D-I Outdoor Track Regional Results: Day One
May 29, 2009
Virginia Tech Women, Georgia Tech Men Pace The Field At East Regional
Courtesy of Georgia Tech & Virginia Tech
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Lifted by senior Jerome Miller's regional high jump record, four members of the Georgia Tech men's and women's track & field teams posted top-five finishes on day one of the NCAA East Region Championships Friday in Greensboro, N.C.
Miller, along with senior Kimery Hern, junior Steve Marcelle and sophomore Joanna Wright all qualified for the NCAA Championships, held June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark., with their top-five finishes.
Miller's East Region record came at a clearance of 7'3.25", as he won the high jump and advances to his third NCAA Championships, first since the 2007 season. Though not a school-record, the Stafford, Va. native broke the regional record of 7'2.25" set by Princeton's Justin Frick in 2008. Miller has now tied the Tech outdoor record for the second-straight meet after breaking it at the Seminole Twilight Invitational earlier this season.
Also posting a record performance on the day was sophomore Joanna Wright, who cleared a Tech record height of 13'1.75" in the pole vault while placing fourth. Wright previously set the record of 13'1.50" just two-weeks ago at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
In the men's shot put, junior Steve Marcelle continued his outstanding outdoor season with a record distance of 62'5" in the shot put. The 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Performer of the Year topped the previous record by two and a half inches while placing second at the regional. He qualifies for his third NCAA Championship in the outing. Marcelle will also compete in the men's discus throw on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The final performer to qualify for the NCAA Championships was the first one to achieve the mark on the day. Senior Kimery Hern started the day off placing fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 176'5". Hern automatically qualified for her third-straight NCAA Championship in the event, while posting her highest-ever finish at a regional. She also took flight in the women's discus at the meet, placing ninth with a mark of 153'9".
Senior Alana Clooten placed ninth in the same event with a mark of 176'5", and will now wait to see if she receives an At-large berth to the Championships.
Senior E.C. Gibbs advanced out of the preliminaries of the 1500-meter run with a 3:50.50 on the day. He will run in the finals on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Competition at the East Region Championships will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech track and field squad captured two individual titles, as the throwers shined in the first day of the NCAA East Regional on the Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.
The women throwers highlighted the first day of the NCAA Regional meet. Sophomore Dorotea Habazin tossed a 207-11 in the women’s hammer throw to win the regional championship. The Zagreb, Croatia native will make her second appearance in the event at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on June 10-13.
Senior Brittany Pryor put an exclamation point on her final regional meet with a first-place finish in the women’s discus throw. Pryor tossed a 171-01, breaking her own school record, to capture the gold medal, and then followed that performance up with a third-place showing in the hammer throw, launching a 190-11.
In men’s throws action, freshman Matthias Treff, competing in only his second meet this outdoor season, took third in the javelin to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Burgthann, Germany native threw a 212-10 in the event. Treff won the ACC Championships’ javelin throw in his only other performance this season.
Three women sprinters qualified into Saturday’s finals. Junior Kristi Castlin ran the top time of 13.11 in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles to advance, while fellow junior Asia Washington ran a 59.02 to move on in the 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Ogechi Nwaneri snagged the last spot in the finals of the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.62 in the prelims of the race on Friday.
NCAA East Regional action continues on Saturday at 11 a.m., with the women’s hammer throw and the men’s javelin. Results will be available on hokiesports.com following the conclusion of the meet.
Hosts Oklahoma Qualifies Two For NCAA's; Minnesota Men, Texas Tech Women Lead
Courtesy of Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. — Two Oklahoma athletes punched their tickets to the NCAA Track and Field Championships as seven Sooners and one relay qualified for the finals of their respective events Friday at the NCAA Midwest Regional at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex. Mikaela Johansson (weight throw) and Ti’Anca Mock (long jump) each earned the right to pack their bags for the NCAA Championships. The top five competitors in each event along with the top three relays advance to the NCAA Track and Field Championships, June 10-13, in Fayetteville, Ark. Finals for eight field events and all running events will be held Saturday.
Johansson was the first Sooner to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish in the hammer throw. The program record holder in the event finished third overall with a toss of 189-2 (57.66). The senior was in fourth until her winning throw moved the Swedish native up a spot, jumping SMU’s Lauren Kuhner. Kansas State’s Loren Groves won the event with a distance of 202-6 (61.73).
