D-I Regionals: Fayetteville Is Next
May 30, 2009
LSU Women, Arkansas Men Claim MidEast Regional Crowns
Courtesy of Louisville
The defending national champion and No. 3 ranked LSU women scored their fourth straight title at the 2009 NCAA MidEast Track and Field Regional Saturday evening at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. The Tigers have won six of the past seven regionals. The No. 6 ranked Arkansas men edged LSU for the regional crown. The Razorbacks last won the MidEast Regional in 2005.
For the women, after LSU (85.5) came Tennessee (69), Michigan (48), Illinois (43), Auburn (35.5), Indiana (34.5) Arkansas (33), Louisville (29), Michigan State25 and Alabama (23.5) for the top ten of the 39 schools that scored. For the men, Arkansas (90) finished first followed by LSU (83), Kentucky (46), Auburn (45), Mississippi State (44), Wisconsin (40.50), Ole Miss and Michigan tied with 34 ahead of Louisville (33) and Purdue (24) of the 43 schools that scored.
In the women’s javelin, Purdue’s Kara Patterson took top honors with a meet record throw of 192-01 (58.5). Samantha Espiricueta of Southeast Missouri was second (166-08, 50.79m) with Kent State’s Kim Hamilton finishing third with a toss of (164.08, 50.19m). Nicholls State’s Leslie Bourgeois (158-08, 448.36m) was fourth with LSU’s Anna Lyons wrapping up the fifth spot with a throw of 156-09, 47.7m).
In the women’s high jump, Louisiana Monroe’s Heather Davis won with a Cardinal Park record of 5-11.25, 1.81m) followed by Michigan’s Bettie Wade (5-10.0, 1.78m). There was a ten-way tie for third at 5-08.50 (1.74m) that necessitated a jumpoff, which was won by LSU’s Brittani Carter who was awarded third place. Alabama’s Krystle Schade and Auburn’s Raevan Harris took the final slot to advance.
In the men’s 4X100, LSU’s Armanti Hayes, Will Coppage, Gabriel Mvumvure and Trindon Holliday took the race with a 39.13. Kentucky was second as Gordon McKenzie, Jose Acevedo, Kwasi Obeng and Rondel Sorrillo combined efforts for second in 39.29. Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama took the next three spots in that order. For the women’s 4x100, the LSU foursome of Monique Cabral, Cassandra Tate, Samantha Henry and Kenyanna Wilson pulled away from the field, posting a 43.72. Tennessee was second in 44.25 with Western Kentucky right on their heels at 44.43. Alabama was fourth in 45.21 and Eastern Illinois snuck in at 45.55 for the final slot.
The men’s pole vault was won by Eric Sparks of Purdue , who cleared 17-07.00 (5.36m). Illinois’ Andrew Zollner was second at 17-03.00 (5.26m) followed by Brian Hancock of Missouri and Mickey DeFilippo of Wisconsin and Notre Dame’s Matt Schipper, all three at 16-11.00.
In the men’s 1500m, Arkansas’ Dorian Ulrey was first, posting a time of 3:48.91 with Craig Miller of Wisconisn (3:49.06) breaking up the Razorback sweep. Arkansas’ Andy McClary was third in 3:48.18, Felix Kiboiywo of Auburn and Jeff See of Ohio State completed the top five. For the women, East Tennessee State’s Heidi Dahl took the field with a 4:22.16. Tennessee’s Danielle Tauro was third in 4:25.61 and Louisville’s Tarah McKay was fourth with a time of 4:26.35. Arkansas’ Jillian Rosen picked up the final slot with a time of 4:26.82 in the tightly contested race.
Michigan’s Tiffany Ofili won the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.96. Celriece Law was second in 13.14 and Alabama’s Kimberley Laing was third in 13.28, tying Letecia Wright. Marrissa Harris of Mississippi State picked up the fifth spot with a time of 13.36. In the men’s 110m hurdles, LSU’s Barrett Nugent took top honors with a time of 13.66 followed by fellow freshman Andrew Riley of Illinois (13.74). Tennessee’s Charlton Rolle was third in 13.77. Josh Hembrough of Purdue and Leander McKenzie of Troy were fourth and fifth respectively.
