Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of January 22-24

Jan. 24, 2010

Noles Post NCAA Marks At VT
Kim Williams opened her 2010 campaign where she left off with another first place finish as she claimed the long jump at the Hokie Invitational on Saturday with a jump of 20-6.25.

The duo of Brian Chibudu and Ngonidzashe Makusha each posted NCAA provisional marks in the long jump. Chibudu claimed top honors with a top jump of 25-7.5 eclipsing the NCAA provisional mark of 24-7.25. Makusha, the Rector Field House long jump record holder, opened the event with a jump of 25-3.5 for second place by five inches over his nearest competitor.

Candyce McGrone turned in another top 5 finish in the 200m on Saturday as she finished second in a time of 24.17, three tenths of a second off of another NCAA provisional. Also competing in the 200m were Teona Rodgers (11th/24.74), Kim Williams (16th, 25.04) and Danielle Jeffrey (20th/25.30). 

Hurricanes Run Wild at Carle/Health Alliance Classic
Deandra Doyley captured both the long and triple jumps to lead the University of Miami track and field team at the University of Illinois' Carle/Health Alliance Classic at UI Armory on Saturday.

In her senior season, Doyley has been impressive. A week after winning the long jump at the Kentucky Invitational, the Lauderdale Lakes native won both the long and triple jumps in Champaign. Doyley won the long jump with a mark of 5.88m (19-03.50) and the triple jump at 12.68m (41-07.25). Her mark in the triple jump was good enough for the NCAA provisional standard.

In her first attempt in the 60m hurdles this season, junior All-American Ti'erra Brown won with a time of 8.22 seconds - reaching provisional status with the fourth-best time in Miami history. Both Takecia Jameson and Doyley scored in the event with times of 8.63 and 8.78 seconds, respectively. Jameson also finished second in the 200m dash at 24.72 seconds. Tara Thomas scored in the 60m dash with a fourth place finish in the 60m dash at 7.58 seconds.

Ricks, Wilson turn in impressive 2010 debuts at Hokie Invite
The Virginia Tech sprinters and field athletes provided plenty of fireworks in their first competitions of the season, as the Hokie track and field squads completed the first day of the Hokie Invitational on Friday at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

Sophomore Keith Ricks made the biggest splash of the day, setting a school record en route to a victory in the men’s 60-meter dash. Ricks, who competed on the U.S. squad at the Junior Pan-American Championships in August, clocked the fastest time in prelims and used the momentum to run a time of 6.65 in the finals for first place in the race. The 6.65 time shattered the previous school record of 6.72, set by Andre Davis in 2000, and Ricks’ former personal-best time of 6.73. The time also provisionally qualified Ricks for the NCAA Championships in March, and is currently ranked second in the U.S. entering this weekend’s competition.

Seniors Queen Harrison and Kristi Castlin started the meet off strongly for the Hokies, finishing first and second, respectively, in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Friday marked the first meet of the season for both hurdlers, and the two achieved NCAA automatic-qualifying times in the finals of the event. Harrison clocked an 8.04, while Castlin crossed the line in 8.11 in the race. Those are currently the two top times in the nation entering this weekend’s competition. On the men’s side, sophomore Keare Smith placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.19.

Deacons Finish-up Hokie Invitational
The Wake Forest track and field teams wrapped-up the Hokie Invitational at Rector Field House on Saturday afternoon as sophomore Thomas Morrison led the way with an eighth-place finish in the men's 1,000m run.

Morrison led three Deacons across the line in a time of 2:30.08. Freshman Nate Guthals finished 17th in a time of 2:33.38 and graduate student Derek Pamukoff crossed the line in 2:41.09.

Senior Thomas Sensing had his best toss of the season in the shot put, finishing seventh with a mark of 52-00.00 (15.85m). Wake also competed in a couple of relays on the day, finishing 10th in the DMR with a time of 10:36.26 and 12th in the 4x400m relay at 3:23.81.

Laffan Hits Provisional Mark in Shot Put
Sophomore Maureen Laffan hit the NCAA provisional mark in the shot put Saturday afternoon at Virginia Tech’s Hokie Invitational in Rector Field House. In her first throw of the day, Laffan threw a personal-best 49’ 11.75” to move up to fourth on Virginia’s all-time program records and finish second at the meet.

Freshman Emily Vannoy finished right behind Laffan, tossing her collegiate-best mark of 49’ 9.75” – now the program’s fifth-best shot put mark of all-time.

In other field events, freshman Pearl Bickersteth finished tied for third in the high jump, clearing 5’ 4.25”, while junior Greg Nelson finished fifth on the men’s side with a height of 6’ 8.25”.

Duke Track & Field Finishes Strong at Hokie Invite
The Duke University track & field team continued a strong opening weekend on Saturday during the second day of the Hokie Invitational held at Virginia Tech. For the weekend, 13 Blue Devils posted ECAC/IC4A qualifying marks, while the Duke men's 4x800m relay along with the men's and women's DMR squads also recorded qualifying times.

Junior Amy Fryt began the day for the Devils with a solid effort in the women's pole vault, clearing 3.95m (12-11 ½) to take fourth place. That mark, which qualified for the ECAC's, was a mere .05m short of the NCAA Provisional standard and stands as the third best all-time in the Duke record books.

Another Duke field athlete broke into the Devil record book on the day as Karolina Haraldsdottir posted a 5.45m (17-10 ¾) in the long jump, which ranks as the fifth-best in Blue Devil history. Haraldsdottir finished in 13th place on the afternoon.

Jones Wins Shot Put at UNC Classic
Jason Jones won the weight throw and was second in the shot put at the UNC Classic on Saturday for the men's track and field team. Jones threw a 16.91m in the weight throw and a 17.28 in the shot put.

A'Tolani Akinkuotu was fourth in the 60m with a 6.89, but he had his best time in the prelims with a 6.86. Reggie Reese finished fifth with a 6.90, but also ran a 6.86 in prelims.

In the high jump, Kris Kornegay-Gober was fourth with a 1.98m, and Kwame Boatwright with a 1.93m. 

Henry Second in Weight Throw, Shot Put
Lawanda Henry was second in the weight throw and shot put at the UNC Classic on Saturday. Henry posted a 13.81m in the shot put and a 17.30m in the weight throw.

Tiayonna Blackmon was second in the 800m with a 2:16.82.

Kayla Lawson was second in the high jump with a 1.73m