Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of January 15-17

Jan. 17, 2010

'Noles Wrap Up At VT Invite
The Florida State track and field teams (Men - No. 1/Women - No. 4) wrapped up competition at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. in the first meet of the indoor season. Sophomore Amy Harris picked up her second NCAA provisional mark of the weekend with a leap of 20-1.75 in the long jump.

Harris also earned a provisional mark in the triple jump on Friday.

Also in action on Saturday on the women's side were a pair of pole vaulters in Abbey Sutton and Lizbeth Mabry. Sutton cleared 11-1.75 in the unseeded section which was good for third place, while Mabry's top vault came at 12-0.5 earning her 10th place 

Heineking, Vannoy Win Events on Final Day of Virginia Tech Invitational
Junior Emil Heineking and freshman Emily Vannoy kept things rolling for the Virginia track and field team at the season-opening Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday, with each winning their respective events.

Heineking claimed the 5000m title, clocking in with a time of 14:29.99, while Vannoy won the shot put. Vannoy tossed 49’ 7.25” in her debut as a Cavalier – a mark that ranks fourth on Virginia’s all-time program records.

Sophomore Maureen Laffan also climbed up the program’s shot put charts, throwing a personal-best 47’ 8.5” to finish third at the meet and rank sixth in the record books.

Hokies cap Virginia Tech Invite on Saturday
The Virginia Tech track and field squads capped their opening meet, the Virginia Tech Invitational, on Saturday at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., with several solid performances.

One day after breaking the school record, senior Asia Washington, competing unattached, took second in the 400-meter dash. Washington ran a strong first 200-meters, but could not hold off Ndonnia Rodrigues of South Carolina in the final turn. The Piscataway, N.J., native clocked a 54.94 in the race.

In her first collegiate competition, freshman Emma DeJarnette performed well, placing second in the unseeded section of the women’s pole vault. The Mechanicsville, Va., native cleared 12-01.50 in the event. 

Clemson Concludes Strong Effort at Virginia Tech Invitational
The Clemson track & field teams concluded a strong weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday. April Sinkler won the high jump for the women's team and was runner-up in the long jump, posting NCAA provisional qualifying marks in both events to lead Clemson's efforts on day two at Rector Field House.

Sinkler, who won ACC championships in both events at the same facility last winter, cleared 5'10" in the high jump in fewer attempts than teammate Linda Buchholz. For Buchholz, it was a personal best and first-ever NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the event. Buchholz now ranks in a tie for second in Clemson history in the event, behind only Sinkler.

In the long jump, Sinkler had a top distance of 20'8.5" for a strong NCAA qualifying mark. Nakeisha Wineglass, who has returned following a season-ending injury early in the 2009 season, jumped 18'8" and placed ninth for the Tigers. 

Three Top Ten Finishes for Tech at Kentucky Invitational
Senior Alphonso Jordan registered top ten finishes in both the long jump and the 60 meter hurdles to lead the Georgia Tech track & field squad at the Kentucky Invitational on Saturday.

Things got underway on Saturday in the women's high jump, where Tech's Bianca Stewart and Terri Ann Grant finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Both Stewart and Grant registered a 5'8" jump in the event.

Next up in the women's long jump, Jhanelle McLeod had a solid 12th place finish after a 18' 3¼"a effort in the finals. In the men's portion of the long jump, Jordan recorded his first top ten finish of the day after a 24' 1¾" leap in the finals to place eighth overall.

Carolina Finishes On High Note At VT Invite
North Carolina's track and field teams finished up at the two-day Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday with several high finishes as well as two first-place nods, one earned by the men's 4x400 relay and the other by Jacinda Evans in the long jump. The men's squad only entered one relay for the meet and took home first with a time of 3:14.24, almost a full second faster than the remainder of the field.

For individuals on the men's team, junior Ian Williamson tagged a new personal record in the 400 with his section-winning time of 49.33. Williamson placed fourth overall in the event. Kenneth Andoll raced the 200 in 24-flat, but did not place.

In field events, Donte Nall was just two and a half inches shy of a win in the high jump, but claimed third place at a height of 6-10 3/4. Travis Leonard also competed in the high jump, leaping 6-4 3/4. Edward Baldwin III earned second place in the long jump on a technicality, leaping 25-0. 

Doyley and Nelms Lead `Canes in Lexington
The University of Miami track and field teams were led by Deandra Doyley and Cory Nelms in the first full day of competition of the 2010 indoor track season, Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational at the Nutter Fieldhouse.

Doyley won the long jump with an indoor personal-best mark of 6.20m (20-04.25). The win came with an NCAA provisional mark, adding the senior to the list of candidates to participate in the national championships in March.

Doyley also advanced to the 60m hurdle final with a time of 8.64 seconds in her preliminary heat. She ran an 8.96 in the final. 

Terps Win Eight Events
Multi-athlete Kiani Profit and the women's track and field team took top honors at the Maryland Invitational this Saturday. The men's program, led by Dwight Barbiasz, finished second.

Profit placed first overall in the 60-meter hurdles and recorded a personal best 8.60, which is ECAC qualifying and the fifth-best mark in Maryland history. The junior also placed first in the women's high jump with a score of 5-6, which ties her for fifth on Maryland's all-time high jump list. Joined by teammates Arielle Statham, Melony McKay and Taylor Bumpas, Profit ended her day with a first place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The time of 3:51.38 qualified the relay team for the ECAC.

Sophomore Dwight Barbiasz picked up right where he left off last season by winning the men's high jump with a mark of 7-2.5, granting him a new personal record and the third-best mark in Maryland history. Barbiasz received a provisional NCAA qualifying mark for his effort. 

Lawson, Henry Lead W. Track & Field at VT Invite
NC State women's track and field ended its stay at the VT Invite with typical strong performances from Kayla Lawson and Lawanda Henry. Lawson was third in the high jump with a 5'08.50 and Henry was fourth in the shot put with a 46'10.75".

Karimah Shepherd was 14th in the long jump with an 18'01.75".

Jessica Sanders turned in a top-15 showing with a 13th place showing in the shot put with a 37'10.50".

Major, Jones Strong at VT Invite
Freshman Ben Major won the 200m in only his second meet with NC State men's track and field, turning in a 21.56 at the second day of the VT Invite. Jason Jones was third in the shot put with a 55'03.00".

Other top-10 finishes include A'Tolani Akinkuotu in the 200m (ninth; 22.46), Shawn Murray in the 400m (eighth; 50.01), Eric Davis (ninth; 6'04.75) in the high jump and Emmanuel Davis (eighth; 22'09.00") in the long jump.

Kwame Boatwright was 12th in the high jump, Garrett Jackson was 13th in the 800m and Austin Jackson was 14th in the 400m. 

Deacons Wrap-up Virginia Tech Invitational
Senior Nicole Castronuova continued her solid weekend with a fifth-place showing in the women's 200m dash on Saturday to lead the Wake Forest track & field team on day two of the Virginia Tech Invitational at the Rector Field House.

Castronuova took second in her heat but fifth overall with a solid time of 25.05. She also ran a 39.67 to finish 14th in the 300m dash Friday night. Freshman Myesha Barr won her heat of the 200m dash, finishing 20th overall at 26.12 while Katelyn Wohlford crossed the line in at 27.02.

Molly Fresher started her 2010 season on Saturday by finishing 13th in the 800m meter run with a time of 2:25.47.