Jan. 17, 2009


Courtesy of Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A pair of school records fell on day two of the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational, Saturday, as action concluded from Rector Field House.

Freshman Gabrielle Houston blew away the competition in her heat of the 400m dash, running 56.11 to win her section with a new personal record. Her time bested the school record previously held by Ebony Muller at 56.70 seconds. Amerikorie Odey ran a personal best, finishing back-to-back with Chidi Walsh in the next heat, running 58.36 and 59.86, respectively. Houston's time put her fifth overall, while Odey and Walsh finished 17th and 18th.

Dionne Gibson picked up right where she left off last season in the 200m dash, running 24.28 to win the event and break her own school record, while Misha Morris ran 25 seconds even to claim ninth.

In the first track event of the day, Brittany Owens finished the mile race in 5:45.30 to finish 17th overall to start off the track events, Saturday.

In a highly-competitive 4X400m relay, Odey, Gibson, Walsh and Houston combined to run 3:53.05 to finish eighth overall, while a second team of Lady Bucs finished 16th overall with a time of 4:11.04.

In the field, Patria Norman led a cast of Lady Bucs in the long jump, leaping 5.66m (18 feet, 7 inches) to finish 11th overall, despite posting the best distance of her flight, and besting her personal record by six inches. Sequoya Casey cleared 5.57m (18 feet, 3.25 inches) to finish 15th and Bridgette Copeland's distance of 4.97m (16 feet, 3.75 inches) was good enough for 27th overall. The distances put up by the Lady Bucs are the best in the Big South so far this year.

The Bucs will be back in action next Saturday at the North Carolina Invitational.