The men take the overall win at the Tyson Invitational, posting a team score of 79.5, well ahead of second-place Alabama and eight other top 25 ranked teams.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – To close out the 2014 Tyson Invitational on Saturday, the Mississippi State track and field team posted 10 top-10 finishes, highlighted by wins in the women’s distance medley relay and 3000-meter run, along with the men’s high jump championship.
“We came out here and really had a strong finish,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “With only two weeks before the conference championships, it was critical for our squads to use this opportunity to execute what they’ve worked on in practice. I believe they did that today.”
The MSU women's distance medley relay, comprised of Katie Huston, Erica Bougard, Ocian Archer and Rhianwedd Price, captured the win in 11:15.34. With the first-place finish, the women were ahead of Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Their speed will likely rank the foursome Top 15 in the nation.
Sophomore Cornelia Griesche also found herself ahead of the pack, winning the women's 3000-meter run in 9:38.97. Emma Neigel (9:48.81), Lisa Ziegler (9:56.87) and Jodie McGuff (10:11.96) followed Griesche in second, seventh and 14th, respectively.
All-American Marcus Jackson won the high jump championship, clearing 7-05.25. He entered the meet ranked 4th nationally after finishing second at last year’s NCAA Indoors.
Off the track, triple jumpers Ebony Brinker and Jason Harper both garnered fourth-place finishes. Brinker’s leap of 41-08.50 landed her No. 3 on MSU’s all-time indoor performance list, while Harper posted a 52-07.25.
Another Maroon and White distance medley relay team was also successful as Dudley’s men clocked a 9:47.41 to finish fourth. Patrick Monaghan, Steve Shoto, Juan Sanchez and Damian Roszko made up the quartet.
The men’s 3000-meter run saw three Bulldogs finish in the Top 20 as John Valentine (8:27.79), Andrew Monaghan (8:37.97) and Philip Johnson (8:53.36) finished fourth, eighth and 18th, respectively.
Rounding out action on day two at Randal Tyson Track, the MSU men’s 4x400-meter relay team posted a 3:09.24 to land a spot in fifth and top five other SEC foursomes.
After returning from Fayetteville, the MSU teams will begin preparation for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 21-22 in South Bend, Ind. The meet will mark the Bulldogs’ last regular season competition.
Aggies sweep another pair of team titles at Texas A&M Invitational
COLLEGE STATION – The nationally ranked Aggies swept another pair of team titles in front of 1,512 fans at the eight team Texas A&M Invitational inside Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Next up for the Aggies is the SEC Indoor Championships that A&M will host on February 27 through March 1.
The No. 3 Aggie women totaled 156 points while the No. 4 Texas A&M men amassed 219 points. Florida finished second in both team chases as the No. 4 Gator women tallied 98 and the No. 2 men scored 83.
Following in the women’s field were Clemson (89.5), No. 5 Georgia (75), Texas State (52), Rice (49), Oklahoma (41.5) and Cal State Northridge (26). The rest of the men’s field included Oklahoma (67.5), No. 22 Georgia (58), Clemson (56), Rice (42), Texas State (36.5) and Cal State Northridge (12).
The Aggies totaled 14 victories on the day, seven for the men and seven for the women, as they claimed both titles in six events – 400, 800, 3000, 4x400, triple jump and weight throw.
Kamaria Brown reclaimed her world leading time in the 200 as she won in 22.80 seconds with teammate Ashton Purvis in second place with a 23.26. Florida finished 3-4-5 in the event with Kyra Jefferson leading the Gator trio with a 23.31. Then A&M added finishers in 7-8-9 with Janeil Bellille (23.87), Aaliyah Brown (24.06) and India Daniels (24.11). Brown also added a runner-up finish in the 60 at 7.34.
Brown bettered the meet record of 23.14 as well as equaled the facility record of 22.80, both of which were held by Miami’s Murielle Ahoure. The 22.80 mark by Ahoure came during the NCAA Championships in 2009.