LSU sprinters continued to make noise as No. 1-ranked Trindon Holliday won the men’s 100m (10.03) and teammate Kenyanna Wilson won the women’s 100m (11.39). In the men’s race, Holliday held off D’Angelo Cherry of Mississippi State (10.07), Adam Harris of Michigan 10.09 and J-mee Samuels of Arkansas (10.19). Zye Boey of Eastern Illinois snagged fifth with a time of 10.25. In the women’s race, Wilson held off teammate Samantha Henry who posted an 11.43, just edging Tennessee’s Lynne Layne at 11.44. LSU took fourth and fifth with Monique Cabral (11.49) and Kristina Davis (11.56).
In the men’s hammer throw, LSU’s Walter Henning won with a toss of 231-06 (70.56m) upsetting No. 1 ranked Chris Rohr of Missouri who finished second with a throw of (224-02, 68.34m). Ben Harpenau of Purdue was third (211-08) and Brad Millar of DePaul was fourth (207-03, 63.16m) and Rabun Fox took the last spot with a throw of (204-11, 62.4m).
In the women’s 400m, Lajada Baldwin of Ole Miss was first in 51.99 followed by Shelise Williams of Arkansas (52.32) and Joanna Atkins of Auburn (52.71). Kamelia Story of Louisiana Tech was fourth in 53.14 and Joanna Schultz of Notre Dame claimed the last spot with a 53.32. For the men, Mississippi State’s Dwight Mullings was first with a time of 45.66 just edging LSU’s Armanti Hayes (45.74) and Michigan State’s Jeremy Orr and Ohio State’s Thomas Murdaugh, both of whom posted a 45.78. LSU’s Robert Simmons was fifth in 46.01.
In the women’s 800m, Tennessee’s Phoebe Wright was first with a time of 2:02.20. Geena Gall of Michigan was second (2:02.29) and LSU teammates LaTavia Thomas and Brittany Hall were the next two to the wire at 2:04.06 and 2:04.25. Indiana’s Molly Beckwith held on for fifth with a 2:04.31. For the men, Chris Bilbrew of Arkansas took top honors with a time of 1:48.30 just besting Zach Beth of Wisconsin, who posted a 1:48.98. Jamaal Jones and Richard Jones, both of LSU were third and fourth with a time of 1:49.17 and 1:49.28 respectively. Ohio State’s Dan White was fifth with a 1:49.34.
In the 400m hurdles, Mississippi State’s Emmanual Mayers posted a 50.30, just ahead of Lee Moore of Ole Miss (50.45). Dan Harmsen and Carl Buchanon, both of Michigan, posted times of 50.59 and 50.82 respectively. LSU’s Patrick Lee was fifth with a time of 50.90. In the women’s 400m hurdles, Illinois’ Deserea Brown was first to the tape at 57.00. Danielle Brown of Western Michigan was second in 57.12 and Illinois’ Latoya Griffith was third 57.87. Talaya Owens of Alabama (58.29) was fourth and Danielle Gilchrist of Auburn was fifth with a time of 58.49.
In the women’s shot put, Tennessee’s Annie Alexander (55-09.00, 16.99m) edged Louisville’s Jere` Summers (54-01.00, 16.48m). Nadia Alexander of Louisiana Tech was third with a heave of 53.07.75 (16.35m). Middle Tennessee’s Brittany Cox was fourth with a toss of 53-06.25 (16.31m) and Indiana’s Tiffany Howard was fifth at 52-11.50 (16.14m).
In the men’s 200m, Gavin Smellie of Western Kentucky took the event with a time of 20.45 just beating Auburn’s Marcus Rowland (20.49) and Kentucky’s Rondel Sorrillo (20.50). Adam Harris of Michigan was next in 20.67 and Gabriel Mvumvure of LSU was fifth in 20.72. For the women, LSU’s Samantha Henry took the event with a 22.80. Cache Alexander of Auburn was second (23.22) and Belmont’s Lynette Rives was third (23.28). Tennessee’s Lynne Layne was fourth (23.33) and Olivia Kizzee of Tulane wrapped up the fifth slot in 23.49.
