The Crimson Tide won three events, set more than a dozen personal records and produced a host of performances that rank in the school's all-time top 10 in several events against a field that included many of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 ... the Crimson Tide men's team maintained its No. 11 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday ... the Tide men also maintained their No. 2 ranking in this week's South Region rankings while the Alabama women held moved up from No. 6 to No. 5 in the South Region team rankings ... last weekend at the Tyson Invitational, senior Diondre Batson clocked a time of 20.94 to win the men’s 200-meter dash, the best among the 63-man field and sixth in school history ... freshman Quanesha Burks won the collegiate division long jump with a mark of 6.25 meters (20 feet, 6.25 inches) to rank second in school history and in the top 20 nationally ... senior Alexis Paine earned a victory in the invitational women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.20 (13-9.25) to run her streak of victories in successive meets to three straight ... freshman Tony Brown capped off an impressive showing in the 60-meter hurdles with a third place finish in 7.83, fourth in school history after recording a 7.95 in the semifinals and a preliminary time of 7.92, which ranks eighth in school history ... junior Remona Burchell recorded a 60-meter hurdles personal best of 7.27 in the preliminary round, the third-best in school history ... sophomore Meropi Panagiotou set a PR in the invitational mile with a time of 4:49.68, finishing seventh, while sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf recorded a PR of 4:53.86 to finish third among a field of 20 in the collegiate section ... senior Kamal Fuller (7.81m/25-7.50) placed fourth in the invitational men's long jump with a mark that ranks fifth in Alabama history ... in the women's weight throw, junior Nia Barnes placed fourth with a personal best of 20.25m (66-5.25), second best in school history, and junior Candicea Bernard set a personal best with a mark of 17.21 meters (56-5.75) ... in the men's shot put, freshman Kyle Felpel set an indoor PR with a throw of 18.62 meters (61 feet, 1.25 inches) to rank third in school history ... the Crimson Tide will be off next weekend before heading to College Station, Texas, Feb. 27 - March 1 for the SEC Indoor Championships.
Men - The No. 1 Razorbacks hosted the Tyson Invitational over the weekend, winning the meet over nine other top-25 ranked teams. Neil Braddy finished 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. Raymond Higgs and Jarrion 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. Defending NCAA pole vault champion Andrew Irwin won in dramatic fashion on a third-attempt clearance of 18-4.5, posting his best mark this season and tying the second-best mark in his career. Irwin’s mark ranks No. 3 in the nation this season. Anthony May led the Razorbacks with a third-place finish in the high jump championship division at 7-3, ranking him as the sixth best high jumper in the NCAA this season. The Razorbacks will travel to South Bend, Ind. this weekend before heading to College Station, Texas for the SEC Championships February 27 – March 1. Women - This weekend marks the second week in a row the No. 6 Razorbacks have broken a school record on the road. Last weekend, the distance medley relay team of Grace Heymsfield, Chrishuna Williams, Stephanie Brown and Dominique Scott set a new record of 10:57.15 at the Armory Invitational in New York. This week it was Scott and Heymsfield at it again. Scott broke the 3,000-meter school record with a time of 9:02.33, followed by Grace Heymsfield with a time of 9:05.16, also better than the previous school record of 9:10.62 set by Christine Kalmer at the New Balance Invitational in 2007. Scott ranks third in the NCAA, while Heymsfield's time ranks fifth-best in the nation. Back in Fayetteville, five of the nation’s top-25 teams gathered at Randal Tyson Track Center for the Tyson Invitational, resulting in a win for the No. 6 Razorbacks. 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 Razorbacks will take a weekend off as they prepare for the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas February 27 – March 1.
