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DII: Top-ranked Lincoln (Mo.) turns in eight top-five finishes at Illini Classic

No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.) at Illini Classic

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Lincoln had another strong team performance, producing eight top-five results against predominantly Division I competition at Saturday's Illini Classic. Despite being the only NCAA Division II school at the meet, which was hosted by Illinois, Lincoln won three events and turned in numerous provisional qualifying times.

Lincoln's best result of the day came in the 4x400m relay, where the Blue Tigers' 'A' team won in 3:49.64. That time currently stands as the best in the country among NCAA Division II programs. LU's 'B' team also performed well, taking ninth in 3:59.84. Lincoln's other wins came in field events, with Shakeisha Miller emerging victorious in the long jump (5.74m) and Daniele Newman winning the triple jump (11.62m). Miller's distance is not only a provisional qualifier, but also the third-best mark in Division II.

As the Blue Tigers were the only non-Division I school in attendance, Lincoln athletes were not allowed to compete in the scored finals of the 60m and the 60m hurdles.

That didn't stop LU from showing its best in the preliminaries, however, as Blue Tigers beat out all of their higher level opponents in each race. In the 60m prelims, Yanique Ellington turned in the best time of any athlete from any division, winning in 7.65. Kimberly Bailey also performed well, taking fourth in 7.74. Both athletes later ran in an unscored final 60m race, with Ellington clocking in at 7.54 and Bailey finishing in 7.65.

No. 7 Angelo State at Texas Tech Open

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kearah Danville won the triple jump and hit an NCAA Division II provisional mark Saturday at the Texas Tech Open.

Danville and Jasmine Ambowode both hit provisional marks in the triple jump. Danville jumped 40'-1.25" (12.22 meters) to win the event and Ambwowde recorded a mark of 37'-11.50" (11.57 meters). Danville's mark is currently the best in NCAA Division II. Ambowode was fourth overall.

The 4x400 meter relay also hit a NCAA Division II provisional time of 3:50.94 with the team of Lexi Brooks, Jordan Gray, Ambowode and Jaylen Rodgers. The Rambelles finished fourth overall.

Other Rambelles in the top 10 today were Chesney Neeley who placed 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 30'-01.75" (11.93 meters) and Candida Chairez ran the mile in 5:29.42 to finish 10th overall.

No. 10 Academy of Art at Ramapo Invitational

NEW YORK -- The 4x400m relay team of Keanna Moody, Dominique Berry, Mistic Scott and Dierra Haven left little possibility for another team to pose any kind of challenge as they opened up a big lead early. After the first leg, the Urban Knights held a 35m advantage and would go on to win questioned by nearly five full seconds with a time of 3:52.51. That NCAA nationals provisional qualifier put Academy of Art on top of 21 other schools including New Haven and Wheaton.

The distance medley relay squad performed well on Saturday. The collection of Kaelyn Harbison, Berry, Scott, and McKaela Christenson, posted a time of 12:46.41 en route to second of the nine teams competing. Harbison made her move in the second half of the opening leg to create a significant margin which only Stockton eventually caught up to in the end. Watch here!

The No. 7 Rambelles finished the first meet of the 2014 season with four provisional marks.