In the 400 Aggie frosh Shamier Little posted a PR of 52.44 that bettered the meet record of 52.52 set by Jessica Beard in 2011. Little’s time moves her to No. 3 on the A&M all-time list. Teammate Olivia Ekpone finished fourth in the race with a best of 53.15 that moves her to No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list.
Little was challenged by Florida’s Robin Reynolds, who claimed second in 52.46, while Gator Ebony Eutsey finished third in 53.01.
Carlyle Roudette won the men’s 400 in 46.42 over Georgia’s Drew Branch (47.22), Oklahoma’s Ethan Baker (47.45) and Florida’s Nick Uruburu (47.49). A&M’s Greg Coleman placed fifth with a 48.20.
Brea Garrett produced another 70-foot mark in the weight throw as she won with a 72-8 (22.15) effort, which is the No. 3 performance on the Aggie all-time list. Garrett finished ahead of Florida’s Jayla Bostic (67-1.5) and Georgia’s Asianna Covington (61-4.75).
Casey Strong answered the challenge in the men’s weight throw, winning on his final attempt with a mark of 66-1.5 (20.15), also the No. 3 performance on the A&M all-time list. Strong passed Alex Poursanidis of Georgia (64-1.75) and Florida’s tandem of David Levin (63-2.75) and Kyle Strawn (62-10.75). Aggie Austin Cook set a personal best of 60-10 (18.54) to place seventh with Ben Skrla (58-0.5) in eighth.
A last round win was turned in by LaQue Moen-Davis as she moved ahead of Florida’s Ciarra Brewer by half an inch. Moen-Davis reached a distance of 43-11.75 (13.40) to overtake the first round mark of 43-11.25 (13.39) by Brewer.
In the men’s long jump Aggie Olabanji Asekun had the lead taken away from him by Florida’s Marquis Dendy in the final round. Dendy hit a mark of 24-7.25 (7.50) to claim the victory over a 24-6.5 (7.48) that Asekun had produced in round two. Jeffrey Prothro won a three-jumper triple jump with a mark of 47-8.5 (14.54).
Dylan Williams had the first Aggie win of the day as he set a personal best to win the 5,000 meters in 14:52.38. Later in the meet Karis Jochen cruised to a 9:45.11 victory over 3,000 meters while Isaac Spencer claimed the men’s 3,000 in 8:19.86.
The 800 meters provided some stellar marks for Aggies seeking to produce at the SEC Indoor Championships.
Aliese Hyde and Katie Willard turned in a strong finish to place first and second in the women’s race with times of 2:08.85 and 2:09.36. Hyde’s mark is the No. 3 performance at A&M while Willard knocked three seconds of her PR, moving to the No. 5 performer with the No. 6 performance on the Aggie all-time list.
The men’s 800 had Hector Hernandez winning in 1:50.51 over teammate Josh Hernandez with a 1:50.84 while Gaines Kinsey set a personal best with a 1:51.38 for third. In the second section of the 800 solid times were posted as A&M went 1-2-3 again with Brett Schmitt (1:53.22), Cameron Cardwell (1:53.63) and Tarik Tyler (1:55.09) for them to place ninth, 10th and 11th overall.
Closing out the meet with a pair of 4x400 relay victories, the Aggie women ran 3:32.91, with Clemson second in 3:40.09, while the men posted a 3:10.09 over Georgia’s 3:10.89.
The women ran with a foursome of Shamier Little (54.43), Kamaria Brown (52.59), Janeil Bellille (52.21) and Ibukun Mayungbe (53.69). The men’s crew included Greg Coleman (48.21), Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (46.50), Carlyle Roudette (46.92), and Deon Hickey (48.47).
Fast times were produced in the men’s 200 as Florida’s Dedric Dukes (20.64) and Arman Hall (20.68) won separate sections. A disqualification for Dukes eliminated the time as he did not compete in the 60 final amid a scored meet after qualifying in the prelims. Hall broke the meet record of 20.79 set by Ameer Webb in 2012.
