Blowing the roof off indoor season
Jan. 17, 201
Courtesy of Texas A&M
College Station -- A final event 4 x 400 relay victory, with Jessica Beard anchoring in 51.8 seconds, enabled the No. 1 Texas A&M women to turn a one-point edge over No. 21 Oklahoma into an 11-point victory in front of 2,606 fans at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Saturday.
Additional highlights on the day included a pair of NCAA automatic qualifying marks from Demitrius Pinder, with a world leading 46.01 in the men's 400, and Porscha Lucas, with a world leading 23.06 in the 200.
NCAA provisional marks were attained by seven Aggies - Vashti Thomas (8.24 - 60 hurdles), Gerald Phiri (6.63 - 60 meters), Natasha Ruddock (8.30 - 60 hurdles), Gabby Mayo (7.38 - 60 meters), Dominique Duncan (7.45 - 60 meters), Tabarie Henry (21.13 - 200 meters) and Beard (23.45 - 200 meters).
Pinder blistered his two circuits around the track in becoming the second fastest performer with the second fastest performance indoors in Texas A&M history. His 46.01 clocking only trails the school record of 45.94 set by Howard Davis in 1989 at altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Lucas, meanwhile, cruised to the top mark in the 200 in recording the 10th fastest performance ever on the A&M indoor all-time list where she holds the school record of 22.83. Beard finished second in 23.45 with Dominique Duncan fourth in 24.30.
Beard began her anchor leg in third place behind Louisiana Tech and Baylor and one position ahead of Oklahoma in the four-team section. It barely took half a lap of the banked 200-meter track for Beard to close the gap on the leaders and before the first of her two laps was complete she had the Aggies in the lead.
A strong finish by Beard, following relay carries from Donique Flemings, Sandy Wooten and Tiffany Singleton, recorded a 3:41.90 win for Texas A&M while Oklahoma finished 10th overall in the combined field and didn't add any more points to its tally.
The preseason No. 1 Aggie women totaled 126 points with the Sooners runner-up with 115. Meanwhile Baylor claimed third with 77 points, Texas finished fourth with 57 and Stephen F. Austin turned in 40 for fifth place.
With 137 points the No. 8 Texas A&M men achieved the top team honors as Baylor was runner-up with 96.3 points. Oklahoma finished third with 85 as TCU had 59 for fourth and Sam Houston State finished fifth with 41 points.
A close finish in the men's 4 x 400 had the top three teams only separated by a half of a second. Baylor won the race in 3:08.50 while TCU was runner-up at 3:08.68. Texas A&M, running with the foursome of Pinder, Kyle Dykhuzien, Ashton Young and Brian Miller, placed third in 3:08.98.
Phiri, who also enjoyed an early season world-leading status, posted the second fastest performance in A&M history as his 6.63 victory in the 60 only trailed his own school record of 6.59. He pulled away from a field that included a 6.69 from Keyth Talley of North Texas as well as a 6.72 from Baylor's Trey Harts.
Vashti Thomas earned her victory in the 60 hurdles as she battled teammate Natasha Ruddock to the finish line. Thomas, who ran 8.28 in the prelims, posted her 8.24 in the final to become the third fastest in the event at A&M with the fifth-fastest performance. Ruddock posted an 8.30 in the prelims, the sixth fastest at A&M, and equaled that time again in the final for second place.
In the women's 60 meters Mayo finished second to Baylor's Tiffany Townsend (7.36) with a 7.42 as Duncan placed third in 7.45.
Finishing as the top collegian in their respective events were Sandy Wooten (400 - 55.55) and Brett Bennett (pole vault - 15-6.25).
Cole Knuth used a runner-up finish in the weight throw to move into second on the A&M all-time list with his mark of 58-3.25 Deidre Tarver produced the third best mark in the weight throw at Texas A&M with her toss of 60-1.75.
C.J. Brown ran well in the mile to place second among collegians with a 4:13.05. A set of 1:53s in the 800 had A&M scoring 13 points as the four-man group was led by a 1:53.31 from Joe Snelick.
Kentucky wraps up Invitational with 4x400 Relay, amongst Nation's finest
Courtesy of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky Track and Field Invitational wrapped up Saturday with excitement as the women edged past Florida to take first in the 4X400 relay. With a time of 3:39.94 it was also one of five NCAA provisional qualifying times set by UK this weekend.
The Kentucky squads were among 14 men's teams and 18 women's teams that brought hundreds of athletes to compete at UK's Nutter Field House on Friday and Saturday.