Auburn track and field split the weekend sending the majority of the team to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and a distance group to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic. At the Tyson Invitational, sophomore pole vaulter Jessie Johnson tied her school record clearance at 13-1.50/4.00m. Junior thrower Valentina Muzaric claimed the school’s third-longest throw in school history with a distance of 55-7.5/16.95m. Senior Keenan Brock had his fastest time of the season in the 60m at 6.70, while freshman Teray Smith set a personal record in the same event at 7.80. Freshmen Michael Cheeks, Kenneth Lane III and Zachary Gunnz recorded personal bests in the 400m. Cheeks recorded a time of 48.86, while Lane and Gunnz clocked a 49.49 and 50.08, respectively. In the women’s 60m hurdles, junior Samantha Scarlett advanced to the semifinals at 8.30, while freshman Sashel Brown and Ebony Morrison advanced with personal-best times of 8.48 and 8.41, respectively. Freshman SheKara Martin set a personal record in the 60m with a time of 7.62, while in the 400m, sophomore Gabriela Cumberbatch finished with a time of 57.78, a new personal best. In the women's weight throw, Tori Nwadiogbu claimed a new personal record with a distance of 17.32m. At the Iowa State Classic, junior distance runner Ty McCormack placed fifth in the 5000m at 13:56.24, which is the second-fastest time in the SEC. McCormack’s time is also the sixth-fastest time in program history. Senior Niklas Buhner had the fourth-fastest mile time in program history with a 4:04.35, while freshman Emily Stephens set a new personal record in the mile with a time of 4:53.05. In the women’s 5000m, sophomore Taylor Duncan won her heat with a personal-best time of 16:49.63.
The USTFCCCA No. 2 Florida track and field squads split four ways for the final weekend of regular-season indoor competition leading into 2014 SEC Indoors in College Station. Senior Cory McGee competed in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games – her first mile of the indoor season. McGee clocked a 4:37.32, the fifth-fastest in the league. The contingent of Gator track and field athletes in College Station, Texas, at the Texas A&M Invitational put on a show Saturday with a number of top five national performances, led by sophomore sprinter and SEC men’s Runner of the Week 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 sophomores 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 weekend in Ames, Iowa, at the Iowa State Classic with a number of season and career-best performances, while freshman distance runner Rebekah Greene stood out for the Orange and Blue in the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. In Friday competition at the Husky Classic, senior men’s distance runner Mark Parrish shattered a 20-year-old Florida record in the 5000m by nearly 16 seconds with his 13:43.15 run. The Gators will now gear up for the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1 at Gilliam Indoor Track Center in College Station. Florida owns six SEC Indoor Titles on the men’s side (’75, ’76, ’87, ’88, ’04, ’11) and seven on the women’s side (’90,’92, ’97, ’02, ’04, ’10, ’12). Florida owns the top marks in the league in the men’s 200 (Hall, 20.68), the men’s 800m (Sean Obinwa, 1:47.76), the men’s 5000m (Parrish, 13:43.15), the men’s 60mH (Lovett, 7.69), the women’s triple jump (Ciarra Brewer, 13.55m/44-5.5) and the men’s 4x4 relay (3:04.46), a mark that additionally leads the world.
Men - Following a week of snow and ice in Athens, the Bulldogs got on the road to travel to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational and Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic. Freshman Alex Poursanidis posted his second-best performance of 64 feet, 1 inch to take second in the weight throw. In the shot put, sophomore Ashinia Miller (a season-best 59-6.25) was third while senior Caleb Whitener was fourth. Junior Drew Branch shot to a personal-best time of 47.22 to earn second-place honors in the 400-meter dash. A series of highlights also came on the University of Washington's indoor track. Junior Charles Grethen topped his personal best in the 800 to finish in 1:49.01. He was the third collegiate finisher with the nation’s 19th-best time this year. This is the fifth-best time in school history and best for the Bulldogs since Aaron Evans set the school record at the same meet in 2012. Also in the 800, sophomore Kisean Smith took sixth in the open race with a personal-best time of 1:51.17, which is 10th on Georgia's all-time list. Junior Brandon Lord left the track with a huge career best in the 5000 Invite after taking 14th with a 14:00.60. This trimmed 27 seconds off of his previous personal best and moved him to No. 3 on Georgia's all-time list with the top time for the program since 2007. Fellow junior Charlie Sparks also ran in the open 5000 and established the ninth-best time in school history after clocking a 