Aggies finished 2-3-4-5 in the 200 following the dq with Shavez Hart leading the way with a 20.77. Prezel Hardy, Jr. ran 20.83 with Michael Bryan posting a 20.98 and Bailey clocking 21.09. Hart also finished second in the 60 with a 6.65 behind the 6.63 winner by Antwan Wright of Florida. Bryan finished third in 6.72 with Hardy fourth at 6.73.
A showdown in the 60 hurdles had Eddie Lovett of Florida holding a narrow edge over A&M’s Wayne Davis II with a 7.69 to 7.70 finish.
Cameron Villarreal placed second in the mile with a career best of 4:06.64 which left him a bit short of the win claimed by Oklahoma’s Abbabiya Simbassa (4:06.38). Villarreal’s mark is No. 8 on the Aggie all-time list.
Hillary Montgomery and Grace Fletcher improved their times in the mile to place second and third. Montgomery ran 4:51.88, No. 3 at A&M with the No. 5 performance, while Fletcher posted a 4:52.24 9, which is No. 4 at A&M with the No. 6 performance. Ashley Chamberlain finished fifth with a PR of 4:56.89, No. 9 at A&M all-time.
Devion Harris improved his career best to 7-0.5 (2.15) as runner-up in the high jump as he challenged Clemson’s Torian Ware and Georgia’s Maurice Freeman (6-11.5). Harris, who moves to No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list, nearly cleared 7-1.75 that Ware managed for the win. Tyler Lee finished fourth with a 6-10.25 clearance.
Chase Wolfle cleared 16-9.25 for second place in the pole vault as Texas State’s Seth Arnold won with a 17-9.25 clearance. Jennifer Madu finished as runner-up in the long jump with a 19-10.25 behind the 20-5.75 winner from collegiate leader Chanice Porter of Georgia.
Alabama Track and Field’s Batson wins 200-meter dash at Tyson Invitational Saturday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior Diondre Batson won the 200-meter dash Saturday to highlight the Alabama track and field teams’ second and final day of competition at the Tyson Invitational, hosted at the University of Arkansas.
“We had some very good performances today,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We had a few missed opportunities, but I think we learned a lot by competing against such great competition.”
For the weekend, the Crimson Tide won three events, set more than a dozen personal records and had a slew of top-10 finishes against a field that included many of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference and Big 12.
“This weekend helped us set the tone for the SEC meet,” said Waters.
The Tide will be off next weekend before heading to College Station, Texas, Feb. 27 - March 1 for the SEC Indoor Championships.
Here is an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama’s competitors on Saturday:
200 meters: Senior Diondre Batson clocked a time of 20.94 to win the men’s 200-meter dash. Batson’s time was the best among the 63-man field Saturday and ranks sixth in school history.
DMR: Alabama took eighth place in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:55.34. Junior Matt Airola ran the opening leg of 1,200 meters and led the field with a time of 2:58.84. Freshman Bryan Arthur ran the second leg and covered the 400 meters in 47.68. Sophomore Andrew Harris ran the 800-meter third leg in 1:51.98, and Parker Deuel ran the final leg of 1,600 meters with a time of 4:16.85.
4x400M Relay: Alabama earned an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:10.46. Sophomore Dwight Davis led off with a 48.17 split in the first leg. Senior Diondre Batson ran the second leg in 47.73. In the third leg, Alex Amankwah logged a split of 47.40. Senior Ken Taylor ran the fastest split of the heat’s anchor leg when he clocked a 47.19.
200 meters: Junior Remona Burchell finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.74, her fastest time in the event this season. Freshman Brianna Sims clocked a time of 25.50, her best as a member of the Crimson Tide, and senior Sarah Thomas logged a 25.73.