The relay win was the first home win for the women in over 10 years and sprint coach Erin Tucker's first win in his Kentucky career. The men followed their performance placing a strong third in their 4X400.
Texas A&M transfer Keenon Hall finished fourth in the long jump, landing exactly on the mark needed for a provisional qualifying spot at 7.50m/24-07.25. David Banks also had a strong showing in the long jump finishing ninth with a jump of 7.11m/23-04.00.
The Cats placed three top 10 finishers in the women's shot put, led by Ashley Muffet in fourth with a throw of 15.72m/51-07.00, followed closely in fifth by Jennifer Svoboda and Mary Angell rounded out the top ten. On the men's side Colin Boevers set a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 17.54m, only .21 away from a provisional qualifying mark.
Sharif Webb won his heat in the 800 meters and finished third overall with a time of 1:51.07.
Notable performances in distance included Katherine Peterson finishing seventh in the women's one mile run, Josh Nadzam and Jeremy Zagorski finished sixth and eighth respectively in the men's one mile run. Also, Luis Orta finished second in the 300-meter run with a time of 8:14.11.
Notable performance in sprints included Kwasi Obeng and Jazmyn Shorter, who finished eighth and ninth respectively in the 200m dash. Also, in the 400m dash Justin Austin finished third with a time of 48.06.
Two weeks from now the University of Kentucky will be hosting the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at E.J. Nutter Field House January 29-30.
Kentucky results from Saturday, with NCAA automatic qualifying and provisional scores in parentheses:
Women's High Jump (AUTO: 1.85m; PROV: 1.78)
T14. Alexandra Morgan - 1.68m/5-06.00
Women's Shot Put (AUTO: 16.90; PROV: 15.30) 4. Ashley Muffet - 15.72mP/51-07.00 5. Jennifer Svoboda - 15.66mP/51-04.50 10. Mary Angell - 14.51m/47-07.25
Women's Long Jump (AUTO: 6.38; PROV: 6.13) 27. KeUndra Bishop - 5.22m/17-01.50 33. Ashley Newby - 5.07m/16-07.75
Women's 60 Meter Hurdles (AUTO: 8.14; PROV: 8.43) 19. Precious Nwokey - 8.78 24. Ashley Newby - 8.86
Women's 1 Mile (AUTO: 4:37.00; PROV: 4:47.00) 7. Katherine Peterson - 4:55.86 16. Lindsey Petri - 5:09.17 24. Megan Wright - 5:12.60 33. Claire Laverty - 5:15.89 39. Halasek-Richardson - 5:20.32 44. Hiruni Wijayaratne - 5:26.02
Women's 200 Meter Dash (Auto: 23.20; PROV: 23.90) 9. Jazmyn Shorter - 24.49 20. Jenna Martin - 25.03 21. KeUndra Bishop - 25.26 27. Shiara Robinson - 25.48 38. Brittany Cabbler - 26.05
Women's 4X400 Meter Relay
1. Kentucky 1 - 3:39.94P
Women's 3000 Meter Run (AUTO: 9:13.00; PROV: 9:32.00) 10. Chelsea Oswald - 9:55.30
Men's Shot Put (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75) 4. Colin Boevers - 17.54m/57-06.50
Men's Long Jump (AUTO: 7.85; PROV: 7.50) 4. Keenon Hall - 7.50mP/24-07.25 9. David Banks - 7.11m/23-04.00
Men's 60 Meter Hurdles (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91) 13. Darryl Bradshaw - 8.58
Men's 60 Meter Dash (AUTO: 6.60; PROV: 6.71) 8. Alex Williams - 6.83
Men's 1 Mile (AUTO: 3:59.00; PROV: 4:03.50) 5. Josh Nadzam - 4:13.47 8. Jeremy Zagorski - 4:14.07 21. Matt Wagner - 4:22.97 23. Justin Haire - 4:24.70 25. William Rover - 4:29.37
Men's 400 Meter Dash (AUTO: 46.15; PROV: 47.25) 3. Justin Austin - 48.06 11. Rondel Sorillo - 48.86
Men's 800 Meter Run (AUTO: 1:48.00; PROV: 1:50.50) 3. Sharif Webb - 1:51.07 14. Trent Halasek - 1:53.35
Men's 200 Meter Dash (AUTO: 20.83; PROV: 21.23) 8. Kwasi Obeng - 21.71 17. Ben Mason - 22.14 28. Cody Miller - 22.86
Men's 3000 Meter Run (AUTO: 7:54.50; PROV: 8:05.00) 2. Luis Orta - 8:14.11 12. Walter Luttrell - 8:32.62 13. Chris Heibell - 8:32.97 14. Bruce Hordusky - 8:34.24 30. Joseph Jackson - 8:54.53 35. Tyler Dickerson - 9:00.25 36. Todd Dickerson - 9:01.45 42. J.D. Horton - 9:30.83
Men's 4X400 Meter Relay
3. Kentucky 1 - 3:11.64
15. Kentucky 2 - 3:22.10
Penn State sees records fall at Northeast Challenge
Courtesy of Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- January 16, 2010 - Bolstered by a school-record run by Ryan Foster (Tasmania, Australia), and NCAA performances by senior Fawn Dorr (Akron, N.Y.), junior Shavon Greaves (Lakewood, N.J.), and the women's 4x400-meter relay, the Nittany Lion track and field teams recorded another sensational effort in their second competition of the indoor season, Saturday at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. Foster's performance highlighted a host of winning performances from the Nittany Lion squad, including freshman Casimir Loxsom (New Haven, Conn.), who captured an impressive victory in the 600-meters and anchored the winning 4x400.
