Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of February 12-14.

Feb. 13, 2010

Williams Shatters Record
Kim Williams made a big splash in her first action of the 2010 season when she improved on her FSU record in the triple jump when she cleared 46-6. Williams' mark was the best in Tyson Invitational history and the best in the NCAA this season.

Williams won the event by more than a foot and fell just three inches shy of tying the Collegiate record in the triple jump. Williams' impressive jump was the third-longest in NCAA history and helped to punch her ticket for the NCAA Indoor Championships as the mark earned was an NCAA Automatic.

Michelle Jenije added a provisional mark of her own in the triple jump when she leaped 41-11.5. Joining Jenije with a provisional mark was Allyn Laughlin who tossed the shot 50-7.5 to finish seventh overall in a strong field. 

Relay Teams, Tromp Lead Tiger Track & Field on Busy Saturday
Clemson's track & field teams completed the weekend with solid performances at two locations. At the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas, Clemson's women posted a season-best time and sixth-place finish in the 4x400m relay to highlight the final day of competition. At home for the Tiger Paw Invitational, Xavier Tromp was the top performer of the weekend for Clemson.

Tromp, a French exchange student, cleared a personal best 17'7.75", the second-greatest height in school history, for an easy win on Saturday in the pole vault. Tromp ranks among the best in the ACC this season with the league meet just two weeks away.

Stormy Kendrick posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200m dash at the Randal Tyson Center. The freshman out of Gastonia, NC clocked a 23.89, ninth-best in school history. She finished 15th overall Saturday, but won her heat. Kristine Scott captured the 200m dash crown at the Tiger Paw Invitational with a time of 24.50.

Collins Shatters School Record in 5k, Automatically Qualifies for NCAAs
Junior Ryan Collins shattered Virginia's 21-year-old school record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5000m Friday evening at the Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor Track at the University of Washington, while junior Catherine White hit the NCAA provisional standard in the event.

Collins finished fourth overall in the 81-competitor field and was among five automatic qualifiers in the 5k. His time of 13:46.41 replaces Kris Herdt's time of 14:02.00 from 1989 atop Virginia's program records and was just 14 seconds shy of the all-time ACC record set by Clemson's Robert deBrouwer at 13:32.00 in 1985. Collins, the defending conference champion in the 5k, holds the fastest time in the ACC this season by 30 seconds.

White's finish of 16:31.61 places her sixth on Virginia's all-time records, right behind Martha White's handheld time of 16:31.6 from 1982, as she finished 15th in a field of 66 competitors. Her performance ranks second in the ACC this season and is the second provisional qualifying mark she's met this year. White also qualified in the 3000m, running the program's second-fastest time of 9:24.43 on Jan. 30 at the Armory. 

Hurricanes Close Out Successful Tyson Invitational
The University of Miami men's and women's track team completed the Tyson Invitational on Saturday, with the women's 4x400 relay team shutting the door on a very successful weekend at the site of this year's NCAA Indoor National Championship, the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Saturday's action was highlighted by the performance of the women's 4x400m relay team. Kristy Whyte, Ti'erra Brown, Takecia Jameson and Tameka Jameson ran a provisional qualifying time of 3:36.18 and were the fifth college team to finish.

With her season-best effort, Takecia Jameson crossed the finish line in 24.53 seconds in the 200m dash. Her sister Tameka Jameson finished right behind at 24.58 seconds. The two times in the event are the best of the 2010 season for the Hurricanes.

Georgia Tech Finishes Up Action at Tiger Paw Invitational
Senior Steve Marcelle and sophomore Bailey Wagner each won their portion of the shot put to lead the Georgia Tech track & field teams on the final day of the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Things got underway on the afternoon with the men's 5,000-meter run, as junior Nathan Tew registered the first top ten finish of the day for the Yellow Jackets after crossing the finish line in 15:13.46. Teammate Matthew Hickey finished right behind Tew in sixth with a team of 15:20.23, while Garad Soderman finished in eighth with a time of 15:22.74.

In the women's 400-meter dash, freshman Kellie Christian finished in third place after crossing the finish line of 56.84, while in the women's 800-meter run, three Tech athletes registered top five finishes. Leading the pack was Annie Martin, who placed third 2:16.59, while Jade Sims finished fourth in 2:17.39. Amanda Montgomery rounded out the trio with a fifth place finish in 2:18.89.

Tar Heels Take 10 Individual Wins At Gene Anderson UNC Invite
The University of North Carolina hosted its final home meet for the 2010 indoor season on Friday and the Tar Heels who competed made sure to finish strong on their home turf. Carolina captured 10 individual wins, including two taken by sophomore Tyler Ford in the 60 and long jump.

Ford leaped 19-3 1/2 in the long jump and posted a 7.55 in the 60. She was joined by Malai Walker and Vanneisha Ivy in the finals, running 7.64 and 7.66, respectively to take second and fourth places, respectively. Other Carolina competitors in the 60 included Jacinda Evans (7.83), Zoey Russell (7.87) and Chrishawn Williams (7.88).

Ford also competed in the 200 where she placed eighth in 25.81. She was joined in the 200 by five other Tar Heels, dominating the top-eight: winner Elizabeth Mott (24.82), third place Walker (25.08), fourth Ivy (25.19), fifth Evans (25.46) and sixth Russell (25.49).

NC State Men In Action at Three Meets
The NC State men's track and field team sent split squads to three meets this weekend - the Tyson Invite in Fayetteville, Ark., UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Huskie Classic in Seattle, Wash.

A'tolani Akinkuotu - who ranks 21st nationally in the 60m dash - was in action with his teammates at the Tyson Invite, and he finished sixth in the 60m dash consolation after a 15th place showing in prelims. Both times clocked in at 6.76.

Shawn Murray ran a season-high in the 400m, 49.67, for a sixth-place finish. 

NC State Women In Action at Three Meets
The NC State women's track and field team sent split squads to three meets this weekend - the Tyson Invite in Fayetteville, Ark., UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Huskie Classic in Seattle, Wash.

Brittany McCain won the weight throw at the UNC Invitational with her third-best mark of the season, a 56'01.00".

Taylor Graham was fourth in the 60m hurdles with a career-best 9.08. She was seeded eighth after prelims with a 9.22.

Anna Nosenko Hits NCAA Provisional Mark Out West
Junior Anna Nosenko continued her stellar start to the indoor season Friday night as ran an NCAA Provisional time of 16:20.39 in the 5,000m run at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

The third heat of the night featured a number of All-Americans and the pace sure All-American worthy. Nosenko's time of 16:20.39, which was her third-best 5k ever and her fastest indoors, placed her 12th overall in the event.

This was the fastest 5k race in the country this year as Nosenko now ranks 13th among all DI runners. Last week at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, Nosenko won the 3,000m event in an NCAA Provisional time of 9:28.04.