and Sean Tobin will run Saturday at the Husky Classic in Seattle.



    All-Time Top Ten Performances on Day One of Tyson Invitational
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Tigers continued knocking down record book performances on Friday as they closed out day one of two at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.  All in all, the black and gold left the Randal Tyson Track with ten personal records (PR's) and three new Missouri All-Time Top Ten performances from senior Landon Wachter, and freshmen Kaitlyn Fischer and Drew White.
     
    Mid-Distance
     
    Wachter led most of the way during the women's 800-meter run before battling out in the final lap to cross for third in her heat, fourth overall.  Her time of 2:09.03 was good for a two-second PR and the No. 9 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list.
     
    Sophomore Will Crocker also earned himself a new 800-meter PR, placing fourth overall in the competition with his 1:50.97 finish.  This puts him in sight of the All-Time Top Ten mark, with just over a second separating him and the No. 10 spot (1:49.76).
     
    In the 1500-meter run, the freshmen duo of Kayla Wolf and Libby Luciani led the way for the Tigers with a pair of PR's.  Wolf was fourth overall in 4:54.71 and Luciani sixth with a final time of 4:56.93.  
     
    On the men's side, junior Kenny Cushing led the squad with a fifth-place finish, followed by freshmen TJ Carey and Chandler Dye, who finished with a new PR of 4:13.89 for eighth.
     
    Distance
     
    The men's and women's 5000-meter races saw a pair of All-Time Top Ten finishes from freshmen as Kaitlyn Fischer and Drew White both made their way into the indoor record books for the first time.  
     
    Fischer took command of the women's race just after the mile mark and didn't let go, coming in over ten-seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.  She crossed in 16:51.16 to come in at No. 7 in the Mizzou Record Book, and in the top ten on the current rankings for the SEC. 
     
    The men's race was a battle from start to finish, with White keeping in with the lead pack throughout most of the race.  He finished in fourth overall with a final time of 14:28.07 for No. 10 in on the Mizzou Top Ten.  That time is good for top spot in the current SEC rankings.
     
    In the long jump, both Whitson and Whitaker hit new top marks finishing 12th and 25th in their respective competitions.  Both marked in their bests jumps on final attempts, with Morgan marking in at 5.68m (18-7.75) and Whitaker at 6.70m (21-11.75).
     
    The women's weight throw closed out the evening's field events, with junior Kearsten Peoples placing second with a toss of 20.66m (67-9.25) followed by senior Katie Evans in 12th with a mark of 17.31m (56-9.5).
     
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    Up north in Ames, Ia., senior Max Storms had his first of two races this weekend in the 5000-meter run.  Storms came into the evening with only one race under his belt thus far this season, and emerged with a 12th-place finish in 14:40.82.  He will be back at it tomorrow with the mile.
     
    Events will continue tomorrow for Mizzou with the women's shot put, men's pole vault, high jump, men's triple jump, 200-meter dash, 3000-meter run, distance medley relay, and the 4x400-meter relay.  For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.