"The Northeast Challenge was an outstanding success with great competition, that proved to really excite the Ashenfelter Track and Indoor Facility," said Director and Head Coach of Track and Field Beth Alford-Sullivan. "Both Penn State teams took another step forward towards what looks to be some incredible track and field teams."
Foster clocked a blistering 2:19.60 in the five-lap 1,000-meters, breaking Samuel Borchers' (Yellow Springs, Ohio) 2:22.42, from 2008. Foster's record-setting effort, which is the second-fastest ever run by a collegiate, is not only a new Penn State standard, but also a new meet and facility record, as well as the 2010 world leader, and a new Australian national record. Junior Owen Dawson (Coatesville, Pa.) was on Foster's heels, finishing second in 2:21.98, which is also under the previous school and facility records.
Dorr - an individual NCAA qualifier at 400-meters a year ago - provided an exciting finishing kick in the last 100-meters to win the quarter mile in a personal-best and NCAA provisional-qualifying 53.32, and earn an event win for the second-straight weekend. Greaves, who posted national leaders in the 60- and 200-meters a week ago, continued to excel in 2010, clocking 53.64 in the 400 to earn third-place overall and better her own personal-indoor best by nearly two seconds.
The Nittany Lion duo would account of two of the four legs on Penn State's provisional-qualifying 4x400, along with teammates Doris Anyanwu (Beltsville, Md.), and Caitlin DeFusco (Schwenksville, Pa.). The quartet would post a time of 3:39.13 to take top honors in amongst solid sprint competiton. Dorr also came back to run a personal best in the 200-meters, clocking 24.16 and finishing second overall as the top collegiate competitor.
"We opened up more athletes from the program to take steps towards being at full strength by the end of the month," continued Sullivan. "Shavon and Fawn ran tremendous 400's and backed it up with a provisional performance in the 4x400. The performance of the day definitely came from new school record holder, Ryan Foster, who had an amazing run in the 1000-meters. It will be exciting to see where this All-American's season will take him."
Loxsom also had a stellar afternoon, running away with the 600 with a finishing time of 1:16.92 - the second-fastest performance in school history, and just .03 seconds off Ben Karcz' school-record 1:16.89. The rookie would also anchor the winning 4x400 in exciting fashion for the second-straight week. This time, the Lions finished with a season-best 3:14.50 with Aaron Nadolsky (Altoona, Pa.), Lionel Williams (Staten Island, N.Y.), and Anya Uzoh (Laurel, Md.) covering the first three legs.
"I'm very impressed with Cas," said Sullivan of the rookie. "He looks sharp and is a true competitor as demonstrated by his anchor leg in the 4x400."
In the throws, junior Joe Kovacs (Nazareth, Pa.) bettered in the NCAA-provisional standard in the shot put for the second-consecutive weekend, posting a toss of 58-6.75 (17.85) to earn the gold medal on the day. Classmate Blake Eaton (Allegeny, N.Y.) placed third in the event with a heave of 57-9.75 (17.62).
Also on the winner's stand was sophomore Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.) in the mile run (4:52.44), junior Caitlin Fairbairn (Coatesville, Pa.) in the pole vault (12-5.50/3.80), and junior Bianca Fung (North Babylon, N.Y.) in the long jump (18-10.75/5.76). Also posting an impressive finish was senior Brad Lawrence (Voorhees, N.J.) , who turned in a runner-up finish in the men's pole vault, clearing a PR-tying 16-0.75 (4.90).