14:26.82 for 21st place. A select group of distance runners will travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., over the weekend. Women - The Lady Bulldogs also split up and headed to the Texas A&M Invitational and the Husky Classic. For the second week in a row, senior Megan Malasarte set the school record in the 800-meter dash after she clocked a 2:05.87 to be the third collegiate finisher in Seattle. This topped her 2:06.16 at the VT Elite Meet a week before. Malasarte moved to No. 13 on the national performance list with the SEC’s top time of the weekend. Senior Bret McDaniel also picked up a victory in the 3000 after completing her laps in 9:47.75. In the 5000, senior Leslie Boozer took over the No. 10 spot in the Lady Bulldog record books after recording a time of 16:48.99 for 15th place. There were also some of the season's best performances for Georgia at the Texas A&M meet. Freshman Kendell Williams not only won the 60 hurdles with the second-best time in school history (8.24), but the heptathlete also launched a personal-best mark of 41 feet, 3 1/4 inches to take eighth in the open shot put. Junior Morgann Leleux continued to return to her form as she won her third meet of the year in the pole vault. The New Iberia, La., native cleared 14-2 on her first try, giving her the sixth-best mark in the nation this year. Another jumper, sophomore Chanice Porter, soared 20-5.75 on her second attempt to win her second consecutive meet. Also, freshman Tatiana Gusin was second in the high jump after reaching a collegiate best 5-8.75. A select group of distance runners will travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., over the weekend.
Men - In the team’s final weekend of competition before the SEC Championships, the UK men got a pair of conference-leading marks, from Matt Hillenbrand in the mile, and Brad Szypka in the shot put. Hillenbrand broke four minutes in the mile for the first time in his career. Hillenbrand’s time of 3:57.0 also broke the school record, a mark that had only lasted for 24 years. Additionally, 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. Hillenbrand’s time ranks No. 3 in the nation, and leads the SEC. He is the defending conference mile champion. 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. Szypka 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. Women - The UK women’s team moved up a spot to No. 6 in the most recent USTFCCCA rankings, tying the school-record ranking. UK was boosted this weekend by a pair of times, which rank amongst the best in the nation. Continuing her tremendous season, Dezerea Bryant won the Tyson Invitational 60m dash, with a school-record and nation-leading time of 7.16 seconds, a performance that tied the seventh-fastest time in NCAA history. She also ran the second leg of the women’s 4x400m relay, that finished third at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 3:34.31, which was the second fastest performance in UK history. At the Hoosier Hills Invitational, Chelsea Oswald won the invitational 3k with a time of 9:37.36. 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 collegiate division 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 and indoor-PR 3.91m/12'10" to finish seventh in the pole vault. Keilah Tyson also made the Tyson Invitational 60m final, having run 7.39 in the semifinal heat. Parker clocked in at 8.27 in the 60H final.
Men - Junior Vernon Norwood was the star of the show in leading LSU at the Tyson Invitational last weekend as he won the 400-meter dash and anchored the Tigers to a victory in the 4x400-meter relay with a pair of seasonal bests in the event held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Norwood kicked off the weekend by running a new indoor personal best of 45.81 seconds to defend his Tyson Invitational crown in the 400 meters while moving up three spots into the No. 4 position in the NCAA rankings for 2014. He ran the No. 5-ranked indoor 400 meters in school history while eclipsing his previous indoor PR of 46.02 set on the same track at the 2013 Tyson Invitational while winning the event as a sophomore at South Plains College. Norwood followed by anchoring the Tigers with a blistering 45.09-second split in the relay win as he teamed with sophomore Darrell Bush (46.97), junior Quincy Downing (46.41) and sophomore Cyril Grayson (46.15) to run the No. 2-ranked 4x400-meter relay in the NCAA this season at 3 minutes, 4.60 seconds. It was also the third-fastest mile relay indoors in school history, and the fastest by the LSU Tigers since the 2002 season. With their performance, LSU now finds itself just over one tenth of a second off the national lead of 3:04.46 run by the Florida Gators earlier in the year. Like Norwood, Downing also ran an indoor PR in the open 400 meters on Friday afternoon as he clocked 46.49 for fourth place overall with the No. 16-ranked time in the country this season. Two other Tigers won the college division of