3,000 meters: Freshman Hilary Stafford earned a runner-up finish with a time of 9:42.10 in the women’s 3,000-meter championship run. The time was Stafford’s best as a member of the Tide. Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf finished just a few strides behind Stafford at 9:43.26 to place third.
4x400M Relay: Alabama placed 18th in the women’s 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:42.26. Freshman Alex Gholston ran the first leg in 56.23. In the second leg, senior Yanique Malcolm’s time of 53.82 was the fastest split in the heat. Sophomore Lacey Dent recorded a time of 56.52 in the third leg, and senior Shani Chandler ran the anchor with a split of 55.70.
Shot Put: Freshman Kyle Felpel set an indoor personal record with a throw of 18.62 meters (61 feet, 1.25 inches) to finish second in the shot put. Felpel’s best mark, which came on his sixth and final throw of the day, ranks third in school history. Freshman Hayden Reed improved his distance on each of his three throws and tied for 11th with a mark of 16.67 meters (54 feet, 8.25 inches). Freshman Nathan Karr’s first attempt spanned a personal best 15.57 meters (51 feet, 1 inch), earning him an 18th-place finish among the field of 31.
High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren placed sixth with a mark of 2.11 meters (6 feet, 11 inches) in the high jump invitational championship. Fondren cleared the 2.11-meter mark on his first attempt, then passed on 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch) and was unable to clear the bar at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches) on three attempts.
Triple Jump: Freshman Jeremiah Green recorded a mark of 15.86 meters (52 feet, 0.5 inch) to take sixth place in the triple jump invitational championship. Sophomore Imani Brown’s best jump of the day stretched 15.46 meters (50 feet, 8.75 inches), earning him a ninth-place finish.
Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard started the day with her best throw, a mark of 14.47 meters (47 feet, 5.75 inches), and finished 13th overall. Bernard’s final two throws registered 14.40 meters (47 feet, 3 inches) and 13.18 meters (43 feet, 3 inches).
Triple Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae finished the collegiate section of the triple jump with a best mark of 12.45 meters (40 feet, 10.25 inches), good for fifth place.
Kentucky Mile Records Fall at ISU Classic on Saturday
AMES, Iowa and FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Allison Peare broke a 25-year-old school record on Saturday at the Iowa State Classic. Not to be outdone, Matt Hillenbrand broke four minutes in the mile for the first time in his career; just moments after Peare posted her scintillating time.
Hillenbrand’s time of 3:57.0 also broke the school record, a mark that had only lasted for 24 years. Hillenbrand became just the third Wildcat ever to break the four-minute barrier, besting Bob Whelan’s UK-record time of 3:58.77, which he clocked to win the 1990 NCAA Championship.
Peare finished the ISU classic mile as the top collegian, and fourth overall, only behind three elite-level professionals. Peare stopped the clock at 4.35.80, breaking 1989 Southeastern Conference Mile Champion Lisa Breiding’s school record (4:38.37 in 1989) by more than two seconds.
Hillenbrand’s time ranks No. 3 in the nation, and leads the SEC. He is the defending conference mile champion. Peare’s performance is the fourth-fastest in the country this season and ranks No. 2 in the SEC.
Indeed, Saturday’s action wrapped up an important – and successful – weekend for the Kentucky track and field teams, as the Wildcats are now likely to turn their attention to the upcoming Southeastern Conference Championships, which will take place at Texas A&M Feb. 27-March 1.
“We were able to take advantage of there being multiple highly-competitive meets around the country this weekend,” head coach Edrick Floréal said. “In many cases we rose to the occasion of such high competition by producing numerous school records and both SEC and NCAA-leading marks.”
The meets two weekends before all the conferences hold their championship meets traditionally witness the highest concentration marks, which ultimately qualify for the NCAA Championships, of any time all season.
As described by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), this weekend “has historically been an opportunity for teams around the country to flock to big-time invitationals in hopes of top-notch competition pushing their student-athletes to the forefront of the national descending order lists for their respective events before the heavy load of conference championships.”