Louisville’s No. 2-ranked Corey Thorne, who was the favorite going in, delivered with a first place run of 8:36.98. Josh Karanja of Eastern Michigan was second in 8:37.20. Stephan Lisgo of Butler (8:42.84) and Scott MacPherson of Arkansas (8:49.71) finished just ahead of fifth placed Ryan Gasper of Wisconsin. In the women’s 3000m Steeplechase, Michigan State’s Nicole Bush powered to a 9:57.66 for the win. Sarah Pease of Indiana was second in 10:12.19 and Sarah Price of Michigan State was third in 10.23.20. Illinois’ Chantelle Groenewoud and Missouri State’s Terry Phillips finished in 10:33.84 and 10:35.57 respectively.
In the men’s 4x400, Mississippi State’s Dwight Mullins, Emmanual Mayers, Trey Charles and John Bailey combined to post a 3:04.72 for the win. Western Kentucky’s Gavin Smellie led off with Terrill McCombs, Alexander Larin and Romaine McKay joining forces for second place in 3:05.48. Kentucky, Auburn and LSU rounded out the top five. For the women, LSU’s Cassandra Tate, Brittany Hall, Kayann Thompson with LaTavia Thomas anchoring, put up a 3.31.53 in a tightly contested race. Auburn was second in 3:31.79 just ahead of Ohio State’s foursome who finished 3:33.96. Ole Miss (3:34.69) was fourth just squeaking by Illinois (3:34.75)
Men’s discus was won by Rashaud Scott of Kentucky with a meet record throw of 216-02 (65.90m). Greg Pilling of Central Michigan (197-02, 60.09m) and Chase Madison (195-02, 59.50) gave chase with Shallow Adonson of Southeastern Louisiana (193-01, 58.8m) and Lonnie Pugh of Michigan State (192-05, 58.65m) rounding out the top five.
In the triple jump, Sarah Nambawa of Middle Tennessee State won with a distance of 45-09 (13.94) followed by Lauren Martin of Indiana State (44-04.75, 13.43m) and Casey Taylor of Michigan posted a 43-06.0 (12.95m). Agata Cichoszewska of Troy and Ashley Way of Mississippi rounded out the top five to advance.
Florida Men, Florida State Women Are Tops In East Regional
Courtesy of Florida State
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men-No. 5/Women-No. 3) closed out the last day of the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship nationally qualifying a two-day total of 14 Seminoles for next month’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. In addition to qualifying several athletes, Kim Williams highlighted the day with an excellent triple jump that reset several records and bettered her mark that sat as FSU’s best performance in program history to help the women earn the regional crown with 71 points. The FSU men earned fourth place with 51 points.
“The women had a fantastic day,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “With the 4x100m squad and Teona battling for first, Susan, Pilar and Kim Williams taking first place was great. They really battle today. Unfortunately we did have two injuries on their side with Tiara and Lydia. I felt bad for Lydia because she set herself up to me ranked nationally in her senior year and then she gets injured from not landing right. However, the women were great.
“As for the men, because of injuries, we had to put a 4x100 team that had never run together in the season. We got through the first round and the second round we tried to win the race. However, sometimes you try to win the race and get to excited rather than just qualify. It was a typical 4x100m. We just didn’t make the exchange from two to three. If you don’t finish the event you don’t qualify.”
Opening up the day for the women were throwers Allyn Laughlin and Kamorean Hayes. Both Seminoles were set to compete in the shot put, but it was Laughlin who would be the lone Seminole to prevail past preliminaries and move on to the finals. In the finals, the Ambridge, Pa., native threw a personal-best throw of 16.06m/52-08.25 to finish in second place.
Earning the second ticket to nationals for the women was the 4x100m relay squad of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers. The foursome started off the relay in third place, but when the baton was handed to Rodgers, the anchor leg, the sophomore quickly changed the pace as she battled against South Carolina for first place and came out successful with a first-place finish time of 43.64.
Up next on the track was NCAA Champion and six-time All-American Susan Kuijken in the 1500m run final. The Nijmegen, Netherlands native eased into first place again with a finish time of 4:22.53 to earn the regional title as well as earn a ticket to nationals.
Dominating the field and taking home the title for the second consecutive year in the triple jump was sophomore Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica). The three-time All-American jumped a personal-best 13.98m/45-10.50 to earn first place. The NCAA Champion set a new facility and regional record and now owns the best season performance in the nation.
Mid-distance runner Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad &Tobago) controlled the 800m run with her first-place finish time of 2:06.55 to earn the women’s fifth national qualifying spot.
