Stipe Zunic turns in career-best shot put to help No. 2 Florida at VT Elite
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Florida junior men’s sprinter Dedric Dukes capped off his season debut at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a win in the 200m dash Saturday, clocking a 20.93 to take top honors in the race after striking with a career best in the 60m dash Friday evening (6.79) at Rector Field House.
Joining Dukes, junior thrower Stipe Zunic had a career-best shot put performance (18.57m/60-11.25) in Saturday action to keep climbing the University of Florida Track & Field indoor top-10 list, while fellow junior Marquis Dendy added a season-best mark in the triple jump (14.69m/48-2.5) to improve upon his first triple jump outing at the Razorback Invitational last weekend.
No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 8 Arizona at Armory Collegiate Invitational
NEW YORK -- Michael Lihrman has a nice habit of breaking records. His own records, that is.
On the final day of the Armory Collegiate Invitational, the junior unleashed a massive heave of 75 feet, 4 inches to win the weight throw and shatter his previous personal and school-record throw of 74-7 3/4, set at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational on Jan. 24. Lihrman’s heave ranks second among all collegiate athletes this season, behind Purdue sophomore Chukwuebuka Enekwechi’s throw of 77-6.
For No. 8 Arizona, senior Nick Ross won his third consecutive meet in the 2014 indoor season. Ross, a member of the Bowerman Watch List, the award for collegiate track and field’s most outstanding athlete, won at the Armory on Saturday with a clearance of 7-5 (2.26m). He had three strong attempts at 7-7.25 (2.32m), an attempt to improve his collegiate-leading mark of 7-7 (2.31m), also a school record. In the men’s triple jump competition, junior Jovon Cunningham posted a mark of 49-4.25 (15.04m), good for seventh place overall. Freshman Jordan Young took second place in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 68-7 (20.90m).
No. 7 Penn State at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State was edged by Connecticut, finishing second by a score of 162-161. Freshman Byron Robinson and senior Bernard Bennett-Green posted 21.25 and 21.72, respectively.
The 800 meter run belonged to Penn State, as sophomores Brannon Kidder and Za'Von Watkins finished first and third. Kidder set the meet record with his time of 1:47.45 and currently holds the No. 1 time in the NCAA; Watkins set a personal indoor record with 1:48.11.
Senior Nick Scarpello finished fourth in the men's mile, running 10 seconds faster than his previous season best en route to a 4:10.53 finish.
No. 9 Nebraska at the Husker Invitational
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The 39th running of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite came to a close on Saturday with six event wins from Nebraska. The Huskers saw strong performances from the men’s squad on the second day of competition in front of 2,365 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
Christian Sanderfer produced a solid showing in the men’s pole vault, winning the event with a personal-best vault of 17-3 ¾ (5.28). His vault puts him at ninth all-time at NU and catapults him into the top-25 nationally and second in the Big Ten. Freshman Steven Cahoy finished fifth with a vault of 16-8 (5.08).
The Huskers took the mile title with a stellar performance from Connor Gibson. He recorded a personal-best time of 4:04.05 to take the event and move to eighth all-time at Nebraska and fifth in the conference. Jacob Olson finished third with a time of 4:07.84 and Trevor Vidlak was fourth with a time of 4:08.11.