In such hopes, the Wildcats top distance and middle distance runners traveled to compete on the oversized track at ISU, while the top UK sprinters, hurdlers, horizontal jumpers and throwers joined the nation’s elite in the same disciplines at Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational. The largest and most competitively diverse group of Wildcats traveled to the Indiana Hoosier Hills Invitational.
For UK in 2014, this weekend’s meets lived up to their preconceptions as Hillenbrand and Peare weren’t the only Wildcats to raise their level.
On Saturday, no Wildcat performed better at Arkansas than Bradley Szypka, who won the Tyson Invitational shot put championship with a Southeastern Conference-leading mark, 19.48 meters/63-feet-11-inches. The throw was a personal best for the junior, moving him past current volunteer assistant coach Rashaud Scott for fourth on the all-time UK performers’ list.
Szypka’s head-turning mark came a day after Dezerea Bryant performed at a level that was even more impressive. In a 60m dash victory, Bryant lowered her school-record and nation-leading best to 7.16 seconds, a performance that tied the seventh-fastest time in NCAA history.
“Both of our teams are starting to shape up as we head into the championship portion of the season,” Floréal said. “Dezerea Bryant continued her sensational season, and Matt, Ally and Brad are rounding into shape at the right time of the year.”
The teams’ monumental progress could be measured by the fact that the notable performances by Bryant, Hillenbrand, Peare and Szypka, heavily overshadowed other impressive showings.
The women’s 4x400m relay for example finished third at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 3:34.31, which was the second fastest performance in UK history.
Keffri Neal placed fourth in the ISU Classic 800m with a PR time 1:49.05, climbing to No. 7 on the UK all-time performers' list.
At Hoosier Hills, Chelsea Oswald won the invitational 3k with a time of 9:37.36, while Hiruni Wijayaratne: placed fifth (10:08.85). Adam Kahleifeh placed 17th in the ISU Classic 3k, with a time of 8:23.82.
Another School Record Falls For Ole Miss Track & Field Out West
SEATTLE, Wash. and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Freshman Sean Tobin, running his first mile as an Ole Miss Rebel, became the first person in school history to break four minutes with his time of 3:59.91 that won the men’s late division race at the Husky Classic on Saturday.
In addition to breaking the school record, Tobin’s 3:59.91 mile ranks him top 25 in the NCAA this year. It was the second college race for the Clonmel, Ireland native, who also helped Ole Miss to a school record in the distance medley relay at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York a week earlier.
“I’m proud of Sean,” head coach Brian O’Neal said. “To break four minutes and set a lifetime personal best in his first mile with us, I’m excited for what the future holds for him and our whole team. Our men’s team is rounding into form at the right time.”
Also at the Husky Classic, freshman Trevor Gilley ran 8:22.06 in the 3,000 meters, which ranks him ninth in the school record books.
The 25th-ranked Ole Miss men also posted some strong results at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque on Saturday, as they wrapped up the final meet of the season before the SEC and NCAA Championships.
“We had some good performances this weekend,” O’Neal said. “We are looking forward to getting back to Oxford and having a couple weeks to train and get healthy as we get ready for the SEC Championships.”
Senior Mike Granger and freshman Jalen Miller led the way in the 60 meters. Granger, who is getting back to full health, clocked a season-best 6.67 (converted from 6.65 for altitude) to place third in the final, followed by Miller in fifth at 6.68. Granger moves to No. 21 on the NCAA indoor list this year.
The Rebels also had two milers run strong races in Albuquerque, as junior Daniel Bulmer placed third and freshman Robert Domanic sixth. Their altitude-converted times of 4:01.37 and 4:04.46 rank them second and fourth in school history, respectively.
Junior Robert Semien placed fifth in the final of the 60-meter hurdles in 7.86 (converted from 7.84).
Friday was highlighted by Sam Kendricks’ school record and No. 1 U.S. pole vault this year, as well as good showings by Malcolm Davis in the long jump and Onyi Afoaku and Nathan Loe in the weight throw.