The 3,000m steeplechase was up next for the women to conquer as senior Lydia Willemse and junior Amanda Quick were up for the challenge. Flight two featured Quick crushing her previous personal record and setting a new lifetime-best record with 10:33.27 to cross the line first in her flight. Willemse, a team co-captain, lead the third flight until the Forest, Ontario native encountered an unfortunate injury and dropped out of the race. Quick’s time earned her ninth place overall.
Closing out the meet for the women was the 4x400m relay foursome of Hshkeni Richemond, Brittany St. Louis, Keyla Smith and Christal Washington. The quartet took fourth place with a time of 3:35.28 and earned the last automatic national qualification.
On the men’s front, the brother twosome of Kevin and Jonathan Borlee (Brussels, Belgium) hit the ground running in the men’s 400m dash. In their first regional meet, the duo nationally qualified with their third and fourth place finishes as K. Borlee was the first Seminole to cross at 45.54 and J. Borlee quickly followed in 45.58.
The other Seminole sprinters in Charles Clark and Maurice Mitchell turned their attention to the 200m dash where Clark’s blistering time of 20.60 earned him the first-place crown and a ticket to nationals, while Mitchell took sixth place with a finish time of 21.00.
Finishing up the day for the team was the men’s 4x400m squad. Teammates Kevin Williams, Clark and the Borlee brothers grouped together to set a new facility record with their first place relay time of 3:04.53. The men helped FSU finish in fourth place.
Men’s Hammer Throw:
19. Travis Whitfield 54.20m/177-10
21. Matt Wernke 53.18m/174-06
12. Michael Putman 50.33m/165-01
Men’s 400m Dash:
3. Kevin Borlee 45.54 N
4. Jonathan Borlee 45.58 N
Men’s 400m Hurdles:
6. Javier Garcia-Tunon 50.26
Men’s 200m Dash:
1. Charles Clark 20.60 N
6. Maurice Mitchell 21.00
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase:
7. Trey Andrews 9:26.73
Men’s 4x400m Relay:
1. Florida State 3:04.53 N
Women’s Triple Jump:
1. Kim Williams 13.98m/45-10.50 PR, N
6. Tiara Swanagan 12.97m/42-06.75
Women’s Shot Put:
2. Allyn Laughlin 16.06m/52-08.25 PR, N
12. Kamorean Hayes 14.61m/47-11.25
Women’s 4x100m Relay:
1. 43.64 Florida State N
Women’s 1500m Run:
1. Susan Kuijken 4:22.53 N
Women’s 100m Hurdles
7. Teona Rodgers 13.63
Women’s 800m Run:
1. Pilar McShine 2:06.55 N
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase:
9. Amanda Quick 10:33.27 PR
Women’s 4x400m Relay:
4. Florida State 3:35.28 N
Florida Men Claim Regional Title
The No. 1 University of Florida men’s track and field team captured its first regional championship since the 2004 season on Saturday at Irwin Belk Track, where the Gators placed first at the NCAA East Regional hosted by North Carolina A&T State University.
The Florida men placed first overall with 84 total team points, while Southeastern Conference foes South Carolina (62) and Georgia (59) finished second and third, respectively. Florida State won the women’s team title with 71 points, followed by Penn State (60) and Miami (51). The No. 16 Gator women were fourth overall with 48 total team points.
"I was very pleased with our results this weekend," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. "Our goal coming into the meet was to qualify as many people as possible for nationals and I think, for the most part, we were able to do that. We had a few obstacles and a couple of disappointments, but I thought our team did a good job of overcoming them and getting the job done."
The NCAA East Regional title is the third in program history for the Florida men since the regional format was instituted prior to the 2003 season. The Gator men have finished among the top two in the region every year under the current format.
“The team title wasn’t something that we talked a lot about leading up to the meet,” Holloway said. “I am proud of our guys – they did a great job. The good thing about it is that it gives us some great momentum heading into the national meet in two weeks.”
The Gators have at least 18 qualifying positions for the upcoming NCAA Championships. That includes 13 individuals and two relay teams that will embark on Fayetteville, Ark., June 10-13 for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. At-large selections for the NCAA meet will be announced later this week.
Tickets for the NCAA Championships may be purchased from the Razorback Ticket Office (phone: 800-982-4657 or 479-575-5151) or online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at John McDonnell Field one hour before the first event each day of competition.