their respective events while setting lifetime personal bests with senior Joseph Caraway taking the pole vault on Saturday and freshman Blair Henderson winning the 800 meters on Friday in Arkansas. Caraway cleared a lifetime best of 17 feet, 7 inches on his second attempt to vault himself into the Top 20 of the national rankings at No. 17 for 2014. It also ties Caraway for the No. 7 spot on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event. Henderson broke the 1:50 barrier for the first time in his athletics career with a winning run of 1:49.70 in the men’s college 800 meters on Friday night to round out the winners on the weekend. The Tigers will play host to their one and only home meet of the 2014 indoor season this weekend with the LSU Twilight set for Friday at the newly-renovated Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge. Women - One of the primary targets for the Lady Tigers in making the trip to the Tyson Invitational over the weekend was to put their 4x400-meter relay team in a better position to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships after opening the weekend with a modest seasonal best of 3 minutes, 38.22 seconds in 2014. They did just that by slashing more than three full seconds off their best with a run of 3:34.89 to finish in sixth place overall in the event held at Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center. Running with a team of freshman Jada Martin (54.20), senior Nikita Tracey (53.08), freshman Bealoved Brown (54.35) and sophomore Chanice Chase (53.28), the Lady Tigers cracked the Top 10 of the national rankings in the No. 10 position with their seasonal-best time of 3:34.89. The Top 12 relay teams that declare for the postseason will earn a spot in the NCAA field as the Lady Tigers are now positioned to receive their invitation. Freshman long jumper Nataliyah Friar also cracked the Top 10 of the NCAA rankings for the first time this year with her victory in the women’s long jump on Friday night as she jumped a lifetime best of 20 feet, 8 inches in the fourth round to take the title. Friar soared into a tie for the No. 7 spot in the NCAA rankings this season, breaking her previous lifetime best of 20-3 at the Texas A&M Triangular earlier this season. A product of Wentzville (Mo.) Holt High School, Friar signed with the Lady Tigers last year with an all-conditions best of 19-9 ½ during her prep career, but she has now jumped more than 20 feet in four of her five appearances this season while also winning three times in the event. 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 by knocking off the nation’s No. 1-ranked hurdler to set the pace for the Lady Tigers on Friday night. 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, but it was Stowers taking the Tyson Invitational title as she crossed the finish line in the final with her second-fastest time of the season at 8.03. Harrison was runner-up in 8.04, followed by the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked hurdler Tiffani McReynolds of Baylor in third place at 8.05. The Lady Tigers play host to their one and only home meet of the 2014 indoor season this weekend with the LSU Twilight set for Friday at the newly-renovated Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge.
Men - Ole Miss moved up to No. 19 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings after a strong showing in Albuquerque and Seattle over the weekend. The Rebels are one of seven SEC teams in the current men’s national rankings (eight including Mississippi State, which does not compete in the SEC for men’s indoor). The Rebels are one of Junior Sam Kendricks and freshman Sean Tobin broke school records in the pole vault and mile, respectively, and received SEC weekly honors. Kendricks was named SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week, and Tobin received SEC Men's Freshman of the Week honors from the league office on Tuesday. Kendricks set a collegiate meet record and moved up to No. 9 all-time in NCAA indoor history with his nation-leading vault of 18-8.25 at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque. His jump ranks him No. 1 in the NCAA, No. 1 among Americans and No. 13 in the world this year. In his five indoor meets this year, Kendricks has set five meet records and two facility records, and has eclipsed 18 feet four times. For his efforts, Kendricks was also named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honorable mention this week. Tobin, running his first mile as an Ole Miss Rebel, burst onto the national scene by becoming 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 in Seattle. He now ranks 21st in the NCAA and second among SEC runners this year. Other Rebels who currently rank among the NCAA and SEC’s best include Jalen Miller in the 60m (6.62 - 4th in SEC, 11th in NCAA), Mike Granger in the 60m (6.67 - 8th in SEC, 21st in NCAA), Daniel Bulmer in the mile (4:01.37 - 3rd in SEC, 41st in NCAA), Robert Semien