Mock was the next in line to solidify travel plans to Fayetteville for the NCAA Championships as the sophomore finished second in the women’s long jump with a top distance of 21-4.00 (6.50). Mock’s top jump came on her fourth attempt in the competition to move into second. Mock entered the meet with the John Jacobs Track Complex record but the record fell in Friday’s action as the event’s winner, Blessing Okagbare of UTEP, broke Mock’s record by a half inch, winning the event with a jump of 21-10.00 (6.65).
After a heartbreaking second-place finish in the 400 at the Big 12 Championships, senior Leslie Cole took a step closer to gaining redemption by grabbing the top seed heading into the finals of the event on Saturday. Cole’s time of 52.42 in the third heat topped all competitors. The senior from Idabel, Okla., entered the meet ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard who will be the No. 3 seed in the finals with a time of 53.11.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay of Sherine Wells, Scottesha Miller, Cole and Mock qualified for the finals of the event, clocking the third-fastest time in school history and running away from the first heat of competition. The four finished second overall with a season-best time of 44.09, behind Texas A&M’s top time of 43.38.
The men’s 1,500-meter run saw Rob Sorrell run a season-best race to qualify for the Saturday finals in the event. Sorrell’s time of 3:45.88 was the fourth best in the second heat of competition and the fourth fastest overall. The time was just off Sorrell’s PR of 3:44.29, the third fastest time in Oklahoma history. New Mexico’s Lee Emanuel enters the final as the top qualifying seed with a time of 3:44.29.
Latoya Heath qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with the second-fastest time of the event, 13.36. Heath ran in the second heat, the fastest of three, which included the No. 1 seed, Texas A&M’s Gabby Mayo with a time of 12.99.
After running the second leg on the 4x100 relay, Miller returned to the track a little under two hours later in the prelims of the 100-meter dash. The sophomore clocked a season best time of 11.40 to finish third in the second heat. The program record holder in the event, Miller is the seventh seed entering the finals as Texas’ Alexandria Anderson earned the No. 1 seed by breaking a four-year old John Jacobs Track and Field Complex record with a time of 11.07.
Miller will see double action in Saturday finals as she qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash as well. Miller’s season-best time of 23.22 gave the program record holder the fourth-fastest time entering the finals. Texas A&M’s Porscha Lucas holds the No. 1 seed in the finals with a time of 22.72.
Freshman Mookie Salaam reeled off a PR in the 100-meter dash to qualify for the Saturday final in the event. Salaam’s time of 10.30 is the 11th fastest in program history and was good for third overall among Friday’s competitors. Texas A&M’s Gerald Phiri led all qualifiers with a time of 10.20.
Like Miller, Salaam will pull the double in the 100 and 200 finals on Saturday. Just as he did in the 100, Salaam clocked a PR in the 200 with a time of 20.72, the ninth fastest time in Oklahoma program history. Salaam’s time was the fastest of the event’s first heat and third overall. Baylor’s Trey Harts led all qualifiers with a time of 20.41.
The men’s long jump saw season bests out of both ends of the age spectrum as senior Adrian Wiltshire and freshman Alex Madkins finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Wiltshire’s jump of 25-2.00 (7.67) on his fifth attempt was good for fifth and was just an inch off tying a personal best. Madkins’ jump of 24-11.75 (7.61) came on his sixth and final attempt and moved the Edmond native above Texas A&M’s Keenan Hall for sixth. Texas A&M’s Julian Reid won the event by breaking a 34-year old facility record with a jump of 26-4.50 (8.04).
Saturday action at the event begins at 11 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw. Running events begin at 5 p.m. with the finals of the women’s 4x100-meter relay.
Razorbacks' Men's And Women's Teams Lead The Way After Day One In MidEast Regional
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The No. 6-ranked Arkansas men and the No. 6-ranked Arkansas women have taken the lead after the first day of the NCAA Division I MidEast Regional Track Meet Friday at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky.
For the men, after Arkansas (28) came Louisville (17), Ole Miss (17), Auburn (16), Indiana (13), Kentucky (10), Wisconsin (10), Alabama (10), Northwestern State (8) and Michigan (8) round out the top ten. For the women, after the Razorbacks (20) came Southern Illinois (17), Kentucky (14), Indiana (14), Illinois (13), Mississippi State (13), Akron (13), Notre Dame (12), Tennessee (11) and Michigan (11) for the top ten finishers.