Junior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia), who entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation in the women’s shot put, captured that event at the NCAA East Regional for the second consecutive year with a toss of 58-10.75/17.95m.
“I thought Mariam did well today in helping her get ready for the NCAA meet,” Florida throws coach Steve Lemke said. “She’s been sick all week, so I’m pleased that she did as well as she did, but that’s just Mariam. She’s a competitor. She won the event but, just like anything else, this was a competition with herself as well to see how far she could throw.”
Kevkhishvili led an impressive showing by Florida’s women’s shot putters, as she and freshman Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) each automatically qualified for the upcoming NCAA Championships. Medeiros was fourth with a mark of 52-2/15.90m, while rookie Fidela James finished eighth with a personal-best throw of 50-0.50/15.25m. Each of the Gators’ three shot putters scored in the meet.
“It was great to have all three of our women score in the shot put,” Lemke said. “Keely did her job, making it to the NCAAs. It wasn’t her best performance of the year, but she survived and that’s what you have to do at a meet like this. For Fidela, in the first regional meet of her career, to make the final and score is a great way for her to end her freshman season.”
Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) advanced to the NCAA Championships in two events this weekend. On Friday, she qualified in the women’s long jump before following that up Saturday with a runner-up finish in the women’s triple jump. Proctor broke the Irwin Belk Track facility record in both events and placed second in Saturday’s triple jump with a leap of 45-1/13.74m (+0.6) to set a new school record and personal best.
Freshman jumper Christian Taylor, the 2009 NCAA Indoor Triple Jump Champion, automatically qualified for the event outdoors, by finishing second with a personal-best leap of 53-5.50/16.29m (+0.6). That mark goes down as the second-best men’s triple jump in school history, just eclipsing his previous personal best that was recorded at the Penn Relays this past April.
The Florida men’s 4x100-meter relay team, which entered the meet with the nation’s No. 1 time in that event, placed second at the NCAA East Regional to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. The quartet of Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) clocked a time of 39.03.
Hall and Wilks also each qualified for the NCAA Championships in the men’s 100 and 200-meter dashes. Wilks was second in the 100m (10.17) and second in the 200m (20.64), while Hall was fourth in the 100m (10.22) and fourth in the 200m (20.89).
Smith broke the facility record in the finals of the men’s 400-meter dash to finish second and automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Smith clocked a time of 45.30 as the race’s runner-up.
Middle distance runner Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.), the 2008 NCAA East Regional 800-meter champion, was the runner-up in that event on Saturday with a time of 1:49.45.
Senior R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), sophomore Lamarr Davis (Knightdale, N.C.), Phillips and Smith comprised the team’s 4x400-meter relay team that finished second overall in a time of 3:04.85.
Junior thrower Evelien Dekkers (Etten-Leur, Netherlands) punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the women’s javelin with a toss of 164-0/49.99m. Dekkers was the women’s javelin champion at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships.
Men’s hurdlers William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) and Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) each qualified in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, finishing fourth (13.78) and fifth (13.84), respectively. Wynne entered the meet ranked 10th in the nation in that event.
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NCAA EAST REGIONAL – MAY 29-30, 2009 (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