As the SEC Championships approach (Feb. 27-March 1), the following Rebels are among the league’s best in their events: Miller and Granger in the 60m; Tobin, Bulmer and Domanic in the mile; Bulmer and Domanic in the 3000m; Semien in the 60mH; distance medley relay; Kendricks in the pole vault; Davis in the long jump; and Afoaku and Loe in the weight throw.
The highlight of the day for the Rebel women in Albuquerque was freshman Kennadi Bouyer in the 60 meters. She ran a personal-best 7.54 (converted from 7.52) to win the Section B final.
Bulldog Track & Field Overcomes Weather, Travel During Weekend Meets
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Georgia’s track and field teams posted more impressive performances, including another school record, during the Texas A&M Invitational and the second day of the Husky Classic on Saturday.
This marked the Bulldogs’ fourth weekend of indoor meets. They will travel a group to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., next weekend, but Georgia’s next meet for the full team will be the Southeastern Conference Championships in College Station on February 27 through March 1.
“Traveling commercially all the way out to College Station is a physically demanding journey without having an mechanical problems,” said head coach Wayne Norton, whose team was stranded on a street in Houston for approximately five hours after its bus broke down. “It was a major chore just to get through this competition. Kendell (Williams), Chanice (Porter) and Morgann (Leleux) led the way for the women. Drew (Branch) and Maurice (Freeman) showed improvement for the men.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us. Hopefully the weather in Athens will obey me in the coming weeks when I call it to be mild and behave.”
Junior Morgann Leleux won her third meet of the year in the pole vault at the Texas A&M meet and improved her mark for the third consecutive meet. The New Iberia, La., native cleared her only two heights on the first attempt as she reached 14 feet, 2 inches to win by nearly a foot.
Freshman heptathlete Kendell Williams continued to drop her time in the 60-meter hurdles to move to No. 2 on the school’s all-time list. Williams won the prelims with an 8.33 before speeding to an 8.24 to finish first in the finals with the best time for the Lady Bulldogs since 2004.
Junior Drew Branch also tallied a personal best, his in the 400, to take second place. Branch ran a 47.22 and climbed within a tenth of a second from the school’s all-time top-10 list.
Branch was also the anchor on Georgia’s second place 4x400 relay team. Sophomore Maurice Freeman, sophomore Jamario Calhoun and freshman Derrick White combined with Branch to finish in 3:10.89.
After opening with a mark of 19-11.75, sophomore Chanice Porter soared 20-5.75 on her second attempt in the long jump to win her second consecutive meet. Currently, Porter is ranked second nationally with a season-best jump of 21-2.75.
Maurice Freeman posted the top mark of his career at 6-11.50 on his third and final attempt to also take third in the high jump. On the women’s side, freshman Tatiana Gusin reached a collegiate personal best of 5-8.75 to earn runner-up honors in the high jump.
Another true freshman, Alex Poursanidis, was second in the men’s weight throw after reaching 64-1.75, which is the second-best performance of his young career.
Sophomore decathlete Maicel Uibo also took sixth in the open pole vault after clearing a season-best height of 16-3.25 on his first attempt.
The multi-event crew shined in the open shot put as well. In addition to her performance in the hurdles, Williams added four and a half feet to her personal best after launching her last attempt 41-3.25 to take eight. Junior Quintunya Chapman improved her top mark by two feet to finish 10th with a long throw of 38-9.
In addition, senior Lucie Ondraschkova also reached 38 feet in the shot.
Back on the track in College Station, freshman Jenn Cora was the runner-up in the 5000 (18:01.32) as Marrion Kalafut was third (18:44.67).
At the Husky Classic in Seattle, Megan Malasarte set her second school record in as many weeks. After running a 2:06.16 at the VT Elite Meet, Malasarte topped her own mark with a school record 2:05.87 for eight place on Saturday. Her time shoots her near the top in the SEC and on the edge of the top 10 nationally this year.