A pair of Nittany Lion graduates also earned victories on the afternoon, including Shana Cox in her 600-meter debut (1:28.15), and Lena Bettis in the triple jump (41-4.50/12.53). Current Lion sophomore Courtney Bell (Norristown, Pa.) was the top collegian in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 39-7 (12.06).
"We're looking forward to a week of training and our exciting Penn State National, where we bring in 2009 NCAA Champion Tennessee Volunteers, the Miami Hurricanes, and many of the country's top collegiate programs," said Sullivan on the Lions' next competition.
Following a weekend off, the Lions will be back in action on January 29-30, at the high-powered Penn State National at Ashenfelter Indoor Track.
Roth's World No. 2 highlights Huskies' efforts At UW Indoor Preview
Courtesy of Washington
SEATTLE -- Junior Husky pole vaulter Scott Roth set the stage for a thrilling 2010 for himself and the UW track team this evening, as the three-time All-American and Pac-10 Champion soared to a new lifetime-best clearance of 18-feet, 6 ¾ inches at the UW Indoor Preview. The mark currently stands as the second-best vault in the world early this year and the best by an American.
Roth, the 2009 NCAA runner-up, cleared 18-1 on his second attempt and as the last remaining competitor had the bar raised to 18-6 ¾. He went over on his first try, just grazing the bar and celebrated mid-air. His mark is also the ninth-best in Pac-10 history in a conference that has produced some of the world's best. Only two-time World Champion and Olympian Brad Walker has gone higher as a Husky. It also was easily beyond the NCAA Automatic qualifying mark for indoor nationals.
"I felt pretty loose when I got on the runway," Roth said, thanks possibly to having run the 60-meter dash earlier in the day. "I can't ask for a better way to start the season. I'm feeling healthy, in really good shape, and I'm vaulting well, so I'm excited."
Washington track & field enjoyed a great number of impressive early results at the Dempsey Indoor today in what is the first of five major indoor meets that will draw thousands of NCAA and professional athletes from around the country. Aside from Roth and some other field event veterans, the focus was mostly on the youngsters, with dozens of Husky newcomers suiting up for the first time in college to test the fruits of their training.
"A meet at the Dempsey is like nothing else in our sport, and something incredible is always bound to happen," said head coach Greg Metcalf. "This meet is especially fun for our freshmen who have been working hard since the fall and now get to see where they stand and the progress they made.
"Then at the same time our newcomers can look at an athlete like Scott Roth and watch someone that operates at an extremely high level. Scott acts like a professional every day and wants to be a champion, and because of that he gets results. Our goal now is to be better in two weeks and add more ingredients, and I think we'll start to be a pretty exciting team."
Standout efforts on the women's side started with freshman Shaniae Lakes (Richland, Wash.) who won the triple jump with a mark of 39-9 ¾ that already ranks sixth on UW's indoor Top-10 list. Freshman multi-event athlete Sarah Schireman was fifth in the long jump at 17-9 ½ and made the 60-meter hurdles final, clocking 9.08 seconds in a busy first day.
Logan Miller from Reno, Nev. cleared 12-feet in the pole vault in her first outing, and sophomore Dominique Lauderdale was ninth in a strong 60-meter dash field with a time of 7.74 seconds. Freshman Lindsay Flanagan, who ran in Washington's cross country top-seven in the fall, looked strong in a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meters in 9:53.35.
Highlights for the men included sophomore Ryan Soberanis stepping up to the mile from his usual 800-meter distance and running at strong 4:09.61 in a race that saw two more four-minute miles, a regularity in the Dempsey. Alistair Cragg ran 3:59.42 and Tim Bayley clocked 3:59.58.
Shayne Moore out of Blaine, Wash. took third in the men's 60m hurdles in 8.44 seconds. In the men's long jump, despite competing unattached, sophomore Warren Woods showed quickly developing talent with a winning jump of 22-feet, 9.75-inches. And though Roth stole the spotlight, senior Ryan Vu also had a very solid debut, clearing 16-7 ¼.
In the throws, freshman Armin Basic had the day's fourth-best shot put, tossing 48-feet, 3.5-inches. Meanwhile, sophomore Conner Larned, a transfer from Washington State, looked strong indeed throwing the 35-pound weight 56-feet, 2-inches, which would have been 10th-best at UW except Larned competed unattached.
Washington will continue building over the next two weeks for the UW Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30 at the Dempsey. The field should only get larger and more dynamic, and the Huskies will reflect that, with many of their top returners expected to open up at the Invitational.