MEN’S EAST REGIONAL FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Florida – 84
2. South Carolina – 62
3. Georgia – 59
4. Florida State – 51
6. Virginia – 29
7. Virginia Tech – 26.5
8. Cornell – 26
9. Clemson – 23
10. Albany - 21
WOMEN’S EAST REGIONAL FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Florida State – 71
2. Penn State – 60
3. Miami – 51
4. Florida – 48
5. Virginia Tech – 42
6. South Carolina – 37
7. Connecticut – 35
8. North Carolina – 25.5
T9. Virginia – 24
T9. UCF - 24
SATURDAY, MAY 30
Women’s Javelin – 11 a.m. EST
4. Evelien Dekkers – 164-0/49.99m
Women’s Triple Jump – 1 p.m. EST
2. Shara Proctor – 45-1/13.74m F (+0.6)
11. Madara Apine – 41-3/12.57 (+0.0)
15. Michelle Jenije – 40-10.50/12.46 (+0.5)
Women’s Shot Put – 3 p.m. EST
1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 58-10.75/17.95m
4. Keely Medeiros – 52-2/15.90m
8. Fidela James – 50-0.50/15.25m
Men’s Pole Vault – 3 p.m. EST
12. Justin Semeyn – 16-7.25/5.06m
14. Eric Foran – 16-7.25/5.06m
Men’s Discus – 5 p.m. EST
16. Beau Burroughs – 157-8/48.05m
Men’s Triple Jump – 5 p.m. EST
2. Christian Taylor – 53-5.50/16.29m (+0.6)
Men’s 4x100m Relay Finals – 5:10 p.m. EST
2. Florida – 39.03
-Dennis Martin, Calvin Smith, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall
Men’s 110m Hurdles Finals– 5:45 p.m. EST
4. William Wynne – 13.78 (-0.4)
5. Kallinka Pitt – 13.84 (-0.4)
Men’s 100m Finals – 6:10 p.m. EST
2. Terrell Wilks – 10.17 (+0.9)
4. Jeremy Hall – 10.22 (+0.9)
Men’s 400m Finals – 6:20 p.m. EST
2. Calvin Smith – 45.30 F
Men’s 800m Finals – 6:30 p.m. EST
2. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.45
Men’s 200m Finals – 7:05 p.m. EST
2. Terrell Wilks – 20.64 (+0.4)
4. Jeremy Hall – 20.89 (+0.4)
Women’s Steeplechase – 7:15 p.m. EST
16. Julie Northrup – 10:49.78
Men’s Steeplechase – 7:40 p.m. EST
13. Sean Blaney – 9:12.76
Men’s 4x400m Relay – 8:20 p.m. EST
2. Florida – 3:04.85
-R.J. Anderson, LaMarr Davis, Carlos Phillips, Calvin Smith
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (ENTIRE WEEKEND)
* Evelien Dekkers – Women’s Javelin – 164-0/49.99m
* Jeremy Hall – Men’s 100-Meter Dash – 10.22
* Jeremy Hall – Men’s 200-Meter Dash – 20.89
* Mariam Kevkhishvili – Women’s Shot Put – 58-10.75/17.95m
* Keely Medeiros – Women’s Shot Put – 52-2/15.90m
* Kemal Mesic – Men’s Shot Put – 62-4/19.00m
* Natalie Moser – Women’s Pole Vault – 13-1.75/4.01m
* Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800-Meter Run – 1:49.45
* Kallinka Pitt – Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – 13.78
* Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 21-8.25/6.61m F
* Shara Proctor – Women’s Triple Jump – 45-1/13.74m F
* Calvin Smith – Men’s 400-Meter Dash – 45.30 F
* Christian Taylor – Men’s Triple Jump – 53-5.50/16.29m
* Terrell Wilks – Men’s 100-Meter Dash – 10.17
* Terrell Wilks – Men’s 200-Meter Dash – 20.64
* William Wynne – Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – 13.78
* Men’s 4x100-meter relay – 39.03
* Men’s 4x400-meter relay – 3:04.85
Texas A&M Sweeps Titles At Midwest Regional
NORMAN, Okla. - Texas A&M - NCAA Championship automatic qualifiers
Women (9 athletes, 8 events, 11 positions)
Long Jump - Ashika Charan
Triple Jump - Yasmine Regis, Ashika Charan
Javelin - Laura Asimakis, Emalie Humphreys
4x100 - Khrystal Carter, Porscha Lucas, Dominique Duncan, Gabby Mayo
100H - Gabby Mayo
100 - Porscha Lucas, Gabby Mayo
400 - Jessica Beard
200 - Porscha Lucas
Men (13 athletes, 9 events, 14 positions)
Long jump - Julian Reid, Tyron Stewart
Decathlon - Trinity Otto
4x100 - Tran Howell, Gerald Phiri, Chris Dykes, Justin Oliver
110H - De'Lon Isom
100 - Gerald Phiri
400 - Justin Oliver, Bryan Miller
200 - Gerald Phiri, Chris Dykes
Triple jump - Julian Reid, Zuheir Sharif, Tyron Stewart
4x400 - Tran Howell, Bryan Miller, Kyle Dykhuizen, Justin Oliver
Texas A&M successfully defended both of its team championships during the Midwest Region competition on the Oklahoma campus this weekend. For the No. 2 ranked Aggie women it marked a third consecutive region title while the No. 2 A&M men claimed a second straight team crown.