in the 60m hurdles (7.81 - 5th in SEC, 18th in NCAA), the distance medley relay (9:40.17 - 1st in SEC, 17th in NCAA), Malcolm Davis in the long jump (24-8.5 - 5th in SEC, 27th in NCAA) and Phillip Young in the triple jump (52-2.5 - 4th in SEC, 12th in NCAA). Ole Miss will compete at the SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1 in College Station, Texas. The Rebels placed 11th at last year’s SEC indoor meet. Women - The Ole Miss women are preparing for the SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 27-March 1 in College Station, Texas) after their final pre-championship tuneup at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque. The Rebels’ top performer in New Mexico was junior Kierra White, who placed sixth in the long jump invitational with a leap of 19-5.25. Her season best of 20-0.25 ranks her 12th in the SEC and 32nd nationally. Freshman Kennadi Bouyer also had a strong meet out west in the 60 meters. She ran a personal-best 7.54 (converted from 7.52) to win the Section B final and move up to No. 12 in school history. The other top Rebel in the NCAA rankings (Fabia McDonald in the long jump and pentathlon) will be unable to compete at the SEC Championships due to an injury. Ole Miss placed 12th at last year’s SEC indoor meet.
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. Day two saw an additional 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. 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 broke an 11-year-old school record (previously 11:18.04) and were ahead of Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Their speed will likely rank the foursome Top 15 in the nation. Price also won 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. 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). 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. Veteran John Valentine finished second in the men’s 5000-meter run with a time of 14:24.82. 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. 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. Rounding out action 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 are preparing for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 21-22 in South Bend, Ind. The meet will mark the Bulldogs’ last regular season competition.
The Tigers took on the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., over the weekend, where both teams emerged with new School Records and All-Time Top Ten marks. Men – Freshman Markesh Woodson moved up a race to notch his second Mizzou School Record, as he raced to a seventh-place finish in a new top time of 21.13. This takes down Martez Young's record of 21.32, which had stood for 17 years. He now ranks in at No. 13 in the SEC for the 200m dash in addition to his No. 2 rank in the 60m dash (No. 6 in the NCAA). Freshman Drew White also had a record book performance over the weekend, racing his first 5000m run on the track in the Mizzou uniform and clocking in with a lifetime best of 14:28.07. He placed fourth overall and now ranks at No. 10 in the Mizzou All-Time Top Ten list. Seven other men earned PR performances, including a first-place finish from freshman Tyler Donels in high jump. Women – Junior Kearsten Peoples posted her fourth school record performance this season on Saturday, winning the women's shot put with a toss of 17.51m (57-5.5). This breaks her own record, first set last year at the ISU Holiday Classic, then broken once more two weeks ago at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. She now sits atop both the SEC and NCAA rankings, sharing the latter with Iowa State junior, Christina Hillman. Also breaking her own record-book performance was sophomore Jacqueline Obi, who moves up to No. 4 on the All-Time Top Ten in the 200m dash after her 24.76 finish. Senior Landon Wachter and freshman Kaitlyn Fischer both landed themselves in the All-Time Top Ten for the first time in the 800m and 5000m runs, respectively. Wachter finished fourth in the women's 800m, crossing in 2:09.03 for a lifetime best and the No. 9 spot on the All-Time Top Ten. Fischer hit the track for the first time in the 5000m run, finishing well ahead of the rest of the field in 16:51.16 to come in at No. 7 in Mizzou history. Seven other women ran to new personal record marks over the weekend, as the teams closed out their final road trip before the SEC Championships in two weeks. The Tigers will end their regular season competition at home on Friday with the Missouri Collegiate Challenge.
Due to inclement weather and travel complications, South Carolina was unable to make its scheduled trip to the Tyson Invitational. To make up for the lost weekend, the Gamecocks will send a group to the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., to compete Friday and Saturday. In addition to the late schedule change, South Carolina will host the Gamecock Indoor Invitational, its final home indoor meet of the season, at the USC Indoor Complex on Saturday.
