Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of March 5-7

March 7, 2010

FSU Wraps Up Last Chance Meets and UNF Open
In its last effort to qualify additional ‘Noles for the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Florida State track and field teams wrapped up competition today between three meets. A total of four Seminoles earned provisional marks while Maurice Mitchell posted FSU’s only NCAA automatic qualification of the day.

Mitchell dominated the 60m dash at the Virginia Tech Challenge where the he posted the nation’s fourth fastest performance of the year with a time of 6.61 that captured first place.

The only other Seminole on the men’s squad to win a provisional mark today was Brandon Byram in the 200m dash as he ran a time of 20.89 to take first place.

Hurdlers, Throwers Pace Tiger Track & Field at Virginia Tech Qualifier
The Clemson track & field program finalized preparations for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier. Clemson athletes produced four NCAA provisional marks on Saturday, including both Zach Berg and Alex Padgett in the 35-pound weight throw and Spencer Adams and Michaylin Golladay in the hurdles.

The meet served as the last chance for provisional qualifiers to move up the ranks on the NCAA's descending order performance list in hopes of earning invitations to next week's NCAA Indoor Championships, held Mar. 12-13 in Fayetteville, AR. Clemson has automatic qualifiers in five events and several more with strong provisional chances of earning at-large spots.

Berg entered last chance weekend hoping to improve on his school record in the men's weight throw. While he continued his consistent season, the senior did not surpass his personal best in the event. He did place third with a throw of 66'10.5". Teammate Alex Padgett also qualified provisionally, improving on his second-best mark in school history. He recorded a throw of 65'4.75" and finished sixth.

Takecia Jameson Wins 200m Dash in Blacksburg
Four University of Miami track and field student athletes participated in the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier at the Rector Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Takecia Jameson defeated 19 other competitors in the 200m dash in a time of 24.04 seconds. The Upper Marlboro, Md. native also advanced to the semifinal of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.72 seconds in preliminary heat. In the semifinal, she narrowly missed moving on into the final, crossing the finish line in 8.62 seconds.

In the 400m dash, Tameka Jameson reached a new season-best as she placed second at 53.84 seconds. With the mark, she improved her seeding heading into next weekend's NCAA Indoor National Championships.

Ivy Earns Automatic Mark To Close Alex Wilson Invite
Senior Vanneisha Ivy punched her ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal-record performance in the 60-meter hurdles. Ivy along with nine other individuals representing the University of North Carolina in the "last chance" Alex Wilson Invitational closed out the regular indoor season on Saturday.

Ivy tied her PR at 8.16 in the 60 hurdles for the preliminary run, earning yet another provisional mark. She won the prelims to move into the finals, where she beat that personal best in 8.10 to earn a NCAA automatic qualifying mark guaranteeing her a shot at the national champsionships.

Dominique Jackson participated in the 800 for the Carolina women, giving a personal best for fifth place. Jackson ran in 2:07.75, nearly two seconds faster than her previous PR. 

Georgia Tech Competes at VT Final Qualifier
The Georgia Tech track & field teams competed in their final meet before next weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, as the several Yellow Jackets took part in the VT Final Qualifier in Blacksburg, Va.

The top performers on the afternoon for Tech were senior Alphonso Jordan for the men and Jhanelle McLeod for the women, who both hit NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks in their respective events.

Jordan posted a mark of 24' 7¼" in the finals of the long jump to make the NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark in the event and finish second overall. McLeod had a 41' 8" leap in the triple jump, which was also good enough for a second place finish and hit an NCAA Provisional Mark. 

Tech receives strong efforts at Final Qualifier
The Virginia Tech track and field squads closed out their string of home meets this indoor season with the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on Saturday at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., where the pole vault and the distance races provided several stellar results for the Hokies

Senior Hunter Hall highlighted the meet, setting a new career best and improving his provisional mark in the men’s pole vault. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native vaulted 17-09.25, increasing his personal best from 17-08.50, which he set en route to the ACC championship in the event on Feb. 27. Hall placed second in the event at the Final Qualifier, while senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky took fifth in the event with a clearance of 17-07.25.

On the women’s side, freshman Emma DeJarnette added a Virginia Tech Final Qualifier title in the unseeded section of the women’s pole vault. The Mechanicsville, Va., native cleared 12-09.50 in the winning effort. The first-place finish marked DeJarnette’s second pole vault crown of the season.

Maryland Breaks School Records
The men's and women's distance medley relay squads broke 24 and 26 year old school records at the Alex Wilson Invitational this weekend.

The men's relay team, comprised of Greg Jubb, Jeremy Samuels, Tommy Friscia and Greg Kelsey, finished with a total time of 9:43.92. The women's team, comprised of Christina Nelson, Kiani Profit, Taylor Bumpas and Julie Fricke, finished with a final time of 11:40.

Alex Lundy also made history with his mark of 14:19.62 in the 5000, moving into second on Maryland's all-time list.

Jason Jones Hits NCAA Mark in Shot Put
NC State men's and women's track and field sent athletes to the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on Saturday in one final indoor meet before the NCAA Indoor Championships.

For the men, Jason Jones hit an NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifying mark in the shot put with a season-high 59'05.50".

In addition, Reggie Reese ran twice in the 60m dash and posted a flat 7.00 in each race.

Dina Nosenko Sets School Record In Mile Run At Last Chance Meet
Sophomore Dina Nosenko broke Jill Snyder's 10-year old school record in the mile run on her way to finishing third at the Alex Wilson Invitational Saturday afternoon on the campus of Notre Dame.

Nosenko came into the meet with an indoor-best of 4:49.03 but torched that mark with a great run of 4:41.10 on Saturday. She bested Snyder's mark of 4:41.44, which she ran at the Nittany Lion Qualifier in 2000. This was the fifth women's school record set this winter.

Dina's time of 4:41.10 is currently 19th-best in the country this season. In comparison, Snyder's time in 2000 was the second-best time in the country heading into the NCAA Championship.

Henry, Lawson Compete at VT Final Qualifier
NC State men's and women's track and field sent athletes to the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on Saturday in one final indoor meet before the NCAA Indoor Championships.

For the women, Lawanda Henry hit a distance of 50'11.00" in the shot put and Kayla Lawson posted a height of 5'08.00" in the high jump.

For the men, Jason Jones hit an NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifying mark in the shot put with a season-high 59'05.50".

Cavaliers Wrap Up Final Competition Before NCAA Indoor Championships
Junior Adams Abdulrazaaq led the Virginia track and field team in its final weekend of competition prior to the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, bettering his already school record time in the 60m hurdles.

Abdulrazaaq finished runner-up at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet with a time of 7.85 to improve his NCAA provisional qualifying mark – and school record time - in the 60m hurdles, while junior John Minen ran the program’s second-fastest mile time at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Minen hit the NCAA provisional mark in the mile by finishing sixth in 4:02.77. His time was the fastest by a Cavalier since Vince Draddy set the school record with a handheld time of 3:59.2 from 1982.

In addition, Minen was joined by senior Alex Bowman in the event, who finished with the program’s eighth-best time of 4:05.48.