The Aggie women scored 96 points to finish ahead of Texas Tech (61), Texas (59), TCU (55), Oklahoma (43.5), Minnesota (38.5), SMU (36), UTEP (36), Baylor (33) and Nebraska (29.5).
With 98 points the A&M men defeated a field that included Big 12 champion Nebraska (84.25), Texas Tech (49), Texas (47), Oklahoma (40), UTEP (34), Minnesota (32.25), Baylor (32), New Mexico (25), Sam Houston State (25) and Kansas State (25).
"I think as a team we talked about trying to win this meet," A&M head coach Pat Henry said. "We felt like we had the people to do that. When you get to this meet in the postseason there is a little bit more quality to compete against. If you do what your capable of here, then you have an opportunity to win the track meet."
As the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on June 10-13, the Aggies had 22 athletes earn automatic qualification in 17 events. The tally includes both 4 x 100 relays and the men's 4 x 400.
Gerald Phiri repeated his triple victory he has accomplished twice at the Big 12 Championships as he won Midwest Region titles in the 100 (10.13), 200 (20.53) and was part of the Aggie 4 x 100 relay that posted a 38.85 win.
Also enjoying victories on the second day of action at the John Jacobs Complex were Yasmine Regis in the triple jump (45-1.5), Jessica Beard in the 400 (51.22), Porscha Lucas in the 200 (22.77), and the women's sprint relay in a collegiate leading 42.80.
Runner-up efforts for A&M were supplied by Julian Reid in the triple jump (55-0), Justin Oliver in the 400 (45.34), and Gabby Mayo in the 100 hurdles (12.96). Placing third were Laura Asimakis in the javelin (173-0), Lucas in the 100 (11.20), Tyron Stewart in the triple jump (53-8.25), Bryan Miller in the 400 (45.57), Chris Dykes in the 200 (20.65), and the men's 4 x 400 relay (3:02.87).
"We performed at a very high level across the board," Henry noted. "I was extremely pleased with our entire effort today. That's a tribute to this group, it's a hard working group."
Oregon Sends Total Of 23 Ducks To National Championships From West Regional
Courtesy of Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. -- Counting wins in the men’s 800 and 1,500 and the women’s 400 and javelin, Oregon advanced 12 competitors to the NCAA Track and Field Championships by virtue of their top-five finishes Saturday at the NCAA West Regional at Historic Hayward Field. In all the Ducks will have at least 23 representatives for the June 10-13 national meet in Fayetteville, Ark., 12 men and 11 women.
"We accomplished what we needed to today," said Oregon Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "Everyone advanced that was supposed to. Our approach was to look at this as the first round of the NCAA Championships.
"The guys are in good shape. I like our chances to be in position to do something. Now, we’ve got to get to Arkansas and have a good first, second, and third day, and that’s the difficult part of the NCAA Championships."
For the second day at the West Regional, Oregon was nearly perfect.
Andrew Wheating led nearly the entire race in winning his second straight NCAA West Regional 800 meter title. The junior from Norwich, Vt., clocked 1:49.88 on a warm Saturday afternoon before a meet record 7,096 fans.
"I was trying to send a message that I can win a race any way I have to," said the two-time Pac-10 champion. "Coach said if it went out slow to just take the lead.
"I feel great right now. This is just the beginning of the season for me."
Rachel Yurkovich became the only four-time West Regional winner in the women’s javelin with a throw of 188-8 that broke Sarah Malone’s 2005 meet record of 186-9.
"I have learned over the years that nationals is your award, but this is a great ending note," said the senior from Newberg, Ore.
Oregon’s Ashley McCrea finished eighth in the event with a throw of 151-4. The senior from Coos Bay, Ore., who ranks 12th in the nation, is eligible for at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be announced Tuesday.
The Men of Oregon nearly duplicated their sweep of the 1,500 meters from the Pac-10 championships with a 1-2-5 finish. Pac-10 champion Matthew Centrowitz won the race in a meet record 3:38.30 with Galen Rupp right on his heels in a personal-best 3:39.14, a mark which moved the senior from Portland, Ore., to No. 10 all-time at Oregon. Junior Jordan McNamara was fifth in a season-best 3:43.10 to earn his first trip to the NCAA Championships.
"I am excited for all of us," said Centrowitz, a freshman from Arnold, Md. "It’s going to be a lot of fun. I was so happy to see Jordan made it in top five. It was a great feeling."