Senior Bret McDaniel jumpstarted the day by winning the 3000 with a personal-best time of 9:47.75. McDaniel cruised to nearly a five-second win in her heat and won the overall race by almost two seconds.
Junior Charles Grethen was fourth in the 800 Invite after bettering his No. 5 spot in the school record books. Grethen ran a 1:49.01 and moved into the top 20 nationally during the 2014 season.
In another 800, sophomore Kisean Smith was the top collegiate finisher (third overall) in his heat after crossing the finish line in 1:51.17. Smith ended up sixth overall behind two other collegiate competitors as he improved his No. 10 spot in the school record books.
Results and a recap from the Husky Classic and the Texas A&M Invitational will be found at georgiadogs.com. News and updates from Georgia track and field teams are located on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.
Successful Weekend Across the Country Helps Prep Gator Track & Field for Upcoming SEC Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The contingent of Gator track and field athletes in College Station put on a show Saturday with a number of top five national performances, led by sophomore Arman Hall’s 20.68 meet-record run in the 200m – the second-best performance in the country – while a UF sweep in the 60m dash by Shayla Sanders (7.32) and Antwan Wright (6.63) served as the exclamation point for the Orange and Blue at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus.
Senior hurdler Eddie Lovett clocked a season-best 7.69 in the 60mH, a new meet record and one of Florida’s seven event wins at the Texas A&M Invitational, while a number of Gators turned in season and career-best marks at the one-day competition, including junior thrower Stipe Zunic, who moved up in UF’s record book with his 18.98m/62-3.25 career-best shot put performance Saturday.
Junior sprinter Hugh Graham, Jr. and the Florida men’s 800m crew highlighted the day in Ames, while freshman Rebekah Greene stood out for the Orange and Blue in the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. In NYC, senior distance runner Cory McGee took to the track at the Millrose Games in the iconic Wanamaker Mile; notes from all four competitions below.
Despite the No. 2/4 Gators being scattered across the country for various competitions this weekend, Florida put together second-place team standings on both the women’s (98) and men’s (83) sides at the TAMU Invite, featuring Florida, Texas A&M, Cal State Northridge, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Rice and Texas State.
Auburn Track and Field Concludes Competition in Arkansas and Iowa
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team wrapped up competition at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. Junior thrower Valentina Muzaric set the tone for Auburn, posting the third-longest throw in school history, recording a throw of 55-7.5/16.95m.
"Overall, it was a solid effort all the way around by our kids again with several PRs against very good competition," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "The distance group in Iowa had a pretty good weekend let by Ty McCormack's performance in the 5,000. At the Tyson, Valentina had another good throw, while Jessi again equaled her school record in the pole vault.
"Keenan Brock had a season best in the 60 and along with Torrey Campbell in the 60 meter hurdles, both finaled in two of the country's top fields in their events. The weather should cooperate with us the next two weeks, which will be important for us to sharpen up and get rest as we train for SECs in two weeks."
In the 200m, freshman Teray Smith set a personal record with a time of 21.26, which is the fifth-fastest time by a freshman in the SEC heading into this weekend. In the women's 200m, senior V'Alonee Robinson set a new personal best with a 24.58, besting her previous time of 24.81 set earlier this season at the Vanderbilt Invitational.
At the Iowa State Classic, senior distance runner Niklas Buhner had the fourth-fastest mile time in program history with a 4:04.35. Freshman Emily Stephens set a new personal record in the mile with a time of 4:53.05.
Auburn will have the next weekend off before traveling to College Station, Texas for the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships from Feb. 27 - March 1.
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Gamecocks Unable to Compete at Tyson Invitational Due to Weather
Due to inclement weather and travel complications, the South Carolina track and field team will not make the trip to this weekend's Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Gamecocks will next be in action Sat., Feb. 22, in their final home meet of the indoor season. The Gamecock Indoor Invitational will begin field events at 9 a.m., and running events at 12 p.m., at the USC Fieldhouse.
