Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of February 19-21

Feb. 21, 2010

Tech wins three events to close out VT Challenge
The Virginia Tech track and field squads won three events and compiled several other stellar performances to close out the Virginia Tech Challenge at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday.

Senior Igor Misljenovic continued the excellent meet for the Hokie throwers. The Zagreb, Croatia native tossed a career-best 60-1.75 in the men’s shot put, improving on his provisional mark in the event of 59-09.50, to capture the event title. The effort marked Misljenovic’s first victory in the shot put since winning the event at the Radford Highlander Challenge in 2007. On Friday, senior Matej Muza became the fourth Hokie to provisionally qualify in the men’s weight throw, tossing a 65-06 for second place in the event.

Another first-place finish came in the men’s mile run, as sophomore Michael Hammond ran an impressive personal-best 4:03.80, beating the runner-up finisher by almost two seconds. Hammond, who is provisionally qualified and holds the school record in the 3,000-meters, fell three-tenths of a second short of attaining the NCAA provisional mark in the mile. Sophomore Will Mulherin placed fifth in the event with a time of 4:06.40.

Devils Rewrite Record Book on Day Two at VT Classic
Juniors Sean-Pat Oswald and Devotia Moore highlighted a successful day two for the Duke University men's and women's track & field teams at the Virginia Tech Classic.Oswald set a new school record in the 800m with a time of 1:50.90, besting the previous Duke record of 1:52.30 set in 2001 by Bill Spierdowis and was only .40 shy of the NCAA provisional standard.

The Devils' success continued as Moore ran a personal-best 2:07.22 in the 800m, the second-best performance in school history, to become Duke's second NCAA provisional qualifier of the season. The Queens, N.Y., native's mark is also the best in the ACC in 2010.

Clemson Concludes Preparation for ACC Championships with Tiger Tuneup
The Clemson track & field program played host to the Tiger Tuneup on Saturday, the school's final home meet of the 2010 indoor season. The Tigers will travel to Blacksburg, VA next week to take part in the ACC Indoor Championships at Rector Field House on the Virginia Tech campus Feb. 25-27.

Carlin Bartlett won the women's pole vault with ease. The sophomore from Charlotte, NC cleared 11'9.75" for a personal best in the event. It was also the ninth-best indoor pole vault clearance in Clemson women's track & field history.

Dailyn Moore, a freshman from Ohio, was runner-up in the men's 60m hurdles with a personal best. He posted a time of 8.08, a personal best in his young career.

Demon Deacons Wrap-Up Action Day Two Of VT Challenge
For the second time this season, sophomore Michelle Lange set the pole vault school record as the Wake Forest track & field teams wrapped-up action at the Virginia Tech Challenge Saturday afternoon.

The meet was the final tune-up for the Demon Deacons before next weekend's ACC Indoor Championships which will be right back in Blacksburg, Va.

Lange cleared 11-9.75 on her second attempt and then vaulted a school-record 12-3.50, clearing the height on her first attempt. She broke her previous school-record of 12-2.50 which she set back on Feb. 5, at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Lange would go on to finish fifth in the event.

Boatwright Jumps Career-Best in Long Jump
NC State men's track and field finished its stay at Virginia Tech Challenge on Saturday night. Kwame Boatwright was sixth in the long jump with a personal-best jump of 23'02.75".

Jason Jones was second in the shot put with a season-best mark of 57'04.75".

Eric Davis was sxith in the long jump with a season-high tying mark of 6'04.75". Boatwright was eighth. 

Blackmon, Cozzarelli Run Top Times
NC State women's track and field completed its stay at the Virginia Tech Challenge on Saturday.

Tiayonna Blackmon was seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:14.03, a season-best time.

Andie Cozzarelli was third in the mile with a time of 4:54.90, a season-best time.