In the men's javelin, Wisconsin's Robert Dehn won with a throw of 231-10 (70.66m) which came on his second attempt. The top five were all new Cardinal Park marks as Cody Fillinch of Northwestern State (231-10, 70.42m); Colin Molteton of Ole Miss (226-0, 68.90m); Richard McKay of Louisiana-Monroe (223-10, 68.23) and Kyle Smith of Southern Miss (223-0, 67.98) will all advance.
In the men's high jump, freshman Derek Drouin of Indiana, tied a new meet record with a jump of 7-03.25 (2.22m) on his first attempt at that height. Louisville's Tone Belt also jumped 2.22m but lost in the tiebreaker as he made it on his second attempt. Ryan Fleck of Auburn was third (7-2.25, 2.19m), Greg Shroka of Illinois was fourth (7-01.00, 2.15m) and Major Clay of Indiana State was fifth at (7-01.00, 2.15m). Drouin's mark equals last year's champion Kentucky's Grant Lindsey's winning jump.
In the women's pole vault, Indiana's Vera Neuenswander set a meet record with a vault of 14-01.75 (4.31m). Indiana State's Kylie Hutson was second at 13:09.75 (4.21). A pair of Razorbacks went third and fourth led by Katie Striplings' 13-09.75 (4.21m) and Janice Keppler's 13-05.75 (4.11m). Mary Saxer of Notre Dame rounded out the top five to advance with 13-05.75 (4.11m) after the tiebreaker.
No. 6 seeded Rashaud Scott of Kentucky, took the men's shot put with a heave of 62-01.25 (18.93m). Ole Miss' Derek McGuire was second with a throw of 59.10.25 (18.24m). Nick Panezich of Tennessee will advance with a third place throw of 59-09.75 (18.23m). Eastern Michigan's Gerald Gersham (59-09.75, 18.23m) was fourth and Auburn's Eric Wersky (59-08.50, 18.20m) was fifth . Louisville's Steve Hnat was sixth with a throw of 59-06.75 (18.15m).
In the women's hammer throw, Akron's Stevi Large set a Cardinal Park record with a throw of 219.01 (66.77) easily outdistancing the rest of the field. Kentucky's Kristin Smith was second at 209-02 (63.75m) and Krishna Lee of Missouri was third at 206-09 (63.03m). Also advancing will be Southern Illinois' Sasha Leech (201.05, 61.40m) and Notre Dame's Anna Weber (200-09, 61.20m).
Alabama's Tyson David set a Cardinal Park record with a 5000m run of 14:07.22. Lex Williams of Michigan was second in 14:08.56, also faster than the CP mark. Auburn's Jean-Pierre Weerts was third in 14:09.02 with Southern Illinois' Jeff Schirmer posting a time of 14:09.19 and James Strang of Arkansas rounded out the top five with a time of 14:09.33. In the women's 5000m, Illinois' Angela Bizzarri set a meet record with a time of 16:11.00. Wisconsin's Gwen Jorgensen was hot on her heels, with a time of 16:11.54. Lisa Senakiewich of Michigan State was third with a time of 16:12.88 followed by Arkansas' Denise Bargiachi (16:25.38) with Indiana's Wendi Robinson rounding out the top five with a time of 16:30.75.
In the last final of the day, Southern Illinois' Bianca Stuart took the women's long jump with a leap of 21-05.50. Mississippi State's Wendy Copeland was second at 21-00.75 with Bettie Wade of Michigan qualifying third with a 20-08.05. The final two spots were taken by Mississippi State's Priscilla Gaines (20-05.05) and Middle Tennessee State's Sarah Nambawa (20-04.50). For the men, Arkansas took the top th ree spots led by Alain Bailey, who went a meet record 26.05.50, followed by Mychael Stewart 26-00.00 and Tarik Batchelor (25-08.00). Tone Belt of Louisville was fourth with a leap of 25.04.00. Middle Tennessee's Stanley Gbagbeke took the final spot going 24-03.50.