For the first time this season, Tennessee track and field competed in multiple meets in the same day. Tennessee track athletes opened Friday by taking part in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Field competitors for the Big Orange were in Birmingham for Southern Miss's Cupid Classic, while distance runners Chelsea Blaase and Austin Whitelaw represented UT at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, Tennessee scored a top 10 with Blaase placing eighth in the 5000m invite while Austin Whitelaw finished 18th in the men’s 5000m. Tennessee field athletes competed in Southern Miss’s Cupid Classic on Friday, where the Big Orange earned an event win, four personal bests, and nine top -10 performances. Cameron Brown continued his dominance by scoring a personal best of 21.19 in the weight throw, surpassing the previous facility record. Aslynn Halvorson scored the victory in women’s shot put with a personal best of 15.45 in the event. Tennessee running events where highlighted by Alexis Panisse with two personal best and aiding the DMR unit to a season high mark. Panisse won the 800m for a second straight week with a new personal best, while freshman Felecia Majors continues her maturation as a key component of Tennessee’s athletic arsenal. This weekend consisted of three event victories, 17 athlete personal bests, and 27 top 10 finishes. Several athletes scored high ranking marks both in the conference and nationally over the weekend as well. Henceforth, the immeasurable components of experience and momentum from this weekend's meets are hopefully exactly what the team needs heading into the SEC Indoor Championships on February 27 - March 1 in College Station, Texas.
The nationally ranked Aggies completed the regular portion of their home indoor season with a third set of team titles at the Texas A&M Invitational as they totaled 14 victories, seven each for the men and women. The No. 3 Aggie women totaled 156 points to defeat No. 4 Florida (98) along with Clemson (89.5) and No. 5 Georgia (75). The No. 4 A&M men amassed 219 points to claim the team title over No. 2 Florida (83), Oklahoma (67.5), No. 22 Georgia (58) and Clemson (56). The next venture for the Aggies is hosting their first ever SEC Championships in track and field at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Men – Casey Strong produced a mark of 66-1 ½ (20.15) to win the weight throw while Carlyle Roudette ran a personal best of 46.42 for a victory in the 400. Hector Hernandez (1:50.51), Josh Hernandez (1:50.84) and Gaines Kinsey (1:51.38) supplied A&M with a 1-2-3 finish in the 800m while Aggie frosh Cameron Villarreal clocked 4:06.64 for narrow second place in the mile. Isaac Spencer (8:19.86) and Dylan Williams (14:52.38) had victories at 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Wayne Davis II finished second in a showdown with Florida’s Eddie Lovett, 7.69 to 7.70. Shavez Hart turned in a pair of runner-up efforts in the 60 (6.65) and 200 (20.77). Devion Harris cleared 7-0 ½ (2.15) for second place in the high jump. Women – Kamaria Brown reclaimed her world-leading status in the 200m with a 22.80 that broke the meet record of 23.14 and equaled the facility record of 22.80, with both marks set by Miami’s Murielle Ahoure in 2009. Aggie frosh Shamier Little broke a meet record of 52.52 held by A&M’s Jessica Beard with a 400m victory in 52.44 seconds that held off the challenge from Florida’s Robin Reynolds (52.46). Brea Garrett produced another big mark in the weight throw with a 72-3 (22.15) win over Florida’s Jayla Bostic (67-1 ½). LaQue Moen-Davis won the triple jump by half an inch over Florida’s Ciarra Brewer with a mark of 43-11 ¾ (13.40). Aliese Hyde and Katie Willard produced a 1-2 finish in the 800 with impressive times of 2:08.85 and 2:09.36. In the mile career best times were supplied by Hillary Montgomery (4:51.88) and Grace Fletcher (4:52.24) as they placed second and third. Karis Jochen cruised to a 9:45.11 victory over 3,000 meters.
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). Williams' performance puts her among the Top-4 in the SEC and among the Top-15 on the NCAA national list. 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).