NCAA Indoor Track & Field ACCtion: Friday, March 9

March 10, 2012

Bryant Leads Tiger Track & Field on Day One at NCAA Indoor Championships

NAMPA, ID - Dezerea Bryant finished seventh in the women's 200-meter dash and qualified for the final of the 60-meter dash as well Friday to highlight Clemson's opening day of action at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. In addition to Bryant's performances, Clemson qualified three additional members of its No. 4 women's track & field team for Saturday finals as well as Spencer Adams from the men's team.

Bryant had a time of 23.31 in the preliminary round for the 200, her second-best time of the season. She was consistent in the final with a time of 23.36, finishing fourth in her section and seventh overall. It is the highest finish by a Clemson female since Cydonie Mothersill won the national title in the 200 dash in 2001.

Beach Earns Three Personal Records on Day One of NCAAs

NAMPA, Idaho- Junior Curtis Beach set three personal records in four events during day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. The Blue Devil earned personal records in the 60 meter dash, long jump and shot put to give him a lifetime best 3250 points at the end of the first day of competition. This mark puts him 116 points ahead of his 2012 ACC championship performance.

University of Florida senior Gray Horn leads all competitors with 3357 points after four events. Beach is 107 points behind Horn and sits in eighth place.

Smith Earns All-America Honors In Pole Vault

NAMPA, Idaho- Senior Parker Smith earned All-America honors for the second time to lead the Tar Heels on the first day of competition Friday at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. The meet concludes Saturday as the Tar Heels compete in two more events at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

Smith cleared a personal-best height of 17-8 ½ to tie for eighth and earn First Team All-America honors for the second time in his career. Smith tied for fourth place with a height of 17-2 ¾ at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Freshman Andrew Irwin of Arkansas won the event after clearing 18-2 ½.

Morgane Gay Qualifies for Final in Women's Mile at NCAA Championships

NAMPA, Idaho-Virginia track and field junior Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) qualified for the finals of the women's mile on the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday (March 9) at the Jacksons Track Center.

Gay, who will be seeded second in tomorrow's final, ran a time of 4:40.45, the second-fastest time in heat one. Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook won the heat in a Jacksons Track Center record time of 4:40.29. The junior was sixth after the 200- and 400-meter marks before starting to make a move towards the front.

Dowd and Ricks compete on day one of NCAA Indoor Championship

NAMPA, Idaho - Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Frances Dowd (800 meters) and senior Keith Ricks (60 meters) each competed in the preliminary rounds of their respective events on day one of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship at the Jacksons Indoor Track Friday evening.

Ricks finished fourth in a very tight second heat in the 60 meters with a time of 6.62, just one hundredth of a second off his school record and personal best. He was 12th overall among the competitors in the preliminary heats, which did not advance him to the final.