PRELIMINARIES In preliminaries, LSU posted the fastest time in the women's 4X100 relay when Monique Cabral, Cassandra Tate, Samantha Henry and Kenyanna Wilson combined to post the winning time of 43.92, a Cardinal Park record. In the men's 4x100, LSU boarded the best time of 39.32 as Armanti Hayes, Will Coppage, Gabriel Mvumvure and Trindon Holliday partnered to lead the Tigers.
In the women's 1500m, Tennessee's Sarah Bowman easily strided to the top qualifying time of 4:13.59. Louisville's Tarah McKay had the second fastest time at 4:23.87 but was in Bowman's heat, and so will be seeded third. Her next competitor was 13 seconds behind her when the winner of heat 2 (East Tennessee's Heidi Dahl) posted a time of 4:26.46. In the men's 1500m, Arkansas' Dorian Utley qualified first with a time of 3:45.38.
In the women's 100m hurdles, Michigan's Tiffany Ofili posted the best time of 12.91. For the men, LSU freshman, Barrett Nugent was first with a time of 13.81.
In the men's 100m, Auburn's Marcus Rowland was the top qualifier at 10.16. For the women, it was LSU's Samantha Henry, who posted a 11.37, one one-hundreth of a second faster than teammate Kenyanna Wilson.
In the women's 400m, Ole Miss' Lajada Baldwin was fastest at 52.92. Auburn's Janna Atkins was second at 53.09. For the men, LSU took the top two spots, led by Robert Simmons who went 46.05, just ahead of teammate Armanti Hayes 46.10. Mississippi State took the next two spots, led by John Bailey (46.25) and Dwight Mullins at 46.55. Northwestern State's Michael Green snagged fifth with a time of 46.14.
In the men's 800m, LSU's Richard Jones was first at 1:47.70. Wisconsin's Zach Beth was second at 1:48.63 with Arkansas' Alex McClary posting a 1:49.36. LSU's Jamaal James was fourth at 1:50.05 and Arkansas' Chris Bilbrew with at 1:49 rounds out the top five. For the women, Michigan's Genna Gall was the top qualifier, going 2:03.08. Tennessee's Phoebe Wright was second at 2:04.16 and Molly Beckwith posted a time of 2:04.55.
In the men's 400m hurdles, Carl Buchanon of Michigan ran a 50.90 for the fastest qualifying time. Ole Miss' Lee Moore was in hot pursuit posting a time of 50.95. For the women, Western Michigan's Danielle Brown was the fastest qualifier at 58.04 with Indiana State's Erica Moore posting the second fastest time of 58.41.
In the women's 200m, Auburn's Cache Armbrister was the fastest qualifier with a time of 23.57. Belmont's Lynette Rives was just out-touched coming in at 23.60. Tennesee's Lynne Layne was third. For the men, WKU's Gavin Smellie (20.43) was the top qualifier, with Michigan's Adam Harris finishing second at 20.77. Auburn took the next two spots with Michael Dehaven and Marcus Rowland tying for third at 20.78.
For complete results and standings visit www.uoflsports.com .
Oregon Men, Women Lead West Regional After Day One
Courtesy of Oregon
Day One Quotes
Brianne Theisen, Oregon, 100m Hurdles
On setting the school record at 13.56:
"I wasn't thinking about that at all. It was surprising."
"This week was just to get another hurdle race in. I just asked coach to do it to get one more in since I've only ran two this year. This is getting to be one of my favorite events."
On her plan for nationals:
"I'm guessing I'll just concentrate on the heptathlon in nationals."
Manjula Wijeseka, USC, High Jump Winner
“It feels good to be a west regional champion; I did my best today and equaled the other two guys that hold the top ranking. I’m going into nationals with lots of confidence; hopefully I can do better at nationals.”
“The atmosphere was good and it helped jumping here in Pac-10’s and I felt much more relaxed.”
Cyrus Hostetler, Oregon, Men’s Javelin winner
“The conditions today were better than at the Pac-10. I’m not too disappointed, but we still want those marks to be higher. We’ll be throwing a lot better at nationals, I guarantee it. Right now the distance isn’t a big factor, we’re just moving on.”
“After the first throw we had done our job. We’re going to represent Oregon at nationals. I just wanted to qualify and give us the best chance for that triple crown at nationals.”
“In nationals, Cory White and I have to represent the Pac-10. I think the added competition will make us throw better.”
