Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of February 5-7

Feb. 7, 2010

Mamona’s Triple Jump Performance Leads Clemson at VT Elite
Patricia Mamona established a personal best in the triple jump Saturday and nearly eclipsed former NCAA indoor champion Gisele Oliveira's school record in the event at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Mamona fell just one inch shy of Oliveira's school record in producing her second NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the season.

Mamona hit the automatic NCAA standard in five of her six attempts Saturday, and on her sixth and final jump she produced a personal best at 45'0.5". Mamona was actually the runner-up in the event to Florida's Shara Proctor. Teammate April Sinkler placed third, posting an NCAA provisional mark of 42'10.25".

The other major highlight from Saturday action was Clemson's victory in the women's 4x400m relay. The Tigers compiled a time of 3:38.62, their third NCAA provisional time this season in the event. Sparked by an impressive 53.73 quarter mile split from third leg Sonni Austin, Clemson took first over hometown favorite Virginia Tech. The lineup consisted of Brittany Pringley, Brianna Rollins, Austin and Jasmine Edgerson. 

Hokies claim two titles to close out VT Elite
The Hokies captured two event crowns and achieved several NCAA provisional marks in the final day of the VT Elite Meet at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday.

Senior Queen Harrison highlighted the second day of the meet, much as she did in the opening day. The Richmond, Va., native lowered her school record in the 400-meters, running a 53.54 to win the open section of the event. The time shattered her former Tech record and career best of 53.64, which she set at the Hokie Invitational on Jan. 23.

Senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky continued his dominance in pole vault competitions this year. Olhovsky won his second pole vault title of the year on Saturday, clearing 17-07.75, a season best, while junior Hunter Hall collected his best showing of the season, finishing runner-up with a height of 17-03.75.

Duke Men's 4x800m Relay Sets Armory Record on Day Two
The Duke University men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up a successful day two at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with several IC4A/ECAC qualifying marks and a new venue record.

On the weekend, the Duke men swept the two distance relay events, winning both the distance medley relay on day one and the 4x800m relay on day two. With an impressive 7:26.94 clocking, the 4x800m group broke the previous venue record, a 7:30.56 clocking set by Villanova in 2009, at the Armory Track and Field Center, which has hosted competitions since 1909. The mark also easily met the IC4A qualifying standard of 7:53.00 for the event and broke the Duke school record (7:29.15) set in 2005.

Senior Sean-Pat Oswald led off the relay with a 1:53.3 split, then handed the baton to sophomore Stephen Clark, who posted a 1:52.9 time. Next up, senior Chris Rowland turned in a 1:52.8 performance. With Duke trailing leader Texas A&M heading into the final leg, freshman Curtis Beach took the lead for the Blue Devils with an outstanding 1:47.9, a time that would have met NCAA automatic qualifying standards as an individual performance.

Georgia Tech Finishes Up Action at VT Elite Invitational
Junior Subbu Sivanesan captured the open section of the 400-meter dash to lead the Georgia Tech track & field team on the second and final day of the Virginia Tech Elite Invitational Saturday afternoon. In all, the Yellow Jackets recorded eight top-ten finishes on the day in various events.

On the women's side, things got underway for the Jackets in the open section of the 400-meter dash, in which freshman Kellie Christian finished fifth overall after crossing the finish line in 56.34.

Next in the women's distance medley relay, the team of Annie Martin, Jade Sims, Amanda Montgomery, and Mary Kate DuBard placed third with a time of 11:58.34. Next up the triple jump, sophomore Jhanelle McLeod finished fifth overall with a 41' 6" leap. In the shot put, sophomore Bailey Wagner posted a 48' effort to finish eighth. 

North Carolina Finishes Strong At New Balance Invitational
The University of North Carolina track and field team wrapped up competition at the New Balance Invitational at the Armory Track & Field center Saturday. The Tar Heels split up this weekend as fellow teammates traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to compete in the Virginia Tech Invite.

Several athletes are in action at the VT Invite, which runs Friday night into Saturday afternoon. You can follow live results here. Stay tuned to tarheelblue.com for a overall results release this weekend.

Senior Vanneisha Ivy posted a time of 25.00 in the women's 200 meter dash. Teammate Zoey Russell registered a time of 25.29 in the same event.

Major Posts NCAA Indoor Provisional Time
Ben Major posted an NCAA indoor provisional time in the 200m, running a 21.21 for a third place finish at the VT Elite meet.

The Pack men's track and field team also dominated in the 400m, with Miles Walker leading the way by finishing second with a time of 49.92. Shawn Murray (fourth), Austin Jackson (fifth), Daniel Fretz (sixth) and James Robinson (10th) also had strong showings.

In the high jump, Kris Kornegay-Gober posted a 6'08.25" to finish fourth, and Eric Davis was seventh with a 6'04.25.

Deacons Wrap-Up Successful Weekend in Virginia
The Wake Forest track & field teams wrapped-up a successful winter weekend at the snowy Virginia Tech Elite Meet. The Deacons broke a couple of school records and junior Anna Nosenko provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m run.

On Friday, freshman Myesha Barr turned in an impressive performance in the prelims of the 60m dash as she broke the school-record with a time of 7.78. She bettered Diane Anderson and Caroline Vaughn's record of 7.81. This was Barr's first collegiate 60m dash competition. She then ran a solid 58.51 in the open 400m dash on Saturday which was her best time of the season.

Also on Friday night, sophomore Michelle Lange set the school-record in the pole vault when she cleared 12-2.50 on her first attempt. She broke Jill Ahrens' mark of 12-1.50 which she set at the 2008 ACC Championship. 

Henry Seventh in Shot Put at VT Elite Meet
Lawanda Henry was seventh in the shot put at the VT Elite meet on Saturday as the two-day event wrapped up. Gabrielle Daniel was 10th in the 400m with a time of 58.20.

The 1,600m relay team ran a 3:59.92, with Daniel, Paige Eley, Tiayonna Blackmon and Amira Chowyuk comprising the relay.