The SEC Indoor Championships are the following weekend (Feb. 27-Mar. 1) at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
Tennessee Builds Momentum for SECs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Tyson Invitational concluded Saturday evening with Tennessee earning six more personal bests and eight top 10s to bolster confidence heading into the SEC Indoor Championships.
Tennessee participated in one field event today, the women's college triple jump, where both athletes scored personal bests. Allison Outerbridge earned second with a 41 feet 6.5 inches/12.66 meter mark, while Brielyn Rogers finished eighth with a 39.8/12.09m.
The bests kept coming as the Lady Volunteers garnered personal bests in each individual competition partaken in. The 200m was highlighted by three top-15 placements: Felicia Brown sixth, Felecia Majors 10th, and Emily Yarnell 14th. Brown's mark of 23.54 is in the top 15 nationally which would qualify her for the NCAA Indoor Championships later this season. The times for Majors (23.80) and Yarnell (23.903) are both top 50 times nationally. Tennessee's 4X400 relay placed 20th, while the DMR unit acquired third overall with a season-best time of 11:22.18.
The Tennessee men were led in individual competition today by Peter Okwera's fifth place performance in the 3000m. He had a season best time of 8:25.92 in the event. Freshman Jerimy Strainge tied his career best in the 200m for the third consecutive week with a time of 21.70. The Vols' relay teams posted top 10 performances in both events this afternoon. Season high times of 9:55.34 for seventh in the DMR and 3:09.70 in the 4X400 rounded out the meet for Tennessee.
This weekend consisted of three event victories, 17 athlete personal bests, and 27 top 10 finishes. The immeasurable components of experience and momentum from this weekend's meets are hopefully exactly what the team needs heading into the next competition. Tennessee returns to action in the SEC Indoor Championships on February 27 - March 1 in College Station, Texas.
Vanderbilt track team delivers at two venues
The Vanderbilt track team is picking up speed.
And it couldn't be happening at a better time for the Commodores.
With the SEC Championships just two weeks away, the Vanderbilt squad delivered powerful performances at two different venues on Saturday.
Using a split-squad roster -- that featured some team members competing in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetville, Ark., and others competing in the Husky Classic in Seattle -- the Commodores produced a series of results that ranked among the best in the program's history.
Senior Liz Anderson came up big in Seattle, setting a new school record with a time of 9:21.05 in the 3000 meters, and senior Brionne Williams helped fuel the strong showing in Arkansas with a first-place finish in the high jump (at 5-11.5).
Those two showings, along with a host of other top-tier performances, were encouraging developments for head coach Steve Keith. He said he was pleased with his team's efforts, saying it was "another big day at the track" for the Commodores.
Williams' performance puts her among the Top-4 in the SEC and among the Top-15 on the NCAA national list.
"Brionne had some good attempts at over 6' and gained some valuable momentum going into SEC," said Keith.
Another big highlight in Arkansas belonged to Vanderbilt's 4x400 team, which posted a time of 3.40.25 -- the third-best time in Vanderbilt history and the best mark since 1998. The time puts Vanderbilt at No. 7 in the SEC and will bolster the Commodores' seeding.
Faith Washington, Skyler Carpenter, Courtney Clayton and Erin Edmond each provided strong times during the relay. (Washington 55.2, Carpenter 54.9, Clayton 54.5 and Edmond 55.6).
Vanderbilt had two top-5 finishes in the 3000 in Arkansas, with Hannah Jumper taking third at 9.48.88 and Vanessa Valentine finishing fifth at 9:56.40. Vanderbilt's Claire Benjamin was 23rd at 10.33.37.
Vanderbilt's distance medley team -- Lily Williams, Jennifer Cannon, Courtney Kriegshauser and Amira Joseph -- took seventh place with a time of 11:45.94, and Simone Charley was eighth in the triple jump at 12.44m.