Alex Wolff, Oregon, 4th Men’s Javelin
“It was a great day, and we all did well. It feels great to be able to come back and throw my best on my last throw.”
“I definitely got momentum heading to nationals. We just want to get as many people as we can to qualify.”
Cory White, USC, 3rd Men’s Javelin
“I felt dead today. I just need to write this off and move on.”
“We worked on the headwind in training, so I can’t use that as an excuse. It’s a little hard to get up for this meet.”
Vernell Warren, Oregon, 3rd Place Long Jump
“I used the high jump as a warm up, I did better than I thought I would do and I’m happy. My goal was to get into the top 5 and I clearly did that.”
“As a team we have a great chance to get a national title and I look forward to it coming up.”
Luis Rivera-Morales, Arizona, 1st Long Jump
“This place has good memories, First Pac-10 and now this, what more could I ask for? I have had good jumps and I’m performing when I need too.”
“I came here to win; I came with the mentality to get first. That’s why I came out to compete. I feel confident in what I have and I’m going to bring it at nationals.”
Eva Orban, USC, Women Hammer Throw
“It was hot today, I barley made the finals, now I’m happy to have made it. Its crazy, you only get three throws and if you don’t make it you're done for the season, but my goal was to get top 5 and I accomplished that.”
Melissa Gergel, Oregon, 1st in Women’s Pole Vault
“I’m very happy! I started off slow and I did not have a great first and second jump, but I was able to overcome that.”
“I was concentrating, letting it rip, pulling through and going for it. My coach told me not to hesitate.”
On going to NCAA’s:
“I proved that my 14-foot jump last week was not a fluke. I feel confident.”
Ryan Whiting, Arizona State, 1st in Men’s Shot Put
On his win:
“It is a good feeling to get a PR. I’ve been throwing better in practices since Pac-10. I am getting back the rhythm. In two weeks it should be even better. I came to Eugene and I wanted to win, because my competition was here. Plus it is fun to win.”
On the nationals:
“I want to get the outdoor title.”
Rhonda Watkins, UCLA, 1st in Women’s Long Jump
“I did not do well at Pac-10s so it was great to come back here and do the best I could to make it through.”
“I thank God. I feel like I am getting back into the flow of things.”
Nicole Blood, Oregon, 1st in 5000 meters
On her performance:
“With three laps to go I wanted to play with the strategy. The last three laps also felt good. I think I finished them pretty consistent. I was fresh and going for a strong finish. I definitely wanted to look better than in the 5K at Pac-10.”
On her performance in Pac-10 Championship:
“I was happy with my performance and effort, but it is always tough to get passed in front of the Hayward crowd. That loss definitely got me hungry for today.”
On his performance:
“I just wanted to be in the top five and get into the nationals. I was a little bit tired. I felt like I was trying too hard.”
On the nationals:
“I don’t know yet if I’ll run 5K, 10K, or both. The coaches will decide what’s best for me.”
Galen Rupp, Oregon, 1st in Men’s 5,000 Meters
On last laps of 5K:
“I let up a little for energy for tomorrow. It is the last 5K I’ll run here. I just wanted to enjoy the moment and savor it a little bit.
On tomorrow’s 1,500 meter race:
“I am in it to win it. There is going to be great competition. Going against (Matt Centrowitz), it will not be a walk in the park.”
On potential Triple Crown win:
“It is not too often you win a triple crown. This season is all about three for the Ducks.”
On growth of program:
“To grow from a middle of the Pac-10 team, to Pac-10 champs and then to National champs is great.”
Sarah Stevens, Arizona State, Discus and Hammer
On her performance:
“I am really happy. I was throwing consistently better. There are always a lot of nerves in this meet and a pressure to place well. Discus was a little rough today. I am more pleased with hammer today than I was at Pac-10s.”
On the nationals:
“National Championships are going to be fun. There are girls throwing well in both discus and hammer.”
Lucy Cridland, Oregon, 5th place (NCAA Qualifier) in Women’s Discus:
On what this means:
“It is very exciting, I can’t believe it. I’m so happy!”
On how close she was too qualifying:
“Four inches is not a lot. I pulled it together for my season, actually I pulled it all together for all four years.”
“I was not going to let this pass me by. I pulled all my energy from all the cracks. I thought if you don’t make this, it’s your last throw at Hayward Field.”