"I’m feeling so many emotions right now, if you would of asked me six months ago if I would have been here, I would of said nice goal, but not a reality," said McNamara. "When you’re running in this jersey in front of this croud it takes you to another level, I can’t ask for anything more."
Rupp, who also won the 5,000 meters Friday night, has now qualified for the 2009 Championships in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
"I was a little tired from running yesterday, but I absolutely don’t mind my teammate winning this race," Rupp said of his final race as a collegian at Historic Hayward Field. "It was a good race and I am so happy we all have made it to top five."
Keshia Baker rounded out the Oregon winners with her first Regional victory in the 400 meters. The junior from Sacramento, Calif., won in 52.49.
"I felt great," said Baker. "I believed in my training for that last 100, and the crowd always helps."
Other top performances for the Ducks included another personal record by Brianne Theisen in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. The sophomore heptathlete from Humboldt, Sask., finished fourth in 13.47, which would have set the school record for the second straight day, save for a plus 3.7 tailwind.
Still, the finish was enough add the 100 hurdles to her NCAA list; she’s currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the heptathlon.
"The coaches will have a tough decision to make," said Theisen. "I don’t know yet what I will be competing in. Today was a big surprise, but I am very happy and looking forward to the nationals."
Zoe Buckman cruised to a second-place finish in the women’s 800 meters, finishing in 2:06.44 and trailing only Lacey Cramer of Brigham Young, who ran 2:05.63. It will be Buckman’s second trip to the NCAA Championships.
Jamesha Youngblood joined Theisen as the second Oregon woman to qualify for the national championships in two events with her third-place 42-8 leap in the triple jump. The sophomore from San Pablo, Calif., also qualified for the NCAA Championships Friday in the long jump.
San Diego State’s Karoline Koehler won the triple jump in a meet record 44-9.
The Ducks advanced two runners in the steeplechase.
On the men’s side, Pac-10 champion Chris Winter placed third in 8:53.93 to earn his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
For the women, Claire Michel just missed her own school record, but finished fifth in 10:23.21 to earn her first trip to the NCAA Championships. Senior Dana Buchanan was seventh in that race in 10:30.15.
The Ducks saw another first-time NCAA qualifier in the men’s 400.
Chad Barlow used a frantic final 200 meters to slip into fifth and earn a ticket to Fayetteville. He finished in 47.11, just ahead of teammate Ashton Eaton’s 47.19.
"The last two days I feel like I have run faster," said Barlow. "I’m still working on the first half of my race.
"I could feel myself gaining. It feels really good, really good. I’m glad I get to go, I would have been really bummed."
Also for Oregon, sophomore Jordan Stray posted a season-best throw of 201-8 to finish ninth in the hammer, while junior Colin Witter-Tilton tied for 13th in the pole vault with a season-best clearance of 16-7.25.
In other highlights, Ahmad Rashad of USC broke the meet record in winning the men’s 100 meters. He ran 10.13 to snap Garry Jones’ 2006 mark of 10.23.
Arizona State sprinter Charonda Williams pulled off an impressive double victory by winning the women’s 100 meters in 11.16 and the women’s 200 meters in 23.03.
Amber Kaufman of Hawaii tied the meet record in winning the women’s high jump at 6-1.5.
California’s Martin Maric just missed a meet record in winning the men’s discus with a throw of 200-11.
OREGON’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
Chad Barlow, 400 meters
Shadrack Biwott, 5,000 meters; 10,000 meters
Matthew Centrowitz, 1,500 meters
Ashton Eaton, decathlon
Cyrus Hostetler, javelin
Jordan McNamara, 1,500 meters
Luke Puskedra, 10,000 meters
Galen Rupp, 1,500 meters; 5,000 meters; 10,000 meters
Vernell Warren, long jump
Andrew Wheating, 800 meters
Chris Winter, 3,000 meter steeplechase
Alex Wolff, javelin
Keshia Baker, 400 meters
Nicole Blood, 5,000 meters
Zoe Buckman, 800 meters
Lucy Cridland, discus
Melissa Gergel, pole vault
Alexandra Kosinski, 1,500 meters
Kalindra McFadden, heptathlon
Claire Michel, 3,000 meter steeplechase
Brianne Theisen, 100 hurdles; heptathlon
Jamesha Youngblood, long jump; triple jump
Rachel Yurkovich, javelin
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